Painting these blue teacups in watercolor was such a pleasure. I used to see paintings of pretty and dainty teacups on Pinterest, and they always reminded me of some other time. Finally one day I was inspired to paint.
I remember seeing rows of dainty teacups in fine china adorning the shelves of the cabinet in my mom’s dining room. Looking back even further, I remember seeing them in my grandma’s kitchen. Hand painted and delicate, those exquisite teacups with matching saucers perched quietly on the high shelves must have listened intently to the conversations around the dining table, observing old and new generations coming together, absorbing their stories…….
I cannot look at teacups without reminiscing about old times!
What do you do with your mounting pieces of art? Before you know it, they have begun to probably gather a fine layer of dust and have started fading and inching their way into every space available!
Yes! storage does seem to be an obvious solution but we have only so much space! So I came up with 5 verysimpleways to handle all the clutter created by old and growing number of artworks.
This is the most important step. I categorize my artwork chronologically. This is a good way to keep everything organized in one place. It actually also helps me look back at my old paintings and reflect on how much I have grown as an artist. It’s almost like a journal that takes you down your memory lane. However you can also organize your artwork according to subject like flowers, landscapes, portrait etc.
2. Put them up!
Adorn your wall or space! Fish out some pretty or interesting pieces and put them on frames on the wall or counter tops. The best part is you don’t need many frames, just a couple and you can keep changing the display. This works really well in kids’ rooms using their “own art”. Another way to display your artwork is by simply pinning them up on a cork board in your work space area and just watch them bring in some cheer!
3. Create something out of them
While categorizing my artwork I discovered sheets that had only one or two nice pictures. So I cut out the good ones like a bouquet or a flower and then glued it on another piece of paper to use as a bookmark. Or you can glue the cutouts on a card stock paper to create greeting cards also.
4. Gift / Give away
There’s always someone who really cherishes your artwork – your grandma or your friends! Gift them a pretty one. They will LOVE them! You can also donate to the library or to a classroom if you have a lot of nice paintings that need a home.
Yes you heard it right! There are always some artworks that we are not very proud of and don’t mind getting rid of. Just recycle them and claim back your space!
I hope you liked these tips. If you know of any other tips please share them here. I will appreciate!
Here is my latest watercolor floral art that I want to share with you.
Most of the time I paint roses, poppies, sunflowers and lavender, but this time I tried painting plumerias, hollyhocks, and crocuses. Even though I do not have a green thumb, I love painting flowers.
Painting hydrangeas was so much fun. The trick to painting them is you start with the central blossoms coloring them a little darker and as you get to the ones in the periphery you lighten up the shade.
Believe it or not, I found painting the plumerias most difficult even though they look pretty simple! My favorite however was the hollyhocks!!
Does practice make perfect? Does it make better? Or is it something else?
I started this set of landscapes in watercolors early this month and just finished it. My goal was to paint the same picture over and over again to get it ‘perfect’ but after two or three, I got so bored and it dawned upon me that I needed to get better not perfect!!
So then the fun began – letting my imagination take over, allowing myself to make lots of mistakes, experiment with colors and have fun.
How often I have held myself back with rigid rules and lofty expectations and then ended up dissatisfied with the end product.
What I learned from this experience is I need not be a perfect artist. I have a style and a process of my own and I just need to embrace it fully.
So if there’s anyone out there like me who doubts herself, just remember you need to ‘enjoy’ the process and own your style.
Here’s another watercolor collage that I started last year (December 2018) and completed this year (yesterday)!! How time flew by!
Next time I might add dates underneath each painting to make it a visual journal so that when I look back I get a better idea of the flow of life. After all, art is a reflection of our thoughts, ideas, and experiences – everything that makes up life. Isn’t that so?
Somewhere in the aisles of Michaels, I discovered Gouache. At first, I struggled to pronounce the word (gwash) and when I finally figured it out, it took me yet some more time to understand its nature, its texture….its purpose! I simply couldn’t fathom why one would need gouache. Didn’t the world already have the transparency of watercolors and the opacity of acrylics and oils?
Anyway, I went ahead and bought a box of gouache paints mostly out of curiosity. But they just sat on the shelf. It was tough to reach out for them. Watercolors seemed so familiar, so comforting….And acrylics so smooth as they gracefully flowed over the canvas while the box of gouache, shy and awkward just sat there forgotten.
Alright! I had to give it a chance so I gingerly opened the box. The colors looked pretty on the palette, no complaints there. I quickly sketched a little scene and started working the paints onto the paper. Gosh! So this is Gouache! Colors – so vibrant, opaque and matte – I fell in love with them! I had to work fast with them (they dry up pretty quickly) but like the acrylics, they are quite forgiving… I could paint over the last layer over and over again and in doing so hide any mistakes or add depth to the surface. The only pain – the paint dries up really fast. In the end, my painting looked just like one of my watercolors except more opaque and bright.
All in all, I enjoyed the experience and I will paint some more with gouache. But I guess watercolor is still my top favorite medium.
It’s goodbye to July and what better way to honor and celebrate this worldwatercolormonth with loads of color. I chose this picture not only because it is a mix of colors (obviously) but also it emanates sweetness, joy and love!
I am so into watercolor flowers these days – learning new techniques, practicing, and posting!! Well sometime ago I painted some more and then thought of adding a background – a nice little house on the hill. In the end, I thought my lil’ house actually stole the show. Don’t we all wish for a sweet little house like that tucked away somewhere among the hills and meadows of lavender and tulips and what have you? I know I do!
This is my favorite place, my happy place – my palette of colors, sometimes acrylic but mostly watercolors in bright greens and blues and lots of burning oranges and crimsons. It is a happy colorful place where things happen – blobs give way to shapes and forms and sometimes an entire garden of poppies and roses come to life. It’s a place where I lose track of time, a place I want to stay for just one more minute!