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”…
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?
You got it! Lilies!
And a Ladybug!
Did you see the Green Metalic Bee on the Lily?
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…
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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:
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!
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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:
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…
I decided I wasn’t going to overthink my process…
So “B” fore I did, I moved on to my next letter:
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:
I hope you create your own watercolor recipe of fun and participate in World Watercolor Month with me!
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
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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
Last night I cut it up! Don’t worry, it was intentional:
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?
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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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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!
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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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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.
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