I discovered this super FANTASTIC flower punch at Hobby Lobby before my hip surgery:
I love that I can use both the positive and negative of each petal punch!
Below are some examples of handmade cards I recently made using this punch:
Do you have a favorite? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged birdhouses, birds, collage art, color play, creative, flowers, fun, handmade cards, mixed media collage, Paper punch, playful
Yesterday, I worked on creating some happy mail…
I made three postcards to exchange with classmates in “2019 Year of the Collage,” online class with Carla Sonheim.
Color and Pattern Play
Just for FUNny
This book has several excellent ideas as well:
How about YOU? Do you like to get happy mail?
I am giving away one postcard (original art) in a drawing, please comment below if you’d like to participate in one chance of winning! 😃
A winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, February 28, 2019 and announced Friday, March 1st, 2019! Good Luck!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Fish, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, paper collage, postcards, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged Colorful, creative play, fish, fun, give-away, happy mail, humor, nonsense, online classes, paper collage, patterns, postcard art, smile
Sharon Mann at MakeArtMagicHappens and I recently exchanged hand-painted collage papers. It was so fun to get Sharon’s delightful, creative papers in the mail! 🙂
We thought it would be fun to share the papers we received from each other today AND create a wacky, weird bird with our new papers!
Below is my bird as it developed next to Sharon’s gorgeous papers…
I added pencil shading to give my bird dimension. I love the bright colors Sharon used in her papers here:
Sharon creates in a wonderful variety of shapes, patterns and playfulness in her papers (can you find the bird?!)
Adding the final touches, can you find the 3 pen nibs I collaged to the bird’s feathers?
Sharon makes her “pen and ink” drawings sing like the color collage in the middle:
I finished my bird by adding color pencils:
The Speedball Bird
I encourage you to share your art with a friend. It may open up new ideas and possibilities!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Thank you Sharon for this fun exchange and challenge! I enjoyed it soooo much!
Posted in art challenge, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged art collage exchange, creative play, fun, happy Wednesday, happy weird bird Wednesday, humor, inspiration, paper collage, pen and ink, Weird Bird Wednesday
I spent the last several days in bed with the stomach flu so I was excited when I felt better yesterday to do a little Gelli-plate printing! Yahoo!! 🙂
I was experimenting printing on transparentcy film which I learned from Carla Sonheim in her online class: 2019 Year of the Collage. I used Golden High Flow Acrylics for this technique.
I wanted to show you one that reminded me of rocks in a stream:
I did the second print or what is called a “ghost” print on deli paper:
And here is a photo of sheet music behind the printed transparentcy:
So many possibilities! I can’t wait to get back to my art table!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, color experiments, gelli printing, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art experiments, creative play, deli paper, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, high flow acrylics, Organic shapes, transparentcy film
As many of you know, I LOVE taking online art classes!!
When Carla Sonheim announced her year-long class for 2019 would be Collage, I had to sign up! 🙂 You can find out more about it at CarlaSonheim.com or CarlaSonheim.wordpress.com
I introduced myself on the private Facebook group by cutting out letters to my name from a color copy of this collage I showed you here: And That’s How… I really enjoy the wonderful community of artists who take Carla’s online classes.
Carla will be teaching along with two other fabulous artists: Lynn Whipple and Anne Marie Grgich. Class starts today! Hoorah!
Below is a collage I created with paper scraps in my art journal:
A dictionary word,
Two pages from a shorthand book,
And some fish lure hooks,
A child wearing a blue coat,
And three scraps of music notes,
There is more to find, like #441,
Collage is fun for everyone!
Can you find all these items in my collage?
I hope you will consider joining me in this FUN online class!
Posted in Art Journal, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, poetry, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, carla sonheim, collage art, creative, creative play, fun, I spy, imagination, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, poetry, smile
I was gluing paper scraps to create a collage on Saturday…
And that’s how this collage came to be on a 6×6 inch piece of paper:
I made a color copy of it to use pieces and parts in future collages:
This is one thing I LOVE about collage, you can ALWAYS copy, reuse and repurpose any art you make!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, paper collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, color copies, color play, creative play, fun, happy accidents, paper collage, repurpose, scraps of paper, word play
I tried a new technique on the Gelli-Plate last week that I learned from Carla Sonheim. You can find out more about my mask series here, Making Masks!
I did this technique on a 5 x 7 inch Gelli-Plate using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.
I created my pattern by folding a piece of copy paper in half and cutting the paper with scissors. I laid it directly on the Gelli-Plate without applying paint first. I have always put paint on the Gelli-Plate before my pattern so this was a new concept for me.
Next, I placed about a quarter-sized dab of paint directly on top of my pattern used a brayer to spread the paint evenly over my design. Note: The copy paper pattern ripped when I applied paint on the top of it so I learned to use thicker paper such as cardstock to mask it for future projects.
After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.
Next, I added a contrasting color of acrylic paint directly on my printing plate with the brayer and and placed a 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fabriano hot press, 90 lb paper on top, pressing over the paper with a clean brayer on the back of my paper.
Important step: Let paper rest until the paint dries for an additional 10 minutes.
After the paint dried, I pulled my print slowly from the Gelli-Plate:
I decorated my print with Posca paint pens, Uniball Signo white pen and a black Micron pen.
I’m not sure that I’m done decorating this one, but I thought you may enjoy seeing it.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process. I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, gelli printing, imagination, Masks, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, color pencils, creative play, fun, Gelli-Prints, mask, Posca pens
I continue enjoying drawing these quirky faces…
Experimenting with different drawing materials such as a Pentel Sign Pen:
I messed up her neck a bit so I gave her a high collar. Hehe! 😉
I used same pen over watercolor for this gal – I like how this pen bleeds a little with water:
When I went to my local art supply store recently, I met Linda Schneider (LindaSchneiderArt.com) who does beautiful calligraphy. I used to do calligraphy when I was in college. Linda self-published a book using calligraphy flourishes to create women’s hair, hats, etc; called, “Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More!”
She inspired me create the faces I’m showing you today.
I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for this drawing:
What I like about this pen is the ink is permanent. It is a little harder to control than the other pen however. This pen also comes with refills.
And here is a mixed media piece that is a bit wild:
I started with a light background in watercolor, added her face with the outline using a black Micron pen, added Neocolor watersoluble crayons and more scribbles with the Pentel Sign pen.
Who knew that drawing faces could be so fun!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, imagination, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing faces, fun, imagination, ink, inspiration, quirky