I had fun creating more Gelli-Plate Prints recently for the online class with Carla Sonheim.
After making an animal head as a stencil, our assignment was to cut it into four unequal quadrants and make monoprints.
Like a puzzle, pieces could be added or subtracted on each layer so the final prints were a little bit of a mystery.
Next, we were to add paint pens to complete our animals. I used Posca paint pens which are opaque and cover most surfaces.
Below is one wild hare print before and after the paint pens:
We had the option to add eyes or a nose so I also included a bow tie! 😃
Below is a pig I did – before and after:
And two more, they look like “party” animals to me!
I also created some face “masks” in spirit of Halloween. I hope to post them tomorrow.
I hope these wacky animal prints give you a smile today!
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I was went to target practice yesterday… with a paint brush and acrylic paint!
It was an experiment in mixing and layering opaque acrylic paints. I started with a base of yellow, red and blue. I mixed variations with white, gray and black paint.
Below is a sample of each one on one page:
I’m not real excited about the colors and found the exercise a bit tedious. Yet, it was good practice with learning to use a paint brush in small spaces.
I created this donkey-pig with overlapping circles:
I learned this technique in Carla Sonheim’s 365 – Creating Art Everyday online class.
I hope you are on target for a fabulous day!
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I spotted a yellow, Yackety-Yack…
Who was yacking with a wild Yak…
But this silly Yak wouldn’t talk back… Can you believe that?!!
If you are feeling out of wack, I hope today’s post puts you back on track!
Or at least gives you a smile! 🙂
bird animal Wednesday!
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The Heavenly bird of the “PIE” family:
I think Chocolate Cream Pie is definitely a slice of heaven! 😉
Do you see any strange animals in the clouds?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Many of you may know that I LOVE puzzles!
So when Carla Sonheim recently gave the assignment on her “365 video class” to create A Puzzle Picture, I had to give it a try!
I started by creating an imaginary shape in watercolor. After a couple of watercolor layers, I added detail with color pencil and shaded with a 2B pencil. And my imaginary animal(s) appeared!
Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:
From each side of my square:
It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:
I hope you give it a try!
And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…
I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!
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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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I’ve been taking an online watercolor class from Danielle Donaldson. It is fun to learn to paint in someone else’s style. I hope to apply bits and pieces to my own style.
I don’t paint a lot of “cute” but these critters were fun to do – a bear:
And a hound dog:
They might make fun cards when I need to cheer someone up – like YOU!
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When I was growing up, my neighbor had a Spaniel dog named, Ginger. Maybe this is what influenced my “blob” dog vase yesterday:
Or perhaps this piece of ginger root from the grocery store:
I hope your Monday’s “spot” on!
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Do you need a daily dose of inspiration to motivate you to create art? Then you may be interested in taking Carla Sonheim’s online class for 2017: “365: Activate Your Art Brain” – you can watch a short video about it, here. Each day you will receive a short video of inspiration! I hope you join me in the fun! 🙂
You can also purchase this book from Amazon with 365 blank pages to fill with your own art or ideas for 2017:
This will be my 5th year of taking a year-long class with Carla Sonheim. She has a blog on WordPress too! www.CarlaSonheim.wordpress.com
I am always inspired by Carla and the people who take her classes!!
Hip Hippo Hoorah that 2017 is on its way!!
Here’s to creating every day in the New Year!!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
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Some days I struggle with what to draw and write in my art journal. Does this happen to you too?
Yesterday, I didn’t have much time to create so I gave myself this challenge:
It got me thinking about cre8ting art with numbers. Lots of possibilities here! Maybe you would like to play along in your own art journal?
The scraps of paper are props for the start of an animal or face. What would you draw?
The bingo numbers are a prompt to write about a game that involves numbers. Did you have a favorite card game? Perhaps you remember playing Bingo?
The measuring tape box is for making a list of anything but it needs to involve numbers.
And the smallest box is your box of magic – make it anything you’d like – but it does need a number in it! Perhaps you’d like to write your favorite number in it?
I hope to show you my completed journal page on Saturday! Stay tuned 4 sure!
Happy Journaling! 🙂
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