I bet you were thinking a dog and pony show, huh?
Well, since it is weird bird Wednesday, I need to include a couple of birds!
But first, this Marshmallow dog showed up in my art journal last week:
It was Kid’s Art Week at CarlaSonheim.com Each day a new video for kids of all ages. And the best part it is free! (You can still sign-up if you are interested).
This year the lessons were finding imaginary creatures in sidewalk cracks. I was at the lake so I drew my animals by looking at the sidewalk cracks in the videos. I “colored” mine with watercolors and added shading with pencil and other details with a Micron black pen.
Sidewalk cracks are a lot like finding animals in clouds, like these puffy cotton ball ones at the lake:
It was an usually hot day so the lake water was very refreshing!
I must have had sun hats on my mind when creating this weird bird:
Who knew birds had teeth?
I don’t think my show is complete without this photo of a lovely lake sunset…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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I prefer to draw from a reference photo but yesterday, I decided to try drawing from memory:
It helped to have a good teacher. The teacher was Jeanne-Marie Webb from the online class: Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019. This year the theme is painting loose.
I drew two faces with charcoal pencil, Derwent Inktense Blocks and chalk. Next, I fragmented the faces by cutting up the eyes separate from the nose and mouth. I glued the features so they didn’t completely match on a separate piece of paper. I collaged my Gelli-Plate printed papers with my drawings.
I am starting to see improvements in my face drawings… Hoorah!
How about you, do YOU enjoy drawing from memory?
Posted in Drawing, gelli printing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Trees, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged chalk, charcoal, drawing, drawing from memory, faces, Gelli-Prints, imagination, Inktense blocks, Jeanne-Marie Webb, mixed media art, online art classes, trees
Unfortunately, this bird band has been banned in several neighborhoods because of their LOUD and REPETITIVE playing and singing…
The Oom-Pah-Pah Feathered Trio
Family Feathered Trio” was last seen in a neighborhood in New Jersey…
Be on the look out, this bird band may be flying your way!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged bird band, creative play, funny, gelli-printed paper, happy weird bird Wednesday, humor, sheet music, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
I was having computer issues yesterday so wasn’t able to post my weird bird…
However, this bird is “sew” much more so I wanted to share it with you today! 😉
I started with one of my Gelli-plate prints that I made from a recent online class with Carla Sonheim.
Next, I added a little collage and stitching:
A Mending Birdy
I think we could all use a little mending now and then…
Perhaps your heart, body and/or spirit could use some special care. I hope you can be extra gentle with yourself today.
P.S. Thank you for all the kindness you have shown me with your comments and likes. It means so much to me! ❤️
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Tagged Colorful, Gelli Plate printing, gentle, healing, Imaginary birds, Kindness, mending, sewing, whimsical
I have found new JOY with pencil sketching lately.
It has become a relaxing activity in the evening and my day does not feel complete without a quick sketch!
I find myself focusing on faces yet I am also “drawn” to nature.
This woodland fairy combines a face and nature into one sketch:
My inspiration came from the cover of this book and an oak tree in my yard:
It is one of my favorite books for learning to sketch and paint fairies. It has so many wonderful ideas to spark my imagination!
These are the supplies I used for this drawing:
From top of the page to bottom: A Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B pencil, Pentel waterbrush, Pentel Graphlet 0.7 mm mechanical pencil, shading stump and a kneaded eraser. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook.
I started with the Graphite Aquarelle pencil and added shading with the waterbrush. I finished adding details with the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil and shading stump. A kneaded eraser is wonderful because it doesn’t damage the paper and can be molded to erase small spaces.
I encourage you to draw every day! Try different pencils, papers and subjects. It will change how you see the world around you!
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Drawing, Faces, Fairies, imaginary drawings, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
I’ve been enjoying time off from blogging and working on my Alphabet Journal. You can read more about my project here: Creating A Recipe Of Fun…
I am posting “an alphabetical recipe” with watercolor each day on Instagram but I have gotten a bit behind on the collage part…
Today, I decided to jump ahead to the letter, “J”:
Letter “J” is for creating art with JOY of course!
I had fun drawing this illustration, painting it in watercolor and adding an abstract collage.
I will post my letters “E” through “I” when I add collage to them.
I hope you are all well…
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, art challenge, Art Journal, Cats, Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
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Today’s weird birds are just
This “odd” couple was inspired by this old photograph:
I hope this post gives you a giggle today… 😃
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
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Tagged color pencils, drawing, funny, humor, old photos, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
I created this wild horse using a masking tape technique recently. I scribbled copic markers inside the tape as my first layer before adding watercolor.
I hadn’t planned on creating a horse but after I removed the masking tape, he appeared! Lol! 😉 I added pan pastels and watercolor splashes to soften the image.
The masking tape was EXTRA sticky so I tried my next
animal creature using washi tape. Below is a before and after photo:
I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim. I think it would be a super fun activity to do with children. (The washi tape was much less sticky and worked better than the masking tape for me.)
When I took this photo at the lake Saturday evening, I saw a horse head in the storm clouds afterwards:
Do you see it? I must have had horses on my mind!
Hope your Monday starts out in a slow trot and not a fast gallop!
Posted in Animals, Art Projects for Kids, Horses, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, nature, Nature Photography, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged Art Projects for Kids, clouds, horses, humor, imagination, markers, masking tape, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, smile, the lake, watercolor
I recently purchased two synthetic “Dagger” watercolor brushes from Dick Blick.
I learned about these brushes from my blogging friend and talented artist, Patty Anne. Please check out her beautiful watercolors on her blog: Patty Anne Art
I had never heard of this brush and loved the results that Patty Anne got with her roses.
I started by just experimenting with the 3/8 brush by “testing the waters” so to speak…
I found it extremely relaxing not painting anything specific and just experiment with the brush and color. I created this on 300 lb watercolor paper:
Afterwards, I outlined the shapes in a black Micron pen and added a few houses. It looks like a whole new world to me!
This last weekend, I created this abstract in my small watercolor sketchbook:
It was super fun to add details with a black Micron pen and gel pens in different colors. What do you see?
I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your art! You may discover a whole new world to explore!!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
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I am feeling much better and happy to be blogging again! YAY! 😃
I couldn’t stay away from creating in my art journal for too long…
And discovered this sketchbook to be the perfect size for a little art!
Sometimes I think I have to make something BIG for it to be considered as ART…
Yet, this is not true! After all, flowers come in all shapes, color and sizes so why not art?
And art journaling isn’t about a MASTERPIECE…
But EXPLORING and creating…
And experimenting with different art mediums!
Who knows what discoveries I will make by creating a little art in my journal…
I encourage you to give it a try!
Plant a little art today…
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, ink, Lake, Mixed Media Collage, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, art mediums, discover, doodles, experiment, explore, flower pots, flowers, paper collage, sketchbook, summer, the lake, watercolor pencils