Category Archives: Mixed Media

Connect The Dots

Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child?  Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.

The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:

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And then drawing a face on top of the dots!

I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!

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Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea.  If not, you can find them here.

Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!

Cheers! 🙂

Faces And Flowers

I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.

I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper – trying not to overthink it.

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After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:

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It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:

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I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper.  Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:

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Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings.  I will post my progress next week!

May your day bloom with happiness!

Cheers! 🙂

Wise Beyond Years…

A friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with cancer.  My heart goes out to her and her family…

I was thinking of her as I created this face yesterday.

I pray that she will be able to fight this terrible disease and win!  This face below has the determination and strength my friend has…  And the knowledge that God is with her.

So MANY people are fighting and struggling with cancer.  Too many people!

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I dedicate today’s post to my friend T and EVERYONE who is fighting for their lives or supporting friends and loved ones battling cancer – YOU are wise beyond your years…

Sending love and hope! ❤

Once Upon A Time…

I’m sure there is a story here… Somewhere!

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Well, at least a “colorful” character or two…

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Or six!  🙂

Technique:

I cut two pieces of 9×12 inch hot-pressed watercolor paper into 4 pieces.  Next, I painted  positive and negative shapes in watercolor in a variety of colors, randomly adding a few splatters at the end.

When I had a few minutes, I drew faces from magazines, old photos and/or my imagination. Some of my faces are simple and others have more detail.  I used a 2B pencil, Tombow markers, PrismaColor pencils and a Micron .01 black pen.

It was great fun to create these people!  I hope you give it a try!

Happy Creating!  Cheers! 🙂

Vim And Vigor

Vim out on a limb…

Looking slim!

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Reminds me of  Vigor  Tim,

Who has been to the gym…

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Pumping iron to stay trim!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers! 🙂

More FUNny Faces

I have been creating more FUNny faces from Lynn Whipple’s online class, “Making Faces.”

I find these silly, colorful faces very FUN to make!

Almost as wonderful as savoring dark chocolate with almonds:

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Or soaking in the sun on a beautiful summer day:

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Or eating a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant:

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Or snuggling with my kitty:

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Or laughing so hard that tears come to my eyes:

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What makes you smile?!  🙂

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers!  🙂

P.S.  Thursday, I will show you how I cut up these faces and combine them together to create NEW faces.  I hope you will join me! 😊

Making Faces

I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.”  Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!

This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:

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If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com

One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years.  I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates!  It is an AWESOME experience!! 

Cheers!  🙂

P.S.  Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram.  This is face number 56/100.

A Weird Puzzle

How many weird birds can you find in these watercolor drips?

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How about now?

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I’d love to hear your names for these weird birds!

Cheers!  🙂

Painter’s Tape?

Many of you know how much I enjoy experimenting in art.  Sometimes I just need an idea that sparks my creativity.

Blue tape, recently sparked my imagination.  The tape is also called “Painters Tape” as it’s used to cover up baseboards and such when painting your house.

Carla Sonheim has demonstrated this method in several of her online classes but I decided to take it a step further last weekend.  I thought you might enjoy seeing my steps of exploration!!  Maybe it will spark a creative experiment of your own!  🙂

My first step was to tear the tape into uneven pieces and place them on my paper – I used 140 lb hot press watercolor paper (good quality paper helps to remove the tape without tearing the paper).

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I created my face from my imagination.  I had drawn 29 faces for 29 days (Actually I have drawn MANY more faces but I only posted that many on Instagram at the time).

Next, I added oil pastels and some pan pastels:

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I removed the tape to reveal my face:

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It reminded me of a mask so I decided to add a few doodles to fill in the spaces:

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I added watercolor over the doodles because it just seemed like it needed a little something!

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Here is a beginning and end photo next to each other:

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Super fun to play with negative and positive shapes!

Cheers! 🙂

Play That Funky Music

Why do you think this bird is dancing?

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I look forward to hearing your response!

I will share my answer next Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂