Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”
Monday, July 3, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
I found the cute pattern for cup shaped coasters, and then had to make "saucers" also. I assigned a color to each friend! Now they have 8 coasters!
Then I couldn't find boxes to fit the coasters, so I made some myself from watercolor paper! You can see one box with the coasters nestled inside (below). Originally I tried to make origami boxes, but got my measurements off, so that was a complete disaster.
I then cut simple boxes and taped them together. Well, you can't have plain white boxes, now, can you?? So then I decoupaged initials and something that made me think of each of them. Maybe they will use those boxes to store the coasters and think of me this year!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Since I have been heavily into crochet, most of mine were crocheted objects, but not all.
Here are baskets I made - different sizes and shapes - one for each of my friends. Some began using the baskets right away - filling them with pastel pencils or pens - or their drink glass! I told my friends to use them until they "dissolve"! I'm still new at this and not sure I always finish off the way I'm supposed to.
Another gift was a neat journal I found last year just after that retreat. I'm just proud of myself that I was able to keep track of them and not lose them over the course of the year! The one below is one I kept for myself; the others all had different designs. These are nice because they have a zipper where you can store your pens.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
|Here is SOME of what I took - which does not include more bedding|
my duffle bag, two coolers and some food!
Thursday, June 15, 2017
I left this painting at this stage to show my classes how important value is.
We joked that only "Flat Stanley" could sit on the chair on the left - but the chair on the right now has depth - we could sit down on that chair!
So many struggle with value. This picture shows a dramatic "before" and "after" on how to use value easily and effectively.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
I put a thin line of miskit around the edges of the eggs. I like Pebeo Drawing Gum, which is the gray line you see in the photo. Then I put down a piece of blue painter's tape along the edge of the carton and began painting
C O L O R. And, for me, the added fun of the preciseness of the letters!
It was also fun to mix colors to get as exact a representation of the actual colors on the carton as possible.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
When I got home I placed the carton and some eggs on a dishtowel and took numerous photos and chose this one.
|After more drawing, from the photo, the painting is finally ready to begin.|
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
As I've mentioned before, I am all about the crochet right now. So I looked through patterns that come to me via email, and I found one for little sandals.
These were just too cute not to make!! I did make a couple of slight modifications. I made the tie straps longer for ease of tying a little bow. Then, the pattern called for wrapping the toe area several times, but I just used a piece of yarn, wrapped it a couple times and tied a bow.
I've got so many skeins of yarn now, in various stages of use, so I want to use up as much as I can. Since the pattern called for a double sole - yikes, the child will not be walking for months, but these soles are rugged!!! - I used yellow on the bottom and pink on top. That way I could easily use the multi-colored yarn for the rest of the shoe and it would all coordinate. May as well teach her about coordinating outfits early on!
Here they are - and they almost fit her little tiny feet! In another month or so they should be right on - just in time for the summer fashion season!
The pattern for these sandals can be found at www.whistleandivy.com.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The greens of the grasses and leaves started. The chair shadows have also been darkened.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Next I began to show the bricks with quick swipes of color.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Originally I thought I would pour this photo, but after looking it over again I decided direct painting was the way to go!
I printed out the photo in line work and enlarged it. Even so, there is still a lot of drawing in that needs to take place before painting can begin.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Ah ha - - - she found out that, even though you set out to work in one area, you notice something that bothers you in another area, so you go over there to paint, then you realize you didn't paint the area you thought you should paint, so you go back there, until you realize another area on the other side of the painting needs help . . . . well, you get the idea!
And, sometimes, you see a spot that needs "help", you get paint on your brush - and then find yourself sitting with your brush mid-air, having no idea where you are supposed to put the paint that is on your brush!!!
It's not as cut and dried as it looks!!! Haha.
I think it may be done - or else I'm just done looking at it!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
First I traced the photo (I know, cheating . . . ) but - then it took me several hours to carefully compare the photo to the tracing, adding and erasing lines as necessary, until I had all of the leaves.
Then I added the blue sky and greens of possible leaves in the background.
And, by the way, the paper used here is a print paper, not technically a watercolor paper. It has the properties of hot press w/c paper, and is acid free. Sometimes I like to use different papers, just to try them out.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
The grill has been painted in. I find painting all of those little areas very "zen"-like.