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Rosy Bonnets

One of nature’s art subjects I enjoy drawing and painting…


Paper collage using Gelli-plate prints from old books:

When Pete Hillman recently posted a photo of Rosy Bonnet mushrooms…

I had to try drawing them in pencil and color pencils in my art journal:

Paper collage came next (first photo) and tomorrow, I hope to try watercolor!

I’m having fun exploring this mushroom in different art mediums…

Thanks Pete for the inspiration with your awesome photos!!

What art subjects from nature grab your attention?

Cheers! 🙂

A Slice of Color, Please!

I have been making collaged “color wheels” for an online class with Lynn Whipple for 2019 Year of the Collage.  I used a variety of papers, mostly my own.

They remind me of pizza…


I will take a slice of color, please!

I think color is the one thing that appeals to my “appetite” the most when I am creating – no matter what art medium I am exploring.


Louise Primeau at ARTiculations on WordPress recently featured an article about me and many different art mediums I have explored.  Here is a link if you’d like to check out Louise’s blog and the article: https://louiseprimeau.com/featured-artist-jill-kuhn/

Thank you Louise!

Next, week, I will show you how I used these color wheels in a project.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. What slices of color appeal to YOU?

Learning Color Pencil

I am taking an online class from Kelly Hoernig called, “Art and Nature in Color Pencil,” at JeanneOliver.com

I purchased Kelly’s book a few years ago.  I liked her idea of combining this art medium with collage:


Yet, learning color pencil seemed like a difficult subject to me.  It reminded me of watercolor in that you start light and add layers to get deeper values.

Taking an online class is helping me get more comfortable with color pencil:


(YES, I realize it is CRABapple not CRAPapple…) Lol! 😉

It helps me to get feedback from my teacher, Kelly and learn from my classmates.


Writing down the colors I use in my sketchbook creates a guide for future subjects I study further.

I am learning color pencil slowly and hope to add collage soon!

What subject would YOU like to learn more about?  I encourage you to take a class!

Cheers! 🙂


A Little Art

Hello friends,

I am feeling much better and happy to be blogging again! YAY! 😃

I couldn’t stay away from creating in my art journal for too long…


And discovered this sketchbook to be the perfect size for a little art!  


Sometimes I think I have to make something BIG for it to be considered as ART…


Yet, this is not true!  After all, flowers come in all shapes, color and sizes so why not art?

And art journaling isn’t about a MASTERPIECE…


But EXPLORING and creating…


And experimenting with different art mediums!

Who knows what discoveries I will make by creating a little art in my journal…


I encourage you to give it a try!

Plant a little art today…


Cheers! 🙂

The Solid Type

Did you know that William Ged invented Stereotyping?  According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Ged invented a process in 1725 in which a whole page of type is cast in a single mold so that a printing plate can be made from it.”

Originally the word, Stereotype was derived from Greek roots meaning, “solid type.”  It wasn’t until 1922 that the word was used as it is today – as a simplified conception or image of a particular person or thing as in my example below.

This person could be “The Solid Type” –

2016-1-10 The Solid Type

I found it interesting that “although Ged’s system made fair copy, the opposition to his work resulted in its complete rejection by printers. He experimented in secret and won a contract to supply Bibles and prayer books to the University of Cambridge, but he was ruined by the dishonesty of his London collaborator. He then became a goldsmith and jeweler.”

I thought you might enjoy this little history lesson before I tell you how I created my fonts from Saturday:

2016-1-8 Collaged alphabet A-M

A – A Doodle I copied and made into this letter.

B – Illustration of a buggy from a Child’s Dictionary.  I used Tombow markers to form the letter.  White gel pen made flowers with the spokes.

C – Half circle torn from construction paper.

D – Daisy drawn on scrapbook paper with color pencils and gold gel pen.  Letter was drawn with a black micron pen.

E – Gelli-printed paper cut to form a block style letter.

F – A page from an old book on sewing.  The letter was drawn with a Tombow marker.

G – Rubber stamp of a girl on an old map.  Lower cased letter drawn with a ball point pen around her face.

H – Letter stitched on fabric scrap and then colored with Inktense Blocks.

I – Old photograph of a person’s eyes, cut to form the lower case letter.

J – Ticket stub.  Letter formed with a marker.

K – Color copy of Fabric Art I did, letter drawn with black pen.  Shape is a kite.

L – Fortune cookie and lottery numbers used to form the letter.  Outlined with Neocolor markers.

M – Letter stenciled with black pen over sheet music.

I tried to create each letter in a non-stereotypical  fashion! 

Happy Creating!  🙂