I started this drawing of squares and circles recently with a Micron black pen:
I was thinking of using a drawing for one of my monthly Square Projects; you can read more about my project here: February’s Square Project
I think we all struggle with finding balance in one or two areas of our lives. I know I do! 😉
Sometimes I wish life was as easy as balancing lights and darks like this collage:
The collage is still waaay too busy for me, much like life is some times… and yet cutting up the original collage and rearranging the pieces helped me to focus on the whole picture, not just the annoying parts!
It also helped me create balance in this drawing:
Creating art teaches me a lot about finding balance in my life. How about you?
My drawing is almost complete, next I will add pencil shading.
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Tagged A Square Project, art practice, creative play, doodles, drawing, finding balance, learning, life, meditative, mixed media, paper collage, patterns, zen, zen doodles
One of the things I enjoy about taking online art classes is creating my own assignments from the class.
This one I made by drawing overlapping still life shapes in a 5.5 x 8.5 journal with a Micron pen. Next, I colored the “shapes” with Prismacolor pencils.
It may look rather busy to you but it was very relaxing for me to create.
May you find JOY in the art you create!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, Still Life, Uncategorized, Wine
Tagged abstract, art journal, color pencils, Colorful, creative ideas, drawing, imagination, ink, inspiration, meditative, relaxing, still life, wine
If you were to describe Spring with two
lips … I mean colors, what two colors would you choose?
I’d choose Prismacolor Pencils; Spring Green and Rose pink…
How about you?
What art medium and name describe the colors best for you?
Happy Spring! (Wishful thinking…)
Cheers! 🙂 🌷
Posted in Color, Doodles, Drawing, Fingerpainting, imaginary drawings, imagination, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged color, drawing, flowers, imagination, inspiration, meditative, relaxation, Spring, Tulips, zen doodles, zentangle
Perhaps you remember this doodle I recently started, if not you can find it here: Creative Doodling…
I recently finished it! 🙂
It always feels good to finish one because then I get to start a new one!
I get inspiration from a variety of patterns to create my designs. I wondered if YOU had an idea for me for my next zen doodle? I hope you share it with me!
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Tagged doodle, drawing, drawing patterns, ink, meditative, micron pen, relaxing, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.
I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV. My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better. 😉
So I doodle away… Like this one I recently started:
And have been adding to it, a little each evening:
I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:
It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment! Super fun!
If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration. I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:
This doodle is approximately 5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length. I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01
I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs. This is part of the fun! I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂
What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?
I hope you share it with me!
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Tagged book review, creative play, doodles, drawing, fun, ink, meditative, patterns, playful, relaxing, Sports, zen, zen doodles
I remember singing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” As a child attending Sunday school at church.
This song surfaced in my memory when I was making this paper collage recently. I find the process of cutting squares and circles and placing them together on a piece of paper (like a puzzle) to be very relaxing.
I created this collage with “Christmas” colors and added a star to one of the circles:
I suppose this is a way of letting my creative “light” shine!
And even with the busyness of the holidays…
I hope you will find time to shine as bright as a star!
P.S. I created the last photo with an app called, “Layout” on my iPad.
Posted in Art, collage papers, Color, color experiments, gelli printing, paper collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Wine, Word Play
Tagged Art, Christmas, color experiments, Colorful, creative, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, meditative, Paper, paper collage
I cut more circles and squares from my hand-painted papers this week and created a new collage yesterday:
Color play cheers me up – I hope it will bring sunshine to your day too!
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Tagged acrylic paints, color play, creative play, gelli-printed paper, hand painted papers, inspiration, meditative, paper collage, pattern play, relaxing
This collage was very therapeutic for me to make!
Perhaps it was cutting the squares and circles from my stash of hand-painted papers…
Or the act of glueing them to a piece of 9×12 inch paper?
I discovered that having the right tools made a big difference:
Cutter Bee scissors, may be small in size but they are SHARP! And making cutting paper a breeze!
I recently discovered Elmers, EXTRA STRENGTH glue sticks at Staples Office Supply store. I purchased a case of 12 to save money. I find they do have that little something EXTRA to glue the heavier papers. 🙂
I enjoyed the process of balancing color and patterns as I filled my paper. Some of the squares hung over the paper but I kind of liked that it wasn’t perfectly square.
I enjoyed adding circles that weren’t perfectly round and taking my time to fill each circle with color:
I finished it by adding some smaller circles on top of the larger ones:
It reminds me of decorating the house for Christmas…
Wishing you a JOY filled day – Cheers! 🙂
P.S. This is a fun way to use up some paper scraps from other projects.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, circles, color play, Colorful, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, meditative, paper collage, paper scraps, squares
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
I was feeling dog-tired yesterday after work so I decided to mix things up for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday.
When I posted this doodle on Instagram recently, my sweet and talented friend, Carol at Carolscreativepapers.wordpress.com told me she saw a bird and dog in it:
What do you see? I hope you share it with me!
I find creating these zen doodles very meditative. I always enjoy it when I get one completed because it means I can start something new!
Wishing you a happy day!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Zentangle
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