Lately, I have been inspired by Sharon, Make Art Magic Happens who has been creating some wonderful patterns in watercolor…
To create my colorful doodle in watercolor and watercolor pencils:
Thank you, Sharon for your daily inspiration!! 🙂
If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s art, I do hope you check out her blog!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Doodles, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged circles, color play, creative, doodles, fun, happy weekend, inspiration, meditative, painting, relaxing, watercolor
Paper collage is one of my FAVORITE art mediums!!
I thought it would be fun to show you how I create some of my own papers AND ways YOU can use collage in your art.
I hope you join in the fun each Thursday!
Today’s collage paper is a random pattern I created with markers on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of 90 lb paper. I used Uni Posca pens in this design:
Next, I copied my design on my HP All-In-One Printer that I recently purchased on sale for only $200! It is a HP 8720 – I have to say, very EASY to use AND it makes awesome color copies!
Can you tell which is the original and the copy?
I think the copy is on the right! Lol! 😉
Making color copies of my own artwork is one of my favorite ways to create collage material. It seems so easy and it is!!
Next Thursday, I will show an example of how I used this copy of my patterned paper in my artwork.
I hope you join me!
Posted in collage papers, color experiments, Doodles, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art ideas, color play, creative, creative ideas, doodles, inspiration, making my own collage papers, markers, mixed media, paper collage, patterns, Thursday Collage Papers
I remember as a child when I was eating dinner with my family, my sister and I were constantly reminded to have proper “table manners” and keep our elbows off the table! 😉
Funny how some of these memories come back to me when I’m writing this blog…
I was thinking about this collage I created yesterday with what I had on my art table in front of me.
It was done quickly.
Probably in less than 10 minutes.
(And probably with my elbows on the table… Good thing I wasn’t eating! Lol!)
What’s on your art table?
What inspires you to create carefree without thinking?
I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, gelli printing, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Art, art journal, childhood memories, color play, creative, experiment, fun, gelli-printed paper, good manners, handmade stamps, humor, inspiration, paper collage
Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?
When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:
Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from A Walk In The Park
They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…
I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.
Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend! 😮
I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…
Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, fall, Flowers, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, smile, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, flowers, gratitude, inspiration, mixed media art, one thousand smiles, paper collage, positive attitude, quotes, smile, Sunny Sunday
It was an amazing fall day yesterday in the Pacific Northwest! Hubby and I took advantage of this blue-sky day by taking a walk at Manito Park.
It seems that everywhere we looked, nature was showing her glorious autumn colors:
It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying the day… we saw people taking family photos, several dog walkers and many people just breathing in the beauty like us.
It was easy to put the busy work week behind us when we were dazzled by these colors as they reflected on this pond:
And with such a spectacular photo like this one:
Life’s troubles seemed to disappear.
Wishing you a moment to reflect on the beauty around you today…
Posted in nature, Nature Photography, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, autumn leaves, Colorful, inspiration, Manito Park, Maple Trees, nature, nature photography, reflections, relaxation, Sunny Sunday, trees, walking outside, water reflections
I recently started a new online class with Lynn Whipple called, “Joy Stuff – The Art of Noticing.” The class is hosted by CarlaSonheim.com
This class is about creating art in a journal or sketchbook:
I liked that we would be using monoprints from the Gelli Plate (what I call gelli-prints) and inspiration from nature:
I also liked the idea of making pages in advance like the ones I did here:
And then writing in them later or adding more art. I know that I can always cover up what I don’t like with gesso! 😉
It is a new way of creating a journal for me – creating pages ahead of time so I am experimenting with new ideas:
Like adding a pocket as you can see on the left page above. I also discovered that the washi tape adheres better with a little matte medium (glue) on top.
I will be posting more of my journal as I work on it.
And I’d love to hear your ideas! I hope you share them with me.
Make today awesome!
Posted in Art Journal, fall, Fish, gelli printing, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, art journal, Colorful, creative, creative ideas, experiment, fish, flowers, fun, Gelli Plate, gelli-printed paper, happy, inspiration, learning, nature, sketchbook, Washi tape
Some days I wonder where life is leading me…
I wish it was as easy as “following the yellow brick road!”
Yet, when I feel cloudy on the inside…
I know that God’s Son-shine will always give me hope for a new day!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, fall, gelli printing, nature, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, Christian, color experiments, fall, gelli-printed paper, God, hope, inspiration, learning, life, life journey, nature, nature photography, patterns, reflection
Yesterday, I did a little printing on my Gelli-Plate – and maybe it was the color of the plastic table cloth…
But I was SEEING pink! 🙂
Maybe it was because I took a photo of these pretty pink roses in my yard before Jack Frost arrived:
Or seeing these blushing blueberry bushes:
I was definitely seeing PINK!
I’d love to hear how nature inspires you in your art making – I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Color, color experiments, gelli printing, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, autumn, blueberry bushes, bubble wrap, color play, creative play, experiment, found objects, Gelli Plate, Gelli-Prints, happy, inspiration, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, old maps, pink color, roses, seeing color, stencils
Perhaps you remember my “put a BEAK on it,” birds? If not you can find some of them here: Chicken ‘A La King
Today I have “put a FIN on it,” fish! I thought you might enjoy naming them:
Both are fun to create with scraps of paper and a little imagination… A fun project to do with children!
Posted in art challenge, Chickens, Drawing, Fish, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, paper collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized
Tagged #create50fish, art journal, chickens, creative, creative play, fish, fun, funny, funny fish, happy, humor, imaginary fish, imagination, inspiration, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, whimsical
My hubby and I closed our lake place this weekend as it is getting colder. Autumn brings cooler temperatures in the Pacific Northwest where we call home. Soon the snow will be falling…
Autumn’s Display of wild rose hips always dazzle me in the fall. Especially on a sunny, blue-sky day:
It is always sad to see the lake season end as we will miss our lake friends. We will also miss the lake and this stunning view:
Yet, I look forward to more time in my art studio in Autumn.
The crisp, cool air of October is Apple Harvest time too!
This week my art these will be focusing on APPLES… I hope you stop by for a bite or two…
On Monday, I will share my process for creating this art piece. (I also discovered some ways to “fix” mistakes that may be of interest to you!)
Do you have 4 seasons where you live? What is your favorite time of year?
Posted in Art, Drawing, fall, Lake, Mixed Media, nature, Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged apple, Art, art classes, autumn, color, creative play, fall, inspiration, lake, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, poetry, sunny day, watercolor