Tag Archives: acrylic paints

Letter “C” Is For…

Letter “C” is for color!  Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:


Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!

This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?

Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever…  You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog:  Make Art Magic Happens

Cheers! 🙂

One Tough Old Bird

I decided to change things up today and create a weird bird with scraping paint, like the technique I showed you previously, here: Scraping Paint…

And I wrote a Limerick:

There once was an old bird from Bend,

Whose wild hair stood up on end,

She did have some charm,

With hens on the farm,

Who crowned her Queen of Hair Trends!


Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

May your hair look fabulous today!

Cheers! 🙂

January’s Square Project

I decided to try a color scheme for January’s Square Project.  I used the colors from the thread and brayer technique that I shared with you here; A Daily Creative Practice

The color scheme with the threads is the left photo above.  The photo on the right is copy paper that I blotted my stencils on but I liked it so I used it too.

I decided to stencil the background paper before I added my squares.  I mixed two fluid acrylic paint colors together and used a damp sponge to apply the paint:


I connected the new paper to the December piece by overlapping them and glueing them together with Matte gel medium.  I reinforced the back with paper strips too.

Next, I glued my squares with Elmer’s extra strength glue stick:104DE903-4535-4EE0-9466-BC05506AAFF1

It is looking busy so I added some circles to help focus your eyes on a random pattern:B1C2D4EC-F1BD-4DED-8180-E155D55B449B

I added stenciled flowers in pink on rice paper and a snowflake rubber stamp in blue to some of the circles.

I felt the blue snowflakes were a little bright, so glued deli paper over them to soften the image.

I also added circles of the thread pattern to the pink and white circles and finished them with a small pink circle that I stamped a circular pattern on:


I’m calling this design done! 😉

I wrote notes about about it in my square journal yesterday:


I learned a lot on this one.  I think a more solid color for the squares would have been better.  It is a little busy.  I decided that not every month is going to be a success.

Now that I have gotten one month completed, I am ready to think about February.

I hope to find some insights in this book I purchased from Amazon:


Cheers! 🙂



Color Play

I cut more circles and squares from my hand-painted papers this week and created a new collage yesterday:


Color play cheers me up – I hope it will bring sunshine to your day too!

Happy December!

Cheers! 🙂


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!! 🙂


Here is a photo of some of the supplies I used:


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.


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!


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.


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


I hope I gave you some ideas for making your own printed collage paper.

Cheers to creative art making that brings you JOY! 🙂

4 Color Painting

Sometimes it is fun to limit a painting to certain perimeters.  I decided to try these four colors in my art journal as part of an assignment from Carla Sonheim’s year long class:


I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics in Medium Magenta, Cadmium Orange, Payne’s Gray and a light gray blend (Titanium White mixed with Payne’s Gray).

I don’t think it is done.  What would you do to complete it?

Would you add another color?  Glue collage on top? Add a quote or a poem?

I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Cheers! 🙂

Four Square Results

I appreciate all your ideas on Monday and I’m excited to share my results of my four squares with you.  I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂

Here is the beginning one from Monday:


And my completed squares in the same order:


I wrote the art mediums I used on each square.  Do you have a favorite?

Cheers!  🙂

Very Gouda

I was having some wine with friends recently…


When this Gouda bird showing up:


I’ve heard that these birds hang out where wine and hors d’oeuvres are served.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Wishing you a very Gouda day… Cheers!  🙂

My New Year Cheer!

My wish for YOU is that 2017 –


and COLORFUL New Year!!


HAPPY New Year everyone!!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S. I’ve decided to take a little blogging break… I will see you on Wednesday, January 4th!!

Mr. Snowman…

I wanted to try building a snowman (or perhaps a snow bird) in our yard yesterday… but the snow was too fluffy.

Here I am after falling into the snow… luckily, I saved the camera! Haha!


So I came inside and drew a snowman instead!  I started with a blind contour drawing to warm-up…


And added a little watercolor.  They look kind of cute in their childlike way.  🙂

I was now ready to create Mr. Snowman:


I started by stenciling the background with acrylic paint and added a little glitter.  Glued my gelli-printed papers to my paper.  Added pencil shading and detail.  Finished it with pan pastels to soften the ground.  I believe we are never too old to build a snowman!!

Cheers with a nice, hot cup of cocoa!!  🙂