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!
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Perhaps you remember my post last week where I told you about my Square A Day project. If not, you can read more about it here: A Square A Day…
I recently finished the square doodle that inspired the idea for my project:
I’ve titled it, Be Square!
I created a box for my 2019 square project with monthly dividers. I am writing notes on the back of each card with the date, description and inspiration for the square. I may use my completed squares for inspiration when I get stuck in a creative rut in the future.
Below are six squares I have completed for January:
I find myself paying more attention to my environment and ideas I could use for future squares…
I think for once in my life, I’m OK to be square!
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Perhaps you recall the online landscape art class I told you about from Anita Lehmann? If not, you can learn more about it here: Exploring Landscape
I enjoyed painting these 1.5 x 1.5 inch landscape vignettes in watercolor; the first 2 rows were from my imagination and the last 3 rows were free photo images of lake and wheat field images from unsplash.com
I discovered a limited color palette and subject matter made the exercise more cohesive and less busy in my last 3 rows:
New materials I used for this project were removable tape – 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch in diameter that I purchased locally at Michaels and Art Graf watercolor graphite that I purchased online from Dick Blick:
I encourage you to give this exercise a try…
I learned to see landscape shapes and elements of design instead of focusing on small details. It also helped me to work quickly and get a feel of the landscape instead of focusing on minute details.
Posted in Abstract Art, Lake, landscapes, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Anita Lehmann, imagination, lake, land shapes, landscapes, learning, mixed media, online art classes, vignettes, watercolor, wheat fields
My cat, Jack wouldn’t eat this weekend. Three agonizing days were spent trying to get him to eat! Sigh…
Finally, a fresh can of tuna was the winner! Hooray!!
Sometimes life catches us off guard and we must find ways to unwind… like this doodle I started awhile ago…
I completed it this weekend when I needed a distraction from a sick cat:
I’m so thankful the cat is back to his old self and now I can start a new doodle!
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Tagged cats, doodles, drawing, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, stress, unwinding, zendoodle, zentangle
With Thanksgiving here next week in the States, it is time to start planning the Turkey dinner!
I purchased this old Betty Crocker cookbook from a thrift store. I use it for collage. It is filled with stains and comments on the pages… it makes me wonder whose family enjoyed it. 😉
I have been drawing a lot of pears lately so it seems fitting that a pear-shaped weird bird would appear…
Blushing Betty is a variation of the photographed recipe above for Quick Brown Betty.
I wonder is Betty blushing because she painted her toenails?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in fall, gelli printing, Humor, Mixed Media Collage, recipes, Repurpose, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged creative play, desserts, family, family recipes, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, memories, old recipe books, paper collage, pears, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday
I remember how my grandma made my sis and I matching outfits as kids. My sister is two years older than me.
Sometimes these memories come to me when I’m making art. Does this happen to you?
I created this art in my sketchbook last night. I started by glueing a stocking hat and sweater for a dog from one of my Gelli-plate printed papers.
I then drew my girl’s face. Next, I glued her vest and pants to the paper. Kind of reminds me of paper dolls… I drew her arms and boots around her collaged “clothes” and the dog around his “sweater” from my imagination…
The proportions are a bit off on my girl but I like the dog! Lol! ☺️ And the poem I wrote reminds me of my childhood and how much fun we used to have playing in the snow.
I have always thought it would be fun to have a little dog to dress up in matching outfits!
P.S. The child in me wishes it would snow but the adult says, “Please, only in the mountains! I don’t want to drive in it!” 😉
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Tagged art journal, childhood memories, creative play, dogs, drawing, imagination, mixed media art, paper dolls, poetry, smile
I had fun experimenting with this Gelli-Plate print which is the same pattern as the prints I showed you last week, here: Making Masks!
This one is a little different as I cut out the negative features of the face for the print:
Next, I added patterns with Posca paint pens, color pencils and a Uniball Signo white gel pen to create a design for my mask:
I finished by cutting my paper into squares and slightly shifting the image before gluing it onto another piece of paper:
My paper mosaic mask was a fun surprise! What do you think?
Wishing you a happy Monday!
This weird bird was recently spotted in a jungle somewhere…
A Crawfish-Bibbed Spear-Head Bird
It is so hidden in camouflage…
That it takes people time to recognize it.
Yet, if you are patient you will be lucky to see…
A rare sighting of this bird!
I hope it gives you a smile today…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
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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!
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Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
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