My neighbor recently got a poodle in “party” colors (black and white) that inspired me to create a whimsical series in acrylic paint and watercolor.
I started by making random marks on a 22″x30″ sheet of hot press watercolor paper. I used golden fluid acrylics and permanent black ink with different size brushes.
Note: This is a great way to get over the fear of a white sheet of paper!
Next, I cut my large sheet of paper into smaller sizes. I had a total of 18 pieces of paper to creat my drawings.
Here are a five of my favorites:
I drew my poodles in pencil first and then used a permanent black pen. I used the marks on the paper to help me draw my poodles so they turned out a bit wonky! I finished them with watercolor.
Do you have a favorite?
One idea leads to another…
I made this birthday card for a friend:
And a weird bird showed up with a poodle do:
Dog gone it! I hope you have a happy Wednesday!
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I saw some cute paper napkins with lemons at the grocery store yesterday…
It was my inspiration for today’s weird bird:
Squeeze the day!
Something silly to brighten your day!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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In 2019, I created a “square a day” – a small piece of art each day. This was a fun project that kept me inspired in my art making. I wrote the date and notes on the back of each square.
I have been a little off the grid in the last year dealing with some health issues and feeling uninspired to create.
2022 is a NEW YEAR and time to create some fun! Hooray!
Today’s weird bird was part of my square project for the head and yesterday, I added the body with a grid format…
Here is what I wrote on the back of my square in 2019:
And here is my box of 365 art squares!
I hope my little whimsy will give you a smile today…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Cheers to a creative year for us all! 🙂
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Tagged creative play, drawing, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy art, humor, imagination, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, word play
Two little birds flew in to jingle jangle their bells last night…
Hoping your holidays are a delight!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Friends!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged color pencils, creative play, drawing, fun, Gelli-Prints, Happy Holidays, Imaginary birds, imagination, mixed media art, smile, watercolor, whimsical
I have been enjoying the free online art class:
“The Layered Page” with Kellee Wynne Studios! I discovered it on Instagram. You can find it at KelleeWynneStudios.com
I have been creating larger pages with acrylic paint and stencils that will become mini books. Kellee shows you how to do this in her videos.
This led to experimenting in my sketchbook with marks and bubble wrap:
And creating smaller cards that are 5.5 x 3.5 inches:
I decided to make positive affirmation cards with some of the smaller cards:
And I created my own layered pages with paper collage in my art journal:
Perhaps my art will inspire you to create art you enjoy!
I hope you have an amazing day!
P.S. I have decided to take a blogging break so I can focus on creating art. There are some awesome free online art classes right now that I want to take advantage of!
If you are needing some additional creative inspiration, Carla Sonheim is offering a free pdf with 22 artists sharing their ideas. You can find it at CarlaSonheim.com Great ideas for all ages!
Have fun and stay safe! 🙂
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, imagination, inspiration, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, color play, creative ideas, creative play, free art classes, fun, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, positive affirmations, sketchbook, stencils
You have heard of a cat’s pajamas, right?
Why not a bird’s pajamas?!
I got ideas from this book for their outfits:
What animal would YOU invite to a pajama party?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in hats, Humor, ink, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, cut-outs, drawing, drawing clothes, fun, humor, ink, nonsense, pajamas, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
Last Friday, I showed you the beginning of this journal page:
I added a drawing of a weird looking bug and then discovered the dictionary definition for a Glow Worm on my page.I decided to explore this idea further.
Next, I added some acrylic paint and colored part of my bug with Tombow markers:
I added some interesting facts about a Glow Worm to my page and finished coloring my “beetle” wearing a hat… why not! 😉
I enjoyed learning something new while playing in my art journal.
P.S. I have decided to blog 1-2 days a week. I will be posting on Mondays and possibly Wednesday. I will be posting more on Instagram where you can find me at art_jill_kuhn
Posted in Art Journal, Bugs, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, hats, imaginary drawings, markers, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, weird bugs, Word Play
Tagged acrylic paints, art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing, fun, imagination, paper collage, weird bugs, 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’m enjoying the assignments for Carla Sonheim’s year-long class, Words and Pictures.
This assignment was especially fun because I enjoy cooking. 🙂
My hubby helped me make this recipe in the crock pot last week since I get tired standing fairly quickly with my hip. I cooked it on low for 8 hours.
We made it without the wine and just added more broth. It was really delish!
For the second recipe, I experimented with tissue paper and gelli-printed papers. Plus, a few other scraps of purchased paper:
I look forward to Spring and fresh rhubarb in my yard so I can make this recipe.
Do you have a favorite recipe you like to make in the Spring? I’d love to hear about it!
Posted in Art Journal, collage papers, Drawing, ink, Mixed Media, recipes, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged creative play, fun, illustrated recipes, ink, online art classes, paper collage, Spring, writing
I REELED in some creative fun yesterday…
And used a few neglected art supplies (rubber stamps) to create this Clown Fish in my sketchbook:
Perhaps you remember the funny fish I previously posted on Friday’s? If not, you can find them under my art categories on the top right side of this post as FUNny Fish Fry-days!
I won’t be creating a fish every Friday but I thought it might give you a smile when I do!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Fish, FUNny Fish Fry-day, gelli printing, Humor, Mixed Media Collage, rubber stamps, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, drawing, fun, funny fish Friday, imagination, paper collage, rubber stamps, sketchbook, smile, Whimsical Art, word play