Watercolor Kitty Cats

If anyone should have custom paintings of their cats, it’s my roommates. The two affectionately refer to their cats as their kids and miss them during two day trips. The above is of our girl Cassie, more commonly known as Puddy. I did a quick sketch of her one afternoon as she was posing by me. This sketch snowballed into two watercolor pet portraits.

This little guy was harder to sketch, too fidgety. Though I did most of the pieces looking at the cats live, I took photos as well. Here are the references of Puddy and Ollie,


Puddy responded well to her sketch, as you see below.


I guess my roommates liked them because they framed them up and hung them right over their bed.



Watercolor Owls

Watercolor Horned Owl -based on my cat

This is a bit odd, even for me, but the watercolor above is actually me reimagining my cat as an owl. I, and those I know, have always thought she had more of an owl-like feel to her than the average cat. So here is my cat turned into a horned, patterned owl. In case you’re newer to my blogs and don’t know Kristy, I have supplied a photo of her below. She cute, I know.

Kristy the Cat

My first owl attempt was a basic barn owl I experimented with.

Watercolor First Try at Barn Owl

April Photo Round-Up

April Photo Round Up - Withcraftsandlace

Across my digital canvases, (tumblr, wordpress, twitter, pinterest) I cultivated a handful of images featuring my works and my life throughout April.

From upper left to bottom right:

Here’s to a great, but busy, May to come!

Watercolor Flowers with My Cat

Watercolors with Cats - Withcraftsandlace

A few weeks back, my friend requested I “make her one” while exchanging Snapchats of my watercolor experiments. Kristy didn’t leave room on the backdrop for taking many photos. I couldn’t move her because she looked so comfy, so I decided to use her as a prop. I wanted to play with multicolored flowers and the blended, floaty look watercolor can make rather than some of my simpler, monochrome flower patterns.

Watercolor flowers pattern in blended peaches, purples, and yellows for a friend. Kitty paw in the corner - withcraftsandlace
Check out that kitty paw sneaking in by the lower corner

I wrote “By: Jane Austen” as a reference to her novel, Emma, which I am quite fond of. My friend is a book-type so she will get the allusion. I just used sketchbook paper that I had on hand which doesn’t work as well with watercolors but I like the color, size, and weight of it better than the only watercolor paper I currently have.

Painting practice for a friend with my kitty cat - withcraftsandlace

You may be able to tell from this that I am particularly into shades of peach right now. Keep that in mind for a post I will be doing later!

Making my Paint Storage Pretty: Oils

I think this last box redo is my favorite. Seems Kristy agrees.

Look at the collar I made her awhile back aww