I chose flowers – real and imagined for my Square-A-Day project for August.
I tried something different and drew each flower square with a .01 black Micron pen:
This gives me the option to try different art mediums when I make a copy. I thought it would be fun to color them!
If you are interested in coloring them also, I will learn how to create a worksheet for you to print and color – let me know in your comments.
I was inspired by other artist’s styles this month, perhaps you recognize Mary Engelbrecht? I have always been a big fan of her art!
Pinterest was also a big source of ideas and I discovered many “how to draw” steps which was extremely helpful.
When I started drawing flowers, I discovered patterns EVERYWHERE such as fabrics, greeting cards, carpet and of course nature – my best teacher!
I hope you enjoy them and share with me the ones that are a favorite pick for your “bouquet!”
Posted in A Square A Day, Drawing, Flowers, imagination, ink, Whimsical Art
Tagged black micron pen, creative, creative play, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, inspiration, nature, square-a-day project
My husband and I had to travel to Detroit, Michigan recently.
I messaged my blogging friend, Patty Anne who I knew lived in the area for suggestions on good restaurants.
Not only did Patty Anne have some great food ideas, she rearranged her schedule so we could meet in person! I was thrilled!!
We met for dinner and each of us brought an art journal or two to share. We had a blast! I so LOVE Patty Anne’s art!! Seeing her creativity in person was an extra special treat!
And speaking of treats, she made me this sweet little birdy in watercolor:
She even tied it with a bow and added a couple of her special flowers!
I am so touched by her kindness.
We were having so much fun that we forgot to take a photo of us together which just means we have to get together again!
I have been practicing art in “Patty Anne’s style” so I can make her a little gift.
Thanks Patty Anne for such an enjoyable evening. Your friendship across the miles was the highlight of my trip!
Cheers to Blogging Friendships! 🙂
PS. I do hope you check out Patty Anne’s art if you aren’t familiar with it! She paints with JOY!
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, friendship, Watercolor, Watercolor Birds
Tagged art journal, birds, blogging friends, creative, friendship, inspiration, Kindness, watercolor
Summers in the Pacific Northwest where I live, seem sooo short!
I can’t believe we are already in the middle of July…
The lake water is FINALLY getting warm with SUN at last!
I have decided to take a short blogging break and enjoy –
Sweet Summer Time!
And paint! I look forward to sharing more discoveries in my watercolor nature journal with you:
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Art Journal, Lake, Nature Journal, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, beach, creative, creative play, gouache, lake, nature, relaxing, seashells, summer, watercolor
I recently started drawing with a dip pen and waterproof ink and coloring my images with watercolor just in time for World Watercolor Month, hosted by Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash.com
I enjoyed drawing these whimsical gals on ATC cards:
I learned about the dip pens from an online class from Cori Dantini, hosted by Carla Sonheim. Cori introduced me to Jetpens.com (Jet pens has great information and tutorials about a variety of pen and ink supplies).
I purchased a Kuretake Comic pen nib holder and Nikko Comic pen nib and three black inks from Jet pens.
Note: You want to make sure the pen nibs will fit the holder you purchase.
Always a good idea to create a practice sheet and test your inks to make sure they are waterproof if you need them to be!
I also purchased a Saji pen nib from Blick and a Kuretake “Zig Cartoonist” pen nib holder which is the same holder as the one from Jet Pens. The Saji nib allowed for a thicker line than the Nikko comic nib when I applied pressure to the nib.
Note: Pen nibs often come with a film over them so you will want to remove it with acetone (nail polish remover) and a Q-tip before using the nib. I learned this information from Jet pens.
Also, it is important to keep your pen nibs clean after each use. I cleaned mine with water and a soft paper towel.
I bought a pen holder for each nib but discovered this wasn’t necessary as the pen nibs are easy to remove from the pen holder.
A couple of animals showed up in my drawings:
And of course I had to draw a few “hat” birds!
I discovered that I enjoyed drawing with dip pens and permanent ink!
I could control the line with the pressure I applied to the nib. And coloring with watercolor was super fun!
I didn’t have a problem with the ink flowing into an uncontrollable puddle. I found the nibs easy to use. And they held a lot of ink.
I hope you give a dip pen and waterproof ink a try with a little watercolor fun for #WorldWatercolorMonth
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Drawing, imagination, ink, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, creative, creative play, dip pen and ink, drawing, fun, humor, imagination, smile, watercolor, whimsical
I am still enjoying my square-a-day project, can you believe it has been 6 months?
I gave myself a theme for June. Can you guess what it is? Of course, many of you already know from my sneak peak earlier in the month.
I thought it was interesting how the 4th vertical row shares a similar color value when I lined them up yesterday.
What doodles and patterns stand out for you? I hope you share them with me!
I finished another collage using paper back books over the weekend, like the one I posted previously: By The Book
Except this time, I included these “other materials”: a postage stamp, text, images from an old book on Botany, image of a man from a hardback book cover on yoga for women, hand stitching, gauze-like material from the binding of a hardback book and some of my own Gelli-plate prints!
I found this mosaic format a fun challenge. I tried to balance color, texture, line and shape without making it too busy. I also tried to create a story with a little mystery.
This style is a bit of a stretch for me… but I’m enjoying the process!
I’d love to hear what you think!
Posted in collage papers, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged color play, creative, hand stitching, inspiration, learning, old books, paper back books, paper collage, postage stamps, story
I discovered this super FANTASTIC flower punch at Hobby Lobby before my hip surgery:
I love that I can use both the positive and negative of each petal punch!
Below are some examples of handmade cards I recently made using this punch:
Do you have a favorite? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged birdhouses, birds, collage art, color play, creative, flowers, fun, handmade cards, mixed media collage, Paper punch, playful
As many of you know, I LOVE taking online art classes!!
When Carla Sonheim announced her year-long class for 2019 would be Collage, I had to sign up! 🙂 You can find out more about it at CarlaSonheim.com or CarlaSonheim.wordpress.com
I introduced myself on the private Facebook group by cutting out letters to my name from a color copy of this collage I showed you here: And That’s How… I really enjoy the wonderful community of artists who take Carla’s online classes.
Carla will be teaching along with two other fabulous artists: Lynn Whipple and Anne Marie Grgich. Class starts today! Hoorah!
Below is a collage I created with paper scraps in my art journal:
A dictionary word,
Two pages from a shorthand book,
And some fish lure hooks,
A child wearing a blue coat,
And three scraps of music notes,
There is more to find, like #441,
Collage is fun for everyone!
Can you find all these items in my collage?
I hope you will consider joining me in this FUN online class!
Posted in Art Journal, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, poetry, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, carla sonheim, collage art, creative, creative play, fun, I spy, imagination, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, poetry, smile
A little birdy told me that 2019 is the year of the pig. The Chinese New Year starts on February 5th but I decided to start celebrating a bit earlier…
Have you ever eaten a pig in a blanket? Small sausages wrapped in dough and baked.
Today’s weird bird is about a bird bundled in a (pig) blanket:
This bird is resting on a branch after “pigging out” over the holidays! (I can so relate…) Lol! 🙂
Before Weird Bird Wednesday started, I was creating weird birds, such as The Pigsney Birds from 2015.
A little whimsy and word play to give you a smile and brighten your day!
Posted in gelli printing, Humor, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged Chinese New Year, creative, gelli-printed paper, happy weird bird Wednesday, humor, Imaginary birds, paper collage, pigging out, pigs, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play, Year of the Pig