Watercolor Pussy-Willows!

Hi friends!  Today I have a springtime subject to paint, pussy-willows! These soft furry buds pop up in early April every year and if you clip some you can put them in a dry vase and keep them for weeks. Left alone on the tree they bloom into long fuzzy caterpiller like things and then turn to leaves in the summer.

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These are so fun to paint and give me hope that it might stop raining and warm up sometime in the future. It has felt like the longest winter ever, I can’t wait for spring and summer!


Supplies:

  • Watercolors: Burnt Umber, Ultramarine, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre. I used Holbein and Renesas but you can use any brand you like.
  • Brushes: 1″ flat, #10 round, 3/8″ dagger
  • Paper: Fabriano studio CP #140 watercolor paper *I use the hot press in this brand for stamping (both 90# and 140#) and the cold press #90 for testing and THE #140 for making watercolor blocks. It’s really inexpensive and I buy the 50-75 sheet pads but they have smaller sheet pads if you want to try it out. It is one of the best deals going. It is 25% cotton so it is a nice bridge between student grade and artist grade watercolor paper. I have been using it for 15 years and highly recommend it.
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • White posca pen
  • Other: paper towels, cut-up gift card for scraping, 2 water buckets *Salt for more texture in the background if desired. I didn’t use salt but it would be pretty!

I hope you give this painting a try. This winter hit me hard and this spring has been so dark and rainy. I can’t wait to feel the sunshine. I can’t control the weather but at least I can control my paintings. If you enjoyed this lesson and would be interested in taking a class with me check out my online school! You get real-time, step by step instruction and personalized feedback from me on your finished paintings. You can see the courses I offer here. Want to try a class? Use coupon code TRYME for 20% off any class for a limited time! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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Let’s paint those pumpkins! (Watercolor tutorial by YOUR request!)

Hi friends! Thanks for the feedback on the photos yesterday. I had a big response to paint the porcelain doll pumpkins so that is what we will do. Check out this photo, I went outside to snap a pic in the natural light and my curious chickens had to sneak a peek LOL! Another funy chicken thing, some of the hens have begun laying over the past month and we are never sure who leaves the eggs in the coop. We let the chickens out each afternoon to free-range figuring they are like our old ones who laid eggs in the morning, well my son spotted something white behind the wood splitter in the wood shed today and there were 10 eggs in pile! I don’t know when they were laid, do you think they are OK to eat? Is there a way to tell? I hate to waste them but I don’t want anyone to get sick either, silly chickens. 😛

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Now on to the painting! I used my new Turner watercolors I got from Jerrys a couple weeks ago because I wanted to see how they worked after being dried in a palette and the paints were still semi moist and they preformed very well. I have to admit I was skeptical because the 18 set was on sale for under $30 but they are great, a solid value. I just wanted to let you know in case you were considering them. Disclosure: Jerry’s Artarama is a sponsor but they are not sponsoring this post. Now, let’s paint!

Video!

I hope you had fun with this. If you want orange or green pumpkins go for it! The drawing and painting skills are the same, just look for the value in the painting (the highlights and shading) and have fun with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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