Perhaps you remember, January’s Square Project? I am adding a section of paper collaged squares and circles each month to complete a challenge I made for myself.
Well, I had to add a little stitching to January’s section with my sewing machine, not sure that it helps but it was super fun to stitch on paper:
February’s section is less busy… phew! 😉
I used two methods I learned from Carla Sonheim’s 365 class, the scraping paint technique and text collage. I like to take her instructions as a starting point and then take them a step further to make them my own.
Below are my notes in my art journal (please excuse the chicken scratch and word misspellings):
My completed section for February:
I think it looks so pretty, how about you?
What I liked about February’s experiments:
I haven’t had much time to pursue creating fabrics with my designs… life has been busy. I still want to do this but looks like it will be later in the year.
I am excited to see what ideas will inspire me for March.
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Tagged acrylic paint, art challenge, art journal, carla sonheim, color experiments, February, handwriting, hearts, imagination, india ink, learning, love, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, scraping paint, sewing, text collage
I was dying tissue paper yesterday for an online class I’m taking… I will share more about the class in another post. I was using colored India ink to create this one on tissue paper:
I decided to try this experiment using Swedish Tracing Paper. I previously purchased a roll from Amazon for $16.07 for another online class last year. It feels a lot like interfacing and is sewable…
I had a piece that I previously had sewed on so I experimented by spritzing it with water and adding India inks then folding it to create a pattern:
I just love the richness of this!!
It was so saturated with inks that I grabbed some sheets of deli paper to see what ink it would soak up. And I was excited to see that it transferred the color and the stitching to the deli paper:
And I got two additional prints on deli paper:
I wonder what would happen if I sewed a pattern with the thread?
More experimenting ahead!!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, ink, Sewing, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, color play, creative ideas, deli paper, india ink, inspiration, online art classes, sewing, swedish tracing paper
I was experimenting with acrylic paint and India ink yesterday….
And I created this tropical Flamingo by drawing with an ink dropper and then scraping acrylic paint over it:
Isn’t it wild?! 😉
I next experimented with some drips:
Then I cut this paper into strips and 100 tropical hearts:
I plan to use them in my art journals… what would you do with them?
I hope you have a LOVEly Monday!
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Drawing, ink, love, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, color experiments, Colorful, drawing, Flamingo, happy, hearts, india ink, inspiration, love, online art classes, paper cut-outs, paper scraps, tropical, whimsical
I was experimenting yesterday with different art mediums to create these trees:
I masked off the background with masking tape and then used salt over Dr. Ph Martin’s India ink. I also used Pan Pastels on them.
Not all my experiments turned out. Like the above one on the left where I used glass bead gel and India ink. It didn’t want to dry. But I still kind of like it.
The one next to it, I used matte medium, masked it off and used watercolor then salt. And finished it with the pan pastels after I rubbed off the salt. I like its softer feel.
Speaking of trees, I am amazed how much my Red Maple tree has changed color since I posted a photo of it here, last Sunday:
Red Maple a blaze,
Dazzling like a sunset
Fall’s color display.
Wishing you a Sunny Sunday, Friends! 🙂
Posted in Haiku, Mixed Media, Sunny Sundays, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, creative fun, experiment, haiku, india ink, inspiration, mixed media, pan pastels, salt, Sunny Sunday, trees, watercolor
I remember the big white Paper Birch tree that my parents planted in their front yard. As kids, we took its lovely shade and beautiful white bark for granted. It was a shame when it became diseased and had to be chopped down.
I planted a River Birch in my yard a few years ago. It is supposed to be more resistant to disease. It has a light pink bark that peels. I love how it dances in the wind like yesterday when I snapped this photo. It’s leaves are starting to change from green to gold and look dazzling against this brilliant blue sky:
It was my inspiration to play with patterns in one of my sketchbooks.
I started with loose sketches of leaves in Neocolors (water soluble crayons) and then painted yellow india ink over the leaves. I also added a blue background with the india ink – using Dr. Ph. Martin’s colored ink. I have never “painted” ink on before – how fun!
I finished it by gluing some of my Gelli-printed deli paper on top with a glue stick:
It was very relaxing to just “play” and I encourage you to give it a try! 🙂
Did you have a favorite tree when you were a child? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Experimenting! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media, Nature Photography, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Birch tree, collage, color play, creative, fall, Gelli-Prints, imagination, india ink, inspiration, leaves, memories, mixed media, nature, nature photography, Neocolors, patterns, trees
I finished my mixed media art piece that I started last week. If you recall, I was influenced by a photo I took of a Lupine flower’s seed pods. The last progress photo that I showed you is on the left or here, next to the completed piece on the right:
I like how the added collage papers (printed on my Gelli-Plate) give it more depth. I added a few more patterns with a white gel pen too. I plan on framing this one! 🙂
We’ve been having some awesome sunsets which I appreciate even more because we have several wildfires burning in our area. When we have clear skies, it is a definite reason to celebrate:
May these beautiful sunsets inspire you in your art like a simple seed pod did for me.
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Tagged abstract, Art, collage, india ink, inspiration, mixed media, nature, nature photography, seedpods, summer, Sunny Sunday, sunsets, white gel pen
Lupines have such pretty flowers but I find their seed pods interesting as well. I recently took a photo of its seed pods. The photo on the right is a bloom from earlier this Spring:
The seed pod was the inspiration for this mixed media painting that I started yesterday:
I started by randomly dripping three colors of Dr. Ph. Martin’s India Ink in Van Dyke Brown, Tangerine Orange and Aqua on top of my page. The paper is 100% cotton rag, 140 lb cold press Khadi paper. (www.khadi.com)
I dripped one color at a time and tilted my paper to allow the drips to run down the page over an old newspaper. I sprayed some of the ink with water in a spray bottle. This was very fun! I did it outside since the ink stains. 🙂
After it dried, I used my photo as a reference but followed the ink lines to create shapes with a black Stabilo (All) pencil.
I will post the progress I make on this piece on Thursday, August 25 – so stay tuned!
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, color play, creative, experiment, flowers, imagination, india ink, inspiration, mixed media, nature, photography, seedpods, Stabilo All Pencil