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Watercolor Doodles

Lately, I have been inspired by Sharon, Make Art Magic Happens who has been creating some wonderful patterns in watercolor…

To create my colorful doodle in watercolor and watercolor pencils:

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Thank you, Sharon for your daily inspiration!! 🙂

If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s art, I do hope you check out her blog!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Painted Papers

I was hoping to show you today how I created a collage with last Thursday’s paper in my: New Collage Paper Series

BUT I had so much FUN creating new painted papers last Friday – see a “square” sample of each paper in Collage Confetti 

I got a bit distracted…

I discovered that I don’t have to have a Gelli Plate to create the “watery” look of gelli-printed papers.  I can use deli paper – as a printing press!  WHOOT!! 🙂

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Here is a photo of some of the supplies I used:

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Dixie Kabnet Wax is the brand of deli paper I used.  I purchased a lifetime supply (seems that way) from Amazon.  😉

Other supplies I found helpful were a foam brush, water spray bottle, brayer and some mark making tools (I think I got the 4 texture tools at Dick Blick).

I prefer to use Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint but I you could use any acrylic paint.

I also like to used a plastic tablecloth to protect my surface.  This is a great activity to do outdoors if possible!   It is winter where I live so I used my kitchen where I have the best light and most room to spread out.

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I found that I could put a layer of paint on one sheet of deli paper with a sponge brush or brayer, add water with a spray bottle and then use a mark making tool to create a pattern.  Next, I layed a dry sheet of deli paper on top and made a print!

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After the first layer had dried, I could add more layers like the example above.  I used Canson mixed media paper to make the print from deli paper.

I added color like the brown paint above by placing some paint on a paper plate and using one of the plastics texture tools to apply it to the paper.

I discovered that I could even use thin, inexpensive computer paper to make a print like in the top example (below).   The second print (with more blue) was done on the deli paper.

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I like the transparency of deli paper in my collages.  And the paper is thin so a glue stick works well for a quick collage like for one of my weird birds such as The Flower Bird

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I hope I gave you some ideas for making your own printed collage paper.

Cheers to creative art making that brings you JOY! 🙂

Patterned Socks

I wrote a little Limerick for you today…

There once was a red-tailed hawk,

Who liked to wear patterned socks,

He was quite the sight,

Especially in flight…

All birds thought his socks made him rock!!

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I’m wearing my patterned socks today, how about you?!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers!  🙂

Just Words?!

I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.

I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim.  You can check out her class at Improv collage

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She got me thinking about words…

So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:

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It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”

Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:

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What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!

I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments.  Thank you!

Cheers! 🙂

Faded Memories

I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…

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These flower corsages were taped to the first page.

The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.

I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages.  So I wrote this poem:

Faded and fragile,

Memories like flowers,

Pressed into a book.

Unspoken dreams,

Slip away, quietly

Like an unsung melody.

I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers.  Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.

Have you ever pressed a flower into a book?  I hope you share the memory with me!

Cheers!  🙂

Collage Confetti

I took yesterday off from work to have a creative play day!  YAHOO! 🙂

I had so much fun!  I painted 33 different papers with acrylic paints without a Gelli-Plate.

I can’t wait to show you some of my discoveries in next Thursday’s COLLAGE series on my blog.

Here is a sample of the 33 papers I created, using a square punch:

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Happy Weekend Friends!

Cheers! 🙂

Fall Flavors

I was in search of a recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup the other day…

Normally, I’m not a huge squash fan but I was in the mood for something different and my neighbor gave me a Butternut Squash that I wanted to use.

In my online search, I discovered this wonderful food blog called, “Cookie and Kate,” Kate (Kathryne Taylor) cooks vegetarian meals while her dog, Cookie cleans up the crumbs!  🙂

I made the Roasted Butternut Squash soup last night – just love that gorgeous orange color, don’t you?

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The soup was a bit bland for my taste so I added thyme, black pepper and Tabasco Sauce.  I tend to cook like I create… I rarely follow the recipe!  😉

While the Butternut squash was roasting in the oven, I tempted to watercolor the salad, a recipe I also found at CookieandKate.com

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I LOVE the Fall flavors in the salad – BTW, I didn’t even taste the kale but you could substitute spinach.

You can find the recipe as Kale, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad with Granola Croutons.

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I will be serving this salad for Thanksgiving dinner.  I like that I can limit the portion sizes to one or two servings or more – depending on how many people will be coming.

Hubby especially liked the Granola Croutons with oats, pecans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds:

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I liked the easy Lemony Maple Mustand Salad Dressing too!

I enjoy trying new foods and recipes.  Kate has written a cookbook with colorful photos, called, “Love Real Food,”  I love cookbooks so I had to purchase it!  🙂

I eat at least one vegetarian meal each week, how about you?

If you give one of her recipes a try, I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

New Collage Paper Series

Paper collage is one of my FAVORITE art mediums!!

I thought it would be fun to show you how I create some of my own papers AND ways YOU can use collage in your art.

I hope you join in the fun each Thursday! 

Today’s collage paper is a random pattern I created with markers on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of 90 lb paper.  I used Uni Posca pens in this design:

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Next, I copied my design on my HP All-In-One Printer that I recently purchased on sale for only $200! It is a HP 8720 – I have to say, very EASY to use AND it makes awesome color copies!

Can you tell which is the original and the copy?

I think the copy is on the right! Lol! 😉

Making color copies of my own artwork is one of my favorite ways to create collage material.  It seems so easy and it is!!

Next Thursday, I will show an example of how I used this copy of my patterned paper in my artwork.

I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂

 

A Little Something Sweet

I don’t know about you…

But my day is not complete without a piece of chocolate!

Right after lunch, I need a little something sweet – like a Hershey’s Kiss with Almonds or a Dove wrapped dark chocolate.  It just makes me feel loved! 🙂

Today’s weird bird is about giving yourself a little love – perhaps a piece of chocolate?

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What is your favorite chocolate?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Elbows Off The Table

I remember as a child when I was eating dinner with my family, my sister and I were constantly reminded to have proper “table manners” and keep our elbows off the table!  😉

Funny how some of these memories come back to me when I’m writing this blog…

I was thinking about this collage I created yesterday with what I had on my art table in front of me.

It was done quickly.

Probably in less than 10 minutes.

(And probably with my elbows on the table… Good thing I wasn’t eating! Lol!)

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What’s on your art table?

What inspires you to create carefree without thinking?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂