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:
And have been adding to it, a little each evening:
I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:
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:
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!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged book review, creative play, doodles, drawing, fun, ink, meditative, patterns, playful, relaxing, Sports, zen, zen doodles
I was experimenting in drawing and collage yesterday. When I remembered this quote:
I used my non-dominant hand to write it: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
I like how my scribbly handwriting adds to the playfulness of my collage.
How do you keep playing to stay young?
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, Life, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing, humor, lettering, oil pastels, paper collage, quotes, smile, watercolor, whimsical
As many of you know, I enjoy taking online art classes – especially from CarlaSonheim.com
I started taking her first year-long class in 2013 with the Year of the Giraffe. This year will be my 6th year. I don’t always get to every assignment yet I enjoy the community and creative connections I make through her classes on Facebook.
I also enjoy the assignments as it helps me to think-outside-the-box and explore art in new ways. Like this lesson:
I used thread dipped in watercolor and a brayer to create the abstract above. Below is another one I did with India ink:
This year’s class is similar to last year’s – 365 days of creating daily. The class started on Friday, January 5 so you can still sign-up and join in if you’d like. 🙂
Below is what I titled, Low Tide, where I used another piece of paper over the thread instead of a brayer to create my abstract:
You have the option this year to get the assignments daily or weekly. I currently signed up for daily but may change to weekly later on.
Yesterday, our assignment was to draw a piece of fruit blindfolded – the fruit, not me! Hehe 😉 I did an apple:
I hope you join in the fun!! Go to http://www.carlasonheim.com for more information.
Cheers to creating daily! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, Drawing, ink, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, word of the day
Tagged 365 daily creating, abstract, art community, art journal, carla sonheim, color play, creative connections, creative play, daily art, drawing, fun, graphite, ink, mixed media art, online art classes, watercolor
I finished the collage I started earlier this week, that you can find more about here, A Recipe for PLAY
Below are my progress photos:
She turned out a bit wild:
So I decided she needed a Limerick to tell her story:
There once was a girl who doodled,
Whose hair was curly like a poodle,
She dyed it pink,
Which made me think…
She may not have been using her noodle!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Human Figure, Humor, Mixed Media Collage, poetry, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged drawing, humor, learning, limerick, mixed media art, mixed media collage, online art classes, painting, paper collage, poetry, whimsical
Sending YOU some holiday cheer…
I’ve decided to take a blogging break until the New Year…
I’m not feeling my best and need some rest,
I will keep creating and hope you will too –
Your blogs I love and friendships true,
Toasting you a glass of holiday cheer…
One that will last ALL through next year!
See you in 2018!! 🎉
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, poetry, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged art journal, drawing, holiday cheer, imagination, ink, poetry, reflection, rest, watercolor pencils
Birds of a different feather flocked together recently for this group photo…
Hoping it would bring YOU a smile today!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, drawing, fun, funny, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Even if you aren’t celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday…
I hope you have a slice of pie! 🙂
What is your favorite kind of pie?
Here is a list of my favorites – not in any order:
- Chocolate cream
- Key Lime
- Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake (it is kind of a pie!) 😉
- Mixed Berry
I hope you “share” your favorite with me!
Posted in Drawing, fall, Food, gelli printing, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged creative, creative play, gelli-printed paper, grateful, hand painted papers, happy, mixed media art, paper collage, pie, Thanksgiving
Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?
When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:
Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from A Walk In The Park
They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…
I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.
Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend! 😮
I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…
Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, fall, Flowers, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, smile, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, flowers, gratitude, inspiration, mixed media art, one thousand smiles, paper collage, positive attitude, quotes, smile, Sunny Sunday
Many of you may know that I LOVE puzzles!
So when Carla Sonheim recently gave the assignment on her “365 video class” to create A Puzzle Picture, I had to give it a try!
I started by creating an imaginary shape in watercolor. After a couple of watercolor layers, I added detail with color pencil and shaded with a 2B pencil. And my imaginary animal(s) appeared!
Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:
From each side of my square:
It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:
I hope you give it a try!
And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…
I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Flowers, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged 365 phew class, color pencils, creative play, drawing, gelliprints, humor, imaginary animals, imagination, mixed media art, puzzle art, puzzles, watercolor, whimsical
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!
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:
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, gelli printing, Mixed Media Collage, nature, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged Calendula, creative play, Deer, drawing, flowers, gelli-printed paper, Marigolds, nature photography, pattern play, relaxing, sheet music, Weird Bird Wednesday, zen doodles