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Black And White

The theme for this week’s collage challenge from Randel Plowman’s book, “The Collage Workbook,” is black and white.  You can find out more about this art challenge, here: White Out

My first collage is 9×9 inches; I combined old book pages, magazine images, my own doodles, postage stamps, a fortune from a fortune cookie and two leaves from scrapbook paper:

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Any ideas for titles?

My second collage is 4×6 inches.  I used images from an art magazine:

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I had fun creating these collages yesterday evening.  What a great way to relax!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Creative Doodling…

As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.

I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV.  My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better.  😉

So I doodle away…  Like this one I recently started:91F794CC-2A09-45C2-B934-8BDEC8140BD2

And have been adding to it, a little each evening:

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I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:

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It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment!  Super fun!

If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration.  I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:

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This doodle is approximately  5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length.  I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01

I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs.  This is part of the fun!  I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂

What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

We Grow Old…

I was experimenting in drawing and collage yesterday.   When I remembered this quote:

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I used my non-dominant hand to write it:  “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

I like how my scribbly handwriting adds to the playfulness of my collage.

How do you keep playing to stay young?

Cheers! 🙂

White Out

I was excited to see that Evelyn Flint was completing one of the 50 Creativity Exercises each week from Randel Plowman’s book, The Collage Workbook:

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This is one of my favorite collage books!  Check out Randel’s blog at www.acollageaday.com

I asked Evelyn if I could join in the fun and she said, “Yes!”  Thank you, Evelyn!  🙂

I wasn’t able to start until this week so I did the first two assignments.

The first one was to do a 5-minute collage.  I decided to create with warm colors, mainly yellow.  (I was in need of a little sunshine…)

It helped me to gather my papers before I set my timer:

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I used scrapbook papers, my own hand-painted papers, a sunflower image from an old calendar, my own drawings (color photocopied), old book pages, an image from an old magazine and old postage stamps.

Setting a timer on my phone helped me to stay on track.  This is my first one, on a 4×6 inch index card:

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And my second one:

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Do you have a favorite?

Yesterday, I did the second assignment titled, “White Out,” using various shades of white only.  This one took me a little more time to gather my supplies.

I used a variety of old pages from books, sheet music, a shorthand book, etc.  The first one I made is 9×12 inches:

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I was surprised how interesting variations of white could be!  I also did one that is 4×6 inches:

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I really enjoyed both of these exercises.  I hope you enjoyed seeing them. 🙂

Please take a moment to look at Evelyn’s collages on her blog – she does AMAZING collages!!

It is so fun to see how each person interprets the assignments with their own artistic touch.

Thanks again, Evelyn for allowing me to join in the fun!

Cheers! 🙂

A Yackety-Yack

I spotted a yellow, Yackety-Yack

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Who was yacking with a wild Yak

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But this silly Yak wouldn’t talk back… Can you believe that?!!

If you are feeling out of wack, I hope today’s post puts you back on track!

Or at least gives you a smile! 🙂

Happy weird bird animal Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Joy Is In The Journey

Yesterday, I decided to play with some new stencils I purchased recently from Stencil Girl Products.  They have several free tutorials on their site too:  http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com

They have such a variety in stencils that it wasn’t easy for me to make a choice!  I am very impressed with their quality of stencils too.  Below are a variety of papers and color experiments:

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I also did a page in one of my art journals, Joy is in the Journey:

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I found this quote online, “Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

Creating art is that way for me… I find JOY in the process of creating.  I also like it when I am pleased with my results!  How about you?

Cheers! 🙂

A Daily Creative Practice

As many of you know, I enjoy taking online art classes – especially from CarlaSonheim.com

I started taking her first year-long class in 2013 with the Year of the Giraffe.  This year will be my 6th year.  I don’t always get to every assignment yet I enjoy the community and creative connections I make through her classes on Facebook.

I also enjoy the assignments as it helps me to think-outside-the-box and explore art in new ways.  Like this lesson:

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I used thread dipped in watercolor and a brayer to create the abstract above.  Below is another one I did with India ink:

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This year’s class is similar to last year’s – 365 days of creating daily.  The class started on Friday, January 5 so you can still sign-up and join in if you’d like. 🙂

Below is what I titled, Low Tide, where I used another piece of paper over the thread instead of a brayer to create my abstract:

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You have the option this year to get the assignments daily or weekly.  I currently signed up for daily but may change to weekly later on.

Yesterday, our assignment was to draw a piece of fruit blindfolded – the fruit, not me! Hehe 😉 I did an apple:

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I hope you join in the fun!!  Go to http://www.carlasonheim.com for more information.

Cheers to creating daily! 🙂

A Square Project

A square idea

And a square book…

A square project

That has me hooked!

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I’m so excited about this square project that I have planned for 2018!!  Perhaps you remember my paper collaged squares I did in December?

I kept working on it and it has grown in size and dimension:

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So I decided I would keep adding to it!  Each month in 2018, I will add a section.  I hope to play with different colors, materials, techniques and inspiration and record my journey in my square journal and here on my blog.

I also want to learn how to create fabric with my patterns on Spoonflower.  🙂

May you be inspired to start a year-long project of discovery too!  I hope you share it with me so we can encourage each other.

Cheers! 🙂

A Bird’s Eye View

Today’s weird bird is very wise…

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The Mountaineer bird has a mountain top view of the world!

From the book, “Finding The Gift,” Angela Howell writes for January 2, “Open land steals my breath away, it’s so beautiful.  I see freedom, opportunity, stillness, serenity, and acceptance.  I feel captivated and present.  I see untouched land and feel like anything is possible.  I feel called and inspired to do and be something great.  I feel a direct connection to my higher guidance and inner knowing, and I’m quieted so I can listen.”

What does a bird’s eye view do for you?  I hope it empowers you to begin!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Recipe for PLAY

What jumpstarts your creativity?

I signed up for Creative Jumpstart 2018 to get my creative juices flowing.  I liked this year’s theme:  Now We’re Cooking; Mixed Media Art Recipes

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This online class has a 10-15 minute video each day from a different mixed-media artist throughout the month of January.  Cost is reasonable too – only $50!

If you’d like more information and a short video about the class, go to:  www.Nathaliesstudio.com

I wrote down some of my “ingredients” for PLAY above… and then collaged over it with matte medium and scraps of painted paper (and an old recipe):

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One of the ways I like create an atmosphere of PLAY is to leave a project unfinished on my table.  Then I can’t wait to get back and work on it! 🙂

How about you?  Do you have a technique for jumpstarting your creativity?

I will show you my finished piece later this week.

Cheers! 🙂