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Ernie Was All Ears…

I hope you have earmarked my post today from Monday…

I completed my journal page and story yesterday:

Earnie was all ears whenever someone said, “Chocolate!” His large elf-like ears elevated his hearing to an extraordinary level of expertise. Everyone attributed Ernie’s extra large feet (size 11) to his enormous nose. Ernie was Eve’s son and she was extremely proud of Ernie’s ability to play the piano by ear, while riding a unicycle. A remarkable talent “earmarked” by many of Eve’s peers at an early age… as an exceptional child. Eve on the other hand was more reserved and preferred to express herself with wearing expensive and elegant clothes and shoes… And unusual hats!

I hope you enjoyed my silly story… I earmarked it to give you a smile!

Cheers! 🙂

Reproduce Print

I am very excited about a new discovery I made on my Gelli-plate recently.

It was a happy surprise to reproduce print from a dictionary page onto smooth, vellum paper that I can use for collage.

I applied a mixture of Golden fluid acrylics, colored india ink and acrylic glazing medium for my prints.

The color of the paint is what color the words print. Once the paint dries, other colors can be layered on top of it of the first print. For the example below, I printed the dictionary words in red and then layered a light yellow on top when I made a second print.

It seems that words with dark ink reproduce the best print. I am using pages from an old children’s dictionary:

Here is another example of gold paint for the words and turquoise and pink layers on top:

I am very excited about the possibilities of using these prints in my art making! I like how the words are obscured so that it gives a little mystery.

Below are some other Gelli-plate prints I made on old book pages and vellum:

I hope you have fun discovering new possibilities in your art making!

Cheers! 🙂

Animal Sketches

I challenged myself recently to learn to draw different animals.

I started with collage paper scraps as hats in different shapes to keep it fun:

It helped me to start with animals that I was familiar from my imagination like the pig, cat and dog.

When I started with the gorilla, I used a real image online as inspiration.

I used pencil so I could erase if needed and I erased A LOT!

When I got frustrated, I drew a face of a girl! 😉 It took me several nights to complete.

It helped me to remember to use basic shapes like the circles in my rabbit’s face below:

I think my animal sketches have character! Do you have a favorite?

Happy sketching!

Cheers! 🙂

What’s On Your Plate?

I cleaned off my collage table recently and discovered new weird bird possibilities on this small plate of scraps:

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Today’s bird is everything but the kitchen sink… I mean, basin!

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I wonder, what’s on your plate of creativity today?!  Please share!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Slice of Color, Please!

I have been making collaged “color wheels” for an online class with Lynn Whipple for 2019 Year of the Collage.  I used a variety of papers, mostly my own.

They remind me of pizza…

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I will take a slice of color, please!

I think color is the one thing that appeals to my “appetite” the most when I am creating – no matter what art medium I am exploring.

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Louise Primeau at ARTiculations on WordPress recently featured an article about me and many different art mediums I have explored.  Here is a link if you’d like to check out Louise’s blog and the article: https://louiseprimeau.com/featured-artist-jill-kuhn/

Thank you Louise!

Next, week, I will show you how I used these color wheels in a project.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. What slices of color appeal to YOU?

A Rare Sighting

This weird bird was recently spotted in a jungle somewhere…

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A Crawfish-Bibbed Spear-Head Bird

It is so hidden in camouflage…

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That it takes people time to recognize it.

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Yet, if you are patient you will be lucky to see…

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A rare sighting of this bird!

I hope it gives you a smile today…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers! 🙂

Nancy Drew And Dapper Dan

I decided to add a little mystery to my post today…

I was at a thrift store yesterday, buying old books for a collage class I’m taking…

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I’ll share more about the online class in Thursday’s post! 😉

I found several old Nancy Drew books, like this one:

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I remember reading the book series as a young girl.  How about you?

This book was only $1.00 so I bought it, thinking it might be fun to read again!  😃  And possibly, include a page or two into one of my weird birds!

Which brings me to today’s post… Dapper Dan:

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Dapper Dan almost turned into Dapper Damn when I was creating the hand lettering for his name and messed up!  Ugh! 😬

Thank goodness for white pens (much like white-out!)

Apparently, the “Old Maid” card game was subconsciously on my mind… Do you remember these cards?

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Funny how one memory leads to another one…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

May it bring you happy memories of your childhood…

Cheers!  🙂

Painted Papers

I was hoping to show you today how I created a collage with last Thursday’s paper in my: New Collage Paper Series

BUT I had so much FUN creating new painted papers last Friday – see a “square” sample of each paper in Collage Confetti 

I got a bit distracted…

I discovered that I don’t have to have a Gelli Plate to create the “watery” look of gelli-printed papers.  I can use deli paper – as a printing press!  WHOOT!! 🙂

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Here is a photo of some of the supplies I used:

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Dixie Kabnet Wax is the brand of deli paper I used.  I purchased a lifetime supply (seems that way) from Amazon.  😉

Other supplies I found helpful were a foam brush, water spray bottle, brayer and some mark making tools (I think I got the 4 texture tools at Dick Blick).

I prefer to use Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paint but I you could use any acrylic paint.

I also like to used a plastic tablecloth to protect my surface.  This is a great activity to do outdoors if possible!   It is winter where I live so I used my kitchen where I have the best light and most room to spread out.

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I found that I could put a layer of paint on one sheet of deli paper with a sponge brush or brayer, add water with a spray bottle and then use a mark making tool to create a pattern.  Next, I layed a dry sheet of deli paper on top and made a print!

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After the first layer had dried, I could add more layers like the example above.  I used Canson mixed media paper to make the print from deli paper.

I added color like the brown paint above by placing some paint on a paper plate and using one of the plastics texture tools to apply it to the paper.

I discovered that I could even use thin, inexpensive computer paper to make a print like in the top example (below).   The second print (with more blue) was done on the deli paper.

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I like the transparency of deli paper in my collages.  And the paper is thin so a glue stick works well for a quick collage like for one of my weird birds such as The Flower Bird

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I hope I gave you some ideas for making your own printed collage paper.

Cheers to creative art making that brings you JOY! 🙂

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!  🙂

Monday’s Mixer

After a busy weekend, I often struggle with an idea for Monday’s post.   Yesterday, I was reading an article in Cloth, Paper Scissors Magazine – Nov/Dec issue on challenging yourself to create every day by Robyn McClendon.

She shares in her article that she found creating a collage a day helped her to create consistency in her art.  I resonate with her idea that doing something creatively EVERY DAY does generate MORE IDEAS!

Some days this is really difficult!  Yet, not impossible!  So I have decided that Mondays were the perfect day to create a simple collage in an art journal.  Creating a simple collage each week feels more doable than each day for me.

I decided to use a purchased journal since they are inexpensive and I happened to have one ready to go!

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I was also recently inspired by Debi’s blog on Saturday.  She shows how simple it is to create art by her surroundings.  Please check out her blog – if you haven’t already!  🙂

Here is my quick collage for today:

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I was inspired by the Fir trees in my yard.  Have you ever noticed how Fir branches reach up towards the sky?

It inspired my haiku:

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It says:  “Fir branches reach up, Worshiping arms towards the sky, Praising God divine.”

I hope you will join me in creating a quick collage each week!  I look forward to hearing what influences YOU in your collages!

Cheers!  🙂