Creating a face every day on Instagram can be challenging for the 100-day project that I started April 4th. Yet, probably not in the manner you think! 😉
Let’s face it… I cannot draw a face with the SAME materials every day. I need variety!
I have created faces with collage papers but not on a collaged background. So this began my recent challenge for myself.
I started by randomly gluing pieces of papers in my sketchbook with a glue stick. I chose papers without a lot of pattern and light in color so my pencil sketch would show up.
Here is my collaged background and my completed pencil sketch of my first experiment:
I tried to select papers in colors that went well together but not spend too much time on it. In other words, I didn’t over think it!
My second one, I added color pencils to my pencil sketch:
Tomorrow, I will show you how I created my third collaged piece a little differently.
These were super fun to do! I hope you give it a try!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged #the100dayproject, Art, art challenge, creative ideas, drawing faces, experiment, faces, inspiration, Learning to draw, paper collage, personal challenge
I have been reading about drawing faces from various sources and decided to try a go at a more “realistic” selfie using my new set of Rembrandt Soft Pastels:
I have only used soft pastels for drawing flowers so this was a bit of a stretch for me!
It helped me to focus on the “shadows” when drawing my face and NOT see it as a face – or MY FACE, eek! That’s really scary as I would spend waaay too much time focusing on wrinkles and double chins…
OH, I see I’m digressing! Lol! 😉 Here I am in my red glasses:
So I’m proud of myself for completing this first “REAL” selfie and to posting it here and on Instagram!!
Posted in Art, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, Expressions, faces, fun, humor, Learning to draw, selfie, smile, soft pastels
I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim. So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one. This quote from Jane Austen on writing:
And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper. Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage. It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like. I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.
As many of you know, I love experimenting in art! So this page was super fun to do. 🙂
Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art journal, creative play, experiment, flowers, fun, Jane Austen, mixed media art, paper collage, quotes, romance, sketchbook, writing
I made quick random marks in my mixed media sketchbook using watercolor and water soluble Tombow markers. I only had a few minutes to create before I fixed dinner so I didn’t even let the page dry before I went onto the next one. I did 10 pages in about 15 minutes.
Next, I decided to make quick one-liner sketches of faces from a magazine with ink without thinking about my backgrounds (paint had dried). It was super fun!
Here are my 4 favorites:
Do you have a favorite? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Art, color experiments, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged art practice, color experiments, Colorful, daily practice, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, ink, mixed media art, one-liners, random marks, sketchbook, Tombow markers, watercolor
Sometimes I like to put brush to paper in watercolor without thinking about an outcome.
This experiment I did in my art journal recently. As winter fades and Spring awakens:
The colors in nature change from greys and blues to greens and yellows.
I also painted similar colors and patterns on Lutradur in watercolor. This photo tells you about this product if you haven’t heard about it.
The product can be used in sewing and paper arts. It feels like a heavy interfacing used in sewing.
I cut out a few strips of the painted Lutradur and glued them over my watercolor paper. I like the subtle contrast with the paper. I added a gelli-printed circle to represent the moon.
Have you ever used Lutradur? I’d love to hear how you have used it!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, color play, creative ideas, experiment, imagination, Lutradur, meditative, mixed media art, moonrise, nature inspired, paper collage, patterns, peaceful, Spring, watercolor
I had a little leftover glass bead gel from a recent art experiment… so instead of wasting it, I added fluid acrylics in Turquoise and spread it on a scrap piece of hot press watercolor paper. I decided to add watercolor to it yesterday:
What would YOU do to complete it?
I’d love to hear your ideas!!
P.S. I’m thinking of making this a weekly feature on my blog… would you like to hear other creative ideas on how to complete a piece of art?! 🙂
Posted in Creative Solutions, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged color play, creative ideas, creative solutions, experiment, explore, fun, glass bead gel, learn, mixed media, mixed media art, watercolor
It is interesting to me how one art experiment often leads me to another…
In this case, poking holes in my paper, led to playing with circles – first with Tombow markers:
Then cutting circle shapes from a variety of papers and stamping acrylic paint with a wine cork and adding a little glitter:
And using the holes from the previous page to add an interesting layer:
I’d love to hear how an recent art experiment led you to an unexpected outcome!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art journal, circles, color play, creative ideas, experiment, fun, gelli-printed paper, mixed media, paper collage, printed papers, quotes, Tombow markers
I wanted to try yesterday’s technique – the crayon resist on Yupo paper. In case you aren’t familiar with Yupo, it is a plastic surface – polypropylene to be exact. Watercolor doesn’t soak into the surface and sits on top.
I started with quick drawing using crayons and covered them with water soluble markers. I knew if I used a damp paper towel over it, it would remove color so I chose a dry one which basically just softened the crayons and didn’t add much interest. I decided to try watercolors on top as you can see on the drawing below on the right:
I discovered that I could add texture with a paper towel if the area was still wet. So I stamped my background with a clean foam stamp to create more interest.
After the watercolor dried, I decided to add Neocolors – which are a water soluble crayon.
And another layer of watercolor to add some shadows and create depth:
I really like how interesting this turned out. I want to continue to experiment in this medium.
Posted in Mixed Media, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Wine
Tagged color play, crayon resist, drawing, experiment, mixed media art, Neocolor II, still life, Tombow markers, water soluble crayons, watercolor, wine, Yupo
I haven’t done one of these abstracts in awhile. I find them very meditative to do. I did this one on Sunday while watching the Oscars.
I started with several layers of watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper:
Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:
It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:
This time, I left some shapes without outlines:
I think it gives the eyes time to rest. You can choose to see individual shapes or the big picture.
I want to try using an actual photo as a reference for my next one.
Posted in Abstract Art, Drawing, imaginary drawings, ink, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, Art, color play, drawing, experiment, imagination, ink, joy, landscapes, meditative, mixed media, peaceful, watercolor
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:
Yesterday, I added watercolor. I found this so relaxing!
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!
How do you “branch” out to try something new in art? I’d love to hear from you!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, branches, color play, doodles, drawing, experiment, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, leaves, memory, nature, Spring, watercolor, whimsical