I LOVE starting a new art journal… Just think of the possibilities!! 😃
A friend I met in the beginning of my WordPress journey – Laura @createarteveryday – who is now posting only on Instagram, told me about this journal from Ranger/Dina Wakley:
I purchased the 8×10 inch size journal at Amazon. It has about 3-4 different surfaces in it, one of them being burlap which I have never journaled on… I’m curious to see what happens with it!
Laura says that Dina Wakley has several mixed media art videos available on YouTube using this journal. I look forward to checking them out! 🙂
My first page, I started with a stencil of my hand…
And before I knew it, the wheels of my imagination started turning…
I added color with Ink Tense Blocks, Neocolors, Ecoline watercolor (the pink swirls of color), Gesso on the hand and for the flowers, fluid acrylics and stencils finishing with a black Micron pen and white gel pen. Basically, a little of this and that! Lol! 😉
It is busy and colorful and FUN!!
I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Hands, imagination, ink, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Colorful, creative play, dina Wakley journal, doodle, flowers, fun, Hands, mixed media art, smile, stencils
I read an article from our local newspaper yesterday about a mom whose son recently graduated from high school. No big deal, right? Happens all the time…
Upon further reading, I learned that her son was born with a hole in his diaphragm and the doctors only gave him a 50/50 chance to survive. While he was in the hospital Neonatal ICU, struggling for every breath, this new mother placed two fingers on his laboring chest and whispered, please. When he exhaled, she whispered, thank you.
In the weeks that followed as her son grew healthy and strong with no lingering complications, each breath seemed like a miracle. This mom continued her prayer ritual of whispering, please when her son inhaled and thank you when he exhaled. Faced with the fragility of life, each year became a milestone to celebrate with her son!
This story reminds me of taking the time to say, thank you to people who I appreciate in my life. Sometimes it is good to recognize the milestones that are big and small…
I made the above card for a friend recently. I was inspired by these beautiful pink roses:
I thought you might like to learn how I made it. 🙂
I discovered that sea sponges make great roses! Just dab a damp sponge lightly in acrylic paint and twist your wrist as you apply the paint to paper. Adding several colors, gives it some depth. And a few splatters of watercolor gives it pizzazz!
My lettering came from an idea in this book from Joanne Sharpe. I used a permanent black Micron pen.
One doesn’t have to have a milestone to say, thank you; who do you know that would appreciate getting a handmade card in the mail?
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Flowers, Handmade card, imagination, Life, love, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, handlettering, Handmade card, milestones, roses, sea sponge, stories, thankful
I was looking for a Welcome sign for my front doorstep the other day… And I discovered this sign at Hobby Lobby.
I didn’t like the colors of the wood birds so I unscrewed them and darkened them with acrylic paints.
Hubby helped me hang it on the siding of our home… it looks more inviting now…
How do you welcome people to your home?! Do you decorate your doorstep?
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, birds, decoration, doorstep, happy, home, welcome sign
Fabulous food, fun and flamingos!
I find Jenna’s blog at The Painted Apron so FUNtastic! 🙂
I completed this still life recently:
And it reminded me of the colors in Jenna’s Fearless Friday, Flaming Flamingo… it does have a fiesta feel don’t you think?
I want to try creating a still life painting with Jenna’s Tablescape, Spring at the Farm. Perhaps a French hen would be a funky addition! 😉
I also enjoy Jenna’s recipes like this one, A Rainbow Salad… It looks fresh, flavorful and color-filled!
I hope you will join me in following Jenna’s blog for more fabulous fun!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Chickens, Color, color experiments, Drawing, Food, Food or Recipe, Humor, Mixed Media, Painting, recipes, Still Life, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic painting, chickens, Colorful, drawing, flamingos, Food, humor, inspiration, painting, recipes, still life
Letter “C” is for color! Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:
Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!
This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?
Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever… You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog: Make Art Magic Happens
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Alphabet Art Journal, Art, Color, color experiments, Drawing, imagination, Mixed Media, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paints, alphabet journal, art journal, Blogging, cheerful, color play, Colorful, creative inspiration, drawing, friends, letter “C”, online art classes, still life, water soluble crayons
If you were to draw, paint or photograph ten items that YOU treasure around your home, what would they be?
For the second assignment for Lynn Whipple’s online class, The Essence of Still Life, we were to draw ten items on our table:
I had fun selecting different items – some treasures and some I just like to draw, like the pear… to complete this still life on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel.
Please check out Arlene’s blog. She is also taking Lynn’s class. Arlene’s art style is fabulous! I like what she chose to draw for her still life.
I’d love to hear about what items you treasure…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art, color experiments, color pencil, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photograpy, Still Life, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic painting, drawing, fun, Lynn Whipple, mixed media art, online art classes, photography, still life, treasures, watercolor pencils
You say blue and I say orange,
Love is color blind…
When I was creating my hearts yesterday, I noticed how cool to match two different heart “halves” to create a whole.
It reminded me of my hubby and I… he says, “Blue,” and I say, “Orange!” So true!! Lol! ☺️
And yet we will be married 34 years in May! 😮 Seems like just yesterday that we said, “I do!”
If you were to combine two different hearts together, what would it look like?!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, color experiments, Haiku, Humor, love, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Paper Cutting, poetry, Uncategorized, Word Play
Tagged art inspiration, color experiments, color play, creative play, haiku, hearts, humor, love, mixed media collage, paper cut-outs, Paper Cutting, paper scraps, poetry
I was experimenting with acrylic paint and India ink yesterday….
And I created this tropical Flamingo by drawing with an ink dropper and then scraping acrylic paint over it:
Isn’t it wild?! 😉
I next experimented with some drips:
Then I cut this paper into strips and 100 tropical hearts:
I plan to use them in my art journals… what would you do with them?
I hope you have a LOVEly Monday!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Drawing, ink, love, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, color experiments, Colorful, drawing, Flamingo, happy, hearts, india ink, inspiration, love, online art classes, paper cut-outs, paper scraps, tropical, whimsical
I decided to change things up today and create a weird bird with scraping paint, like the technique I showed you previously, here: Scraping Paint…
And I wrote a Limerick:
There once was an old bird from Bend,
Whose wild hair stood up on end,
She did have some charm,
With hens on the farm,
Who crowned her Queen of Hair Trends!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
May your hair look fabulous today!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, Humor, imaginary drawings, poetry, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paints, bubble wrap, Colorful, creative play, hair styles, humor, Imaginary birds, limerick, playful, Posca paint pens, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
I decided to try a color scheme for January’s Square Project. I used the colors from the thread and brayer technique that I shared with you here; A Daily Creative Practice
The color scheme with the threads is the left photo above. The photo on the right is copy paper that I blotted my stencils on but I liked it so I used it too.
I decided to stencil the background paper before I added my squares. I mixed two fluid acrylic paint colors together and used a damp sponge to apply the paint:
I connected the new paper to the December piece by overlapping them and glueing them together with Matte gel medium. I reinforced the back with paper strips too.
Next, I glued my squares with Elmer’s extra strength glue stick:
It is looking busy so I added some circles to help focus your eyes on a random pattern:
I added stenciled flowers in pink on rice paper and a snowflake rubber stamp in blue to some of the circles.
I felt the blue snowflakes were a little bright, so glued deli paper over them to soften the image.
I also added circles of the thread pattern to the pink and white circles and finished them with a small pink circle that I stamped a circular pattern on:
I’m calling this design done! 😉
I wrote notes about about it in my square journal yesterday:
I learned a lot on this one. I think a more solid color for the squares would have been better. It is a little busy. I decided that not every month is going to be a success.
Now that I have gotten one month completed, I am ready to think about February.
I hope to find some insights in this book I purchased from Amazon:
Posted in A Square Project, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, Mixed Media Collage, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged acrylic paints, art journal, circles and squares, color play, creative, creative play, learning, mixed media collage, patterns, stencils, the square project, watercolor