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Seeing Pink

Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…

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But I was SEEING pink!  🙂

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Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:

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Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:

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I was definitely seeing PINK!

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I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Fishing – Part 2

I wanted to share my process and tools I used to “catch” my fish from yesterday!

I started by selecting a background and decided to use this hot-press watercolor paper that I had painted with acrylics.  I like the variegated colors:

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I folded the paper into a simple journal and painted both sides so I have six different squares in a variety of background colors:

I cut simple shapes from my gelli-printed paper and glued them to the paper with Liquitex Matte Medium:

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At this point, they look more like fall leaves than fish!  So I added details with an Uni-ball Signo white gel pen and black micron pen:

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Next, I added more details with Uni Posca paint pens – I just LOVE these opaque water based markers!! ❤️  I recently purchase a set of 15 colors with a medium tip from Amazon.  They come in different sized tips and are sold in sets on Amazon or individually from Dick Blick (another item to add to that wish list!!)

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I finished my page by adding some Prismacolor pencils – the Posca paint pens drew on top of color pencil too:

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I predict I will be drawing more fish into my creative net with these Posca paint markers!  I love that they are odorless, fade proof and bleed proof and can be used on almost any surface!

Have you ever experimented with these markers?  I hope you share it with me!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

 

Fishing

I remember fishing with my family as a young child.  When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!!  🙄

When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING!  😃  We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water.  And we caught fish!  Hooray!!  I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍

Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like!  🐡

My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram.  However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮

I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:

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I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday.  I hope you join me!

Cheers!  🙂

Flowers In Her Hair

In continuation of yesterday’s post, I discovered an exciting new way to complete my third collaged background from the fantastic, Australian artist, Toni Burt.  I discovered her YouTube videos and online classes from a friend on Instagram.

I started with the same background in my sketchbook but added some white and blue acrylic paint to mute it.  As you can see below:

After my paint dried, I covered my page with clear gesso to give it some “tooth” so I could draw my face on top.

I then went though the steps I learned in Toni’s class, “Flowers In Her Hair,” to create this beauty:

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I hope you check out Toni’s classes at ToniBurt.com.au – I found the cost of her classes to be very reasonable for the amount of material she covers.

Cheers! 🌹

4 Color Painting – Done!

Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting!  I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…

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I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!

Cheers!  🙂

A Pink Cloud World

I was going to take a little blogging break… but I had so much fun creating art yesterday that I had to share it with you!!  🙂

I started making pink clouds for Carla Sonheim’s new year-long class that I told you about here.

It was snowing yesterday which inspired me to create this haiku for my hand-stenciled pink clouds:

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And then one idea snowballed into another… hehe…

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The above one was created with a variety of mixed mediums such as fluid acrylics and watercolors.  I then started layering patterns with my small 3 x 5 inch Gelli-Plate, using it like a stamp.

I couldn’t stop with just one!  So I created another sheet and added a few other colors with my handmade stamps:

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I was getting tired but didn’t want to waste paint on my brayer.. so it led me to create this piece:

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And then try a collage using paper I made for my clouds:

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It says, “In a pink cloud world – everyone has rosy pink cheeks – And no one gets sick with disease like cancer or dementia.”

I know it is wishful thinking but we can all dream BIG in a Pink Cloud World!

Happy New Year!!  Cheers!  🙂

Handmade Foam Stamps

I learned how to make these foam stamps recently in an online art class.  They are so easy and fun!  I wanted to share it with you…  They can add to all sorts of projects – wrapping paper, gift tags, Christmas cards and collage papers!

I purchased the adhesive backed foam from Michael’s in a 9 x 12 inch sheet.  I purchased it in black but they also come in white.  Just make sure you buy the adhesive backed sheets.

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They are easy to cut with scissors.  Even a child can do this!  🙂

I used an Exacto knife to cut squares of stiff cardboard for the base of my stamps:

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You will want to do this step and NOT your child.  It helps to use a protective surface when using an Exacto knife.

You simply cut the shapes, peel off the back and stick them to your cardboard backing!  Easy as pie!!!

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Here is the stamp I used in yesterday’s post in several variations of red and green over gelli-printed paper:

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I’m really liking Golden’s Iridescent Gold for a little extra holiday bling!  🙂  It’s great to mix with Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paints but any acrylic paint would work!

I apply paint to my handmade stamps using a sponge and a paper plate for a palette.

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A brayer would also work but I don’t like wasting a lot of paint.

I’m finding the handmade stamps make a nice addition to my gelli-printed papers:

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And here is a combo with two stamps:

 

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I try to take notes of the colors I used so I can repeat them.  I hope to use these papers in future collages.

Hope you enjoyed my instructions!!  I would love to see what you do!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  You can press into the foam with a ball point pen to create a pattern of dots too!

Sugar Cookie Sprinkles

Last December I posted about my childhood memories of baking sugar cookies with my mom.  You can see the “star” doodle I created for this previous post, here.

We added lots of candy sprinkles to the cut-out sugar cookies we made.  The more sugar…uh, I mean, color the better!!  Right?!

I tried to create the candy sprinkles in this handmade stamp which looks like it was dipped into frosting!  Lol!  🙂  Honestly, it was only acrylic paint!

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I then cut simple shapes (using stencils) that look a little like cookie dough to me (gelli-printed papers):

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And added my colored “candy sprinkles” stamp to them with acrylic paint with a little glitter on top:

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I think this would be a fun project to do with children!  And of course, you need REAL sugar cookies to enjoy while making these paper ones!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  Eileen McKenna at My Creative Resolution has created a daily art prompt for the countdown to Christmas.  I hope you join in the fun!  I like that ALL art mediums are welcome… Today’s prompt is Cookies.  Use hashtag #adventmcr when posting.

A Snow Globe?

I recently learned how to make handmade stamps using Adhesive Foam Sheets.  I will post how I made them soon!

These are the 2 handmade stamps I used for today’s project:img_9028

And here are my results in my art journal:

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I varied the colors of acrylic paints and added a little iridescent gold to the paints…

I finished it by gluing circles of gelli-printed deli paper and adding some purchased snowflake stamps:

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It looks a little like a snow globe to me!  I was inspired by a post I did a year ago, The Snow Fell Softly, that you can find here.

Wishing you a Fabulous Friday, Friends!!  🙂

It’s A Wrap!

It was relaxing to play in my art journal yesterday.  I started with a grid.  Added a little color with a stencil and leftover gouache paints.  Next, I glued scraps of my Gelli-printed deli paper and lastly, I added acrylics with stencils and some handmade stamps!

I think it would make great wrapping paper for a gift, don’t you?!

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Happy Monday!  🙂