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 came up with this idea to draw nature’s patterns on small squares of paper. I thought it might give me inspiration when I’m creating my art doodles.
The first ones I did on a 2 inch square piece of cardstock. On the front is the pattern, shape or form of my subject in ink pen with color:
And on the back side is the date, identity of my subject and where I got my inspiration.
I discovered the 2 inch size paper to be too small so I changed to a 2.5 inch square. Here are some squares I did recently:
Most of my inspiration for these subjects came from the internet. These art squares are really fun to do and give me ideas for other art subjects to explore such as the eyes of animals.
I encourage you to give this square idea a try!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Nature Journal, Uncategorized
Tagged color, creative ideas, creative play, daily art, doodle, drawing, form, inspiration, nature, patterns, shapes, square idea
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
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:
I see fish and mountains…
Do you see what I see?
Happy Monday! 🙂
Posted in Abstract Art, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract, art journal, clear gesso, Colorful, creative ideas, drawing, experiment, fun, micron black pen, mixed media, patterns, playful, shapes, watercolor, white charcoal pencil
I like finding images in clouds but sometimes I see them in trees too. Do you see the face in this tree?
Sometimes I see animals… Like a camel’s face in this tree growth:
You have to use your imagination a bit…
I see a bunny in this rock:
And a heart shape in this one:
What images do you see? I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you a happy day doing whatever brings you the most JOY! And maybe a little time to see images in the clouds, trees or rocks near you!
May you have a Sunny Sunday, friends!! 🙂
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Tagged animals, clouds, creative, faces, fun, hearts, hidden images, imagination, nature, nature photography, playful, rocks, shapes, silliness, summer, Sunny Sunday, trees
Since today is National Arbor Day, I want to encourage you to plant a tree!
I created my tree collage by painting Canson Mixed Media paper with inexpensive watercolors:
I was inspired by Cat Bennett in the class, Making Art A Practice – In and Out of the Sketchbook to create my tree and this collage of flowers in a planter by cutting out simple shapes from paper:
I love the simplicity of the shapes in these collages. What do you think?
My husband and I planted this tree in our yard last Sunday – it is an European Larch:
It will be beautiful in the fall.
Happy Planting! 🙂
Sometimes it is just fun to play with color, patterns and shapes in my art journal. I created these experiments with Neocolors Water-soluble crayons and watercolor:
The above shapes have an organic feel to me. The ones below feel different…
You can tell I did them on different days… It is interesting how our feelings can be expressed with color and shapes, even without thinking about it.
The one below reminded me of flowers and hummingbirds:
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Experimenting! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color play, creative, experiment, fun, mixed media, patterns, play, shapes, watercolor, wax pastels
I learned this technique from Lynn Whipple last year in the Year of the Spark online class with Carla Sonheim. I decided to try creating stencils with some of my own leaf shapes.
I drew my leaf shapes on cardstock and then cut them out. I was careful to keep the shape intact so that I only had to tape one opening.
Next, I taped the stencils to watercolor paper. I previously painted a light layer of watercolor on the paper so it would not buckle. I then added another layer of paint:
I experimented with salt and cling wrap on a couple of the leaves. Tomorrow I will reveal the painted leaves!
I know that I could have simply painted the paper with watercolors and then drew the leaf shape onto it but there is a reason that I didn’t do this and I will show you tomorrow.
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Art, art classes, color play, crafts, creative, drawing, experiment, fun, imaginary, leaves, play, shapes, stencils
I decided to try a new approach for my tree collages today. Remember the trees I drew a week ago? Well, I made copies of the black and white images and used them as part of my collage papers for my trees!
And everyone knows, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! But what about a collage a day? I think it keeps the Creativity Zapper away!
An apple and pear tree:
Oh, and I almost forgot! I used my gelli-printed deli papers and my Prismacolor pencils to add a touch of color.
A weeping cheery and orange tree:
Do you have a favorite? I’d love to know what you think!
Hug a tree today! 🙂
Posted in Drawing, Mixed Media, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, color pencils, creative, drawing, fruit trees, fun, Gelli-Prints, humor, mixed media, mixed media collage, paper collage, paper scraps, patterns, play, proverbs, shapes, trees
I had this super great idea to purchase an art tote bag from Dick Blick and add my own pattern to the bag with Crayola Fabric Crayons. So I drew my design on a piece of paper and tried to transfer it with an iron…
This is where the problem began – the mesh bag melted from the iron. As you can see in the close-up photo below. (Note to self – next time read the fabric content!)
Luckily, I was able to catch it before it melted all the way through to the other side. So now I’m onto Plan B! I have some ideas with fabric that don’t involve heat. And it may end up turning out way better than my first experiment. I will post it in a couple of days so you can see my results. 🙂
I have also been making tree collages with old magazines. It is really fun to think outside the bag, I mean box and play with color, patterns and shapes.
I realize these are not your typical Oak or Maple tree growing outside your window but that is the point! Creating with the imagination can be quite fun and liberating!
And then sometimes, things turn out a bit strange…
So you just have to laugh! I’m enjoying the journey, how about you?!
Happy Experimenting! 🙂
Posted in Fabric Play, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, color play, creative, experiment, fabric crayons, fabric experiments, humor, mixed media, paper collage, patterns, shapes, trees