I want to tell you why I do what I do – why I paint, sketch, craft, whatever. And why I put it on this corner of the internet for you to see.
So why do I paint or sketch or craft?
I love the feel of the paint on the brush, smoothing over the paper.
I love mixing things and making something new. I love experimenting and doing my own thing, which sometimes happens to be what no one’s done before. I can’t keep myself from the paint and the pencils.
Sticking with the crowd isn’t my thing. I like to think outside the box and create outside the box.
My random brain sometimes creates weird paintings or sketches. Some are just plain ugly.
I’m OK with that.
Because they’re mine.
But why do I want you all to see my paintings and my other art?
Maybe it has something to do with how my English teacher puts it – “You’re not writing for yourself.” You’re writing for other people.
So I’m not painting for myself. I’m not snapping photos for myself. I’m creating for the world. I’m creating for you.
Personally, I don’t like taking forever to paint one picture. In fact, 15 minutes tops is fine with me. However, that makes for some strange paintings – after all, it takes awhile to make a really beautiful painting, right? Well, I don’t think so. But it probably helps to know how to make each element of a quick painting. So, without further ado, may I present a Quickie Flower (with watercolor). Hopefully this helps you on your painting journey!
1. Ok, first find what flower you want to paint. When looking for inspiration, I like to go on… you guessed it… Pinterest! So I scrolled through flower photos (aren’t you glad I took a picture of me scrolling?) and found one that I liked. It’s basically your standard pink flower, with five petals and the longish shoots in the center (they have a scientific name, but how am I supposed to remember it?)
2. Next, I sketched out the basic outline of the flower, somewhat lightly but not so lightly that it couldn’t be seen. Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t see it very well
I added a second flower as well.
Yeah, you can’t see those, can you? Sorry ’bout that. Then again, maybe I don’t want you to see them. My sketching skills are not extraordinary.
3. Then, I loosely (by loosely I mean “not staying in the lines”) colored in the flowers with a watery paintbrush and paint. If you don’t use enough water, you’ll be able to see the brush strokes and that’s not really what we’re going for here. I also added pink to the background. Notice how the flowers just sort of fade away at the end of the stem.
And you’re done! Have fun and don’t forget to post your feedback or post ideas in the comments 🙂
I don’t know about you, but my abstract art doesn’t always come out so well. I mean, you’re supposed to be “free” and “loose” and all that, but sometimes it looks… a little too free. If you catch my drift. Sometimes, I need instructions. Actually, make that more than sometimes. So here are some instructions for one method of abstract art. Follow them loosely and make up your own methods too!
Here’s what it looks like when it’s done:
Looks pretty simple, but still enjoyable.
I don’t really remember if I got this from somewhere or if it came out of my own brain, but here we go.
Step 1: Draw some lines. Make whatever design you want, or make no design at all.
Ok, now that we’ve made some squiggles…
Step 2. Start filling in the sections that you’ve (probably unknowingly) made.
The idea is to fill in each section with a different design, but my brain rain out of design ideas so I ended up repeating. Fill them in with polka dots and swirls, or shade them, or add stripes.
Continue adding designs.
Your drawing will start to take shape!
Here is my finished product again:
Another one of my drawings:
Hope you enjoy your art-making! Experiment with colors or different mediums if you like.