As I moved into the second phase of my watercolor doodles project, the process became a bit more challenging. I was still working with blobs of color, but at this stage those blobs became a bit more thoughtful — and therein lay the danger.
It’s easy to over-think blobs of color. Too much here? Not enough there? Is the overall effect pleasing and harmonious? Is the image well-balanced? I began to hear Arnold Fletcher whispering in my ear, reminding me of all the lessons he’s taught me about color.
The idea here, you see, is to take that first playful image and consciously add to it, deepening the colors, and maybe, just maybe, making it look a little bit more like a real flower garden, all the while, of course, still recognizing that it’s really blobs of color. It’s sort of a fine line, I guess, between being accidental and being deliberate.
Here’s what I ended up with for my Blobs of Color — Version 1:
How about a side-by-side look for comparison?
At this point, my watercolor paper had buckled just a bit, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. This is only a watercolor doodle project, all in a good day’s fun.
And what about the second and third version of my Blobs of Color watercolor paintings? For now, they’re still drying. I decided to complete the project with my first image before moving on to either of the other images.
The next step in the watercolor doodle project was the actual doodling — with ink. I’ve never thought of doodling as something difficult, but suddenly I found myself very unsure of what to do and how to do it, especially when my Pitt Artist pens refused to cooperate. The first two I tried did not want to draw over the watercolor.
I chose the Pitt pen with the SB tip — almost like a brush — and gradually I began figuring it all out. Loose strokes. Just play with it. Have fun. Before I called it done, I also got out a set of gel pens and added a few little marks here and there.
I like it. It could be better, I suppose. I think I have too much green, but maybe not. Maybe it’s fine just as it is. But as is is not the end of this little watercolor doodle project. One step more remains — cutting it all up into bookmarks.
I didn’t measure, wasn’t sure how wide to make my bookmarks, and didn’t worry about it. I just used a paper trimmer to cut my doodle into six bookmarks.
What a fun way to spend my Saturday morning! This, as you can tell, is made from the first doodle. I have yet to finish the second or third, and this was so much fun, I’ll probably end up making more. Most likely everyone in the family will end up getting some sort of watercolor doodle bookmark set for Christmas or birthday this year.
It’s really nice when a project turns out the way it’s supposed to! If you’d like to give this a try, too, here’s the link to the video with all instructions.