Tag Archives: mixed media

Once Upon A Time…

I’m sure there is a story here… Somewhere!

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Well, at least a “colorful” character or two…

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Or six!  🙂

Technique:

I cut two pieces of 9×12 inch hot-pressed watercolor paper into 4 pieces.  Next, I painted  positive and negative shapes in watercolor in a variety of colors, randomly adding a few splatters at the end.

When I had a few minutes, I drew faces from magazines, old photos and/or my imagination. Some of my faces are simple and others have more detail.  I used a 2B pencil, Tombow markers, PrismaColor pencils and a Micron .01 black pen.

It was great fun to create these people!  I hope you give it a try!

Happy Creating!  Cheers! 🙂

Toucan Dan Can

Toucan Dan can balance a can bowl with a fish while spinning a dish…

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And riding a squishy “Ish”!

May your balancing act (life) be full of happy surprises…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Dear Mom…

A friend’s mom was having a birthday and asked for postcards with cats to wish her a happy day.  It was easier for me to use postcards that were cut and ready for art.

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I decided to combine collage using gelli-printed paper and Neocolors water-soluble crayons (since they happened to be next to me.)  Here are the ones I did for her mom:

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They were so much fun to make that I decided to create several for my mother-in-law too!  She loves flowers! 🌷

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I know I enjoy receiving cards in the mail so I think she will too.  I will make several in advance so I can mail one a week.

Who do you know that would love to receive a postcard in the mail with your art?

Cheers!  🙂

Circle Of Friends

Remember the paper circles that I recently posted?  If not, you can find it here.

Well, one of the reasons I was cutting out circles was to make these 3 minute postcards:

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An assignment from Carla Sonheim recently in her year-long online class was to create a quick postcard with these 5 perimeters:

  1.  Use a round piece of collage
  2.  Add a drawing that interacts with your circle collage
  3.  Add a splash of watercolor paint
  4.  Add a word or two – I used rubber stamps
  5. Add the color, orange

And here are a few more postcards I did:

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Some days it’s fun to give yourself perimeters to create art!  And postcards are great because you can send them to a friend and say, hello!  🙂

I hope you take time to play and create something fun for you today…

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And maybe put a stamp on it and send it to a friend!!

Cheers!! 🙂

What?!

I had a little leftover glass bead gel from a recent art experiment… so instead of wasting it, I added fluid acrylics in Turquoise and spread it on a scrap piece of hot press watercolor paper.  I decided to add watercolor to it yesterday:

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What would YOU do to complete it?

I’d love to hear your ideas!!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  I’m thinking of making this a weekly feature on my blog… would you like to hear other creative ideas on how to complete a piece of art?!  🙂

Poking Holes

It is interesting to me how one art experiment often leads me to another…

In this case, poking holes in my paper, led to playing with circles – first with Tombow markers:

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Then cutting circle shapes from a variety of papers and stamping acrylic paint with a wine cork and adding a little glitter:

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And using the holes from the previous page to add an interesting layer:

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I’d love to hear how an recent art experiment led you to an unexpected outcome!

Cheers!  🙂

Abstract Landscape

I haven’t done one of these abstracts in awhile.  I find them very meditative to do.  I did this one on Sunday while watching the Oscars.

I started with several layers of watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper:

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Next, I outline shapes I see when the paint changes color with a black Micron .01 pen:

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It is very meditative to choose which shapes I want to include:

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This time, I left some shapes without outlines:

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I think it gives the eyes time to rest.  You can choose to see individual shapes or the big picture.

I want to try using an actual photo as a reference for my next one.

Cheers!  🙂

Fake Mustache Day!

I was surprised to learn that yesterday was “International” Fake Mustache Day!  😉

So I created this collage in honor of the day:

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And of course, I had to try putting a fake mustache on a silly bird… perhaps you remember Bob?  If not, you can find an earlier version of him here.

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Well, if you are still wanting to join in on the FUN, no worries!  “National” Fake Mustache Day is February 24th!

Cheers!! 🙂

Ginger

When I was growing up, my neighbor had a Spaniel dog named, Ginger.  Maybe this is what influenced my “blob” dog vase yesterday:

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Or perhaps this piece of ginger root from the grocery store:

I hope your Monday’s “spot” on!

Cheers!!  🙂

Seeing Red

As many of you know, I LOVE color!  And red is one of my favorite colors…

So when Carla Sonheim gave the assignment to take 7 photos of the color red yesterday, I was thrilled! ❤

Here is a collage of the color red I did with my own photos using the (free) App called Layout:

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Description, Left to right –

Top row: seed beads, earrings I made, red raspberries for breakfast! Yum!

Middle row: cat ornament, quilt wall hanging my mom made, red wine collage I did

Bottom row: cross-stitch w/ beads I made for my grandma (she loved to sew), flower painting  I did last year, hat I wore as a child

Do you have a favorite color?  I’d love to hear about it!

Cheers Friends!  🙂