Sketchbook Explorations: Cactus Watercolor

Azzari Jarrett | Cactus Watercolor

Ever since my trip to Arizona, I've been a little obsessed with cacti and succulents. Experimenting with watercolor to include all the deep greens and blues of these plants - there are so many ways to paint them! Thinking of turning this one into a pattern.

I find keeping a sketchbook, or art journal, so deeply satisfying. I've tried painting on individual pages, and I keep coming back to my sketchbook. I love the fact that I can see progress in my work, and I enjoy flipping through the pages and seeing a collection of my interests all in one place.

Sketchbook Explorations: Watercolor + Charcoal

Azzari Jarrett | Sketchbook Explorations

In my effort to share more in more in my own space (and reclaim my time from social media), I wanted to share my sketchbook explorations. I find that carving out a little time each day to create makes me such a better person.

I've really been enjoying watercolors lately.  I have been exploring the concept of combining loose watercolor and other mediums. Today, I used a charcoal pencil to add detail to my piece. 

And as always, I find that I don't like a piece immediately when I am finished. That's ok. Not everything that I create, I will like.... But I find that once I walk away and come back to it, I do find something that is appealing.

Simply the act of picking up my paintbrush is so gratifying to me, it is worth it, regardless of outcome.  Looking forward to sharing more.

Details Mini Book - Part I

I enrolled in Tina's Details Mini Book Class this month.  We are creating a mini book based on a list of prompts to document details about our everyday life.

I can't begin to express the love I have for this little book so far.  It's the very first mini book I have created, and it is filled with things about me.  Which is different from my Project Life spreads where I document the story of my family.  I find that this is the perfect way to incorporate what is going on in my life right now.  I've purchased the class kit, but I am also incorporating a lot of film and supplies from my stash.

I've completed the basic pages of my mini book, and wanted to share my progress so far.  It's full of image transfers, watercolor, and film!  The above image is my first page, including my a favorite instax and page I tore out from the recent Anthropologie house and home catalog that I loved.  

Working through journaling and the list of prompts is up next.

I haven't put my own creative stamp on the cover yet.  Thinking I'll wait until I know exactly what I want to do. 

On the left is a watercolor pattern I worked on, cut into 4x6 size and included in the book.  Also, one of the things I love most about the class are the image transfer techniques that Tina walks us through.  On this tag - I included image transfers of butterflies.

Including film with my documenting is extremely important to me.  Film captures are sprinkled all throughout my mini book.

Packaging tape image transfer on the left.  Using up my stash on the right!

Loving these watercolor circles and the blending of colors.

Loving how the image transfers make ordinary photos look like abstract works of art.

A polaroid from this trip.

 A little obsessed with painting spoons with watercolor.  No rhyme or reason....

For this, I used watercolor and one of my daughter's butterfly stencils.

Following one of Tina's prompts from the class, I printed out my hand on vellum paper and added journaling to a watercolor pattern card I had directly behind it.  Love how this turned out.

A little acrylic pattern painting with a natural sponge.

And a postcard I included from one of my favorite brunch restaurants.

I'm working through the list of prompts next, and adding journaling to this little book, which is quickly becoming thick!  I'll be sure to share more of my progress soon.

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.

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.