Stylized and Snowy Trees Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #Sarasa #Zensations @Hahnemühle @ZebraPenUS

With the holidays coming up, I thought people might be working on last minute cards and drawings.  One of things you often see on such cards are trees laden with snow.  There are a lot of ways to draw or paint such cards, but I thought I share a quick and easy way that creates a distinct look.

Don't sweat the shapes.  Play with making the tree shapes (you'll understand what I mean by step 5) smaller so there is more snow, or making them larger so there is less.  Mix them up - as long as you have a triangular shape on top, you'll get something that resembles a tree.

Remember- these are stylized.  They represent the object, like an icon, but don't have to look all that real.

I apologize that parts of my step-out was drawn digitally.  I had to finish it while visiting family and discovered that I had left my drawing utensils behind.
Example done with Zebra Pen Sarasa Finelinerson a Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard.

Example done with Zebra Pen Sarasa Fineliners on Hahnemühle…

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Snowman Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #Tutorial

It's not just the Holiday season, it's soon to be winter.  I thought I'd help everyone gear up with a step-out for a snowman.  The kind you can build even without snow, lol.

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Koi Fish Studies #Watercolor #Yupo @LegionPaper @Hahnemühle_USA

In watercolor class we painted Koi fish.  I did one a Hahnemühle watercolor postcard, to used for hubby's lunch bag.

The second one, I painted on Yupo, which is an interesting paper to paint on.  In essence, the paint never soaks into the paper.  Even now, days later, I could take a wet rag to the paper and wipe off all the paint.

The upside to this is that mistakes are very easy to correct and you can start over at any time, if you wish.  The downside is that you can't really glaze.  When you try to paint over what you've already painted, you end up lifting more paint than you put down.

You can get around that - somewhat - but you end up with sort of a plastic-wrapped look. It's fun, but I would want to do it all the time.

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There was a Bali Starling in Hubby's Lunch Bag today.  In 2001, there were only six of these birds left in the wild.  Conservation efforts have increased the number since then, but they are still critically endangered.

The rest was done with Winsor & Newton Davys Grey and Lukas Paynes Gray & Burnt Umber Watercolors on a Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard.

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Superb Fairy Wren - Art for Hubby's Lunch Bag @Hahnemühle_USA @ZebraPenUS #Birdmas

Today, Hubby got a Superb Fairy Wren in his lunch bag. They hale from Australia and Tasmania, where they live in groups of 3 or 4, and share equally in raising their chicks
The darkest values and outlines were done with Zebra Pen Sarasa Fineliners. The rest was done with Schmincke Watercolors on a Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard.

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