I recently started a new online class with Lynn Whipple called, “Joy Stuff – The Art of Noticing.” The class is hosted by CarlaSonheim.com
This class is about creating art in a journal or sketchbook:
I liked that we would be using monoprints from the Gelli Plate (what I call gelli-prints) and inspiration from nature:
I also liked the idea of making pages in advance like the ones I did here:
And then writing in them later or adding more art. I know that I can always cover up what I don’t like with gesso! 😉
It is a new way of creating a journal for me – creating pages ahead of time so I am experimenting with new ideas:
Like adding a pocket as you can see on the left page above. I also discovered that the washi tape adheres better with a little matte medium (glue) on top.
I will be posting more of my journal as I work on it.
And I’d love to hear your ideas! I hope you share them with me.
Make today awesome!
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I imagine you are a bit nosey about the title of my post…
Well, today’s FUNny Fish Fry-Day is one that stands out, let’s face it!
This fish “Nose” is like no other! Do you think it has an excellent sense of smell?
Only the nose knows! Lol! 😉
Happy Weekend Friends! 🙂
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Perhaps you remember my “put a BEAK on it,” birds? If not you can find some of them here: Chicken ‘A La King
Today I have “put a FIN on it,” fish! I thought you might enjoy naming them:
Both are fun to create with scraps of paper and a little imagination… A fun project to do with children!
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Do you ever feel like you have to do a TON of heavy lifting?!
Well, today’s FUNny Fish feels like he is stretched to his max!
Remember when life gets a bit hairy…
Sometimes it helps to laugh! 🙂
Happy FUNny Fish Fry-Day from the Muscle Fish!
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For today’s FUNny Fish Fry-Day we have a riddle…
What kind of fish is a sweeping success?
The Broom Fish!
Can you imagine ALL that sweeping that needs to be done on the ocean floor?! Phew! 😉
I hope your day sweeps you into a FINtastic weekend!
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My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉
However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!
The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here: What Rhymes With Weird?! My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.
I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack. I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design. Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick. This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.
The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds… My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”
I created it with color pencils and Copic markers. What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?
My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH! (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!
There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish! Did you know that?!
I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish! Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.
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If you read my post from yesterday, I shared that today I would show you a piece of art that was a mistake or maybe what I should call an “unsuccessful experiment!”
I can’t really remember my reasoning for creating this acrylic painting on pastel paper… but it didn’t turn out that great… I think we all have these unsuccessful art pieces! Am I correct?! 😉
Yesterday, I made it into a fish… An “uncommon” Carp:
I’m liking it much better now!
I encourage you to keep your “mistakes” and turn them into “possibilities” at a later date!
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I decided to add a new series to my blog with funny fish!
Fridays or as I will call them, Fry-day will be a great day to have FUN with some weird fish… and end your week with a smile! 🙂 (I hope!)
Today’s fish is the name of a REAL fish that I found on Wikipedia’s common list of fish from A to Z – The Bigeye Square Tail… I added my own artistic touch to it of course!
I hope this fish “lures” you into a FUNtastic weekend!
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I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim to create a drawing with just seven lines. Carla calls it a haiku drawing, I call it FUN! 🙂
I created seven different shapes of fish – each one with just seven lines in my sketchbook:
Next, I brushed some watercolor paint onto my Gelli Plate and stamped it onto my paper. I love the unexpected results of this technique!
I like that the Gelli Plate is available in a variety of sizes now such as this one which is 3 x 5 inches:
Have you ever used a Gelli Plate for stamping or monoprinting? I’d love if you shared your experience with me!
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Well, it isn’t exactly raining fish but we FINALLY got some rain last night! YAY!!
I took this photo of a dark cloud from my deck last evening with promise of more rain:
I thought you may enjoy seeing my “fresh catch of creative fish” that I have posted on Instagram recently:
I have been trying different art mediums – the shadows were an unexpected surprise in this one:
And I’m enjoying mixing in some humor:
Trying my hand at watercolor in my art journal:
And creating a silly paper collage:
Hope you enjoyed seeing my variety of fish that were on the menu this last week!
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