Category Archives: Mixed Media

November Square-A-Day – Landscapes

I created landscapes from my imagination for my November Square-A-Day project.

Using a variety of art supplies, I explored simplicity with Copic markers, color pencils, watercolor, Gelli-plate prints and Pan Pastels.

“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

I thought this quote summed up this month’s project perfectly!

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

A โ€œBugโ€ In My Bonnet

I enjoyed my blogging break for the last two weeks… Although I couldn’t stay away from reading so many of your creative blogs! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I am looking forward to a new month… December is here! And Christmas is just around the corner… Hoorah!

Someone put a “bug” in my bonnet in the last couple of weeks and I have been drawing these bugs from my imagination:

I started with their imaginary “hats” from my Gelli-printed papers or copies of my own artwork.

I drew my imaginary bug in pencil before adding permanent pen.

There is something wonderful about creating from your imagination. It is so freeing!

Lastly, I added color pencils to give these bugs a little pizzazz…

Which bug(s) do you like?

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Abstract Landscapes

I am creating mixed media abstract landscapes for my November square-a-day project.

I have discovered how much I enjoy creating these simple landscapes with copic markers and color pencils:

Most of the landscapes are from my imagination. I enjoy trying different color combinations to create a feeling or memory.

Sometimes I will finish them with a little collage. I added Gelli-printed deli paper to this square:

It reminds me of the lake and the repetitive sound of the waves on the sandy beach.

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

A FUNgus Weird Bird?

I have been drawing mushrooms and creating them as imaginaryย characters…

The mushrooms are based on REAL images… But I changed some of the names!

Yesterday, I mixed up my bird shapes from a previous post: A Trendy Bird?ย with a copy of my mushroom character parts:

I arranged the parts to create a weird bird. This one made me laugh!

So I created my finished bird with a mixture of drawing and gelli-prints:

The “morel” of the story is…

Som(e) brero mushrooms can make a FUNgus weird bird!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

More Fun With Fungus!

After my exploration of collage and drawing a pair of Rosy Bonnet mushrooms on Monday, I decided to try an ink doodle with Micron pens:

Next, I made a stencil of the mushroom from my pencil drawing. I wanted to use it in my Gelli-plate printing.

I decided to make a stencil of each shape with card stock and a plastic material (it is made for creating quilt patterns but I thought it might work):

Both worked for these fungus prints but I liked the results with the card stock the best. It was less slippery on the Gelli-plate and left less lines around the stencil on the prints:

It was fun trying both positive and negative shapes on deli paper and vellum paper:

I can even use the leftover card stock stencil in my art journal…

But that is fun with fungus for another day!

I hope I inspired you to explore mixed media in a subject you enjoy.

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reproduce Print

I am very excited about a new discovery I made on my Gelli-plate recently.

It was a happy surprise to reproduce print from a dictionary page onto smooth, vellum paper that I can use for collage.

I applied a mixture of Golden fluid acrylics, colored india ink and acrylic glazing medium for my prints.

The color of the paint is what color the words print. Once the paint dries, other colors can be layered on top of it of the first print. For the example below, I printed the dictionary words in red and then layered a light yellow on top when I made a second print.

It seems that words with dark ink reproduce the best print. I am using pages from an old children’s dictionary:

Here is another example of gold paint for the words and turquoise and pink layers on top:

I am very excited about the possibilities of using these prints in my art making! I like how the words are obscured so that it gives a little mystery.

Below are some other Gelli-plate prints I made on old book pages and vellum:

I hope you have fun discovering new possibilities in your art making!

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

September Square-A-Day Project

Hello Friends,

I hope you are enjoying my daily art squares as much as I’m having fun creating them!

I tried to tell a story in each art square with watercolor or Copic markers and a touch of collage. Sometimes I added a little Micron black pen too.

My stories for September’s square-a-day project are simple, something I did or saw or felt for that day.

I was inspired by the artwork in this book by Roxanne Evans Stout:

I hope you share favorite squares that may inspire you in your own stories…

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. In case you are wondering, square #17, the words say, “Ferris Wheel.” It was the name of a paint sample. I thought it looked like a child’s name. Our local fair occurs in September. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Professor Smudge

Today’s weird bird was inspired by an online class called, “Creating Simple Characters.” The class is taught by Nelleke Verhoeff from the Netherlands and hosted by Carla Sonheim. Nelleke is known by her illustrations, “Red Cheek Factory,” and likes to give her characters red cheeks!

One of the assignments was to create faces with expression by smudging charcoal on your paper and then erasing it with a soft, rubber eraser. These faces appeared for me, I used Pan Pastels to give my characters red cheeks:

Of course I had to try a bird!

Professor Smudge teaching Family Life Etiquette…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

A September Surprise

I wanted to show you my September square-a-day project for the first 12 days of this month.

I am limiting my art medium to watercolor or markers and a little collage.

Like finding the toy in a box of Crack Jacks, each square holds a collage surprise, can you find it?

Happy Friday!

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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:

A Zinnia Bird

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

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚