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Relax!

It was “rewarding” to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal this week…

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But then I “realized” that there was something missing! ūüėģ

“R” you wondering WHAT that is?!

Well, while I was preparing for my weekend “retreat” at the lake, I discovered a “remarkable” feather…. so I got out my bird feather book:

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And in my “research” I discovered the identity of the “Rare” bird from Wednesday:

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I hope this gives you a smile today! ¬†ūüôā

Relax and enjoy your weekend…

Cheers Friends!

Feathers Appear

I like this saying, “Feathers appear when angels are near.”

I enjoy making these “wild” feathers of my imagination!image

I start by gluing some of my Gelli-printed deli papers to black paper.  I then fill in my feather form with Prismacolor pencils.  I love the creaminess of the pencils on the black paper.

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday friends! ¬†ūüėÉ

Painting On Vacation – Part 2

This is the second post of my art journal paintings I did while on vacation at the lake.  I posted the first week, here.

On Sunday, July 24, I saw four Evening Grosbeaks in a neighbor’s cherry tree at the lake so this was my inspiration for Monday’s drawing on July 25:

I added a few color pencils and white gel pen to my bird at the end.

Tuesday, I skipped a day in my art journal because I did¬†a mixed media painting from Carla Sonheim’s¬†FREE Kid’s Art Week that I posted last week on my blog, here.

On Wednesday, July 27, I was inspired by the purple color and shape in the wildflower, Fireweed to create this abstract feather:

Thursday, July 28th, I wanted to paint the quiet beauty that surrounds me at the lake so I painted this picture and later added a Bible verse:

On Friday, July 29, I was experimenting with gouache and was inspired by the circular shapes and colors in my flowers to created these swirls of patterns:

Saturday, July 30th found me floating in the boat and enjoying the lake!  I was inspired by the clear, natural water to paint it:

On Sunday, July 31st, I celebrated 31 days of painting with watercolor for World Watercolor Month by painting a bottle of wine and one glass.  I added a little pizzazz to the background with one of my Gelli-prints:

I hope I inspire you to paint on your next vacation!  I found it very relaxing and a perfect way to remember my time at the lake:

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Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā

An American Robin

I found a dead Robin on the sidewalk in front of my home today.¬† I’m not sure how it died but I decided to include it in my nature journal today:

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I see them everywhere¬†here in the Pacific Northwest so I often take them for granted.¬† I enjoyed remembering my feathered friend today as I did a sketch in my journal with pencil first and then pen.¬† Finishing it with a loose watercolor¬†painting and including a feather or two.¬† ūüôā

I did a collage of a Robin last Spring that you can find here.

Happy Friday!¬† ūüôā

It’s In The Bag or Um, Envelope?

Sometimes it is fun to repurpose items I have around the house rather then purchase something new!

And I found making these items just might help me be better organized!  Are you curious?

gold envelope

You see, one of the things about collage is that I keep every little piece of paper!¬† And sometimes, the pile grows so that it takes on a life of its own…

The creative envelope to the rescue!  YAY!

I made the above one from a recycled gold padded envelope.

And the one below, I made from a piece of junk mail that I folded in half –

backside of bird envelope

And then glued some of those little pieces of collage paper that were floating around to one side.

I used a little bird I created from a leaf print for the other side:

bird feathers envelope

Punched holes in the sides of the cardstock and then sewed the edges closed with embroidery thread.  The perfect place to keep my bird feathers!

When hubby came home with a Starbucks bag, I cut it in two:

starbucks sack cut in two

And made envelopes out of each section – here is the top half:

top half side 2

I used patterned tape to seal the bottom.

side 1 top half

And decorated both sides of the bag….¬† a perfect place to keep my postage stamps!

I hope I inspired you to repurpose an item you have¬†around your home¬†as a storage container!¬† I’d love to¬†hear what you did!

Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā

Bird Feathers

My cat, Jack¬†caught another bird the other day…

Jack cat

I don’t like this part of having an outdoor cat!¬† I did have to chuckle a bit when he came into the house with a feather on each ear.¬† He was wearing the evidence!

I am hoping the bird got away but there were many feathers on the ground so I collected a few:

Mourning Dove feathers

And using this AWESOME book:

bird feather book

I was able to identify them as a Mourning Dove.

I never realized there are so many different patterns in feathers until I started studying birds!

So today, I decided to play with a feather stencil I purchased awhile ago:

feather stencils

Sometimes, it is just FUN to play with different art mediums and color combos:

feathers - mixed media

I experimented with Oil Pastels, Watersoluble Wax Pastels, Pan Pastels and Prismacolor Pencils.

I had not thought to try these mediums with a stencil!  So fun to play!

Do you have a favorite?!¬† I’d love to hear what you think!¬† ūüôā

Happy Creating!

Sink Or Swim

I started journaling with beads several years ago.  I sew a mini pillow that I use as my canvas:

Fish on pillow

This one is titled, “Sink or Swim.”¬† It is 4.5 x 4.5 inches in size.

I find beading – especially Free Form Peyote Stitch – to be very meditative for me.

I like to bead with needle and thread and use beads of various sizes and colors.  In a sense, the beads are my paint and my needle and thread are my brush.

Fish upclose

The stone for my fish face is called, Paint Brush Jasper.  I usually start my stitching separately and then sew it to my pillow.  I then add more beads until it takes the shape I want.  The other 3 stones I used (bluish-brown) are Multi-color Kyanite.

I often don’t know what I am going to make when I start one of my art pillows.¬† Sometimes the colors on the¬†fabric will help me choose my bead colors.

I chose a pillow because it is easy to sew and symbolizes comfort to me.  Here is some details of the top:

fish pillow details at top

I strung beads on a wire and then wrapped the wire around a ribbon and then sewed it to the top edge.  I tried to make it look like water.

I was working through some¬†problems at the office¬†when I created this one.¬† I was feeling a little like a fish out of water…

I started another mini art pillow about a year ago:

abstract pillow pal with feather

This one is more abstract and is influenced by nature.¬† I thought by showing it to you, I would be motivated to complete it!¬† ūüôā

I used a Resin donut as my base.  I then strung beads on a wire and wrapped the wire around the donut shape.  I am adding beads to the wire ones with peyote stitch.  I also want to include a feather.

I’m hoping that I can some day write a book on my mini art pillows.¬† And would love to know what you think about them!

Happy Creating!

Soar!

In 2014, I took about 20 online art classes!  I wanted to Soar!  And I did!  I flew to new heights in my art making.

This is one of the mixed media pieces I did in Lifebook 2014:Soar - Full shot

It was fun to play with different art mediums to create it.

Soar definition

I tried to create a bird that looked like it was soaring high above the mountains.

Soar with song

I pay more attention now to birds flying in the sky…

Hope you SOAR in your creativity this week!

Happy Creating!

A Northern Flicker

I found this beautiful feather a few years ago:

Northern Flicker Woodpecker feather

And today I looked it up in my book on bird feathers and discovered it was from a Northern Flicker Woodpecker.  I thought it was from a woodpecker but I had no idea that this bird was so beautiful!  I hope you will look it up on the link I provided for you Рjust click on the underlined word.

Today I decided to make some imaginary feathers with watercolors.  I used a can of compressed air to blow the liquid paint across my paper.  So fun!

Here are my results Рthe first one is on 300 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.  I used watercolors and Prismacolor pencils:

brown feather

The second one I used 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.  I added Derwent Inktense pencils after the watercolor:

Red feather

And for the third one, I used 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper.  I added water-soluble wax pastels after the watercolor:

Green Feather

Happy Creating!

Horsefeathers

A friend of mine suggested this word for a blog post.

Since I have been learning to draw horses, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use this word.

Horse study

I have been sketching horses for over a week to get to this drawing.¬† I’m taking a drawing and painting class¬†from Val Webb.

I added a horn to make it a unicorn:

Unicorn Study

This would be a great place to interject the word, “horsefeathers!”¬† It means:¬†¬† rubbish; nonsense; bunk (used to express contemptuous rejection).¬† It comes from 1925-30, Americanism; horse + feathers, as euphemism for horseshit

I know you are wondering about the feathers part…

So I colored one of my Zentangle feathers from the other day.

colored feather on yellow gelli-print

And photographed it on one of my recent gelli-prints.

Here is another photo from a different angle and background:

colored feather on blue gelli-print

It is interesting how the colors of the feather changes depending on the background.

Sometimes we need a little nonsense in our life!  HAPPY Friday!