Yesterday, I had a lazy daisy kind of day…
I was at the lake and the weather was very nice!
What a difference a week makes! The photo below on the left was taken last weekend and the photo on the right shows how the beach chairs would NOW be under water!
The sunshine feels wonderful but we don’t need the snow in the mountains to melt too quickly! Flood warnings are now in place…
Oh, the balance of nature… glad I’m not in charge! 😉
Hope you had a lazy daisy day too! What did you do?
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Lately, I haven’t had much time for creative play…
And when I do, I seem to have difficulty switching gears in my brain from work to art!
I really liked this quote from Audrey Hepburn; when life feels overwhelming or impossible, I need to switch gears in my thinking…
How about you, how do you get past the impossible to the I’m possible?
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When someone smiles at me, I can’t help but return a smile, how about you?
I didn’t know that Harvey Ross Ball was the creator of THE smiley face, did you?
Amazing how such a simple image can bring so much sunshine to others! 🙂
I created this circle fun in my art journal in January and was saving it for the right time to post it…
Today seems like a perfect day!
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Tagged art journal, circles, happy day, mixed media art, paper collage, quotes, smile
I started this abstract in my watercolor journal last week with a Micron pen and decided to add watercolor to it:
Then a little collage… I cut three circles from a paper napkin. And added some water soluble crayons on top:
And finished with a few doodles with my black pen:
Easter is the only time it’s OK to put all your eggs in one basket. – Anonymous
Wishing you an Eggs-cellent day!
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WOWZA!! The weekend is here!!
I hope your week has stacked up to be wonderful!
I did this wacky still life of coffee cups in watercolor – paints, pencils and markers.
I have enjoyed sharing some wild fun this week on my blog! Thank you for all your comments, I appreciate them so much! And thanks for taking a look at the blogs I shared with you. There are waaaay more, so watch for future posts!
I have decided to take a week off from blogging to do a little Spring cleaning… Whoa! :-0 Yes, I haven’t totally lost my mind… but I am feeling like I need to have a little time to catch up. 😉
I hope to keep creating art but will be posting only on Instagram as art_jill_kuhn
Wishing you a wonderful week!
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Letter “C” is for color! Like this continuous still life I did over the weekend:
Each week, I’m inspired by many creative blogging friends!
This week, I’d like to share a COUPLE of them with you… CAN you CHECK out their blogs?
Sharon, is currently creating an alphabet journal – colorful, captivating and clever… You CAN find Sharon’s cheerful blog: Make Art Magic Happens
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Tagged acrylic paints, alphabet journal, art journal, Blogging, cheerful, color play, Colorful, creative inspiration, drawing, friends, letter “C”, online art classes, still life, water soluble crayons
One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.
This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen. Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.
It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.
May you find JOY in the art you create!
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Just think of the possibilities…
If you started your day,
Being AWESOME!! 🙂
When Charlie at Doodlewash.com had an art prompt to create patterns in watercolor on March 3rd, I couldn’t resist!
So I got out my Ecoline Watercolor markers – which Charlie was giving away last summer on his blog (I won a few to try, pretty awesome I must say!) and I just started drawing:
Drawing colorful patterns, just makes me FEEL awesome, how about you?
Yesterday, I decided to cut out letters on the back side of my paper:
I forgot that I had to reverse the “S” but no big deal, I just cut out another one!
After I cut the letters out, I glued them into my journal and added some flowers with my hand painted papers. Note: You can’t see the cut into the center of the flowers or letters when you cut one continuous line into the center.
I had some text on my collage table and found this text, which made a perfect flower center:
I was thinking this would make a fun card for a friend by adding a special message inside a flower!
I outlined my letters and flowers with a black Micron pen and a little pencil shading to make them pop, as you can see with my photo on the right below:
Part of my inspiration for my lettering was the cover of Uppercase Magazine:
Be AWESOME today!
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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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Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, carla sonheim, color experiments, February, handwriting, hearts, imagination, india ink, learning, love, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, scraping paint, sewing, text collage
In yesterday’s post, I showed you some examples of using your handwriting to create collage papers.
Today, I’d like to show you an example of using your handwriting to create a completed piece of art. (I did my art piece in my journal).
I was inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver, titled; “Freshen The Flowers, She Said…” to create my handwriting as art from her book; Why I Wake Early:
I wrote her poem on paper in several directions with different pens and colors on watercolor paper that had previous drips of paint to create the collage paper for the vase.
For the table top, I wrote directly on the background paper.
I used scrap paper from the paint scrape technique for the flowers… You can read more about that technique here: Scraping Paint…
I added some details with a permanent black Sharpie pen and a grey Tombow pen to create shadows. I added highlights with a yellow Tombow marker.
Additional details were added with a yellow Posca pen, pencil and Micron black .01 pen for foliage between the flowers.
I really like how this one turned out! What do you think?
P.S. I will show you other ideas for handwriting inspiration in future posts.
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, poetry, Repurpose, smile, Still Life, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, writing
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, creative play, flowers, handwriting, inspiration, paper collage, poetry, still life, text as collage, Whimsical Art, writing