When it comes to art supplies I admit to being a bit of a hoarder. You never know when something will come in handy. So when a printer offered me 500 small scraps of leftover watercolor paper, I gladly took them. They sat on a shelf for a while until it dawned on me that the small sheets could be a good way to introduce simple ink and watercolor techniques to one of my classes. Because the pieces are quite small, 4 x 6 inches, it’s pretty hard to get carried away with detail. We did some floral arrangements and I rather enjoyed the simplicity of the basic outline and wash. Here’s a couple of my demos.
Recently I was invited to do an art demonstration. The goal was to do something easy that others could try themselves. I thought it might be fun to do more with these flowers. Using a colorful bouquet of various types of flowers as my inspiration, I drew individual stems as well as arrangements. Because I rarely draw flowers or still life, this was a nice change of pace.
Now I have a pile of mini watercolors, what should I do with them? Make cards! Selecting some brightly colored paper, I glued the watercolors on top, and presto! Lovely, one of a kind cards. No more last minute runs to the card shop, I now have a supply of cards for any occasion. You just never know what will come of a few scraps of paper.