Tag Archives: playful

Toucan Dan Can

Toucan Dan can balance a can bowl with a fish while spinning a dish…

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And riding a squishy “Ish”!

May your balancing act (life) be full of happy surprises…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

That’s Nonsense!

I think creating from my imagination is the most fun!  I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:

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I started each creature with a scrap of gelli-printed paper and then made up the rest of my animal, adding details with a black pen and color pencils.

And yesterday I created this silly Martian and told his story with this Limerick:

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May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!

Cheers!  🙂

Ribbons Of Paint

Sometimes I just like to swirl my paintbrush around with watercolor in my art journal. No thinking involved… just playing with color:

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Yesterday, I didn’t have much time but I still wanted to DO something! So I created this haiku over my ribbons of paint:

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I remember using scissors to create ribbons for wrapped gifts before store bought bows became popular.  “Zip!!” And curls appeared like magic!

Wishing you a day with happy memories!

Cheers!  🙂

A Wild Beast?

I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!

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It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.

This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition.  It  can help an artist learn composition in design.

I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.

Cheers!  🙂

Fake Mustache Day!

I was surprised to learn that yesterday was “International” Fake Mustache Day!  😉

So I created this collage in honor of the day:

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And of course, I had to try putting a fake mustache on a silly bird… perhaps you remember Bob?  If not, you can find an earlier version of him here.

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Well, if you are still wanting to join in on the FUN, no worries!  “National” Fake Mustache Day is February 24th!

Cheers!! 🙂

Seeing Red

As many of you know, I LOVE color!  And red is one of my favorite colors…

So when Carla Sonheim gave the assignment to take 7 photos of the color red yesterday, I was thrilled! ❤

Here is a collage of the color red I did with my own photos using the (free) App called Layout:

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Description, Left to right –

Top row: seed beads, earrings I made, red raspberries for breakfast! Yum!

Middle row: cat ornament, quilt wall hanging my mom made, red wine collage I did

Bottom row: cross-stitch w/ beads I made for my grandma (she loved to sew), flower painting  I did last year, hat I wore as a child

Do you have a favorite color?  I’d love to hear about it!

Cheers Friends!  🙂

My New Year Cheer!

My wish for YOU is that 2017 –

SHAPES UP to be a CREATIVE

and COLORFUL New Year!!

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HAPPY New Year everyone!!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S. I’ve decided to take a little blogging break… I will see you on Wednesday, January 4th!!

Sugary Sweets

Perhaps this stickybeaked bird has been dive bombing into too many sugary sweets lately?!

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Word of the day:  stickybeak (noun) Australian slang – a busybody; meddler

How many sugary treats have you consumed today? 😉  Frankly, I’m not counting…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Hope your day is extra sweet!  Cheers!  🙂

Do You See What I See?

I started this watercolor abstract in my art journal last week, you can see it here.

I wanted to experiment and add texture so I drew several circles with a black pen.  Next, I added clear gesso to the middles of my circles.  I finished by drawing around the color changes within my circles  with a white charcoal pencil.

I think it now looks like torn pieces of paper in a collage.  It is fun to look at it from different angles:

Right side up and upside down:

And sideways – one:

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And two:

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I see fish and mountains…

Do you see what I see?

Happy Monday!  🙂

Wild Things

Sometimes the holidays throw me a little off balance…like these imaginary creatures:

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These creatures started as watercolor blobs of paint in my art journal:

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Pencil and color pencils helped them spring to life – these Wild Things!!

Hope this gives you a smile today!  Happy Friday!!!

Cheers!  🙂