Perhaps you remember the Notan I did previously? If not you can find it here. It is a Japanese form of paper cutting with black and white shapes.
I decided to try another the other night to unwind from my work day…
I enjoyed the paper cutting part but the glueing went a little haywire. I was using a glue stick and it got super sticky. Then I accidentally glued the wrong side of a piece of paper so I dabbed it with a Kleenx and it stuck to the paper….
Rather than panic, I decided to add the “tissue look” to the black paper. And I think it turned out OK. I think I have a solution for the next one without using a glue stick. 😉
Hope you enjoy the long weekend if you are living in the States. I’m heading to the lake!
Posted in Lake, nature, Paper Cutting, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, black and white, creative play, inspiration, nature, notan, Paper Cutting, the lake
The professor could be a drip sometimes…
So Maryann would come to his rescue!
OK, not really but the title sounded FUN! Remember Gilligan’s Island? If you lived in the United States the 1960’s and ’70’s… (I’m probably dating myself here a little…) 😮 Lol!
I created these paintings with watercolor paint drips and added shading and details with color pencils.
My hubby has the theme song memorized for Gilligan’s Island…Lol! Do you think he watched this show wayyyy too much?
Cheers and HAPPY memories! 🙂
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged creative ideas, daily art, drawing, faces, Gilligan's Island, humor, the 100 day project, watercolor, watercolor drips
I’ve heard of a housewife…
And a househusband,
But a housebird?!! How absurd!
Well, maybe not…
Ha! A bird has a built-in “feather duster!”
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Humor, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged creative play, dictionary words, fun, gelli-printed paper, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, paper collage, puns, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
I just love Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose! Such a brilliant pink – a perfect color to paint my flowering crabapple in watercolor that I drew previously here.
I tried to paint it looser and added a few splatters at the end.
Now, our second crabapple tree in our yard is blooming… with all the rain we had this Spring, it is “buzzing” with new growth! I have never seen this tree so full of blossoms.
I have a new subject to paint. YAY!
Posted in Flowers, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, Crabapple tree, love flowers, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, pink blossoms, Spring, watercolor
My hubby and I opened up our lake place (trailer) over the weekend. We weren’t sure of the weather but decided to chance it and left home in rainy weather but arrived at the lake in sunshine!
The weather turned out to be wonderfully warm and the sky was the brilliant blue of summer… although the mountains were still covered with snow!
We took our first boat ride of the season… Lake time for us is May through September. I have been going to Priest Lake, Idaho since I was a baby so it always feels like coming home when I arrive!
Here are some more photos for you to enjoy with a haiku:
Snow on rocky peaks,
Sunshine sparkles on waves blue-green…
Ah, fresh mountain air!
Posted in Haiku, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged beautiful place, haiku, heaven on earth, lake, lake time, love this place, mountains, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, snow on mountains, sunshine
I have a confession to make…
I’ve always wanted to be able to draw pretty faces ever since I was a young girl… BUT my faces always looked much like this drawing (eyes closed):
Until recently, drawing a face (or two or three!) EVERY DAY has really improved my drawing skills! PRACTICE really does makes a difference!
PLUS, learning from other artists in books, YouTube videos, online classes… thank goodness there are SOOOO many great ways to learn to draw (faces) today!
I drew this face with pencil last week and I hope to paint it with watercolor:
She is my first face that I’ve drawn that I have REALLY
liked loved!! I am a little scared to paint in watercolor as I don’t want to mess her up. I think I will scan my drawing first so I have a future reference. 🙂
My second face, I also created with pencil and used an Elegant Writer pen (with water) to create the black lines:
She reminds me of a flower, opening its petals to reveal its inner beauty – much like I hope my art does with continuous practice!
I know I have SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN but I feel like I’m starting to create some pretty faces…
Do you have a subject that YOU would like to learn how to draw better?! I hope you give it a try!! (And I’d love if you shared it with me!)
Posted in Art, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art journal, art practice, creative play, drawing, faces, inspiration, learning, Learning to draw, pencil sketch, pretty faces, sketchbook
“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.” – John Cleese
Wishing you a happy and creative day!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, creative play, doodles, encouragement, happy, inspiration, lettering, meditative, quotes
Toucan Dan can balance a
can bowl with a fish while spinning a dish…
And riding a squishy “Ish”!
May your balancing act (life) be full of happy surprises…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged can do attitude, creative ideas, fun, happy, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, mixed media, paper collage, playful, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
There once was an owl from Spangle
Who could dance the midnight tangle,
He could dip and sway
Other birds did say –
From a branch at any angle.
Just a little Limerick to give you a smile today!
Posted in Drawing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media Collage, Owls, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, creative, creative play, drawing, fun, happy, imagination, limerick, owl, paper collage, poetry, smile, Whimsical Art
Yesterday, I decided to challenge myself with creating faces from pieces of collage paper in my sketchbook. I used scrap pieces of my gelli-printed paper, text from old books such as a dictionary, scrapbook paper, sheet music and a postage stamp! 🙂
Here is my beginning:
And my finished piece:
I was having so much fun I had to add a couple more faces! Do you have a favorite?
Perhaps I will inspire you to give it a try! Happy Monday!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged #the100dayproject, creative, creative ideas, daily practice, drawing, drawing faces, Expressions, fun, gelli-printed paper, imagination, mixed media art, paper scraps, sketchbook, whimsical