I had fun creating more Gelli-Plate Prints recently for the online class with Carla Sonheim.
After making an animal head as a stencil, our assignment was to cut it into four unequal quadrants and make monoprints.
Like a puzzle, pieces could be added or subtracted on each layer so the final prints were a little bit of a mystery.
Next, we were to add paint pens to complete our animals. I used Posca paint pens which are opaque and cover most surfaces.
Below is one wild hare print before and after the paint pens:
We had the option to add eyes or a nose so I also included a bow tie! 😃
Below is a pig I did – before and after:
And two more, they look like “party” animals to me!
I also created some face “masks” in spirit of Halloween. I hope to post them tomorrow.
I hope these wacky animal prints give you a smile today!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Animals, Doodles, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged bunnies, Colorful, creative play, doodles, Gelli-Prints, imaginary animals, inspiration, paint pens, pattern play, pigs, smile
I realized that I hadn’t shared my letters, “H” and “I” from my watercolor Alphabet Journal that I did in July on my blog.
I added the collage portion to these letters last weekend. I think this page is extra happy:
And you all know how much “I” love flowers!
Last night, I had only a few minutes to paint before dinner so I created this experiment in watercolor:
Watercolor pattern play is relaxing and fun! I encourage you to give it a try!
Posted in Alphabet Art Journal, Flowers, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged alphabet journal, art journal, creative play, happy, paper collage, pattern play, relaxation, watercolor
One of my favorite black papers for drawing is this Strathmore Artagain paper:
It is super fun to draw on with Prismacolor pencils…
Faces and imaginary hats were my inspiration yesterday evening:
And pattern play with color!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Faces, imagination, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, Colorful, creative, drawing, faces, fun, hats, pattern play, playful, Whimsical Art
I cut more circles and squares from my hand-painted papers this week and created a new collage yesterday:
Color play cheers me up – I hope it will bring sunshine to your day too!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, gelli printing, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, color play, creative play, gelli-printed paper, hand painted papers, inspiration, meditative, paper collage, pattern play, relaxing
I’ve been drawing my own patterns lately for collage papers.
I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim. You can check out her class at Improv collage
She got me thinking about words…
So I started cutting out JUST words that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:
It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”
Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:
What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!
I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments. Thank you!
Posted in collage papers, Doodles, Uncategorized, Word Play
Tagged art classes, Blogging, collage papers, doodles, encouragement, friends, learning, markers, pattern play, thankful, word play
Zen doodle meets Weird Bird Wednesday!
The Calendula Bird AKA the Marigold bird loves to flap its wings and spread the seeds of flowers in the Fall so that we have a beautiful Spring!
Did you know that deer don’t like to eat this flower? I like to plant it at the lake in the summer where deer like to nibble on all leaves, flowers and fruit – like this skinny one:
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, gelli printing, Mixed Media Collage, nature, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged Calendula, creative play, Deer, drawing, flowers, gelli-printed paper, Marigolds, nature photography, pattern play, relaxing, sheet music, Weird Bird Wednesday, zen doodles
I was feeling dog-tired yesterday after work so I decided to mix things up for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday.
When I posted this doodle on Instagram recently, my sweet and talented friend, Carol at Carolscreativepapers.wordpress.com told me she saw a bird and dog in it:
What do you see? I hope you share it with me!
I find creating these zen doodles very meditative. I always enjoy it when I get one completed because it means I can start something new!
Wishing you a happy day!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Zentangle
Tagged creative, doodle, drawing, hidden images, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, Weird Bird Wednesday, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.” Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!
This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:
If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com
One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years. I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates! It is an AWESOME experience!!
P.S. Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram. This is face number 56/100.
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged #the100dayproject, art classes, bright colors, Colorful, creative, creative play, discover, drawing faces, experiment, expressive, fun, inspiration, Learning to draw, Lynn Whipple, mixed media art, pattern play
Seems our weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from a cool Spring to above 80 degrees in one day! Ugh!! I do like warmer weather but prefer gradual increases in temperatures…
Here is a doodle I did a while ago but I haven’t posted yet:
My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon! Lol!
Posted in Art Journal, Cats, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, cats, creative play, doodles, drawing, flowers, imagination, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, Spring, summer, sunny weather, zen doodles, zentangle
Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting! I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…
I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!
Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, acrylic paint, art journal, color experiment, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, mixed media art, paper collage, pattern play, quotes