In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes it is nice to enjoy a quiet golden moment or two…
And some holiday punch!
The simplicity of punching circles of various sizes, colors and patterns…and cutting circles around the punched circles with scissors was very relaxing for me.
Arranging them into my art journal in a pleasing pattern was fun too:
How do YOU relax and get into the spirit during the holidays? I hope you share it with me!
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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!
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Tagged alphabet journal, art journal, creative play, happy, paper collage, pattern play, relaxation, watercolor
My hubby and I spent many hours chasing the sun this last weekend at the lake in our boat:
A feeling of Fall was definitely in the air…
The lake water temperature had dropped about 6-8 degrees to about chilly 62 degrees… in only two weeks, making jumping in the water, a very brisk dip:
We spent a lot of time changing clothes… between the warm sun, coolness of the clouds and the occasional breeze:
Seems like Fall wasn’t the only “change” going on! Lol! 😉
Wishing you a sunny day!
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Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
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OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:
Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:
Not a subject I normally paint, so I was pleased with it… below is my reference photo I used from a photo I took of a nearby creek:
We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:
I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.
Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:
I used a straw to blow wet pools of watercolor paint and gold acrylic ink to give it some pizazz! The collaged letter, “F” I created from one of my leftover watercolor circles from a previous project.
I ended my last painting for July with this door and quote:
I was ready to close the “door” on this project and start something new!
Thank you ALL for your encouragement on this month’s project, as always, I appreciate your kind comments and likes of support… it means so much to me!
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Remember this doodle from the other day… Forever Variations
Well, I finished it on Sunday:
And I added a little pencil shading yesterday:
I’m calling the finished doodle… Good Vibrations!
P.S. Do you like the finished doodle better before or after the pencil shading?!
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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
If you were to describe Spring with two
lips … I mean colors, what two colors would you choose?
I’d choose Prismacolor Pencils; Spring Green and Rose pink…
How about you?
What art medium and name describe the colors best for you?
Happy Spring! (Wishful thinking…)
Cheers! 🙂 🌷
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It was an amazing fall day yesterday in the Pacific Northwest! Hubby and I took advantage of this blue-sky day by taking a walk at Manito Park.
It seems that everywhere we looked, nature was showing her glorious autumn colors:
It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying the day… we saw people taking family photos, several dog walkers and many people just breathing in the beauty like us.
It was easy to put the busy work week behind us when we were dazzled by these colors as they reflected on this pond:
And with such a spectacular photo like this one:
Life’s troubles seemed to disappear.
Wishing you a moment to reflect on the beauty around you today…
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Tagged autumn, autumn leaves, Colorful, inspiration, Manito Park, Maple Trees, nature, nature photography, reflections, relaxation, Sunny Sunday, trees, walking outside, water reflections
I like to pick a few wildflowers when I’m at the lake so that I can study and paint them in watercolor.
I found Common Tansy and Common Yarrow wildflowers yesterday at the lake. They may be common in name but not common for me to paint!
I tried to paint them loosely and then added a few details with a BROWN micron pen to change things up a little.
I struggled with painting the Birch bark so I realize it looks a bit strange. 😉
Here is a photo of what I was trying to paint:
I like the burst of red from the cherry, how about you? I thought it was a good way to end #World Watercolor Month as today is the last day to celebrate – thanks Charlie at doodlewash.com for making it such a fun month!
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