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A Square Idea

I came up with this idea to draw nature’s patterns on small squares of paper.  I thought it might give me inspiration when I’m creating my art doodles.

The first ones I did on a 2 inch square piece of cardstock.  On the front is the pattern, shape or form of my subject in ink pen with color:


And on the back side is the date, identity of my subject and where I got my inspiration.

I discovered the 2 inch size paper to be too small so I changed to a 2.5 inch square.  Here are some squares I did recently:


Most of my inspiration for these subjects came from the internet.  These art squares are really fun to do and give me ideas for other art subjects to explore such as the eyes of animals.

I encourage you to give this square idea a try!

Cheers!  🙂

Random Shapes

I started playing with scrap paper in random shapes recently to learn about shape and form as part of my abstract class.  I made the one below by gluing various scraps of paper to a piece of hard-press 140 lb watercolor paper with a glue stick:

abstract - playing with shapes 1

I then outlined my shapes with oil pastel and rubbed it with a paper towel to smear it.  The outlining gives my shapes form.  It looks like the purple ring is a magnet and the other objects are drawn to it.

I found that limiting my time to about 15 minutes, helped me not to fuss over it.

The next one I outlined with pencil after I glued the shapes:

abstract with paper scraps - 2

I then smeared the pencil with a blending stump to add definition to my shapes.  It reminded me a little of blending Zentangles with a pencil to give them a 3-D appearance.

I found this exercise to be very relaxing.  And the results don’t look too bad. What do you think?

Happy Creating!  🙂