Tag Archives: mixed media

Raining Fish

Well, it isn’t exactly raining fish but we FINALLY got some rain last night!  YAY!!

I took this photo of a dark cloud from my deck last evening with promise of more rain:

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I thought you may enjoy seeing my “fresh catch of creative fish” that I have posted on Instagram recently:

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I have been trying different art mediums – the shadows were an unexpected surprise in this one:

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And I’m enjoying mixing in some humor:

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Trying my hand at watercolor in my art journal:

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And creating a silly paper collage:

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Hope you enjoyed seeing my variety of fish that were on the menu this last week!

Cheers! 🙂

Catch The Fun

I hope you join in the fun…

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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!  🙂

Fish Doodle – Done

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!

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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! 🙂

A Paint Pen Fish Doodle

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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

Cheers! 🙂

Fishing – Part 2

I wanted to share my process and tools I used to “catch” my fish from yesterday!

I started by selecting a background and decided to use this hot-press watercolor paper that I had painted with acrylics.  I like the variegated colors:

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I folded the paper into a simple journal and painted both sides so I have six different squares in a variety of background colors:

I cut simple shapes from my gelli-printed paper and glued them to the paper with Liquitex Matte Medium:

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At this point, they look more like fall leaves than fish!  So I added details with an Uni-ball Signo white gel pen and black micron pen:

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Next, I added more details with Uni Posca paint pens – I just LOVE these opaque water based markers!! ❤️  I recently purchase a set of 15 colors with a medium tip from Amazon.  They come in different sized tips and are sold in sets on Amazon or individually from Dick Blick (another item to add to that wish list!!)

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I finished my page by adding some Prismacolor pencils – the Posca paint pens drew on top of color pencil too:

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I predict I will be drawing more fish into my creative net with these Posca paint markers!  I love that they are odorless, fade proof and bleed proof and can be used on almost any surface!

Have you ever experimented with these markers?  I hope you share it with me!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

 

Common “Redpoll” – 2

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:

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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!

Cheers!  🙂

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! 😯

“R” Is For Rest And…

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:

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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:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

100 Days Of Drawing Faces

I posted my 100th face on Instagram yesterday!  WHOOT!  😊 I accomplished my goal of drawing 100 faces in a little over 100 days… Phew!!

Maybe some of you recall my first face I posted on April 4th – it was a quick sketch in one continuous line:

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100 days is A LOT especially when I am working full-time… (What was I thinking?!) and yet having limited time helped me to accomplish my goal because I didn’t have time to fuss over it.

I didn’t post everything I did like this one:

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I would have liked to have more time to do more like this one, where I mixed collage and acrylics:

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But I enjoyed trying a variety of art mediums:

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Sprinkled with a little humor:

I think this one is one of my favorites – Picasso style:

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And this one I did in watercolor with drips for hair:

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I found I could draw more realistic looking faces and even my own – or at least my better half!  Lol! 🙂

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I think the greatest lesson I learned is that it isn’t perfection that matters but PRACTICE!!  Daily practice does make a difference….

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Especially in finding ones “style” in art!  I found I really liked creating “characters” rather than REAL people:

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And yet, drawing a variety really is the best teacher!  Here is my 100th face:

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I’m sure it won’t be my last…

Yet, let’s FACE it, I need a little break from drawing faces!

Cheers! 🙂

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! 🙂