I enjoyed creating with my hand-painted collage papers over the weekend. Carla Sonheim gave us a fun assignment to cut out random collage shapes from our own painted papers with our eyes closed! Who knew this could be so fun and freeing!!
This cat and mouse showed up first:
Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:
I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!
And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:
It is a Rhino-leaf-a-rear-as! The children loved to ride this beast at the strange animal zoo…
I hope this silliness gives you a smile today!
Posted in Animals, Cats, collage papers, Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Monday's Mixer, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged cats, color play, creative inspiration, faces, fun, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, paper collage, patterns, playful, shapes, smile, Whimsical Art
Something you may not know about me…
I used to do a LOT of beading… in fact, I have tubes of beads in all colors like painters have tubes of paint! 😉
I used to enjoy beading with needle and thread. I also made and sold my jewelry.
My favorite stitch was Peyote stitch because I could create my own patterns. Here is an example of this stitch in a bracelet:
Different sizes of beads like grapes in a vineyard. I haven’t done as much beading in the last few years because I have been trying to improve my drawing skills.
So last night, I decided to try combining the two together in my art journal:
I’d love to know what you think!
Posted in Art Journal, Beading, Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, art journal, Beading, drawing, faces, Grape vine, mixed media art, watercolor pencils, whimsical
Rocky Wren believed he was a bird in a former life…
I hope your day flies by with a giggle or two…
Happy Weird Bird(man) Wednesday!
Posted in Faces, Food, Humor, imaginary drawings, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged birds, creative play, drawing, faces, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, laugh, paper collage, strange, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
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
Do you know anyone with red hair? I was drawing one-liner faces last night and a few red heads appeared on my page:
I hope they give you a RED smile today!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, creative play, faces, fun, funny faces, humor, ink pen, one-liners, red, red heads, sketchbook, smile, whimsical
I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads. Nothing fancy… Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good. Can you relate?!
Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ❤
First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen. (I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).
Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil. I added a little color with Tombow markers. I softened them with a water brush. Here is my result:
I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, nature, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged art journal, beautiful day, creative ideas, daily practice, drawing, experiment, faces, fun, inspiration, nature, reflection, writing
Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child? Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.
The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:
And then drawing a face on top of the dots!
I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!
Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea. If not, you can find them here.
Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged childhood memories, Colorful, connect the dots, creative play, discovery, drawing, faces, fun, imagination, mixed media art, pan pastels, paper collage, watercolor
I took a day off from work yesterday. It was such a beautiful day that I wanted to spend a little time outdoors.
I purchased a few plants to plant in a planter and lavender to plant in the ground:
I worked on a collage that I started recently:
(I don’t like the pencil shading I added in the second photo but I had fun!)
And I placed an online order for new art supplies! Yipee!!
I feel like I planted some creative “seeds” for future inspiration.
Posted in Faces, Flowers, imaginary drawings, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Colorful, creative ideas, faces, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, paper collage, relaxing, summer
I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.
I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper – trying not to overthink it.
After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:
It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:
I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper. Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:
Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings. I will post my progress next week!
May your day bloom with happiness!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Flowers, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Colorful, creative play, drawing, experiment, faces, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, water soluble graphite, watercolor
A friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with cancer. My heart goes out to her and her family…
I was thinking of her as I created this face yesterday.
I pray that she will be able to fight this terrible disease and win! This face below has the determination and strength my friend has… And the knowledge that God is with her.
So MANY people are fighting and struggling with cancer. Too many people!
I dedicate today’s post to my friend T and EVERYONE who is fighting for their lives or supporting friends and loved ones battling cancer – YOU are wise beyond your years…
Sending love and hope! ❤
Posted in Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged cancer, drawing, drawing faces, encouragement, faces, gelli-printed paper, hope, love, mixed media art, paper collage, sadness, watercolor