Bia’s Blog

Bia’s Blog

some ideas and stories
work in progress in a quilling creation
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 08 July 2016| Creating!, Quilling

A peek in the assembly process of my quilling. Above you can see my little strips  (3 mm wide paper), scissors, glue, tweezers and a tool for securing the paper so you can curl it. Basically, with few materials you can do quite a lot. Paper strips comes in a color palette set or various...

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blue watercolor sketch study of shadows
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 04 July 2016| Creating!, Tips, Watercolor

This watercolor study was done to test small compositions of a landscape. I made some different sized rectangles and quick pencil drawings. I didn't focus in the details of the plants, for example, but wanted to better understand their location and plans. Practically, I did a 360-degree turn in that place. It is very interesting...

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watercolor and ink drawing of ruins park landscape
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 30 June 2016| Creating!, Graphic Diary, Watercolor

This is the story of this drawing I have started to make at Santa Teresa (neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro). At the Ruins Park the same house always got my attention. In fact, the same roof with their doors, windows and small details that made me imagine many stories. I thought sometimes that I really...

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presenter and guest at an arts tv show
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 27 June 2016| Creating!, Tips, Video

I have appeared on a local tv show here giving some tips about watercolor use. It was a new experience for me... and very improvised! Here's the video (but is all in Portuguese):

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girl and 3 dogs looking the street
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 23 June 2016| Creating!, References, Tips

"Oops, what is there? Some people coming? Or is it a horse? " It was nothing, little dogs! Hehehe All three dogs are very fond of looking through the green gate to see who goes, who comes ... if it is a car or the milk truck. Besides that, my dog has a special spot:...

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little green character and science house watercolor gouache
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 20 June 2016| Creating!, Thoughts

Today, I will write about the question that’s on my mind…  when I decided to move from academia to arts (and perhaps teach children now). It may be a surprise to have a doctorate in Production Engineering and then have the idea of changing my way. But here are the facts: I am an artist...

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warm colored flowers
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 16 June 2016| Creating!, References

I have found very beautiful flowers around my grandmother's house. I've decided to pick some of them and took some pictures to remember their warm colors in memory ... This will serve as a future reference for new designs and inspirations (recommend to save your photos in the cloud. Google Photos service is very good,...

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details of an ink horse drawing
Posted by Bia Watanabe | 13 June 2016| Creating!, Tips, Watercolor

This drawing is part of a series with animals created using colored pens and India ink (permanent and really dark). There were no sketches, only the brush and the ink to make the shapes. Using a brush allowed me to create diverse line's thickness, which brought some life to the drawing. Then, I colored with...

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