Tag Archives: Imaginary creatures

Toucan Dan Can

Toucan Dan can balance a can bowl with a fish while spinning a dish…


And riding a squishy “Ish”!

May your balancing act (life) be full of happy surprises…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

That’s Nonsense!

I think creating from my imagination is the most fun!  I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:


I started each creature with a scrap of gelli-printed paper and then made up the rest of my animal, adding details with a black pen and color pencils.

And yesterday I created this silly Martian and told his story with this Limerick:


May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

A Wild Beast?

I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!


It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.

This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition.  It  can help an artist learn composition in design.

I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Wild Things

Sometimes the holidays throw¬†me a little off balance…like¬†these imaginary creatures:


These creatures started as watercolor blobs of paint in my art journal:


Pencil and color pencils helped them spring to life – these Wild Things!!

Hope this gives you a smile today!  Happy Friday!!!

Cheers!¬† ūüôā

A Rare Sighting

We interrupt this¬†scheduled post to announce a rare bird sighting…¬†or maybe it’s a creature feature?!

A Splodge was spotted in Oaxaca, Mexico with his female partner, Splotch and their 3 offspring:¬†¬†Blot, Botch and Spot…


One has to have an eagle eye and creative mind in order to spot such a rare find:

It also helps to have the very,¬†talented Hannah at HannahBanana Crafts to mention the word, “Splodge,” in a comment to me on her blog.¬† This word led me to Splotch which Dictionary.com¬†states is perhaps¬†an origin¬†of spot, blot and botch…

Thank you Hannah for the inspiration for my crazy birds!¬† ūüėČ

Happy Creating!

What’s In A Name?

The imaginary animal I created yesterday with the letter, “Y” inspired me to create these¬†imaginary creatures with the letters of my name today:

Jill name

I think this would be a fun project for kids!  Especially around the holidays when they are on Christmas break from school.

Maybe they just want to create their initials:

JK initials

Or maybe they have a nickname:

Jilly creatures

I hope you have FUN creating imaginary creatures with someone you love!

Would love to see what you do!

Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā

Deck The Halls

Can you imagine naming your pet dog or cat, “Fa la la la la, la la la la?


If you were feeling jolly, would you sing it when calling your pet out the back door to come inside?

After awhile would you get tired of saying the whole thing and shorten its name to “Fa la la la?”

And if you were really frustrated, would you just say, “Fa la, get your butt in here before I deck you one!” ¬†LOL!

Hope this makes you laugh today! ¬†ūüėú

Fa la la la la, la la la la!


Scrambled Eggs

Sugar plums were dancing in my head today…

Well, not exactly! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†I was dreaming of creating art but I took a nap instead! ¬†I don’t know about you but sometimes naps energize me and other times they scramble my brain like eggs.

Today I felt scrambled afterwards…

That is when these two characters showed up in my art:


So I decided that maybe I needed a break from blogging for a couple of days. LOL!

Happy Creating! ¬†ūüėĄ