Category Archives: color experiments

Letter “W” Is For…

WOWZA!!  The weekend is here!!

I hope your week has stacked up to be wonderful! 


I did this wacky still life of coffee cups in watercolor – paints, pencils and markers.

I have enjoyed sharing some wild fun this week on my blog!  Thank you for all your comments, I appreciate them so much! And thanks for taking a look at the blogs I shared with you.  There are waaaay more, so watch for future posts!

I have decided to take a week off from blogging to do a little Spring cleaning… Whoa!  :-0  Yes, I haven’t totally lost my mind… but I am feeling like I need to have a little time to catch up.  😉

I hope to keep creating art but will be posting only on Instagram as art_jill_kuhn

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Cheers! 🙂

Letter “F” Is For…

Fabulous food, fun and flamingos!

find Jenna’s blog at The Painted Apron so FUNtastic! 🙂

I completed this still life recently:


And it reminded me of the colors in Jenna’s Fearless Friday, Flaming Flamingo… it does have a fiesta feel don’t you think?

I want to try creating a still life painting with Jenna’s Tablescape, Spring at the Farm.  Perhaps a French hen would be a funky addition!  😉

I also enjoy Jenna’s recipes like this one, A Rainbow Salad… It looks fresh, flavorful and color-filled! 

I hope you will join me in following Jenna’s blog for more fabulous fun!

Cheers! 🙂

Letter “C” Is For…

Letter “C” is for color!  Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:


Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!

This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?

Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever…  You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog:  Make Art Magic Happens

Cheers! 🙂

A Still Life Doodle?

One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.

This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen.  Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.


It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.

May you find JOY in the art you create!

Cheers! 🙂

Small Treasures

If you were to draw, paint or photograph ten items that YOU treasure around your home, what would they be?


For the second assignment for Lynn Whipple’s online class, The Essence of Still Lifewe were to draw ten items on our table:


I had fun selecting different items – some treasures and some I just like to draw, like the pear… to complete this still life on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

Please check out Arlene’s blog.   She is also taking Lynn’s class.  Arlene’s art style is fabulous!   I like what she chose to draw for her still life.

I’d love to hear about what items you treasure…

Cheers! 🙂

Be Still, Jill

I remember being told to be still, Jill when I was a child!  Oh, is that possible? Lol! 😉

Maybe if I was given a crayon and an assignment to draw!


I started a new online class this week with Lynn Whipple – hosted by Carla Sonheim, called, “The Essence of Still Life.”


Lynn brings such positive energy to her classes.  I know I will learn so much!


I hope you enjoyed these colorful drawings I did!


They were super fun with water soluble crayons!

Cheers! 🙂

YOU Can Be…


Just think of the possibilities…

If you started your day,

Being AWESOME!!  🙂

When Charlie at had an art prompt to create patterns in watercolor on March 3rd, I couldn’t resist!

So I got out my Ecoline Watercolor markers – which Charlie was giving away last summer on his blog (I won a few to try, pretty awesome I must say!) and I just started drawing:


Drawing colorful patterns, just makes me FEEL awesome, how about you?

Yesterday, I decided to cut out letters on the back side of my paper:


I forgot that I had to reverse the “S” but no big deal, I just cut out another one!

After I cut the letters out, I glued them into my journal and added some flowers with my hand painted papers.  Note:  You can’t see the cut into the center of the flowers or letters when you cut one continuous line into the center.

I had some text on my collage table and found this text, which made a perfect flower center:


I was thinking this would make a fun card for a friend by adding a special message inside a flower!

I outlined my letters and flowers with a black Micron pen and a little pencil shading to make them pop, as you can see with my photo on the right below:


Part of my inspiration for my lettering was the cover of Uppercase Magazine:


Be AWESOME today!

Cheers! 🙂

February’s Square Project

Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project?  I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.

Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:


February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉

I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage.  I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.

Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):


My completed section for February:


I think it looks so pretty, how about you?

What I liked about February’s experiments:


I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy.  I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.

I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.

Cheers! 🙂

Know How To Fold ‘Em…

For some strange reason, Kenny Roger’s song, The Gambler was running through my  mind as I was preparing for today’s post.

Yes, I am aware that I changed my title a little different than the song’s lyrics. 🙂

I wanted to show you how I created the tie-dye affect with tissue paper in Tuesday’s post that you can find here, if you missed it: Swedish Tracing Paper

Below is a photo of the supplies I used:


I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored india inks, rubber bands, a water spritzer, a plastic palette and plastic gloves.

*The papers I used for today’s experiment were white tissue paper, Swedish Tracing Paper (sewn on my sewing machine) and deli paper.

First, I sprayed the tissue paper with water and folded it.  I used an accordion fold, then folded the paper in half and quarters.


Lastly, I wrapped a rubber band tightly around the tissue paper and added colored ink.  The plastic palette gives a place for the ink bundle to dry.


Below are my 3 bundles of the different *papers I used for this experiment:


The rubberband acts as a resist to the ink but also how the paper is folded.  I let them dry but sped up the process with a hair dryer so I could show you the results.

The tissue paper reveals a pattern of a Bleeding Heart flower to me:


The Swedish Tracing paper held more ink so I got an extra print on tissue paper:


Lastly, the deli paper experiment:


What I learned:

  • The deli paper dries the fastest so don’t let it dry too long or I won’t be able to unfold it.
  • Tissue paper is difficult to unfold wearing plastic gloves. 😉
  • I like the results best when I add more than one color of ink.
  • Make sure my rubber bands aren’t too old.  If they break, ink can splatter everywhere…
  • Protect my surface with a piece of paper and my hands with gloves since India ink is permanent.
  • Be open to the unexpected!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my experiments today!  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Next week I will show you examples of how I used these experiments in my art.

Swedish Tracing Paper

I was dying tissue paper yesterday for an online class I’m taking… I will share more about the class in another post.  I was using colored India ink to create this one on tissue paper:


I decided to try this experiment using Swedish Tracing Paper.  I previously purchased a roll from Amazon for $16.07 for another online class last year.  It feels a lot like interfacing and is sewable…


I had a piece that I previously had sewed on so I experimented by spritzing it with water and adding India inks then folding it to create a pattern:


I just love the richness of this!!

It was so saturated with inks that I grabbed some sheets of deli paper to see what ink it would soak up.  And I was excited to see that it transferred the color and the stitching to the deli paper:


And I got two additional prints on deli paper:


I wonder what would happen if I sewed a pattern with the thread?


More experimenting ahead!!

Cheers! 🙂