This summer I want to work in several art journals and a couple of other projects while I take a weird bird break.
I started this handmade journal last November when I took an online class with Pam Garrison. It is made with 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.
I thought you might enjoy seeing the pages in a video before I fill them:
The journal size measures 15.25 inches in length by 11 inches in width for each page.
As you can see in the video, I made some marks on some of my pages as a starting off point.
Here are a few pages I’ve been working on:
I used stencils with watercolor in the bottom of the first page. And the page below is shown closed over the above page with some doodles and a butterfly.
Sometimes I like experimenting with collage and adding a quote:
A fish collage using my Gelli-printed papers inspired by the artist, Clare Youngs:
I used the watercolor circles to experiment with drawings in color pencils. And I added some whimsical lettering:
The insert papers are good for experimentation also. I used a stencil for the first one and collage for the second photo.
I was inspired by a wall calendar by the artist, Caroline Simas for the page below. I liked her color choices:
I am experimenting with collage, color pencils and water soluble crayons for this page…it is a work in progress! I find circles meditative.
I hope my art journal inspires you in your own art making.
What art projects are you working on? I’d love to hear about them!
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Tagged art experiments, color play, creative play, imagination, inspiration, lettering, meditative, mixed media art, paper collage, stencils, summer project, watercolor
I have been enjoying the free online art class:
“The Layered Page” with Kellee Wynne Studios! I discovered it on Instagram. You can find it at KelleeWynneStudios.com
I have been creating larger pages with acrylic paint and stencils that will become mini books. Kellee shows you how to do this in her videos.
This led to experimenting in my sketchbook with marks and bubble wrap:
And creating smaller cards that are 5.5 x 3.5 inches:
I decided to make positive affirmation cards with some of the smaller cards:
And I created my own layered pages with paper collage in my art journal:
Perhaps my art will inspire you to create art you enjoy!
I hope you have an amazing day!
P.S. I have decided to take a blogging break so I can focus on creating art. There are some awesome free online art classes right now that I want to take advantage of!
If you are needing some additional creative inspiration, Carla Sonheim is offering a free pdf with 22 artists sharing their ideas. You can find it at CarlaSonheim.com Great ideas for all ages!
Have fun and stay safe! 🙂
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I created landscapes from my imagination for my November Square-A-Day project.
Using a variety of art supplies, I explored simplicity with Copic markers, color pencils, watercolor, Gelli-plate prints and Pan Pastels.
“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
I thought this quote summed up this month’s project perfectly!
Posted in A Square A Day, Abstract Art, imagination, landscapes, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art experiments, color pencils, color play, creative play, daily art, Gelli-Prints, imagination, landscapes, pan pastels, paper collage, simplicity, square-a-day project, watercolor
As I wait for the doorbell to ring and costume-clothed kiddos arrive with pillow cases or plastic buckets to be filled with sweet treats, I review my October square-a-day project.
This month I tried to stick to a theme. Nature was my inspiration. Simple squares. Gelli-plate printed backgrounds. What do you think of having a nature theme?
I left my 5×7 inch Gelli-plate out on my art table for the entire month of October. This led to some wonderful explorations with acrylic ink and fluid acrylics. I also enjoyed printing on old book pages.
Below are some of my favorite squares:
I believe I am now supplied with as many prints as the kids whose buckets were overflowing with Halloween candy! 😉 Sweet!!
I look forward to hearing which squares you like!
Happy November! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in A Square A Day, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, fall, gelli printing, ink, Leaf Printing, Mixed Media Collage, nature
Tagged acrylic ink, acrylic paint, color play, creative, creative ideas, daily art, Gelli-Prints, inspiration, mixed media art, nature themed, October, paper collage, patterns, square-a-day project
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!
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Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, collage, color play, colored India ink, Colorful, creative play, dictionary pages, fluid acrylics, Gelli-Prints, mixed media art, reproducing print, vellum paper
I haven’t printed with my Gelli-plate in awhile so I decided to take out my 5×7 inch plate the other day.
I wanted to experiment combining colored inks with fluid acrylics. I also added an acrylic glazing liquid.
I recorded my colors in my art journal with a pencil drawing of my paint and ink containers:
I started by printing some Ginko leaves. I normally add the paints directly to the Gelli-plate and mix them with my brayer but it wasn’t working so well with the inks so I started using a paper plate to mix them.
When the brand name logo of the paper plate started showing up on my leaf prints as you can see in the photo above, I decided to use a plastic paint palette.
The paint palette had left over acrylic paint on it but I discovered the uneven surface gave an amazing print:
It is always fun when printing imperfections lead to wonderful new ideas!
I took a 3/4 inch square punch of each of my prints and glued them in my art journal:
Now I have an idea for my October Square-A-Day project! I can’t wait to show you.
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Tagged acrylic paints, art experiments, art grids, art journal, collage art, color play, colored inks, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, fall leaves, fluid acrylics, Gelli-Prints, ginko leaf, making collage papers, mixed media art, print making, sketchbook, square punch
A friend bought me a houseplant. I tend to forget to water them so I figure this one must be lucky… it is still alive!
My lucky bamboo collage, cut with scissors and paper:
I like how bright the colors are, how about you?
The second “houseplant” was from my imagination:
It was fun experimenting with positive and negative shapes.
Do you like to grow houseplants? What do you like to grow?
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Tagged collage art, color play, creative fun, creative play, houseplants, mixed media collage, online art classes, paper collage
I am experimenting with watercolor and gouache for my “Square-A-Day” project for July since it is World Watercolor Month at Doodlewash.com
Charlie at Doodlewash has excellent creative prompts for each day but I decided to go with the flow and allow my brush (or imagination) tell me what it wants to do!
Below are my first 10 watercolor squares for the first 10 days of July:
Perhaps my inspiration will spark an idea for your art too:
1. New watercolor brush – #4 Raphael Kolinsky from Blick. First expensive watercolor brush I have purchased. I like the fine tip for tiny details like the petals on my imaginary flowers. I used gouache and added a few details with a black Micron pen.
2. Used dip pen with Saji nib to draw my sunflower and colored it with watercolor. Inspired by Susan Feniak’s post on July 2nd.
3. Painted background in watercolor – looks like summer colors to me! Drew leaf with black .01 and .03 Micron pens using inspiration from Peggy Dean’s book, “Botanical Line Drawing.”
4. 4th of July! Ate corn-on-cob for dinner. Started by painting paper yellow, drew corn with a black Micron pen by looking at an online image. Added a little watercolor to some of the kernels. The actual corn was delish!
5. FINALLY a sunny day at the lake! I splashed in the lake and watercolors on paper. 🙂
6. Inspired by a pattern I saw in Uppercase Magazine. I painted in watercolor and added doodles with black Micron pen and a white Signo gel pen. This reminds me of summer camp and a badge earned… I never got to go to camp as a kid but I always thought it would be fun.
7. Eating creamsicle popsicles on a hot summer day! Watercolor and Signo white gel pen. It always amazes me how color and patterns takes me back in time…
8. Blueberries ripening in my yard. Love the sweetness of these blue gems! Messed up a little on the shading so added dots with a Micron pen.
9. Daddy Long-Legs – see my previous post. Nature inspires a lot of my art!
10. Wings from a Common Buckeye Butterfly – thanks Mike Powell for your awesome photo to inspire me on this one!
I hope you enjoyed reading what inspired me to create my first 10 watercolor squares!
I will post the rest of my squares at the end of July…
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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…
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.
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.
P.S. What slices of color appeal to YOU?
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Tagged art experiments, art journey, art mediums, collage, color play, creative play, mixed media collage, online art classes, paper collage, playful
I finished another collage using paper back books over the weekend, like the one I posted previously: By The Book
Except this time, I included these “other materials”: a postage stamp, text, images from an old book on Botany, image of a man from a hardback book cover on yoga for women, hand stitching, gauze-like material from the binding of a hardback book and some of my own Gelli-plate prints!
I found this mosaic format a fun challenge. I tried to balance color, texture, line and shape without making it too busy. I also tried to create a story with a little mystery.
This style is a bit of a stretch for me… but I’m enjoying the process!
I’d love to hear what you think!
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Tagged color play, creative, hand stitching, inspiration, learning, old books, paper back books, paper collage, postage stamps, story