Tag Archives: fun

The Spring Sandwich Puff

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…

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Recipes old and new,

I “cooked” up this bird…

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In memory of you! ❤️

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Cheers! 🙂

A Hemming Bird

Today, I decided to challenge myself by limiting my collage papers for creating a weird bird.

These are the materials I chose, some were sitting on my table from previous projects:

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I cut out shapes and played with patterns until this Hemming Bird appeared from the coat factory family…

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He (or she) was looking a little disheveled, so I added a few details to make him look im-pressive… hehe!

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I hope your day “shapes up” to be extra wonderful!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  The weather is finally warming up in the Pacific Northwest!  Time to ditch the coats!! YAY!

Small Treasures

If you were to draw, paint or photograph ten items that YOU treasure around your home, what would they be?

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For the second assignment for Lynn Whipple’s online class, The Essence of Still Lifewe were to draw ten items on our table:

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I had fun selecting different items – some treasures and some I just like to draw, like the pear… to complete this still life on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

Please check out Arlene’s blog.   She is also taking Lynn’s class.  Arlene’s art style is fabulous!   I like what she chose to draw for her still life.

I’d love to hear about what items you treasure…

Cheers! 🙂

Be Still, Jill

I remember being told to be still, Jill when I was a child!  Oh, is that possible? Lol! 😉

Maybe if I was given a crayon and an assignment to draw!

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I started a new online class this week with Lynn Whipple – hosted by Carla Sonheim, called, “The Essence of Still Life.”

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Lynn brings such positive energy to her classes.  I know I will learn so much!

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I hope you enjoyed these colorful drawings I did!

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They were super fun with water soluble crayons!

Cheers! 🙂

A Bandana Banana Bandit

Today’s weird bird was named the Bandana Banana bandit

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Because of its brightly colored “bandana” feathers around its neck.  Living in the tropics, this bird was often caught trying to steal a banana or two!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

I hope this colorful bird helps brighten your day…

Cheers! 🙂

Weird Monday?

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:

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Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:

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I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!

And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

The Unexpected

I think one of the things I enjoy about creating collage art is the element of surprise or the unexpected like this one:

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The assignment in The Collage Workbook By Randel Plowman for week four is Color Charge.  He says; “Experiment with adding color to a collage that is primarily black and white.  A few subtle strokes and bright marks can make a subdued collage really pop.”

In the above 6×6 inch collage, the postage stamp gives a pop of color as does the gelli-prints.  It also helps direct the eye throughout the piece.

In my next one on a 4×6 inch index card, I tried to add pink to make you think of lipstick shades.  The large pink circle is from a paper napkin.  I think it adds balance to the collage.

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My last 6×6 inch collage is more simple and yet the red paint circles make you look at the whole collage and find something hidden:

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Collage is a lot like a puzzle for me.  How can I help you look further and discover the unexpected?

I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers! 🙂

Scraping Paint…

No, I’m not refinishing any furniture or painting walls…

I’m scraping acrylic paint using an old credit card on Canson mixed media paper:

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And adding Posca paint pens…

I learned this technique recently from Carla Sonheim.

And then I took it a step further:

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Yep, I added bubble wrap and the above texture tool to create; Three Pomegranates:

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One experiment led to another…

And I discovered that I could use bubble wrap like a stamp… dipping it into the paint and then adding it to the paper.  If I let the wet paint partially dry, and scraped fresh paint across, it gave a wonderful resist.

A close-up in the second photo below:

I layered several colors in each of these experiments with Golden’s Fluid Acrylic Paints.  I also experimented by adding some gold iridescent paint.

I liked the end result of scraping an old credit card across my paper.  It created an unsuspected surprise!

Yesterday, I experimented with a more abstract design:

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All my papers are 11×14 inches in size.  They will make wonderful collage materials!

Who knows where tomorrow’s art experiment will take me?!

Thank YOU for joining me in my art studio today!

Cheers! 🙂

Creative Doodling…

As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.

I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV.  My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better.  😉

So I doodle away…  Like this one I recently started:91F794CC-2A09-45C2-B934-8BDEC8140BD2

And have been adding to it, a little each evening:

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I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:

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It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment!  Super fun!

If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration.  I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:

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This doodle is approximately  5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length.  I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01

I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs.  This is part of the fun!  I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂

What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Joy Is In The Journey

Yesterday, I decided to play with some new stencils I purchased recently from Stencil Girl Products.  They have several free tutorials on their site too:  http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com

They have such a variety in stencils that it wasn’t easy for me to make a choice!  I am very impressed with their quality of stencils too.  Below are a variety of papers and color experiments:

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I also did a page in one of my art journals, Joy is in the Journey:

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I found this quote online, “Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

Creating art is that way for me… I find JOY in the process of creating.  I also like it when I am pleased with my results!  How about you?

Cheers! 🙂