I hope you are enjoying my daily art squares as much as I’m having fun creating them!
I tried to tell a story in each art square with watercolor or Copic markers and a touch of collage. Sometimes I added a little Micron black pen too.
My stories for September’s square-a-day project are simple, something I did or saw or felt for that day.
I was inspired by the artwork in this book by Roxanne Evans Stout:
I hope you share favorite squares that may inspire you in your own stories…
P.S. In case you are wondering, square #17, the words say, “Ferris Wheel.” It was the name of a paint sample. I thought it looked like a child’s name. Our local fair occurs in September. 😉
Posted in A Square A Day, imagination, ink, markers, Mixed Media, paper collage, Story, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art challenge, art experiments, Copic markers, creative play, daily art, drawing, inspiration, mixed media, nature, paper collage, smile, square-a-day project, story, watercolor, whimsical
I have been experimenting with Copic markers lately. I haven’t been a big fan of them in the past because the markers bleed through the paper.
I decided that I would give theses markers another chance.
I chose 140-lb hot press watercolor paper rather than a journal so I didn’t have to worry about the bleed through. I like how these markers dry evenly on my paper:
Next, I used Micron sepia .01 pen to accent shapes:
I used both .05 and .01 sized sepia ink pens to add my finishing details:
Here are the pen colors I used for this Copic doodle:
It was fun to experiment in colors I don’t normally use and leave some white space!
Have you used Copic markers? I’d love to hear your opinion about them.
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Doodles, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, color experiments, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, meditative, Micron pens, patterns, relaxing, sepia ink
Today I have a “gaggle” of weird birds!
I had so much fun making one that they quickly multiplied… kind of like a bunch of hangers on laundry day! Lol!
I drew these Hanger birds by looking only at my subject (a clothes hanger) and not at my paper.
I like how they came out a bit wonky…
Hang on! And have a happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged clothes hangers, Copic markers, gelli-printed paper, happy, happy weird bird Wednesday, humor, imagination, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday
I was on the way home from work yesterday and Martina McBride’s song, “Sunny Side Up,” started playing. So I started singing along and before I knew it, I was feeling happy!
I’m hangin’ on to happy – like the song says! And sending positive thoughts your way for a fabulous day!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, friends! 🙂
Posted in imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged black micron pen, color pencils, Copic markers, drawing, fun, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, music, playful, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
When I was a kid, (about 10 years old) my dad paid me a penny for each potato bug I collected from the potato plants growing in the garden. I put them in an old jar with a lid. If you knew me, you’d know that I’m not one who likes bugs but give me an incentive to earn a dollar or two and I’m in! More money for penny candy which I loved as a child! 🍭
So it doesn’t surprise me when this imaginary SPUD bug appeared in my art today:
I decided to google this “bug” to learn that it is really a BEETLE! Ha! The “Colorado Potato Beetle” is .39 inches (10mm) long and a major pest of potato crops. According to Wikipedia, many chemicals are unsuccessful in killing this beetle because of the beetle’s ability to develop resistance to insecticides.
Apparently, this is where I come in – cheap child labor! Lol! I was able to afford lots of penny candy as I collected probably 300 of this stripped beetle!
This potato bug, uhm, beetle looks like he is doing the “Mash Potato Dance” which sounds an awful like the “Monster Mash” on YouTube. Hehe!
I bet you never look at your mashed potatoes in quite the same way! 😜
Posted in imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, art classes, Bugs, childhood memories, color pencils, Colorful, Copic markers, creative, drawing, fun, humor, imaginary, mixed media, pan pastels, playful, Potato Beetle, story, watercolor, whimsical
According to Wikipedia, Courgette is French for Zucchini!
A friend recently gave me a large Zucc – 11 inches in length:
I hope to make Gluten-Free Zucchini bread with it. 🙂
It got me thinking about how versatile this vegetable is – so I created a poem to go with some Zucchini inspired art:
Zucchini Bread Cookies and cake Is there anything – This veggie cannot make?
Pizza and noodles Omelets galore This vegetable is never Ever a bore!
A stir fry perhaps? Maybe a Quiche? It’s versatile uses – Are very unique!
It shreds, it fries – Chops and it blends It seems to me, It’s bounty never ends!
Happy Cooking Creatively! 🙂
Posted in imaginary drawings, poetry
Tagged Art, birds, cats, color pencils, cooking, Copic markers, creative, drawing, humor, imaginary, inspiration, playful, poetry, rodents, Tombow markers, weird bugs, Zucchini
Harold is ready for summer, are you?
I thought you might enjoy seeing my steps for creating Harold.
First I drew Harold in pencil and then I outlined him with a black micron pen:
Next, I decided what parts of him I wanted to use my gelli-printed papers on:
I outlined his shorts, hat brim and towel with tissue paper to use as my pattern and then cut them out (I will glue them down later):
Using Copic markers, I colored a base coat:
I added color pencils for more color, shading and feathers:
Then I glued down my paper cut-outs with a glue stick and added details with my black pen:
I wasn’t liking my beach ball, so I decided to cut-out a new one from a gelli-print. I added some pan pastels to soften the background:
And Harold is ready to enjoy the beach!
If you would like to see more of Harold, he is categorized under “Weird Birds.”
Posted in Weird Birds
Tagged Art, beach, birds, black micron pen, color pencils, Copic markers, creative, Gelli-Prints, Harold, humor, imaginary, pan pastels, paper collage, playful, silliness, summer