Watercolor + Hearts

Love this. Actually saw this on Pinterest. What a simple and beautiful idea.

Th hardest part was waiting for the layers to dry. All you need is watercolor, watercolor paper, glue, scissors and copy paper.

You can use the negative space technique and paint around your heart shapes or paint hearts with gouache or acrylic. I used a sheet of coy paper. It was fun cutting and cutting and revealing different heart shapes.

What’s the thought behind this design? Love is different. Love is sporadic. Love isn’t perfect. Love is always here. Love is powerful. Love will surprise you. Love never dies. Love is…maybe we overthink overlook love because it simply is.

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Painting & Practice

Not the post I had in mind b3cause this is even better. For a while, I’ve been wanting to paint nature’s heart shapes. I feel as thought these hearts have always told me,”No matter what, love is here.”

I love nature and naturaly I use lots of blue and green tones. Last nght I painted. The color mixing was great but the flowers and butterfly, not so good. That’s ok because I painted a beautiful flower the day before.

And then I realized…I’m good with mixing color! I enjoy working with watercolor. Watercolor is so free flowing. You can create many tones with one hue. I love transparencies but the vibrancy of an opaque pink and green like the flowers on the left…amazing.

What brings all of this up? I’m taking this watercolor + Gouache+ Acrylic with Ana Victoria Calderon. Gouache is much like acrylic but it works like watercolor. I really like acrylic but sometimes it dries up to fast. Where am I going with all this? I may have discovered how to improve my paintings. I’m not good with painting realisim but I believe color is my talent.

In the coming weeks I will contiune to explore all of these paints and practice. Practice helps you come into your style. I get that now. I have a way to go. I’m soon arriving! I saved tons of heart shapes found in nature. I’II be painting and exploring. The best part is I can use these paintings for my next book, LOVE.

Still working on edits and layout for Different Is Beatiful. The lauch date is April 21. Happy Friday! Thanls for reading! I’d love to see what you are working on? tag me on instagram @hellomireya

Watercolor Wonderland

…and so the animal exploration continues. I’ve been writing, watching videos and focusing on my thoughts. I feel like my prepration is similar to an actor preparing for the role. I don’t know. I keep going back and forth but in the end I feel I’m on the right track. I trust I am. I have pages and pages of writing.

So why a snowman in a winter wonderland? Nature is beautiful. I wanted to capture a cold illluminating winter night. Sure you’re freezing but you feel the warmth and love of the universe. That’s what I feel when I’m in nature and admiring all the animals in the world as I often do. Plus this is a fun winter project.

This is super easy to create. All you need is watercolor paper and the biggest brush you have. Wet the paper and lightly add the paint. Allow your paint to dry before you add the next layer. Then use white paint to create a snowman, and snow. To create the snow you wet your brush, dip the brush in paint and hold it diagonally in your hand. With the brush bristles between your thumb and first index finger, use your thumb to flicker the brush and watch the snow fall. Test this to make sure it looks good first. I used pens to create the hat, face, buttons and scarf. This could easily be done with tempera paint. And use circle stampers to create the snowman.

Now I’ll go upload my signature so I can add it to my art. I’m an artist right? Why haven’t I been signing my work? I don’t think I even realized the importance of doing so. Ok time to put on the tea and get to work.

Creative Ways To Paint Trees

For a while I’ll be painting what I love to paint, trees.

For this tree I used:

– artist tape, watercolor paint, a blush brush and tempera paint.

First I spot the tape in a tree shape.

Then paint. I think I now have an idea for a scribble tree created with white ink pens on kraft paper.

Last I added some bulbs and monotones of green seems like a good idea.

I like it. There’s lots more tree ideas to paint. I’ll be adding some of these to my shops as well. Tomorrow I’ll get up early and write.

lettering with watercolor

Today I needed to practice writing with watercolor. I’m working on my lettering skills. I wrote with tempera too. It would be easier to choose a font. That’s exactly why I will write out every single word of Road Trip.

The reason I work on these books is to work on my skills but as a creative I need these words. I wonder who needs them too. I’m grateful for my growing tribe. I’m grateful for this new course. Adolfo we’re going to learn a lot together.

Lettering with watercolor takes getting use to. You do have to find the brush that feels comfortable.

getting better…

Sketch in Color

the color sketching has begun. This will be the Road Trip Color scheme.

I wrote the story, created a story board, took notes, made revisions and it’s sketching time. I want to get used to painting without drawing with a pencil first.

The color scheme makes sense because with any journey you have happy times. You have times, lots of them, when your faith in you, your abilities and humanity will be tested. The aqua is a reminder for not becoming negative circumstances.

I know that my attitude was negative during the trip…I think a lot about the trip. The one year anniversary is approaching and this book is a good way to celebrate.

And just like that, I found the personal theme for this book.

  • Paint all objects with watercolor. (working on watercolor skills)
  • Use markers and pencils to add details. ( gain confidence in drawing)
  • paint pages of textures( let color and texture tell the story)

I’m going to paint several sketches and choose the best ones for the book.

Painting Poppies

Here’s the first try, sketch and all. What a mess.

I took my time sketching and then I messed up. So I took another sheet and painted. No sketching just painted. Mixed up some color. What a masterpiece.

I still need lots of details but this is great. The color and poppies in three growing stages really express others will try but you live your story. Everyone blooms at their own pace with their own beauty. Wait… that’s a storybook lion who was a late bloomer.

A few more leaves, some white acrylic to cover up the mistakes and more details…this is awesome.

Now it’s time to go do some more digitizing.

the right color…

these days it’s blues and greens. I do bask in the glory of nature. I know there’ll be a few trees in the book…

What happended to this trunk? At a second glance, I can see the inspiration from all the unusually beautiful trees I’ve been collecting on pinterest. Yeah I like it.

The next step is to work on all of my blues and build the right color scheme.

Color you have my heart

Curiosity, imagination and paint, with you I shall never part

Pink and gray, will you work together?

Yes, oh I could do this forever.

Blue, pink and green, with every stroke you literaaly check my BLUES

I’ll create. I ‘ll CREATE

I have the power. I’ll show ’em this is my fate.

…there are no impossibilities

Made a Mess

The more I look at it the uglier it gets

Sometimes ugly art happens but I will give it one more try. Yeah cover the whole thing up with some tempera paint  and add some flowers. 

Now that I think of it, I’m tired. I’ve been working on my three books for along time. It’s been intense. 

-there are no impossibilities