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A Trendy Bird?

Today’s weird bird is shaping up to be…

HIP as in hippo:

And ROCKIN’ as a Robin:

Does this make it a trendy bird? (Combining hippo and bird shapes)

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. Next week I will continue with some “chic” birds!

Primary Fun

I’m enjoying the assignments from my online class, Creating Simple Characters with Nelleke Verhoeff.

It was primary fun to color these characters with yellow, red and blue color pencils:

I encourage you to draw characters as things from your imagination!

Cheers! 🙂

Professor Smudge

Today’s weird bird was inspired by an online class called, “Creating Simple Characters.” The class is taught by Nelleke Verhoeff from the Netherlands and hosted by Carla Sonheim. Nelleke is known by her illustrations, “Red Cheek Factory,” and likes to give her characters red cheeks!

One of the assignments was to create faces with expression by smudging charcoal on your paper and then erasing it with a soft, rubber eraser. These faces appeared for me, I used Pan Pastels to give my characters red cheeks:

Of course I had to try a bird!

Professor Smudge teaching Family Life Etiquette…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Dog and Bird Show

I bet you were thinking a dog and pony show, huh?

Well, since it is weird bird Wednesday, I need to include a couple of birds!

But first, this Marshmallow dog showed up in my art journal last week:

It was Kid’s Art Week at CarlaSonheim.com Each day a new video for kids of all ages. And the best part it is free! (You can still sign-up if you are interested).

This year the lessons were finding imaginary creatures in sidewalk cracks. I was at the lake so I drew my animals by looking at the sidewalk cracks in the videos. I “colored” mine with watercolors and added shading with pencil and other details with a Micron black pen.

Sidewalk cracks are a lot like finding animals in clouds, like these puffy cotton ball ones at the lake:

It was an usually hot day so the lake water was very refreshing!

I must have had sun hats on my mind when creating this weird bird:

Who knew birds had teeth?

I don’t think my show is complete without this photo of a lovely lake sunset…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

My Lucky Bamboo

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?

Happy planting!

Cheers! 🙂

Smart Picks…

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:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

A Slice of Color, Please!

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…

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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.

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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.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. What slices of color appeal to YOU?

A Facial

Last week, I started this paper collage from an advertisement image in a magazine:

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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! 

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But in the end, she looked more like an exotic princess!

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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?

Cheers! 🙂

By The Book

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:

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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:

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I found a great secondhand bookstore with paperback books for .50 cents and hardbacks for $1.00!

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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! 😉

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

Flower Magic

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.

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My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint.  I like the look of the fine granules.

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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.

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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.

Cheers! 🙂