Tag Archives: doodles

A Rosy Review

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:

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I really like how the author, Peggy Dean simplifies flowers and leaves into basic shapes such as how to draw this rose:

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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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Happy Drawing!

Cheers! 🙂

A Coloful Surprise!

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!!

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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).

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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:

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It was super fun to watch the brush markers blend with the watercolor paints – you can see it better in this photo:

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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:

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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!!

Happy Painting!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  I’m not being paid by Royal Talens North America for a review of their products.  🙂

A Face Haiku

Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines?  Yes, I say!! 😄

IMG_2474 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:

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I hope you give one a try!

Seven lines for a face…

Is all it takes!

Cheers! 🙂

Creativity Is Not A Talent…

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“Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of Operating.”  – John Cleese

Wishing you a happy and creative day!

Cheers!  🙂

Instant Summer

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:

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My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon!  Lol!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Art – As A Distraction

I started one of my doodles recently… Knowing I would need a distraction:

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I’m trying to prepare for foot surgerythe 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!

Cheers!  🙂

What’s For Dinner?

I drew a quick sketch of my dinner yesterday evening in my art journal.  It was so delish!

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What did you have for dinner last night?!

Cheers!  🙂

Dreaming Of Spring

We still have lots of snow on the ground but I couldn’t help but dream about Spring in my art journal lately…

I created this doodle from my imagination and memory of Nature with Micron pens:

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Yesterday, I added watercolor.  I found this so relaxing!

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It reminded me of this doodle I did last August, that you can find here.

So I started a new piece on the right.  I plan to doodle on top of the watercolor for this one!

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How do you “branch” out to try something new in art?  I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers!  🙂

Kick Up Your Heels

I have been wanting to try a collage idea from this book:

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So yesterday, I decided to kick up my heels (so to speak) and give it a try!

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It was fun to experiment.  I tried to create this piece quickly and not overthink it – easier said than done.  😉

I’d love to hear what YOUR reaction is…  feelings, thoughts, ideas?  Please share!

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. I will be creating a series of collages this week.  PLEASE stop by and share your thoughts with me!  Thanks!

The Huckleberry Hound

I had a dog when I was growing up whose name was Mugsy.  Mugsy was a mutt…part German Shepherd, Terrier and who knows?

During the summer, my family and I would often pick wild huckleberries in the mountains.  Well, Mugsy would eat the huckleberries right off the bush!  So he was nicknamed, the Huckleberry Hound!

I don’t know why this memory is surfacing for me now…maybe because adding color to my doodle bowl from yesterday reminded me of it.  I added color with my water-soluble Faber-Castell color pencils:

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Can you find the Huckleberries in my doodle?  I know Mugsy could!

Cheers!  🙂