I hope you join in the fun…
And create a fish a day!!
The FISH art project begins September 1st through October 31st – which gives one a couple of days to “throw out the net” but let one or two “fish” art projects escape!
As I posted previously, you can find it here: Fishing – A couple of friends and I created this mixed media art challenge for fun!
I will be posting on Instagram with the hashtag: #create50fish if you want to join in!!
Happy Fishing! 🙂
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Tagged #create50fish, art challenge, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, fish, fun, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, mixed media, old photos, whimsical
I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:
I used the Posca paint pens in colors of light gray, yellow and light green. It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!
I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:
So I went with the flow of it… If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen! 🙂
I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.
This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:
I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish. Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?
I will post my completed fish doodle next week.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Fish, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract art, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media, patterns, Posca paint pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle
I wanted to share my process and tools I used to “catch” my fish from yesterday!
I started by selecting a background and decided to use this hot-press watercolor paper that I had painted with acrylics. I like the variegated colors:
I folded the paper into a simple journal and painted both sides so I have six different squares in a variety of background colors:
I cut simple shapes from my gelli-printed paper and glued them to the paper with Liquitex Matte Medium:
At this point, they look more like fall leaves than fish! So I added details with an Uni-ball Signo white gel pen and black micron pen:
Next, I added more details with Uni Posca paint pens – I just LOVE these opaque water based markers!! ❤️ I recently purchase a set of 15 colors with a medium tip from Amazon. They come in different sized tips and are sold in sets on Amazon or individually from Dick Blick (another item to add to that wish list!!)
I finished my page by adding some Prismacolor pencils – the Posca paint pens drew on top of color pencil too:
I predict I will be drawing more fish into my creative net with these Posca paint markers! I love that they are odorless, fade proof and bleed proof and can be used on almost any surface!
Have you ever experimented with these markers? I hope you share it with me!
Happy Fishing! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Fish, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, color pencils, creative experiments, creative ideas, fish, gelli-printed paper, micron black pen, mixed media, Posca pens, white gel pen
Guess what arrived in my mail box yesterday?!
This art supply catalog from Dick Blick!! WHOOT!
Art supplies, oh my!
How do I choose?
Start a wish list, I say!
Christmas will be here
In 133 days!
What is at the top of your wish list for art supplies? I hope you share it with me!
P.S. Contact DickBlick.com for your FREE Art Supply Catalog!
Posted in art supplies, Color, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, art supplies, catalog, color, creative ideas, dreaming, poetry, Wish list
I purchased some radishes at the store this week so I could draw them as they do start with the letter, “R”!
I decided to paint one of them with my Rembrandt watercolor paints and pasted it in my Alphabet Journal:
It was so much fun that I decided to paint another one and splatter some paint around my handmade art journal:
I hope you splash some paint around this weekend!
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, Art Journal, Painting, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, art journal, creative ideas, fun, inspiration, radish, relaxing, Rembrandt paints, watercolor
I was so excited to see a package on my front porch last week from Royal Talens North America. And I couldn’t wait to open it!
(Who is Royal Talens you may be asking? I signed up for their FREE newsletter to discover more about them. They have some great ideas I can’t wait to try!)
Inside was a very generous set of Rembrandt Artist Quality Watercolor tubes in 16 colors!! AND they are BIG tubes too – 20 ml size! I couldn’t believe my eyes! 🙂
I squeezed out these juicy watercolor paints onto my palette and made a color chart. They come in a complete range of 80 colors BTW! WHOOT!!
BUT WAIT! There was more in the box from Royal Talens – they also included 3 – 30 ml bottles of their Ecoline Liquid Watercolor. We are talking LIQUID watercolors!! They come in 46 transparent colors and 2 opaque colors (white and gold).
I will definitely be using these liquid watercolors in an online calligraphy class from Ivy Newport called, “Letters to Words.” I liked how vibrant and transparent the colors were straight from the bottle.
And they are very versatile. I painted the background of this sample below using a brush – they blend just like watercolor paints with water. I added black ink with a micron pen afterwards… how many weird creatures can you find on the right?!
I was also excited to see 3 Ecoline Brush Markers and a blender too! I didn’t know I could get watercolor in a brush! Oh, the possibilities!! (I used a blue marker in the sample above).
I experimented using the Ecoline markers and the Rembrandt watercolor in this doodle:
It was super fun to watch the brush markers blend with the watercolor paints – you can see it better in this photo:
And of course I had to try the blue Ecoline Brush Marker for a face! I used it as an outline to separate her head and shoulders from the background. I then softened it with a water brush:
I have more creative experiments to show you but will save them for another day!
THANK YOU Charlie at Doodlewash.com for creating #WorldWatercolorMonth in July! It is such a JOY to receive and experiment with these FREE supplies!!
P.S. I’m not being paid by Royal Talens North America for a review of their products. 🙂
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Abstract Art, Calligraphy, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art experiments, Calligraphy, color play, creative ideas, creative play, doodles, Ecoline Brush Markers, faces, fun, grateful, ink, inspiration, liquid Ecoline watercolors, new art supplies, Rembrandt watercolor, watercolor
Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines? Yes, I say!! 😄
1. It starts with a line
2. And connects to a feature…
3. They are easy and fun –
4. But may look like a creature! Lol! 😉
And here is a step-by-step example:
I hope you give one a try!
Seven lines for a face…
Is all it takes!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Haiku, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, connect the lines, creative ideas, doodles, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, fun, funny faces, haiku, humor, imagination, ink pen, play
I decided since the temperatures have been so HOT here – into the 90’s – that it was time we all had an ice cream cone! 😉
Well, since I’m lactose intolerant and can’t eat REAL ice cream, I decided to create some mixed media cones to share with you!
Can you name each “flavor” of art medium I used? (Answers below)
1. The scoop – a color copy of a doodle I did previously with color pencils in 2015. Cone is watercolor painted paper from an online class I took with Cat Bennett. I used a patterned piece of tissue paper and a white charcoal pencil over it.
2. The scoop – paper printed with acrylics on a Gelli plate. Cone is from old sheet music that lists names of songs – added bonus – “summer” is part of name for one song. Color pencil to create cone pattern.
3. The scoop – old map that I gelli-printed. Cone shape is cut from a paint sample card. (Note: Bears on my mind after two people encountered them at the lake within the last week! Buy bear spray!)
4. The scoop – old book page that I painted with watercolor. Cone is scrapbook paper that looks like cork board.
5. The scoop – scrapbook paper that was cut using a circle stencil. I cut part of the circle to create this shape. Cone is gelli-printed paper I did on deli paper.
I hope you enjoyed guessing these “flavors” of fun!
I took this photo at the lake recently:
Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:
Doesn’t it look cool?!
Here is another one with a different photo:
Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!
Posted in Lake, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged blue sky, creative ideas, creative play, fun, happy, inspiration, lake, mountains, nature, nature photography, photo app, relaxation, summer
Funny how one idea often leads to another!
I recently created this paper collage for the 100-day project on Instagram (I’m doing 100 days of faces).
“Dottie hoped someone would ask her to dance at the party…”
I found a photo of a face and cut it in half to challenge myself to draw the second half of her face a little differently. I added collage from a magazine for her dress and a hat from paper I purchased to give her a little zing! 🙂 The background I created with watercolor.
This led me to create today’s weird bird: “Her friends called her a night owl.”
This one is a bit weird – even for me… but you have to admit, it is quite a hoot to look at! Lol! 😉
I found an image of an owl, cut it in half and found an image of a gal’s face and matched the two images together. Next, I traced part of her dress using tracing paper and then cut out a piece of my gelli-printed paper. I liked the striking contrast with the black and white image with the red.
I found another gelli-print to paste my image to – it looks a bit mysterious with a moon shape in the upper left corner. The image at the bottom I cut from a piece of collage paper.
I hope you enjoyed learning how I created today’s collages. These were like a puzzle for me and so fun to do!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Owls, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged creative ideas, drawing faces, fun, funny faces, humor, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, old photos, paper collage, playful, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play