How to Create Art From Leftover Watercolor Paint!
What Can I Do With Leftover Paint?
I've been making art since I can remember. I believe I was drawing and coloring as soon as I could pick up a crayon. Being able to create is the one thing that keeps me sane sometimes. It's just what I love to do.
Over the years I have changed styles, changed mediums and just changed ... period! Sometimes I've even questioned myself as an artist because I thought I had to be a certain way or have a certain style. However, as I've gotten older, I have decided to embrace the fact that sometimes I just don't know who I am as an artist. I have decided to just create and be happy. Honestly, that has made me the happiest as an artist.
My most recent love is watercolors! I used to view them as being one of the most difficult mediums to use (I still believe it is). However, I have made up my mind to look at this medium in a different light. Watercolors are fun and flowing, and that is how I have started using them.
What You'll Need:
- These are my absolute favorite watercolors. When you use them with the flowing style that I have just written about, they work great. One drop of paint will just flow through the water. The colors are also so bright and vibrant. I love them! Dr. PH. Martin's Watercolor Bottles:
- I started using the Micron Pens because they are acid-free and archival ink pens. They also do not fade over time. If you like pen and ink, you will love these pens. Sakura Micron Pens:
Here is an example of what I started creating!
1. Watercolor Abstract in Blues & Greens
First let me say, I love liquid watercolors and the dilemma I have had in the past is that I always have paint left over when I'm finished with a painting. A lot of times I just rinsed it down the sink! I have always hated doing that, especially since paint is expensive. So I decided to start using my leftover paint to create abstract pieces.
When I start an abstract piece, I usually create a shape on the watercolor paper with water. If you have used watercolors, you know that they go where the water goes. Once I have my shape designed with water, I just start to put drops of paint and let them go where ever they desire. I always say that watercolors have a mind of their own, so I let them be free! Once I feel like I've added enough paint, I let them dry. Then once they dried, sometimes I used a pen to make some fun designs. Sometimes I see objects and sometimes I see just shapes. In this next painting, I saw a landscape!
2. Watercolor Abstract Landscape With Blues & Greens
These works of art are quick and easy to make. I find that they are great to use if you have a large empty space and not a lot of money for art. Once you have several you can get them framed and move on to creating an awesome gallery wall.
3. Watercolor Rainbow Abstract
In the Watercolor Rainbow Abstract painting where I used rainbow colors, I actually see Patrick from SpongBob doing a disco dance...LOL! Anyone else see it? I didn't notice until I was finished.
Watercolor Rainbow Abstract Painting - Do You See What I See?
Do you see Patrick from SpongeBob doing a disco dance?
4. Watercolor Abstract With Blues & Purples
This design I created using blues and purples. It's not one of my favorites just because purple is one of my least favorite colors to work with. I tend to stick with blues and greens, in case you didn't notice. I also love working with orange! Ok, let's get back to discussing this painting. I'm still trying to decide if I should add ink to this one. So far I am leaving it as is! What do you think? Do you see anything?
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