Sunday, July 21, 2013

EDM 34 - A Fall Leaf

Well, since it's summer, there are no bright leaves on the trees or ground. So, I drew a leaf quilt block in my favorite autumn colors. I used to think that I would be a lifelong quilter, but our lives go through seasons...and eyes get old. I think I'll do more painting of quilts from now on.
EDM 34 - A Fall Leaf/ 3x3" watercolor


  1. Hi Staci, I just found your blog through EDM. I think that your work is fabulous! I have recently started playing with art (again) and am wondering if you could share what tools you are using and/or about your watercolor process. I'd love to be able to get the detail you have.

  2. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you found your way here and that you're enjoying the blog. I am definitely a low-tech, not-fussy artists when it comes to tools. I use what I have and don't spend a lot of money. Most of my watercolor paintings are on Strathmore 90lb. watercolor paper. I get it at Walmart, believe it or not. I buy it in 9x12" pads. I do have some better papers that I reserve for special pieces. I have a collection of brushes, but end up using the same 2 or 3 most of the time. They are Winsor & Newton Cotman brushes--not terribly expensive. I use a small round one that came with my W&N travel kit and also a 1/4" flat brush and a 1/8" flat brush. Since most of my paintings are small, I find these smaller brushes to be sufficient. And, for paint, all I've ever used is Winsor & Newton Cotman in pans. I bought a watercolor field kit several years ago, thinking I would use it for painting outdoors, and ended up using it exclusively when I got back into my art.

    I really haven't been doing watercolor for that long. I studied commercial art for one year in college years ago (before computers), but never had a class in watercolor. I have loved to draw my whole life, and I am obsessed with hand lettering. I am largely self-taught. I find that I improve by just practicing and trying again and again and again.

    My standard practice when doing a watercolor is to start with a light pencil sketch. Then I use a XS (extra small) PITT artist pen, which is waterproof, to draw outlines. I keep my touch very light with this pen and achieve a VERY fine line that way. Then, I erase all pencil lines and then start painting. Occasionally, I will come back in with fine line markers and add some definition, but usually I don't do anything after painting.

    Because I use the pen outline method, my style is very much illustration and not necessarily up to the level of fine art. I am okay with that, as I consider myself as much a graphic artist as anything else. I love illustration, and I try to keep it interesting by thinking of ways to be creative with my drawings: unusual composition, tight cropping, and a variety of hand-lettered captions. It's my style, and I'm very comfortable with it.

    I'm sorry if I rambled more than you wanted. I hope I've answered your questions. And, again, thanks for your interest and for stopping by!