Watercolor + Water + Imagination =
What do you see?
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged blobs, creative play, drawing, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, smile, watercolor, weird, whimsical
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
Today, I decided to challenge myself by limiting my collage papers for creating a weird bird.
These are the materials I chose, some were sitting on my table from previous projects:
I cut out shapes and played with patterns until this Hemming Bird appeared from the coat
He (or she) was looking a little disheveled, so I added a few details to make him look im-pressive… hehe!
I hope your day “shapes up” to be extra wonderful!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. The weather is finally warming up in the Pacific Northwest! Time to ditch the coats!! YAY!
Posted in collage papers, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, Owls, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged challenge, collage papers, creative play, fun, happy day, humor, mixed media collage, owls, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
Last week I showed you my first layers of two collages I started in the online class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich: A First Layer
I have made some progress during the last week. It feels like I have added the next chapter in my collage stories.
I turned this canvas upside down and discovered the close-up of a face, do you see it?
I added some facial features and details, in addition to acrylic paint that I tinted with clear tar gel (which is like a super thick gel medium):
I think adding the yellow and turquoise paint helps bring more cohesion.
And in my second collage, I decided to create a mermaid. I added more collage images in layers and paint… The progress is more subtle in the photo on the right:
I’m enjoying the process and learning new techniques as I progress. These collages are like a puzzle or mystery to solve!
I hope you are enjoying the journey with me…
Posted in Abstract Art, collage papers, color experiments, Faces, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, nature, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged abstract, Colorful, face, humor, layers of collage, learning, mermaid, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, progress photos, whimsical
Perhaps you have seen a “Killdeer Bird” on a sandy beach?
Well, here is its cousin, a Keeldeer Bird…
The Keeldeer is also a shoreline bird but a bit shy. Its beak is the shape of a boat “keel” hence its name.
Let me know if you see one at the beach this summer…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in gelli printing, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, dictionary words, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary birds, imagintion, mixed media, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, word play
I was able to get a first layer of collage images glued to my canvas on Saturday for the online art class I’m taking from Anne Marie Grgich, that I shared with you in my last post.
The canvas is 18 x 24 inches:
This is the first of MANY layers glued with liquid matte gel medium.
I used an old credit card to smooth my papers down but still got several air bubbles…
So I decided to try a second collage on cradled wood board, this one is 11 x 14 inches:
The air bubbles still showed up but drying overnight helped many of them to disappear. The rest of the bubbles I will need to pop with an exacto knife and add more glue and smooth with my fingers.
I learned that the first layer of glue needs to be completely dry BEFORE adding the gel medium on top of my papers.
I did like working on the surface of the cradled wood board better than the canvas as the surface was more even.
Someone in the class recommended “Yes” glue as it has less water in it than the gel medium. I think I will try this in the future.
I will show you my collages as they progress…
Hope your Monday has very few wrinkles or crinkles (as in crinkly foreheads…)
P.S. Thank you all for your concern about my right eye. It has almost completely healed, yay! 👀
Posted in Art, collage papers, Color, color experiments, Humor, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, Colorful, creative play, humor, inspiration, learning, old books, online art classes, paper collage
Somehow I irritated my right eye…
I don’t know if I got something in it or if I scratched my eyeball. I’m going to an eye doctor this morning to find out.
It just reminds me how wonderful it is to SEE colors and EVERYTHING! I am so blessed.
I’m very excited about this new online class I just started, hosted by Carla Sonheim – go to CarlaSonheim.com to learn more about the online art classes she offers.
The name of this class is The College Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich.
Check out Anne Marie’s art on Pinterest if you’d like to see her AMAZING detailed collages!
I found a few more books at a different thrift store yesterday to add to my collection and I got the Senior Discount! Yes, there is a plus to being 55 years old and older! Lol! 🤣
I figure what images I don’t use in collage, I could use as references to paint! ☺️
Sorry to report, I did not see any Nancy Drew mystery books at this store but I did find a great book on container gardening for only $1.00 – YAY!
Anne Marie Grgich’s collages are very detailed with MANY layers of images. One of the things that inspired me to take this class was to learn how to create more transparent layers in my own collages. Plus, what a bonus to watch videos of another artist’s process! I’m learning so much and the class has just started!
So back to the process of cutting and sorting images by color for this class…
It is much more fun than a poke in the eye!
Posted in Art, Color, Food, Humor, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, collage art, color, humor, learning is fun, mixed media art, nature, old books, online art classes, paper collage, repurpose
I decided to add a little mystery to my post today…
I was at a thrift store yesterday, buying old books for a collage class I’m taking…
I’ll share more about the online class in Thursday’s post! 😉
I found several old Nancy Drew books, like this one:
I remember reading the book series as a young girl. How about you?
This book was only $1.00 so I bought it, thinking it might be fun to read again! 😃 And possibly, include a page or two into one of my weird birds!
Which brings me to today’s post… Dapper Dan:
Dapper Dan almost turned into Dapper Damn when I was creating the hand lettering for his name and messed up! Ugh! 😬
Thank goodness for white pens (much like white-out!)
Apparently, the “Old Maid” card game was subconsciously on my mind… Do you remember these cards?
Funny how one memory leads to another one…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
May it bring you happy memories of your childhood…
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Life, Reflections, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged childhood memories, collage, handlettering, humor, ink, mystery, Nancy Drew, old books, Old Maid card game, online art classes, repurpose, smile, watercolor pencils, Weird Bird Wednesday
Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…
Does this ever happen to you?
Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?
I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.
The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed. (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)
One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator. 😉
There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green. (Oh, that’s what that was!)
The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker. Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself. Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0
So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…
I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:
I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages! Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…
Posted in A Square Project, Doodles, Drawing, Humor, ink, Life, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged A Square Project, doodles, humor, ink, life, meditative, patterns, pencil shading, relaxing, writing, zen doodle