I posted my 100th face on Instagram yesterday! WHOOT! 😊 I accomplished my goal of drawing 100 faces in a little over 100 days… Phew!!
Maybe some of you recall my first face I posted on April 4th – it was a quick sketch in one continuous line:
100 days is A LOT especially when I am working full-time… (What was I thinking?!) and yet having limited time helped me to accomplish my goal because I didn’t have time to fuss over it.
I didn’t post everything I did like this one:
I would have liked to have more time to do more like this one, where I mixed collage and acrylics:
But I enjoyed trying a variety of art mediums:
Sprinkled with a little humor:
I think this one is one of my favorites – Picasso style:
And this one I did in watercolor with drips for hair:
I found I could draw more realistic looking faces and even my own – or at least my better half! Lol! 🙂
I think the greatest lesson I learned is that it isn’t perfection that matters but PRACTICE!! Daily practice does make a difference….
Especially in finding ones “style” in art! I found I really liked creating “characters” rather than REAL people:
And yet, drawing a variety really is the best teacher! Here is my 100th face:
I’m sure it won’t be my last…
Yet, let’s FACE it, I need a little break from drawing faces!
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Rocky Wren believed he was a bird in a former life…
I hope your day flies by with a giggle or two…
Happy Weird Bird(man) Wednesday!
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Tagged birds, creative play, drawing, faces, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, laugh, paper collage, strange, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
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! 🙂
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!!
BUT WAIT! There was more in the box from Royal Talens – they also included 3 – 30 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).
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:
It was super fun to watch the brush markers blend with the watercolor paints – you can see it better in this photo:
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:
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!!
P.S. I’m not being paid by Royal Talens North America for a review of their products. 🙂
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It was a windy day at the lake yesterday – good for sailing! 🙂
Sailing is something I have only done once but I think I’d like to go again. How about you?
I discovered a wonderful artist on Pinterest named Sandi Fitzgerald. You can find images of her art on Pinterest, Facebook and Flickr.
I loved Sandi’s whimsical style. She inspired me to create this watercolor face in my sketchbook yesterday:
“Mary dreamed of sailing…”
Wishing you a day to sail away… even if only in your dreams!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Lake, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, boating, creative play, drawing, drawing faces, dreaming, happy, inspiration, pinterest, sailing, sketchbook, summer, the lake, watercolor, Whimsical Art, windy day
Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines? Yes, I say!! 😄
1. It starts with a line
2. And connects to a feature…
3. They are easy and fun –
4. But may look like a creature! Lol! 😉
And here is a step-by-step example:
I hope you give one a try!
Seven lines for a face…
Is all it takes!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, connect the lines, creative ideas, doodles, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, fun, funny faces, haiku, humor, imagination, ink pen, play
Do you know anyone with red hair? I was drawing one-liner faces last night and a few red heads appeared on my page:
I hope they give you a RED smile today!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, creative play, faces, fun, funny faces, humor, ink pen, one-liners, red, red heads, sketchbook, smile, whimsical
Funny how one idea often leads to another!
I recently created this paper collage for the 100-day project on Instagram (I’m doing 100 days of faces).
“Dottie hoped someone would ask her to dance at the party…”
I found a photo of a face and cut it in half to challenge myself to draw the second half of her face a little differently. I added collage from a magazine for her dress and a hat from paper I purchased to give her a little zing! 🙂 The background I created with watercolor.
This led me to create today’s weird bird: “Her friends called her a night owl.”
This one is a bit weird – even for me… but you have to admit, it is quite a hoot to look at! Lol! 😉
I found an image of an owl, cut it in half and found an image of a gal’s face and matched the two images together. Next, I traced part of her dress using tracing paper and then cut out a piece of my gelli-printed paper. I liked the striking contrast with the black and white image with the red.
I found another gelli-print to paste my image to – it looks a bit mysterious with a moon shape in the upper left corner. The image at the bottom I cut from a piece of collage paper.
I hope you enjoyed learning how I created today’s collages. These were like a puzzle for me and so fun to do!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Owls, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged creative ideas, drawing faces, fun, funny faces, humor, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, old photos, paper collage, playful, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads. Nothing fancy… Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good. Can you relate?!
Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ❤
First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen. (I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).
Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil. I added a little color with Tombow markers. I softened them with a water brush. Here is my result:
I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, nature, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged art journal, beautiful day, creative ideas, daily practice, drawing, experiment, faces, fun, inspiration, nature, reflection, writing
Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child? Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.
The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:
And then drawing a face on top of the dots!
I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!
Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea. If not, you can find them here.
Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged childhood memories, Colorful, connect the dots, creative play, discovery, drawing, faces, fun, imagination, mixed media art, pan pastels, paper collage, watercolor
I took a day off from work yesterday. It was such a beautiful day that I wanted to spend a little time outdoors.
I purchased a few plants to plant in a planter and lavender to plant in the ground:
I worked on a collage that I started recently:
(I don’t like the pencil shading I added in the second photo but I had fun!)
And I placed an online order for new art supplies! Yipee!!
I feel like I planted some creative “seeds” for future inspiration.
Posted in Faces, Flowers, imaginary drawings, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Colorful, creative ideas, faces, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, paper collage, relaxing, summer