Do you remember the needlework or cross-stitch samplers? They were created to demonstrate or test a skill of needlework.
I have a friend, Marsha who creates the most AMAZING needlework!! I always enjoy seeing what projects she is working on! 🙂
This doodle reminded me of the cross-stitching I used to do…
A Doodle Sampler
It is like a sampler of doodle patterns that are all “interwoven” together!
It isn’t quite done but I thought you might enjoy seeing it anyway.
Have you ever done any kind of needlework or cross-stitch? I’d love to hear what you have created with thread!
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I LOVE starting a new art journal… Just think of the possibilities!! 😃
A friend I met in the beginning of my WordPress journey – Laura @createarteveryday – who is now posting only on Instagram, told me about this journal from Ranger/Dina Wakley:
I purchased the 8×10 inch size journal at Amazon. It has about 3-4 different surfaces in it, one of them being burlap which I have never journaled on… I’m curious to see what happens with it!
Laura says that Dina Wakley has several mixed media art videos available on YouTube using this journal. I look forward to checking them out! 🙂
My first page, I started with a stencil of my hand…
And before I knew it, the wheels of my imagination started turning…
I added color with Ink Tense Blocks, Neocolors, Ecoline watercolor (the pink swirls of color), Gesso on the hand and for the flowers, fluid acrylics and stencils finishing with a black Micron pen and white gel pen. Basically, a little of this and that! Lol! 😉
It is busy and colorful and FUN!!
I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Hands, imagination, ink, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Colorful, creative play, dina Wakley journal, doodle, flowers, fun, Hands, mixed media art, smile, stencils
Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
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I painted these daisies in watercolor from my imagination. However, I wasn’t totally pleased with them so I jazzed them up with Tombow markers, white gel pen, color pencils and a black Micron pen:
I especially like the lettering, “D” is for Daisy Doodles…
I have decided to take a little blogging break this week and will be posting on Instagram instead.
Wishing you all a fabulous and creative week ahead!
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Remember this doodle from the other day… Forever Variations
Well, I finished it on Sunday:
And I added a little pencil shading yesterday:
I’m calling the finished doodle… Good Vibrations!
P.S. Do you like the finished doodle better before or after the pencil shading?!
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My hubby was listening to the jazz pianists, Bob James and Keiko Matsui from their album, “Altair and Vega,” last evening while I was working on this doodle:
I thought the title of one of their pieces, “The Forever Variations, was fitting for my doodle which started simply:
And patterns grew in complexity, much like their music:
I had a Micron pen explode on me, so I’m working some “spots” into my design…
It is a work in progress that I’m enjoying while listening to the smooth jazz!
What music do you enjoy listening to while creating? I’d love if you shared it with me… It might inspire me in my next doodle!
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Tagged abstract, drawing, imagination, ink, jazz music, meditative, micron black pen, relaxing, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
I recently purchased two synthetic “Dagger” watercolor brushes from Dick Blick.
I learned about these brushes from my blogging friend and talented artist, Patty Anne. Please check out her beautiful watercolors on her blog: Patty Anne Art
I had never heard of this brush and loved the results that Patty Anne got with her roses.
I started by just experimenting with the 3/8 brush by “testing the waters” so to speak…
I found it extremely relaxing not painting anything specific and just experiment with the brush and color. I created this on 300 lb watercolor paper:
Afterwards, I outlined the shapes in a black Micron pen and added a few houses. It looks like a whole new world to me!
This last weekend, I created this abstract in my small watercolor sketchbook:
It was super fun to add details with a black Micron pen and gel pens in different colors. What do you see?
I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your art! You may discover a whole new world to explore!!
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I am feeling much better and happy to be blogging again! YAY! 😃
I couldn’t stay away from creating in my art journal for too long…
And discovered this sketchbook to be the perfect size for a little art!
Sometimes I think I have to make something BIG for it to be considered as ART…
Yet, this is not true! After all, flowers come in all shapes, color and sizes so why not art?
And art journaling isn’t about a MASTERPIECE…
But EXPLORING and creating…
And experimenting with different art mediums!
Who knows what discoveries I will make by creating a little art in my journal…
I encourage you to give it a try!
Plant a little art today…
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, ink, Lake, Mixed Media Collage, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
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What inspires YOU?
This last weekend I was at the lake…
The weather has been unusually warm which has made the snow melt too quickly. The lake water is well above normal.
Beaches are now part of the lake…
Perhaps stories around a campfire some day?
The lake was so calm for these photos… beautiful reflections:
I love how the sky reflects on the water…
It gave me time to relax and reflect on my own life.
And create this lake doodle in my art journal…
I’d love to hear what helps YOU relax!
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Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…
Does this ever happen to you?
Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?
I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.
The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed. (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)
One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator. 😉
There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green. (Oh, that’s what that was!)
The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker. Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself. Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0
So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…
I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:
I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages! Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…
Posted in A Square Project, Doodles, Drawing, Humor, ink, Life, Uncategorized, writing
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