The gifts are all wrapped
And under the tree,
We’re hoping Santa Claws
Let’s each of them be…
The twitch of his tail
And gleam in his eyes,
Means he’s been in the catnip,
This is no surprise!
His message to you,
This Christmas Eve night…
Never leave a catniped “Claws”
Out of your sight!
Meowy Christmas my friends!
May your day be filled with happy surprises!
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I wanted to show you the page in my art journal that I completed from Monday’s post:
Below is the photo from Monday of my unfinished page Art Journal Prompts:
I enjoyed a trip down “memory lane” and found this photo of me ice skating with my dad when I was almost 5 years old. (Notice the old cars in the background!)
I encourage you to create your own art journal prompts! I hope you share with me what you do!
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Tagged art journal, childhood memories, color pencils, creative ideas, creative play, creative prompts, dictionary words, doodles, drawing, flowers, fun, gelli-printed paper, happy, ice skating, imagination, ink, inspiration, paper collage, paper scraps, relaxing, Winter, writing
I enjoyed my blogging break for the last two weeks… Although I couldn’t stay away from reading so many of your creative blogs! 😃
I am looking forward to a new month… December is here! And Christmas is just around the corner… Hoorah!
Someone put a “bug” in my bonnet in the last couple of weeks and I have been drawing these bugs from my imagination:
I started with their imaginary “hats” from my Gelli-printed papers or copies of my own artwork.
I drew my imaginary bug in pencil before adding permanent pen.
There is something wonderful about creating from your imagination. It is so freeing!
Lastly, I added color pencils to give these bugs a little pizzazz…
Which bug(s) do you like?
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Tagged color pencils, creative, creative play, drawing, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, imaginary bugs, imagination, ink, mixed media art, paper collage, quirky, relaxation, smile, Whimsical Art
I interrupt this blogging break…
To show you this strange bug that appeared in my art journal:
Wednesday’s can be about weird birds…
And weird bugs!
One never knows what creative bug will land in my sketchbook next…
Happy Weird “Bug” Wednesday!
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Tagged art journal, Bugs, color pencils, Colorful, creative play, doodles, drawing, happy Wednesday, humor, imagination, ink, smile, watercolor, Whimsical Art
I tried to paint a Hummingbird in watercolor for today’s post but it ended up in the trash! Oh, don’t worry, this happens sometimes. 😉
So I went back to the basics – painting patterns in watercolor and getting comfortable with my brushes and trying different color combinations:
And look! A bird shape showed up!
When I haven’t painted in watercolor for awhile, I have to slow down and just PAINT without thinking about outcome.
I added pen on top of my watercolor in black Micron pen with a little white and gold gel pens. I like how the ink gives it some pizzazz!
I now have a page of patterns I can color copy and use in my collages.
What do YOU do when your art takes a different turn than you envisioned?
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Tagged art experiments, art mistakes, collage material, creative play, doodles, ink, patterns, relaxation, watercolor
Remember my nature inspired watercolor pumpkins and leaves that I posted last week:
I enjoyed adding doodles with ink and white gel pen:
It was so fun that I did another page of leaves with a couple of mushrooms:
And a page of seed pods:
Nature photos from Pinterest inspired my patterns but my imagination created my doodles!
Yesterday was the first day of Autumn…
It was sure in the air! Aren’t the reflection of the clouds on the lake amazing?!
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Tagged art journal, autumn, clouds, creative play, doodles, imagination, ink, inspiration, lake, nature inspired, nature photography, pinterest, watercolor
I chose flowers – real and imagined for my Square-A-Day project for August.
I tried something different and drew each flower square with a .01 black Micron pen:
This gives me the option to try different art mediums when I make a copy. I thought it would be fun to color them!
If you are interested in coloring them also, I will learn how to create a worksheet for you to print and color – let me know in your comments.
I was inspired by other artist’s styles this month, perhaps you recognize Mary Engelbrecht? I have always been a big fan of her art!
Pinterest was also a big source of ideas and I discovered many “how to draw” steps which was extremely helpful.
When I started drawing flowers, I discovered patterns EVERYWHERE such as fabrics, greeting cards, carpet and of course nature – my best teacher!
I hope you enjoy them and share with me the ones that are a favorite pick for your “bouquet!”
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Tagged black micron pen, creative, creative play, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, inspiration, nature, square-a-day project
Sometimes I create drawing challenges for myself to make it more fun…
I created these faces by not filling in all the features with a Micron ink pen:
Next, I copied my original drawing and completed the faces on copy paper. I created a couple of animals too!
I couldn’t stop at just one sketch, kind of like eating popcorn while watching a movie! Who can eat just one bowl! 😉
Just featured was very entertaining. I hope you give it a try with your own drawings.
And if you are unhappy with a drawing, you can just cut it out of the picture!
It is a super fun way to develop a character or perhaps tell a story.
Who will you create?
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Tagged animals, art challenge, creative play, drawing, drawing faces, faces, features, funny, humor, imagination, ink, whimsical
I enjoy giving myself little challenges when drawing… and learning more about my subjects.
Painting different colors of watercolor in my art journal helped add color to a blank page…
I then challenged myself to use mostly black pens – each pen a different variety – to draw Cactus; from the book I showed you in this post: Drawing Cactus and Succulents
According to Dictionary.com; Cactus (noun) and plural can be cacti, cactuses and cactus!
As a definition: Any numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
I never really thought about a “cactus” being a succulent plant!
I challenged myself to create these “succulents” with a variety of green pens:
Succulent (noun): A succulent plant as a sedum or cactus… and as (adjective): Of a plant – having fleshy or juicy tissues.
What I learned from this challenge for myself:
- Calligraphy pens are great to draw with…
- Going outside the color “square” is OK!
- I really do have eight green pens.
- Creating challenges makes drawing fun!
- I enjoyed learning the names of plants… must be a weird bird idea in there somewhere!
Do you give yourself challenges when you are creating? I’d love to hear what you do!
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Tagged art challenge, art journal, Cactus, color play, creative ideas, drawing, ink, inspiration, sketchbook, succulents, watercolor
My title sounds like a silly song!
I started this little doo-da-ling…
When I was in a moo-da-ling…
I hope to show you my finished doodle next week!
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Tagged art journal, creaative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, zen doodles