I tried to paint a Hummingbird in watercolor for today’s post but it ended up in the trash! Oh, don’t worry, this happens sometimes. 😉
So I went back to the basics – painting patterns in watercolor and getting comfortable with my brushes and trying different color combinations:
And look! A bird shape showed up!
When I haven’t painted in watercolor for awhile, I have to slow down and just PAINT without thinking about outcome.
I added pen on top of my watercolor in black Micron pen with a little white and gold gel pens. I like how the ink gives it some pizzazz!
I now have a page of patterns I can color copy and use in my collages.
What do YOU do when your art takes a different turn than you envisioned?
Posted in color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, Painting, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Birds
Tagged art experiments, art mistakes, collage material, creative play, doodles, ink, patterns, relaxation, watercolor
After my exploration of collage and drawing a pair of Rosy Bonnet mushrooms on Monday, I decided to try an ink doodle with Micron pens:
Next, I made a stencil of the mushroom from my pencil drawing. I wanted to use it in my Gelli-plate printing.
I decided to make a stencil of each shape with card stock and a plastic material (it is made for creating quilt patterns but I thought it might work):
Both worked for these fungus prints but I liked the results with the card stock the best. It was less slippery on the Gelli-plate and left less lines around the stencil on the prints:
It was fun trying both positive and negative shapes on deli paper and vellum paper:
I can even use the leftover card stock stencil in my art journal…
But that is fun with fungus for another day!
I hope I inspired you to explore mixed media in a subject you enjoy.
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, fall, gelli printing, ink, inspiration, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage
Tagged Art, art experiments, art journal, art practice, creative play, exploration, gelli printing, handmade stencils, inspiration, mixed media art, mushrooms, paper collage, positive and negative shapes, texture
I’m enjoying the assignments from my online class, Creating Simple Characters with Nelleke Verhoeff.
It was primary fun to color these characters with yellow, red and blue color pencils:
I encourage you to draw characters as things from your imagination!
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Tagged characters as things, color pencils, creating simple characters, creative play, drawing, fun, happy, imagination, inspiration, online art classes, primary colors, smile, Whimsical Art, yellow red and blue
Remember my nature inspired watercolor pumpkins and leaves that I posted last week:
I enjoyed adding doodles with ink and white gel pen:
It was so fun that I did another page of leaves with a couple of mushrooms:
And a page of seed pods:
Nature photos from Pinterest inspired my patterns but my imagination created my doodles!
Yesterday was the first day of Autumn…
It was sure in the air! Aren’t the reflection of the clouds on the lake amazing?!
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Tagged art journal, autumn, clouds, creative play, doodles, imagination, ink, inspiration, lake, nature inspired, nature photography, pinterest, watercolor
I am still enjoying my square-a-day project, can you believe it has been 6 months?
I gave myself a theme for June. Can you guess what it is? Of course, many of you already know from my sneak peak earlier in the month.
I thought it was interesting how the 4th vertical row shares a similar color value when I lined them up yesterday.
What doodles and patterns stand out for you? I hope you share them with me!
I have declared the month of June to be doodle month for my Square-A-Day project. I look forward to showing you all my squares at the end of this month… but here is a sneak preview:
Drawing doodles or patterns is something I find calming and relaxing. I did this one in my art journal with color pencils recently:
It looks like I am planting patterns like rows of flowers or vegetables in a garden!
Patterns and inspiration are everywhere…
Like this photo I took recently at the lake. The moon was almost full!
There are patterns in the water, the trees and the sky!
I hope you will be inspired by the patterns in your world!
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Tagged A Square A Day, art journal, color pencils, Colorful, creative play, doodles, imagination, inspiration, lake, mixed media art, nature, patterns, Planting ideas, relaxation
I have been experimenting with Copic markers lately. I haven’t been a big fan of them in the past because the markers bleed through the paper.
I decided that I would give theses markers another chance.
I chose 140-lb hot press watercolor paper rather than a journal so I didn’t have to worry about the bleed through. I like how these markers dry evenly on my paper:
Next, I used Micron sepia .01 pen to accent shapes:
I used both .05 and .01 sized sepia ink pens to add my finishing details:
Here are the pen colors I used for this Copic doodle:
It was fun to experiment in colors I don’t normally use and leave some white space!
Have you used Copic markers? I’d love to hear your opinion about them.
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Doodles, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, color experiments, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, meditative, Micron pens, patterns, relaxing, sepia ink
It is hard to believe that Spring will be here in two months where I live in the Pacific Northwest!
We recently got about a foot and a half of new snow! So pretty when it is fluttering down from the sky but not so pretty when the snow plower piled the driveway with a huge berm yesterday…Ugh!
I finished my doodle from last week! YAY! 😀 If you didn’t see that post, you can find it here: A Little Doo-da-ling
It was super fun to work on it a little each day when I had a few minutes:
And the finishing touches:
I added two colors of color pencils to complete it. I’d love to hear what you think!
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Tagged color pencils, creative play, doodles, drawing, micron black pen, patterns, relaxation, Snow, Spring, Winter, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
My title sounds like a silly song!
I started this little doo-da-ling…
When I was in a moo-da-ling…
I hope to show you my finished doodle next week!
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Tagged art journal, creaative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, zen doodles