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A Dipsy Doozy

I was having a root canal the other day…

And the Endodontist mentioned that I had a doozy of an infection in my tooth.

In order to distract me from the dentist drill, I started thinking about my weird bird for this week:

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A dipsy into my pocket book for a doozy of a tooth!

This bird’s name sounds better than a dentist drill, don’t you think?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Zinnia Bird

I have flowers on my mind for my August Square-A-Day project.

So it seems fitting that this colorful weird bird blossomed in my art journal recently:

A Zinnia Bird

A mixture of watercolor and collage, I hope this bird brightens your day with a smile!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

July Square-A-Day Project

Perhaps you remember my post regarding my inspiration for my first ten days of my July Square-A-Day Project? If not you can find it here: 10 Watercolor Squares

I created in watercolor for July but also some gouache for each day on a 1.75 x 1.75 inch square:

Nature was my inspiration for most of my squares. Yet, I did include a couple of abstracts and a little whimsy!

Painting outside at the lake was something I truly enjoyed! I encourage you to paint outdoors.

Cheers! 🙂

A Dog and Bird Show

I bet you were thinking a dog and pony show, huh?

Well, since it is weird bird Wednesday, I need to include a couple of birds!

But first, this Marshmallow dog showed up in my art journal last week:

It was Kid’s Art Week at CarlaSonheim.com Each day a new video for kids of all ages. And the best part it is free! (You can still sign-up if you are interested).

This year the lessons were finding imaginary creatures in sidewalk cracks. I was at the lake so I drew my animals by looking at the sidewalk cracks in the videos. I “colored” mine with watercolors and added shading with pencil and other details with a Micron black pen.

Sidewalk cracks are a lot like finding animals in clouds, like these puffy cotton ball ones at the lake:

It was an usually hot day so the lake water was very refreshing!

I must have had sun hats on my mind when creating this weird bird:

Who knew birds had teeth?

I don’t think my show is complete without this photo of a lovely lake sunset…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Eye-Popping Hoppers

Have you ever eaten a Jalapeño Popper?

Jalapeño Poppers are jalapeño peppers hallowed out, stuffed with cheese, spices and sometimes ground meat, breaded and deep fried.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut holds the Major League Eating Record for Jalapeño Poppers, eating 118 in 10 minutes in April 2006.

For some strange reason…

Jalapeño Poppers came to mind as I was creating today’s weird birds:

Eye-Popping Hoppers

Perhaps these birds are taste-testers for a new “jelly bean” flavor, jalapeño pepper!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Daddy Long-Legs

When I was at the lake over the weekend, a Daddy Long-Legs spider crawled on me… like this one I drew:

Other names for this spider are cellar, granddaddy long-legs, carpenter, daddy long-legger, vibrating and skull.

This spider is actually a Pholcidae and a family of the araneomorph spiders with 1800 species and found in every continent in the world except Antarctica!

I’m not afraid of this spider as it is harmless yet it’s name inspired me for today’s weird bird:

Birdy Long-Legs

Like a Daddy Long-Legs, this bird often hangs out in undisturbed areas like under rocks, loose bark or tall grasses and occasionally a lawn chair…

Perhaps you have seen one?

I hope you enjoyed learning a little about Daddy Long-Legs spiders as much as I did… However, I would rather enjoy them from a distance than on my neck!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Dippity Do Draw!

I recently started drawing with a dip pen and waterproof ink and coloring my images with watercolor just in time for World Watercolor Month, hosted by Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash.com

I enjoyed drawing these whimsical gals on ATC cards:

I learned about the dip pens from an online class from Cori Dantini, hosted by Carla Sonheim. Cori introduced me to Jetpens.com (Jet pens has great information and tutorials about a variety of pen and ink supplies).

I purchased a Kuretake Comic pen nib holder and Nikko Comic pen nib and three black inks from Jet pens.

Note: You want to make sure the pen nibs will fit the holder you purchase.

Always a good idea to create a practice sheet and test your inks to make sure they are waterproof if you need them to be!

I also purchased a Saji pen nib from Blick and a Kuretake “Zig Cartoonist” pen nib holder which is the same holder as the one from Jet Pens. The Saji nib allowed for a thicker line than the Nikko comic nib when I applied pressure to the nib.

Note: Pen nibs often come with a film over them so you will want to remove it with acetone (nail polish remover) and a Q-tip before using the nib. I learned this information from Jet pens.

Also, it is important to keep your pen nibs clean after each use. I cleaned mine with water and a soft paper towel.

I bought a pen holder for each nib but discovered this wasn’t necessary as the pen nibs are easy to remove from the pen holder.

A couple of animals showed up in my drawings:

And of course I had to draw a few “hat” birds!

I discovered that I enjoyed drawing with dip pens and permanent ink!

I could control the line with the pressure I applied to the nib. And coloring with watercolor was super fun!

I didn’t have a problem with the ink flowing into an uncontrollable puddle. I found the nibs easy to use. And they held a lot of ink.

I hope you give a dip pen and waterproof ink a try with a little watercolor fun for #WorldWatercolorMonth

Cheers! 🙂

Smart Picks…

I promised to show you a project using my collaged color wheels from last week:  A Slice of Color, Please!

I was looking through a magazine and these smart picks showed up while making this silly collage:

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Did you know that peas contain a type of antioxidant that may protect against inflammatory-related diseases?

After making this collage, I had peas for dinner last night! Lol!

Pass the peas, please!

Cheers! 🙂

What’s On Your Plate?

I cleaned off my collage table recently and discovered new weird bird possibilities on this small plate of scraps:

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Today’s bird is everything but the kitchen sink… I mean, basin!

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I wonder, what’s on your plate of creativity today?!  Please share!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

If The Shoe Fits…

Today’s weird bird is a “shoo-in” to tickle your funny bone! Hahaha!

After all, if the shoe fits…

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You will want to wear a smile!

Which “shoe-bill” fits you?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂