365 Days of Art, Week 17

Updated: Apr 5

So what's with 365 Days of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of creating. I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I'll show you how to do.

Learn how to create a delicate watercolour and ink flower scene.

But if that doesn't take your fancy, there's also experiments with bumblebees, postcards and butterflies.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie. I would love to see your creations so head on over to Twitter and tag the shit out me. I'm also technically on Instagram but the social norms there confuse me, like life really.

Day 81

Task; Draw Butterflies

Embrace the rainbow and paintshop embrace the cold perfection of paintshop. So I hand drew the butterflies, but thought I'd do a little computer magic colouring them in. Never very sure with this kind of finish, looks beautifully neat, but to my eye it looks too neat.

Day 82

Task; Try drawing blind. Find a lamp and draw it without looking.

Stick with me, but a few weeks ago I drew a sheep in a very fast energetic style. It was lots of fun, and turned out really rather well. So I tried it again, with some added oil pastel pizazz.

Day 83

Task; Flowers.

What you'll need

  • Watercolour paper.

  • A waterproof black fine (0.05)

  • Watercolours, and a paintbrush.

Step 1

Draw in pencil and then go over with the Watercolour ink pen, the flowers. Rub your pencil marks out well and then gather your paints, my art adventures.

Step 2

I made this beautiful teal colour by mixing navy blue with a sea green. The vines are created by painting one side and then the other, think 'hearts' to create the same look. I'll paint all the vines first, then the all bobblehead flowers, then the daisies, so I don't get the colours mixed up.

If you're less confident about how to picks colours for your art; go tonal. Colours in the same family or neighbours in the colour wheel, it's a simple way to create a sophisticated look.

Step 3

Keep adding colour, but remember to let things dry so you don't smudge your work. To create the soft feathering of colour in the roundish but not the striped flowers, here's how.

Create a very pale, watery blue, paint the shape of the whole flower head. Get a much darker blue and very gently add it to the bottom half of the flower's head. It will instantly move around the base you created with the pale blue. Give it a gentle blow and the darker paint will 'feather'. Work on one flower at a time and use two different brushes, one for pale blue one for the dark.

There you go a hazy meadow, in three easy steps.

Day 84 & 85

Task: Draw somewhere you have visited and add stripes to the bees.

Day 84: Draw a place you've been, and not to show off or anything, (totally showing off) I went Paris on my Honeymoon. A beautiful summer's week, in a beautiful city. Find out all about my trip here.

Day 85: Love my little bee guys, who knew you could go boo-loo with strips eh?

That's it folks

... Join me next week when I get up close and personal with leaves, play with rain and fall in love with words.

If you can't wait until next week for more art, here is where it all began. Week 1.

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