Category Archives: Flowers

A Mixed Bouquet

Perhaps you are looking for a gift for yourself or someone who loves flowers…

I recently purchased this book of creative floral inspiration, Botanica from Uppercase Magazine:

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It includes a mixed bouquet of art mediums and artists who are fascinated with all things floral.  The colorful art and articles are truly inspirational! 🙂

When I give a book as a gift, I like to include a handmade bookmarker with it.

They are easy to make, like this one below:

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I decorated white cardstock with a simple pattern, glued a paintchip sample from Home Depot, stamped a face from a rubber stamp onto white tissue paper and glued the tissue paper to the paint sample with a glue stick.  I finished it by punching a hole in the top, adding some colorful yarn and a wooden bead.

Bookmarkers make great gifts – with or without a book – and can be personalized with a special handwritten note on the back.

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With a bookmarker, you don’t need to purchase a greeting card… It is a treasure like a good book!

Do you have a favorite book that you like to give as a gift?  Please share!

Cheers! 🙂

The Spring Sandwich Puff

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I decided to create today’s weird bird in memory of ALL mothers – birds and humans! 😉

Lunches and Brunches…

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Recipes old and new,

I “cooked” up this bird…

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In memory of you! ❤️

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Cheers! 🙂

Three Spring Chicks

Since Spring is supposed to be here where I live in the Pacific Northwest…

I created these three Spring Chicks:

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Maybe you’d like to see my creative process for today’s weird Wednesday birds.

I started with a watercolor background and pulled out some of its colors with paint sample cards.  The name of the paint sample for yellow was “Forsythia” which gave me the idea of Spring flowers!  And since Easter was last Sunday… I thought of baby chicks!

 

I looked up baby chicks on the internet for a reference.  Then I tore scrapbook paper for their bodies, cut old painted maps for their beaks and used three of the paint sample cards for their Spring hats.  I drew their feet with pencils.

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I added some pencil shading, black pen for their eyes with white highlights and Posca paint pens for dots on their hats.  I used music notes for patches of flowers.

As I was writing, Happy Spring… I misspelled the word, “Spring” so I just cut the word out of the background and added the word, “Day!” (No reason to fuss…)

I created a few “Spring” flowers with more paint sample cards to complete my piece.  And added a sprinkle of buttons:

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HAPPY DAY to you, no matter the weather or season!

Cheers! 🙂

YOU Can Be…

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Just think of the possibilities…

If you started your day,

Being AWESOME!!  🙂

When Charlie at Doodlewash.com had an art prompt to create patterns in watercolor on March 3rd, I couldn’t resist!

So I got out my Ecoline Watercolor markers – which Charlie was giving away last summer on his blog (I won a few to try, pretty awesome I must say!) and I just started drawing:

 

Drawing colorful patterns, just makes me FEEL awesome, how about you?

Yesterday, I decided to cut out letters on the back side of my paper:

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I forgot that I had to reverse the “S” but no big deal, I just cut out another one!

After I cut the letters out, I glued them into my journal and added some flowers with my hand painted papers.  Note:  You can’t see the cut into the center of the flowers or letters when you cut one continuous line into the center.

I had some text on my collage table and found this text, which made a perfect flower center:

 

I was thinking this would make a fun card for a friend by adding a special message inside a flower!

I outlined my letters and flowers with a black Micron pen and a little pencil shading to make them pop, as you can see with my photo on the right below:

 

Part of my inspiration for my lettering was the cover of Uppercase Magazine:

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Be AWESOME today!

Cheers! 🙂

Know How To Fold ‘Em…

For some strange reason, Kenny Roger’s song, The Gambler was running through my  mind as I was preparing for today’s post.

Yes, I am aware that I changed my title a little different than the song’s lyrics. 🙂

I wanted to show you how I created the tie-dye affect with tissue paper in Tuesday’s post that you can find here, if you missed it: Swedish Tracing Paper

Below is a photo of the supplies I used:

 

I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored india inks, rubber bands, a water spritzer, a plastic palette and plastic gloves.

*The papers I used for today’s experiment were white tissue paper, Swedish Tracing Paper (sewn on my sewing machine) and deli paper.

First, I sprayed the tissue paper with water and folded it.  I used an accordion fold, then folded the paper in half and quarters.

 

Lastly, I wrapped a rubber band tightly around the tissue paper and added colored ink.  The plastic palette gives a place for the ink bundle to dry.

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Below are my 3 bundles of the different *papers I used for this experiment:

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The rubberband acts as a resist to the ink but also how the paper is folded.  I let them dry but sped up the process with a hair dryer so I could show you the results.

The tissue paper reveals a pattern of a Bleeding Heart flower to me:

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The Swedish Tracing paper held more ink so I got an extra print on tissue paper:

 

Lastly, the deli paper experiment:

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What I learned:

  • The deli paper dries the fastest so don’t let it dry too long or I won’t be able to unfold it.
  • Tissue paper is difficult to unfold wearing plastic gloves. 😉
  • I like the results best when I add more than one color of ink.
  • Make sure my rubber bands aren’t too old.  If they break, ink can splatter everywhere…
  • Protect my surface with a piece of paper and my hands with gloves since India ink is permanent.
  • Be open to the unexpected!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my experiments today!  I look forward to hearing what you think.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Next week I will show you examples of how I used these experiments in my art.

Sonnet 43

How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

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Today’s weird bird was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43:

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In the book, Finding The Gift by Angela Howell, she writes; “Be the love you wish to receive…  Love you!  Love your life exactly as it is right now.  Happiness is an inside job!”

How do you love YOU?

Happy Valentine’s Day to someone special – YOU!

Cheers! 🙂

Your Handwriting As Art – Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I showed you some examples of using your handwriting to create collage papers.

Today, I’d like to show you an example of using your handwriting to create a completed piece of art.  (I did my art piece in my journal).

I  was inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver, titled; “Freshen The Flowers, She Said…” to create my handwriting as art from her book; Why I Wake Early:

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I wrote her poem on paper in several directions with different pens and colors on watercolor paper that had previous drips of paint to create the collage paper for the vase.

For the table top, I wrote directly on the background paper.

I used scrap paper from the paint scrape technique for the flowers…  You can read more about that technique here: Scraping Paint…

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I added some details with a permanent black Sharpie pen and a grey Tombow pen to create shadows.  I added highlights with a yellow Tombow marker.

Additional details were added with  a yellow Posca pen, pencil and Micron black .01 pen for foliage between the flowers.

I really like how this one turned out!  What do you think?

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. I will show you other ideas for handwriting inspiration in future posts.

Joy Is In The Journey

Yesterday, I decided to play with some new stencils I purchased recently from Stencil Girl Products.  They have several free tutorials on their site too:  http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com

They have such a variety in stencils that it wasn’t easy for me to make a choice!  I am very impressed with their quality of stencils too.  Below are a variety of papers and color experiments:

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I also did a page in one of my art journals, Joy is in the Journey:

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I found this quote online, “Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

Creating art is that way for me… I find JOY in the process of creating.  I also like it when I am pleased with my results!  How about you?

Cheers! 🙂

Painted Papers

I was hoping to show you today how I created a collage with last Thursday’s paper in my: New Collage Paper Series

BUT I had so much FUN creating new painted papers last Friday – see a “square” sample of each paper in Collage Confetti 

I got a bit distracted…

I discovered that I don’t have to have a Gelli Plate to create the “watery” look of gelli-printed papers.  I can use deli paper – as a printing press!  WHOOT!! 🙂

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Here is a photo of some of the supplies I used:

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Dixie Kabnet Wax is the brand of deli paper I used.  I purchased a lifetime supply (seems that way) from Amazon.  😉

Other supplies I found helpful were a foam brush, water spray bottle, brayer and some mark making tools (I think I got the 4 texture tools at Dick Blick).

I prefer to use Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint but I you could use any acrylic paint.

I also like to used a plastic tablecloth to protect my surface.  This is a great activity to do outdoors if possible!   It is winter where I live so I used my kitchen where I have the best light and most room to spread out.

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I found that I could put a layer of paint on one sheet of deli paper with a sponge brush or brayer, add water with a spray bottle and then use a mark making tool to create a pattern.  Next, I layed a dry sheet of deli paper on top and made a print!

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After the first layer had dried, I could add more layers like the example above.  I used Canson mixed media paper to make the print from deli paper.

I added color like the brown paint above by placing some paint on a paper plate and using one of the plastics texture tools to apply it to the paper.

I discovered that I could even use thin, inexpensive computer paper to make a print like in the top example (below).   The second print (with more blue) was done on the deli paper.

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I like the transparency of deli paper in my collages.  And the paper is thin so a glue stick works well for a quick collage like for one of my weird birds such as The Flower Bird

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I hope I gave you some ideas for making your own printed collage paper.

Cheers to creative art making that brings you JOY! 🙂

Faded Memories

I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…

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These flower corsages were taped to the first page.

The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.

I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages.  So I wrote this poem:

Faded and fragile,

Memories like flowers,

Pressed into a book.

Unspoken dreams,

Slip away, quietly

Like an unsung melody.

I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers.  Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.

Have you ever pressed a flower into a book?  I hope you share the memory with me!

Cheers!  🙂