Remember this “handala” mandala from last week?
Well, I finished it this week…
I used a flower stencil, a black Micron .01 pen and a new 2-inch circle punch:
Creating a Hand-made Paper Wreath:
And I used hand-painted papers for my circles…
I encourage you to try your “hand” at making a paper wreath!
Posted in Drawing, Hands, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, circles, Colorful, creative play, flowers, fun, hand painted papers, Hands, happy, Mandala, paper art, paper wreath, stencils
This Fan “male” bird arrived special delivery yesterday…
Just in time for Weird Bird Wednesday!
I hope you handle your day with care!
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I LOVE starting a new art journal… Just think of the possibilities!! 😃
A friend I met in the beginning of my WordPress journey – Laura @createarteveryday – who is now posting only on Instagram, told me about this journal from Ranger/Dina Wakley:
I purchased the 8×10 inch size journal at Amazon. It has about 3-4 different surfaces in it, one of them being burlap which I have never journaled on… I’m curious to see what happens with it!
Laura says that Dina Wakley has several mixed media art videos available on YouTube using this journal. I look forward to checking them out! 🙂
My first page, I started with a stencil of my hand…
And before I knew it, the wheels of my imagination started turning…
I added color with Ink Tense Blocks, Neocolors, Ecoline watercolor (the pink swirls of color), Gesso on the hand and for the flowers, fluid acrylics and stencils finishing with a black Micron pen and white gel pen. Basically, a little of this and that! Lol! 😉
It is busy and colorful and FUN!!
I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Hands, imagination, ink, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Colorful, creative play, dina Wakley journal, doodle, flowers, fun, Hands, mixed media art, smile, stencils
I do not believe we can ever understand the depth of love…
And the power of touch!
I started my two hands in watercolor last week, if you recall:
And added the finishing “touches” in ink over the weekend.
Two people who “touched” my life with love recently passed. One a family member and the other the mother of a friend. Both ladies were 95 years old.
It has made me think more about how others touch my life and how I have the power to touch others with love.
Posted in color experiments, Drawing, Hands, imagination, ink, Life, love, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, Hands, ink, love, memories, mixed media art, Touch, watercolor
I have been adding collage to finish some of my watercolor alphabet journal pages from the month of July.
I thought you might enjoy seeing them – before and after collage photos:
Letter “E” is for eyes:
For the collaged “hair,” I colored Swedish tracing paper with Derwent Ink Tense Blocks, added water to blend the colors and let dry. I then sewed them to my paper with a light gray thread. Her eyes were a little more sultry than I intended! 😉
Letter “F” is for Fridays, frogs, flowers and ferns:
I stapled my handpainted collage papers to my watercolor paper. I then covered the staples by gluing a circle over them. The black letter “f” is a sticker.
Letter “G” is for mixing greens:
I attached the collage paper with a flower brad, glued a paper scrap with a square on top and added the “good” fortune: You will hear good news today!
I hope to finish letters, “H” and “I” next week!
Happy Friday! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, color experiments, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, good fortune, handpainted papers, mixed media art, paper collage, sewing, watercolor
I recently purchased this book on Mandala Art from Amazon:
Since I am exploring art with my hand this week, I decided to try a hand-drawn mandala:
First, I drew my hand and then reduced its size on a copier. Next, I started with my flower pattern in the center, moving outwards, something I learned from the book.
Note: It helped to copy my reduced image of my hand on card stock for a stencil.
I used my stenciled hand to create a pattern on the rough grain, 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I used a purchased stencil for the heart and tulip. I drew the diamonds and swirls free-hand as you can see above.
Experimenting with Ecoline liquid watercolors, I used yellow, red and green directly from the bottle without diluting it.
WOWZA! That red is so vibrant!! ❤️
I used Winsor & Newton Watercolor in Pernament Magenta for the flower petals in the center and Colbalt Turquoise Light for the tulip shapes – that I diluted with water. Interestingly, the yellow Ecoline color bled when I applied the turquoise color on top but not when I applied the Ecoline red undiluted on top of the yellow.)
After the paint dried, I outlined my pencil lines with a .05 Micron black pen for definition:
I’m not sure that I am done so I will let it rest a few days…
Have you ever created a Mandala?
Posted in color experiments, Drawing, Flowers, Hands, imagination, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, drawing, ink, Mandala, My hand, watercolor
One never knows when they will spot a Knit-Capped Crane in the fresh water of a marsh:
This weird bird is related to the “Hooded” Crane…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Can you find the hidden hand in the bird’s body?
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Tagged humor, imaginary flowers, mixed media art, paper collage, paper scraps, postage stamps, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
I experimented yesterday with tracing both hands with a black Micron pen:
My right hand on top of my left hand… Then adding watercolor to both:
I used watercolor paper by Daler Rowney, Langton Prestige in rough grain for my above experiment. I love how a pinch of salt into the wet paint gives a nice texture.
I also experimented on Arches, 140 lb hot press watercolor paper with a different paint color palette:
The smooth texture doesn’t react to the salt or the watercolor in the same way as the rough grain:
Yet, it gives my two hands a different dimension. I plan to doodle on this one as it is much easier to draw on with ink.
I like the first painting for its simplicity and the second one for its complexity of layers. How about you?
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Tagged Art, Colorful, creative, creative play, drawing, experiment, Hands, happy, watercolor
Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
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Tagged art journal, black and white, doodles, drawing, flowers, fun, imagination, ink, micron pen, My hand, relaxation, zen doodles, zentangle
OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:
Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:
Not a subject I normally paint, so I was pleased with it… below is my reference photo I used from a photo I took of a nearby creek:
We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:
I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.
Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:
I used a straw to blow wet pools of watercolor paint and gold acrylic ink to give it some pizazz! The collaged letter, “F” I created from one of my leftover watercolor circles from a previous project.
I ended my last painting for July with this door and quote:
I was ready to close the “door” on this project and start something new!
Thank you ALL for your encouragement on this month’s project, as always, I appreciate your kind comments and likes of support… it means so much to me!
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