Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…
But I was SEEING pink! 🙂
Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:
Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:
I was definitely seeing PINK!
I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, color experiments, gelli printing, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, autumn, blueberry bushes, bubble wrap, color play, creative play, experiment, found objects, Gelli Plate, Gelli-Prints, happy, inspiration, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, old maps, pink color, roses, seeing color, stencils
One of the assignments in the online class I recently did with Lendon Noe (see yesterday’s post for more information about the online class I took) was drawing apples.
I drew this apple in my sketchbook yesterday:
It felt really great to just DRAW without thinking about the outcome…
I used to do a lot of drawing in pencil when I was a child but then I let “other people’s opinions” stop me from doing what I loved.
This class helped me to ENJOY drawing again without thinking about the finished product.
One of our assignments was to draw apples – quickly – in any art medium – on a cheap pad of tracing paper. It helped me to look at a REAL apple yet I think it REALly helped me to JUST DRAW…Without any thought of doing it RIGHT or WRONG!!
Below are my favorite apples I drew on tracing paper – some of the art mediums bled through to other pages which I think is kind of cool:
I hope my drawings encourage you to just DRAW and enjoy what you discover!
Posted in Art, Art Journal, Drawing, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged apple, art experiments, drawing, enjoy, experiment, learning, Learning to draw, Lendon Noe, love art, mixed media, online art classes, pencil, Practice, tracing paper
If you read my post from yesterday, I shared that today I would show you a piece of art that was a mistake or maybe what I should call an “unsuccessful experiment!”
I can’t really remember my reasoning for creating this acrylic painting on pastel paper… but it didn’t turn out that great… I think we all have these unsuccessful art pieces! Am I correct?! 😉
Yesterday, I made it into a fish… An “uncommon” Carp:
I’m liking it much better now!
I encourage you to keep your “mistakes” and turn them into “possibilities” at a later date!
Posted in art challenge, Creative Solutions, Fish, Humor, Paper Cutting, Uncategorized
Tagged art challenge, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, experiment, fish, fun, humor, inspiration, learning, Paper Cutting, smile
I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim to create a drawing with just seven lines. Carla calls it a haiku drawing, I call it FUN! 🙂
I created seven different shapes of fish – each one with just seven lines in my sketchbook:
Next, I brushed some watercolor paint onto my Gelli Plate and stamped it onto my paper. I love the unexpected results of this technique!
I like that the Gelli Plate is available in a variety of sizes now such as this one which is 3 x 5 inches:
Have you ever used a Gelli Plate for stamping or monoprinting? I’d love if you shared your experience with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Fish, gelli printing, Haiku, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #create50fish, art journal, color play, creative ideas, drawing, experiment, fish, Gelli Plate, haiku, sketchbook, stamping, technique, watercolor
I’m starting an online class tomorrow that I am very excited about! Carla Sonheim is hosting an online poetry and mixed media art class with Lendon Noe called, “Making Meaning: Inspired By Poetry.”
I am excited about the mixed media techniques Lendon Noe will be teaching in her class and also learning what poets and poems other students in the class enjoy.
One idea Lendon shares in her intro video is taking a section of a poem and illustrating it. This is what I tried to do below with one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening.”
Morning temperatures dipped into the mid 30’s this weekend so it seems we have skipped Autumn and gone straight to winter here in “my neck of the woods!” Lol!
Do you have a favorite poem or poet? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Mixed Media, poetry, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, changing seasons, colored ink, experiment, favorite poets, mixed media art, poetry, Robert Frost, Snow
I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:
I used the Posca paint pens in colors of light gray, yellow and light green. It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!
I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:
So I went with the flow of it… If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen! 🙂
I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.
This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:
I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish. Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?
I will post my completed fish doodle next week.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Fish, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract art, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media, patterns, Posca paint pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle
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 have been taking a little blogging break to rest and recover from a recent car accident where I was rear-ended.
I needed this time to heal my body and recover from the trauma. Although I’m still not fully recovered, I am starting to feel better so I returned to work today.
Yesterday, I realized that it would be fun to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal that I started in 2016… Why not create a page of “R‘s” that I add to each day this week?
Really, I could do this! So here is my beginning in a 11×14 inch journal:
I drew the flowers on a separate piece of lightweight paper in pencil. I darkened the lines with color pencil. I stitched over the flowers using “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper” that I purchased on Amazon for one of my online classes and previously painted in watercolor.
The flower stems were cut from purchased handmade paper that I also painted with watercolor. I attached the flowers and stems with dark green thread on my sewing machine and then glued the paper to my journal:
I finished my piece by adding details with color pencil.
It was fun to experiment and I look forward to seeing where tomorrow’s reflection will take me. I hope you join me!
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, color pencils, creative play, experiment, flowers, healing, imaginary flowers, inspiration, mixed media, recovery, rest, sewing
I love summer when the berries and cherries are ripe for picking!
We had such a wet Spring that I had the best crop of blueberries in my yard! Of course I had to paint them with my new set of Rembrandt watercolor paints! 🙂
I made a light pencil sketch first and then painted wet into wet. I added sketchy details with a micron black pen after the watercolor had dried. It is more abstract than realistic but I like it.
Pie cherries were ripe at the lake last weekend in the neighbor’s yard – these are sour cherries – not good for eating off the tree but delish for pies, that is if the Robins don’t eat them first!
I picked a few to paint in my art journal:
I love those bright reds, don’t you?!
It was super fun to experiment in different painting styles.
Do you have a favorite summer fruit? I hope you share it with me!
Happy Summer! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Abstract Art, Art Journal, Drawing, Lake, nature, Still Life, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, art journal, blueberries, cherries, creative play, experiment, fruit, ink pen, inspiration, nature, painting outdoors, painting styles, Rembrandt watercolors, summer, the lake, 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