In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes it is nice to enjoy a quiet golden moment or two…
And some holiday punch!
The simplicity of punching circles of various sizes, colors and patterns…and cutting circles around the punched circles with scissors was very relaxing for me.
Arranging them into my art journal in a pleasing pattern was fun too:
How do YOU relax and get into the spirit during the holidays? I hope you share it with me!
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Tagged art journal, circles, color play, holidays, paper collage, patterns, relaxation
Today’s weird bird enjoys her quiet time in the early morning…
This House Finch is wearing a matching housecoat, hat and slippers… Perhaps she purchased it at an early bird sale? 🙂
She likes waking up early to a quiet household to enjoy a special cup of house blend seeds.
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged creative play, House Finch, housecoat, household, humor, Imaginary birds, morning, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Her heart overflowed with love…
She felt grateful for this gift…
So she gave it away freely!
I think LOVE is a gift that I can give away “freely”… How about you?
And the funny thing about this gift, the more I give it away, the MORE I get in return!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, gelli printing, imagination, love, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, drawing, gratitude, hearts, Love more, paper collage, quirky, smile, whimsical
With thy blessing…
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to express my gratitude to YOU!
Thank you for all your likes and comments on my blog!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday and Thanksgiving for those celebrating!
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Tagged dictionary words, giving thanks, grateful, Happy Thanksgiving, Imaginary birds, music, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds
I tried a new technique on the Gelli-Plate last week that I learned from Carla Sonheim. You can find out more about my mask series here, Making Masks!
I did this technique on a 5 x 7 inch Gelli-Plate using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.
I created my pattern by folding a piece of copy paper in half and cutting the paper with scissors. I laid it directly on the Gelli-Plate without applying paint first. I have always put paint on the Gelli-Plate before my pattern so this was a new concept for me.
Next, I placed about a quarter-sized dab of paint directly on top of my pattern used a brayer to spread the paint evenly over my design. Note: The copy paper pattern ripped when I applied paint on the top of it so I learned to use thicker paper such as cardstock to mask it for future projects.
After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.
Next, I added a contrasting color of acrylic paint directly on my printing plate with the brayer and and placed a 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fabriano hot press, 90 lb paper on top, pressing over the paper with a clean brayer on the back of my paper.
Important step: Let paper rest until the paint dries for an additional 10 minutes.
After the paint dried, I pulled my print slowly from the Gelli-Plate:
I decorated my print with Posca paint pens, Uniball Signo white pen and a black Micron pen.
I’m not sure that I’m done decorating this one, but I thought you may enjoy seeing it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process. I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.
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Tagged color pencils, Gelli-Prints, fun, creative play, acrylic paint, art experiments, Posca pens, mask
With Thanksgiving here next week in the States, it is time to start planning the Turkey dinner!
I purchased this old Betty Crocker cookbook from a thrift store. I use it for collage. It is filled with stains and comments on the pages… it makes me wonder whose family enjoyed it. 😉
I have been drawing a lot of pears lately so it seems fitting that a pear-shaped weird bird would appear…
Blushing Betty is a variation of the photographed recipe above for Quick Brown Betty.
I wonder is Betty blushing because she painted her toenails?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged creative play, desserts, family, family recipes, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, memories, old recipe books, paper collage, pears, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday
I remember how my grandma made my sis and I matching outfits as kids. My sister is two years older than me.
Sometimes these memories come to me when I’m making art. Does this happen to you?
I created this art in my sketchbook last night. I started by glueing a stocking hat and sweater for a dog from one of my Gelli-plate printed papers.
I then drew my girl’s face. Next, I glued her vest and pants to the paper. Kind of reminds me of paper dolls… I drew her arms and boots around her collaged “clothes” and the dog around his “sweater” from my imagination…
The proportions are a bit off on my girl but I like the dog! Lol! ☺️ And the poem I wrote reminds me of my childhood and how much fun we used to have playing in the snow.
I have always thought it would be fun to have a little dog to dress up in matching outfits!
P.S. The child in me wishes it would snow but the adult says, “Please, only in the mountains! I don’t want to drive in it!” 😉
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Tagged art journal, childhood memories, creative play, dogs, drawing, imagination, mixed media art, paper dolls, poetry, smile
I’d rather be…
Snorkeling in Hawaii with this weird bird:
A So-Called Snorkeler Bird
Instead I have been fighting off a bad cold…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday friends!
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I had fun experimenting with this Gelli-Plate print which is the same pattern as the prints I showed you last week, here: Making Masks!
This one is a little different as I cut out the negative features of the face for the print:
Next, I added patterns with Posca paint pens, color pencils and a Uniball Signo white gel pen to create a design for my mask:
I finished by cutting my paper into squares and slightly shifting the image before gluing it onto another piece of paper:
My paper mosaic mask was a fun surprise! What do you think?
Wishing you a happy Monday!
I bring you a sweet treat for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday!
These birds were seen flying from birdhouse to birdhouse on Halloween night:
Can you guess the name of the bird under each costume?
And for extra credit can you tell me what treat that bird would eat?
Have a spook-tacular Halloween!
- Ghost – Snowy White Owl – eats rodents, waterfowl and carrion
- Black Cat – Black Catbird – eats insects and berries
- Jack O’ Lantern – Jackal (Buzzard) with lantern – small ground animals and birds, snakes, lizards, insects and road kill
Posted in gelli printing, Halloween, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, Owls, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged bird facts, costumes, Happy Halloween, humor, smile, Trick or Treat, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play