I hope you join in the fun…
And create a fish a day!!
The FISH art project begins September 1st through October 31st – which gives one a couple of days to “throw out the net” but let one or two “fish” art projects escape!
As I posted previously, you can find it here: Fishing – A couple of friends and I created this mixed media art challenge for fun!
I will be posting on Instagram with the hashtag: #create50fish if you want to join in!!
Happy Fishing! 🙂
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When I was at the lake this last weekend, my friend Marsha showed me a beautiful needlepoint sampler that she was in the process of completing.
I so enjoyed seeing all the different stitches and threads in Marsha’s artwork! It reminded me of needlework embroidery that I used to do. 🙂
After I completed this drawing – inspired by the patterns in a book that I showed you previously, here: A Rosy Review
I decided to add watercolor to give it some spark:
And a Summer Sampler was done! Much quicker than stitching but it would be fun to try with thread.
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Tagged art journal, botanical drawing, bunnies, creative play, drawing, ink, inspiration, love nature, nature, Nature Journal, needlepoint inspired, relaxing, summer, the lake, watercolor
Perhaps you remember this fish doodle that I started recently? If not, you can find it here: Paint Pen Fish Doodle
I have been working on it a little each evening and I am finally done!
I am really please how it turned out! What do you think?
I reminds me of Koi fish swimming in a pond. I love watching fish swim almost as much as I like drawing doodles! 😉
Cheers to a relaxing weekend! 🙂
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Tagged art journal, Colorful, creative, creative play, drawing, fish, imagination, ink, inspiration, meditative, mixed media, peaceful, Posca pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle
Have you ever written a letter to yourself? In your own handwriting?
I have been updating my MIL’s address book on my computer. (A great gift idea BTW for a family member!) And it got me thinking about writing a letter to myself.
Have YOU ever done this?
I wonder what my letters would say if I addressed myself as a friend? Would I be more kind to myself? Would I show the same kindness I do to others?
And then I wonder, what seems so important now… would it still be… a year from now?
I have decided to write a letter to myself today and treat myself as I would a friend. In one year, I will mail it.
I encourage you to do the same!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
P.S. I used purchased stationary here but it might be fun to create a border with your own artwork for your letter.
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Tagged be kind, family, friends, handwritten letters, inspiration, Kindness, life lessons, love yourself, reflection, writing letters
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.
Posted in Drawing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged blobimals, carla sonheim, creative fun, creative play, drawing, fun, imaginary animals, Imaginary creatures, imagination, ink pen, inspiration, Learning to draw, pencil shading, watercolor
I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:
I used the Posca paint pens in colors of light gray, yellow and light green. It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!
I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:
So I went with the flow of it… If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen! 🙂
I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.
This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:
I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish. Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?
I will post my completed fish doodle next week.
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Tagged abstract art, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media, patterns, Posca paint pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle
I purchased some radishes at the store this week so I could draw them as they do start with the letter, “R”!
I decided to paint one of them with my Rembrandt watercolor paints and pasted it in my Alphabet Journal:
It was so much fun that I decided to paint another one and splatter some paint around my handmade art journal:
I hope you splash some paint around this weekend!
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, art journal, creative ideas, fun, inspiration, radish, relaxing, Rembrandt paints, watercolor
Continuing with my “R’s” in my Alphabet Journal yesterday, I decided to experiment drawing ROSES using the instruction from this RECENT book I purchased on Amazon:
I really like how the author, Peggy Dean simplifies flowers and leaves into basic shapes such as how to draw this rose:
I believe this book will give me some excellent ideas for future doodles like these roses I drew with an ink pen and colored with Prismacolor pencils:
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, ink, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, book review, color pencils, creative play, daily art, doodles, drawing, experiment, flowers, ink, inspiration, nature, roses, the letter "R", whimsical
I haven’t drawn a bird for “Draw A Bird” day in awhile… so yesterday I decided to give it a try in my Alphabet Journal:
The letter “R” is for (Common) Redpoll:
I sketched my bird in pencil, added Micron pen in brown and black ink, color pencils and white gel pen. It was a good way to de-stress from my day! 😉
I painted this bird in a more whimsical style that you can find, here from 2016.
What a great little red hat this bird wears!
P.S. I almost didn’t create a post for today because my hubby and I were busy moving his mother into a retirement home so she could receive more care. But I needed time to unwind so this was my way to relax! Phew! 😯
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, birds, color pencils, de-stressing, Draw A Bird Day, drawing, ink, inspiration, mixed media, past posts, relaxing, watercolor
I have been taking a little blogging break to rest and recover from a recent car accident where I was rear-ended.
I needed this time to heal my body and recover from the trauma. Although I’m still not fully recovered, I am starting to feel better so I returned to work today.
Yesterday, I realized that it would be fun to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal that I started in 2016… Why not create a page of “R‘s” that I add to each day this week?
Really, I could do this! So here is my beginning in a 11×14 inch journal:
I drew the flowers on a separate piece of lightweight paper in pencil. I darkened the lines with color pencil. I stitched over the flowers using “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper” that I purchased on Amazon for one of my online classes and previously painted in watercolor.
The flower stems were cut from purchased handmade paper that I also painted with watercolor. I attached the flowers and stems with dark green thread on my sewing machine and then glued the paper to my journal:
I finished my piece by adding details with color pencil.
It was fun to experiment and I look forward to seeing where tomorrow’s reflection will take me. I hope you join me!
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Tagged Alphabet Art Journal, color pencils, creative play, experiment, flowers, healing, imaginary flowers, inspiration, mixed media, recovery, rest, sewing