The Buttercups are in bloom!!
My husband picked these flowers from the forest near our home.
The arrival of sweet, golden Buttercups must mean Spring is on its way in the Pacific Northwest. Hurrah!
I wrote this haiku to celebrate these first blooms in my art journal:
Golden petals show,
Announcing Spring’s arrival,
A forest treasure.
Next, I added quick mini collages. I enjoy experimenting with color combinations, texture and balance.
I was able to get outside and take two short walks this weekend. My hip is doing great!
I hope you are all staying well.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Haiku, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Buttercups, color experiments, creative play, drawing, flowers, haiku, paper collage, sketchbook, Spring
Sunday, we set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time, giving us an extra hour of light in the evenings. Yay!
According to the Washington Post; 70 countries change their clocks mid year for Daylight Saving Time including most of North America, Europe and parts of South America and New Zealand. China, Japan, India and most countries near the equator don’t fall back or jump ahead.
Today’s weird bird is Springing forward with a bouquet of blooms to give you a smile!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, Flowers, Humor, imagination, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, Daylight Saving Time, flowers, Imaginary birds, mixed media art, paper collage, smile, Spring Forward, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art
Sometimes creative play in an art journal can be quite fulfilling.
I am discovering the joy of adding collage papers and marks without a outcome in mind.
This page I used a greeting card of a Ladybug that someone sent me. I altered it a little with my whole punch:
I had fun exploring funky flower shapes in this one and black and white stems:
My last one is a work in progress. As you can see, it involves BUGS!
I will show my completed page to you next week!
I encourage you to make time for creative play in your art making.
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, markers, Mixed Media, paper scraps, weird bugs
Tagged art experiments, art journal, Bugs, creative play, flowers, fun, ladybug, mixed media art, mixed media collage, sketchbook
I wanted to show you the page in my art journal that I completed from Monday’s post:
Below is the photo from Monday of my unfinished page Art Journal Prompts:
I enjoyed a trip down “memory lane” and found this photo of me ice skating with my dad when I was almost 5 years old. (Notice the old cars in the background!)
I encourage you to create your own art journal prompts! I hope you share with me what you do!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Photograpy, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, childhood memories, color pencils, creative ideas, creative play, creative prompts, dictionary words, doodles, drawing, flowers, fun, gelli-printed paper, happy, ice skating, imagination, ink, inspiration, paper collage, paper scraps, relaxing, Winter, writing
I like to give myself art challenges.
Yesterday, I had a few minutes to experiment in my 9 x 12 inch Canson mixed media art journal.
I started by writing the date and drawing some random shaped boxes on my paper:
Next, I worked quickly so I wouldn’t overthink things.
I added paper collage, doodles and creative prompts to work on later such as a dictionary word and paint sample name:
I will show you my completed journal page later this week! I encourage you to create your own art journal prompts to get your creative juices flowing!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, Writing Exercises
Tagged art challenge, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, creativity prompts, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, inspiration, mixed media, paper collage, playful, writing ideas
It feels like winter has arrived in the Pacific Northwest…
So this tropical bird showed up for today’s weird bird:
It was so cold outside that my cat hesitated, not once, but 3-4 times to go outside! Brrr!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Speaking of tropical, I have decided to take a short blogging “vacation” until the end of November. You will find me snuggling with my cat to stay warm!
Posted in Flowers, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, copied artwork, creative play, drawing, flowers, gelli-printed paper, happy Wednesday, humor, imagination, old book pages, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
My neighbor grows beautiful flowers in her yard. She recently brought me this fresh bouquet that brightened my day!
I decided to sit outside and paint it in watercolor.
I had an unexpected visitor who was buzzing with happiness!
I am pleased how this painting turned out and plan to give it to my neighbor as a thank you for her kindness.
Whose day can you brighten with a little unexpected kindness?
Posted in Flowers, friendship, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged bees, Colorful, creative play, flowers, fresh bouquet, friendship, inspiration, Kindness, nature, painting outside, watercolor
I chose flowers – real and imagined for my Square-A-Day project for August.
I tried something different and drew each flower square with a .01 black Micron pen:
This gives me the option to try different art mediums when I make a copy. I thought it would be fun to color them!
If you are interested in coloring them also, I will learn how to create a worksheet for you to print and color – let me know in your comments.
I was inspired by other artist’s styles this month, perhaps you recognize Mary Engelbrecht? I have always been a big fan of her art!
Pinterest was also a big source of ideas and I discovered many “how to draw” steps which was extremely helpful.
When I started drawing flowers, I discovered patterns EVERYWHERE such as fabrics, greeting cards, carpet and of course nature – my best teacher!
I hope you enjoy them and share with me the ones that are a favorite pick for your “bouquet!”
Posted in A Square A Day, Drawing, Flowers, imagination, ink, Whimsical Art
Tagged black micron pen, creative, creative play, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, inspiration, nature, square-a-day project
Sometimes making art is like… frosting cupcakes!
You start with a basic recipe, like paper collage:
Add some food coloring or Stabilo Woody water soluble pencils:
Whip up the sugar and cream in a bowl and do a taste test…maybe it needs a little more vanilla or perhaps something else?
When you are satisfied, the silky cream is spread over the miniature cakes. And then you realize it needs one more thing… Sprinkles!! Or art doodles!
I learned yesterday that sometimes it is the process of frosting cupcakes rather than the finished “art” product that is important.
I will be taking another short blogging break next week. I have some cupcakes to frost…
Posted in Flowers, Food or Recipe, imagination, Life, Mixed Media Collage
Tagged creative play, cupcakes, experiment, flowers, imagination, inspiration, life, mixed media art, paper collage, reflective, water-soluble pencils
I have flowers on my mind for my August Square-A-Day project.
So it seems fitting that this colorful weird bird blossomed in my art journal recently:
A Zinnia Bird
A mixture of watercolor and collage, I hope this bird brightens your day with a smile!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Art Journal, Flowers, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art journal, creative play, flower punch, flowers, fun, happy, happy Wednesday, humor, Imaginary birds, paper collage, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play, zinnia