Auriculas – ATC/ACEO – because July is World Watercolour Month

I found out, from my dear blogging pal,  (click—>) Tom,  that July is World Watercolour Month.  I didn’t know this, so I clicked the link in his blog which told me all about it.  The link took me to a fabulous blog called  Doodlewash(<—-click) and I thought:-   if Tom could do this, (as much as he could)  then perhaps I should have a go at this (as much as I could).  Now I know I won’t be able to do a watercolour every day, but I will try as hard as possible to do one on as many days as I can.

I painted my first one late on Saturday evening, so July 1st.  But … I didn’t get to post it till now, and here in the UK it’s now gone midnight, so I’m already behind in effect as far as my clock is concerned.  But I know it’s still the 1st of July somewhere in the world so I’m going to pretend that I got this first one in on time.  😉

Auriculas are one of my most favourite flowers.  You can grow them in hundreds of different colours, (I might be slightly exaggerating the amount of colours there)  and they’re such adorable, friendly looking little things and I just love them.  They’re Primulas, but with personality!

So anyhoo … I thought ‘d take the challenge, but I would take it one step further.  I’d paint in ATC/ACEO size.  2.5″ x 3.5″.  I’m nothing if not daft.   I had Little Cobs with me all day Saturday, and once he’d gone home I thought I’d get into the craft room and paint.  There I was, totally worn out, with two pots of water,  trying to find my favourite little brushes, and …. let’s not forget …. the wonky eye!  ….  and I thought this was a great time to try to paint??.  Did someone say mad?

A tiny bit of watercolour art sized at two and a half inches wide ….

…  by three and a half inches tall.

Painted using Reeves Watercolours – which I’ve had since dirt was invented.

I used 5 different colours:  Permanent Green Light;  Sap Green;  Colbolt Blue Hue;  Medium Yellow;  Chinese White (Zinc),  and painted on  140lb Water Colour Paper.

I love putting my ATC/ACEO’s behind a mount,  as the mount can bring everything together, and makes the painting more ‘tidy’ …. so I thought I’d try different colours to see which I liked best ….  a Blue mount?…

…  hmm.. the blue is quite nice.  How about a creamy white ……

….  ah now that looks  ‘clean’ and kind of smart.  Hmm… what about a Green mount  . . .

. . .   oooOOOOooo!  …. yes, I think I rather like the green frame around it.  It kind of has a conversation going on with the leaves, while the flowers just do what they’re supposed to do: look pretty.

What about you?  What do you think?  Which mount do you prefer?  … do tell!

I have to admit that this really was a bit of a challenge, as I couldn’t get any detail into the flowers, but (even with the wonky eye – which is on the mend by the way – thank you for all your good wishes and prayers) … I was kind of happy with what it turned out like.  It’s SUCH a long time since I played with watercolours, and I’d forgotten how sweet they are.

Well…  here where I am, (in the UK)  it’s now half an hour into the new day of Sunday … so Happy Sunday!

May this new day bring you hope to your heart, and love into your life.

Please, whatever you’re doing today, . . .   please be the reason someone else smiles today.  It will take very little effort from you, and I promise you that it will be so very worth the effort.  Make someone smile today.

Sending special Sunday squidges your way ~

 

 

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29 thoughts on “Auriculas – ATC/ACEO – because July is World Watercolour Month

  1. The painting is so lovely 💕 I agree…the green frame is a perfect match 😀
    Good luck <—- I really mean it – with the monthlong challenge. I've tried various of those, and always fell behind around day 6 or 7 😕 Usually on the weekends.
    I'm looking forward to seeing all your watercolors 😊 Love & Hugs ~Tina

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    • Hello Kristabella! 😀
      Great to see you!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Thrilled that you like the green frame too. I’m just a teeny bit torn between the blue and the green … but I think the green is winning! lol.

      Thank you so much for coming, and for your lovely words.
      Have a blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs. x

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  2. It”s July 1st here….only 8:29 in the evening, so you made it with plenty of time to spare! Oh so pretty! I like all three frames! They each do something special with your painting! I haven’t played with my watercolors for oh so long. I love that small size! Maybe I could get more done instead of the rather larger size that I seem to always make. I just might have to give that a try! 🙂

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    • Ohhh Nancee!!! I’d be thrilled to pieces if you did. It’s such a small size – when you compare it to a larger canvas type of thing – but once you try it, it seems to come naturally to ‘do’ that size. Somethings can be a little more difficult – I had a problem trying to put more detail into the actual flower heads themselves – if you Google ‘Auricula flowers’ and look at the images, you’ll be able to see exactly how much detail each flower head has, and I just couldn’t put that detail into this tiny size painting … so I just had to kind of suggest it might be there and hope for the best. lol. (Mind you, all my paintings are begin and ‘hope for the best’).

      Aw I’m all joyed up at the thought of you having a go at an ATC/ACEO. Do blog about it if you do won’t you.
      Sending love ~ Cobs.x

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  3. 😀 Great minds, hey Cobs?
    Thanks for the link back and I’m really pleased you’re taking part in World Watercolour Month. There are prompts over on Charlie’s blog, if you need to use them, but I’ve decided to ‘go it alone’ this year! (Well, I have up to now, anyway!)
    I love your Auricula; Primulas, with personality indeed! Hehehe (although not being very green-fingered I’d never heard of them before, and thought it was something to do with the Aurora Borealis when I glimpsed the title. How wrong I was! I have heard of Primulas though so I’m not entirely clueless, flower-wise!)
    And as for the frame – well, I like the blue. It draws me in more than the other two, but they are good as well.
    Have a great Sunday, Cobs!

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    • Hello Tom 😀
      “Great Minds”? Yours might be great, I’d call mine decidedly mediocre. lol

      I saw the prompts, but hoped that it was ok to just do what I felt like doing. I’m not someone who can be told to paint in the theme of (say) purple, when what I really wanted to do was paint in green (or any other of the colours). Suggestions can be limiting to my ‘Free spiritedness’.

      Thrilled you like the Auricula, and that I educationamalised you on a flower 😀

      The blue mount … yup … I loved that one too. I just can’t make up my mind between the green and the blue.

      (While on that subject … I reckon you’d do well with mounts too. You don’t have to buy them if you don’t want to … you’re a clever chap and could ‘make’ a computerised one. 😉 )

      Have a blessed rest of your day Tom. Thank you so much for coming, and for the fabulous comment. ~ C. x

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  4. I love the primrose. That is the same isn’t it?. Of course green gets my vote but guess I should branch out of my green box and just enjoy color regardless. I’ve never been a red girl but being of the ‘winter’ season they say pink and red are my color family. Maybe.
    Tom has inspired me too and I am going to try …hard… to keep up. We will see how this goes. Goodness…doing anything after 8:00pm would find me face down in what ever I was trying to do. Although..I have been watching the DVD’s of Downton Abbey. Not doing TV this has been interesting watch. My sister bought the set. Love the period of time and the clothes and the countryside. I’ll try to get my watercolor bookmarks posted but you know how slow I am. Til then…xoxo

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    • Hello Bev. … well, they’re very much like Primroses. There is even a Primrose Auricula … I think it’s yellow in colour, but I might be wrong there.

      YES … aw please do have a go Beverly. And the more you do it, the more it will all come flooding back to you and you’ll more more likely to find a little time each day to do something which will switch your brain from one track to another. It will relax you and give you joy.

      Downton Abbey … love love LOVED it! Was so sad when it ended.

      If you can find it you might find the BBC programme “CALL THE MIDWIFE” rather enjoyable too. There’s no ‘real life’ births or anything like that. It’s a period drama series based upon the memoirs of Jenifer … Worth (I think). The ‘plot’ follows the work of midwives who all live and are based at Nonnatas House.

      Nonnatas House is a nursing convent, which was in a place called Poplar, which was in London.

      The episodes ran for 6 series, and each series had between one and eight (if memory serves) programmes each. And there were some Christmas ‘specials’ too.

      I know that PBS (over there) ran it a few years ago and it’s also to be found on Netflix. So you might be able to find it. I think you’d like it. It’s SO very well made and engrosses you. (Had me crying in some episodes too!).

      Watercolour bookmarks … could count towards Watercolour month. You don’t have to do the typical painting on watercolour paper, or canvas. 😉

      Thanks for coming Bev. Love seeing you here.
      ~ Cobs. x

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  5. I do love the green, I think it makes the blue flowers’ smiles even brighter. They are so cheery and bright and looking quite proud of themselves, as well they should! Thank you for your happy!

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  6. Ooh I love your mini artworks, how did I miss this? Beautiful, so tiny and delicate…I like the white frame, lol!
    I was watching Monty Don (secret celebrity crush…) the other day, and there ARE hundreds of types of these flowers…🌷🌸🌹🌷🌸🌹🌷🌸🌹

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    • Samantha …. I’m afraid you can’t have Monty Don, because he’s mine. I’ve had such a crush on him since …. oh my goodness … since forever began!!

      I also have a massive crush on Tom Hardy … or rather, the voice of Tom Hardy.
      Close your eyes and have a listen to a recent advert he did for Sky…

      I fell in lurve with him watching a BBC drama called Taboo,

      Oh dear… this has become a confessional!! 😳 LOL

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m thrilled you like the Auriculas.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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      • Couldn’t we share him…just a tiny bit? He’s just so..so..garden-y!
        Yes, Tom Hardy..I saw him in the film about the Kray twins, and then just as himself – I was surprised by how good looking and nicely spoken he is!
        I definitely think we should share…could I tempt you with a Titchmarsh timeshare?
        😸💕xx

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        • No … Alan is more like a funny uncle to me. I … just …. couldn’t. EEEK!
          Monty … OK … I’ll share him.

          But Tom Hardy …. NO CHANCE. That voice keeps me pinned in one place. His voice makes me go weak at the knees and sends me into a dizzy, spinny spell of “Ooooooh my goodness … be still my beating heart!”

          It truthfully is just his voice. He could look like the back end of a bus and I wouldn’t care. It’s just THAT voice! …. s…i…g…h It seems to go right into the middle core of me and I feel it vibrate throughout my body. Weirdest thing! lol

          So .. Titchmarsh you can have all to yourself.
          Monty … we’ll share.
          But Tom .. I’m keeping allll for little ol’ meeee! 😀

          Seems very fair to me. ❤ ~ Cobs. x 😀

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  7. I’m unfamiliar with auriculas and enjoyed meeting them. I’ll have to find out if they can flourish where I live. The green mat sparked my attention. It seemed to have energy and, as you noted, an interaction with the leaves.

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    • Hello Aunt Beulah!
      Aw it’s so lovely to see you.
      I’m thrilled to introduce you to Auriculas. If you Google “Auriculas”, then choose to look at the ‘Images’ when the page loads … you’ll see an incredible array of colours, and get closer up photos of each little flower. You’ll be able to see the detail which I couldn’t paint into this small, teeny weeny sized painting. They’re just incredible little things.

      I’m pretty sure you could plant them, where you are.

      Thank you so much for coming Aunt Beulah. It’s such a wonderful feeling when you’re here.
      Have a blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs. x

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    • Awwww love you Flo, my fellow Auricula lover! I have some Auriculas in some pots in my garden, but none, at the moment, in the soil. And I have a mystery plant growing in a hanging basket – no idea what it actually is, but it has the look of an auricula … but I don’t think it is.
      What’s daft is …. WE planted that basket up, so at some point we would have known what it is. [sigh] …. this is what happens when you get to 27 years old. You lose your mind! lol.

      Love that you like the little painting Flo. Thank you so much for both coming for a visit and for the really lovely comment.
      Bless you.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. x ❤

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