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
When one idea leads to another, does it effect or affect you? Good question!
I have been working on this collage that influenced me from Color Play
It is a work in progress. I’m not sure if it effects or affects me. What does it do for you?
Wishing you a happy Monday!
P.S. I’ve decided to take a little blogging break so will be posting; Monday, Wednesday and Friday through December. Thank you for all your comments and likes! ❤️ I so appreciate it!! xo
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, color play, Colorful, inspiration, life, mixed media art, paper collage, playful, snowball effect, word play
Funny how one idea often leads to another!
I recently created this paper collage for the 100-day project on Instagram (I’m doing 100 days of faces).
“Dottie hoped someone would ask her to dance at the party…”
I found a photo of a face and cut it in half to challenge myself to draw the second half of her face a little differently. I added collage from a magazine for her dress and a hat from paper I purchased to give her a little zing! 🙂 The background I created with watercolor.
This led me to create today’s weird bird: “Her friends called her a night owl.”
This one is a bit weird – even for me… but you have to admit, it is quite a hoot to look at! Lol! 😉
I found an image of an owl, cut it in half and found an image of a gal’s face and matched the two images together. Next, I traced part of her dress using tracing paper and then cut out a piece of my gelli-printed paper. I liked the striking contrast with the black and white image with the red.
I found another gelli-print to paste my image to – it looks a bit mysterious with a moon shape in the upper left corner. The image at the bottom I cut from a piece of collage paper.
I hope you enjoyed learning how I created today’s collages. These were like a puzzle for me and so fun to do!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Faces, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Owls, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged creative ideas, drawing faces, fun, funny faces, humor, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, old photos, paper collage, playful, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Toucan Dan can balance a
can bowl with a fish while spinning a dish…
And riding a squishy “Ish”!
May your balancing act (life) be full of happy surprises…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged can do attitude, creative ideas, fun, happy, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, mixed media, paper collage, playful, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
I think creating from my imagination is the most fun! I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:
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:
May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!
Posted in imaginary drawings, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged 365 phew class, art classes, art journal, carla sonheim, childlike, fun, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary creatures, imagination, limerick, martians, playful, quotes, Whimsical Art
Sometimes I just like to swirl my paintbrush around with watercolor in my art journal. No thinking involved… just playing with color:
Yesterday, I didn’t have much time but I still wanted to DO something! So I created this haiku over my ribbons of paint:
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!
Posted in Art Journal, Haiku, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, color, creative fun, creative play, haiku, happy, ink, lettering, meditative, memories, playful, ribbons, watercolor
I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!
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.
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged art classes, black and white, childhood memories, composition, creative, fun, Imaginary creatures, learning, notan, playful, whimsical
I was surprised to learn that yesterday was “International” Fake Mustache Day! 😉
So I created this collage in honor of the day:
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.
Well, if you are still wanting to join in on the FUN, no worries! “National” Fake Mustache Day is February 24th!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, daily art, drawing, fake mustache day, fun, funny, humor, mixed media, paper collage, playful, story
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:
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! 🙂
Posted in Color, Mixed Media, Photograpy, Uncategorized
Tagged #6, art classes, beads, carla sonheim, cats, childhood memories, collage, color play, color red, creative, daily art, fun, handmade, happy, hearts, memories, mixed media, photography, playful, red
My wish for YOU is that 2017 –
SHAPES UP to be a CREATIVE
and COLORFUL New Year!!
HAPPY New Year everyone!!
P.S. I’ve decided to take a little blogging break… I will see you on Wednesday, January 4th!!
Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, art experiments, art journal, Colorful, creative, drawing, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, Imaginary birds, inspiration, mixed media, new year, paper collage, patterns, playful, shapes, watercolor