Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
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The theme for this week’s collage challenge from Randel Plowman’s book, “The Collage Workbook,” is black and white. You can find out more about this art challenge, here: White Out
My first collage is 9×9 inches; I combined old book pages, magazine images, my own doodles, postage stamps, a fortune from a fortune cookie and two leaves from scrapbook paper:
Any ideas for titles?
My second collage is 4×6 inches. I used images from an art magazine:
I had fun creating these collages yesterday evening. What a great way to relax!
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Tagged art challenge, black and white, creative play, inspiration, mixed media collage, paper collage, think outside the box
Perhaps you remember the Notan I did previously? If not you can find it here. It is a Japanese form of paper cutting with black and white shapes.
I decided to try another the other night to unwind from my work day…
I enjoyed the paper cutting part but the glueing went a little haywire. I was using a glue stick and it got super sticky. Then I accidentally glued the wrong side of a piece of paper so I dabbed it with a Kleenx and it stuck to the paper….
Rather than panic, I decided to add the “tissue look” to the black paper. And I think it turned out OK. I think I have a solution for the next one without using a glue stick. 😉
Hope you enjoy the long weekend if you are living in the States. I’m heading to the lake!
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Some days are like this…
Limited color collage – Day 2
Hope this gives you a smile today!
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Tagged black and white, creative, dictionary words, fun, humor, limited color, mixed media art, paper collage, whimsical
I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!
It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.
This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition. It can help an artist learn composition in design.
I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.
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Tagged art classes, black and white, childhood memories, composition, creative, fun, Imaginary creatures, learning, notan, playful, whimsical
I’m trying to eat healthier in the new year. I was inspired by a recent cookbook I purchased on meals in a bowl to create this doodle using Faber-Castell’s water-soluble pencils.
Below are shapes from my imagination but they do look like veggies to me:
After adding water with a paint brush, I think the doodle looks more complex:
Tomorrow I will add color – just for fun!
Enjoy your day! Cheers! 🙂
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I was thankful that I didn’t have to cook the Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. We joined my hubby’s family with a household of LOTS of people! I’m not used to being around this many people so I found it calming to create this doodle in my art journal:
It was fun to add pattern to the negative space. Tomorrow I hope to add color to the positive shapes.
Wishing you a fabulous Friday!! Cheers! 🙂
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On the 3rd day of New Year’s, my true love gave to me:
3 plump Robins:
2 Doodled ornaments:
And 1 Northern Flicker in a Crab(apple) tree:
I took the bird photos from inside my kitchen window. Isn’t that male Northern Flicker (Red Shafted) just gorgeous?!
Here is a photo of all 3 doodled ornaments photographed together:
As you recall, I posted the first one (on your left) on Christmas Day.
We will take down our Christmas tree and ornaments this week. I couldn’t resist one last song for the holidays!
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Tagged birds, black and white, black micron pen, Christmas, drawing, holiday songs, humor, nature, nature photography, Norhern Flicker, Ornaments, patterns, pencil shading, Robins
I have finished my moodle that I previously posted:
In case you have forgotten, I invented the name “moodle” to describe my doodle. I added shading with pencil to complete it:
It always amazes me how a little shading gives more dimension.
Which do you like best? I’d love to hear from you! 😊
Happy Moodling! 😄
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As I was completing this doodle recently –
I decided to call it a Moodle. My very own word for a doodle.
I find that I have to be in the right mood to doodle that is why I call it a Moodle. Now I’m not sure what mood this is exactly. Maybe it is when life gets complicated and I need to slow down.
Moodles can be very meditative after all. Maybe I need to moodle when I feel distracted as it helps calm me. Whatever my mood, a good moodle seems to raise my spirits.
What about you, does art help balance your mood?
Happy Moodling! 😄
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