Category Archives: ink

A Still Life Doodle?

One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.

This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen.  Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.


It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.

May you find JOY in the art you create!

Cheers! 🙂

Bird One And Bird Two

I thought I’d change things up a bit for weird bird Wednesday…

And drew a couple of birds, Dr. Seuss style:


Bird 1 and Bird 2…

A Suess hatching at the zoo,

Double fun for you!

I hope your Wednesday is happy times two!

Cheers Friends! 🙂

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.


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


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:


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


Lastly, the deli paper experiment:


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.

Swedish Tracing Paper

I was dying tissue paper yesterday for an online class I’m taking… I will share more about the class in another post.  I was using colored India ink to create this one on tissue paper:


I decided to try this experiment using Swedish Tracing Paper.  I previously purchased a roll from Amazon for $16.07 for another online class last year.  It feels a lot like interfacing and is sewable…


I had a piece that I previously had sewed on so I experimented by spritzing it with water and adding India inks then folding it to create a pattern:


I just love the richness of this!!

It was so saturated with inks that I grabbed some sheets of deli paper to see what ink it would soak up.  And I was excited to see that it transferred the color and the stitching to the deli paper:


And I got two additional prints on deli paper:


I wonder what would happen if I sewed a pattern with the thread?


More experimenting ahead!!

Cheers! 🙂

100 Tropical Hearts

I was experimenting with acrylic paint and India ink yesterday….

And I created this tropical Flamingo by drawing with an ink dropper and then scraping acrylic paint over it:


Isn’t it wild?! 😉

I next experimented with some drips:


Then I cut this paper into strips and 100 tropical hearts:


I plan to use them in my art journals… what would you do with them?


I hope you have a LOVEly Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

Ideas For A Zen Doodle

Perhaps you remember this doodle I recently started, if not you can find it here:  Creative Doodling…

I recently finished it!  🙂


It always feels good to finish one because then I get to start a new one!

I get inspiration from a variety of patterns to create my designs.  I wondered if YOU had an idea for me for my next zen doodle?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Creative Doodling…

As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.

I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV.  My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better.  😉

So I doodle away…  Like this one I recently started:91F794CC-2A09-45C2-B934-8BDEC8140BD2

And have been adding to it, a little each evening:


I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:


It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment!  Super fun!

If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration.  I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:


This doodle is approximately  5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length.  I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01

I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs.  This is part of the fun!  I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂

What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

A Daily Creative Practice

As many of you know, I enjoy taking online art classes – especially from

I started taking her first year-long class in 2013 with the Year of the Giraffe.  This year will be my 6th year.  I don’t always get to every assignment yet I enjoy the community and creative connections I make through her classes on Facebook.

I also enjoy the assignments as it helps me to think-outside-the-box and explore art in new ways.  Like this lesson:


I used thread dipped in watercolor and a brayer to create the abstract above.  Below is another one I did with India ink:


This year’s class is similar to last year’s – 365 days of creating daily.  The class started on Friday, January 5 so you can still sign-up and join in if you’d like. 🙂

Below is what I titled, Low Tide, where I used another piece of paper over the thread instead of a brayer to create my abstract:


You have the option this year to get the assignments daily or weekly.  I currently signed up for daily but may change to weekly later on.

Yesterday, our assignment was to draw a piece of fruit blindfolded – the fruit, not me! Hehe 😉 I did an apple:


I hope you join in the fun!!  Go to for more information.

Cheers to creating daily! 🙂

A Square Project

A square idea

And a square book…

A square project

That has me hooked!


I’m so excited about this square project that I have planned for 2018!!  Perhaps you remember my paper collaged squares I did in December?

I kept working on it and it has grown in size and dimension:


So I decided I would keep adding to it!  Each month in 2018, I will add a section.  I hope to play with different colors, materials, techniques and inspiration and record my journey in my square journal and here on my blog.

I also want to learn how to create fabric with my patterns on Spoonflower.  🙂

May you be inspired to start a year-long project of discovery too!  I hope you share it with me so we can encourage each other.

Cheers! 🙂


Dear Friend,

How are you?  I’m fine… well, really, I’m tired but I think we are all feeling a bit tired this time of year.

I’ve been enjoying some time off from work…

How about you, what have you been doing?

I decided to try something new in my art journal.  I cut three shapes from my hand-painted papers and glued them to my page.  Then I added some watercolors, as you can see on the left.

Next, I added some doodles with a black micron pen.  I added more watercolor to finish my page, as you can see on the right:

What do you think?

I hope you are well.

Your friend,