I love to experiment with color and patterns, as you may already know! I find it very meditating.
I recently completed this doodle:
One of the things I did differently with this doodle was I added three flowers on top of my doodle that I printed on deli paper using my Gelli plate and a stencil.
What is really fun about printing on deli paper with fluid acrylics is that the pattern is transparent when you glue it down to your paper. You don’t see the deli paper. I printed my flowers in a light red color.
This time I took my experiment a step further and glued it over my doodle (with a glue stick). I next added further details with Copic markers and color pencils on top of the deli printed flowers. I didn’t know I could do that!
I also experimented creating patterns with color pencils in my doodle and coloring Copic markers over them.
Another great thing about creating a colorful doodle is making copies to use as collage. The colors came out exceptionally bright with the Copic markers.
And behold! I found a rabbit:
And a bird (think swan–like):
The journal is for my online class I’m taking with Carla Sonheim, The Year of the Rabbit. I added some postage stamps from other countries to add interest to my pages.
I hope you have fun doing some art experiments today! I’d love to hear what you are working on.
Posted in birds, color experiments, Rabbits
Tagged art experiments, art journal, color pencils, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, fun, gelli-printed paper, happy Wednesday, Imaginary birds, imaginary rabbit, meditative art, online art classes, paper collage, patterns
I have been Gelli-Plate printing on old travel maps with fluid acrylics.
Today, I am sharing a feather from a weird bird!
I thought you might want to see my creative process for my feather.
First, I cut out 2 shapes from a Gelli-printed map and glued them into my journal. (I’m using an old map of Seattle, Washington)
Next, I used tracing paper to create a pattern and draw the shape of my feather:
I cut out the individual pieces of tracing paper and used other Gelli-printed papers to make my feather shape.
I positioned the pieces in my journal before I glued them to my paper.
I wonder what kind of weird bird has this feather, any guesses?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged art journal, creative play, feather, gelli-printed paper, happy art, happy Wednesday, humor, imagination, inspiration, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
This pattern has been showing up a lot in my journal:
I usually fill in the shape with collage paper scraps like this one:
I decided to try making a weird bird with this shape. I colored it with Copic markers and added a few doodles.
Here is the first one:
I had so much fun, I created a second one:
And a third one!
One never knows where the NEXT weird bird idea will come from!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, imagination, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, drawing, imagination, inspiration, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday
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
The Buttercups are in bloom!!
My husband picked these flowers from the forest near our home.
The arrival of sweet, golden Buttercups must mean Spring is on its way in the Pacific Northwest. Hurrah!
I wrote this haiku to celebrate these first blooms in my art journal:
Golden petals show,
Announcing Spring’s arrival,
A forest treasure.
Next, I added quick mini collages. I enjoy experimenting with color combinations, texture and balance.
I was able to get outside and take two short walks this weekend. My hip is doing great!
I hope you are all staying well.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Haiku, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Buttercups, color experiments, creative play, drawing, flowers, haiku, paper collage, sketchbook, Spring
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.
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, markers, Mixed Media, paper scraps, weird bugs
Tagged art experiments, art journal, Bugs, creative play, flowers, fun, ladybug, mixed media art, mixed media collage, sketchbook
I am feeling a little stronger each day. My total hip replacement surgery was two weeks ago.
I am using a walker to walk around my home and hope to graduate to a cane soon. Tomorrow I see my surgeon to get my bandage off. YAY!
I created this weird bird to give you a smile today:
It is very colorful and wild which tells me I’m getting back to my old self which makes me happy.
One day at a time is my motto these days. I hope to catch up with your blogs soon. I have missed you, friends!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Humor, imagination, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, creative play, healing, humor, nonsense, paper collage, playful, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
I hope you have earmarked my post today from Monday…
I completed my journal page and story yesterday:
Earnie was all ears whenever someone said, “Chocolate!” His large elf-like ears elevated his hearing to an extraordinary level of expertise. Everyone attributed Ernie’s extra large feet (size 11) to his enormous nose. Ernie was Eve’s son and she was extremely proud of Ernie’s ability to play the piano by ear, while riding a unicycle. A remarkable talent “earmarked” by many of Eve’s peers at an early age… as an exceptional child. Eve on the other hand was more reserved and preferred to express herself with wearing expensive and elegant clothes and shoes… And unusual hats!
I hope you enjoyed my silly story… I earmarked it to give you a smile!
Posted in A Square A Day, Art Journal, collage papers, Drawing, Humor, imagination, smile, Story, Whimsical Art, Word Play, writing
Tagged art journal, collage, creative play, creative writing, drawing, faces, funny, humor, imagination, ink, mixed media art, smile, story, whimsical
I finished my beetle doodle that I started recently. I enjoyed working on it in the evenings.
I enjoyed adding gold ink in addition to black ink:
I started another story in my art journal. Perhaps you remember; Meet Linda and Bob – Part 2
This one is earmarked for more word play! I am using a thesaurus for my story prompts this time.
I plan to show my completed journal page this Friday… I hope you will earmark this post!
Posted in A Square A Day, Art Journal, Bugs, Doodles, Drawing, hats, Humor, imagination, ink, paper collage, Story, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art journal, art squares, beetle, black ink, Bugs, creative play, creative writing, drawing, gold ink, humor, patterns, story, thesaurus, word play, word prompts, zentangle