Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
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My continuation of my Alphabet Journal…
Mushrooms from my imagination for the letter, “M”:
I did reference wild mushrooms online before I drew and painted these colorful ones. It was very fun to paint these mushrooms in watercolor. Adding salt while the paint was wet gave the perfect texture to them. I am sure I will be painting more in my future!
Letter “N” is for handwritten notes:
This one took me a little more time to complete. It was fun to add old postage stamps for the collage part. Letter writing seems to be becoming a lost form of communication.
”O” is for the color, orange so why not an orange sunset:
I was playing with color, shapes and balance for the collage part.
Purple petunias from a planter were a perfect subject for the letter, “P”:
I cut strips of handpainted paper for the collage part. I thought the colors accented the purples I used for the petunias.
I hope you are enjoying my alphabet series… I’m having so much fun!
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Last Friday, I had a little time to create one of Carla Sonheim’s assignments from the year long online class I’m taking from her.
We were to collect some items from nature and arrange them in a pleasing manner:
I collected the above items from my yard. 🙂
Next, I drew them quickly with pencil:
I added oil pastels to my pencil sketch by starting with a light color and layering a darker color on top. I added details by scratching into the oil pastels with a wooden pencil.
I wasn’t totally liking the oil pastels so I scraped white acrylic paint over it:
I like the muted look better… I’d like to try my nature study in watercolor too!
Happy Monday! I hope your day is blossoming into a good week…
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Tagged carla sonheim, Colorful, drawing, flowers, learning, leaves, nature, nature photography, oil pastels, online art classes, smile, trees
I am feeling much better and happy to be blogging again! YAY! 😃
I couldn’t stay away from creating in my art journal for too long…
And discovered this sketchbook to be the perfect size for a little art!
Sometimes I think I have to make something BIG for it to be considered as ART…
Yet, this is not true! After all, flowers come in all shapes, color and sizes so why not art?
And art journaling isn’t about a MASTERPIECE…
But EXPLORING and creating…
And experimenting with different art mediums!
Who knows what discoveries I will make by creating a little art in my journal…
I encourage you to give it a try!
Plant a little art today…
Posted in Abstract Art, Art, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, ink, Lake, Mixed Media Collage, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
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Perhaps you are looking for a gift for yourself or someone who loves flowers…
I recently purchased this book of creative floral inspiration, Botanica from Uppercase Magazine:
It includes a mixed bouquet of art mediums and artists who are fascinated with all things floral. The colorful art and articles are truly inspirational! 🙂
When I give a book as a gift, I like to include a handmade bookmarker with it.
They are easy to make, like this one below:
I decorated white cardstock with a simple pattern, glued a paintchip sample from Home Depot, stamped a face from a rubber stamp onto white tissue paper and glued the tissue paper to the paint sample with a glue stick. I finished it by punching a hole in the top, adding some colorful yarn and a wooden bead.
Bookmarkers make great gifts – with or without a book – and can be personalized with a special handwritten note on the back.
With a bookmarker, you don’t need to purchase a greeting card… It is a treasure like a good book!
Do you have a favorite book that you like to give as a gift? Please share!
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Tagged Art, book review, bookmarkers, creative play, flowers, gift ideas, handmade, inspiration, paper collage
Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I decided to create today’s weird bird in memory of ALL mothers – birds and humans! 😉
Lunches and Brunches…
Recipes old and new,
I “cooked” up this bird…
In memory of you! ❤️
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Tagged creative play, flowers, fun, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, Mother's Day, old books, old dictionary words, old recipes, paper collage, smile, Spring, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Just think of the possibilities…
If you started your day,
Being AWESOME!! 🙂
When Charlie at Doodlewash.com had an art prompt to create patterns in watercolor on March 3rd, I couldn’t resist!
So I got out my Ecoline Watercolor markers – which Charlie was giving away last summer on his blog (I won a few to try, pretty awesome I must say!) and I just started drawing:
Drawing colorful patterns, just makes me FEEL awesome, how about you?
Yesterday, I decided to cut out letters on the back side of my paper:
I forgot that I had to reverse the “S” but no big deal, I just cut out another one!
After I cut the letters out, I glued them into my journal and added some flowers with my hand painted papers. Note: You can’t see the cut into the center of the flowers or letters when you cut one continuous line into the center.
I had some text on my collage table and found this text, which made a perfect flower center:
I was thinking this would make a fun card for a friend by adding a special message inside a flower!
I outlined my letters and flowers with a black Micron pen and a little pencil shading to make them pop, as you can see with my photo on the right below:
Part of my inspiration for my lettering was the cover of Uppercase Magazine:
Be AWESOME today!
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If you were to describe Spring with two
lips … I mean colors, what two colors would you choose?
I’d choose Prismacolor Pencils; Spring Green and Rose pink…
How about you?
What art medium and name describe the colors best for you?
Happy Spring! (Wishful thinking…)
Cheers! 🙂 🌷
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Tagged color, drawing, flowers, imagination, inspiration, meditative, relaxation, Spring, Tulips, zen doodles, zentangle
I inherited my mom’s journal with 40 years of flowers and trees she planted in the yard where I grew up as a child.
I love that it is in her handwriting…
I treasure it too because it connects us together… we both love flowers and trees.
I’m taking an online class from Lendon Noe hosted by Carla Sonheim called, Inspired By Lives and Letters, which gave me the inspiration to create this piece:
I made a copy of watercolor painting I did last year and a copy of mom’s journal page from the year I was born… to connect our past and present together as a remembrance.
It is a way for me to have a lovely conversation with my past…
A way for me to say, “Happy Birthday,” to my mom whose birthday is approaching in early March even though she is no longer with us.
I’d like to think she would treasure it.
Posted in landscapes, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Paper Cutting, Reflections, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged carla sonheim, flowers, gardening, handwriting, inspiration, journal, Lendon Noe, love, memories, mixed media collage, mom, online art classes, Remembrance, trees, watercolor