Category Archives: Alphabet Art Journal

Relax!

It was “rewarding” to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal this week…

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But then I “realized” that there was something missing! 😮

“R” you wondering WHAT that is?!

Well, while I was preparing for my weekend “retreat” at the lake, I discovered a “remarkable” feather…. so I got out my bird feather book:

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And in my “research” I discovered the identity of the “Rare” bird from Wednesday:

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I hope this gives you a smile today!  🙂

Relax and enjoy your weekend…

Cheers Friends!

One Red-Hot Radish

I purchased some radishes at the store this week so I could draw them as they do start with the letter, “R”!

I decided to paint one of them with my Rembrandt watercolor paints and pasted it in my Alphabet Journal:

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It was so much fun that I decided to paint another one and splatter some paint around my handmade art journal:

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I hope you splash some paint around this weekend!

Cheers! 🙂

A Rosy Review

Continuing with my “R’s” in my Alphabet Journal yesterday, I decided to experiment drawing ROSES using the instruction from this RECENT book I purchased on Amazon:

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I really like how the author, Peggy Dean simplifies flowers and leaves into basic shapes such as how to draw this rose:

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I believe this book will give me some excellent ideas for future doodles like these roses I drew with an ink pen and colored with Prismacolor pencils:

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Happy Drawing!

Cheers! 🙂

A Rare Recipe

I’ve been enjoying some delicious recipes from Jodi at LifeInbetween.me and Jenna at The Painted Apron so I decided to whip up my own creative recipe for today’s weird rare bird!

I’m continuing with the “R” theme for my Recipe in the Alphabet Journal.  “R” you READY for some fun?!

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Really?  I can hear you now… so where is this Rare bird!  Here he or she is:

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He is on the back of the recipe card in my Alphabet Journal:

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Hope you have a REMARKABLE day – And don’t forget to smile REPEATEDLY!

Cheers!  🙂

Common “Redpoll” – 2

I haven’t drawn a bird for “Draw A Bird” day in awhile… so yesterday I decided to give it a try in my Alphabet Journal:

The letter “R” is for (Common) Redpoll:

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I sketched my bird in pencil, added Micron pen in brown and black ink, color pencils and white gel pen.  It was a good way to de-stress from my day! 😉

I painted this bird in a more whimsical style that you can find, here from 2016.

What a great little red hat this bird wears!

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. I almost didn’t create a post for today because my hubby and I were busy moving his mother into a retirement home so she could receive more care.  But I needed time to unwind so this was my way to relax!  Phew! 😯

Funny Fish Tales

I like to collect old postcards as I find them good material for my art collages.  I happened upon these “Tall-Tale” postcards on one of my art “fishing” expeditions:

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According to the Wisconsin Historical Society (www.wisconsinhistory.org), “Tall-tale postcards emerged around the turn of the 20th century, when postcards came to function as surrogates for travel. People soon realized that postcards could be used to create or sustain a certain utopian myth about a town or region, and crafty photographers began to physically manipulate their photographs. Nowhere did these modified images, or “tall-tale postcards” as they came to be called, become more prevalent than in rural communities that hoped to forge an identity as places of agricultural abundance to encourage settlement and growth. Food sources specific to the region — vegetables, fruits, or fish — were the most common subjects.”

I found these two postcards extra funny:

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With the added bonus of handwritten notes on the back of the cards:

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These postcards inspired me to revisit my Alphabet Art Journal and create my own “Tall-Tale” for the letter, “F.”

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It says, “Frank hoped his funky fish hat would help him catch more fish on Father’s Day.”

Wishing all fathers a “swell” Father’s Day and that’s no exaggeration!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

B is for Buttercups

One of my favorite flowers to discover in the woods is a bright, yellow Buttercup!  It means Spring is on its way!  YAY!

Now, I realize that I’m jumping ahead a month or two but I couldn’t resist drawing a Buttercup today in my “Alphabet Journal.”  Carla Sonheim recommended keeping one this year in the “Y is for Yellow” class.  It is a good place to write names of artists I like and other ideas I want to explore further.

One idea I’d like to explore in greater depth is keeping a nature journal.  I always enjoy seeing Cynthia’s flower and plant sketches at Sand Salt Moon.  Be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already!  🙂

B is for Blooms

Using an internet photo as a reference, I drew my Buttercup with a black pen.  I tried to look mainly at my subject and not too much at my paper.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

One of my favorite “B” illustrators of nature is Marjolein Bastin.  You probably know her from her Hallmark cards.

I found a short YouTube video about her that I thought you might like:

I enjoyed hearing her perspective about creating art.  I hope you do too!

Do you have a favorite artist that starts with the letter, “B”?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Sketching!  🙂