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Gallery Artwork by Elaine Foster


Paintings by Elaine:

Horse on the Run painting for sale

Horse on the Run
11″ x 14″
$55.00

Free shipping and insurance within the continental United States


If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Horse of Many Colors painting for sale

Horse of Many Colors
16″ x 20″
$85.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

 

Tree in the Sun painting for sale

Tree in the Sun
11″ x 14″
$55.00

Free shipping and insurance within the continental United States


If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Indian Pottery painting for sale

Indian Pottery on Red
11″ x 14″
$55.00

Free shipping and insurance within the continental United States


If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Ghost Indian Headdress painting for sale

Ghost Indian Headdress
16″ x 20″
$85.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Birch Trees and Colorful Bushes

Birch Trees and Colorful Bushes
11″x14″
$55.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Dog painting

Friends at Dawn
16″ x 20″
$85.00

Free shipping and insurance within the continental United States


If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.


 

Peaked Mountain painting for sale

Peaked Mountains
16″ x 20″
$85.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Blue and White Flowers in Earthen Vase painting for sale

Blue and White Flowers in an Earthen Vase
12″ x 16″
$65.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Deer at Sunrise painting for sale

Deer at Sunrise
16″ x 20″
$85.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Hay Field After the Harvest painting for sale

Hay Field After the Harvest
11″ x 14″
$55.00

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If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Rushing River and Mountains painting for sale

Rushing River
12″ x 16″
$65.00

Free shipping and insurance within the continental United States


If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Young Bear painting for sale

Young Bear
11″ x 14″
$55.00

Free shipping and insurance within the continental United States


If you have any questions about this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Buffalo in the Moonlight — 18″x24″ — $95.00 — Plus shipping

If you’re interested in discussing the purchase of this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 


 

Colorado Before the Storm — 24″x30″ — $125.00 — Plus shipping

If you’re interested in discussing the purchase of this painting, please email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com. I will get back to you the same day.

 



 

Indian Pottery on Blue – sold

 

Blue Horse – sold

 

Mountain to Conquer – sold

 

Colorado Wildflower, knife painting – not for sale

 

Abstract Weave – Not for sale because of a slight flaw in the canvas

 

Sun and Birch Trees – Sold

 

Prancing Brown and Black Horse – not for sale

 

Bicycle Guard Dog – not for sale

 

Geraniums in Clay Pot – Sold

 


Elaine’s Pet Portrait Collection of Artwork:

Husky Dog painting for sale
Husky — 12″x16″ — $85.00 — Free shipping and insurance in the continental United States

 

Shetland Pony painting for sale
Shetland Pony on the Sand — 12″x16″ — $85.00 — Free shipping and insurance in the continental United States

 

Calico Cat painting for sale
Calico Cat — 12″x16″ — $85.00 — Free shipping and insurance in the continental United States

 

White Dog with Collar — 12″x16″ — $85.00 — Free shipping and insurance in the continental United States

 

Siamese Cat on the Table painting for sale
Siamese Cat on the Table — 12″x16″ — $85.00 — Free shipping and insurance in the continental United States

 

Sugar Dog – Sold

 

Long Haired Cat – not for sale

 


Charcoal Drawings by Elaine

Mrs. Mary Macon – Historical Figure in Canon City, Colorado

 

Nikola Tesla – Inventor and Electrical Genius

 

Mrs. Mary Peabody – Historical Figure in Canon City, Colorado

 

Mr. Thomas Prescott – Historical Figure in Canon City, Colorado

 

Young Man

 

Sherlock Holmes

 

Historical Lady

 


Part of Elaine’s “Draw With Me Series for Beginners” on YouTube:

Draw Neurographic Mountains

 

 

Log Cabin in Pencil with Pine Trees

 

Swan in pencil drawing

 

 

 

 


Chainsaw Carving by Elaine:

carved bear
Natalie the Carved Bear – Sold

Draw A Tree With Leaves – Nature Landscape With Pencil – Tree and Road – Drawing Tutorial Beginners

Hello, fellow art lovers,

Today we’ll draw together draw a tree with leaves, creating a simple landscape scene with a leafy tree, grass, and a country road. If you draw with me today, you’ll have a nice pencil drawing that you can frame and hang on your wall.

You’ll also get some valuable art tips that will help you with every drawing or painting you do.

All you need for today’s lesson is any pencil, any eraser and any piece of paper. You can use just plain old printer paper.

draw a tree with leaves

I’m going to draw with these Staedtler pencils but I also made this drawing with just a regular 2 pencil. At the end of this lesson, I’ll show you both drawings side by side and you can decide for yourself whether a regular pencil does a good job of drawing this leafy tree scene.

This set has 6 drawing pencils ranging from HB to 8H. I’ll show you how I use this range throughout this drawing lesson.

draw a tree with leaves

 

IF YOU WOULD RATHER WATCH THE DRAWING LESSON ON VIDEO:

 If you prefer to watch the video instead of drawing along with this written lesson, you will find the video lesson here:

Let’s start by drawing the tree’s trunk a bit off to the side and slightly tilted toward the center.

Then we’ll make the shape of the upper part of the tree.

Draw a horizon line behind the tree.

Next, we’ll make circles in our tree. These guidelines indicate clumps of leaves. The spaces between the circles are what artists call “sky holes.” The sky and some branches will show through these sky holes.

Now let’s start drawing our leaves with the light 2B pencil using these slanted lines. I like to keep all the lines going in the same direction.

I have my pencils in order from light to dark. The lightest ones are near my paper. I use the lighter pencils, which are the HB and the 2B, to draw in the light areas. Then I switch to the medium pencils, the 4B and the 6B, to add some depth. I save the 7B and 8B pencils for the very darkest areas.

The darkest leafy areas are on the bottom side of the circles we just drew.

I’m using a 2B pencil to add a mid-tone to the clumps of leaves and to soften the sharp edges left by the last pencil.

Add some light wispy branches around the edges. I keep my lines going in the same direction even when it’s tempting to make them go another way.

The great thing about today’s lesson, where we’re drawing a tree with leaves is that trees come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. This gives us a lot of leeway with how we can draw them.

To give our tree a sense of depth to our tree drawing, we’ll make the bottom sides of the clumps dark and the top light. The sunlight is coming from the upper right corner so the leaves on the upper side of the leafy tree are lighter.

I erase any guidelines that I don’t want to show in the final drawing.

I’ll come back to the leaves later but now I’m going to darken the trunk of the tree. I start with a 4B pencil but I’ll switch to darker pencils as the drawing moves along.

Now let’s add some branches. Some will be hidden in the leaves, others will show a little and other branches will show through the sky holes.

So now I’m switching to the 6B pencil to darken the far side of the trunk and the bottom of the clumps of leaves.

draw a tree with leaves,

HERE IS AN ART TIP:

Artists often stand back from their artwork. That’s why they often stand at an easel – so that they can easily move back and see their work from a distance. When they do this, they notice things they didn’t see when they were closer to the drawing or painting.

We should do the same.

So for example, after you shade your tree trunk, stand back and see if the trunk gives the illusion of being rounded. If not, darken the left side some more and lighten the right side some more with your eraser. Then step back again and take another look.

 

NOW LET’S DRAW THE COUNTRY ROAD, SOME GRASS, AND 3 BIRDS:

Give your drawing some grass in the field.

Let’s imagine that the sunlight is coming from the upper right corner of the picture, so the shadows of the branches and trunk slant slightly to the left.

Now I switch to the 8B pencil to add the very darkest tones throughout the whole drawing and to fill in some of the sky holes that are a bit too large or too white. If you are drawing with a regular pencil, just bare down as much as you can.

Add some sky to break up the very whiteness of the paper with a light pencil or light pressure on your pencil.

The grass in the field must be darker than the sky but lighter than the shadow under the tree because it’s getting direct sunlight.

The clumps of grass are smaller when they are further away from the viewer.

I’m going to draw in 3 birds to add some interest to the plain sky.

PENCIL VERSUS GRAPHITE PENCIL SET:

I promised you that I would show you both drawings – one done with a regular pencil and one with the  Staedtler pencil set. Here they are. In my opinion, both are good but you can see a subtle difference. I could not get the regular pencil to go as dark as the 8B Staedtler pencil, but I still achieved a sense of dark and light and roundness in both drawings.

 

See what Your trees with leaves drawing looks like in a frame.

Sign your name to your drawing. If you don’t like your drawing well enough to frame it and hang it on your wall, then re-draw this tree with leaves by going through this video again until it is the way you like it.

I also recommend that you try to draw trees with leaves from memory. You will gain a lot of confidence with your drawing when you can just grab a sheet of paper and any pencil and draw something nice like this.

If you drew a tree with leaves, I invite you to post it on my Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/skillfulartists

You can contact me anytime by emailing Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com and I will send you my free PDF ebook that contains 10 useful art tips and 10 simple copyright-free reference photos that you can draw in your spare time.

If you like these types of drawing lessons, like and subscribe and visit my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3vxIKbDlbuzIGGMFF67ngg

I also post videos about art books and have ink and watercolor drawing lessons.

Okay, dear art lover, I’ll see you in the next drawing lesson.

-Elaine

Home & Kitchen

Art Book Review – Bloom Adult Coloring Book with Drawing Demonstration

Hello, fellow art lovers,

Today let’s draw some flowers that are in the Bloom Adult Coloring Book. I found this book on Amazon. In this drawing demonstration, we’ll focus on the page with the forget me not flowers.

drawing demonstration

This coloring book is full of beautiful drawings of 50 types of flowers. There is no author listed in this book but I do want to give full credit to this wonderful book:

drawing demonstrationThis page is just inside the front cover:

drawing demonstrationHere are some of the drawings you’ll find in this book. I use this book as a reference book because the drawings are beautifully detailed.

drawing demonstrationHere is another glimpse of the drawings you’ll find in this Bloom Adult Coloring Book. This is the Wild Rose page:

drawing demonstration

HERE’S WHAT WE NEED FOR THIS DRAWING DEMONSTRATION:

Today, let’s focus on the forget me not flowers:

We can use any piece of paper and a pencil, pen, or marker. I’m using mixed media paper and an ultra-thin point permanent marker. You could use even use a black pen and regular printer paper. These items can be bought almost anywhere, even at some grocery stores.

The first thing we do is decide how our drawing will fit on the paper. We could make it smaller than the coloring book page or we could decide to draw just a part of the reference photo and make the flowers larger.

I’m going to do my drawing demonstration about the same size as the coloring book page but I’m going to add a small vase at the bottom of the stem.

 

If you want to watch this drawing demonstration on video, click on this image:

drawing demonstration

 

LET’S LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PETALS

They are somewhat round but they often come to a slight point. There are 5 petals on each flower. Each petal comes out from a center that has 5 sections and a middle circle.

In some places, we can see a corner of a petal folded over. And we see a flower drooping over and we almost see it from the side.

LET’S LOOK CLOSELY AT THE STEM

The stem is smooth with lines in it. Smaller stems branch off of the main stem and hold only one flower each.

Some of the flowers are in front of the stem, so the stem doesn’t show in these areas.

LET’S LOOK CLOSELY AT THE LEAVES

The leaves are very simple. Their edges are smooth. There is a prominent vein running down the center. There are lines coming out from the bases of the leaves and on their tips. The tips are somewhat rounded. There are 4 leaves in this reference drawing.

WE ARE NOT LOCKED INTO DRAWING EXACTLY WHAT WE SEE

Since this is a drawing demonstration, we are free to draw things as we want to.

I’m not going to draw this side branch with the flowers, and buds, but you can if you want to. I’m not even going to draw every flower on this branch. Just the ones that fit nicely into the drawing I want to create.

ART TIP:

Don’t worry if your first drawing of these forget-me-nots does not come out the way you want it. Consider your first drawing a practice run. Redo the drawing as many times as you need to to get one that you like well enough to hang on your wall.

DONE!

We can add color to our drawing, if we want to, with watercolor paint, colored pencils, or crayons, but I’m going to leave mine as just an ink drawing.

If you are going to add color with watercolor, make sure the ink you use is permanent and won’t run.

HERE IS ANOTHER ART TIP:

To improve your drawing skills, look over your drawing to see if there is anything you would change if you drew it again. Then make a new drawing with those changes.

When you see an artist make something beautiful look easy, most likely they have drawn or painted that subject many times. Each time they do it, it gets better and is easier for the artist to make it look really good and easy to draw.

To take this to the next level, you can develop memory drawing. Try to draw these forget-me-nots from memory, without looking at the reference photo at all. When you are done, compare your drawing with the reference photo to see if you forgot something. Drawing becomes more fun when you can just pick up a pencil and paper anywhere in the world and draw something as nice as these forget-me-nots from memory.

If you like these sorts of art tips, ask for my free ebook with 10 art tips and simple drawings you can do. Just go to the home page of my website at SkillfulArtists.com and request it or email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com

THE BLOOM ADULT COLORING BOOK:

Again I want to give credit to the book where I found this reference photo. It’s Bloom Adult Coloring Book and I got it from Amazon.

LET’S SEE HOW OUR DRAWING LOOKS IN A FRAME:

I encourage you to work on your forget me not drawing until it’s something you like well enough to frame and hang on your wall. You can buy inexpensive frames to fit your paper, even at thrift stores.

If you drew these forget-me-nots with me, I invite you to post a picture of your drawing on my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/skillfulartists

If you like these types of drawing demonstrations, subscribe to my Skillful Artists YouTube channel to see more of my drawing tutorials.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3vxIKbDlbuzIGGMFF67ngg?sub_confirmation=1

I teach pencil drawings and ink and watercolor ink drawings. I also do art tip videos. So Most of these are created for people who want to learn to draw or who want to draw along with someone. It’s more fun that way.

So email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com and let me know how your art journey is coming along.

Until then, dear art lover, keep drawing and I’ll see you in the drawing demonstration!
-Elaine

Log Cabin in Pencil with Pine Trees – Easy Pencil Drawing

Hello Fellow Art Lovers,

Today we’re going to Draw a Log Cabin in Pencil with Pine Trees.

If you want to draw this using the YouTube video instead of the written directions below, click on this picture:

Log Cabin in Pencil with Pine TreesFor this project, you will need just a regular pencil, an eraser, and any type of paper.
Get your supplies now, if you don’t have them already.

log cabin in pencil with pine trees

OUTLINE THE CABIN IN PENCIL

Make the top of the door and the top of the window at the same level.
The same log will go across the top of both of them.

log cabin in pencil with pine trees

ADD BOARDS TO THE DOOR AND THE ROOF

Add logs across the front of the log cabin in pencil.

 

SHADE ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE LOGS

Leave the center of each log a lighter shade.

Let’s put some lines on the boards on the door.

Darken the window panes since we can’t see into the cabin from where we are standing.

Put some lines onto the boards on the roof.

draw in A PINE TREE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCENE

Start the base of the tree about halfway up the side of the cabin. This gives the illusion that the tree is further away from us than the front of the cabin. Then draw in the branches.

ART TIP!

A tip to remember is that some of the branches are coming toward us. We easily remember to draw the branches that go out to the sides. But we need to also draw the branches that are coming toward us. These branches hide the trunk.

If there are fewer branches on a tree, some of the trunks would show in a few places.

easy pencil drawing,

DRAW IN 3 PINE TREES BEHIND THE CABIN

They should be of different sizes to add interest. Leave a space between the 2nd and 3rd tree. We we’ll put a chimney in that space.

DRAW IN A SECOND LARGE PINE TREE

Start the base of this pine tree lower on the page, below the bottom of the cabin. This gives the illusion that this tree is closer to us than the front of the cabin. Let’s make an effort to have some of the ends of the branches overlap the front of the cabin.

easy pencil drawing,

DRAW A CHIMNEY WITH SMOKE COMING OUT OF IT

The chimney is stove-pipe black metal, so let’s make it dark. You might like to try using the side of your pencil to make smoke.

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DRAW A SHADOW WITH YOUR PENCIL FRONT AND AT THE SIDE OF THE CABIN

Add a path from the cabin door coming toward us. This path helps the viewer’s eye be led into the drawing toward the cabin, which is the focal point of the drawing.

Add shadow in front of the trunks of the pine trees.

Add some grass or shadow in the yard to break up the whiteness of the paper.

Now it’s time for the last-minute details and to add more contrasts to our cabin scene

– Smooth out the path and smoke with your finger or tissue wrapped around your finger.
– Darken the window pane a bit more.
– Put a few more lines in the logs and boards.
– Put a hint of scrubby grass in the yard to break up the plainless in those areas.
– Darken the metal of the chimney to add more contrast.
– Add 3 birds in the sky.
– Emphasizing that the tree that is nearest to us has branches that come out in front of the cabin.

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ADD A FRAME

Let’s add our signature inside the frame.
And we’re done!
Good job everyone.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this easy pencil drawing lesson of a log cabin with pine trees.

You’re invited to post your drawing on my Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/skillfulartists

Contact me anytime by email: Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com

Also, check out my YouTube channel for other drawing lessons by clicking on this image below:

Log Cabin in Pencil with Pine TreesSee you in the next easy drawing lesson!
-Elaine

 

Draw This Neurographic Mountains Scene with Me

Hello, fellow art lovers,

Today we’re going to draw neurographic mountains scene together.

I hope you’ll draw this along with me. I’ll walk you through each step. This drawing is very relaxing so jump in a enjoy!

For today’s project, all you need is a permanent black marker, like a Sharpie marker, a piece of thick paper, like watercolor or mixed media paper, and some watercolor paints. If you don’t have a permanent marker or watercolor paints, you can use colored markers, colored pencils, or crayons.

So, if you don’t yet have your paper and something to draw in your black lines with, gather them up.

Draw Neurographic Mountains

In neurographic art, a person draws random curvy lines that intersect each other. Start at one side of the page and end the line on a different side of the page. You can draw in as many – or as few – lines as you want to.

If you would rather watch the instructions on video than read them in this post, click on this image to watch the video:

Draw Neurographic Mountains

DRAW IN CURVY LINES:

Your lines DO NOT have to look like mine. Draw your lines in any way you want to.

Neurographic mountains

DRAW NEUROGRAPHIC MOUNTAINS AND FIELDS:

Next, we’ll draw in our mountain scene – right over the lines we’ve already drawn. Again, your mountains do not have to look like mine. Make them the way you want them to look.

Three mountains – one up front and two further back in the distance. Also, draw a line near the bottom to indicate a field at the foot of the mountains.

DRAWING IN SIMPLE CLOUDS:

Now let’s draw in some clouds right over the neurographic lines you’ve already drawn.

INTERSECTIONS:

Next, we’ll thicken up our neurographic intersections. Every place that lines intersect, round them off.
This type of drawing is called neurographic drawing because it reminds us of neurons in the brain.
This can be a very calming drawing exercise. So take your time and enjoy the process.

ADDING COLOR:

Next, we’ll add color. I’m going to use this little Winsor & Newton watercolor paint set. It’s minimal for us who like to take it with us when going outside to paint. I paid about only $15 for it. I’ll leave a link to it here in case you want to get yourself a small, good-quality watercolor set for painting on the go.

Drawing neurogenic mountains

 

 

But for our easy drawing lesson today, you can use any watercolor set you have. Or like I said before, you can add color to your drawing with colored markers, colored pencils, or crayons.

I love blue and green so I’m going to make the sky blue and the main mountain green. I’m going to take the field in front of a lighter green because it’s catching the light from the sky. The 2 mountains that are further back behind my main one will be yellowy-green because mountains that are in the distance tend to appear lighter because of all the atmosphere between us and them when we’re looking at them from a distance.

You, however, can use any colors you want. You can make the sky blue and pink and the mountain purple and brown, or whatever. It’s entirely up to you.

First I’ll paint in the sky. I’m going to make some areas darker than others to add interest. I’m going to put just a hint of color in the clouds, but I could just leave them white if I wanted to.
Now paint in your sky.

Drawing Neurographic mountains

PAINT THE MOUNTAINS AND THE FIELD:

Now it’s time to paint the mountains and the field in front of them with various shades of green. I’ll make my main mountain darker than the 2 mountains that are in the distance. I’ll add yellow to them. If you make anything too dark, don’t worry. I’m going to show you an art trick you can use to lighten up areas of a watercolor drawing – even after the paint has dried!

Drawing Neurographic mountains

WATERCOLOR ART LIGHTENING TRICK:

Here is the watercolor trick I promised you. If you made your color too dark anyplace in your drawing, just dip your brush in clean water and scrub some of the watercolor off. Then lift the color with a Kleenex. This works best if you use watercolor paper but it can work on some other types of paper, too.

Pretty cool, huh? I love giving away these types of art tips. If you like getting them, be sure to subscribe to this channel because I’m giving out lots more art tips – for free!

Draw Neurographic mountains

DRAWING IS DONE:

Don’t worry if your drawing is warped or buckled. I have a surefire way to flatten watercolor paintings. There is a video on my YouTube channel about How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting. Follow the simple technique in this video and your draw neurographic mountains painting will be flat:

Here is a Facebook link where you can post your drawing on the Skillful Artists Facebook page so we all can enjoy it:

https://www.facebook.com/skillfulartists

I also suggest you frame your drawing, I’ll put my signature in the corner. You should sign yours, too, – it’s your drawing and uniquely yours.

I invite you to contact me directly anytime with your comments or suggestions by emailing me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com.

If you liked drawing with me today, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.:

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Until next time dear art lovers, keep drawing and join me in my next easy drawing lesson.
-Elaine

Easy Way to Flatten a Watercolor Painting Without Stretching the Paper First

 

How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting

Hello Fellow Art Lovers!

If you’ve painted something on watercolor paper, or even mixed media or drawing paper, your paper probably buckled as mine did. All watercolor artists have to deal with watercolor paper bowing or warping after applying watercolor paint.

So you might have heard people talking about stretching their watercolor paper before they apply their paint.

I tried stretching my watercolor paper and was not satisfied with the results. First, the tape around the paper came lost. Then I put staples in the edge of the paper, which left holes. And after I did my watercolor painting, the paper still buckled. That really put me off of watercolor painting for a while.

Then I heard about this different method and I tried it. I was very pleased with this method and the results. It’s super simple and it works. Let me show you.

If you would rather watch these instructions on my video, click on this thumbnail:

How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting
First, you put down a board. I happen to have a piece of masonite board that I ordered from Dick Blick but any hard, flat surface will do.

How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting

 

Then I laid down a piece of acid-free paper. I just used another piece of watercolor paper from my watercolor pad.

How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting

 

Then I placed my warped watercolor artwork FACE DOWN on that paper.

How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting

 

I wet the back of my painting. Dodn’t soak the painting. Just put some water on it and rubbed it around with my hand for a few seconds until the entire back of the painting was wet.

wetting the back of painting

Then I placed another clean sheet of watercolor paper on top of the wetted back of my painting.

On top of that, I placed a big book.

Then I piled a bunch of art and coffee table books on top of that to add a bunch of weight and left it like that overnight.

 

The Next Morning (or Several Hours Later)In the morning, when I removed the books and papers, my painting was completely FLAT!

It was not damp like I was afraid it would be. Instead, it was perfectly dry (not sure how that happened since it was under so many books) but

I was VERY pleased with the results.

 

How to Flatten a Watercolor Painting

 

I think that if I added another layer of watercolor, I could just let the watercolor paints dry, turn the painting over and wet the back again. Then I’d then place it on the board, sandwiched between the 2 blank acid-free papers and under the pile of books overnight and it will come out flat and dry again.

So let me know if you tried this method and if you liked it. Or if you plan to try it – or not and why not.
You can email me at Elaine@SkillfulArtists.com

If you like these kinds of art tips, request my free ebook, “Drawing Tips 1-10 for Beginners” from the home page of the website: SkillfulArtists.com.

Until next time, dear art lovers!
-Elaine

Swan in Pencil Drawing

Swan in Pencil Drawing – Draw this Easy Drawing for Beginners – This Pencil Drawing is Perfect for Spending Quiet Time Doing a Drawing

All you need for this drawing project is a regular pencil, an eraser and a piece of paper.

Start by outlining the swan. Leave room all around. There will be water below and sky above. Set the swan a little to the right side of the paper so there is more room in front of its face than behind its tail.

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Next, outline the feathers.

How to draw pencil in step by step In Swan Drawing

If you want to follow the YouTube video of this drawing instead of this post, click on the image below:

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Darken the feathers to make them stand out more. The feathers underneath the tail of the swan are darker than the feathers at the top, nearest the sun.

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Add an horizon line to separate the water from the sky.

swan pencil drawing step by stepAdd the sky and birds. The slanted lines of the sky should be spaced out and never darker than the swan, which is the main element in the drawing. Make the sky lines wispy. Leave some sky untouched. Put an odd number of birds in the sky, 1, 3, 5, or whatever.

swan pencil sketchAdd water and the swan’s shadow in the water. Add a bit of swirly water in front of the swan. Make the shadow in the water darkest nearest the swan, where very little sunlight can reach. Make the shadow lighter as it is further away from the swan because the sunlight can lighten the shadow out away from the swan.

how to draw swans in loveNow add your final shadows and see what your drawing looks like in a frame.

DRAWING TIP:

Adding shadow is one of the best ways to improve the looks of your drawing, even a simple drawing. This is usually done over the course of the drawing, not all at once. In this easy drawing, you start by drawing in the swan’s feathers. Then you darken the bottoms of the feathers a little. When you add the lines in the feathers, the overall drawing appears a bit darker. Since the swan’s tail feathers under the swan are away from the sunlight, those are shaded more than the upper feathers.

Often the final touches to a drawing are increasing the shadows. This creates a wider range of “values” in the drawing. White is the lightest value and black is the darkest value. Almost every good drawing has a full range of values – some areas are white and some are black and there is almost every value (shade) in between somewhere in the drawing.

Don’t call a drawing finished until you’ve asked yourself if you can add any more drama to the drawing by darkening some places and lightening (with your eraser) some other places.

swan pencil artSign your name and hang your drawing on the wall.

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How to Begin a Nature Journal

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These 2 men describe the benefits of creating a nature journal.

If you’re not a person who likes drawing outside, you could use this concept to sketch and document your house plants and pets.

Developing a nature journal could be a good excuse for buying yourself some flowers on a regular basis!

Sketch away, dear art lover!

 

Draw This Easy Fish Mosaic Drawing With Me

Hello fellow art lovers,

Today we’re drawing this fish mosaic together.

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Draw This Easy Fish Mosaic Drawing With Me

For this drawing tutorial, all you need is paper, a pencil, and an eraser.

You’ll be able to shade in the fish sections with your pencil, pen, colored pencils, or watercolor paint.

The point of this lesson is that YOU draw along with me so that we both have a nice drawing to hang on our wall at the end of this lesson.

If you don’t have your pencil and paper ready yet, now is the time to get them.

Okay,  let’s get started.

You can follow the printed instructions on this page or you can watch the YouTube video of this drawing lesson by clicking on this picture:

 

Draw the outside shape of the fish. Then draw in the upper and lower fins. Leave a space between the fins and the fish. I’ll explain in a minute.

Now draw in the eyes, gills, and side fin.

Draw a white strip around your fin. This white strip is like the grout between mosaic tiles. We don’t put any color into these strips.

Now put on the bands in front of the tail fin – 4 lines.

And then the strips in the tail fin. Now you’ve made 5 mosaic sections in the tail fin that you’ll color in later.

Now we’ll put the mosaic sections in the rest of the fish’s body. Start around the eyes. The trick is to remember to draw the white strips. This creates the mosaic sections.

You do NOT have to draw your sections to look like mine. Just make some sections that you will color in later.

It’s up to you if you want to fill in the mosaic spaces with your pencil, a pen, colored pencils, markers, or watercolor paints.

Just be sure to keep the white stripes blank.

I used colored pencils for this mosaic drawing.

I suggest you frame your mosaic drawing. See how the frame fits and then add your signature where it will plainly show.

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Keep drawing, dear art lovers, and join me in my next drawing lesson,

-Elaine