‘Tis the season…when elves start appearing! 🙂
Fun to play in my art journal today…drawing a face of an elf from my imagination. And adding a little glitter for magic!
I think everyone that has freckles wishes they could look like this! 😉
I didn’t get my doodle painted from yesterday as I cleaned my art room and my house! It is rare that I’m in the mooood! Lol!
Posted in Art, Drawing, Faces, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, black micron pen, Christmas season, drawing, elves, faces, fantasy, Gelli-Prints, Gesso, glitter, imagination, mixed media, playful, sketchbook, watercolor pencils, white gel pen
Perhaps you remember Harold from last week…if not you can find him, here. Well, he is here today to reveal his surprise!! (Drum roll, please!!!)
Meet Harold’s wife, Henrietta! She always makes the sun shine even on a cloudy day!
Henrietta is all dressed up in her finest feathers to greet you!
Her feathered do is stylized in a bouffant with a branch and leaf or two. She is wearing the latest glamourous party dress by Robyn’s Egg paired with an authentic “Nine-Nest” bird-wing bag. The tip of her beak and the tips of her bird feet are tinted in Autumn Berry Blush.
Harold is thankful for his styling wife, Henrietta! She lights up his world!!
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! 🙂
P.S. And thanks for lighting up my world with all your kind comments throughout the year on my blog! Cheers!
Posted in Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged Art, birds, black micron pen, cartoons, creative, experiment, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, Harold, Henrietta, Imaginary birds, mixed media, style, thankful, watercolor pencils, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
I’ve been trying to put the finishing colors on my doodle that I started awhile ago in my art journal.
It reminds me of the popcorn you can buy in the store called, Fiddle Faddle. The popcorn and peanuts are covered with gooey caramel. Yum! Like the popcorn, I have a difficult time leaving my doodle alone. I keep “fiddling” with it!
Here are some of the supplies I used on this doodle:
I started with watercolor but then tried gouache, Tombow markers, Inktense pencils, watercolor pencils and Prismacolor pencils. 😉
I learned a lot from my experiment with different mediums. I learned NOT to use a water brush as I don’t have any control with it. (I can’t stay within the lines). I struggled with the Inktense pencils to get them to blend with other mediums.
I also learned to trust my instincts when it came to color and NOT coloring every doodle! I hope you check out Annie Glacken’s doodles here that she did recently in watercolor. My favorite is her Hummingbird! 🙂
You may recall my doodle progress where I last left off that you can find here.
Here is the completion of this doodle:
I tried to vary my color by creating depth and movement in my patterns. I would love to know what you think!
Happy creating!! 🙂
Posted in Art, Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged Art, black micron pen, color, color play, doodles, drawing, experiment, fun, gouache, inktense pencils, inspiration, mixed media, patterns, sketchbook, Tombow markers, watercolor, watercolor pencils, zentangle
I was on the way home from work yesterday and Martina McBride’s song, “Sunny Side Up,” started playing. So I started singing along and before I knew it, I was feeling happy!
I’m hangin’ on to happy – like the song says! And sending positive thoughts your way for a fabulous day!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, friends! 🙂
Posted in imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged black micron pen, color pencils, Copic markers, drawing, fun, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, music, playful, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
I started a new doodle in my art journal yesterday. I like the organic feel to it:
It reminds me of a previous doodle about a cat that I named, Sweet Pea that you can find here and here.
I haven’t done a doodle that connected to a second page before now. I’m liking the flow of it. I hope to add color to this one so stay tuned!
Work has been extremely busy this week so not much time for art. Yet, I try to squeeze it in a little doodling in the evening.
I’m doing my happy dance that it’s Friday! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Posted in Abstract Art, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract, Art, art journal, black micron pen, cats, childhood memories, doodle, drawing, patterns, sketchbook, Sweet Pea, zentangle
The cross-legged, cross-eyed Crock* was amazingly brilliant at solving crossword puzzles:
*Crock – (slang) a lie, exaggeration or nonsense.
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!! (Yes, it’s back!!!!)
Hope I give you a smile today! 🙂
Posted in Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged black micron pen, color pencils, creative, dictionary words, fun, Gelli-Prints, humor, Imaginary birds, laughter, mixed media, silliness, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
I’ve recently had to return to work in my husband’s business. It has been an adjustment for me.
I find simply creating something – no matter how small or simple, helps relax me in the evening after work. I’m reminded that it isn’t completing a masterpiece that is important but just doing some ART that brings me JOY! 🙂
I started a new (purchased) journal today from Strathmore (since my handmade journal is still in process) –
I love the soft cover and can’t wait to decorate the inside cover like I suggested in yesterday’s post!
It was relaxing to draw circles with Tombow water soluble markers (and Artist Loft which are a cheap brand at Michael’s). ADD water with a water brush and then MAGIC happens when the colors blend together!
I started to add some highlights of my white space with a black Micron .01 pen:
This is so FUN! I love the colors and can’t wait to finish dooding!
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, Art, art journal, black micron pen, circles, color play, doodle, drawing, fun, meditative, relaxation, Tombow markers, water soluble markers, watercolor sketchbook
We are having unusually warm weather this week. When I was outside yesterday, I heard a lot of bird chirping going on…
It seems the birds were enjoying one last big splash in the bird bath!
I hope this gives you a smile today…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, Friends! 🙂
Posted in Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged Art, art journal, black micron pen, color pencils, color play, drawing, fun, humor, Imaginary birds, mixed media, silly birds, Weird Bird Wednesday
I recently started this doodle in my sketchbook:
I am reminded of attending our local fair by this doodle. When I was in high school, I would take a spin or two on some of the rides. Now I think it would make me dizzy…lol!
The air is starting to turn crisp here in the Pacific Northwest. And the leaves are just starting to change colors:
It is one of my favorite times of year. How about you? What is your favorite season?
Wishing you a Fabulous Friday! And perhaps a weekend to enjoy the beauty around you!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
Posted in Doodles, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, black micron pen, changing seasons, doodles, fall, lake, meditative, nature, nature photography, patterns, zentangle
I enjoyed doing these acrylic printing experiments on the Gelli-plate while at the lake last week.
Here are some of my results…
Printing on deli paper, I added some metallic paint that I hadn’t done before – not sure you can see it in my photos but it gives an interesting sparkle to them:
I tried drawing patterns with a permanent black pen first before adding several layers of acrylics on the Gelli-plate. The watercolor paper on the left is hot-press and the right is cold-press. I found that the cold-pressed paper added a nice texture to my design.
I made various marks using Neocolors and Tombow markers first. I used 90-lb hot-press watercolor paper on both of these:
I like how the water-soluble marks bled or softened depending how much water I used with the acrylic paints.
I added some watercolor or gouache paints to the background of these first. Can you see the negative print of a leaf (red outline) on the print on the left?
And for this last one, I painted my circles with gouache first on 140-lb cold-pressed watercolor paper. I was careful to allow some of the gouache to show through my acrylic paint layers. I really liked this one:
I’m curious to hear what you think!
Happy experimenting! 🙂
Posted in gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, black micron pen, color play, creative, experiment, fun, Gelli-Prints, gouache, mark making, Neocolors, printing, Tombow markers