Category Archives: Art Journal

Creativity Is Not A Talent…

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“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.”  – John Cleese

Wishing you a happy and creative day!

Cheers!  🙂

Flowers In Her Hair

In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt.  I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.

I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it.  As you can see below:

After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.

I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:

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I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.

Cheers! 🌹

Moody Mother Nature

Since my last post, we have had many changes in weather.  It inspired me to draw some of Mother Nature’s moods:

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I hope it gives you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂

Instant Summer

Seems our weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from a cool Spring to above 80 degrees in one day!  Ugh!!  I do like warmer weather but prefer gradual increases in temperatures…

Here is a doodle I did a while ago but I haven’t posted yet:

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My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon!  Lol!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

4 Color Painting – Done!

Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting!  I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…

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I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!

Cheers!  🙂

4 Color Painting

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:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

Ribbons Of Paint

Sometimes I just like to swirl my paintbrush around with watercolor in my art journal. No thinking involved… just playing with color:

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Yesterday, I didn’t have much time but I still wanted to DO something! So I created this haiku over my ribbons of paint:

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I remember using scissors to create ribbons for wrapped gifts before store bought bows became popular.  “Zip!!” And curls appeared like magic!

Wishing you a day with happy memories!

Cheers!  🙂

Jane Austen

I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim.  So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one.  This quote from Jane Austen on writing:

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And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper.  Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage.  It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like.  I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.

As many of you know, I love experimenting in art!   So this page was super fun to do. 🙂

Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

A Heart For Art

As many of you know, I LOVE color!!  When Carla Sonheim assigned a self-portrait for her year-long class, I couldn’t resist creating this paper collage of myself:

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I realize it is MORE than just a self-portrait but after I saw a video about the Seattle artist, Kelly Lyles,  I decided to go WILD with color and patterns.

Perhaps you have heard of Kelly Lyles for her art cars?  Well, she also likes to dress, very colorfully!  😉

I hope to start wearing clothes with more color and patterns and care less about what others think!  How about you?  Do you like to dress conservatively or just have FUN?

Cheers!  🙂

The 100 Day Project – Drawing Faces

I decided to participate in the 100 day project on Instagram by drawing faces.  I don’t find faces an easy subject to draw so I know I will need to push through the critical voices in my head to improve my skills!  😉

I hope you will follow my progress on Instagram as art_jill_kuhn  as I will be posting most of my face sketches there.

I drew my first 3 faces with ink as a one-liner without removing the pen from the paper.  I will be experimenting in other drawing styles to keep it interesting.

I challenge you to try a 100 day project of your choice!  It is a great way to learn and have fun improving a skill such as drawing.

Cheers!  🙂