I have found new JOY with pencil sketching lately.
It has become a relaxing activity in the evening and my day does not feel complete without a quick sketch!
I find myself focusing on faces yet I am also “drawn” to nature.
This woodland fairy combines a face and nature into one sketch:
My inspiration came from the cover of this book and an oak tree in my yard:
It is one of my favorite books for learning to sketch and paint fairies. It has so many wonderful ideas to spark my imagination!
These are the supplies I used for this drawing:
From top of the page to bottom: A Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B pencil, Pentel waterbrush, Pentel Graphlet 0.7 mm mechanical pencil, shading stump and a kneaded eraser. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook.
I started with the Graphite Aquarelle pencil and added shading with the waterbrush. I finished adding details with the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil and shading stump. A kneaded eraser is wonderful because it doesn’t damage the paper and can be molded to erase small spaces.
I encourage you to draw every day! Try different pencils, papers and subjects. It will change how you see the world around you!
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Drawing, Faces, Fairies, imaginary drawings, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
Today’s weird bird is a strange case…
Could it be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
A before and after photo:
Perhaps it is just an ordinary “Two-Headed Hat bird,” not to be confused with this one: The Cat Bird
If you’d like to inspect it further, here is a close-up photo:
Hope your day is clearly fabulous…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Humor, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, funny, happy, hats, Imaginary birds, ink, mystery, smile, strange, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
I realized that I hadn’t shared my letters, “H” and “I” from my watercolor Alphabet Journal that I did in July on my blog.
I added the collage portion to these letters last weekend. I think this page is extra happy:
And you all know how much “I” love flowers!
Last night, I had only a few minutes to paint before dinner so I created this experiment in watercolor:
Watercolor pattern play is relaxing and fun! I encourage you to give it a try!
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, Flowers, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged alphabet journal, art journal, creative play, happy, paper collage, pattern play, relaxation, watercolor
Remember this “handala” mandala from last week?
Well, I finished it this week…
I used a flower stencil, a black Micron .01 pen and a new 2-inch circle punch:
Creating a Hand-made Paper Wreath:
And I used hand-painted papers for my circles…
I encourage you to try your “hand” at making a paper wreath!
Posted in Drawing, Hands, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, circles, Colorful, creative play, flowers, fun, hand painted papers, Hands, happy, Mandala, paper art, paper wreath, stencils
I experimented yesterday with tracing both hands with a black Micron pen:
My right hand on top of my left hand… Then adding watercolor to both:
I used watercolor paper by Daler Rowney, Langton Prestige in rough grain for my above experiment. I love how a pinch of salt into the wet paint gives a nice texture.
I also experimented on Arches, 140 lb hot press watercolor paper with a different paint color palette:
The smooth texture doesn’t react to the salt or the watercolor in the same way as the rough grain:
Yet, it gives my two hands a different dimension. I plan to doodle on this one as it is much easier to draw on with ink.
I like the first painting for its simplicity and the second one for its complexity of layers. How about you?
Posted in color experiments, Drawing, Hands, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Art, Colorful, creative, creative play, drawing, experiment, Hands, happy, watercolor
Love was in the air recently when I was at the lake…
These two love birds were inspired by several hummingbirds that were “pursuing” each other during “Happy Hour” when I had gathered to share an appetizer and a glass of wine with several friends. The hummingbirds had their own “Party Punch,” otherwise known as sugar water (nectar) to dine on…
And the hummers zipped and dipped and buzzed by us with glee! It was quite the love affair. Lol!
Wishing you a happy weird bird Wednesday…
Posted in gelli printing, Humor, imagination, love, paper collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged cookbooks, Gelli-Prints, happy, Hummingbirds, humor, imagination, old books, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
Continuing with my Alphabet watercolor and collage series for the month of July…
Letter, “T” is for trees:
Do you see a couple of birds in my tree? 😉
”U” never know when a unicorn will show up!
Especially when under a sun umbrella!
And no, I wasn’t sampling the vino…
Just drawing with my eyes closed! (Yes, my eyes were open for the painting, lettering and I did cheat a little and add a few extra lines to the wine bottles with my eyes open…)
I have decided to spend a few extra days enjoying the lake this week. Temps will be in the high 80’s and low 90’s…
Summer is so short here that it is nice to enjoy when the weather is good!
There is something about the water that is so soothing…
Cheers to summer! 🙂
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, art challenge, Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, Lake, paper collage, smile, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, alphabet journal, art journal, Colorful, creative play, drawing, happy, humor, summer, the lake, watercolor, whimsical
Letter, “Q” is for quotes:
“Life is like a rainbow…you need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.” – Author Unknown
”R” is for really RED:
I haven’t done one of these watercolor and ink abstracts in awhile. It was fun to do one in mostly one color, RED! I added a little Payne’s Gray for contrast.
A paint sample card and a paper, “R” for my collage portion.
Sunny, summer sunflowers for “S” was super fun:
I like how this one turned out! I wrote on washi tape with a ball point pen for the words and cut my letter from my handpainted paper stash for the collage.
Wishing you a happy Weekend!
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Abstract Art, Alphabet Art Journal, art challenge, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, imagination, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, alphabet journal, creative play, happy, quotes, red, smile, sunflowers, watercolor
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…
Recipes old and new,
I “cooked” up this bird…
In memory of you! ❤️
Happy Mother’s Day!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Flowers, Food or Recipe, Humor, imagination, love, paper collage, recipes, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, flowers, fun, happy, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, Mother's Day, old books, old dictionary words, old recipes, paper collage, smile, Spring, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
I was looking for a Welcome sign for my front doorstep the other day… And I discovered this sign at Hobby Lobby.
I didn’t like the colors of the wood birds so I unscrewed them and darkened them with acrylic paints.
Hubby helped me hang it on the siding of our home… it looks more inviting now…
How do you welcome people to your home?! Do you decorate your doorstep?
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, birds, decoration, doorstep, happy, home, welcome sign