Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Working my Way Around the Color Wheel

I am using my color wheel to pick my colors to go on my new palette.  I went from my yellows to oranges, reds, purples, blues and now finally greens.  I weeded out lots of colors that are too similar or that don't interest me by using my little color swatches that I painted (see previous posts).  It is time to start laying out the tubes of paint in the order that matches the colors on the color wheel.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

More About Yellow Watercolors

I like to make a color swatch of each color.  This takes some time but it is fun to do!  You can learn a lot about your colors this way.  I start by cutting pieces of watercolor paper 3" x 1.5".
I write the name of the color and the manufacturer of the paint on the back side of the paper.  Then I wet the front of the paper and paint it.  I try to have lay the color on thick and thin to see how dark it can get.  When it is dry I write the name of the paint on the front of the paper.

When I decide on a color, I start to lay the tubes of paint around my palette to see where they will go.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Yellow

Starting with the color yellow, I took a look at all the tubes of paint I own.  I have a lot of tubes of paint!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Watercolor Palette!

What a treat for me to get a new watercolor palette!  People often ask me what colors I use and how do I set up my palette.  I want to share with you the best way to set up a new watercolor palette.
This is the biggest palette that I have ever bought.  This is the Mijello Silber Nano Palette.

It has room for 40 colors!  Yippee!!!

Now the fun part is to decide which colors will go where.  I always use a color wheel to figure out where to put my colors.

The first thing to do is to pull out the tubes of color that I want to add to my new palette.  This will take some time and careful thought.





Friday, September 1, 2017

Jacqueline Newbold DVDs

Good Colorful Morning!  
Are you new to watercolor and not sure how to get started?  I have just the DVD for you!  It is Watercolor Toolbox One offered for sale through Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat.  

I take you step-by-step on everything you need to know about painting with watercolor.  Exploring techniques to get you started on your artistic journey, you will learn the correct way to set up a palette and care for your watercolor art supplies.  


You will also learn a variety of basic watercolor techniques.  All your examples can be put into a file or journal creating a toolbox for future reference.  This workshop on DVD is the perfect introduction to watercolor painting! 


Monday, August 28, 2017

Using Black Gesso

I wrote an article for Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine a while back about creating a very interesting journal page using black gesso.  It is a favorite technique of mine and love the look of it in my journals!


Jeannine Stein blogged about it at the Cloth, Paper, Scissors blog.
Here is a little of what she had to say:
In the article “Black-and-White Journal Pages” in the same issue of Pages, Jacqueline Newbold has a fantastic technique for prepping art journal pages and turning them into paper art. Start by painting a watercolor border on all sides of the paper. The beauty of this technique is that even if you’re not that familiar with watercolor, you really can’t go wrong. I sprinkled table salt on some areas of the wet paint to get a textured effect. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PAINTING in Italy 2018

I am very happy to announce that I am teaching again in Orvieto, Italy, September 11 - 16, 2018! Consider joining me on this wonderful journey.  Painting in Italy is offered through Adventure in Italy.  I have very fond memories of our painting workshop in 2014 creating colorful memories in our watercolor journals.  We had so much fun exploring Orvieto - what great food, wonderful wine tasting, friendly people and it was so inspiring to be surrounded by beautiful Italian art!
If you have taken a workshop with Adventures in Italy before, you will get a 10% discount for being a returning artist.
Let's paint together!
Here are a few photos of our joyous time together:






Friday, August 4, 2017

Having a Ton of Fun at Art Unraveled 2017

I am always impressed with how creative my students are when we get together and paint.  I love showing new techniques and seeing how artists quickly turn them into beautiful paintings!  I have one more class to teach call the Creative Page at Art Unraveled.  There are three seats left if you are in the Phoenix area and want to join us!






Friday, July 21, 2017

Keep it Simple

You can paint fun little paintings with just a few supplies.  I enjoy creating my own mini watercolor palettes of my own choice of colors.  I buy empty half pans and fill them with my paints from tubes of watercolors.  They fit conveniently in empty mint tins.  Here is a photo of a postcard that I painted from my little mini watercolor palette:
I added the word FRANCE by using the brass stencils and then filled in the letters with red paint markers.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Best Travel Art Tips for Summer

Check out this great online article by Jeannine Stein -  "Best Travel Art Tips for Summer".  She has put together 23 ideas from various artists, including me :), on how to create art-on-the-go!


Jeannine says - If you’ve seen the July/August 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, you may have noticed this on the cover: “23 Tips for Creating While You Travel.” Yes, we’ve loaded this travel and adventure-themed issue with a lot of techniques, projects, and ideas for creating art on the road, and we aim to deliver on our promise. So here are the 23 tips, and where in the magazine you can find them. We hope you find these useful for all your summer art adventures!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Naturalist's Watercolor Journal

 A Naturalists Watercolor Journal
Jacqueline Newbold
July 16 – August 26

Dive into the colorful world of nature with Jacqueline Newbold!  She will guide you step-by-step as you explore various ways to use watercolor paints and mixed-media to create a naturalist art journal.  Keeping a journal of your field notes, drawings, and paintings of the natural world will enrich your experiences with nature and help develop your skills as an artistic naturalist.  Jacqueline shows how to capture the essence of the wonderful world of feathered and furry creatures with simplified, easy drawing methods, colorful painting techniques, and creative mixed-media embellishments.  This is great workshop for beginner to advance painters that want to improve their painting skills.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cloth Paper Scissors

Check out the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.  I am featured artist in the Studio Spotlight section.  
I have an article about what is needed to paint outside.  There are more photos from my journals on the Cloth Paper Scissors Blog.







Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Script/Liner/Rigger Brushes

I love using liner brushes.  These are watercolor brushes that have longer hairs and are great for splattering paint and making very thin dark lines.  They are inexpensive and fun to use!  They are sometimes called script brushes or riggers.  Here are a couple that I found on the Dick Blick site:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Drawing


Ok here is my last post for a few days.... I hope you enjoyed my 10 tips!  This last one is how I use my pencil  -  not just for drawing but for measuring and comparing.  So grab your favorite pencil (mine is a Ini OC-Gel  HD 0.5) and let’s get started!
Here is a lovely ocean scene at the Oregon coast near where I live:

The first thing I do is the hold my pencil vertical and stretch my arm out so that my elbow is locked.  All my measurements are done with a locked elbow so that the comparisons will be the same.  
How big are the rocks?  

With my thumb, I measure from the bottom of Haystack Rock to the bottom at the tallest part.
Now I measure how wide the rocks are.
At this point, I would make pencil marks on my paper using these measurements.  
Here I am using my pencil at a slant to get the correct slope of the rock.  Carefully bring this angle down to your watercolor paper.




If I want to add some of the ocean cabins, I measure how tall they are.
Here is how tall the nearest point of land is compared to the house and the other rocks.
Now that I have all my measurements and comparisons the next step is to do my drawing.
How about you practice drawing something using your pencil to measure and compare and let me know how it goes.
For the rest of the tips about using a pencil to measure, go to my post about Drawing Lesson, Part 2

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - Free EBook from Interweave Press

Here are some fun journaling tips from Interweave Press and Cloth Paper Scissors.  This free ebook features my article on Travel Journals, Using Maps as a Starting Point.  


Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time.  This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art.  In this free ebook you will get art journaling tips, including how to make a travel journal from maps, how to make an art journal instages, and how to choose the right tools for your art journal adventures!


Monday, May 15, 2017

10 Tips in 10 Days - A Fun Warm-UP Exercise


Warm and cool colors are something that I think about all the time in my painting and enjoy playing warm colors against cool colors to create vibrate and dynamic watercolors.  Here is a fun exercise that you could do with warm colors or cool colors - your choice!  I did mine with warm colors.  You will need your watercolor paints, watercolor brushes and a Gold Leaf Pen for this exercise.
Start by drawing big shapes in your journal with the gold leaf pen.  I drew my initials JN.  Make sure you go off the page here and there.
 Then add smaller shapes within your large initials.
 Pick a color scheme warm or cool.  I chose a warm palette so I painted all my shapes with yellows, oranges, reds and combinations of these colors. The gold leaf pen lines will act as a resist to the paint.






This is my final page in my watercolor journal