I hope you join in the fun…
And create a fish a day!!
The FISH art project begins September 1st through October 31st – which gives one a couple of days to “throw out the net” but let one or two “fish” art projects escape!
As I posted previously, you can find it here: Fishing – A couple of friends and I created this mixed media art challenge for fun!
I will be posting on Instagram with the hashtag: #create50fish if you want to join in!!
Happy Fishing! 🙂
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I had so much FUN reading your names of my “exotic” creatures last Monday that I decided to create five MORE for you to name!! In case you missed last week’s post, you can find it here; A Creature Feature – Part 1
So here is your assignment, if you choose to participate… NAME creatures 6-10 or ALL 10 if you missed last week!
I can’t wait to hear your creative names!! 😃
For this round of imaginary creatures I used pencil for shading and added details with Prismacolor pencils instead of an ink pen. Do you have a favorite creature?
P.S. My heart goes out to all of you affected by Hurricane Harvey in the area of Houston, Texas. Stay safe!
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Tagged carla sonheim, color pencils, creative play, fun, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, ink, name that creature, watercolor, whimsical
Do you have a book or class that started you on your creative journey?
I discovered this book, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals” by Carla Sonheim in December of 2012:
I discovered that Carla taught online classes from this book and so it started me drawing again! I drew as a child but then I got discouraged… has this ever happened to you?
I liked the idea of drawing from my imagination. After all, no one can tell you it isn’t correct if it is an imaginary animal!
Yesterday, I decided to revisit this book and create several watercolor “Blobimals” as Carla calls them:
Yet, I think mine look more like creatures! 😃
I thought it might be fun for YOU to name my five creatures so I numbered them.
Next Monday, I will reveal the other creatures!
I look forward to hearing your names.
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Tagged blobimals, carla sonheim, creative fun, creative play, drawing, fun, imaginary animals, Imaginary creatures, imagination, ink pen, inspiration, Learning to draw, pencil shading, watercolor
I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:
I used the Posca paint pens in colors of light gray, yellow and light green. It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!
I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:
So I went with the flow of it… If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen! 🙂
I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.
This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:
I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish. Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?
I will post my completed fish doodle next week.
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Tagged abstract art, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media, patterns, Posca paint pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle
I remember fishing with my family as a young child. When we went in my dad’s boat on the lake, we would sit for hours (or so it seemed) without the fish taking a bite… talk about BORING!! 🙄
When I was a teenager, we started creek fishing which was much more EXCITING! 😃 We could actually SEE the fish swimming in the creek water. And we caught fish! Hooray!! I recall how wonderful they tasted knowing I caught them! 👍
Two of my sweet friends from Germany and I are going on our own CREATIVE, fishing expedition starting September 1st and you are welcome to join us if you’d like! 🐡
My goal is to create 50 mixed media fish and post mainly on Instagram. However, a fish or two may swim onto a blog post! 😮
I started experimenting with materials and here is a fish appetizer for you:
I will show you my fish finding tools on Friday. I hope you join me!
Posted in Art Journal, Fish, Humor, Lake, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, creative play, fish, fishing, friends, fun, gelli-printed paper, markers, micron black pen, mixed media art, Posca pens, white gel pen
I purchased some radishes at the store this week so I could draw them as they do start with the letter, “R”!
I decided to paint one of them with my Rembrandt watercolor paints and pasted it in my Alphabet Journal:
It was so much fun that I decided to paint another one and splatter some paint around my handmade art journal:
I hope you splash some paint around this weekend!
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, art journal, creative ideas, fun, inspiration, radish, relaxing, Rembrandt paints, watercolor
I was so excited to see a package on my front porch last week from Royal Talens North America. And I couldn’t wait to open it!
(Who is Royal Talens you may be asking? I signed up for their FREE newsletter to discover more about them. They have some great ideas I can’t wait to try!)
Inside was a very generous set of Rembrandt Artist Quality Watercolor tubes in 16 colors!! AND they are BIG tubes too – 20 ml size! I couldn’t believe my eyes! 🙂
I squeezed out these juicy watercolor paints onto my palette and made a color chart. They come in a complete range of 80 colors BTW! WHOOT!!
BUT WAIT! There was more in the box from Royal Talens – they also included 3 – 30 ml bottles of their Ecoline Liquid Watercolor. We are talking LIQUID watercolors!! They come in 46 transparent colors and 2 opaque colors (white and gold).
I will definitely be using these liquid watercolors in an online calligraphy class from Ivy Newport called, “Letters to Words.” I liked how vibrant and transparent the colors were straight from the bottle.
And they are very versatile. I painted the background of this sample below using a brush – they blend just like watercolor paints with water. I added black ink with a micron pen afterwards… how many weird creatures can you find on the right?!
I was also excited to see 3 Ecoline Brush Markers and a blender too! I didn’t know I could get watercolor in a brush! Oh, the possibilities!! (I used a blue marker in the sample above).
I experimented using the Ecoline markers and the Rembrandt watercolor in this doodle:
It was super fun to watch the brush markers blend with the watercolor paints – you can see it better in this photo:
And of course I had to try the blue Ecoline Brush Marker for a face! I used it as an outline to separate her head and shoulders from the background. I then softened it with a water brush:
I have more creative experiments to show you but will save them for another day!
THANK YOU Charlie at Doodlewash.com for creating #WorldWatercolorMonth in July! It is such a JOY to receive and experiment with these FREE supplies!!
P.S. I’m not being paid by Royal Talens North America for a review of their products. 🙂
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These birds might hang from a rear-view mirror…
Or perhaps they are rolled in a game of Yahtzee?
But I believe they are Para-dice birds… Flying around in Paradise!
How many weird birds can you find hidden in this picture?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged Colorful, creative, creative play, dice, fun, games, Gelli-Prints, hidden images, Imaginary birds, imagination, mixed media art, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines? Yes, I say!! 😄
1. It starts with a line
2. And connects to a feature…
3. They are easy and fun –
4. But may look like a creature! Lol! 😉
And here is a step-by-step example:
I hope you give one a try!
Seven lines for a face…
Is all it takes!
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Tagged art journal, color pencils, connect the lines, creative ideas, doodles, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, fun, funny faces, haiku, humor, imagination, ink pen, play
The crowd of spectators!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged Colorful, creative play, dictionary words, fun, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play