Tag Archives: mixed media

A Whole New World

I recently purchased two synthetic “Dagger” watercolor brushes from Dick Blick.

I learned about these brushes from my blogging friend and talented artist, Patty Anne. Please check out her beautiful watercolors on her blog:  Patty Anne Art

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I had never heard of this brush and loved the results that Patty Anne got with her roses.

I started by just experimenting with the 3/8 brush by “testing the waters” so to speak…

I found it extremely relaxing not painting anything specific and just experiment with the brush and color.  I created this on 300 lb watercolor paper:

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Afterwards, I outlined the shapes in a black Micron pen and added a few houses.  It looks like a whole new world to me!

This last weekend, I created this abstract in my small watercolor sketchbook:

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It was super fun to add details with a black Micron pen and gel pens in different colors. What do you see?

I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your art!  You may discover a whole new world to explore!!

Cheers! 🙂

Oregano And Chives…

Bet you thought I was going to say, Oregano and Thyme! 😉

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I used to have “Thyme” but the Oregano kind of took over… haha 🙂

Oregano and Chives are “perennial herbs” meaning they come back each year.  (Thyme is too but more temperamental where I live).

I decided to try painting them in watercolor on Arches 300 lb cold-press watercolor paper.  I went with the wet-on-wet technique at first:

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Painting from my memory, I realized afterwards that I didn’t have the colors quite right!

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So I added more watercolor paint… and less water.

More paint made it worse, so I let it rest for a day.

Since I didn’t really like it, I added Posca paint pens:

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It still needs more pink but decided to call it a day.

I learned that painting from memory is not as accurate as painting from the real life or a photo.

Do you like to grow Oregano and Chives?  I would love to hear how you cook with them!

Cheers!  🙂

A Keeldeer Bird

Perhaps you have seen a “Killdeer Bird” on a sandy beach?

Well, here is its cousin, a Keeldeer Bird

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The Keeldeer is also a shoreline bird but a bit shy.  Its beak is the shape of a boat “keel” hence its name.

Let me know if you see one at the beach this summer…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday! 

Cheers!  🙂

Finding Balance

I started this drawing of squares and circles recently with a Micron black pen:

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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:

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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:

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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.

Cheers! 🙂

 

A March Square Project

Rather than cutting circles and squares for March’s Square Project, I decided to use my own gelli-printed paper with a circle pattern printed on it (bubble wrap).

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I chose the paper weaving design that I showed you in this previous post from Helen Hiebert:  Washi Papers

And for the squares, I cut a pattern into the gelli-paper using an exacto knife to reveal more of the decorative paper.  I think it is more complicated to explain than it is to do! 😉

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I like the colors in both of my papers for March…blues, greens, golds, browns and a touch of white and black.  Not my usual color combos…

Yet, they seem to play well with the other colors from December.

I wonder what colors and patterns April’s project will bring!

Cheers! 🙂

Note:  If you want to see my previous square projectsplease look under the art category; A Square Project in the drop down on the right.  Thanks!

Letter “W” Is For…

WOWZA!!  The weekend is here!!

I hope your week has stacked up to be wonderful! 

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I did this wacky still life of coffee cups in watercolor – paints, pencils and markers.

I have enjoyed sharing some wild fun this week on my blog!  Thank you for all your comments, I appreciate them so much! And thanks for taking a look at the blogs I shared with you.  There are waaaay more, so watch for future posts!

I have decided to take a week off from blogging to do a little Spring cleaning… Whoa!  :-0  Yes, I haven’t totally lost my mind… but I am feeling like I need to have a little time to catch up.  😉

I hope to keep creating art but will be posting only on Instagram as art_jill_kuhn

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Cheers! 🙂

The Unexpected

I think one of the things I enjoy about creating collage art is the element of surprise or the unexpected like this one:

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The assignment in The Collage Workbook By Randel Plowman for week four is Color Charge.  He says; “Experiment with adding color to a collage that is primarily black and white.  A few subtle strokes and bright marks can make a subdued collage really pop.”

In the above 6×6 inch collage, the postage stamp gives a pop of color as does the gelli-prints.  It also helps direct the eye throughout the piece.

In my next one on a 4×6 inch index card, I tried to add pink to make you think of lipstick shades.  The large pink circle is from a paper napkin.  I think it adds balance to the collage.

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My last 6×6 inch collage is more simple and yet the red paint circles make you look at the whole collage and find something hidden:

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Collage is a lot like a puzzle for me.  How can I help you look further and discover the unexpected?

I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers! 🙂

Scraping Paint…

No, I’m not refinishing any furniture or painting walls…

I’m scraping acrylic paint using an old credit card on Canson mixed media paper:

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And adding Posca paint pens…

I learned this technique recently from Carla Sonheim.

And then I took it a step further:

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Yep, I added bubble wrap and the above texture tool to create; Three Pomegranates:

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One experiment led to another…

And I discovered that I could use bubble wrap like a stamp… dipping it into the paint and then adding it to the paper.  If I let the wet paint partially dry, and scraped fresh paint across, it gave a wonderful resist.

A close-up in the second photo below:

I layered several colors in each of these experiments with Golden’s Fluid Acrylic Paints.  I also experimented by adding some gold iridescent paint.

I liked the end result of scraping an old credit card across my paper.  It created an unsuspected surprise!

Yesterday, I experimented with a more abstract design:

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All my papers are 11×14 inches in size.  They will make wonderful collage materials!

Who knows where tomorrow’s art experiment will take me?!

Thank YOU for joining me in my art studio today!

Cheers! 🙂

A Little Silly Fun…

I needed a gift for a “white elephant gift exchange.”  I’m not quite sure where this terminology came from as it has nothing to do with elephants! 😉

To me, it means to re-gift something I received and don’t need or perhaps, give something “creative.”

I decided on a little silly fun this year and created this one-of-a-kind gift!

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A “Caroler” in a former life that I purchased at a thrift store years ago, I made him into a quirky guy that loves the lake!

It was super fun to create a poem to go with him… I will get to that later in this post.

This silly guy actually moves – his head slowly turns in circles and his right arm moves up and down when he is plugged in to an outlet.  A little weird, I must say!

I started by giving him an old cup for a hat and taped a bird on top.  The bird house came next.  On the back, I added this “key” message (from a candy wrapper):

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He needed a beach towel, so I cut-up an old wash cloth and sewed the outside edges. I used a paper napkin to represent “happy hour” where friends gather to share an appetizer and a drink as you can see in my first photo.

Below, I created a fishing pole from an old paint brush and beads – including a bead for a fish:

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He needed a little summer outfit so I sewed some fabric to give him some pizzazz and cover up that ugly green outfit he was wearing – who says men can’t wear skirts!! Hahaha!

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I finished him, by adding a Christmas ornament of a chair, a rubber stamp image of an image in the woods and writing a message on the base:

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Below is one of the stanzas I wrote for my poem to the song, “Over The River And Through The Woods.”

 

Over the river and through the woods

We look forward to each year…

The memories we make

At this beautiful lake

Are the treasures we hold dear.

I look forward to seeing who receives my creative surprise… I encourage you to “think outside the box” when you give a gift!

Cheers! 🙂

Collage Confetti

I took yesterday off from work to have a creative play day!  YAHOO! 🙂

I had so much fun!  I painted 33 different papers with acrylic paints without a Gelli-Plate.

I can’t wait to show you some of my discoveries in next Thursday’s COLLAGE series on my blog.

Here is a sample of the 33 papers I created, using a square punch:

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Happy Weekend Friends!

Cheers! 🙂