Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…
Does this ever happen to you?
Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?
I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.
The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed. (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)
One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator. 😉
There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green. (Oh, that’s what that was!)
The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker. Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself. Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0
So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…
I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:
I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages! Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…
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Tagged A Square Project, doodles, humor, ink, life, meditative, patterns, pencil shading, relaxing, writing, zen doodle
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! 😉
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.
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Tagged A Square Project, art practice, creative play, doodles, drawing, finding balance, learning, life, meditative, mixed media, paper collage, patterns, zen, zen doodles
I enjoyed creating with my hand-painted collage papers over the weekend. Carla Sonheim gave us a fun assignment to cut out random collage shapes from our own painted papers with our eyes closed! Who knew this could be so fun and freeing!!
This cat and mouse showed up first:
Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:
I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!
And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:
It is a Rhino-leaf-a-rear-as! The children loved to ride this beast at the strange animal zoo…
I hope this silliness gives you a smile today!
Posted in Animals, Cats, collage papers, Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Monday's Mixer, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged cats, color play, creative inspiration, faces, fun, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, paper collage, patterns, playful, shapes, smile, Whimsical Art
I decided to try a color scheme for January’s Square Project. I used the colors from the thread and brayer technique that I shared with you here; A Daily Creative Practice
The color scheme with the threads is the left photo above. The photo on the right is copy paper that I blotted my stencils on but I liked it so I used it too.
I decided to stencil the background paper before I added my squares. I mixed two fluid acrylic paint colors together and used a damp sponge to apply the paint:
I connected the new paper to the December piece by overlapping them and glueing them together with Matte gel medium. I reinforced the back with paper strips too.
Next, I glued my squares with Elmer’s extra strength glue stick:
It is looking busy so I added some circles to help focus your eyes on a random pattern:
I added stenciled flowers in pink on rice paper and a snowflake rubber stamp in blue to some of the circles.
I felt the blue snowflakes were a little bright, so glued deli paper over them to soften the image.
I also added circles of the thread pattern to the pink and white circles and finished them with a small pink circle that I stamped a circular pattern on:
I’m calling this design done! 😉
I wrote notes about about it in my square journal yesterday:
I learned a lot on this one. I think a more solid color for the squares would have been better. It is a little busy. I decided that not every month is going to be a success.
Now that I have gotten one month completed, I am ready to think about February.
I hope to find some insights in this book I purchased from Amazon:
Posted in A Square Project, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, collage papers, color experiments, Mixed Media Collage, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged acrylic paints, art journal, circles and squares, color play, creative, creative play, learning, mixed media collage, patterns, stencils, the square project, watercolor
I wrote this quote in my art journal for my square project that I told you about in December. You can read more about it here, A Square Project
I have been working on my January pattern and it is complete! I will post it tomorrow.
I have always liked this saying as it reminds me of my mom and Mary Engelbreit.
My mom grew the most beautiful and fragrant roses. I can still see the colors in my mind and smell their sweet scent. Mom had a beautiful yard where she spent hours weeding and taking care of the plants.
Mary Engelbreit is one of my favorite artists. She created an iron-on transfer of this saying that I ironed onto a sweatshirt for my mom. When my mom passed away in 1999, I held onto that shirt for the longest time. As it reminded me of mom and her lovely roses.
I think we all have the ability to gather roses in winter in our minds. Memory to take us back to a warm breeze, soft petals and love for someone who touched our lives in a special way.
Whose memory do you treasure?
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Tagged art journal, creative play, memories, mom, patterns, quotes, reflections, roses, the square project
As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.
I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV. My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better. 😉
So I doodle away… Like this one I recently started:
And have been adding to it, a little each evening:
I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:
It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment! Super fun!
If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration. I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:
This doodle is approximately 5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length. I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01
I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs. This is part of the fun! I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂
What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?
I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged book review, creative play, doodles, drawing, fun, ink, meditative, patterns, playful, relaxing, Sports, zen, zen doodles
Yesterday, I decided to play with some new stencils I purchased recently from Stencil Girl Products. They have several free tutorials on their site too: http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com
They have such a variety in stencils that it wasn’t easy for me to make a choice! I am very impressed with their quality of stencils too. Below are a variety of papers and color experiments:
I also did a page in one of my art journals, Joy is in the Journey:
I found this quote online, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson
Creating art is that way for me… I find JOY in the process of creating. I also like it when I am pleased with my results! How about you?
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, color play, Colorful, creative play, experiments, fun, inspiration, patterns, quotes, stencils
Paper collage is one of my FAVORITE art mediums!!
I thought it would be fun to show you how I create some of my own papers AND ways YOU can use collage in your art.
I hope you join in the fun each Thursday!
Today’s collage paper is a random pattern I created with markers on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of 90 lb paper. I used Uni Posca pens in this design:
Next, I copied my design on my HP All-In-One Printer that I recently purchased on sale for only $200! It is a HP 8720 – I have to say, very EASY to use AND it makes awesome color copies!
Can you tell which is the original and the copy?
I think the copy is on the right! Lol! 😉
Making color copies of my own artwork is one of my favorite ways to create collage material. It seems so easy and it is!!
Next Thursday, I will show an example of how I used this copy of my patterned paper in my artwork.
I hope you join me!
Posted in collage papers, color experiments, Doodles, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art ideas, color play, creative, creative ideas, doodles, inspiration, making my own collage papers, markers, mixed media, paper collage, patterns, Thursday Collage Papers
Some days I wonder where life is leading me…
I wish it was as easy as “following the yellow brick road!”
Yet, when I feel cloudy on the inside…
I know that God’s Son-shine will always give me hope for a new day!
Cheers Friends! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, color experiments, fall, gelli printing, nature, Nature Photography, Photograpy, Reflections, Uncategorized
Tagged autumn, Christian, color experiments, fall, gelli-printed paper, God, hope, inspiration, learning, life, life journey, nature, nature photography, patterns, reflection
I started a new doodle with the paint pens by scribbling some colors on the art journal I showed you yesterday.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do but it was super fun to just play:
I used the Posca paint pens in colors of light gray, yellow and light green. It is interesting how the colors change depending on the time of day!
I just started doodling with a black Micron pen and these fish appeared:
So I went with the flow of it… If I made a mistake with the black ink, I could easily cover it up with a paint pen! 🙂
I discovered that the black ink takes a little longer to dry over the acrylic painted surface so it can easily smear if you aren’t careful.
This is like a puzzle for me to solve as I search for fish and create patterns:
I added a few more lines with the paint pen to create another fish. Can you find it hidden in the picture above the other two fish?
I will post my completed fish doodle next week.
Posted in Abstract Art, Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, Fish, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract art, art journal, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media, patterns, Posca paint pens, relaxing, zen doodles, zentangle