Tag Archives: characters

A Trendy Bird?

Today’s weird bird is shaping up to be…

HIP as in hippo:

And ROCKIN’ as a Robin:

Does this make it a trendy bird? (Combining hippo and bird shapes)

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

P.S. Next week I will continue with some “chic” birds!

Once Upon A Time…

I’m sure there is a story here… Somewhere!


Well, at least a “colorful” character or two…



Or six! ¬†ūüôā


I cut two pieces of 9×12 inch hot-pressed watercolor paper into 4 pieces. ¬†Next, I painted ¬†positive and negative shapes in watercolor in a variety of colors, randomly adding a few splatters at the end.

When I had a few minutes, I drew faces from magazines, old photos and/or my imagination. Some of my faces are simple and others have more detail.  I used a 2B pencil, Tombow markers, PrismaColor pencils and a Micron .01 black pen.

It was great fun to create these people!  I hope you give it a try!

Happy Creating! ¬†Cheers! ūüôā

Creating Ink Figures – A Free Video

I thought you might enjoy this free tutorial from Carla Sonheim:


This video¬†was my inspiration for creating my “guests” for Charlie’s dinner party in my¬†recent post.

I think this is a fun project for ALL ages so I encourage you to get it a try!

Have FUN!!!¬† And I hope you post your “characters” on your blog as I’d love to see them!

Cheers!¬† ūüôā

The Old Neighborhood – Part 1

Do you ever drive by your old neighborhood where you grew up?  I do from time to time.  I was raised only about 30 minutes from my current home.

I created this short story from the art I did in an old book, as part of the “Word Play Painting Class” I took online¬†from Lynn Whipple.

It was a cool fall day in late October when Ellen decided to take a short drive –


Past the home where she was raised in the old neighborhood –

the old neighborhood

The new owner had changed the house color but everything else looked much the same.

Ellen remembered her childhood friends and all the times they went “Trick or Treating” in the neighborhood –

Trick or Treat character

Dressing up in handmade costumes of cats, ghosts and little old ladies…

Ellen was about ready to¬†drive away¬†when the lady next door came outside to get her mail.¬† Ellen was surprised to recognize her neighbor, Dee Dee – as she thought she had moved away –

Dee Dee

Ellen hopped out of her car and waived hello to Dee Dee!   When Dee Dee saw Ellen, she broke into a wide grin.

They started chatting and Dee Dee invited Ellen into her home for a cup of coffee Р 

a cup of coffee

Reruns of the show, “Super Cat” were playing on the television (rather loudly I must say) so Ellen was thankful when Dee Dee turned the volume off –

Super cat

As Ellen sat down on the couch, the phone rang.¬† Dee Dee was answering the phone, when Ellen noticed a ______ in the room!¬† (Now it’s your turn to help complete Part 1 of the story in a clean, humorous way).¬†¬† I hope you play along…

I will post my ending to the story in Part 2 next week!

Happy Storytelling!¬† ūüôā