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
I just love Sharon Mann’s sunny art, don’t you?
I was delighted to receive her postcard art recently in an artful exchange through the mail!
We each created six postcards, 4×6 inch size in any art medium. (I forgot to take a photo of mine so you will have to look at Sharon’s blog). 😉
Perhaps you remember our other artful exchange? If not you can find it here: The Speedball Bird
I enjoy making art in this “postcard” size so I’m sure you will see more of it!
Thank you Sharon for brightening my day with your cheerful art!
Posted in art challenge, Mixed Media, postcards, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art exchange, color play, Colorful, creative play, happy, mixed media art, postcard art, sunshine, watercolor
I discovered this weird bird in my backyard this week…
A Spring Wing-Ding
It was “hamming” it up in preparation for an Easter brunch!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, Easter Brunch, happy weird bird Wednesday, humor, paper collage, smile, Spring, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
Thank you for your good wishes for my recent surgery. I so appreciate it! 🙂
I have been drawing Cactus and flowers in my sketchbook since my last post and coloring them with different markers such as Tombow, Copic and Artist’s Loft (an inexpensive brand from Michael’s Store).
Did you notice the paper collage for the Cactus planters?
I was excited to buy U.S. postage stamps with Cactus on them this week!
Posted in Art Journal, Cactus, Drawing, Flowers, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Cactus, coloring, creative play, drawing, flowers, happy friday, markers, paper collage, sketchbook
I decided to take another little blogging break as I need to have a second surgery. Not my hip this time, thank goodness. 🙂
I had a Mammogram and the doctor found a small lump that has to be removed. I am thankful it is not cancer! Praise God! It is a good reminder the importance of getting an annual Mammogram.
I recently painted a couple of pages in my art journal:
I just love the texture I got, don’t you? I started with black gesso, added several colors of acrylic paint with a brayer and used a stencil on some parts. I started drawing a vine with a black micron pen and flower shapes with a paintbrush and black Sumi ink.
I used leftover paint on my brayer for this page. It was easier to draw the flowers without so much acrylic paint on the page.
I liked this first book of Botanical Line Drawing so much:
I decided to treat myself and purchase the author’s second book on Drawing Cactus and Succulents. This book actually has the names of each plant so I can learn as I go.
I like the simple steps of illustration in both books.
Perhaps I will have some interesting journal pages to show you when I return. I plan on joining my cat with some Cat Napping while I heal.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, cactus and succulents, color play, creative play, drawing, flowers, fun, learning, rest
Since Baseball season is underway, my husband is a big Seattle Mariners fan…
This weird bird came out of left field today…
And crossed home “plate” just in time to be called, Safe!
Baseball Home Plate Trivia:
Did you know that prior to 1899, any round object could serve as as home base? (At times a dish even served as home base which may have led to its alternative name, “home plate.”
In the 1899/1900 season, home base changed its shape to a 12×12 inch square to match the other bases.
The pentagon shape that is used today was developed in the 1900/1901 season by Robert Keating. The biggest advantage of this new shape was that it made the edges of the strike zone more visible to pitchers and umpires and therefore, improved the consistency of calling strikes.
Do you think this weird bird is a St Louis Cardinal or a Baltimore Oriole?
Hope you hit a grand slam this week!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor Birds, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged baseball, creative play, drawing, gelli-plate prints, happy Wednesday, happy weird bird Wednesday, home plate, humor, Imaginary birds, paper collage, smile, trivia, whimsical, word play
A new month has arrived which means I get to show you my March square-a-day project:
I have a little more yellow in this one…possibly I have been thinking of sunshine and warmer days ahead!
I hope you share your favorite squares with me!
Posted in A Square A Day, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged A Square A Day, Colorful, creative play, daily art, fun, March, mixed media art, pattern play, smile
Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors. I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar. It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.
I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.
I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower. I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.
My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint. I like the look of the fine granules.
And my last flower I added Ecoline gold. It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink. I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.
There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper. It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.
Do you have a favorite color combination? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Uncategorized, Acrylic Paint, Watercolor, Abstract Art, Flowers, imagination
Tagged flowers, imagination, acrylic ink, Colorful, creative play, abstract art, art experiments, online art classes, gold ink
I’m pleased to announce the winner of my postcard art contest goes to Kerfe at Methodtwomadness
Please email me your address Kerfe to Jillwcm@comcast.net and I will put your postcard in the mail!
Thank you to those who participated in the drawing! I plan to do another one in the future so stay tuned! 🙂
Below is my Square-A-Day Project for February:
What square makes you smile?
Posted in A Square A Day, art challenge, Mixed Media, postcards, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged A Square A Day, Colorful, creative play, daily art, humor, mixed media art, postcard art, smile, whimsical