My mark making has the feel of being on a carnival ride…
I started this doodle over a month ago and just finished it Saturday:
I used Micron pens and a new set of Uni-ball fineliner drawing pens.
Perhaps it influenced this one in my sketchbook with Copic Markers and Micron pens:
And the bright colors of watercolor, Neocolor crayons and Copic Markers in this one, definitely make me feel like having some cotton candy! Lol!
Sometimes life can feel a little like a carnival ride with its unexpected twists and turns.
I find creating marks and patterns quiets my mind and helps me tune out life’s stressful times.
Peace be with you! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, markers, Mixed Media, peace, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged carnival, Colorful, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, drawing, mark making, meditative, mixed media art, pattern play, relaxation, zentangle
I have been sorting through closets and cupboards in my home this past weekend.
It feels good to get things better organized. I have discovered that I have too many hobbies however… and I need to get rid of a few as they are cluttering my mind.
Any suggestions? How do YOU get rid of art supplies you are no longer using?
In the evenings, I have been working on a beetle doodle:
I am using gold pen in addition to black ink. I noticed that REAL beetles tend to have an iridescent shine.
I cannot remember ever working on a symmetrical pattern. It is a bit more challenging. 😉
What did YOU do this past weekend? I hope you share it with me.
P.S. I will show you my finished beetle doodle when it is complete!
Posted in Bugs, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, inspiration, nature, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged beetles, creative play, doodles, drawing, imagination, ink, learning, meditative, nature inspiration, pattern play, relaxation, sorting and organizing, symmetrical, weekend
Sometimes it is relaxing to explore different watercolor paint combinations without creating a masterpiece!
I was inspired by the colors in a Pier 1 Autumn catalog I recently received in the mail.
Although I’m not ready for Autumn yet in temperature…
I did enjoy looking at the colors in this advertisement!
I read somewhere that magazine covers are good inspiration for exploring color combinations because the editors want you to buy their magazines. Let their research in color explorations work for you!
I especially liked the colors on this page:
I didn’t try to duplicate the colors exactly. Just experiment!
Adding plastic wrap to the wet watercolor gave it great texture:
I had fun mixing colors of paint and letting the colors mingle on my paper. It helped me to slow down and enjoy the process.
I’m not done with my exploration but I thought you might enjoy seeing my process.
Happy color explorations!
Posted in color experiments, fall, Watercolor
Tagged Art, catalogs, color combinations, color experiments, color inspiration, creative play, fall, fun, meditative, relaxing, watercolor
I have been experimenting with Copic markers lately. I haven’t been a big fan of them in the past because the markers bleed through the paper.
I decided that I would give theses markers another chance.
I chose 140-lb hot press watercolor paper rather than a journal so I didn’t have to worry about the bleed through. I like how these markers dry evenly on my paper:
Next, I used Micron sepia .01 pen to accent shapes:
I used both .05 and .01 sized sepia ink pens to add my finishing details:
Here are the pen colors I used for this Copic doodle:
It was fun to experiment in colors I don’t normally use and leave some white space!
Have you used Copic markers? I’d love to hear your opinion about them.
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Doodles, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, color experiments, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, meditative, Micron pens, patterns, relaxing, sepia ink
I purchased a new art journal called, “Dylusions” by Ranger from Amazon last week:
I like the thick cardstock pages which are perfect for collage. I also like that it has an envelope in the front of the book for storage:
The paper size is 11.25 inches by 8 inches. The book comes in other sizes but I liked the size of this one. I like that the cover is plain brown paper so I can decorate it myself.
I created one of my “hidden pictures” collages over the weekend. I like the “I Spy” books, how about you?
There is something meditative about cutting and glueing paper that I enjoy.
I hope you have fun finding the items in my “I Spy, collage!”
What other treasures can you find that I didn’t list?
Posted in Art Journal, paper collage, Uncategorized, word of the day
Tagged art journal, creative play, dylusions journal, hidden images, meditative, mixed media art, paper collage, poetry, smile
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!
Posted in Doodles, Flowers, imagination, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, creaative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, zen doodles
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!
Posted in Cats, Doodles, imagination, ink, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged cats, doodles, drawing, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, stress, unwinding, zendoodle, zentangle
Do you remember the needlework or cross-stitch samplers? They were created to demonstrate or test a skill of needlework.
I have a friend, Marsha who creates the most AMAZING needlework!! I always enjoy seeing what projects she is working on! 🙂
This doodle reminded me of the cross-stitching I used to do…
A Doodle Sampler
It is like a sampler of doodle patterns that are all “interwoven” together!
It isn’t quite done but I thought you might enjoy seeing it anyway.
Have you ever done any kind of needlework or cross-stitch? I’d love to hear what you have created with thread!
Posted in Abstract Art, Doodles, imagination, ink, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract, creative play, imagination, ink, meditative, needlework samplers, patterns, zen doodles, zentangle
My hubby was listening to the jazz pianists, Bob James and Keiko Matsui from their album, “Altair and Vega,” last evening while I was working on this doodle:
I thought the title of one of their pieces, “The Forever Variations, was fitting for my doodle which started simply:
And patterns grew in complexity, much like their music:
I had a Micron pen explode on me, so I’m working some “spots” into my design…
It is a work in progress that I’m enjoying while listening to the smooth jazz!
What music do you enjoy listening to while creating? I’d love if you shared it with me… It might inspire me in my next doodle!
Posted in Abstract Art, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, music, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract, drawing, imagination, ink, jazz music, meditative, micron black pen, relaxing, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…
Does this ever happen to you?
Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?
I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.
The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed. (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)
One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator. 😉
There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green. (Oh, that’s what that was!)
The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker. Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself. Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0
So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…
I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:
I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages! Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…
Posted in A Square Project, Doodles, Drawing, Humor, ink, Life, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged A Square Project, doodles, humor, ink, life, meditative, patterns, pencil shading, relaxing, writing, zen doodle