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A Feature Creature – Part 2

I had so much FUN reading your names of my “exotic” creatures last Monday that I decided to create five MORE for you to name!!  In case you missed last week’s post, you can find it here; A Creature Feature – Part 1

So here is your assignment, if you choose to participate… NAME creatures 6-10 or ALL 10 if you missed last week!

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I can’t wait to hear your creative names!! 😃

For this round of imaginary creatures I used pencil for shading and added details with Prismacolor pencils instead of an ink pen.  Do you have a favorite creature?

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. My heart goes out to all of you affected by Hurricane Harvey in the area of Houston, Texas.  Stay safe!

A Creature Feature – Part 1

Do you have a book or class that started you on your creative journey?

I discovered this book, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals” by Carla Sonheim in December of 2012:

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I discovered that Carla taught online classes from this book and so it started me drawing again!  I drew as a child but then I got discouraged… has this ever happened to you?

I liked the idea of drawing from my imagination.  After all, no one can tell you it isn’t correct if it is an imaginary animal!

Yesterday, I decided to revisit this book and create several watercolor “Blobimals” as Carla calls them:

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Yet, I think mine look more like creatures! 😃

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I thought it might be fun for YOU to name my five creatures so I numbered them.

Next Monday, I will reveal the other creatures!

I look forward to hearing your names.

Cheers!  🙂

That’s Nonsense!

I think creating from my imagination is the most fun!  I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:

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I started each creature with a scrap of gelli-printed paper and then made up the rest of my animal, adding details with a black pen and color pencils.

And yesterday I created this silly Martian and told his story with this Limerick:

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May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!

Cheers!  🙂

Vintage Flowers

I learned this technique recently from Carla Sonheim… creating flowers inspired by vintage buttons:

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I drew my design with a ballpoint pen, colored it with crayons and covered the design with (water soluble) Tombow markers.  I finished by softening my design with a damp paper towel.

I then cut out my design and glued them to my page with a glue stick.  I added some flower stems with the same technique.  This is definitely something I want to explore further!

Happy Friday!

Cheers!  🙂

Cooking for Cats

I realize this is Weird Bird Wednesday but today’s show post has been interrupted by this NEW cooking show…

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Well, it DOES have a bird in it and it IS weird so I guess it counts!! Lol!

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. What do you call a cat who eats lemons?  A sourpuss  😉

Seeing Red

As many of you know, I LOVE color!  And red is one of my favorite colors…

So when Carla Sonheim gave the assignment to take 7 photos of the color red yesterday, I was thrilled! ❤

Here is a collage of the color red I did with my own photos using the (free) App called Layout:

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Description, Left to right –

Top row: seed beads, earrings I made, red raspberries for breakfast! Yum!

Middle row: cat ornament, quilt wall hanging my mom made, red wine collage I did

Bottom row: cross-stitch w/ beads I made for my grandma (she loved to sew), flower painting  I did last year, hat I wore as a child

Do you have a favorite color?  I’d love to hear about it!

Cheers Friends!  🙂

Hip Hippo Hooray!!

Do you need a daily dose of inspiration to motivate you to create art?  Then you may be interested in taking Carla Sonheim’s online class for 2017: “365:  Activate Your Art Brain” – you can watch a short video about it, hereEach day you will receive a short video of inspiration!  I hope you join me in the fun!  🙂

You can also purchase this book from Amazon with 365 blank pages to fill with your own art or ideas for 2017:

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This will be my 5th year of taking a year-long class with Carla Sonheim.  She has a blog on WordPress too!  www.CarlaSonheim.wordpress.com

I am always inspired by Carla and the people who take her classes!!

Hip Hippo Hoorah that 2017 is on its way!!

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Here’s to creating every day in the New Year!!

Cheers Friends!  🙂

A Flying Fish?

This strange fish is a member of the “Spring” flying fish family…

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Its idea “sprang” from this book written by Carla Sonheim:

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In her book, she gives the idea to draw images that join together on a page but then to cut the page in the middle so you can mix and match drawings.

I decided to take her idea a step further and create my own little booklet with computer paper:

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And instead of drawing my imaginary animals, I decided to collage my gelli-printed papers and dictionary definitions or old recipes to create…(you guessed it), Weird Birds!!

The vertical lines I drew in the middle of my cutting line will help the shape of each body to match with my other pages.  Here are some other “preliminary” weird bird shapes:

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I think it will be so fun to take this booklet to work with me and finish adding details with pencil!

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And when I’m all done, I will cut the middle of my pages to create a whole flock of weird birds!!

Isn’t it wonderful when one idea sparks into a whole gaggle of ideas?!!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, Friends!!  🙂

Wild Things

Sometimes the holidays throw me a little off balance…like these imaginary creatures:

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These creatures started as watercolor blobs of paint in my art journal:

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Pencil and color pencils helped them spring to life – these Wild Things!!

Hope this gives you a smile today!  Happy Friday!!!

Cheers!  🙂

Klee Inspired

Carla Sonheim’s FREE Kid’s Art Camp started yesterday online.  Any age KID can join in the fun!  You can find out more about it at CarlaSonheim.com – go to her link for online classes.

I really enjoyed the first lesson that was inspired by Paul Klee and his grid patterns of color.

I started with a crayon outline of my Wordpress name, Art Jill Kuhn and added a few patterns too!  I then painted the sections with watercolor:

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Next, I added a wash of yellow paint over it:

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And I finished it by outlining it in one color of crayon to unify it:

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This was so much FUN that I had to try another one!

This one says, Love The Lake:

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With a yellow wash:

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And a final crayon outline:

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I encourage you to give it a try!

Happy Creating!  🙂

P.S. I’m still on vacation this week but I wanted to share this fun class with you all!  And of course I will posting a weird bird on Wednesday!  😉