Category Archives: Art Journal

Raining Fish

Well, it isn’t exactly raining fish but we FINALLY got some rain last night!  YAY!!

I took this photo of a dark cloud from my deck last evening with promise of more rain:

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I thought you may enjoy seeing my “fresh catch of creative fish” that I have posted on Instagram recently:

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I have been trying different art mediums – the shadows were an unexpected surprise in this one:

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And I’m enjoying mixing in some humor:

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Trying my hand at watercolor in my art journal:

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And creating a silly paper collage:

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Hope you enjoyed seeing my variety of fish that were on the menu this last week!

Cheers! 🙂

Shake Your Tail Feathers!

It seems I forgot that yesterday was Draw A Bird Day – unofficial of course but celebrated on the 8th of each month by some of my talented art and bird friends! 🙂

I may be a day late but I can still shake my tail feathers!

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Celebrating that the weekend is here!  Hoorah!

Cheers! 🙂

A Colorful Doodle Fish

I had planned to create more than fish this week but life has gotten in the way!  So here is my doodle fish I drew with a black Micron pen earlier this week:

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Last night I colored it with markers and color pencils – very fun! And colorful!

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What do you think about coloring books for adults? Have you purchased them?

I find doodling and coloring to be very calming… how about you?

Cheers! 🙂

Back To The Drawing Board…

Last week, I had counted my chickens before they hatched… or put the cart before the horse!  (I had expected the results before they had actually occurred!)  Sigh…

So this week, it is back to the drawing board – time to try, “Plan B” to get someone hired to replace me at my husband’s office.  I was thinking we had the “one” but this was not the case.  😦

I would like more time to create art and maybe, just maybe SEE if I could make it a successful business.  But right now, apparently isn’t in the stars… Or leaves!

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So I will just “leaf it” and keep creating art and hope you enjoy it, friends!

Cheers! 🙂

A Rainbow… Trout

I had a lot of fun asking “fisherman” at the lake yesterday what kind of trout I drew in my art journal… (before I wrote the name).

I got several answers.  Two fisherman thought it was a Cutthroat, three guessed a Brown trout and one got it right!

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Yep, you guessed correctly too!  Of course it is a Rainbow Trout – Just look at the background colors!! Lol!

Happy Fishing! 🙂

A Summer Sampler

When I was at the lake this last weekend, my friend Marsha showed me a beautiful needlepoint sampler that she was in the process of completing.

I so enjoyed seeing all the different stitches and threads in Marsha’s artwork!  It reminded me of needlework embroidery that I used to do.  🙂

After I completed this drawing – inspired by the patterns in a book that I showed you previously, here:  A Rosy Review

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I decided to add watercolor to give it some spark:

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And a Summer Sampler was done!  Much quicker than stitching but it would be fun to try with thread.

Cheers! 🙂

Fish Doodle – Done

Perhaps you remember this fish doodle that I started recently?  If not, you can find it here:   Paint Pen Fish Doodle

I have been working on it a little each evening and I am finally done!

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I am really please how it turned out!  What do you think?

I reminds me of Koi fish swimming in a pond.  I love watching fish swim almost as much as I like drawing doodles! 😉

Cheers to a relaxing weekend! 🙂

A Paint Pen Fish Doodle

I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:

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I used the Posca paint pens in colors of  light gray, yellow and light green.  It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!

I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:

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So I went with the flow of it…  If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen!  🙂

I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.

This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:

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I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish.  Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?

I will post my completed fish doodle next week.

Cheers! 🙂

Fishing – Part 2

I wanted to share my process and tools I used to “catch” my fish from yesterday!

I started by selecting a background and decided to use this hot-press watercolor paper that I had painted with acrylics.  I like the variegated colors:

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I folded the paper into a simple journal and painted both sides so I have six different squares in a variety of background colors:

I cut simple shapes from my gelli-printed paper and glued them to the paper with Liquitex Matte Medium:

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At this point, they look more like fall leaves than fish!  So I added details with an Uni-ball Signo white gel pen and black micron pen:

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Next, I added more details with Uni Posca paint pens – I just LOVE these opaque water based markers!! ❤️  I recently purchase a set of 15 colors with a medium tip from Amazon.  They come in different sized tips and are sold in sets on Amazon or individually from Dick Blick (another item to add to that wish list!!)

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I finished my page by adding some Prismacolor pencils – the Posca paint pens drew on top of color pencil too:

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I predict I will be drawing more fish into my creative net with these Posca paint markers!  I love that they are odorless, fade proof and bleed proof and can be used on almost any surface!

Have you ever experimented with these markers?  I hope you share it with me!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

 

Fishing

I remember fishing with my family as a young child.  When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!!  🙄

When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING!  😃  We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water.  And we caught fish!  Hooray!!  I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍

Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like!  🐡

My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram.  However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮

I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:

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I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday.  I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂