Category Archives: Fish

A Paint Pen Fish Doodle

I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:


I used the Posca paint pens in colors of  light gray, yellow and light green.  It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!

I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:


So I went with the flow of it…  If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen!  🙂

I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.

This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:


I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish.  Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?

I will post my completed fish doodle next week.

Cheers! 🙂

Fishing – Part 2

I wanted to share my process and tools I used to “catch” my fish from yesterday!

I started by selecting a background and decided to use this hot-press watercolor paper that I had painted with acrylics.  I like the variegated colors:


I folded the paper into a simple journal and painted both sides so I have six different squares in a variety of background colors:

I cut simple shapes from my gelli-printed paper and glued them to the paper with Liquitex Matte Medium:


At this point, they look more like fall leaves than fish!  So I added details with an Uni-ball Signo white gel pen and black micron pen:


Next, I added more details with Uni Posca paint pens – I just LOVE these opaque water based markers!! ❤️  I recently purchase a set of 15 colors with a medium tip from Amazon.  They come in different sized tips and are sold in sets on Amazon or individually from Dick Blick (another item to add to that wish list!!)


I finished my page by adding some Prismacolor pencils – the Posca paint pens drew on top of color pencil too:


I predict I will be drawing more fish into my creative net with these Posca paint markers!  I love that they are odorless, fade proof and bleed proof and can be used on almost any surface!

Have you ever experimented with these markers?  I hope you share it with me!

Happy Fishing!  🙂



I remember fishing with my family as a young child.  When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!!  🙄

When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING!  😃  We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water.  And we caught fish!  Hooray!!  I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍

Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like!  🐡

My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram.  However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮

I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:


I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday.  I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂

Some Strange Fish

I apologize but I was unable to create a new weird bird for today…

But I do have Some Strange Fish!


Luckily, I drew these last weekend when I was feeling better.  Coloring them was relaxing with Tombow markers and color pencils – much like this school of fish I created in 2015 –  here.

Hope these imaginary fish give you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂

What Rhymes With Weird?!


And since today is Weird Bird Wednesday…


I have a Bearded Hat Fish to help give you a smile!  🙂

Did you know that there really is a Beard Fish?  Of course, it looks nothing like mine!  Lol!

Just thought if you were fishing for some fun, I’d throw this fish into the pond!


Hang Loose!

My last fish for this week is the Reef Triggerfish, also known by its Hawaiian name – humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa  (pronounced [ˈhumuˈhumuˈnukuˈnukuˈwaːpuˈwɐʔə])  or just humuhumu for short; meaning “triggerfish with a snout like a pig.

Here is my Humuhumu Fish:

my Hawaiian fish

I dressed it up in a fine Hawaiian shirt just for today!  🙂

This fish is the Hawaiian State Fish!  The REAL fish is very colorful too. The triggerfish can wedge itself into small crevices and lock its spine to make it extremely difficult to get out. In addition, when fleeing from predators, the triggerfish will sometimes make grunting noises, possibly a call to warn other nearby triggerfish of danger.

Hang Loose!  And have an awesome weekend!  🙂

Happy Fishing!

One Baaaad Fish!

OK, I admit, this one is quite a stretch…

Here is my Goat Fish:

My Goat Fish

The REAL Goat fish bodies are deep and elongated, with forked tail fins and widely separated dorsal fins.  Like goats, they seek anything edible.

Happy Fishing!  🙂 

On Top Of Spaghetti

Remember this old song?  I thought of it after finding out there was a Noodle Fish!  (See Yesterday’s post…)

In case you don’t know it, you sing it to the tune of the song, “On Top of Old Smokey…”

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

I wonder if I could play it on the guitar?  Yes, that is your clue! – here is my Guitar Fish:

My Guitar fish

I used to play guitar when I was younger.  I haven’t picked it up in years.

If you would like to see what the REAL Guitar fish looks like then click on the underlined link to Wikipedia.  I found it interesting that it is in the “Rays” family.  It’s head has a triangular guitar-like shape and an elongated body much like a guitar.

So here is the rest of the song, I hope it brings you a smile:

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

Happy Fishing!  🙂

Use Your Noodle!

When I was a child, my dad sometimes told me, “Use Your Noodle!”  which means use your head or brain.  🙂

So here is my version of a Noodle Fish:

My Noodle Fish

If you want to read more about this REAL fish on Wikipedia, click on the underlined link below.

I found it interesting that the Noodle fish have translucent or transparent bodies, and lack any scales.   Wow!  And they have numerous teeth!  Eeeeeek!

I used my gelli-printed paper for the background and my fish.

This fish preludes (hint, hint) tomorrow’s fish so you won’t want to miss out on my post!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

Something Smells Fishy

Since I am on vacation this week at the lake, I created some silly fish for you to enjoy.

The names of the fish are REAL but my version is my own creation.

Here is a Four-Eyed Fish:

My 4-eye fish collage

If you click on the above underline, it will take you to Wikipedia to learn about the real one.  I was amazed that this fish can see below and above the surface of the water at the same time.

I repurposed a failed watercolor for the background and used scrap pieces of gelli-prints, paper and a dictionary tree image to create my collage.

Hope it makes you smile today!

Happy Fishing!  🙂