adventures in watercoloring, part 2

© Azzari Jarrett - The Sweet Light

I've been dabbling a little more with watercoloring, and I'm hooked.  I'm realizing that the possibilities are endless.  Since I first shared my adventures in watercoloring, I've picked up this inexpensive set of watercolors.  There is a bit more mixing with water involved, but it makes for different saturations of color - love that.

© Azzari Jarrett - The Sweet Light

This time around, I wanted to explore digitally with flowers so I painted a few abstract pieces - stems, leaves, and buds.

© Azzari Jarrett - The Sweet Light

I dabbled a bit with triangles, but was not sure where I was going with that one!

After scanning my drawings and cleaning them up in Photoshop, I  chose my favorite elements to work with.  I settled on these below.

Azzari Jarrett - Watercolor

And here is where the possibilities are endless.  Using Illustrator, I converted the elements to vectors so that I could resize them and not loose any quality.  With just a few designs, I was able to come up with a couple of different floral arrangements.

Azzari Jarrett, Adventures in Watercoloring

I continue to love learning this new medium.  I enjoy creating something tangible and then being able to alter it digitally.  Of course, so many more ideas swirling in my head....

You can see my first post on watercoloring here.

how to make a polaroid film photo wall

  How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

I started creating a polaroid film wall a little over a year ago.   I have received a number of questions about how I created it, what I used to attach the polaroids, how are they holding up, etc.  I knew it was definitely time for a post.

After I scan them, the majority of my polaroids end up in this drawer of my workspace:

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

This is definitely not the best way to store them!  I wanted to display my favorites - and knew that I wanted to make a polaroid film wall.  The majority of photo walls that I found online were prints or copies of actual photographs, not the polaroids themselves.

When selecting an adhesive, I knew that I had to decide carefully.  These polaroids are all originals, they are not copies or prints.  I wanted to preserve them so that I could remove the adhesive if I decided to take the photos down and still keep the photo intact.  That ruled out any permanent adhesive.   Here is my secret sauce, what has worked for me.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

Scotch Restickable Tabs - simple, cheap, and a little over a year later, they are holding up pretty nicely.  I have taken a few polaroids down and re-positioned them, and the paint on my wall is still intact as well as the photo.

Adding one more polaroid to the mix, this one captured with the polaroid land camera.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

On the back of each polaroid, I attach four of the mini tabs to each corner.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

After removing the liner, the polaroid is ready to be attached to the wall.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

I like to group the polaroids by size and orientation to maintain a cohesive look and feel.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

To secure each photo to the wall, I apply a little pressure to each corner.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

 

Amazingly simple, and definitely a conversation piece in any room.  Plus, a way to artfully display your work.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

I have noticed that in the winter, some of the edges do curl up due to the heat in the house.  I simply push them back down evenly, and they are fine.

Please do let me know if you try this at home!

 

adventures in watercoloring

Adventures in Watercoloring - Azzari Jarrett A couple weeks ago, my mom introduced me to watercoloring.  It was a quick lesson, but I was hooked.  I think it's the "abstractness" of watercoloring - how things don't have to be exact.  You never quite know how the paint will dry or when colors will bleed into one another.

Since I've been home, I grabbed some watercolors of my own (I have this inexpensive set) and this weekend I finally had some time to explore.  And yes, I totally used one of my daughter's baby food jars to clean my brushes.

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And as my mom explained, there are no mistakes in watercoloring.  Simply add more water.  Love that.

I also wanted to make a few abstract backgrounds for digital designs.  And here is what I came up with.

Adventures in Watercoloring - Azzari Jarrett

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After drying, I scanned each design and opened them in Photoshop.  Love how the colors popped.

Adventures in Watercoloring

Adventures in Watercoloring

Adventures in Watercoloring

Of course, I have so much more to learn.  And that is part of what makes this so exciting for me.  Learning something new.

I am thinking about so many possibilities and things that I would like to try, including adding one of my favorite quotes to those watercolor backgrounds.

More, soon.