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Gelli-Printing Experiments

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:

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I’m curious to hear what you think!

Happy experimenting!  🙂

Two Flighty Birds

Ms. Hoity-Toity and her sister, Highty-Tighty were hanging out in Kathy’s backyard the other day.

You couldn’t miss this snooty pair with their matching purses and tail feathers… They were really assuming airs with the other birds!

If I wasn’t mistaken, I just saw Highty-Tighty stuff some extra bark butter into her purse!

Rumor has it that Kathy’s yard is THE place for birds, butterflies and beautiful blooms!

(Thank you Kathy for sharing your AMAZING photos and talent with all of us!)

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!  🙂

3 Cheers!

There are several reasons to celebrate today!  So I created a painting in anticipation of the weekend.

Here is my beginning or what I’m calling the “appetizer stage” of my painting:

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I started with a simple sketch using a black micron pen and added watercolor pencils.

For the “main course,” I softened the watercolor pencils with water:

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And for “dessert,” I added some pan pastels to the background with a stencil:

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I found an all natural and odor free fixative at Dick Blick called Spectra Fix that worked well to set the pan pastels.  I’d highly recommend it!

Here are some of the reasons I am celebrating today:

It’s FRIDAY!  Wahoo!!!  And the beginning of a 3-day weekend

World Watercolor Month starts today!  3 Cheers to Charlie at Doodlewash.com for organizing this event!!

The weather is cooling down!  It has been in the 90’s and it will be in the 70’s at the lake!

More time to paint in watercolor – like these Friday Flowers

We will be celebrating our freedom with friends, good food and fireworks !!

How will you be celebrating today?!  I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy your day!  🙂

Painting Peace

Scattered rain showers at the lake on Saturday so I sketched a wild rose in pencil.  I forgot to bring my watercolors so I had to wait until I got home to complete it:

I identified this rose as a Baldhip or Wood rose.  You can see rain droplets in the above photo against a “temporary” blue sky.  Rain is good for many things – a long walk, a good night’s sleep and time to sketch.

After my pencil sketch, I decided to try a looser format in my art journal.  I started this sketch on Saturday evening and finished it the following night with a black Micron pen:

I was upset and saddened by the recent, senseless shooting violence in Orlando, Florida.  So I decided to paint my roses yesterday in the colors of a Peace Rose.

I don’t know if it is possible to paint peace but I gave it my best try.  🙂

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Peace Friends!

An American Robin

I found a dead Robin on the sidewalk in front of my home today.  I’m not sure how it died but I decided to include it in my nature journal today:

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I see them everywhere here in the Pacific Northwest so I often take them for granted.  I enjoyed remembering my feathered friend today as I did a sketch in my journal with pencil first and then pen.  Finishing it with a loose watercolor painting and including a feather or two.  🙂

I did a collage of a Robin last Spring that you can find here.

Happy Friday!  🙂

Violette

A good friend of mine’s son and his wife, (who live in France) named their daughter, Violette.  I have always thought this is such a pretty name for a girl.

Do you remember my violet that I painted in watercolor from this photograph:

Well, I decided to add more color pencils and doodle around it with a black pen:

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I’m liking it much better now…  I hope to do more combinations of watercolors and doodles.  I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Painting and Doodling!  🙂

Stay CALM And…

Since today is National Tell A Story Day, I decided to combine it with my Weird Bird Wednesday

Harold flew in just in time to help me today…

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“Hello Harold!  So nice of you to stop by and help me plant my flowers today!”  I said exuberantly.

“Why of course,” said Harold as he started scratching in the dirt with his feet to make room for my flowers in the planter, “I wouldn’t miss it!”

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“You know I am very fond of flowers,” chirped Harold as he perched on a tree branch next to me.  “They add so much color!  And some even attract my friends, the Hummingbirds.”

“Why yes, Harold,” I agreed as I tucked my flowers into the dirt. “Do you have a favorite flower, Harold?”  I asked.

“Why yes I do, Ms. Jill!  I love Violets because in the fall I like to spread the seeds all over,” said Harold flapping his wings.  “Then everyone gets to enjoy them!”

“Thank you Harold for spreading the love of flowers!”  I exclaimed as Harold flew off in the sky.

Now you know how Violets, like these flowers – show up in unexpected places…

So, “Stay CALM and Garden On” like Harold.  🙂

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The Wafflestomper

The Wafflestomper bird is often seen while hiking in the wilderness.  This bird is recognizable by its footprints and flannel checkered feathers…

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, friends!!!

Hmm, I think I’m hungry for some waffles now!  Lol!  🙂

Harold’s Idea

It was a blustery Spring day yesterday when Harold landed on my doorstep.

You do remember Harold, don’t you?

I invited Harold inside for a hot cup of Mint Magic tea:

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As Harold’s feathers started to warm-up, he started chirping, I mean, CHATTING almost non-stop!

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Here is some of our conversation….

“You know summer is coming,” said Harold while tapping his beak impatiently on his teacup…”

“Why yes, Harold.”  I replied quietly.

“So I think it is time to roll out some fun!”  Replied Harold, waving his wings enthusiastically.

“How do you suggest I do this?”  I replied calmly.

“Well, I think you could start a Weird Bird Wednesday on your blog,” said Harold, spilling a little tea on his scarf in his excitement.

“Oh?”  I replied with caution.

“Why yes,” said Harold, “You could create one of your weird birds from dictionary.com – word of the day.  And maybe your readers will want to suggest a word now and then too!”

“That may work,” I replied as the imagination wheels started spinning in my head.

“And I will get the ball rolling by suggesting the first word for your weekly series,” said Harold with a smile on his beak.

(How could I turn down a smiling bird!)  “Okay, I will do it!” I said happily.  Harold stood and gave me a high-five with his wing.

“What word do you suggest for the first Weird Bird Wednesday?”  I asked.

“Ninnyhammer!”  Shouted Harold as he giggled and flew out my door…

Here is my Ninnyhammer bird (AKA – A Noodlehead):

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Now you know how some of my creative ideas get started!  Harold and I hope you play along and suggest words for a future, Weird Bird Wednesday!

Happy Smiles!  :-)))

The Kenspeckle

Knowing that a Kenspeckle bird can easily be seen or recognized…I spotted one right away from this Gelli-print – do you see it?

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Let me help you…

 

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The Kenspeckle bird is related to the Pigsney bird – no fooling!  😉

Yes, kenspeckle is a REAL word!  I found it on Dictionary.com “Word of the Day.”  You never know what you will find in the dictionary or my imagination!  LOL!

Happy Friday!  :-)))