It is hard to believe that Spring will be here in two months where I live in the Pacific Northwest!
We recently got about a foot and a half of new snow! So pretty when it is fluttering down from the sky but not so pretty when the snow plower piled the driveway with a huge berm yesterday…Ugh!
I finished my doodle from last week! YAY! 😀 If you didn’t see that post, you can find it here: A Little Doo-da-ling
It was super fun to work on it a little each day when I had a few minutes:
And the finishing touches:
I added two colors of color pencils to complete it. I’d love to hear what you think!
Posted in color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged color pencils, creative play, doodles, drawing, micron black pen, patterns, relaxation, Snow, Spring, Winter, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
I tried a new technique on the Gelli-Plate last week that I learned from Carla Sonheim. You can find out more about my mask series here, Making Masks!
I did this technique on a 5 x 7 inch Gelli-Plate using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.
I created my pattern by folding a piece of copy paper in half and cutting the paper with scissors. I laid it directly on the Gelli-Plate without applying paint first. I have always put paint on the Gelli-Plate before my pattern so this was a new concept for me.
Next, I placed about a quarter-sized dab of paint directly on top of my pattern used a brayer to spread the paint evenly over my design. Note: The copy paper pattern ripped when I applied paint on the top of it so I learned to use thicker paper such as cardstock to mask it for future projects.
After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.
Next, I added a contrasting color of acrylic paint directly on my printing plate with the brayer and and placed a 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fabriano hot press, 90 lb paper on top, pressing over the paper with a clean brayer on the back of my paper.
Important step: Let paper rest until the paint dries for an additional 10 minutes.
After the paint dried, I pulled my print slowly from the Gelli-Plate:
I decorated my print with Posca paint pens, Uniball Signo white pen and a black Micron pen.
I’m not sure that I’m done decorating this one, but I thought you may enjoy seeing it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process. I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, gelli printing, imagination, Masks, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, color pencils, creative play, fun, Gelli-Prints, mask, Posca pens
I am taking an online class from Kelly Hoernig called, “Art and Nature in Color Pencil,” at JeanneOliver.com
I purchased Kelly’s book a few years ago. I liked her idea of combining this art medium with collage:
Yet, learning color pencil seemed like a difficult subject to me. It reminded me of watercolor in that you start light and add layers to get deeper values.
Taking an online class is helping me get more comfortable with color pencil:
(YES, I realize it is CRABapple not CRAPapple…) Lol! 😉
It helps me to get feedback from my teacher, Kelly and learn from my classmates.
Writing down the colors I use in my sketchbook creates a guide for future subjects I study further.
I am learning color pencil slowly and hope to add collage soon!
What subject would YOU like to learn more about? I encourage you to take a class!
Posted in Art, Art Journal, art supplies, color pencil, fall, nature, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged art mediums, color pencils, fall, learning, mixed media art, nature, Nature Journal, online art classes
This weird bird was recently spotted in a jungle somewhere…
A Crawfish-Bibbed Spear-Head Bird
It is so hidden in camouflage…
That it takes people time to recognize it.
Yet, if you are patient you will be lucky to see…
A rare sighting of this bird!
I hope it gives you a smile today…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, gelli printing, Humor, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged collage, color pencils, creative play, dictionary words, drawing, funny, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
One of my favorite black papers for drawing is this Strathmore Artagain paper:
It is super fun to draw on with Prismacolor pencils…
Faces and imaginary hats were my inspiration yesterday evening:
And pattern play with color!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Faces, imagination, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, Colorful, creative, drawing, faces, fun, hats, pattern play, playful, Whimsical Art
Today’s weird birds are just
This “odd” couple was inspired by this old photograph:
I hope this post gives you a giggle today… 😃
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, ink, Photograpy, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged color pencils, drawing, funny, humor, old photos, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
It has been a crazy week for me. How about you?
I came down with a bad case of food poisoning or the stomach flu on Tuesday. I’m still trying to get back to normal! Ugh!
I drew and painted this silly monster in my sketchbook yesterday evening.
It made me smile and I hope it gives you a grin too!
P.S. I’ve decided to take a short blogging break. I will be back in a week or two… stay well!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, color pencils, Colorful, Friday, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, monsters, sketchbook, watercolor, whimsical
One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.
This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen. Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.
It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.
May you find JOY in the art you create!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, Still Life, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract, art journal, color pencils, Colorful, creative ideas, drawing, imagination, ink, inspiration, meditative, relaxing, still life, wine
I thought I’d change things up a bit for weird bird Wednesday…
And drew a couple of birds, Dr. Seuss style:
Bird 1 and Bird 2…
A Suess hatching at the zoo,
Double fun for you!
I hope your Wednesday is happy times two!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, ink, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged color pencils, Dr. Seuss, drawing, haiku, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, ink, playful, smile, whimsical, word play