My neighbor recently got a poodle in “party” colors (black and white) that inspired me to create a whimsical series in acrylic paint and watercolor.
I started by making random marks on a 22″x30″ sheet of hot press watercolor paper. I used golden fluid acrylics and permanent black ink with different size brushes.
Note: This is a great way to get over the fear of a white sheet of paper!
Next, I cut my large sheet of paper into smaller sizes. I had a total of 18 pieces of paper to creat my drawings.
Here are a five of my favorites:
I drew my poodles in pencil first and then used a permanent black pen. I used the marks on the paper to help me draw my poodles so they turned out a bit wonky! I finished them with watercolor.
Do you have a favorite?
One idea leads to another…
I made this birthday card for a friend:
And a weird bird showed up with a poodle do:
Dog gone it! I hope you have a happy Wednesday!
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I saw a Quail in my yard the other day poking around underneath a fir tree.
Our snow is melting and lately we are having warmer temperatures in the 40’s. It felt like signs of Spring and inspired me to create this mixed media collage in my sketchbook:
I know the male Quail has the top plume but I couldn’t resist giving him a dress! I drew the Quail’s head and feet.
I was also inspired by the collage artist, Katherine Streeter. I hope you check out her art at KatherineStreeter.com She is also on Instagram. She has a playful style that I really enjoy. She helped me “think outside the box.”
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
May you be inspired to create something different today!
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Tagged art experiments, art practice, creative play, drawing, humor, imagination, inspiration, mixed media, paper collage, playful, quail, sketchbook, smile, Spring, think outside the box, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
I started a watercolor recently that reminded me of colorful Easter eggs:
Then I added some flower doodles to my watercolor with a micron pen:
The flowers were inspired by this bouquet of Easter flowers:
Wishing you a happy Easter!
Posted in Doodles, Flowers, Watercolor
Tagged art experiments, creative play, doodles, drawing, Easter, Easter flowers, flowers, happy art, imagination, inspiration, playful
I have been enjoying the free online art class:
“The Layered Page” with Kellee Wynne Studios! I discovered it on Instagram. You can find it at KelleeWynneStudios.com
I have been creating larger pages with acrylic paint and stencils that will become mini books. Kellee shows you how to do this in her videos.
This led to experimenting in my sketchbook with marks and bubble wrap:
And creating smaller cards that are 5.5 x 3.5 inches:
I decided to make positive affirmation cards with some of the smaller cards:
And I created my own layered pages with paper collage in my art journal:
Perhaps my art will inspire you to create art you enjoy!
I hope you have an amazing day!
P.S. I have decided to take a blogging break so I can focus on creating art. There are some awesome free online art classes right now that I want to take advantage of!
If you are needing some additional creative inspiration, Carla Sonheim is offering a free pdf with 22 artists sharing their ideas. You can find it at CarlaSonheim.com Great ideas for all ages!
Have fun and stay safe! 🙂
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, imagination, inspiration, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, color play, creative ideas, creative play, free art classes, fun, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, positive affirmations, sketchbook, stencils
Last Friday, I showed you the beginning of this journal page:
I added a drawing of a weird looking bug and then discovered the dictionary definition for a Glow Worm on my page.I decided to explore this idea further.
Next, I added some acrylic paint and colored part of my bug with Tombow markers:
I added some interesting facts about a Glow Worm to my page and finished coloring my “beetle” wearing a hat… why not! 😉
I enjoyed learning something new while playing in my art journal.
P.S. I have decided to blog 1-2 days a week. I will be posting on Mondays and possibly Wednesday. I will be posting more on Instagram where you can find me at art_jill_kuhn
Posted in Art Journal, Bugs, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, hats, imaginary drawings, markers, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, weird bugs, Word Play
Tagged acrylic paints, art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing, fun, imagination, paper collage, weird bugs, Whimsical Art
Sometimes creative play in an art journal can be quite fulfilling.
I am discovering the joy of adding collage papers and marks without a outcome in mind.
This page I used a greeting card of a Ladybug that someone sent me. I altered it a little with my whole punch:
I had fun exploring funky flower shapes in this one and black and white stems:
My last one is a work in progress. As you can see, it involves BUGS!
I will show my completed page to you next week!
I encourage you to make time for creative play in your art making.
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Tagged art experiments, art journal, Bugs, creative play, flowers, fun, ladybug, mixed media art, mixed media collage, sketchbook
I recently discovered the imaginative art of Stefan G Bucher.
Stefan drew a daily monster for years. If you’d like to see some of his art, he has a couple of YouTube videos. Google his name to find them. His art is also on Instagram.
His method of creating monsters with ink and a compressed can of air inspired my Walking Stick:
Did you know that Walking Stick insects are also known as stick insects, stick bugs or bug sticks?
My insect is a little on the strange side but that makes it all the more interesting to me!
Posted in Bugs, Humor, imaginary drawings, ink, Uncategorized, weird bugs, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, creative play, drawing, imagination, ink, insects, inspiration, smile, walking stick, weird bugs, whimsical
Remember my Journal Prompts post last month? I had so much fun completing my journal page that I decided to continue this challenge for myself in the new year. If you don’t remember my post, you can see it here, Art Journal Prompts – Part 2
Meet Linda and Bob:
I know they have a story to tell! If you missed it, they were part of my most recent post.
Perhaps you want to write your own story about Linda and Bob and share it with me next week?
I will be revealing my completed journal page and story next Monday, January 6.
I hope you join me!
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Tagged art challenge, art experiments, art journal, creative play, creative writing, drawing, experiment, humor, imagination, inspiration, journal prompts, story
I created landscapes from my imagination for my November Square-A-Day project.
Using a variety of art supplies, I explored simplicity with Copic markers, color pencils, watercolor, Gelli-plate prints and Pan Pastels.
“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
I thought this quote summed up this month’s project perfectly!
Posted in A Square A Day, Abstract Art, imagination, landscapes, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art experiments, color pencils, color play, creative play, daily art, Gelli-Prints, imagination, landscapes, pan pastels, paper collage, simplicity, square-a-day project, watercolor
It feels like winter has arrived in the Pacific Northwest…
So this tropical bird showed up for today’s weird bird:
It was so cold outside that my cat hesitated, not once, but 3-4 times to go outside! Brrr!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Speaking of tropical, I have decided to take a short blogging “vacation” until the end of November. You will find me snuggling with my cat to stay warm!
Posted in Flowers, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, copied artwork, creative play, drawing, flowers, gelli-printed paper, happy Wednesday, humor, imagination, old book pages, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art