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I Don’t Know…

Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…

Does this ever happen to you?

Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?

I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.

The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed.  (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)

One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator.  😉

There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green.  (Oh, that’s what that was!)

The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker.  Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself.  Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0

So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…

I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:

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I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages!  Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…

Happy Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Your Handwriting As Art – Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I showed you some examples of using your handwriting to create collage papers.

Today, I’d like to show you an example of using your handwriting to create a completed piece of art.  (I did my art piece in my journal).

I  was inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver, titled; “Freshen The Flowers, She Said…” to create my handwriting as art from her book; Why I Wake Early:

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I wrote her poem on paper in several directions with different pens and colors on watercolor paper that had previous drips of paint to create the collage paper for the vase.

For the table top, I wrote directly on the background paper.

I used scrap paper from the paint scrape technique for the flowers…  You can read more about that technique here: Scraping Paint…

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I added some details with a permanent black Sharpie pen and a grey Tombow pen to create shadows.  I added highlights with a yellow Tombow marker.

Additional details were added with  a yellow Posca pen, pencil and Micron black .01 pen for foliage between the flowers.

I really like how this one turned out!  What do you think?

Cheers!  🙂

P.S. I will show you other ideas for handwriting inspiration in future posts.

Your Handwriting As Art – Part 1

Last weekend, I had fun using my handwriting to create collage papers.  I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim in her online class:  365 Daily Creative Practice.  

I enjoyed taking the lesson a step further and make it my own.  I started by using watercolor paper that I had previously painted.  The colors reminded me of the beach so I started writing about my memories of the ocean and the lake:

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I used a black Micron .01 pen, a Uniball white and blue gel pen and a pencil.  I like the texture it created.

Next, I started with a white piece of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  I started writing my thoughts with an orange and blue gel pen, added watercolor on top in stripes, added more writing with a black Pentel pen, added Tombow markers, more watercolor, then a blue and a green Posca pen.  I just love how the layers give it a pattern:

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My next one, I used a similar process as above, except I added a gold metallic pen and I started writing messier… Super fun to write MESSY!!

In both of these, I kept turning my paper a quarter turn as I wrote.

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My last experiment, I used an old advertisement in a magazine for a girdle and wrote over it with a white gel pen and a Sharpie fine black pen:

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For the above piece, I wrote about my memories of girdles… thank goodness we don’t wear these anymore!! 😉

I discovered that part of the fun in creating these papers for collage is the writing.

Tomorrow, in Part 2, I will show you ideas that may inspire you to use your own handwriting in your art.

Cheers! 🙂

Write And Draw

I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads.  Nothing fancy…  Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good.  Can you relate?!

Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ❤

First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen.  (I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).

Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil.  I added a little color with Tombow markers.  I softened them with a water brush.  Here is my result:

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I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.

Cheers! 🙂

Jane Austen

I’m a little behind on my assignments in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim.  So yesterday, I combined two lessons into one.  This quote from Jane Austen on writing:

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And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper.  Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my collage.  It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like.  I added other papers, including an old postage stamp.

As many of you know, I love experimenting in art!   So this page was super fun to do. 🙂

Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

A Recipe For Creating Art

Here is my recipe for creating art from my imagination:

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What is YOUR recipe for making art?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Running Backwards

Do you remember what it felt like when you ran backwards as a child?  It was fun at first  but then I’d get disoriented and dizzy.  Life reminds me a little of this experience lately…

I’m trying to train a new employee at work which is exciting at first but then starts to feel a bit overwhelming!  And there is my never ending domestic duties!  😉  It is getting more difficult to find time to create art and blog which I totally enjoy!  So I’m starting to feel a bit dizzy…  ;-0

I’m going to have to take a little break.  Just until next Wednesday – when Harold reveals his surprise (see yesterday’s post).

I hope I can catch up with what is going on in your blogs during this time!  🙂

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Cheers!  🙂

Sit, Walk, Write

Today, I was without electricity for several hours so I didn’t have internet access.  I think sometimes this can be a good thing because it forces me to slow down and READ!  I’d like to read more but there always seems so much I need to be DOING!

In Natalie Goldberg’s book, “The True Secret of Writing,” she talks about slowing down and “uprooting the urgency, the feeling that everything is an emergency.”  She suggests you sit still for five minutes a day and pay attention to your breath.  She also has you slowly walking by not going anywhere but focusing on placing one foot in front of the other and being present in the moment.

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I have always dreamed that “some day” I’d be a writer (and an artist).  I think this is the reason this book caught my attention.  I also like the art and colors on the book cover…

I do believe that blogging has helped me write more but I’d like to learn to create a daily writing practice much like creating art each day.  I’m hoping this book will give me the tools to make it happen.  I will let you know how it goes…

I created this doodle in my journal with a black pen and watercolor pencils on Sunday after I started reading the book:

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I think that silence or quieting my mind, can help me to truly listen.  To pay attention in art, writing and life.

What about you, what helps you to slow down and focus?

Happy Creating!  🙂

Do You Have A Favorite Number?

Some days I struggle with what to draw and write in my art journal.  Does this happen to you too?

Yesterday, I didn’t have much time to create so I gave myself this challenge:

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It got me thinking about cre8ting art with numbers.  Lots of possibilities here!  Maybe you would like to play along in your own art journal?

The scraps of paper are props for the start of an animal or face.  What would you draw?

The bingo numbers are a prompt to write about a game that involves numbers.  Did you have a favorite card game?  Perhaps you remember playing Bingo?

The measuring tape box is for making a list of anything but it needs to involve numbers.

And the smallest box is your box of magic – make it anything you’d like – but it does need a number in it!  Perhaps you’d like to write your favorite number in it?

I hope to show you my completed journal page on Saturday!  Stay tuned 4 sure!

Happy Journaling!  🙂

The Bazooka Bird

Have you heard of Bazooka chewing gum?Mockingbird 2

Well, the Bazooka Bird is related!

According to Wikipedia, “Bazooka bubble gum was first marketed shortly after World War II in the U.S. by the Topps Company of Brooklyn, New York. The gum was packaged in a red, white, and blue colour scheme.”

The Bazooka bird has the ability to chew gum AND blow bubbles at the same time!  WOWZA!

This bird looks a lot like a Mockingbird which is best known for imitating sounds of other birds, insects (and teenagers who like to pop their chewing gum).

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The Bazooka chewing gum included a small comic strip with their gum until November of 2012 when the company changed to a brain teaser.  (Who knew we should have collected those comic wrappers.  Ha!)

Bazooka Joe was a comic strip character, featured on small comics included inside individually wrapped pieces of Bazooka bubblegum. He wore a black eyepatch, lending him a distinctive appearance.”

Here is  the Bazooka “Joe” Bird:

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Did you notice the black eyepatch?

Happy Creating!