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.
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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:
Any ideas for titles?
My second collage is 4×6 inches. I used images from an art magazine:
I had fun creating these collages yesterday evening. What a great way to relax!
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Tagged art challenge, black and white, creative play, inspiration, mixed media collage, paper collage, think outside the box
YAY! I did it!! 🙂 I created 50 fish on Instagram before October 31st!! WHOOT!!
Perhaps you remember the art challenge with two creative friends started on September 1st that I told you about here, Catch The Fun
I enjoyed creating a fish almost every day in a different art medium. (Click on “Fish” in the drop down of catagories on the right of your screen to see more). It became a real challenge to come up with a new way to create a fish each day!
Some fish, I wanted to throw back into the creative pool…
And some I envisioned differently…
But I decided as long as I was having fun…
Then I was HAPPY!
My FINished fish with a little Halloween twist!
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I have been singing the song, well, not really THE song (MORE like the first stanza…) I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” by songwriter, Marvin Gaye all day.
I think this whole grape thing started with Jenna’s post on Friday, Pour The Wine. If you have not met this talented artist, cook and my friend at The Painted Apron – I do hope you check out her blog!
Here is my one “Grape” Fish:
Wishing you a HAPPY Sunday!
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, color pencil, Fish, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Word Play
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I invented this word, perifish.
I thought it was an interesting word for this post about a pear and a fish.
I was experimenting with Rembrandt soft pastels yesterday and this wild pear apPEARed:
Do you think it is of the Rainbow variety?
And Sennelier extra soft pastels for this colorful fish:
It looks like a happy, Clown fish to me!
Color always brightens a cloudy day for me – I hope it brings you a smile!
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Tagged art challenge, Colorful, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, happy, happy friday, pear, smile, soft pastels, word play
My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉
However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!
The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here: What Rhymes With Weird?! My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.
I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack. I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design. Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick. This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.
The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds… My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”
I created it with color pencils and Copic markers. What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?
My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH! (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!
There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish! Did you know that?!
I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish! Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.
Posted in art challenge, Cats, Drawing, Fish, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
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If you read my post from yesterday, I shared that today I would show you a piece of art that was a mistake or maybe what I should call an “unsuccessful experiment!”
I can’t really remember my reasoning for creating this acrylic painting on pastel paper… but it didn’t turn out that great… I think we all have these unsuccessful art pieces! Am I correct?! 😉
Yesterday, I made it into a fish… An “uncommon” Carp:
I’m liking it much better now!
I encourage you to keep your “mistakes” and turn them into “possibilities” at a later date!
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Tagged art challenge, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, experiment, fish, fun, humor, inspiration, learning, Paper Cutting, smile
Well, it isn’t exactly raining fish but we FINALLY got some rain last night! YAY!!
I took this photo of a dark cloud from my deck last evening with promise of more rain:
I thought you may enjoy seeing my “fresh catch of creative fish” that I have posted on Instagram recently:
I have been trying different art mediums – the shadows were an unexpected surprise in this one:
And I’m enjoying mixing in some humor:
Trying my hand at watercolor in my art journal:
And creating a silly paper collage:
Hope you enjoyed seeing my variety of fish that were on the menu this last week!
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When I was a child, I’d often wondered what strange fish were swimming in the dark blue lake water below me…
A person’s imagination can go wild!! Lol! 😉
Starting from the top of the page to the bottom – what names of fish do you come up? I hope you share them with me!
Posted in Fish, Humor, imaginary drawings, Lake, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art challenge, childhood memories, creative play, fish, humor, imaginary fish, imagination, lake, strange, watercolor, weird fish
I had planned to create more than fish this week but life has gotten in the way! So here is my doodle fish I drew with a black Micron pen earlier this week:
Last night I colored it with markers and color pencils – very fun! And colorful!
What do you think about coloring books for adults? Have you purchased them?
I find doodling and coloring to be very calming… how about you?
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