With Thanksgiving here next week in the States, it is time to start planning the Turkey dinner!
I purchased this old Betty Crocker cookbook from a thrift store. I use it for collage. It is filled with stains and comments on the pages… it makes me wonder whose family enjoyed it. 😉
I have been drawing a lot of pears lately so it seems fitting that a pear-shaped weird bird would appear…
Blushing Betty is a variation of the photographed recipe above for Quick Brown Betty.
I wonder is Betty blushing because she painted her toenails?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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I have discovered two fabulous ways to get one’s creative juices flowing as warm-up exercises in art making.
I learned these ideas from Anita Lehmann in her online class, Translating Landscapes, hosted by Carla Sonheim.
The first idea involves creating marks with a variety of art mediums and tools. One “natural” tool was a stick! I had so much fun dipping a stick into ink and “making marks” with it… And using a variety of materials to create this piece:
The second idea was making marks while listening to music. I created this piece while listening to Eva Cassidy and Natalie Merchant:
I enjoyed both exercises.
So noted, my favorite was the one with the music!
I encourage you to turn up the music and create!
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Tagged carla sonheim, Create, creative play, experiment, inspiration, mark making, mixed media art, music, online art classes, relax
I remember how my grandma made my sis and I matching outfits as kids. My sister is two years older than me.
Sometimes these memories come to me when I’m making art. Does this happen to you?
I created this art in my sketchbook last night. I started by glueing a stocking hat and sweater for a dog from one of my Gelli-plate printed papers.
I then drew my girl’s face. Next, I glued her vest and pants to the paper. Kind of reminds me of paper dolls… I drew her arms and boots around her collaged “clothes” and the dog around his “sweater” from my imagination…
The proportions are a bit off on my girl but I like the dog! Lol! ☺️ And the poem I wrote reminds me of my childhood and how much fun we used to have playing in the snow.
I have always thought it would be fun to have a little dog to dress up in matching outfits!
P.S. The child in me wishes it would snow but the adult says, “Please, only in the mountains! I don’t want to drive in it!” 😉
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Tagged art journal, childhood memories, creative play, dogs, drawing, imagination, mixed media art, paper dolls, poetry, smile
I’d rather be…
Snorkeling in Hawaii with this weird bird:
A So-Called Snorkeler Bird
Instead I have been fighting off a bad cold…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday friends!
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Tagged dictionary words, Gelli-Prints, humor, Imaginary birds, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
I am taking an online class from Kelly Hoernig called, “Art and Nature in Color Pencil,” at JeanneOliver.com
I purchased Kelly’s book a few years ago. I liked her idea of combining this art medium with collage:
Yet, learning color pencil seemed like a difficult subject to me. It reminded me of watercolor in that you start light and add layers to get deeper values.
Taking an online class is helping me get more comfortable with color pencil:
(YES, I realize it is CRABapple not CRAPapple…) Lol! 😉
It helps me to get feedback from my teacher, Kelly and learn from my classmates.
Writing down the colors I use in my sketchbook creates a guide for future subjects I study further.
I am learning color pencil slowly and hope to add collage soon!
What subject would YOU like to learn more about? I encourage you to take a class!
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Tagged art mediums, color pencils, fall, learning, mixed media art, nature, Nature Journal, online art classes
I had fun experimenting with this Gelli-Plate print which is the same pattern as the prints I showed you last week, here: Making Masks!
This one is a little different as I cut out the negative features of the face for the print:
Next, I added patterns with Posca paint pens, color pencils and a Uniball Signo white gel pen to create a design for my mask:
I finished by cutting my paper into squares and slightly shifting the image before gluing it onto another piece of paper:
My paper mosaic mask was a fun surprise! What do you think?
Wishing you a happy Monday!
I bring you a sweet treat for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday!
These birds were seen flying from birdhouse to birdhouse on Halloween night:
Can you guess the name of the bird under each costume?
And for extra credit can you tell me what treat that bird would eat?
Have a spook-tacular Halloween!
- Ghost – Snowy White Owl – eats rodents, waterfowl and carrion
- Black Cat – Black Catbird – eats insects and berries
- Jack O’ Lantern – Jackal (Buzzard) with lantern – small ground animals and birds, snakes, lizards, insects and road kill
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Tagged bird facts, costumes, Happy Halloween, humor, smile, Trick or Treat, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
I had fun creating more Gelli-Plate Prints recently for the online class with Carla Sonheim.
After making an animal head as a stencil, our assignment was to cut it into four unequal quadrants and make monoprints.
Like a puzzle, pieces could be added or subtracted on each layer so the final prints were a little bit of a mystery.
Next, we were to add paint pens to complete our animals. I used Posca paint pens which are opaque and cover most surfaces.
Below is one wild hare print before and after the paint pens:
We had the option to add eyes or a nose so I also included a bow tie! 😃
Below is a pig I did – before and after:
And two more, they look like “party” animals to me!
I also created some face “masks” in spirit of Halloween. I hope to post them tomorrow.
I hope these wacky animal prints give you a smile today!
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Tagged bunnies, Colorful, creative play, doodles, Gelli-Prints, imaginary animals, inspiration, paint pens, pattern play, pigs, smile
I was having computer issues yesterday so wasn’t able to post my weird bird…
However, this bird is “sew” much more so I wanted to share it with you today! 😉
I started with one of my Gelli-plate prints that I made from a recent online class with Carla Sonheim.
Next, I added a little collage and stitching:
A Mending Birdy
I think we could all use a little mending now and then…
Perhaps your heart, body and/or spirit could use some special care. I hope you can be extra gentle with yourself today.
P.S. Thank you for all the kindness you have shown me with your comments and likes. It means so much to me! ❤️
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