Friday, March 31, 2017

Inspiring Spring Paintings

Watercolor and Ink girl with flowers by Elise Engh: grow creative blog

One more mini contribution to my Flower Girl Series I started last year.  I haven't painted any  versions since my "Flower Dreamer" last summer.  It was time for another and it was fun to go small this time. This is a 5x7 inch piece and it's in my shop!


Watercolor and Ink girl with flowers by Elise Engh: grow creative blog
spring watercolor paintings by Elise Engh: grow creative blog

And since poppies are my favorite flowers, I painted a pale pink poppy piece with some ink outlines.  I might want to keep this one for myself!  

Spring is such an inspiring time of year.  I'm reminded what colors look like, how many shades of green there are, and what warm sunshine feels like on my arms.  It all leads to good painting, so hooray for Spring!


Pink Watercolor Poppies by Elise Engh: grow creative blog

Monday, March 27, 2017

Photos of the Week


Yes, I have some photos for you!! I haven't had much energy left over to get out with my camera in quite a while.  I've missed it.

I caught our white blossoms just coming out on a sunny warm day.  Few things make me happier than watching plants come to life in the spring.  It's nothing short of a miracle that you can so easily miss, if you aren't paying attention.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Leave White Space in Watercolor Painting

creating white space in watercolors

Hi friends and Happy Spring!

I've been busy with family and house plans so I haven't been getting much up on the blog lately, but I do have a new watercolor post up on the Craftsy Art Blog that I wanted to share with you.

Learning to leave white space in watercolor painting is one of the most basic and most challenging steps to creating a great watercolor piece.  In this post, I share seven ways to help you get that white space in your painting so that it can live and breathe!  White space gives life to watercolor painting. Without it, paintings look flat and dull.

So check out 7 Simple Strategies for Creating Watercolor White Space!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Watercolor Floral Pineapples

watercolor floral pineapple painting by Elise Engh

Almost everything I paint these days is tropical.  I love the vibrant colors and interesting shapes of tropical plants and fruits.  I guess I just have spring fever really bad!

So I painted three tropical floral pineapples in watercolors! I did three versions, with my first version (shown above) being my favorite.  Even though I love this design, I don't love painting the same thing over and over again.  So these will probably be the only versions I do.  Enjoy! 

watercolor floral pineapple paintings by Elise Engh

watercolor floral pineapple painting by Elise Engh

watercolor floral pineapple painting by Elise Engh

I have two of these paintings left in my Etsy Shop.  The first one went super fast, so check them out before they're gone!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Watercolor and Washi Tape Tags and Cards

happy birthday gift tag with watercolors and washi tape: grow creative blog

Last week I was sifting through old watercolor paintings and decided to go on a card and gift-tag-making spree!  I had to put some of my new washi tape to good use!

Some of these designs were from watercolor stamping experiments.  Others are some old watercolor cut-outs. I just added some fun floral details with pens.  I'm all set for gift giving this year!

happy birthday gift tag with watercolors and washi tape: grow creative blog

happy birthday gift tag with watercolors and washi tape: grow creative blog
happy birthday gift tags and cards made with watercolors and washi tape: grow creative blog

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A New Way to Paint Flowers

 I've been playing with different ways to paint flowers.  These are not the realistic kind, but they are oh so fun to paint!


Watercolor sunburst florals by Elise Engh

You start with a simple flower shape in the middle and work in rounds, varying the sizes and shapes of the flower petals.  Keep moving outwards until the flower is larger enough to strike your fancy. Then you can add leaves, dots, even some gold ink- if you feel like it.  

These two paintings are small and I'm dying to try this out on a larger scale! 

Watercolor sunburst florals by Elise Engh
Watercolor sunburst florals by Elise Engh


This 5x7 floral sits on my bookshelf in the family room right next to my little cactus painting.  They were meant to be together!

watercolor cactus and flowers by Elise Engh

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