I am still enjoying my square-a-day project, can you believe it has been 6 months?
I gave myself a theme for June. Can you guess what it is? Of course, many of you already know from my sneak peak earlier in the month.
I thought it was interesting how the 4th vertical row shares a similar color value when I lined them up yesterday.
What doodles and patterns stand out for you? I hope you share them with me!
I have been experimenting with Copic markers lately. I haven’t been a big fan of them in the past because the markers bleed through the paper.
I decided that I would give theses markers another chance.
I chose 140-lb hot press watercolor paper rather than a journal so I didn’t have to worry about the bleed through. I like how these markers dry evenly on my paper:
Next, I used Micron sepia .01 pen to accent shapes:
I used both .05 and .01 sized sepia ink pens to add my finishing details:
Here are the pen colors I used for this Copic doodle:
It was fun to experiment in colors I don’t normally use and leave some white space!
Have you used Copic markers? I’d love to hear your opinion about them.
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Doodles, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, color experiments, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, meditative, Micron pens, patterns, relaxing, sepia ink
Sometimes I make art for classes that are just for practice but I dislike wasting good art paper.
Yesterday, I decided to add pattern and color to two of such papers.
My first experiment were repetitive triangle shapes on 90 lb hot press paper. I added more pattern and color with water soluble crayons and then softened them with water:
Next, I mixed a tiny bit of transparent orange acrylic paint with matte medium and brushed it onto my paper. I added more pattern on top with a plastic tool by Plaid.
My second experiment was adding to shapes I had done with sumi ink and water soluble crayons to create a feeling of rhythm. I added additional pattern and color similar to my first experiment.
I mixed a tiny bit of transparent red with matte medium but got a little too much red so I softened it with more matte medium for the second half on the left.
I used the end of my acrylic brush to make marks into the wet paint on this one.
Orignally, I was going to use both papers for collage material but I’m not sure I will cut up the first one! I like it too much. It reminds me of sailboats and summer.
I encourage you to experiment with pattern and color play over some artwork you’d like to repurpose. You may surprise yourself!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Mixed Media, paper collage, Repurpose, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, acrylic paint, art experiments, collage art, color play, fun, matte medium, pattern and color, pattern play, repurpose, Sailboats, texture, water soluble crayons
Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors. I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar. It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.
I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.
I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower. I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.
My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint. I like the look of the fine granules.
And my last flower I added Ecoline gold. It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink. I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.
There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper. It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.
Do you have a favorite color combination? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Flowers, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, acrylic ink, art experiments, Colorful, creative play, flowers, gold ink, imagination, online art classes
We had a sunny, blue-sky Autumn day in the Pacific Northwest yesterday. It inspired me to take these photos of trees in my yard and then splash some watercolor paint around!
Nature is full of colorful inspiration! The name of each tree is under the photo.
River Birch Tree – has interesting bark texture and greenish-gold leaves.
Sunset Maple – Fall colors of a sunset!
Crabapple Tree – the birds love to feed on the tiny crabapples in the winter. This tree is color-filled all 4 seasons.
Larch Tree – needles turn gold in Autumn and fall off.
And my watercolor experiments:
How does nature’s colors inspire you?
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, fall, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, art experiments, autumn leaves, changing seasons, Colorful, creative play, inspiration, nature, sunny day, watercolor
I’ve been enjoying time off from blogging and working on my Alphabet Journal. You can read more about my project here: Creating A Recipe Of Fun…
I am posting “an alphabetical recipe” with watercolor each day on Instagram but I have gotten a bit behind on the collage part…
Today, I decided to jump ahead to the letter, “J”:
Letter “J” is for creating art with JOY of course!
I had fun drawing this illustration, painting it in watercolor and adding an abstract collage.
I will post my letters “E” through “I” when I add collage to them.
I hope you are all well…
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, art challenge, Art Journal, Cats, Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, abstract art, Alphabet Art Journal, cats, creative play, humor, illustration, joy, letter “J”, paper collage, smile, watercolor
Perhaps you remember my watercolor circles I created in April: My April Square Project…
After my black and white doodle, I was ready for some color! So I decided to use my black and white doodle for April: Finding Balance
And I moved on to May and June!
I recently did this playful watercolor from my imagination:
After cutting it up, I mixed it with my colorful circles:
And got not just one… but TWO month’s projects:
And of course I had to see how they looked next to each other:
So fun to play… wishing you a creative day!
Posted in A Square Project, Abstract Art, Color, color experiments, imagination, Painting, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged A Square Project, abstract art, art experiments, circles and squares, color play, Colorful, creative, creative play, fun, patterns, watercolor
I recently purchased two synthetic “Dagger” watercolor brushes from Dick Blick.
I learned about these brushes from my blogging friend and talented artist, Patty Anne. Please check out her beautiful watercolors on her blog: Patty Anne Art
I had never heard of this brush and loved the results that Patty Anne got with her roses.
I started by just experimenting with the 3/8 brush by “testing the waters” so to speak…
I found it extremely relaxing not painting anything specific and just experiment with the brush and color. I created this on 300 lb watercolor paper:
Afterwards, I outlined the shapes in a black Micron pen and added a few houses. It looks like a whole new world to me!
This last weekend, I created this abstract in my small watercolor sketchbook:
It was super fun to add details with a black Micron pen and gel pens in different colors. What do you see?
I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your art! You may discover a whole new world to explore!!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged abstract art, art journal, color experiments, creative play, doodles, fun, gel pens, learning, micron pen, mixed media, sketchbook, watercolor, watercolor dagger brush
I remember as a young child making paper baskets and filling them with a simple bouquet of flowers from our yard.
Next, I would hang them on an unexpecting neighbor’s door handle, ring the doorbell and run! It was so fun to give a gift of kindness…
My watercolor reminded me of those simple times as I worked on it yesterday:
Perhaps the swirls of color could be ribbons on a May Pole?
Happy May Day!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Color, color experiments, Reflections, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, childhood memories, circles and squares, Colorful, Kindness, May, relaxing, smile, watercolor
I find creating art can be a form of meditation, especially watercolor.
I started this experiment drawing random circles and squares using Stabilo water-soluble pencils and Faber-Castel watercolor pencils. I then drew a circular pattern with a number 2 pencil to add interest. I’m using 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.
Next, I started filling in the outlined shapes with watercolor.
I find this is a good exercise to learn how to control my brush, experiment with color mixing and the ratio of water to paint.
Progress is slow yet steady…
Taking photos of my progress, helps me to create balance, rhythm and interest. In the two photos above, I discovered after viewing the photo on the left, I needed to add brighter red and yellow in some areas to make them pop, as shown in the photo on the right.
This is still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying the journey of discovery…
Happy Art Making! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, color pencil, Drawing, meditation, Mixed Media, Painting, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, art practice, color experiments, drawing, learning, meditation, water-soluble pencils, watercolor, watercolor pencils