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”:
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…
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, art challenge, Art Journal, Cats, Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, abstract art, Alphabet Art Journal, cats, creative play, humor, illustration, joy, letter “J”, paper collage, smile, watercolor
I enjoyed creating with my hand-painted collage papers over the weekend. Carla Sonheim gave us a fun assignment to cut out random collage shapes from our own painted papers with our eyes closed! Who knew this could be so fun and freeing!!
This cat and mouse showed up first:
Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:
I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!
And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:
It is a Rhino-leaf-a-rear-as! The children loved to ride this beast at the strange animal zoo…
I hope this silliness gives you a smile today!
Posted in Animals, Cats, collage papers, Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Monday's Mixer, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged cats, color play, creative inspiration, faces, fun, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, paper collage, patterns, playful, shapes, smile, Whimsical Art
Comfy warm blanket…
Black cat sleeping on the couch,
Move over kitty!
I thought my watercolor pattern from my last post looked like a fabric quilt so I painted an image of my black cat, Jack with Sumi ink on a separate piece of paper. I cut out his shape, added some shading and placed him on the pattern.
Seems like a good day for a cat nap, how about you?
Posted in Cats, Doodles, Haiku, Humor, ink, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged cat naps, cats, creative play, haiku, humor, ink, paper collage, photography, relaxing, smile, watercolor, word play
I think I saw a Mountain Chickadee on my Crabapple tree yesterday morning…
That was before my cat, The Bird Watcher scared it away!
It was my inspiration for a page in the art journal that I told you about in my post here: The Art Of Noticing
I must say, it was super fun to color with my Prismacolor pencils in a rainbow of colors! I felt like a child again.
What creative activities help you feel young at heart?! ❤️ I hope you share them with me.
Happy Bird Watching! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Color, color pencil, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art journal, bird watching, birds, cats, childhood memories, color pencils, coloring, creative play, drawing, humor, imagination, relaxing
My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉
However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!
The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here: What Rhymes With Weird?! My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.
I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack. I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design. Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick. This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.
The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds… My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”
I created it with color pencils and Copic markers. What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?
My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH! (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!
There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish! Did you know that?!
I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish! Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.
Posted in art challenge, Cats, Drawing, Fish, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged #create50fish, art challenge, art journal, cats, clouds, color pencils, creative play, drawing, fish, haiku, humor, imagination, inspiration, learning, Paper Cutting, sketchbook, songs
My cat loves to be outside during the summer months when the weather is warmer.
But yesterday evening he got trapped (briefly) inside the garage…
He was one grumpy cat! 😦
Carla Sonheim recently gave an assignment in her 365 video class – day #177 – to draw several quick one-liner cats and my grumpy Jack cat appeared! Lol!
Happy Drawing! 🙂
Posted in Cats, Drawing, imaginary drawings, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged cats, drawing, funny, grumpy, humor, imagination, ink pen, Jack the cat, one-liners
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:
My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon! Lol!
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, cats, creative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, Spring, summer, sunny weather, zen doodles, zentangle
A friend’s mom was having a birthday and asked for postcards with cats to wish her a happy day. It was easier for me to use postcards that were cut and ready for art.
I decided to combine collage using gelli-printed paper and Neocolors water-soluble crayons (since they happened to be next to me.) Here are the ones I did for her mom:
They were so much fun to make that I decided to create several for my mother-in-law too! She loves flowers! 🌷
I know I enjoy receiving cards in the mail so I think she will too. I will make several in advance so I can mail one a week.
Who do you know that would love to receive a postcard in the mail with your art?
Posted in Cats, Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged birds, Birthdays, cats, creative ideas, daily art, encouragement, flowers, fun, gelli-printed paper, happy, inspiration, mixed media, paper collage, postcard art, whimsical
I created this in my art journal on Tuesday. Carla Sonheim gave us the assignment for her year-long online class to create a headline describing our day. I decided to write it from my cat’s perspective.
I went online to fodey.com to create my fake newspaper article. It was a lot of fun! I typed it on the computer too because I thought it may be difficult to read in my post.
I think a fake newspaper article would make a fabulous one-of-a-kind greeting card for someone!
P.S. Jack said to tell you, “I hope you keep your paws dry today!”
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Uncategorized, Writing Exercises
Tagged art classes, art journal, cats, creative ideas, drawing, fake newspaper, fun, humor, Jack the cat, Snow, Spring, writing practice
I really like “Random Pick” drawing days in Carla Sonheim’s year long online class this year. She chooses two words from a container and you get to draw, paint or write a poem with the prompts.
Yesterday, the words were mouse and cup. So this is what I drew in pencil and then added black micron pen:
Next, I added color with my watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell:
I recommend you write your own prompts and put them in a jar. It is a great way to generate creative ideas when you feel stuck in an art rut.
Posted in art challenge, Art Journal, Cats, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art journal, cats, creative ideas, cup, daily practice, drawing, fun, happy, humor, mouse, watercolor pencils, Whimsical Art