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:
And have been adding to it, a little each evening:
I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:
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:
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!
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How are you? I’m fine… well, really, I’m tired but I think we are all feeling a bit tired this time of year.
I’ve been enjoying some time off from work…
How about you, what have you been doing?
I decided to try something new in my art journal. I cut three shapes from my hand-painted papers and glued them to my page. Then I added some watercolors, as you can see on the left.
Next, I added some doodles with a black micron pen. I added more watercolor to finish my page, as you can see on the right:
What do you think?
I hope you are well.
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Tagged abstract art, art experiments, art journal, Colorful, dear friend, doodles, fun, ink, paper collage, relaxing, watercolor, zen
Lately, I have been inspired by Sharon, Make Art Magic Happens who has been creating some wonderful patterns in watercolor…
To create my colorful doodle in watercolor and watercolor pencils:
Thank you, Sharon for your daily inspiration!! 🙂
If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s art, I do hope you check out her blog!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Doodles, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged circles, color play, creative, doodles, fun, happy weekend, inspiration, meditative, painting, relaxing, watercolor
I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.
I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim. You can check out her class at Improv collage
She got me thinking about words…
So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:
It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”
Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:
What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!
I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments. Thank you!
Posted in collage papers, Doodles, Uncategorized, Word Play
Tagged art classes, Blogging, collage papers, doodles, encouragement, friends, learning, markers, pattern play, thankful, word play
Paper collage is one of my FAVORITE art mediums!!
I thought it would be fun to show you how I create some of my own papers AND ways YOU can use collage in your art.
I hope you join in the fun each Thursday!
Today’s collage paper is a random pattern I created with markers on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of 90 lb paper. I used Uni Posca pens in this design:
Next, I copied my design on my HP All-In-One Printer that I recently purchased on sale for only $200! It is a HP 8720 – I have to say, very EASY to use AND it makes awesome color copies!
Can you tell which is the original and the copy?
I think the copy is on the right! Lol! 😉
Making color copies of my own artwork is one of my favorite ways to create collage material. It seems so easy and it is!!
Next Thursday, I will show an example of how I used this copy of my patterned paper in my artwork.
I hope you join me!
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Tagged art ideas, color play, creative, creative ideas, doodles, inspiration, making my own collage papers, markers, mixed media, paper collage, patterns, Thursday Collage Papers
Continuing with my “R’s” in my Alphabet Journal yesterday, I decided to experiment drawing ROSES using the instruction from this RECENT book I purchased on Amazon:
I really like how the author, Peggy Dean simplifies flowers and leaves into basic shapes such as how to draw this rose:
I believe this book will give me some excellent ideas for future doodles like these roses I drew with an ink pen and colored with Prismacolor pencils:
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, book review, color pencils, creative play, daily art, doodles, drawing, experiment, flowers, ink, inspiration, nature, roses, the letter "R", whimsical
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. 🙂
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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
“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.” – John Cleese
Wishing you a happy and creative day!
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Tagged art journal, color pencils, creative play, doodles, encouragement, happy, inspiration, lettering, meditative, quotes