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Art Journal Collage

Hello Friends!

This is the other piece I did on Sunday during a fierce thunderstorm! I finished it just before we lost power for a couple of hours!

I bet you’ve never seen a sea otter on top of a harbor seal! I cut parts of these images from three photos in the 2019 Calendar edition of a local magazine called “Outdoor California.”

The three photographers are Douglas Croft, Harold Epstein, and Carrie Johnson. We have some incredibly talented photographers all over our state!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

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ANGEL FISH MIXED MEDIA

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For the last couple of days I worked on this angel fish. I haven’t done a lot of mixed media art, but that’s what this one became.

1) I lightly drew the fish in pencil in my art journal.

2) I used a variety of Washi tape pieces to fill in its design.

3) I used my Arteza Real Brush Pens to outline it in color and draw its eye.

4) I painted the background with acrylics.

5) I painted over the whole thing with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish and used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.

6) I found some old colored rocks we used in a fish tank many years ago which I actually stumbled onto while looking for something else! Since the colors matched my fish, I decided to glue them down around the bottom for a coral reef!

7) I glued the whole picture to the next piece of paper in my journal to give it more weight. Then I sprayed it with Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Matte.

8) Lastly, I added a little foliage with my brush pens. Then I took it out of my journal so I could display it in my studio with all of my toy box pieces.

Even though this took a couple of days, it was fun! I enjoyed working with materials I haven’t used in a long time. But most of all I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

This angel fish was something I mentioned I would do a LONG time ago. So I do get around to doing what I said I would do…eventually! πŸ˜‰

This was a really fun way to explore using different materials! I also did another project yesterday in my other art journal that I will post tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Lady and The Tramp Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Well, this is what I’ve been working on all week. Pencil takes a lot of time, but I sure love doing it! Today I will be sharing this on my Facebook page and tagging my friend, Debra in it. She will be doing the same with me. We are going to be posting something every Friday to keep in the habit of drawing. She’s a wonderful artist herself! She even does woodworking!

So here are a couple of dogs in love! This is in my new art journal. Proportions are a little off. The candle holder isn’t as fat as it should be. I seem to start some things too close to the edge at times! Working on that.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. We have been getting lots of rain finally! I will be watching some new videos I downloaded from an artist online. I will be posting what I learn eventually. I need to watch and practice first.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

Animal Zombies!

Hello Friends!

This is the cover of a book that Chana StiefelΒ wrote for kids!Β  I won a copy of “Animal Zombies” from Maria Marshall’s blog called The Picture Book Buzz. Here is a link where you can read her interview with Chana.Β https://www.mariacmarshall.com/single-post/2018/08/24/The-Picture-Book-Buzz—Interview-with-Chana-StiefelΒ I hope you enjoy it. You can find more links to Chana’s various pages at the end of this written interview.

When I won this book, I told Chana and Maria I would do a review of it on my blog. I read it last month, but just hadn’t made the time to do that until now. But we all know how much stuff I juggle around and how easily distracted I can get! πŸ˜‰

Here is what I wrote for a review on Goodreads:

” ‘Animal Zombies!’ is a fantastic book! It is a soft-covered National Geographic magazine for kids. The photos are very close-up and personal! There are facts about bloodsuckers and various deep sea creatures your kids may never have heard of. There are also several stories about different scientists who do fascinating research. (And I might add it is over 90 pages long!)

I wish this had come out when my kids were little. If you have children who love to read about “gross” things some creatures do, your kids will love this book!

This book can make you feel squeamishly excited to learn.”

So there you have it! It really is fascinating information. If you have children or grandchildren, you can get buy it for someone special at Amazon.com.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

Grass or water? No idea!

Hello Friends!

This is another thing I did in my art journal the other day. But now I can’t decide if I want it to be grass or waves on the sand. So you can decide. What do you think it is?

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. 😁

Acrylic Dry Brushing


Hello Friends,

I tried something new the other day, the same day I did my acrylic sea turtle journal cover, in fact, but these mushrooms were done by “dry-brushing” acrylic paint. I painted on a piece of Aqvarelle Arches 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper instead of canvas. I normally don’t like hot pressed paper for watercolors, because it is smooth. I like watercolor paper that has more “tooth” or texture to it. But I have had this block of paper for years and I mostly use it for experimenting or scratch paper. However, I liked painting acrylics onto it.

So this was part of my exploring I am going to be doing this year which is always fun even if I don’t care for the results. I didn’t really “plan” this painting or even draw in pencil first. I just did it spontaneously, but these are my favorite blues to work with. There’s got to be blue and pink mushrooms and white butterflies somewhere in the world, right? Most likely that would be where Alice went when she followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

Explore!

Hello Friends,

Since my mantra word for this year is EXPLORE, I decided to paint the cover of another journal. I may use this one for doodling or even writing since it is a small one with lined paper.

I also decided to paint it in acrylics after I laid masking tape around the whole cover and painted it with Gesso first. I like the way the lines from the tape created texture. Then I drew a small picture outline of the sea turtle onto the cover with a piece of carbon tracing paper. It shows up well and is easy to paint over with acrylics. Lastly, I added my own water and foliage. This was pretty fun!

Since this sea turtle is looking to his left, he is thinking, “Hey! What’s over there? I need to go explore!”Β  So my spirit animal and I are going to have a year to EXPLORE!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Hello Friends!

Last night I did this in my art journal. I think today I may begin trying to make some animal “characters” by drawing real animals and making them look “animated,” but not digutal.

This is probably going to be an exploritory year for me in art. So I think my mantra for my art journal is going to be EXPLORE!

In the meantime….

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Spotted Elephant Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here is my watercolor of the spotted elephant from the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I have never thought of these toys as “misfits,” because they are all unique and just needed to be wanted and loved by a child. And isn’t this what all of us need? To be wanted and needed for who we are?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.Β  πŸ˜€

 

Dumbo and His Friend, Timothy

Hello Friends!

Here is my finished Dumbo and Timothy mouse watercolor painting. I was going to add a light blue sky, but decided not to.

I was actually able to paint it light like I wanted it to be. I may get a red frame to match Timothy’s uniform and bring out the colors more. Or maybe a blue frame. Eventually, anyway.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

 

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