Category Archives: color experiments

Life’s Path

Some days I wonder where life is leading me…

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I wish it was as easy as “following the yellow brick road!”

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Yet, when I feel cloudy on the inside…

 

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I know that God’s Son-shine will always give me hope for a new day!

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Cheers Friends! ūüôā

Seeing Pink

Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…

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But I was¬†SEEING pink! ¬†ūüôā

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Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:

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Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:

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I was definitely seeing PINK!

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I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! ūüôā

Imagine I Say…

An evening sunset?

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Peeling bark on an old tree?

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IMAGINE I say…

I enjoy doing these abstract watercolors – what do you SEE in them?

Cheers! ūüôā

A Coloful Surprise!

I was so excited to see a package on my front porch last week from Royal Talens North America. ¬†And I couldn’t wait to open it!

(Who is Royal Talens you may be asking? ¬†I signed up for their FREE newsletter ¬†to discover more about them. ¬†They have some great ideas I can’t wait to try!)

Inside was a very generous set of Rembrandt Artist Quality Watercolor tubes in 16 colors!! ¬†AND they¬†are BIG tubes too – 20 ml size! ¬†I couldn’t believe my eyes! ¬†ūüôā

I squeezed out these juicy watercolor paints onto my palette and made a color chart. They come in a complete range of 80 colors BTW!  WHOOT!!

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BUT WAIT!  There was more in the box from Royal Talens Рthey also included 3 Р30 ml bottles of their Ecoline Liquid Watercolor.  We are talking LIQUID watercolors!!  They come in 46 transparent colors and 2 opaque colors (white and gold).

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I will definitely be using these liquid watercolors in an online calligraphy class from Ivy Newport called, “Letters to Words.” ¬† I liked how vibrant and transparent the colors were straight from the bottle.

And they are very versatile. ¬†I painted the background of this sample below using a brush – they blend just like watercolor paints with water. ¬†I added black ink with a micron pen afterwards… how many weird creatures can you find on the right?!

I was also excited to see 3 Ecoline Brush Markers and a blender too! I didn’t know I could get watercolor in a brush! ¬†Oh, the possibilities!! ¬†(I used a blue marker¬†in the¬†sample above).

I experimented using the Ecoline markers and the Rembrandt watercolor in this doodle:

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It was super fun to watch the brush markers blend with the watercolor paints – you can see it better in this photo:

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And of course I had to try the blue Ecoline Brush Marker for a face!   I used it as an outline to separate her head and shoulders from the background.  I then softened it with a water brush:

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I have more creative experiments to show you but will save them for another day!

THANK YOU Charlie at Doodlewash.com for creating #WorldWatercolorMonth in July!   It is such a JOY to receive and experiment with these FREE supplies!!

Happy Painting!

Cheers! ūüôā

P.S.¬† I’m not being paid by Royal Talens North America for a review of their products.¬† ūüôā

Making Faces

I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.” ¬†Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!

This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:

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If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com

One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years.  I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates!  It is an AWESOME experience!! 

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

P.S.¬† Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram.¬† This is face number 56/100.

Painter’s Tape?

Many of you know how much I enjoy experimenting in art.  Sometimes I just need an idea that sparks my creativity.

Blue tape, recently sparked my imagination. ¬†The tape is also called “Painters Tape” as it’s used to cover up baseboards and such when painting your house.

Carla Sonheim¬†has demonstrated this method in¬†several of her online¬†classes¬†but I decided to take it a step further last weekend. ¬†I thought you might enjoy seeing my steps of exploration!! ¬†Maybe it will spark a creative experiment¬†of your own!¬† ūüôā

My first step was to tear the tape into uneven pieces and place them on my paper – I used 140 lb hot press watercolor paper (good quality paper helps to remove the tape without tearing the paper).

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I created my face from my imagination.  I had drawn 29 faces for 29 days (Actually I have drawn MANY more faces but I only posted that many on Instagram at the time).

Next, I added oil pastels and some pan pastels:

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I removed the tape to reveal my face:

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It reminded me of a mask so I decided to add a few doodles to fill in the spaces:

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I added watercolor over the doodles because it just seemed like it needed a little something!

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Here is a beginning and end photo next to each other:

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Super fun to play with negative and positive shapes!

Cheers! ūüôā

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! ¬†ūüôā

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! ūüôā

The Aim Of Art

“The aim of art,” according to Aristotle, “is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”

I used a melon baller, seed pod and seashells for my inspiration in these imaginary flowers:

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I started with watercolor.   Next, I added layers of paper collage with matte gel medium, watercolor, and white gel pen.  I finished my piece with the quote from Aristotle:

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What is the aim of art for you?

I think my aim for art is to create it!  I just love to explore new materials and discover how I can create it into something new for me Рand maybe you too!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Picasso Inspired Face

I was inspired by Picasso to create this face:

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I studied several photos of Picasso before I drew a sketch in pencil.  I colored my sections with oil pastels, using two different colors on top of each other.  Next, I scratched into the oil pastels with the end of a mechanical pencil to create the patterns.

I finished it by cutting out the face with scissors.  Oil pastels are a bit messy but I had fun experimenting!

It reminds me of one of my doodles…

Cheers! ūüôā