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So Noted…

I have discovered two fabulous ways to get one’s creative juices flowing as warm-up exercises in art making.

I learned these ideas from Anita Lehmann in her online class, Translating Landscapes, hosted by Carla Sonheim.

The first idea involves creating marks with a variety of art mediums and tools.  One “natural” tool was a stick!  I had so much fun dipping a stick into ink and “making marks” with it… And using a variety of materials to create this piece:

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The second idea was making marks while listening to music.  I created this piece while listening to Eva Cassidy and Natalie Merchant:

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I enjoyed both exercises.

So noted, my favorite was the one with the music!

I encourage you to turn up the music and create!

Cheers! 🙂

Gelli-Plate Prints

Many of you know how much I LOVE to print with my Gelli-Plate!

When Carla Sonheim announced that she was going to teach a NEW online class on How to use more of your Gelli-Plate, I immediately signed up!  🙂

The class starts today, so if you want to learn more about it, check out her online class at CarlaSonheim.com

I’d been wanting to purchase the larger 9 x 12 inch size Gelli-Plate so I splurged when Dick Blick Art Supplies was having a recent sale.

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I decided to do a test drive (so to speak) of my new Gelli-Plate so I made these prints using Golden fluid acrylic paints, stencils, leaves and household items:

I have A LOT more prints but these were a few of my favorites.

Which one do you like best?

Cheers! 🙂

A Nature Study

Last Friday, I had a little time to create one of Carla Sonheim’s assignments from the year long online class I’m taking from her.

We were to collect some items from nature and arrange them in a pleasing manner:

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I collected the above items from my yard.  🙂

Next, I drew them quickly with pencil:

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I added oil pastels to my pencil sketch by starting with a light color and layering a darker color on top.  I added details by scratching into the oil pastels with a wooden pencil.

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I wasn’t totally liking the oil pastels so I scraped white acrylic paint over it:

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I like the muted look better… I’d like to try my nature study in watercolor too!

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Happy Monday!  I hope your day is blossoming into a good week…

Cheers! 🙂

February’s Square Project

Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project?  I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.

Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:

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February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉

I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage.  I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.

Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):

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My completed section for February:

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I think it looks so pretty, how about you?

What I liked about February’s experiments:

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I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy.  I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.

I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.

Cheers! 🙂

Flowers And Trees

I inherited my mom’s journal with 40 years of flowers and trees she planted in the yard where I grew up as a child.

I love that it is in her handwriting…

 

I treasure it too because it connects us together… we both love flowers and trees.

I’m taking an online class from Lendon Noe hosted by Carla Sonheim called, Inspired By Lives and Letters, which gave me the inspiration to create this piece:

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I made a copy of watercolor painting I did last year and a copy of mom’s journal page from the year I was born… to connect our past and present together as a remembrance.

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It is a way for me to have a lovely conversation with my past…

A way for me to say, “Happy Birthday,” to my mom whose birthday is approaching in early March even though she is no longer with us.

I’d like to think she would treasure it.

Cheers! 🙂

Read Any Good Fiction Books?

I always enjoy hearing what fiction books YOU are reading!

  • What is your past favorite book as a child?
  • What did you read recently?
  • And perhaps… What you just started! 🙂

Below are my answers to these questions (highlighted):

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And my goals for reading books this year – I hope to read at least one book a month:

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I enjoyed this assignment from Carla Sonheim in the 365 Daily Creative Practice online class.  It made me pay attention to the first sentence of a book of fiction.

After all, I do believe it IS that first sentence that truly grabs my attention!

Happy Reading!

Cheers! 🙂

 

A Daily Creative Practice

As many of you know, I enjoy taking online art classes – especially from CarlaSonheim.com

I started taking her first year-long class in 2013 with the Year of the Giraffe.  This year will be my 6th year.  I don’t always get to every assignment yet I enjoy the community and creative connections I make through her classes on Facebook.

I also enjoy the assignments as it helps me to think-outside-the-box and explore art in new ways.  Like this lesson:

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I used thread dipped in watercolor and a brayer to create the abstract above.  Below is another one I did with India ink:

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This year’s class is similar to last year’s – 365 days of creating daily.  The class started on Friday, January 5 so you can still sign-up and join in if you’d like. 🙂

Below is what I titled, Low Tide, where I used another piece of paper over the thread instead of a brayer to create my abstract:

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You have the option this year to get the assignments daily or weekly.  I currently signed up for daily but may change to weekly later on.

Yesterday, our assignment was to draw a piece of fruit blindfolded – the fruit, not me! Hehe 😉 I did an apple:

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I hope you join in the fun!!  Go to http://www.carlasonheim.com for more information.

Cheers to creating daily! 🙂

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!  🙂