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!
Posted in collage papers, color experiments, Doodles, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
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:
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, ink, nature, Uncategorized
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. 🙂
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
“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.” – John Cleese
Wishing you a happy and creative day!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, creative play, doodles, encouragement, happy, inspiration, lettering, meditative, quotes
Seems our weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from a cool Spring to above 80 degrees in one day! Ugh!! I do like warmer weather but prefer gradual increases in temperatures…
Here is a doodle I did a while ago but I haven’t posted yet:
My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon! Lol!
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, cats, creative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, Spring, summer, sunny weather, zen doodles, zentangle
I started one of my doodles recently… Knowing I would need a distraction:
I’m trying to prepare for foot surgery – the fusing of big toe on my left foot due to arthritis.
I try to keep my blog positive and not share this part of my life with you as I know we ALL have our problems! And yet, I feel I need to share this part of my life with you now – not for your pity but for your understanding. I live with chronic pain and osteoarthritis – why I create art with humor! 🙂
I’m scheduled for surgery on my left big toe, March 23rd. I could use your good thoughts and prayers.
I have put off surgery for five years but I still worry about it. Two weeks at home and at least six more weeks (plus or minus) recovery time. Yes, I can drive after two weeks since it is my left foot. 😉
I’ve tried to plan ahead and stock the freezer and the cupboard for my hubby so he doesn’t have to get much take-out. I’ve tried to get caught up with housework and laundry. I have tried to get caught up at work (we work together). And yet, I still think of things I didn’t do!
I will post a weird bird on Wednesday and maybe throw in a couple of unexpected posts here and there for a couple of weeks! And I’m hoping I can get caught up with your blogs during this time! 🙂
I’d love it if you started a doodle to share with me!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Life, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, arthritis, daily art, doodles, drawing, ink, life's challenges, love art, meditative, pain, positive attitude, sketchbook, zen, zentangle