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A Spiny Family

I enjoy giving myself little challenges when drawing… and learning more about my subjects.

Painting different colors of watercolor in my art journal helped add color to a blank page…

I then challenged myself to use mostly black pens – each pen a different variety – to draw Cactus; from the book I showed you in this post: Drawing Cactus and Succulents

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According to Dictionary.com; Cactus (noun) and plural can be cacti, cactuses and cactus!  

As a definition:  Any numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems and typically having solitary, showy flowers.

I never really thought about a “cactus” being a succulent plant!

I challenged myself to create these “succulents” with a variety of green pens:

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Succulent (noun):  A succulent plant as a sedum or cactus… and as (adjective):  Of a plant – having fleshy or juicy tissues.

What I learned from this challenge for myself:

  • Calligraphy pens are great to draw with…
  • Going outside the color “square” is OK!
  • I really do have eight green pens.
  • Creating challenges makes drawing fun!
  • I enjoyed learning the names of plants… must be a weird bird idea in there somewhere!

Do you give yourself challenges when you are creating?  I’d love to hear what you do!

Cheers! 🙂

In Stitches…

I’m having fun sewing on paper in my art journal and adding collage papers.

I can only sew in one direction since my journal is bound but I like the challenge it adds:

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I start by gluing a piece of paper randomly on a page that I explained more about here: It’s A Splash!

Since the stitching is on BOTH SIDES of the paper, one side is a total surprise:

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These paper collages are keeping me in stitches!  I enjoy using two different colors of thread, one for the bobbin and one for the top stitch… they add an unexpected color surprise!  And each collage is unique!

What have you created or discovered this last week that brought you unexpected joy?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Be Square!

Perhaps you remember my post last week where I told you about my Square A Day project.  If not, you can read more about it here:  A Square A Day…

I recently finished the square doodle that inspired the idea for my project:

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I’ve titled it, Be Square!

I created a box for my 2019 square project with monthly dividers.  I am writing notes on the back of each card with the date, description and inspiration for the square.  I may use my completed squares for inspiration when I get stuck in a creative rut in the future.

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Below are six squares I have completed for January:

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I find myself paying more attention to my environment and ideas I could use for future squares…

I think for once in my life, I’m OK to be square! 

Cheers!  🙂

X, Y, Z And…

I made it through the alphabet for my art journal!  WHOOT!

And I completed 31 days of watercolor in July for World Watercolor Month!!

I thought you might enjoy seeing my finished alphabet pages…

An X-ray Tetra Fish for “X”:

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“Y” is for Yellow:

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“Z” for Zentangled zoodles… Which are zucchini noodles!

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I still want to add paper collage and a few extra details to complete these pages… so stay tuned! 🙂

And I completed 5 additional watercolor pages to finish my 31 days – I will post them later this week…

I am happy to be done so I can focus on some other art projects.  Yet, I had so much fun!

I enjoyed my extra time at the lake last week... I think my highlights were swimming in the lake – three times a day, reading a super good book, painting outside daily, making paper butterflies with a friend, daily naps and cool evenings.

Wishing you a happy day doing what you love!

Cheers! 🙂

Kites, Lilies And…

I am finding that working on more than one letter of the alphabet at a time is helping me stay on track for the daily watercolor and collage series challenge I have given myself for the month of July.

Working ahead also takes the pressure off…

After all, this is supposed to be FUN, right?!

I like how these kites turned out for the letter, “K”…

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          I can remember kite flying when I was a child, how about you?

This is one of the parts that I am enjoying about this challenge for myself, experimenting with different ideas to achieve the end results…

Like using my gelli-printed collage papers for the clouds! 🙂

Can you guess what letter, “L” stands for?

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You got it!  Lilies!

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And a Ladybug!

Did you see the Green Metalic Bee on the Lily?

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I discovered this bee really exists!  I probably would not have discovered it IF I hadn’t been photographing it!

Isn’t NATURE grand?! It opens the mind to all sorts of new things…

Happy Exploring!

Cheers! 🙂

Daisy Doodles

I painted these daisies in watercolor from my imagination.  However, I wasn’t totally pleased with them so I jazzed them up with Tombow markers, white gel pen, color pencils and a black Micron pen:

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I especially like the lettering, “D” is for Daisy Doodles…

I have decided to take a little blogging break this week and will be posting on Instagram instead.

Wishing you all a fabulous and creative week ahead!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Creating A Recipe Of Fun…

I have been thinking about how I want to participate in Charlie’s World Watercolor Month this July at Doodlewash.com

I wanted to make it fun… and discovered an idea from Danielle Donaldson’s recent book:

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She suggested experimenting with watercolor by making color recipe cards.  I liked this idea and decided to make it my own.

I decided to make a 6 x 9 inch “recipe card” using a variety of watercolor papers, experiment in watercolor and collage on each card and use the alphabet to help guide me to create my recipe of fun!

I got started right away with “A” recipe…

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I decided I wasn’t going to overthink my process…

So “B” fore I did, I moved on to my next letter:

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I added alphabet “tabs” to the top of my first cards so I could create more than one recipe in that letter.

Part of the fun is adding notes to the back of the card, such as what inspired me:

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I hope you create your own watercolor recipe of fun and participate in World Watercolor Month with me!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Charlie O’Shields will be giving away many freebies in July so be sure to stop by his blog for a chance to win!  #worldwatercolormonth

My April Square Project…

My April Square Project is running into May…

Yet, I’m OK with it – don’t sweat the small stuff, right?! 😉

I finally got my watercolor painting completed that I showed you the other day; you can find its beginnings here:  Art As Meditation

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Last night I cut it up!  Don’t worry, it was intentional:

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This time I cut larger squares and circles to add variety to my monthly project.  (See A Square Project under my categories on the right of this screen).

Next week, I hope to show you my completed collaged piece.

Until then, I’m going to have fun taking photos of these shapes… they are like a puzzle!

And if they don’t all make it into a collage, perhaps they will become part of something else?!

What would YOU do with them?

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

February’s Square Project

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:

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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):

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My completed section for February:

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I think it looks so pretty, how about you?

What I liked about February’s experiments:

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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.

Cheers! 🙂

Black And White

The theme for this week’s collage challenge from Randel Plowman’s book, “The Collage Workbook,” is black and white.  You can find out more about this art challenge, here: White Out

My first collage is 9×9 inches; I combined old book pages, magazine images, my own doodles, postage stamps, a fortune from a fortune cookie and two leaves from scrapbook paper:

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Any ideas for titles?

My second collage is 4×6 inches.  I used images from an art magazine:

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I had fun creating these collages yesterday evening.  What a great way to relax!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂