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A Three-Ring Circus Bird

I was experimenting with different collage papers the other day and decided to add watercolor around the glued papers.

Some of the papers I used were from Sharon Mann, when we did our collage paper exchange.  If you missed that post, you can read more about it here:  The Speedball Bird

Other papers were from my own collage experiments that I had sewn on my sewing machine and then printed on the Gelli-Plate.

I made two tags for my art journal and found they had a “circus” feel to them:

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That is how today’s weird bird came to be… He is from the “Flying Circus!” 😉

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A Three-Ring Circus Bird

I used Sharon Mann’s collage papers for this bird!  Thanks again Sharon! 🙂

I finished my “circus” tags with a few pen doodles:

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Do you have happy memories from attending a circus?  I hope you share them with me!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

The Speedball Bird

Sharon Mann at MakeArtMagicHappens and I recently exchanged hand-painted collage papers.  It was so fun to get Sharon’s delightful, creative papers in the mail! 🙂

We thought it would be fun to share the papers we received from each other today AND create a wacky, weird bird with our new papers!

Below is my bird as it developed next to Sharon’s gorgeous papers…

I added pencil shading to give my bird dimension.  I love the bright colors Sharon used in her papers here:

Sharon creates in a wonderful variety of shapes, patterns and playfulness in her papers (can you find the bird?!)

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Adding the final touches, can you find the 3 pen nibs I collaged to the bird’s feathers?

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Sharon makes her “pen and ink” drawings sing like the color collage in the middle:

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I finished my bird by adding color pencils:

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The Speedball Bird

I encourage you to share your art with a friend.  It may open up new ideas and possibilities!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Thank you Sharon for this fun exchange and challenge!  I enjoyed it soooo much!

A Bookworm Bird…

IF a bird was a bookworm…

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A Bookworm Bird

(Reading a Bird’s Guide to Birds of North America)

It may be reading one of these Top 10 Bestsellers:

  1. The Birds and The Bees

    2.  One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

    3.  Birds Are From Mars II.. (Pennsylvania that is!) 😉

    4.  Give A Hoot!  From One Wise (and well-dressed) Owl

    5.  Where to Find The BEST Bark Butter

    6.  How to Feather Your Own Nest

    7.  Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Full (Of Worms)…

    8.  Bird Brain Inventions

    9.  Bird On A Wire

  10.  The Birds

What book title do you think a bookworm bird would like to read?!

HAPPY Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Bird Band

Unfortunately, this bird band has been banned in several neighborhoods because of their LOUD and REPETITIVE playing and singing…

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The Oom-Pah-Pah Feathered Trio

The “Oom-Pah-Pah 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!

Cheers! 🙂

A Season For…

December is a season for…

Holiday celebrations with family and friends near,

A bouquet of flowers with reds and greens from my dear,

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It’s a season of giving and sharing good cheer,

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And saying, thank you, to YOU, my blogging friends this time of year!

Wishing you ALL a very Merry Everything!! 

Cheers! 🙂

Oh, Deer…

Remember the song, “Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer” – this is my version:

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,

Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,

But do you recall…

The most famous weird bird of all?

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Ruby the elf-deer birdy,

Sang a different melody

And if you ever heard it,

You would think she sang off-key.

All of the other birdies

Used to laugh and throw bird seed,

They never let poor Ruby

Sing from her heart, really…

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Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Santa came to say,

Ruby with your song so bright

Won’t you sing on my flight tonight?

Then how the birdies loved her

And sang along with glee,

Ruby, oh, Weird Bird Wednesday

You will go down in history!

I hope this gives you a smile today…

And Cheers to singing off-key!! 😉

Holiday Traditions

I often find myself thinking about holiday traditions this time of year and remembering times from my childhood…

This drawing of a sweet girl recently appeared in my sketchbook and I was reminded of the faux hand muffs that my sis and I had as young children, anyone else remember them?

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I don’t remember wearing them very much as they weren’t the most practical in keeping my hands warm.  😉

One of my holiday traditions that I started several years ago was making this easy and yummy, Caramel Snack mix:

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I thought you might enjoy making it apart of your holiday tradition!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  Do you have a favorite childhood memory or holiday tradition?  I hope you share it with me.

A Weird Bird?!

Sometimes a weird beast shows up unexpectedly…

This weird bird did not want to be a bird after all but something completely different!

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Can YOU name it?!

This was so fun to create, you may be seeing more weird beasts showing up…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Joyful Music

One of the highlights during the month of December is the special music…

Last weekend, I heard a trumpet solo and today at church, I listened to a violin soloist.

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I like to close my eyes and listen, it brings my heart JOY!

What special music do YOU enJOY during the month of December?

I hope you share it with me.

Cheers! 🙂

A House Finch

Today’s weird bird enjoys her quiet time in the early morning…

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This House Finch is wearing a matching housecoat, hat and slippers… Perhaps she purchased it at an early bird sale? 🙂

She likes waking up early to a quiet household to enjoy a special cup of house blend seeds.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂