My neighbor recently got a poodle in “party” colors (black and white) that inspired me to create a whimsical series in acrylic paint and watercolor.
I started by making random marks on a 22″x30″ sheet of hot press watercolor paper. I used golden fluid acrylics and permanent black ink with different size brushes.
Note: This is a great way to get over the fear of a white sheet of paper!
Next, I cut my large sheet of paper into smaller sizes. I had a total of 18 pieces of paper to creat my drawings.
Here are a five of my favorites:
I drew my poodles in pencil first and then used a permanent black pen. I used the marks on the paper to help me draw my poodles so they turned out a bit wonky! I finished them with watercolor.
Do you have a favorite?
One idea leads to another…
I made this birthday card for a friend:
And a weird bird showed up with a poodle do:
Dog gone it! I hope you have a happy Wednesday!
Posted in happy Wednesday, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, creative play, dogs, drawing, fun, happy art, happy Wednesday, humor, imagination, inspiration, Poodles, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
I started a doodle painting recently for an online class I’m taking with Jennifer Mercedes. It is on 24″ x 24″ gessoboard.
It does have a bird in it, although not terribly weird! Can you find it?
I’m not sure about these colors… what do you think? I’m painting with acrylics.
I will add some other colors this week and show you my progress next week.
I wanted to show you a little of this and that I have been doing this last week.
A turtle jigsaw puzzle I recently completed:
It was a challenging puzzle but fun!
And a view of the lake in the winter:
Posted in Doodles, happy Wednesday, Photograpy, Weird Birds
Tagged acrylic paint, creative play, doodles, happy art, happy Wednesday, jigsaw puzzle, mixed media art, photography, smile, the lake, turtles, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Winter
I have been enjoying the free online art class:
“The Layered Page” with Kellee Wynne Studios! I discovered it on Instagram. You can find it at KelleeWynneStudios.com
I have been creating larger pages with acrylic paint and stencils that will become mini books. Kellee shows you how to do this in her videos.
This led to experimenting in my sketchbook with marks and bubble wrap:
And creating smaller cards that are 5.5 x 3.5 inches:
I decided to make positive affirmation cards with some of the smaller cards:
And I created my own layered pages with paper collage in my art journal:
Perhaps my art will inspire you to create art you enjoy!
I hope you have an amazing day!
P.S. I have decided to take a blogging break so I can focus on creating art. There are some awesome free online art classes right now that I want to take advantage of!
If you are needing some additional creative inspiration, Carla Sonheim is offering a free pdf with 22 artists sharing their ideas. You can find it at CarlaSonheim.com Great ideas for all ages!
Have fun and stay safe! 🙂
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, imagination, inspiration, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, color play, creative ideas, creative play, free art classes, fun, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, positive affirmations, sketchbook, stencils
As I wait for the doorbell to ring and costume-clothed kiddos arrive with pillow cases or plastic buckets to be filled with sweet treats, I review my October square-a-day project.
This month I tried to stick to a theme. Nature was my inspiration. Simple squares. Gelli-plate printed backgrounds. What do you think of having a nature theme?
I left my 5×7 inch Gelli-plate out on my art table for the entire month of October. This led to some wonderful explorations with acrylic ink and fluid acrylics. I also enjoyed printing on old book pages.
Below are some of my favorite squares:
I believe I am now supplied with as many prints as the kids whose buckets were overflowing with Halloween candy! 😉 Sweet!!
I look forward to hearing which squares you like!
Happy November! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in A Square A Day, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, fall, gelli printing, ink, Leaf Printing, Mixed Media Collage, nature
Tagged acrylic ink, acrylic paint, color play, creative, creative ideas, daily art, Gelli-Prints, inspiration, mixed media art, nature themed, October, paper collage, patterns, square-a-day project
I am very excited about a new discovery I made on my Gelli-plate recently.
It was a happy surprise to reproduce print from a dictionary page onto smooth, vellum paper that I can use for collage.
I applied a mixture of Golden fluid acrylics, colored india ink and acrylic glazing medium for my prints.
The color of the paint is what color the words print. Once the paint dries, other colors can be layered on top of it of the first print. For the example below, I printed the dictionary words in red and then layered a light yellow on top when I made a second print.
It seems that words with dark ink reproduce the best print. I am using pages from an old children’s dictionary:
Here is another example of gold paint for the words and turquoise and pink layers on top:
I am very excited about the possibilities of using these prints in my art making! I like how the words are obscured so that it gives a little mystery.
Below are some other Gelli-plate prints I made on old book pages and vellum:
I hope you have fun discovering new possibilities in your art making!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, color experiments, gelli printing, ink, Mixed Media
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, collage, color play, colored India ink, Colorful, creative play, dictionary pages, fluid acrylics, Gelli-Prints, mixed media art, reproducing print, vellum paper
I decided to take another little blogging break as I need to have a second surgery. Not my hip this time, thank goodness. 🙂
I had a Mammogram and the doctor found a small lump that has to be removed. I am thankful it is not cancer! Praise God! It is a good reminder the importance of getting an annual Mammogram.
I recently painted a couple of pages in my art journal:
I just love the texture I got, don’t you? I started with black gesso, added several colors of acrylic paint with a brayer and used a stencil on some parts. I started drawing a vine with a black micron pen and flower shapes with a paintbrush and black Sumi ink.
I used leftover paint on my brayer for this page. It was easier to draw the flowers without so much acrylic paint on the page.
I liked this first book of Botanical Line Drawing so much:
I decided to treat myself and purchase the author’s second book on Drawing Cactus and Succulents. This book actually has the names of each plant so I can learn as I go.
I like the simple steps of illustration in both books.
Perhaps I will have some interesting journal pages to show you when I return. I plan on joining my cat with some Cat Napping while I heal.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, cactus and succulents, color play, creative play, drawing, flowers, fun, learning, rest
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
I hope ALL of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day! I sure did…
I decided to take a little weird bird vacation…
Please check out my categories on the right of screen under “Weird Bird Wednesday,” if you are in need smile! 🙂
P.S. I’d love to hear about your Christmas or Holiday… I hope you will share it with me!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, gelli printing, imagination, Masks, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, drawing, experiment, Gelli-Prints, mask, patterns, smile, white gel pen
I tried a new technique on the Gelli-Plate last week that I learned from Carla Sonheim. You can find out more about my mask series here, Making Masks!
I did this technique on a 5 x 7 inch Gelli-Plate using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.
I created my pattern by folding a piece of copy paper in half and cutting the paper with scissors. I laid it directly on the Gelli-Plate without applying paint first. I have always put paint on the Gelli-Plate before my pattern so this was a new concept for me.
Next, I placed about a quarter-sized dab of paint directly on top of my pattern used a brayer to spread the paint evenly over my design. Note: The copy paper pattern ripped when I applied paint on the top of it so I learned to use thicker paper such as cardstock to mask it for future projects.
After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.
Next, I added a contrasting color of acrylic paint directly on my printing plate with the brayer and and placed a 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fabriano hot press, 90 lb paper on top, pressing over the paper with a clean brayer on the back of my paper.
Important step: Let paper rest until the paint dries for an additional 10 minutes.
After the paint dried, I pulled my print slowly from the Gelli-Plate:
I decorated my print with Posca paint pens, Uniball Signo white pen and a black Micron pen.
I’m not sure that I’m done decorating this one, but I thought you may enjoy seeing it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process. I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, gelli printing, imagination, Masks, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, color pencils, creative play, fun, Gelli-Prints, mask, Posca pens
I read an article from our local newspaper yesterday about a mom whose son recently graduated from high school. No big deal, right? Happens all the time…
Upon further reading, I learned that her son was born with a hole in his diaphragm and the doctors only gave him a 50/50 chance to survive. While he was in the hospital Neonatal ICU, struggling for every breath, this new mother placed two fingers on his laboring chest and whispered, please. When he exhaled, she whispered, thank you.
In the weeks that followed as her son grew healthy and strong with no lingering complications, each breath seemed like a miracle. This mom continued her prayer ritual of whispering, please when her son inhaled and thank you when he exhaled. Faced with the fragility of life, each year became a milestone to celebrate with her son!
This story reminds me of taking the time to say, thank you to people who I appreciate in my life. Sometimes it is good to recognize the milestones that are big and small…
I made the above card for a friend recently. I was inspired by these beautiful pink roses:
I thought you might like to learn how I made it. 🙂
I discovered that sea sponges make great roses! Just dab a damp sponge lightly in acrylic paint and twist your wrist as you apply the paint to paper. Adding several colors, gives it some depth. And a few splatters of watercolor gives it pizzazz!
My lettering came from an idea in this book from Joanne Sharpe. I used a permanent black Micron pen.
One doesn’t have to have a milestone to say, thank you; who do you know that would appreciate getting a handmade card in the mail?
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Flowers, Handmade card, imagination, Life, love, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, handlettering, Handmade card, milestones, roses, sea sponge, stories, thankful