In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes it is nice to enjoy a quiet golden moment or two…
And some holiday punch!
The simplicity of punching circles of various sizes, colors and patterns…and cutting circles around the punched circles with scissors was very relaxing for me.
Arranging them into my art journal in a pleasing pattern was fun too:
How do YOU relax and get into the spirit during the holidays? I hope you share it with me!
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Tagged art journal, circles, color play, holidays, paper collage, patterns, relaxation
One of the highlights during the month of December is the special music…
Last weekend, I heard a trumpet solo and today at church, I listened to a violin soloist.
I like to close my eyes and listen, it brings my heart JOY!
What special music do YOU enJOY during the month of December?
I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, paper collage, Reflections, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, December, drawing faces, happy day, joy, memories, paper collage, singing, smile, special music
Her heart overflowed with love…
She felt grateful for this gift…
So she gave it away freely!
I think LOVE is a gift that I can give away “freely”… How about you?
And the funny thing about this gift, the more I give it away, the MORE I get in return!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, gelli printing, imagination, love, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, drawing, gratitude, hearts, Love more, paper collage, quirky, smile, whimsical
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!” 😉
Posted in Art Journal, Dogs, Drawing, gelli printing, imagination, paper collage, poetry, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, childhood memories, creative play, dogs, drawing, imagination, mixed media art, paper dolls, poetry, smile
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!
Posted in Art, Art Journal, art supplies, color pencil, fall, nature, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged art mediums, color pencils, fall, learning, mixed media art, nature, Nature Journal, online art classes
I have found new JOY with pencil sketching lately.
It has become a relaxing activity in the evening and my day does not feel complete without a quick sketch!
I find myself focusing on faces yet I am also “drawn” to nature.
This woodland fairy combines a face and nature into one sketch:
My inspiration came from the cover of this book and an oak tree in my yard:
It is one of my favorite books for learning to sketch and paint fairies. It has so many wonderful ideas to spark my imagination!
These are the supplies I used for this drawing:
From top of the page to bottom: A Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B pencil, Pentel waterbrush, Pentel Graphlet 0.7 mm mechanical pencil, shading stump and a kneaded eraser. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook.
I started with the Graphite Aquarelle pencil and added shading with the waterbrush. I finished adding details with the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil and shading stump. A kneaded eraser is wonderful because it doesn’t damage the paper and can be molded to erase small spaces.
I encourage you to draw every day! Try different pencils, papers and subjects. It will change how you see the world around you!
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Drawing, Faces, Fairies, imaginary drawings, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
Fall was in the air this last weekend at the lake!
I always like when the wild rose hips turn a blushing reddish-orange:
I did a pencil sketch of them in my journal:
I enjoyed taking these photos of Autumn’s Display to share with you:
I hope they brighten your Monday!
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Tagged art journal, autumn, Colorful, nature, peaceful, pencil sketch, photography, relaxing, sketchbook, the lake, wild roses
We were challenged to make a quirky character on any surface using any material from my online class, Drawing Quirky Characters…
This assignment was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing again!
I started with a previous drawing and folded the paper in half vertically. Using the white gel pen sketch as my guide, I cut out my quirky gal with scissors:
I don’t think I could have invented this hat without my scissors… (It reminds me of a hat that Wilma from the Flintstones might wear!) 😉
Lucy Cooke suggested I use it as a stencil so I did in my sketchbook with fluid acrylic paint:
Next, I drew details with pencil, added watercolor pencils, pan pastels to soften her features, black pen, white gel pen and color pencils:
I think she is “berry” quirky! How about you?!
Note: This was a fun way to create my own stencil. I look forward to using this idea with other subjects too.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, Paper Cutting, stencils, Story, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art experiments, creative play, drawing faces, imagination, mixed media art, nonsense, quirky, smile, whimsical
I don’t think we can ever have too much quirkiness, do you?! I love drawing these whimsical faces. 🙂
I created these drawings in the Dina Wakley sketchbook that I told you about in this post: A New Art Journal
The first drawing is extra scribbly. I started with a black Micron pen and added the white gel pen afterwards:
A young man in an extra tall quirky hat!
I’m really liking how the white gel pen pops on the brown kraft paper:
I added a little color and shading to these quirky gals with color pencil…
I am so enjoying Lucy Cooke’s Quirky Characters online class! Lucy recently did a short video of the quirky character drawings from the class – I hope you check it out at: ArtcyLucyStudio.com and go to her “Blog” which will lead you to the class artwork.
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Tagged creative play, drawing faces, imagination, ink, mixed media art, sketchbook, smile, whimsical
I discovered this online class over the weekend at JeanneOliver.com – Quirky Characters with Lucy Cooke…
And I haven’t been able to stop drawing… a very good thing! 🙂
Here are my beginning drawings in my sketchbook on Friday:
I wanted to loosen up and create more quirkiness in my drawings…
So I decided to start my faces with something familiar…a little paper collage:
Experimenting with different drawing materials helped me relax too. I also like how Lucy gives different ways to start a drawing of a face:
I started the ones above with watercolor hair and then used water soluble Faber Castell graphite pencils to add the details.
It was super fun to give little “stories” to my characters as I did with my collage ones.
I did the sketches below with a .7mm pencil, blending stump and a little color pencil where mentioned:
I think I have come a long way in my pencil sketches in just 3 days! I think that Lucy Cooke is such a good teacher.
This class is teaching me so much and I’d highly recommend it if you’d always dreamed of drawing faces that are playful and fun! It is one of the more reasonable online classes I’ve taken in price yet it doesn’t disappoint in content either.
Cheers to quirky drawing! 🙂
Posted in Art, Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, smile, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, drawing, faces, hats, learning, mixed media art, pencil shading, pencil sketching, sketchbook, watercolor, whimsical