For me, July started slow. Or maybe it was just me feeling like a sloth from the heat. Chug, chug, chug, then whoosh! I was in the mood for flowers this month. Still, I did manage to change it up here and there. I made an effort to use scraps, small bits of paper. And I had fun with those. The largest I worked this month was 5 x 5 inches. That felt like the perfect size for a daily painting.
I found a terrific video about painting wet on wet cats. Furballs. She also does birds, dragonflies and flowers that look really fun. I have since done about a dozen furry critters, that may turn up in a pattern soon. I stopped my watercolor month at 30. Monday was crammed, and I decided to cut myself some slack. I even snuck in a short nap. Actually, it snuck up on me. 🥴
August means starting my planning for the September 30-Day Creative Gathering. What was it Cathy (comic strip) would say? ACK! 😲😄
✨✨ Coming soon! Our ninth gathering! Wowzers! ✨✨
Falling leaves placed at #1497 of 1723 with 15 votes. I knew it would not place well when I voted and saw all of the fabulous florals. So gorgeous! But I am happy with this design and will do a few more colorways.
Thanks so much for following along with me this month. It went by fast, didn’t it? And thank you for taking the time to vote on Falling Leaves! I know it is a chore.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂 Chat with you soon!
This week’s Spoonflower design challenge is 1970’s Throw Pillows. I had so much fun with this. I used some flower shapes from a previous design, and created a few new shapes as well. I love the little white blooms. I could have added 3 or 4 more, LOL. But then the wood grain flowers would have been covered completely.
There are 85 flowers in the design, and about 300 layers. The pink flowers have 7 layers, the large yellow with the red center is only 2 layers. For fun I added a corduroy patterned bloom. I researched colors and patterns from the era. And yeah, that green is the hue I fell in love with during last September’s 30-Day Creative Gathering. LOL. I sampled it from one of my paintings. Very Avocado. 🤣 Voting is open.
Gingham Check (last week’s challenge) placed 1064 of 1308 entries with 15 votes. The winning design had 333 votes. Thanks so much for taking the time to vote!
Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
World Watercolor Month
So hard to believe WWM is entering the final week. I have so many ideas, and not enough days are left. 🤣 For the 16th, I didn’t post a finished piece. Just parts and pieces. My creative time that day was spent making papers for use in collages. (Click any image for closer view.)
No road is long with good company. Turkish Proverb
Catherine Rains 5 Day Collage Kickstart
I had so much fun with these! Every step. Making papers is so addictive. Patterned paper, painted papers, textured tissue. FUN! Tearing paper is fun. 🤣 Arranging, gluing, embellishing.
I thought I was finished, but now, I think I can add more to these. You may see them again. There are a couple more on the way. Cat recommends working with a limited palette, and honestly. I am ready to do a series in several different colorways. Collage might just be my September challenge theme. Haha. 😉
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer