Category Archives: Art Journal

A New Art Journal

I LOVE starting 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:

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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…

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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! 😉

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It is busy and colorful and FUN!!

I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!

Cheers! 🙂

My Hand…

Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?

This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…

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Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:

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If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉

Happy Creating with your hands!

Cheers! 🙂

Trees, Unicorns And Vino…

Continuing with my Alphabet watercolor and collage series for the month of July…

Letter, “T” is for trees:

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Do you see a couple of birds in my tree?  😉

”U” never know when a unicorn will show up!

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Especially when under a sun umbrella! 

And no, I wasn’t sampling the vino…

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Just drawing with my eyes closed!  (Yes, my eyes were open for the painting, lettering and I did cheat a little and add a few extra lines to the wine bottles with my eyes open…)

I have decided to spend a few extra days enjoying the lake this week.  Temps will be in the high 80’s and low 90’s…

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Summer is so short here that it is nice to enjoy when the weather is good!

There is something about the water that is so soothing…

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Cheers to summer! 🙂

Life Is Like A Rainbow…

Letter, “Q” is for quotes:

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Life is like a rainbow…you need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.” – Author Unknown

”R” is for really RED:

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I haven’t done one of these watercolor and ink abstracts in awhile.  It was fun to do one in mostly one color, RED!  I added a little Payne’s Gray for contrast.

A paint sample card and a paper, “R” for my collage portion.

Sunny, summer sunflowers for “S” was super fun:

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I like how this one turned out!  I wrote on washi tape with a ball point pen for the words and cut my letter from my handpainted paper stash for the collage.

Wishing you a happy Weekend!

Cheers! 🙂

Kites, Lilies And…

I am finding that working on more than one letter of the alphabet at a time is helping me stay on track for the daily watercolor and collage series challenge I have given myself for the month of July.

Working ahead also takes the pressure off…

After all, this is supposed to be FUN, right?!

I like how these kites turned out for the letter, “K”…

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          I can remember kite flying when I was a child, how about you?

This is one of the parts that I am enjoying about this challenge for myself, experimenting with different ideas to achieve the end results…

Like using my gelli-printed collage papers for the clouds! 🙂

Can you guess what letter, “L” stands for?

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You got it!  Lilies!

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And a Ladybug!

Did you see the Green Metalic Bee on the Lily?

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I discovered this bee really exists!  I probably would not have discovered it IF I hadn’t been photographing it!

Isn’t NATURE grand?! It opens the mind to all sorts of new things…

Happy Exploring!

Cheers! 🙂

Jump Ahead…

Hello Friends!

I’ve been enjoying time off from blogging and working on my Alphabet Journal.  You can read more about my project here:  Creating A Recipe Of Fun…

I am posting “an alphabetical recipe” with watercolor each day on Instagram but I have gotten a bit behind on the collage part…

Today, I decided to jump ahead to the letter, “J”:

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Letter “J” is for creating art with JOY of course!

I had fun drawing this illustration, painting it in watercolor and adding an abstract collage.

I will post my letters “E” through “I” when I add collage to them.

I hope you are all well…

Cheers! 🙂

A Nature Study

Last Friday, I had a little time to create one of Carla Sonheim’s assignments from the year long online class I’m taking from her.

We were to collect some items from nature and arrange them in a pleasing manner:

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I collected the above items from my yard.  🙂

Next, I drew them quickly with pencil:

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I added oil pastels to my pencil sketch by starting with a light color and layering a darker color on top.  I added details by scratching into the oil pastels with a wooden pencil.

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I wasn’t totally liking the oil pastels so I scraped white acrylic paint over it:

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I like the muted look better… I’d like to try my nature study in watercolor too!

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Happy Monday!  I hope your day is blossoming into a good week…

Cheers! 🙂

A June Bird…

You have heard of a June Bug, right?

Well, why not a June bird!

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I decided to try a little something different for today’s weird bird and collage over a watercolor tree I had previously painted in an art journal.

I “repurposed” the word, June from an old wall calendar in several languages and used a page from a weekly paper calendar… I don’t buy weekly calendar’s anymore since I use my cell phone but I still like to buy monthly calendars each year for the inspiring artwork.  How about you?

Hope your June is taking flight for a fabulous month!

Cheers! 🙂

 

A Whole New World

I recently purchased two synthetic “Dagger” watercolor brushes from Dick Blick.

I learned about these brushes from my blogging friend and talented artist, Patty Anne. Please check out her beautiful watercolors on her blog:  Patty Anne Art

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I had never heard of this brush and loved the results that Patty Anne got with her roses.

I started by just experimenting with the 3/8 brush by “testing the waters” so to speak…

I found it extremely relaxing not painting anything specific and just experiment with the brush and color.  I created this on 300 lb watercolor paper:

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Afterwards, I outlined the shapes in a black Micron pen and added a few houses.  It looks like a whole new world to me!

This last weekend, I created this abstract in my small watercolor sketchbook:

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It was super fun to add details with a black Micron pen and gel pens in different colors. What do you see?

I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your art!  You may discover a whole new world to explore!!

Cheers! 🙂

Bachelorette Betty

Which “one-liner” bachelor will Betty choose?

Betty is tall and blonde, weighs the size of a peanut and lives to sky-dive from a plane in all 50 states wearing only a bikini…

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Meet Mike…  Bachelor #1

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Mike pumps iron in the gym 7 days a week… still lives with his mother and likes to ride a unicycle.

Meet Richard… Bachelor #2

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Richard is very theatrical and hopes to be an actor one day.   Perhaps you have seen him in the Nursery Rhyme Production, Little Boy Blue? 

And last but certainly not least…

Meet Stan… Bachelor #3

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Stan tends to blush easily especially when he eats jalapeños peppers…

Stan is a chef in a well-known restaurant, likes to swim naked with dolphins and rides a Harley Motorcyle.

Which bachelor will Bachelorette Betty choose?!

I look forward to your answers!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. I drew the one-liner faces, painted them in watercolor and then wrote my stories…. Just a little silliness to give you a smile!