I recently started an online class that is completely out of my comfort zone.
I love the colorful art of the teacher, Ardith Goodwin so I decided to give the class, “Distortion of Eyes and Noses” a try!
I thought you might enjoy seeing how I created a whimsical eye yesterday from one of the assignments.
I started with a watercolor background to give me inspiration. I drew a quick sketch in pencil.
I used the pencil sketch to get my creative juices flowing. I added details with a black permanent pen and additional color with Tombow markers.
I finished by softening the watercolor around the eye with gesso and a quote:
I encourage you to change the way you look at things!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged Ardith Goodwin, creative play, drawing, eyes and noses, ink, inspiration, love learning, mixed media art, online art classes, positive, quotes, smile, watercolor, whimsical
Letter, “Q” is for quotes:
“Life is like a rainbow…you need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.” – Author Unknown
”R” is for really RED:
I haven’t done one of these watercolor and ink abstracts in awhile. It was fun to do one in mostly one color, RED! I added a little Payne’s Gray for contrast.
A paint sample card and a paper, “R” for my collage portion.
Sunny, summer sunflowers for “S” was super fun:
I like how this one turned out! I wrote on washi tape with a ball point pen for the words and cut my letter from my handpainted paper stash for the collage.
Wishing you a happy Weekend!
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Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, alphabet journal, creative play, happy, quotes, red, smile, sunflowers, watercolor
Lately, I haven’t had much time for creative play…
And when I do, I seem to have difficulty switching gears in my brain from work to art!
I really liked this quote from Audrey Hepburn; when life feels overwhelming or impossible, I need to switch gears in my thinking…
How about you, how do you get past the impossible to the I’m possible?
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Tagged art journal, color play, creative play, gelli-printed paper, inspiration, life, paper collage, positive attitude, quotes, relaxation
When someone smiles at me, I can’t help but return a smile, how about you?
I didn’t know that Harvey Ross Ball was the creator of THE smiley face, did you?
Amazing how such a simple image can bring so much sunshine to others! 🙂
I created this circle fun in my art journal in January and was saving it for the right time to post it…
Today seems like a perfect day!
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Humor, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, circles, happy day, mixed media art, paper collage, quotes, smile
I started this abstract in my watercolor journal last week with a Micron pen and decided to add watercolor to it:
Then a little collage… I cut three circles from a paper napkin. And added some water soluble crayons on top:
And finished with a few doodles with my black pen:
Easter is the only time it’s OK to put all your eggs in one basket. – Anonymous
Wishing you an Eggs-cellent day!
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Tagged art journal, Colorful, Easter eggs, happy, ink, mixed media art, paper collage, playful, quotes, smile, water soluble crayons, watercolor, whimsical
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?
I had fun creating these shoes, inspired by Andy Warhol’s shoe art; you can see other shoe art I did here: The Power Of A Shoe…
I started by drawing shoes from the internet, making a simple stencil. Next, I used the shoe stencil as my pattern on my hand-painted papers.
I experimented with hand lettering from an online class I’m taking from Andrea Joseph at Sketchbook Skool.
Lastly, I used the one of the shoe stencils to create this doodle and quote from Marilyn Monroe:
I hope you have happy feet today…
Posted in Art, Drawing, gelli printing, Humor, paper collage, shoes, Uncategorized
Tagged Andy Warhol, Art, creative play, gelli-printed paper, humor, inspiration, paper collage, proverbs, quotes, shoes, stencils
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
I was experimenting in drawing and collage yesterday. When I remembered this quote:
I used my non-dominant hand to write it: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
I like how my scribbly handwriting adds to the playfulness of my collage.
How do you keep playing to stay young?
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, Life, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing, humor, lettering, oil pastels, paper collage, quotes, smile, watercolor, whimsical
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?
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Tagged acrylic paint, art journal, color play, Colorful, creative play, experiments, fun, inspiration, patterns, quotes, stencils
Today’s weird bird is very wise…
The Mountaineer bird has a mountain top view of the world!
From the book, “Finding The Gift,” Angela Howell writes for January 2, “Open land steals my breath away, it’s so beautiful. I see freedom, opportunity, stillness, serenity, and acceptance. I feel captivated and present. I see untouched land and feel like anything is possible. I feel called and inspired to do and be something great. I feel a direct connection to my higher guidance and inner knowing, and I’m quieted so I can listen.”
What does a bird’s eye view do for you? I hope it empowers you to begin!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
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Tagged creative play, encouragement, gelli-printed paper, humor, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, paper collage, postage stamps, quotes, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, wisdom