Monday, May 20, 2019

Watercolor Experiments

waterlily watercolor
I saw something similar online & wanted to play with my watercolors, so I gave it a whirl.  Not exactly as I wanted it to turn out, but still kinda' neat.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

More Sketchbook Revival Art

Continuing on with the "Sketchbook Revival" online workshop ... I worked on Day 12: Session 1 - "Cosmic Smashbooking: Power Trigger = Super Power" with Catt Geller.

I pulled out my gluebook / smashbook, "Magilla" (click "Magilla" in the tags below for more pages in this notebook), and played along with Catt. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Daily Doodle Journal: Happy

Continuing on with the "Sketchbook Revival" online workshop ... I worked on Day 8: Session 2 - "How to Start a Happy Journal" with Jennie Moraitis.  I have a few little moleskine notebooks that I received in a Dick Blick swag bag, so I decided to put one to good use and start a little daily doodle journal.

A Happy Journal includes little things that make you smile or feel joy throughout your day.  I had done this previously in my Composition notebook, but have really had a tough year - so I lost my mojo.  Here's me trying to get my mojo back & start to feel happy again.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Sketchbook Revival : part 2

Sidewalk Crack - Grasshopper
Continuing on with the "Sketchbook Revival" online workshop ... I worked on Day 1: Session 2 - Sidewalk Cracks: A Creativity Starter" with Carla Sonheim.  I found this photo of a sidewalk crack online & developed it into a grasshopper munching on a leaf.  

This was a fun session, however I did work with sidewalk cracks previously when I was working in Carla Sonheim's book, "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists", several years ago.

Here is one of my sidewalk crack drawings from 2010:
 And here it is colored:
I still have several sessions to work through.  This is keeping me motivated to play and make art every day.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sketchbook Revival

I am playing along in the "Sketchbook Revival" online workshop for a couple of weeks.  I don't have much free time, but I am making sure to do at least 1 exercise each day & hope to make up the others over the weekend.

The first exercise I participated in was the "Portrait Party" with Koosje Koene.  This exercies was about making blind drawings of the face.  I love doing blind drawings & have done this before from photographs, but never using a mirror or doing any type of self portrait.

The next exercise I completed was "Mindful Inspirations: A Thumbnail Sketch" with Rachel Rose.  This exercise focused on finding inspiration all around you in small things. 

Next I worked on "Sketching Like a Kid Again: Scribble, Doodle, Color" with Charlie O’Shields.  This exercise was quick doodles, crayons, and watercolors.  I have always been "blah" with watercolors ... but did find some of the tips very useful.  It will take some practice, but I think I will give watercolors another try.  

I am excited to continue on with the exercises that I haven't done, yet.  So ... more to come!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spring Forward

egg-shaped ATC doodles with haiku
This brightly colored egg is actually an egg-shaped ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I made last week during another Art-a-thon at  It is a haiku poem as well as eye candy.  I used my "Blick Illustrator Markers" (alcohol markers) to color it & Wow! It is so bright!

So ... I have been arting around here & there - working on several things at once.  Here are a couple more:
junk journal collage
I collaged another page in my "Junk Mail Journal".   This little junk journal was made by taking the junk mail postcards that had accumulated near my computer, trimming them all to 4" x 6" or so, and spiral binding them into a book.  Then I just started pasting random bits inside to decorate the pages.

This page features clippings from printed scrapbook papers, punches, decorative cutting, some stamping, a little bit of paint and a little bit of pen work.  To see more, just click "junk mail journal" in the tags below. 
ATC Coin (round ATC)
And ... just for fun.  I picked up a 2.5" circle punch at a super discounted price yesterday and decided to give it a spin.  I ran across these despicable characters & had a flashback to the "Wacky Races" I used to watch on Saturday morning as a child. lol.  Good Times.

Monday, January 21, 2019

House Shaped ATCs

Kitty's Beach House
There is another "Art-a-thon" happening right now through January 28th.  This one is for "house shaped" art of all sizes - inchies, moos, ATCs, chunky pages, etc...  Anyone may join in, you only need to join the site - new members are always welcome.

I have only made a couple of ATCs so far ... but it is always nice to make time for art.

"Kitty's Beach House" (shown above) was made with cut paper collage.  I added some detailing with an Indian ink pen and used some sparkly glitter glue on the fish and water.

"Little Gnome's Mushroom House" was made in similar fashion.  I cut an ATC sized (2.5" x 3.5") piece of cereal box, drew my mushroom shape with a pen, cut out the shape and sanded lightly.  I then cut and glued printed scrapbook paper to my mushroom shape and embellished with ink drawn images and a touch of glitter glue.

House shaped ATCs are so popular now, that there is a group of folks trading them year round:

Happy House Building!