I have a confession to make…
I’ve always wanted to be able to draw pretty faces ever since I was a young girl… BUT my faces always looked much like this drawing (eyes closed):
Until recently, drawing a face (or two or three!) EVERY DAY has really improved my drawing skills! PRACTICE really does makes a difference!
PLUS, learning from other artists in books, YouTube videos, online classes… thank goodness there are SOOOO many great ways to learn to draw (faces) today!
I drew this face with pencil last week and I hope to paint it with watercolor:
She is my first face that I’ve drawn that I have REALLY
liked loved!! I am a little scared to paint in watercolor as I don’t want to mess her up. I think I will scan my drawing first so I have a future reference. 🙂
My second face, I also created with pencil and used an Elegant Writer pen (with water) to create the black lines:
She reminds me of a flower, opening its petals to reveal its inner beauty – much like I hope my art does with continuous practice!
I know I have SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN but I feel like I’m starting to create some pretty faces…
Do you have a subject that YOU would like to learn how to draw better?! I hope you give it a try!! (And I’d love if you shared it with me!)
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I think creating from my imagination is the most fun! I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:
I started each creature with a scrap of gelli-printed paper and then made up the rest of my animal, adding details with a black pen and color pencils.
And yesterday I created this silly Martian and told his story with this Limerick:
May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!
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I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim. So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one. This quote from Jane Austen on writing:
And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper. Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage. It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like. I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.
As many of you know, I love experimenting in art! So this page was super fun to do. 🙂
Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote? I hope you share it with me!
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Here is my recipe for creating art from my imagination:
What is YOUR recipe for making art? I hope you share it with me!
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If I was to describe my art journey in seven words today… I’d say; “Creating art with JOY makes me happy!” 🙂
How would you describe your creative journey in seven words? And if it isn’t where you want it to be in your life – maybe write it as YOU envision it!!
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It is interesting to me how one art experiment often leads me to another…
In this case, poking holes in my paper, led to playing with circles – first with Tombow markers:
Then cutting circle shapes from a variety of papers and stamping acrylic paint with a wine cork and adding a little glitter:
And using the holes from the previous page to add an interesting layer:
I’d love to hear how an recent art experiment led you to an unexpected outcome!
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I created this in my art journal on Tuesday. Carla Sonheim gave us the assignment for her year-long online class to create a headline describing our day. I decided to write it from my cat’s perspective.
I went online to fodey.com to create my fake newspaper article. It was a lot of fun! I typed it on the computer too because I thought it may be difficult to read in my post.
I think a fake newspaper article would make a fabulous one-of-a-kind greeting card for someone!
P.S. Jack said to tell you, “I hope you keep your paws dry today!”
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Uncategorized, Writing Exercises
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I really like “Random Pick” drawing days in Carla Sonheim’s year long online class this year. She chooses two words from a container and you get to draw, paint or write a poem with the prompts.
Yesterday, the words were mouse and cup. So this is what I drew in pencil and then added black micron pen:
Next, I added color with my watercolor pencils from Faber-Castell:
I recommend you write your own prompts and put them in a jar. It is a great way to generate creative ideas when you feel stuck in an art rut.
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Tagged art classes, art journal, cats, creative ideas, cup, daily practice, drawing, fun, happy, humor, mouse, watercolor pencils, Whimsical Art
I’ve been taking an online watercolor class from Danielle Donaldson. It is fun to learn to paint in someone else’s style. I hope to apply bits and pieces to my own style.
I don’t paint a lot of “cute” but these critters were fun to do – a bear:
And a hound dog:
They might make fun cards when I need to cheer someone up – like YOU!
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