Sunday, May 12, 2013

Watercolor ATCs

Just wanted to share a few ATCs that I have watercolored over the last month! I shared not long ago that I've been challenging myself to trust myself and my instincts as an artist when I paint. Not sure where that will end up, but I'm enjoying the exploration of techniques and layers of color, and the excitement of trying something new.

I'm working with these ATC-sized Art Squares from Inchie Arts - I love the surface for all kinds of art mediums, and really enjoyed working on these pieces. I love the transparent nature of watercolors too, and the depth of layered textures and colors. So much fun!

Here's one of my orchids recently in full bloom....

...and this is a close-up that I used as a reference photo when I painted.

Here's the first ATC I painted - this is one of the new sizes of diecut matboard pieces from Inchie Arts. It's painted with Shinhan Premium Watercolors.

I painted two versions of this photo, one more detailed and dramatic, and one with a softer look. Again, I used a white matboard ATC and the Shinhan paints. For the details on the petals, I used a medium ball stylus to pull the paint where I wanted it.

 Here's my first piece...

... and then the softer, less detailed version. I did a little research and found out that this is the bloom of an Orchid Tree, sometimes called a Camel's Foot tree because of the shape of the leaves. They're common in Asia, and so beautiful in bloom.

I hope to do more of these soon! It's fun to capture the beauty around me. Thanks for looking....

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Dina! You are such a talented artist.

  2. Trust your instincts. These are absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Oh my, these are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Francie in Montreal5/13/2013 12:00 PM

    I'm wowed! You have captured the beauty and colour of these magnificent flowers to a T. Keep going! I can't wait to see what you'll do next.

  5. truly beautiful, well painted specimens!!!

  6. Wow! Dina, this is some ATC! well painted! Such fun and beauty!
    Thought I was stopping by for a SNSS blog hop Buggin' and I find your lovely work in such vivid color. Blessings. Keep Looking UP! mt23stamperatyaho