Category Archives: Whimsical Art

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

The Puzzler

Many of you may know that I LOVE puzzles!

So when Carla Sonheim recently gave the assignment on her “365 video class” to create A Puzzle Picture, I had to give it a try!

I started by creating an imaginary shape in watercolor.  After a couple of watercolor layers, I added detail with color pencil and shaded with a 2B pencil.  And my imaginary animal(s) appeared!

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Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:

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From each side of my square:

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It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:

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I hope you give it a try!

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And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…

I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!

Cheers!  🙂

The Flower Bird

Zen doodle meets Weird Bird Wednesday!

The Calendula Bird AKA the Marigold bird loves to flap its wings and spread the seeds of flowers in the Fall so that we have a beautiful Spring!

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Did you know that deer don’t like to eat this flower?  I like to plant it at the lake in the summer where deer like to nibble on all leaves, flowers and fruit – like this skinny one:

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

50 Fish FINale

YAY! I did it!!  🙂  I created 50 fish on Instagram before October 31st!!  WHOOT!!

Perhaps you remember the art challenge with two creative friends started on September 1st that I told you about here, Catch The Fun

I enjoyed creating a fish almost every day in a different art medium.  (Click on “Fish” in the drop down of catagories on the right of your screen to see more).  It became a real challenge to come up with a new way to create a fish each day!

Some fish, I wanted to throw back into the creative pool…

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And some I envisioned differently…

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But I decided as long as I was having fun…

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Then I was HAPPY!

My FINished fish with a little Halloween twist!

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Happy fishing!!

Cheers! 🙂

FUNny Fish Saturday?

FUNny Fish Saturday?!  Yep!  🙂

This is what happens when work takes priority!  Glad it’s the weekend!  How about you?

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Hope these funny fish give you a smile today!

Cheers!  🙂

Random Pick Drawing

One of the assignments I am enjoying from Carla Sonheim’s “365” online art class this year is Random Pick Drawings.

Carla chooses two words out of a hat and we are to create a drawing, using our own imagination.  Recently, she chose the words, fox + bucket so I created this picture:

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“Mary Fox was excited to cross one of her dreams off her bucket list!”

I’d like to go on a hot air balloon ride some day too! 🙂

What’s one item on your bucket (wish) list?!  I hope you share your dream with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Sew It Seams…

Some days I’m “drawn” to words in the dictionary to create a weird bird.  I often have no idea what I’m going to create and for me this is really fun!  😉

Sew it seams was the case for the Dressmaker bird:

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If a bird could design a dress, do you think they would use the feather stitch?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

 

The Muscle Fish

Do you ever feel like you have to do a TON of heavy lifting?!

Well, today’s FUNny Fish feels like he is stretched to his max!

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Remember when life gets a bit hairy…

Sometimes it helps to laugh! 🙂

Happy FUNny Fish Fry-Day from the Muscle Fish!

Cheers! 🙂

 

 

Pie In The Sky

Continuing with the Apple theme for today’s Weird Bird…

I have a slice of humor for you today:

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The Apple Pie A’ La Mode Bird

Some days it is good to remember the simple pleasures in life like a slice of pie with ice cream on top!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂