A friend bought me a houseplant. I tend to forget to water them so I figure this one must be lucky… it is still alive!
My lucky bamboo collage, cut with scissors and paper:
I like how bright the colors are, how about you?
The second “houseplant” was from my imagination:
It was fun experimenting with positive and negative shapes.
Do you like to grow houseplants? What do you like to grow?
Posted in Color, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged collage art, color play, creative fun, creative play, houseplants, mixed media collage, online art classes, paper collage
I promised to show you a project using my collaged color wheels from last week: A Slice of Color, Please!
I was looking through a magazine and these smart picks showed up while making this silly collage:
Did you know that peas contain a type of antioxidant that may protect against inflammatory-related diseases?
After making this collage, I had peas for dinner last night! Lol!
Pass the peas, please!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, collage papers, Humor, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged color, color wheels, creative play, fun, humor, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, peas, smile, whimsical
I have been making collaged “color wheels” for an online class with Lynn Whipple for 2019 Year of the Collage. I used a variety of papers, mostly my own.
They remind me of pizza…
I will take a slice of color, please!
I think color is the one thing that appeals to my “appetite” the most when I am creating – no matter what art medium I am exploring.
Louise Primeau at ARTiculations on WordPress recently featured an article about me and many different art mediums I have explored. Here is a link if you’d like to check out Louise’s blog and the article: https://louiseprimeau.com/featured-artist-jill-kuhn/
Thank you Louise!
Next, week, I will show you how I used these color wheels in a project.
P.S. What slices of color appeal to YOU?
Posted in color experiments, Life, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, art journey, art mediums, collage, color play, creative play, mixed media collage, online art classes, paper collage, playful
Last week, I started this paper collage from an advertisement image in a magazine:
I started “mapping” the face with light and dark values. I learned this technique from Lynn Whipple in The Year of The Collage, hosted by Carla Sonheim.
Next, I added magazine patterns and colors by the values (think paint by numbers!)
At first, my gal looked like she was getting a facial!
But in the end, she looked more like an exotic princess!
She took awhile to complete; many layers of paper, glue stick and patience!
Can you find all four pheasants from the used bird book I showed you in my last post?
Posted in color experiments, Faces, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged 2019 year of the collage, color experiments, creative play, face, imagination, inspiration, magazine images, online art classes, paper collage, patterns, value study
I have been taking an online class with Melinda Tidwell, hosted by Carla Sonheim, called, “The Fine Art of Collage.”
It’s not my typical collage making… I prefer a more colorful, whimsical style. However, I am enjoying the process of creating by the book:
You see, we are using the “actual book!” I used several paperback books for my above collage. The inside cover of a book is used as the “backbone.”
I am surprised how interesting book covers can be! Below is my color wheel of covers. I am cutting around the titles for the most part which gives interesting shapes:
I found a great secondhand bookstore with paperback books for .50 cents and hardbacks for $1.00!
I am enjoying the hunt for the right book cover colors and titles to add to my stash! I even found a book on birds… I can see you are surprised! 😉
The class ended today with its last chapter but I am just beginning my exploration!
Next, I will experiment with hardback cloth covers. They take a bit more strength to remove from the book…
I think we are never too old to learn from books! Happy creating!
Posted in paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged balance, color play, composition, creative inspiration, fine art collage, learning new techniques, old books, online art classes, Paper Cutting, second hand books
Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors. I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar. It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.
I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.
I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower. I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.
My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint. I like the look of the fine granules.
And my last flower I added Ecoline gold. It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink. I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.
There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper. It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.
Do you have a favorite color combination? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Flowers, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract art, acrylic ink, art experiments, Colorful, creative play, flowers, gold ink, imagination, online art classes
I started a mixed media class last week with Lendon Noe, hosted by Carla Sonheim. The online class is called, “Inspired by Place.”
I find it an intriguing subject.
Is place a home, perhaps a memory such as a childhood home? Is place a feeling, a sense of calm from being with nature? Or is place from your imagination? There are many other possibilities!
I was inspired to create this collaged landscape of a place I hold dear to my heart in my art journal:
It is a view of Chimney Rock at Priest Lake, Idaho.
I love this place! It holds a special memory where I have been spending my summers since childhood. It brings me a feeling of peace when I see it in person and from photographs such as this one:
And it is a place that I sometimes go in my imagination when I need to relax.
What place inspires you? I hope you share it with me!
“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” – Alexandra Stoddard
Posted in Art Journal, Lake, landscapes, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, childhood memories, imagination, inspired by place, lake, landscape, learning, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, peaceful, quotes
I prefer to draw from a reference photo but yesterday, I decided to try drawing from memory:
It helped to have a good teacher. The teacher was Jeanne-Marie Webb from the online class: Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019. This year the theme is painting loose.
I drew two faces with charcoal pencil, Derwent Inktense Blocks and chalk. Next, I fragmented the faces by cutting up the eyes separate from the nose and mouth. I glued the features so they didn’t completely match on a separate piece of paper. I collaged my Gelli-Plate printed papers with my drawings.
I am starting to see improvements in my face drawings… Hoorah!
How about you, do YOU enjoy drawing from memory?
Posted in Drawing, gelli printing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Trees, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged chalk, charcoal, drawing, drawing from memory, faces, Gelli-Prints, imagination, Inktense blocks, Jeanne-Marie Webb, mixed media art, online art classes, trees
There is something wonderful about creating collage in grids…
Maybe it is like a box of chocolates…
Knowing that each space is filled with something delicious!
Or maybe it is finding that one unexpected surprise!
Or perhaps, it is a uniform and consistent result:
That brings you a feeling of comfort…
What collage grid do you like? How does it make you feel?
I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color play, creative ideas, gelliprints, Grids, inspiration, online art classes, paper collage, sketchbook, smile, think outside the box
I recently started an online class that is completely out of my comfort zone.
I love the colorful art of the teacher, Ardith Goodwin so I decided to give the class, “Distortion of Eyes and Noses” a try!
I thought you might enjoy seeing how I created a whimsical eye yesterday from one of the assignments.
I started with a watercolor background to give me inspiration. I drew a quick sketch in pencil.
I used the pencil sketch to get my creative juices flowing. I added details with a black permanent pen and additional color with Tombow markers.
I finished by softening the watercolor around the eye with gesso and a quote:
I encourage you to change the way you look at things!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged Ardith Goodwin, creative play, drawing, eyes and noses, ink, inspiration, love learning, mixed media art, online art classes, positive, quotes, smile, watercolor, whimsical