Tag Archives: mixed media

A Square-A-Day Project for June

I am still enjoying my square-a-day project, can you believe it has been 6 months?

I gave myself a theme for June. Can you guess what it is? Of course, many of you already know from my sneak peak earlier in the month.

I thought it was interesting how the 4th vertical row shares a similar color value when I lined them up yesterday.

What doodles and patterns stand out for you? I hope you share them with me!

Cheers! ūüôā

Landscape Vignettes

Perhaps you recall the online landscape art class I told you about from Anita Lehmann?  If not, you can learn more about it here:  Exploring Landscape

I enjoyed painting these 1.5 x 1.5 inch landscape vignettes in watercolor; the first 2 rows were from my imagination and the last 3 rows were free photo images of lake and wheat field images from unsplash.com


I discovered a limited color palette and subject matter made the exercise more cohesive and less busy in my last 3 rows:


New materials I used for this project were removable tape – 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch in diameter that I purchased locally at Michaels and Art Graf watercolor graphite that I purchased online from Dick Blick:


I encourage you to give this exercise a try…

I learned to see landscape shapes and elements of design instead of focusing on small details.  It also helped me to work quickly and get a feel of the landscape instead of focusing on minute details.

Cheers! ūüôā

A Whole New World

I recently purchased two synthetic ‚ÄúDagger‚ÄĚ 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


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 ‚Äútesting the waters‚ÄĚ 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:


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:


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! ūüôā

Oregano And Chives…

Bet you thought I was going to say, Oregano¬†and¬†Thyme!¬†ūüėČ


I used to have ‚ÄúThyme‚ÄĚ but the Oregano kind of took over… haha ūüôā

Oregano and Chives¬†are ‚Äúperennial herbs‚ÄĚ 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:


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


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:


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! ¬†ūüôā

A Keeldeer Bird

Perhaps you have seen a ‚ÄúKilldeer Bird‚Ä̬†on a sandy beach?

Well, here is its cousin, a Keeldeer Bird


The¬†Keeldeer¬†is also a¬†shoreline bird¬†but a bit shy. ¬†Its beak is the shape of a boat ‚Äúkeel‚ÄĚ hence its name.

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

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday! 

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Finding Balance

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! ūüėČ

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.

Cheers! ūüôā


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).


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! ūüėČ


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! ūüôā

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

Letter ‚ÄúW‚ÄĚ Is For…

WOWZA!!  The weekend is here!!

I hope your week has stacked up to be wonderful! 


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‚Äôt totally lost my mind… but I am feeling like I need to have a little time to catch up. ¬†ūüėČ

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

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Cheers! ūüôā

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:


The assignment in¬†The Collage Workbook¬†By Randel Plowman¬†for¬†week four is¬†Color Charge. ¬†He says; ‚ÄúExperiment 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.‚ÄĚ

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.


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:


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! ūüôā

Scraping Paint…

No, I‚Äôm not refinishing any furniture or painting walls…

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


And adding Posca paint pens…

I learned this technique recently from Carla Sonheim.

And then I took it a step further:


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


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:


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! ūüôā