Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall Watercolor Sale

Happy First Day of Fall!  To celebrate, I'm hosting a sale of all of my fall watercolor paintings in my Shop for one week starting today! Enjoy!





Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Art Tutorial: Paper Collage Landscapes

Have you ever tried making a paper collage?  So.much.fun!  My son and I created these landscape paper collages over the summer.  It made for an easy kid's art activity plus it helped me use up my paper scraps! 

How to make paper collage landscape art

This is a loose tutorial on how to make a paper collage landscape.  You can get creative with the shape you make your landscape on.  My son chose to use a rectangle, while I liked the circular landscapes.  They don't even have to be landscapes either-  you can get creative and turn yours into a monster, animal, or any other kind of creature like my son did with his!

Materials:
Solid Colored Card Stock- any size, any color
Mix of patterned and solid colored scrapbook paper
Glue Stick
Pencil
Scissors

Step 1: Using a large piece of card stock as your base, use a glue stick to attach random shapes of scrap paper in various colors, sizes, and patterns.  I cut geometric shapes for this piece, but you can also go with organic shapes of a mix of both.

How to make paper collage landscape art

If you are going for a landscape look, attach paper pieces at the top of your scene first, leaving some empty space at the top. The lower pieces that you add on later will make up the middle ground and foreground of your scene.

How to make paper collage landscape art

Step 2:  Layer paper pieces to cover the entire width of your base paper, leaving some space at the top. Layer paper pieces all the way to the bottom.  You can create mountains and hills out the paper pieces by placing contrasting colors and patterns against each other.

How to make paper collage landscape art

Step 3:  Once the glued on pieces have all dried, you can cut out the final shape that you want your landscape to be. Since I wanted a circle landscape, I traced a circle on the backside of my base paper and then cut it out.  When you flip it over- you have a nice trim circlular piece of art!

How to make paper collage landscape art
Circular landscape paper collage

Here's another piece I made with more organic shapes. I used a large flower paper punch to create some of the shapes.  So fun!
Circular landscape paper collage

My son made a rectangular landscape and then decided he wanted to turn it into a creature!  So he added some eyes and cut our a piece for the mouth.  My advice is to let your kids use their imagination with this project.  It's better that way!

kids art paper collage

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Fall Watercolor Art

Hi friends! I have some fall watercolor art to share with you today!

Cabin in the Woods- fall watercolor painting by Elise Engh
CABIN IN THE WOODS 10 X 14

My son is back in school so I've been trying to catch up on listing my watercolor paintings in my shop. It's quite the task and I end up spending more time on the computer than I would like.  My dream job would be to just paint every day and not have to deal with the busy work- haha!  

fall pumpkin watercolor painting by Elise Engh
FALL PUMPKIN WITH FERNS 8 X10

fall pumpkins watercolor painting by Elise Engh
AUTUMN PUMPKINS 11 X 14

blue fall floral flower buds- original watercolor painting by Elise Engh
BLUE FALL FLORAL 11 X 14

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Look at my Sketchbook

 I've been playing with my sharpies in my sketchbook! I have lots of colors to play with and I've been surprised at the color combinations I have come up with.  I've come to the conclusion that gold goes with anything- do you agree?

sharpie color sketches

Photos of the Week

Life has sped up since school got out. Isn't it supposed to do the opposite in the summertime?  But as busy as it's been, I have taken the time to stop and smell the roses........... and the poppies.  Flowers are one of the best things about summer!

Orange Wild Poppy

Monday, May 21, 2018

How to Paint Lemons in Watercolor

I have a thing for lemons right now.  I love their shapes, their colors, their leaves........ and when you add their blossoms, they make the best watercolor paintings!

Watercolor Lemons, Leaves, and Blossoms by Elise Engh

Friday, May 18, 2018

Painting by the Lake

 Yesterday I painted by the lake! It was sunny,72 degrees, and gorgeous- perfect for some plein air painting!

Utah Lake Watercolor Paintings by Elise Engh

Monday, May 7, 2018

Watercolor Beach Cars Collection

Remember last year, when I painted those cute cars for Anthropologie?!!  Well, the original paintings are now available in my shop!

Original Watercolor Car Illustrations by Elise Engh

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More Watercolor Llamas!

Ready for more llama paintings?  You're in luck! I have some new watercolor llamas in the shop!

Tan Watercolor Llama Painting by Elise Engh
Peruvian Llama 8x10

Friday, April 13, 2018

All the Pretty Little Horses

Watercolor Horse Painting

Happy weekend everyone! I just posted two original watercolor horse paintings in my shop and wanted to share a few photos of them with you :)

Monday, April 9, 2018

New Pastel Spring Florals

Original Pastel Spring Flowers Painting by Elise Engh

Last week I painted a couple of new spring floral watercolor paintings!  The pastel blues, peaches, and greens came together so nicely-  I need to paint more flowers with this color palette. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Blog Name!

As you may have noticed, my blog name changed!  Spring is a good time to start new things, even though it requires some upheaval.


I am "rebranding" as they say.  So my blog, my Etsy Shop, and my social media accounts all include my name!  Fun stuff! Hopefully it's easier to find me on the web now that names are more consistent.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Painted Floral Wooden Bowls

It's still rainy and cold where I live, but I'm in full Spring mode!  And Spring mode for me means lots and lots of flowers.
Painted Floral Wooden Bowls: Grow Creative Blog

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring Floral Sale

Don't miss my Spring Floral Sale running March 16-30! I have 38 watercolor flower paintings on sale- just in time to get your home spruced up for Spring! 

No code necessary.  Just visit Elise Engh Watercolors and enjoy 25% off all floral painting orders at checkout!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Llama Llama Llama

Do you like llamas?  I've gotten into painting them lately and I love it!  I painted three watercolor llamas for my shop and even made some patterns with photoshop just for fun!

llama painting by Elise Engh
Peruvian Llama 8x10

llama nursery pattern by Elise Engh

llama painting by Elise Engh
Little Llama 5x7

Friday, January 12, 2018

Studio Scenes

Hi there! How did half of January pass me by already?

I've been in the thick of painting, scanning, and editing my watercolor paintings in photoshop.  There is so much to learn about digitizing artwork and I've come a long way.  I have so many projects in the works and deadlines fast approaching, but I wanted to post a few small scenes from my many projects. 

This is me, just painting for myself.  I don't do that enough! I got on a kick with brightly colored watercolor cactus and it evolved into something abstract and fun.  I'll be posting more about my abstract cactus paintings later on.


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