I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:
I used the Posca paint pens in colors of light gray, yellow and light green. It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!
I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:
So I went with the flow of it… If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen! 🙂
I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.
This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:
I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish. Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?
I will post my completed fish doodle next week.
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Tagged abstract art, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media, patterns, Posca paint pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle
I love summer when the berries and cherries are ripe for picking!
We had such a wet Spring that I had the best crop of blueberries in my yard! Of course I had to paint them with my new set of Rembrandt watercolor paints! 🙂
I made a light pencil sketch first and then painted wet into wet. I added sketchy details with a micron black pen after the watercolor had dried. It is more abstract than realistic but I like it.
Pie cherries were ripe at the lake last weekend in the neighbor’s yard – these are sour cherries – not good for eating off the tree but delish for pies, that is if the Robins don’t eat them first!
I picked a few to paint in my art journal:
I love those bright reds, don’t you?!
It was super fun to experiment in different painting styles.
Do you have a favorite summer fruit? I hope you share it with me!
Happy Summer! Cheers! 🙂
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I was so excited to see a package on my front porch last week from Royal Talens North America. And I couldn’t wait to open it!
(Who is Royal Talens you may be asking? I signed up for their FREE newsletter to discover more about them. They have some great ideas I can’t wait to try!)
Inside was a very generous set of Rembrandt Artist Quality Watercolor tubes in 16 colors!! AND they are BIG tubes too – 20 ml size! I couldn’t believe my eyes! 🙂
I squeezed out these juicy watercolor paints onto my palette and made a color chart. They come in a complete range of 80 colors BTW! WHOOT!!
BUT WAIT! There was more in the box from Royal Talens – they also included 3 – 30 ml bottles of their Ecoline Liquid Watercolor. We are talking LIQUID watercolors!! They come in 46 transparent colors and 2 opaque colors (white and gold).
I will definitely be using these liquid watercolors in an online calligraphy class from Ivy Newport called, “Letters to Words.” I liked how vibrant and transparent the colors were straight from the bottle.
And they are very versatile. I painted the background of this sample below using a brush – they blend just like watercolor paints with water. I added black ink with a micron pen afterwards… how many weird creatures can you find on the right?!
I was also excited to see 3 Ecoline Brush Markers and a blender too! I didn’t know I could get watercolor in a brush! Oh, the possibilities!! (I used a blue marker in the sample above).
I experimented using the Ecoline markers and the Rembrandt watercolor in this doodle:
It was super fun to watch the brush markers blend with the watercolor paints – you can see it better in this photo:
And of course I had to try the blue Ecoline Brush Marker for a face! I used it as an outline to separate her head and shoulders from the background. I then softened it with a water brush:
I have more creative experiments to show you but will save them for another day!
THANK YOU Charlie at Doodlewash.com for creating #WorldWatercolorMonth in July! It is such a JOY to receive and experiment with these FREE supplies!!
P.S. I’m not being paid by Royal Talens North America for a review of their products. 🙂
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OK, it was not easy to come up with a title for today’s post… if I must “face it!”
How do I describe these silly faces?!
They were created from my faces I did on Tuesday and then cut them up and mixed them up to create these new wacky faces!
It kind of reminded me of a meeting I had yesterday with a group of people where I felt totally out of place… Not because they made me feel this way but because I realized that I didn’t fit into this group. Have you ever felt this way?
They were all “left brains” and I’m more of a “right brain” thinker…
I realized that it was OK that we are different – we don’t have to ALL think alike…
Or look alike!
Or create art alike!!
Cheers to being different! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Drawing, Faces, Humor, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, art classes, Colorful, creative play, drawing, faces, fun, humor, inspiration, Lynn Whipple, markers, mixed media art, paper collage, soft pastels, water soluble crayons
Sometimes it is fun to limit a painting to certain perimeters. I decided to try these four colors in my art journal as part of an assignment from Carla Sonheim’s year long class:
I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics in Medium Magenta, Cadmium Orange, Payne’s Gray and a light gray blend (Titanium White mixed with Payne’s Gray).
I don’t think it is done. What would you do to complete it?
Would you add another color? Glue collage on top? Add a quote or a poem?
I look forward to hearing your ideas!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Uncategorized
Tagged 4 colors, abstract art, acrylic paints, art journal, color experiment, creative ideas, creative play, fun, inspiration, patterns, stencil
“The aim of art,” according to Aristotle, “is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
I used a melon baller, seed pod and seashells for my inspiration in these imaginary flowers:
I started with watercolor. Next, I added layers of paper collage with matte gel medium, watercolor, and white gel pen. I finished my piece with the quote from Aristotle:
What is the aim of art for you?
I think my aim for art is to create it! I just love to explore new materials and discover how I can create it into something new for me – and maybe you too!
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Tagged abstract, Art, color experiment, creative play, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, paper collage, quotes, seashells, the aim of art, watercolor, white gel pen
Some days my brain is too tired after work to create an “art piece” so I try to find a fun activity to keep my hands moving. Yesterday, I decided to cut up some circles for another project.
I used a stencil to draw circles in three different sizes on a variety of papers: gelli-prints, scrapbook and dictionary pages.
I cut them out with scissors while watching TV and talking to my hubby about his day.
The circle scraps are keepers too!
Wishing you a happy day!
I haven’t done one of these abstracts in awhile. I find them very meditative to do. I did this one on Sunday while watching the Oscars.
I started with several layers of watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper:
Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:
It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:
This time, I left some shapes without outlines:
I think it gives the eyes time to rest. You can choose to see individual shapes or the big picture.
I want to try using an actual photo as a reference for my next one.
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Tagged abstract art, Art, color play, drawing, experiment, imagination, ink, joy, landscapes, meditative, mixed media, peaceful, watercolor
I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!
It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.
This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition. It can help an artist learn composition in design.
I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.
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Tagged art classes, black and white, childhood memories, composition, creative, fun, Imaginary creatures, learning, notan, playful, whimsical
I started this watercolor abstract in my art journal last week, you can see it here.
I wanted to experiment and add texture so I drew several circles with a black pen. Next, I added clear gesso to the middles of my circles. I finished by drawing around the color changes within my circles with a white charcoal pencil.
I think it now looks like torn pieces of paper in a collage. It is fun to look at it from different angles:
Right side up and upside down:
And sideways – one:
I see fish and mountains…
Do you see what I see?
Happy Monday! 🙂
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Tagged abstract, art journal, clear gesso, Colorful, creative ideas, drawing, experiment, fun, micron black pen, mixed media, patterns, playful, shapes, watercolor, white charcoal pencil