On My Worktable: Artist Hand Painted Textures – For Creating Art Journals and Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve been experimenting with hand painted textures lately and have something fresh off my painting table for you.

Hand Painted Neutral Textures 6 Sheets

I love working with color in it’s pure form and seeing the lovely mixtures it makes. These neutral texture paintings are the first in this new series and I learned from them. They’re great as a backdrop for something graphic like typography.

 

Rosy Hues EMU3

The next trial was inspired by the multitude of pinks in the plain old-fashioned roses in my garden. These rosy hues are softer and the texture is less pronounced. They look fabulous behind this vintage floral illustration and would also make floral photography just pop!

 

 

 

Rosy Hues Sample EMU

Any of these would also make a great “paper” for a digital scrapbook layout or an art journal page. You can find both of them in the DigitalPapercrafting shop on Etsy.

What have you been working on! Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Black Eye Susan Chalk Pastel Print

Here’s the update on the Black Eyed Susan drawing from a few days ago. It finished nicely into a print (it takes almost as long to get ready to print as it does to do the art!) and led to several more drawings of fruit in the same series. You can see all of them in the print shop.

I’m in the process of trying out print options and a new printer for nicer prints and paper. Stay tuned for that!

Also, since this is turning into an update on all the things type post – would anyone be interested in how-to videos or courses? I get lots of questions about technique and such and wonder if I should develop something like that – what do you think? Drop me line and let me know. I answer EVERY single email, so go ahead and send one.

What I’m working on – Black Eyed Susan Pastel Pencil Drawing

Here’s a quick photo of what’s on my drawing table. I’ve been feeling the urge to draw and work with dry media lately. The first drawing was a super simple graphite shaded drawing that looked heavy and smudgy. So, I rummaged around my art supplies and found an old set of chalk pastel pencils and did a second drawing (it’s a green gourd – I’ll scan it soon) that was better but still less than subtle.

Of course new art supplies were already on the way – this set of 24 Carb-Othello pastel pencils from Amazon – so that’s what I used for this drawing. I like the chalk pastel pencils because of the way they lay down clean bright color without getting my hands dirty (‘cause I hate that.) They’re blendable too which helps set the pigments on the paper so the finished drawing isn’t so fragile.

I’m still not completely thrilled with how static this looks, but it’s and improvement, I’m trying for a light touch – almost casual – but with nuance in the colors and shading while keeping a sense of life. That sounds tough, doesn’t it? I’m also still on the fence about a background of some sorts. I had planned it to start but the clean look is nice too. What do you think?

Watercolor Female Cardinal – Original Art Print – 5 x 7 – Archival Quality – Free Shipping by ShinyDesigns

9.99 USD

“Little Red” – Companion to “Big Red”

These 5 x 7 bird prints are from original paintings by Monette Satterfield and are part of the best loved birds series.

You’ll receive an archival quality print on fine-art 100% cotton rag paper that’s ready to frame with your choice of mat and frame. (Frame in product image is for illustration only and is not included.) As with all art and prints, glazing is recommended to protect the surface.

I have personally chosen the paper and printing options to ensure a quality reproduction as well as continually monitoring the process.

The printer I’ve selected is a small US company in the upper mid-west that offers professional oversight of the art printing process coupled with fast delivery. Generally, you will receive your prints, carefully packaged to avoid creases and dog-ears, within 3-5 days via USPS Priority Mail.

I want you to be happy with your purchases! If the item you receive is not to your liking for any reason or is damaged, please contact me immediately for a replacement or full refund. No hassles, no problem.

Copyright Information: The rights to all artworks remain with the artist unless expressly licensed and do not transfer with a sale of the original or any reproductions. Your purchase of an original piece of art gives you the right to display or dispose of that original. However, the right to make and display copies (in any form) remains with the artist.

A watermark is included on some images in the shop to discourage digital image theft. Be assured your print will not have that mark!

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Watercolor Typography – LOVE – Splashy Softly Colored Original Art Print – 5 x 7 – Archival Quality – by ShinyDesigns

9.99 USD

A smaller version of this splashy pink and green typography print inspired by Valentines Day – it makes a perfect gift for a special someone!

It’s painted with just three colors that I love and use frequently: Permanent Rose, Sap Green and Paynes Gray. I like the vibrant colors from the pink and the green with the contrast of the mixed areas and the gray to tone things down.

I was aiming for an edgier look so chose a hard-edge stencil font and was a little more energetic with the splatters on the page while keeping the softness of watercolor in the edges of the letters. What do you think – did it work?

If you have a thought or a comment – drop me a note or comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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You’ll receive an archival quality print on fine-art 100% cotton rag paper that’s ready to frame with your choice of mat and frame. (Frame in product image is for illustration only and is not included.) As with all art and prints, glazing is recommended to protect the surface.

I have personally chosen the paper and printing options to ensure a quality reproduction as well as continually monitoring the process.

The printer I’ve selected is a small US company in the upper mid-west that offers professional oversight of the art printing process coupled with fast delivery. Generally, you will receive your prints, carefully packaged to avoid creases and dog-ears, within 3-5 days via USPS Priority Mail.

I want you to be happy with your prints! If the item you receive is not to your liking for any reason or is damaged, please contact me immediately for a replacement or full refund. No hassles, no problem.

Copyright Information: The rights to all artworks remain with the artist unless expressly licensed and do not transfer with a sale of the original or any reproductions. Your purchase of an original piece of art gives you the right to display or dispose of that original. However, the right to make and display copies (in any form) remains with the artist.

A watermark is included on some images in the shop to discourage digital image theft. Be assured your print will not have that mark!

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