Happy Spring dear friends and art lovers!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the creative energies that Spring brings.  I love the freshness of Spring air after a long, cold winter and the blossoming flowers and trees that bring the vibrancy of Earth's palette to life again! 

Colors and patterns of nature have always been an inspiration for me and recently I've been playing more intuitively with watercolor and am excited to share here with you a bit of my creative process :) 

I hope you will be inspired to try some ideas out as well and make your own watercolor flowers and gardens for fun!   

These are some watercolor "bookmarks" that I've created below:

My Creative Process 
Top / Left image:  I start with simple shapes such a circles, lines, and dots and let the water flow.. moving the paper around to play with the patterns and connecting them to each other.  Most of the time, I start with only one color, in this case red. *Canson watercolor paper   *pigment - Alizarin Crimson (Windsor and Newton)

Bottom / Right image:  I add another layer of color, here soft grey and blue tones over the previous image to give depth and create color "symphonies"   The grey blue over the red washes creates a lovely plum color that can only be achieved through layering.  I try to leave the delicate watermarks that happen naturally as they give variety and interest.
After the layering is dry, I take my favorite golden metallic pen from Japan by Sakura (shown in image below)  and create patterns intuitively, following the shapes and lines of the pigments, which result most times in flowers and leaves, but also cellular-like structures, light patterns, and stars! 

I really love this part as it creates so much dimension and the golden shimmer is beautiful against the matte watercolor.
I then like to cut them into 2" pieces to create little original watercolors that I call "bookmarks" as they work great for that for that as shown below.

They can also be put together in groupings of 3 as a triptych which look great together...and in different combinations such as these below.

It has been a pleasure to share with you a little peek into my intuitive process and I hope it has inspired you to play as well:) 

I have updated my website gallery to show these watercolors and would love to know your favorites!  

 I've also added an Etsy shop to my website under the tab "Store - Gifts" with a few original watercolor bookmarks, a triptych, 2 limited edition prints and will be adding more soon:

I'm looking forward to hearing from you and sharing more creations + updates with you again in the near future!

Sending blossoming love, peace, and radiant light to you!

Laura Krusemark


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Laura Von Krusemark - Artist · 325 1/4 N. Alexandria Ave · Los Angeles, CA 90004 · USA

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