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
Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project? I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.
Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:
February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉
I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage. I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.
Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):
My completed section for February:
I think it looks so pretty, how about you?
What I liked about February’s experiments:
I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy. I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.
I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.
Posted in A Square Project, art challenge, collage papers, color experiments, imagination, love, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Paper Cutting, Sewing, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, carla sonheim, color experiments, February, handwriting, hearts, imagination, india ink, learning, love, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, scraping paint, sewing, text collage
I was experimenting with acrylic paint and India ink yesterday….
And I created this tropical Flamingo by drawing with an ink dropper and then scraping acrylic paint over it:
Isn’t it wild?! 😉
I next experimented with some drips:
Then I cut this paper into strips and 100 tropical hearts:
I plan to use them in my art journals… what would you do with them?
I hope you have a LOVEly Monday!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Drawing, ink, love, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, color experiments, Colorful, drawing, Flamingo, happy, hearts, india ink, inspiration, love, online art classes, paper cut-outs, paper scraps, tropical, whimsical
In yesterday’s post, I showed you some examples of using your handwriting to create collage papers.
Today, I’d like to show you an example of using your handwriting to create a completed piece of art. (I did my art piece in my journal).
I was inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver, titled; “Freshen The Flowers, She Said…” to create my handwriting as art from her book; Why I Wake Early:
I wrote her poem on paper in several directions with different pens and colors on watercolor paper that had previous drips of paint to create the collage paper for the vase.
For the table top, I wrote directly on the background paper.
I used scrap paper from the paint scrape technique for the flowers… You can read more about that technique here: Scraping Paint…
I added some details with a permanent black Sharpie pen and a grey Tombow pen to create shadows. I added highlights with a yellow Tombow marker.
Additional details were added with a yellow Posca pen, pencil and Micron black .01 pen for foliage between the flowers.
I really like how this one turned out! What do you think?
P.S. I will show you other ideas for handwriting inspiration in future posts.
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, poetry, Repurpose, smile, Still Life, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, writing
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, creative play, flowers, handwriting, inspiration, paper collage, poetry, still life, text as collage, Whimsical Art, writing
One of my favorite poems is by Shel Silverstein, Hug O’War:
If you memorized a poem, what would you choose?
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Life, poetry, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, cartoon, creative play, doodles, drawing, love, poem, poetry, Shel Silverstein
Yesterday, I decided to play with some new stencils I purchased recently from Stencil Girl Products. They have several free tutorials on their site too: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com
They have such a variety in stencils that it wasn’t easy for me to make a choice! I am very impressed with their quality of stencils too. Below are a variety of papers and color experiments:
I also did a page in one of my art journals, Joy is in the Journey:
I found this quote online, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson
Creating art is that way for me… I find JOY in the process of creating. I also like it when I am pleased with my results! How about you?
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, color play, Colorful, creative play, experiments, fun, inspiration, patterns, quotes, stencils
Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…
But I was SEEING pink! 🙂
Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:
Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:
I was definitely seeing PINK!
I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, color experiments, gelli printing, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, autumn, blueberry bushes, bubble wrap, color play, creative play, experiment, found objects, Gelli Plate, Gelli-Prints, happy, inspiration, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, old maps, pink color, roses, seeing color, stencils
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:
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:
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:
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!!)
I finished my page by adding some Prismacolor pencils – the Posca paint pens drew on top of color pencil too:
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! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Fish, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, color pencils, creative experiments, creative ideas, fish, gelli-printed paper, micron black pen, mixed media, Posca pens, white gel pen
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:
I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday. I hope you join me!
Posted in Art Journal, Fish, Humor, Lake, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, creative play, fish, fishing, friends, fun, gelli-printed paper, markers, micron black pen, mixed media art, Posca pens, white gel pen
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:
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.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, creative ideas, drawing faces, flowers, graphite, inspiration, Learning to draw, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, roses, soft pastels