Category Archives: Doodles

Black And White

The theme for this week’s collage challenge from Randel Plowman’s book, “The Collage Workbook,” is black and white.  You can find out more about this art challenge, here: White Out

My first collage is 9×9 inches; I combined old book pages, magazine images, my own doodles, postage stamps, a fortune from a fortune cookie and two leaves from scrapbook paper:

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Any ideas for titles?

My second collage is 4×6 inches.  I used images from an art magazine:

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I had fun creating these collages yesterday evening.  What a great way to relax!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Creative Doodling…

As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.

I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV.  My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better.  😉

So I doodle away…  Like this one I recently started:91F794CC-2A09-45C2-B934-8BDEC8140BD2

And have been adding to it, a little each evening:

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I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:

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It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment!  Super fun!

If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration.  I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:

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This doodle is approximately  5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length.  I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01

I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs.  This is part of the fun!  I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂

What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Hello!

Dear Friend,

How are you?  I’m fine… well, really, I’m tired but I think we are all feeling a bit tired this time of year.

I’ve been enjoying some time off from work…

How about you, what have you been doing?

I decided to try something new in my art journal.  I cut three shapes from my hand-painted papers and glued them to my page.  Then I added some watercolors, as you can see on the left.

Next, I added some doodles with a black micron pen.  I added more watercolor to finish my page, as you can see on the right:

What do you think?

I hope you are well.

Your friend,

Jill

Cat Napping

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Comfy warm blanket…

Black cat sleeping on the couch,

Move over kitty!

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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?

Cheers! 🙂

Watercolor Doodles

Lately, I have been inspired by Sharon, Make Art Magic Happens who has been creating some wonderful patterns in watercolor…

To create my colorful doodle in watercolor and watercolor pencils:

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Thank you, Sharon for your daily inspiration!! 🙂

If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s art, I do hope you check out her blog!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Just Words?!

I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.

I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim.  You can check out her class at Improv collage

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She got me thinking about words…

So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:

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It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”

Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:

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What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!

I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments.  Thank you!

Cheers! 🙂

New Collage Paper Series

Paper collage is one of my FAVORITE art mediums!!

I thought it would be fun to show you how I create some of my own papers AND ways YOU can use collage in your art.

I hope you join in the fun each Thursday! 

Today’s collage paper is a random pattern I created with markers on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of 90 lb paper.  I used Uni Posca pens in this design:

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Next, I copied my design on my HP All-In-One Printer that I recently purchased on sale for only $200! It is a HP 8720 – I have to say, very EASY to use AND it makes awesome color copies!

Can you tell which is the original and the copy?

I think the copy is on the right! Lol! 😉

Making color copies of my own artwork is one of my favorite ways to create collage material.  It seems so easy and it is!!

Next Thursday, I will show an example of how I used this copy of my patterned paper in my artwork.

I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂

 

The Flower Bird

Zen doodle meets Weird Bird Wednesday!

The Calendula Bird AKA the Marigold bird loves to flap its wings and spread the seeds of flowers in the Fall so that we have a beautiful Spring!

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Did you know that deer don’t like to eat this flower?  I like to plant it at the lake in the summer where deer like to nibble on all leaves, flowers and fruit – like this skinny one:

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

And The Materials Are…

I wanted to show you the collage materials that went into making my weird bird from yesterday:

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Did you guess ALL 10 materials?  Well, if not, let me help you out!

  1.  I started my bird collage with a word from this children’s dictionary for my bird’s body.  It started me thinking about a sewing theme.

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2.  I altered pages from this old sewing book with acrylics before using it as part of the bird’s tail and nest materials.

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3.  I color copied a doodle I did previously and cut it up for my bird’s hat.

4.  I used my gelli-printed deli papers for my bird’s head, wing and nest materials.

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5.  A paint sample card for the bird’s eye but I didn’t like the yellow color so I turned it over and used the other side with the bar code!

6.  An old button was perfect for the top of the hat.

7.  A sequin for the eye.

8.  Old sheet music that I gelli-printed for the base of the nest.

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9.  Swedish Tracing Paper that I had gelli-printed a feather stencil – this tracing paper feels more like a fabric.  It is a super fun material to collage with BTW!  I think I purchased it on Amazon.  It comes in a large roll.  I used it under the bird’s body for the nest.

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10.  Tissue from an old dress pattern was used over the sheet music for the nest – a fun element of surprise. 😉

I usually use a glue stick to glue everything down and outline my bird with pencil to give it a little dimension.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the FUN I put into this BEST Dressed Bird!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Bird-Dog Tired…

I was feeling dog-tired yesterday after work so I decided to mix things up for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday.  

When I posted this doodle on Instagram recently, my sweet and talented friend, Carol at Carolscreativepapers.wordpress.com  told me she saw a bird and dog in it:

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What do you see?  I hope you share it with me!

I find creating these zen doodles very meditative.  I always enjoy it when I get one completed because it means I can start something new!

Wishing you a happy day!

Cheers! 🙂