Category Archives: Mixed Media

A Zinnia Bird

I have flowers on my mind for my August Square-A-Day project.

So it seems fitting that this colorful weird bird blossomed in my art journal recently:

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A mixture of watercolor and collage, I hope this bird brightens your day with a smile!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Daddy Long-Legs

When I was at the lake over the weekend, a Daddy Long-Legs spider crawled on me… like this one I drew:

Other names for this spider are cellar, granddaddy long-legs, carpenter, daddy long-legger, vibrating and skull.

This spider is actually a Pholcidae and a family of the araneomorph spiders with 1800 species and found in every continent in the world except Antarctica!

I’m not afraid of this spider as it is harmless yet it’s name inspired me for today’s weird bird:

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Like a Daddy Long-Legs, this bird often hangs out in undisturbed areas like under rocks, loose bark or tall grasses and occasionally a lawn chair…

Perhaps you have seen one?

I hope you enjoyed learning a little about Daddy Long-Legs spiders as much as I did… However, I would rather enjoy them from a distance than on my neck!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Friendly Collaboration

Sharon Mann at Make Art Magic Happens and I recently shared a friendly collaboration with art cards.

It was fabulous fun! We each started artwork on six cards (4″x6″ in size) and mailed them to the other person so they could complete and mail back!

We thought you’d enjoy seeing our results…

These are the cards I started and how Sharon completed them for me:

And below are the cards Sharon started and I completed them for her:

(Sorry some of the completed ones are not in the right order)

I loved the surprise of receiving the cards Sharon completed for me in the mail and seeing her wonderful art added to my beginnings!

I also enjoyed the challenge of finishing Sharon’s cards… they helped me to think outside the “square”!

Have you ever shared a friendly collaboration? Perhaps an art project or writing a story or a poem? I’d love to hear what you did!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Thanks Sharon for your wonderfully creative cards and artful exchange! Xo

A Square-A-Day Project for June

I am still enjoying my square-a-day project, can you believe it has been 6 months?

I gave myself a theme for June. Can you guess what it is? Of course, many of you already know from my sneak peak earlier in the month.

I thought it was interesting how the 4th vertical row shares a similar color value when I lined them up yesterday.

What doodles and patterns stand out for you? I hope you share them with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Planting Patterns

I have declared the month of June to be doodle month for my Square-A-Day project.  I look forward to showing you all my squares at the end of this month… but here is a sneak preview:

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Drawing doodles or patterns is something I find calming and relaxing.  I did this one in my art journal with color pencils recently:

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It looks like I am planting patterns like rows of flowers or vegetables in a garden!

Patterns and inspiration are everywhere… 

Like this photo I took recently at the lake.  The moon was almost full!

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There are patterns in the water, the trees and the sky!

I hope you will be inspired by the patterns in your world!

Cheers! 🙂

 

May’s Square-A-Day Project

It seems amazing that a new month, June has begun…

Time to show you my square-a-day project for May!

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I hope you are enjoying this project as much as I am!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  What colors appeal to you?  Please share!

If The Shoe Fits…

Today’s weird bird is a “shoo-in” to tickle your funny bone! Hahaha!

After all, if the shoe fits…

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You will want to wear a smile!

Which “shoe-bill” fits you?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Knowing When To Stop

How do YOU know when a piece is finished when creating art?

I was experimenting in gouache the other day…

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I was enjoying the process of adding to my piece.

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And then I went too far… It became too busy when I added markers.

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Sometimes it is difficult knowing when to stop.  I was hesitant to show you but I believe this is part of the learning process when creating.  I cannot expect to make beautiful art every time!

I made copies and will use them in my collage art.  What do you do with your art mistakes?

Cheers to creating and learning! 🙂

Hello May!

I’m so excited to show you my April squares!

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I’d love to hear what squares inspire YOU!

Hello May!  So happy that warmer weather is on the way…

May brings weekends at the lake and reuniting with our lake friends…

Mother’s Day and celebrating with my MIL…

Celebrating 35 years of marriage with my husband… WHOOT!

And redecorating our bedroom and bath! (Our anniversary gift to each other, we have lived in our home for 22 years… wow, time does fly!)

What does May bring for you?

Cheers! 🙂

Thick Or Thin?

Paper that is!! 🙂

I promised Laura Kate who is a fiber artist, that I would post about sewing on paper today.  I hope you check out Laura Kate’s AWESOME blog!

I like experimenting with many different art materials as many of you may know!

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In January of this year, I shared about sewing on Canson mixed media paper in my art journal.  If you want to revisit that post, you can find it here: In Stitches…

Last year, February 20th, I shared about sewing on Swedish Tracing Paper, you can find more about that here:   Swedish Tracing Paper

I recently created some new experiments using Swedish Tracing paper.  It is difficult to SEE that the sewn image below is a eye… I love looking at the back of a piece too!

Sew, (pardon my pun) what papers are best for sewing?  Thick or thin?

Well, I have discovered that depends if you are hand sewing or using a machine?

If hand sewing, such as this eye-opener on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, it helped to use an awl to pre-punch my holes.  (A needle would also work if you don’t have an awl).

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If machine sewing, be sure to use a sharp needle (paper will dull it rather quickly) and sew at a slow pace.  I used rice paper here:

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If the paper is slippery like deli paper, it is better to double it so the stitches won’t rip out.

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I often use my sewn paper experiments on my Gelli plate.  I like how the stitches create their own subtle patterns.

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I think the best way to learn is EXPERIMENT!!  And record your findings in a journal.

How do you remember YOUR art experiments?  I hope you share them with me.

Cheers! 🙂