Dreams of Butterflies watercolor doodle by katcanpaint.com

Watercolor Stains and butterfly doodles.

Experimenting with a doodle technique in my art journal that I might demo here on the blog:

watercolor and pencil doodle by katcanpaint.com

Practicing a doodle and watercolors experiment. Fuscha pencil + pink and orange paint. And butterflies, of course.


I sponge painted watery orange and magenta paint onto my paper, then found butterfly wing shapes in the paint and defined them with purple pencil.  Hair and face came next and I have this pretty little sketch.


Dreams of Butterflies watercolor doodle by katcanpaint.com


The same process was used here: watery paint was sponge painted onto paper, then I defined shapes with pencil.  I really wanted the hair to cover the entire painted shape, and now it looks like an entire flock of butterflies is inhabiting her curls.


I love doodling because it is a very loose and intuitive process, no pressure to make a perfect face or likeness… no pressure to create.  I don’t even think while I am making work like this, it just flows onto the page.  It was a great breather exercise inbetween tutorials.

Speaking of – How to Draw the Easiest Nose and Lips Ever tomorrow!

Same Kat time, same Kat channel.

Too much?

Ah well, I’m a goof ball!


<3 Kat


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painted sketch taken with lightbox

In bloom : a painting from my sketchbook

painted sketch taken with lightbox

In bloom; sketchbook painting

I love the quickness of these painted sketches / studies, and I am loving girls with white hair. Photo taken with light box before instagram was released for android. Taking photographs of my work with my cellphone makes my life a lot easier.  I can collect lovely snippets of my day and quickly share: which is why I created a blog in the first place.

Sshow and tell was my favorite part of school.

<3 Kat

mixed media transfer tutorial pretty girl face

Gel Medium transfer tutorial, before and after

I’m working on two huge paintings and they are in their middle ugly-duckling stages, so I’ll share a transfer technique instead.  The original painting, on the left, was painted on canvas covered in recycled book pages.  I really like it.  The second was a study using a print of the same painting, transfered with gel medium and over painted with acrylics.

How I did it:

  • I flipped the original image in photoshop and printed it in color on a normal piece of office paper.
  • I wanted the finished piece to be able to take a lot of layers, so I used a piece of 140lb paper, thicker paper used for water color painting.
  • I painted 1 coat of soft gel medium onto the paper, making sure I covered the entire surface of the paper evenly.  Gel medium dries quickly so work fast!
  • Press the print into the gel medium, you can’t reposition it so make sure its where you want it.
  • Burnish print into the surface; I press the image into the surface with my hands then use a credit card to scrape over the surface.
  • Let dry or blast with a hair dryer (my personal favorite.)

To remove you peel the paper off- if it sticks you can wet the back of the paper and rub the stuck bits off. Now you have a transferred copy of a piece you liked that you can alter! Over paint, collage, transfer something else.  It’s a really good exercise to use in art journals, or as a prompt to get you unstuck from a creative rut.

Happy Painting!

<3 Kat