Value of Working with Mini Watercolor Abstracts.

“Planetary Moons” Art-card

1.  Of paramount value is refining your design and composition skills! This would apply to all design not just in painting. This has helped me “see” shape, line and color much more clearly.
2.  Mini abstracts provide a small “study” for the basis of a larger painting,  or can be made into Art-cards.
3.  Art-cards can be further collaged as watercolor paper can be easily cut with scissors or X-acto, and mixed-media items can be added. I have found threads, beautiful ribbons and flat pieces of turquoise or natural pearls work well especially as focal points.
4.  Recycle the croppings from larger and/or unsuccessful paintings. Do not discard any of your off-cuts!
5.  Art-cards provide an easily transportable and cost-effective  (but not necessarily time-effective) product to sell at art shows, that may tempt customers to consider buying your larger pieces of art.
6.  They are great to give as thank yous and birthday cards, as they promote your art-work and provide a personal “one-of-kind” message.
7.  The standard-sized art-cards (5×7″) can be framed into a ready-made frames. These mini original art-pieces could spurn a series of small works on paper…..

“Mind-Bender Wavelength”. 15x 14.5″ watercolor on D’Arches paper

“Mind-bender Wavelength” (15×14.5″) Watercolor on D’Arches 140lb paper.
This watercolor was cropped and then reworked to make the design more effective.

  • The off-cuts were used in the art-card “Planetary moons” above left.
  • This art-card may inspire another larger painting.
  • This is one of my favorite art-cards, so I might frame it!

Here are some more Art-cards I designed recently…..(design information in their captions)

Design: geometric with organic
focal point. Pyramidal format
(on its side)
“At Surf’s Edge”
Design: High horizon format,
predominantly curvilinear,
cool dominant.
“Beach-scape II “
Design: High horizon format
Predominantly geometric,
dark against light shapes
“Rose Galaxy”
Design: Z-shape format,
predominantly curvilinear,
Bright colors against greys,
warm palette.
“Fall into Winter”
Design: Frame-in-frame format
Curvilinear, warm leaf against
cool background.
Design: T-format, geometric
 cool neutrals, diagonal
direction, bright color
against greys.

“Rose galaxy” art-card (#4 above) was produced from a cropped giclee preliminary color-sample of a larger watercolor, which in turn was inspired from an abstracted black and white art-card!

Here is the larger watercolor painting from which the art-card evolved…..You can probably find the exact portion of the painting which was tested for color correctness during the giclee process!
“Rosa Abstractus” 22×30″ watercolor on D’Arches 140 lb paper.
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Happy Creating!

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