Tag Archives: black micron pen

What’s In A Name?

The imaginary animal I created yesterday with the letter, “Y” inspired me to create these imaginary creatures with the letters of my name today:

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I think this would be a fun project for kids!  Especially around the holidays when they are on Christmas break from school.

Maybe they just want to create their initials:

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Or maybe they have a nickname:

Jilly creatures

I hope you have FUN creating imaginary creatures with someone you love!

Would love to see what you do!

Happy Creating!  🙂

That’s Incredible Too!

My magazine collage from yesterday helped me create these drawings today in my art journal:

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I mixed up the order from this collage:

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I drew my shapes with a black .01 Micron pen and the shaded with pencil. I like to use a blending stump to shade my pencil.

This exercise helps “train” my eyes to draw the shapes I see and not what I think I see. It also helps me learn how to shade my images to give them dimension.

And it gives me new ideas for my doodles!

I found that I liked the simple shapes best!  What about you?  I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Drawing!  😄

 

Three Ornaments

I have a bowl of vintage glass ornaments that remind me of Christmas past.  When my hubby and I have his family to our home to celebrate Christmas Eve, I like to decorate my table with these ornaments, bells and ribbons. Add a few candles and it makes an inexpensive yet festive table!

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I was thinking about these decorations when I created these three ornaments today:

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My ornaments and ribbons are Gelli-printed papers I made with acrylic paints earlier this year. I like how festive this looks!

Do you have a favorite holiday ornament?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Decorating!  😄

Pretty Pathetic

I wanted to try drawing something Christmasy so I chose this sweet figurine of a girl that was given to me by my aunt when I was a child.

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But try as I did, she turned out looking pretty pathetic!

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I wasn’t going to post it but then I thought, what the heck!  I wanted to show that art is all about practice really and not perfection.

And I knew you, my friends would be kind to me which I so appreciate!

If you only knew how many times I erased her face….ugh!  I guess some days I should stick to imaginary creatures. Lol!

Cheers!  😜

My Amazing Moodle

I have finished my moodle that I previously posted:

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In case you have forgotten, I invented the name “moodle” to describe my doodle.   I added shading with pencil to complete it:

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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!  😄

Scrambled Eggs

Sugar plums were dancing in my head today…

Well, not exactly!  😉  I was dreaming of creating art but I took a nap instead!  I don’t know about you but sometimes naps energize me and other times they scramble my brain like eggs.

Today I felt scrambled afterwards…

That is when these two characters showed up in my art:

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So I decided that maybe I needed a break from blogging for a couple of days. LOL!

Happy Creating!  😄

Jumping for Joy

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I was jumping for JOY on Sunday evening when we finally got our power back on!  YAY!  So I created this “Toad-ally Electrifying Frog” in celebration.

I created a few other imaginary animals and named them too:

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Do you have a favorite?  I’d love to hear from you!  😊

Happy Creating!  🎨

The Tip of the Ice Bird

Temperatures may be plunging into the low teens this week in our neck of the woods…

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This is when the rare Ice Bird will sometimes appear on a chilly winter day, clutching a blue icicle.

A small bird identified by its skinny, ice-thin legs, blue tip on the end of its beak and large white eyes.

Legend has it, if you are fortunate to spot one, you will likely live in a warm home and never be without electricity for five consecutive days…

Happy Hunting! ❄️🐦❄️

In the Moodle

As I was completing this doodle recently –

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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!  😄

 

An Elegant Dancer

My painting of a Red Crowned Crane was inspired by my father-in-law who enjoyed ballroom dancing:

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Also known as a Japanese Crane, it is renowned for their spectacular and elaborate courtship dances – usually performed in pairs.

This Crane symbolizes long life and since my FIL lived until he was 87 , it seemed fitting!  Dancing became the highlight of his life in his later years which I’m sure helped him live a long life too.  😃

I sketched my painting in pencil and then outlined it with a Micron pen on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper – painting it with gouache.

Happy Dancing!  🌟🌟🌟