Tag Archives: creative fun

A Creature Feature – Part 1

Do you have a book or class that started you on your creative journey?

I discovered this book, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals” by Carla Sonheim in December of 2012:

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I discovered that Carla taught online classes from this book and so it started me drawing again!  I drew as a child but then I got discouraged… has this ever happened to you?

I liked the idea of drawing from my imagination.  After all, no one can tell you it isn’t correct if it is an imaginary animal!

Yesterday, I decided to revisit this book and create several watercolor “Blobimals” as Carla calls them:

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Yet, I think mine look more like creatures! 😃

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I thought it might be fun for YOU to name my five creatures so I numbered them.

Next Monday, I will reveal the other creatures!

I look forward to hearing your names.

Cheers!  🙂

Sasquatch Man?

I used the cross-hatch technique to create shadows in the drawing of a man I found in a magazine.  I had a little trouble with the shadows in his neck so he ended up looking much hairier than his photo! 😉

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I called him, “cross-hatch man” on Instagram but I think he could pass for “Sasquatch Man!”  Lol!

“Sasquatch” also known as Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest is a large, hairy ape-like creature covered in hair.  It inhabits forests and is considered more of a folklore and hoax rather than a living animal due to lack of physical evidence.

Hope your Monday isn’t too “hairy!”

Cheers! 🙂

Ribbons Of Paint

Sometimes I just like to swirl my paintbrush around with watercolor in my art journal. No thinking involved… just playing with color:

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Yesterday, I didn’t have much time but I still wanted to DO something! So I created this haiku over my ribbons of paint:

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I remember using scissors to create ribbons for wrapped gifts before store bought bows became popular.  “Zip!!” And curls appeared like magic!

Wishing you a day with happy memories!

Cheers!  🙂

Pink Phlox

My hubby gave me an Easter bouquet with pink Phlox which got me thinking about flocks of birds…

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Imaginary birds that is!

I love the “phlox” in this photo too:

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!  I hope this gives you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂

Terrific Trees

I was experimenting yesterday with different art mediums to create these trees:

I masked off the background with masking tape and then used salt over Dr. Ph Martin’s India ink.  I also used Pan Pastels on them.

Not all my experiments turned out.  Like the above one on the left where I used glass bead gel and India ink.  It didn’t want to dry.  But I still kind of like it.

The one next to it, I used matte medium, masked it off and used watercolor then salt.  And finished it with the pan pastels after I rubbed off the salt.  I like its softer feel.

Speaking of trees, I am amazed how much my Red Maple tree has changed color since I posted a photo of it here, last Sunday:

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Red Maple a blaze,

Dazzling like a sunset

Fall’s color display.

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, Friends!  🙂

A Mixed Media Experiment

I remember when I was a young girl, I tried to make soap.  It didn’t exactly turn out but it was so fun to explore the possibilities!  😉

Now I enjoy experimenting with different art materials – even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as planned.

I like painting my own papers for collage yet I wanted to try different materials.  For this yellow fellow below, I glued scraps of my Gelli-printed papers to a 9×12 inch sheet of 90 lb hot press paper.  I added yellow marker and color pencils.  It was very meditative to do while watching TV.  I am going to try scanning it and make copies from it.

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For “In the Loop,” below – I used Canson 9×12 inch gray toned pastel paper.  I drew the loops with a white gel pen and added color and patterns with Prismacolor pencils.  I got out an orange crayon and created a resist with a mint green Tombow marker.  So fun!

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I can’t wait to add these two experiments to my collages!

Happy Experimenting!  🙂

B is for Buttercups

One of my favorite flowers to discover in the woods is a bright, yellow Buttercup!  It means Spring is on its way!  YAY!

Now, I realize that I’m jumping ahead a month or two but I couldn’t resist drawing a Buttercup today in my “Alphabet Journal.”  Carla Sonheim recommended keeping one this year in the “Y is for Yellow” class.  It is a good place to write names of artists I like and other ideas I want to explore further.

One idea I’d like to explore in greater depth is keeping a nature journal.  I always enjoy seeing Cynthia’s flower and plant sketches at Sand Salt Moon.  Be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already!  🙂

B is for Blooms

Using an internet photo as a reference, I drew my Buttercup with a black pen.  I tried to look mainly at my subject and not too much at my paper.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

One of my favorite “B” illustrators of nature is Marjolein Bastin.  You probably know her from her Hallmark cards.

I found a short YouTube video about her that I thought you might like:

I enjoyed hearing her perspective about creating art.  I hope you do too!

Do you have a favorite artist that starts with the letter, “B”?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Sketching!  🙂