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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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
Do you know anyone with red hair? I was drawing one-liner faces last night and a few red heads appeared on my page:
I hope they give you a RED smile today!
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Tagged color pencils, creative play, faces, fun, funny faces, humor, ink pen, one-liners, red, red heads, sketchbook, smile, whimsical
I decided since the temperatures have been so HOT here – into the 90’s – that it was time we all had an ice cream cone! 😉
Well, since I’m lactose intolerant and can’t eat REAL ice cream, I decided to create some mixed media cones to share with you!
Can you name each “flavor” of art medium I used? (Answers below)
1. The scoop – a color copy of a doodle I did previously with color pencils in 2015. Cone is watercolor painted paper from an online class I took with Cat Bennett. I used a patterned piece of tissue paper and a white charcoal pencil over it.
2. The scoop – paper printed with acrylics on a Gelli plate. Cone is from old sheet music that lists names of songs – added bonus – “summer” is part of name for one song. Color pencil to create cone pattern.
3. The scoop – old map that I gelli-printed. Cone shape is cut from a paint sample card. (Note: Bears on my mind after two people encountered them at the lake within the last week! Buy bear spray!)
4. The scoop – old book page that I painted with watercolor. Cone is scrapbook paper that looks like cork board.
5. The scoop – scrapbook paper that was cut using a circle stencil. I cut part of the circle to create this shape. Cone is gelli-printed paper I did on deli paper.
I hope you enjoyed guessing these “flavors” of fun!
I took this photo at the lake recently:
Then had fun changing it with a free app called, “Layout,” on my iPad:
Doesn’t it look cool?!
Here is another one with a different photo:
Wishing you a day to relax doing what you enjoy!
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Tagged blue sky, creative ideas, creative play, fun, happy, inspiration, lake, mountains, nature, nature photography, photo app, relaxation, summer
I had so much fun participating in World Watercolor Month last July that I decided to purchase a few new art supplies in anticipation for this July.
I splurged on a Stillman and Birn mixed media art journal from Amazon and decided to try a couple different brands of watercolor paint. I also purchased a Quill watercolor brush. Here are my supplies:
I couldn’t wait to try out my new journal so I had to splash some paint inside before I left for work!
Charlie O’Shields at https://doodlewash.com has been busy updating his blog and I must admit it looks soooo cool! I hope you check out, “World Watercolor Month,” at the top of his page and subscribe to his blog. Charlie always has an interesting story to share with his amazing watercolor paintings! 🙂
Perhaps you remember some of my watercolor posts from last July:
I really enjoyed painting the natural beauty around me when I was at the lake. And I hope to continue this year plus add a few faces to the mix!
Back to this morning’s journal; I added these letters to my painting:
And splashed on more watercolor…
I will add some doodles to my letters and show you my results later…
I hope you will join me in celebrating World Watercolor Month.
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Funny how one idea often leads to another!
I recently created this paper collage for the 100-day project on Instagram (I’m doing 100 days of faces).
“Dottie hoped someone would ask her to dance at the party…”
I found a photo of a face and cut it in half to challenge myself to draw the second half of her face a little differently. I added collage from a magazine for her dress and a hat from paper I purchased to give her a little zing! 🙂 The background I created with watercolor.
This led me to create today’s weird bird: “Her friends called her a night owl.”
This one is a bit weird – even for me… but you have to admit, it is quite a hoot to look at! Lol! 😉
I found an image of an owl, cut it in half and found an image of a gal’s face and matched the two images together. Next, I traced part of her dress using tracing paper and then cut out a piece of my gelli-printed paper. I liked the striking contrast with the black and white image with the red.
I found another gelli-print to paste my image to – it looks a bit mysterious with a moon shape in the upper left corner. The image at the bottom I cut from a piece of collage paper.
I hope you enjoyed learning how I created today’s collages. These were like a puzzle for me and so fun to do!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Owls, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
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I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads. Nothing fancy… Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good. Can you relate?!
Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ❤
First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen. (I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).
Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil. I added a little color with Tombow markers. I softened them with a water brush. Here is my result:
I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.
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Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child? Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.
The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:
And then drawing a face on top of the dots!
I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!
Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea. If not, you can find them here.
Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged childhood memories, Colorful, connect the dots, creative play, discovery, drawing, faces, fun, imagination, mixed media art, pan pastels, paper collage, watercolor