Traveling is a great way to inspire ideas for paintings in an art journal. I am fortunate to be in the colorful, sunny land of Baja, California, Mexico for a few days. My focus has been bird watching every morning – early before it gets too hot and the birds are still active. Inspiration from nature is a great way to add to my journal.
My brother shared with me an app called ebird which has been very helpful to keep track of all the beautiful birds I have been seeing here. In the afternoons, I am enjoying relaxing by the pool and painting in my journal. The birds are colorful fun to watch. Here are a few photos that I took over the last few days. Insiration from Nature…..
It is fun to add pen, ink, and watercolor washes to create monochromatic pen and ink paintings to your art journals. These are easy to do and are a great way to make little paintings in your journal to record your travels. I am currently teaching a series of classes in my Tumalo Studio in Oregon. The weather has turned quickly into a feel of winter, so what a great way to bring in the new season than to do some sketches and monochromatic washes. The focus of this series of classes is incorporating pen, ink, and watercolor. Here is an example of one of our lessons. I started with a photograph I took of a quaint village in the south of France – the Dordogne area.
I did a contour drawing of the parts of the photo that I wanted to include. Then I used this as a reference and transferred it to my watercolor art journal. I drew it with a permanent pen. I added watercolor washes of Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Aussie Red-Gold, both by Daniel Smith. Where needed, I added more pen and ink lines after the painting was dry.
I am excited to share with you a new watercolor find! It is a tiny paint palette. I don’t know how this guy does it, but he creates a 3D print out of a tiny watercolor palette that fits in a tin the size of the Altoid tins. It is a single piece so all those annoying things that happened with the loose half pans are no longer a problem. One of the big issues was that some of the pans would fall out. People tried sticky tape, magnets, and/or hot glue. With this design, this problem has been solved!
If you like to travel light and take along a watercolor palette, then you may want to get one of these for yourself! I contacted him on Facebook. He was very responsive and quick. I ordered 2 and paid him $30 through PayPal – that included the shipping for 2 of these neat little palettes. They are made of a very sturdy plastic-type material. And honestly, it is amazing that he can “print” these out!
If you are interested, contact Steve at his facebook marketplace:
I always enjoy preparing for the workshops that I teach at Art & Soul, Portland, 2019! This year I am offering some brand new classes. On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, I am teaching a watercolor workshop called The Painted Garden. We will be painting some gorgeous flowers! These are fun, loose, and colorful. I often turn some of these little gems into cards that are for sale at the Red Chair Gallery in Bend, Oregon.
My paintings and mixed-media art journals have been featured in magazines and books such as Somerset Studio’s Art Journaling, Interweave Press’s Cloth Paper Scissors, Studios, as well as the Cloth, Paper Scissors Book and Splash 17, the Best of Watercolor.
ART AND SOUL, PORTLAND, OREGON 2019
Here is a list of the workshops that I am teaching at the Portland Art & Soul Retreat
Jacqueline is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the High Desert Art League. She teaches watercolor workshops locally, nationally as well as leading painting workshops in France and Italy. She has several articles published in the mixed-media magazine, Cloth-Paper-Scissors about creating art while on your journey. Jacqueline has partnered with Daniel Smith Art Supplies to create a watercolor traveling kit. Her self-published book, Watercolor Journeys is a helpful guide for beginning to advanced watercolor enthusiasts and her workshop DVD with Interweave has just been released: Art Journals On-The-Go: How to pack, prep, paint, and more.
Start with a piece of watercolor paper (I use 140 lb Arches paper) torn to the size you want.
Tape your paper to a workable surface around each edge using a removable painter’s tape.
Paint a colorful watercolor wash and let this dry. I used new Gamboge, permanent rose, permanent magenta and cerulean blue.
With a pencil, draw some heart shapes, some large, some small. Overlap some hearts. Negative paint around each heart. This means you paint the background around the hearts, creating heart shapes in your painting. Let this dry.
Draw a few more hearts and negative paint again around all the hearts. You can negative paint these hearts several times to make a rich, glowing background. Painting over your last layer is called watercolor glazing. Glazing and negative painting
Here are some fun ideas for Valentine’s Day Love!
Now decorate the hearts in fun ways: polka dots, checks, stripes. You can either use watercolor or colored pens and markers or a mix of both! Have fun, doodle, think of your loved one. Here is your opportunity to put a smile on their face! PUT A BIRD ON IT!
With an ink pen, draw around your hearts and outline the tape before pulling it off the edges.
While traveling and painting in Italy this fall, I started noticing hearts on the ironwork that adorns the windows of Venice and other towns and villages. Once I noticed them, I was finding hearts everywhere. They were beautifully blended on doorways, windows, and etched into the stones. I took some photos that I wanted to share with you. The more I looked, the more I found.
Painting in Italy
Jacqueline Newbold’s color-filled watercolor paintings capture a moment in time – sunlight on red poppies, the glow of a Tuscan village perched on a mountaintop, or the brilliance of a dramatic Oregon Cascade Mountain sunset. Jacqueline loves to share her passion for watercolor painting and mixed-media art journaling by teaching in her Art in My Heart private studio, the Art & Soul Retreats in Portland, Oregon, France, and Italy. She teaches private watercolor lessons, classes, and workshops in her private art studio in Bend, Oregon. Her next overseas workshop is with French Escapade in Provence, France, May 2019. Her paintings and mixed-media art journals have been featured in magazines and books such as Somerset Studio’s Art Journaling, Interweave Press’s Cloth Paper Scissors, Studios, as well as the Cloth, Paper Scissors Book and Splash 17, the Best of Watercolor.
I am thinking of starting out the New Year with a personal challenge of doing some quick, fun, colorful, simple, daily painting in my watercolor journal. Does anyone want to join me? Creating small daily watercolor sketches is a great way to get inspired. It is a great way to warm up to a larger painting.
Here are the Pixie Girls that come to my studio to inspire me to paint…. they are here to welcome in the NEW YEAR! They are saying, “Let’s get painting!”
What is new for 2019? Here is a wonderful trip planned to Provence, France. Do you want to join me?
Watercolor art painting workshops with Jacqueline Newbold
Join me for this wonderful watercolor, art workshop in France. We will be on an artistic journey of creative expression! Our home base will be a charming medieval village in Provence, as we have fun creating beautiful art in our watercolor journals.
You will learn to incorporate watercolor and mixed-media techniques as we spend a magical time together exploring the area, rich with sights, sounds, and colors – all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. Our host will be frenchescapade.com. They will provide many delicious meals cooked by a French chef and transportation to painting sites. We will stay in a charming hotel with a little river meandering through the garden, an outside swimming pool, a hot tub, and a riverside terrace bar all surrounded by impressive mountains. This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful trip!
Wishing you a merry Christmas! It is a beautiful time of year. With the holiday upon us, it is sometimes hard to find time to paint. It is fun to paint watercolor Christmas cards. Here is a painting that I painted of two birds sitting on a branch with a snowy look. I sprinkled white gouache into the watercolor paint while it was drying in order to get the effect that it is snowing. I sprinkled more white gouache on the painting after the painting was dry. That way some of the gouache spread and softened, while the drier gouache made smaller looking drops of gouache.
To finish, I added white gouache on top of the berries and on top of the branches to give the look of snow piling up. I hope you enjoy this little Christmasy watercolor painting!
Artist Jacqueline Newbold enjoys painting life in color!
My next teaching trip is to Provence, France, May 2019. You can find out more information about the trip with French Escapade. Join me for a fun time!! You will be able to create a journal just like my Italian watercolor and art journal!
I wanted to show you how I go from photo, to sketch, to painting using my watercolor journal.
Here are some pages from my Italy journal. I drew the sketch from a quaint street scene in Oriveto, Italy. Here is a photo of my inspiration:
After I took this photo, I used it to create a sketch. I showed my students an easy way to use a drawing program on my tablet. This helped to get the perspective correct. It also helped to get the placement of the buildings. Here is my sketch:
From this sketch, I was able to create a watercolor painting in my journal. Here is the journal painting:
“Art journaling to me is not so much about making art but recording my life in a colorful way. My journals are a place where I can experiment with different art mediums, sort things out, write about my life, my sorrows, my adventures, and travels. I play with color, sketch, doodle, take notes, make lists, add inspiring quotes and write about my day. The process is fun, and I love when the result surprises me.”