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Elephant in Mixed Media

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Here is my “Happy Birthday Elephant”! He is patiently posing so his mom can take his picture. But the only thing on his mind is opening his presents! πŸ˜‰

I had fun drawing and designing this piece. I drew the elephant in pencil in a sketchbook until I got him the way I wanted him to look. Then I transferred him onto a piece of hot press watercolor paper. It is almost like poster board, but a little thinner. Again, I debated about using watercolors, but I decided on acrylics. I didn’t use tissue paper like I did with the giraffe, though.

Once I had him transferred, I stuck the banner on at the top and placed the balloon where I wanted it. (These are from some sheets of big stickers for poster board that I found at the dollar store!)

Next I sketched out on tissue paper how I wanted the presents to look by placing it on top of my original elephant sketch to get it positioned where I wanted it before transferring it to my drawing. Then I added the rug and used a Crayola crayon to color it. Originally, I was going to color all of it in crayon but decided against it.

After everything was transferred I decided on my teal color for him. Then since the ballon is red, I made his bows and one of his presents red, too. This is to balance out the use of red. Red is a color many artists don’t like to use, because the eye of the viewer is usually attracted to it first. But since I made his bows red, my eye goes to his face first.

I almost used a thicker pen to outline everything except the banner and ballon but decided against it. Sometimes I think outlining it too thickly destracts the eye from my main subject.

Also, I purposely left the background white so it would have a more illustrative look. I tend to love illustrations with lots of white space. This was lots of fun!!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Giraffe in Mixed Media

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A few days ago I sat and did a rough sketch of a giraffe my way! This was so fun. Once I got the sketch the way I wanted it to look, I redrew it onto some hot pressed watercolor paper. I was going to do it in watercolors, but then decided to have more fun.

I drew it in pencil. Then I used some tracing paper to trace it. I cut out the pieces and then laid them onto sheer yellow tissue paper to trace around them. After that I used matte medium to glue the tissue paper onto the drawing. Then I used a piece of polka dotted card stock to cut out the bow tie and glued it down. I cut out the tongue and cheek pieces from red card stock. Then I used acrylic paint to paint the background. After that I cut the grasses and leaves out of green cardstock and glued them down. I drew the leaf lines in with a marker. Brown and blue calligraphy markers were used to draw in the fur and eyes. And a black Sharpie marker is what I used to draw in the black line work. Lastly, I added some white Bleed Proof ink to put the highlights in the eyes.

This project was so much fun, but the best part was that I produced it from my own imagination. I didn’t follow a tutorial or anyone else’s ideas. So this is what I plan on trying to do from now on. I have learned so much in the last several years of classes that I have taken, but right now I really have a desire to get back to making my own original art. 

Listening to the video of Eric Carle the other day and reading his autobiography inspired me to follow my heart. 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Butterflies in Mixed Media

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The other day I decided to paint some butterflies in watercolor. Then I added some washi tape for flower stalks and some greenery. I also added bits of washi tape to the butterflies. 

Lastly, I added some acrylic accents to the butterflies. But I didn’t do much else.

Yesterday, I made a giraffe in mixed media which I will post tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Zen Luna Moth in Mixed Media

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A couple of days ago I created this Zen Luna Moth with pen, acrylics, and stencils. I used a picture of a Luna Moth to trace the outline, but added the rest myself. The Zentangle designs are just doodles I created myself, though. I got this idea from a book by Tamara Laporte called “Create Your Life Book.” She demonstrated how to do a Zen butterfly, but I decided to do a Luna Moth instead. All of the projects in the book are going to be put together in a small “Life Book.”Β 

I have never done one of her Life Book courses, but maybe someday I will. Her Life Book courses have been going for several years. It is a year long course, and at the end she binds her works together to make a Life Book. I hear it’s pretty fun.Β 

She is a really entertaining artist to watch. I love her giggles and her amazing creative mind!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Bookwarm Baby

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Yesterday I painted this baby who just can’t get enough of his books! I loved creating this!

First I drew my design onto a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper. Then I glued a few small pieces of paper down in the background and painted it with a mix of Quinacridone Magenta and white acrylic inks. Once I chose that color, I decided to go with shades of red-violets, blue-greens and yellow-oranges which is a triad color scheme. This was challenging and a lot of fun! I also knew i wanted him to be African American, so the skin tones were a challenge as well!

What was fun, too, was putting the book he’s holding upside down, ha ha! And my little bookworm is surrounded by some of his favorite books including: “Goodnight Moon,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “Hop on Pop,” and a few others in his little basket of books.

Lastly, I added some washi tape, stamped some circles and wrote in some letters and numbers.

I am really enjoying doing these “Bookworm” mixed media pieces. I am planning to do at least two more!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Bookworm Albert

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A couple of days ago I sketched this intellectual character for the second painting in my “Bookworm” series. 

I used mostly watercolor in this one. Then I used some white gesso to “draw” the sun and the flowers since the purple shades in the background would have made a dull looking sun. After that I used red and green acrylics for the flowers and yellow acrylics for the sun. I purposely made the library a little dull in color in the background. I also added strips of a couple of different washi tapes behind and below Albert and threw on a couple of 3-D butterfly stickers.

Lastly, I wrote in a few titles on the books he checked out: “Advanced Calculus”, “War and Peace”, “The Mensa Handbook”, and “Sudoku”. His other books are turned around, though. He seems to be a pretty smart fella ( or wants to be), ha ha! 

Anyway, this was a fun one. I loved thinking of how to draw him myself. I love creating quirky looking characters.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Bookworm Granny

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Yesterday and today I drew, collaged, stenciled, and painted this Bookworm Granny. I got the idea from Tamara Laporte’s “Bookworm Girl” video where she creates a girl with bright red hair, less books, etc. But I just watched her as she created her girl and came up with the idea for creating a granny with gray hair, little reading glasses, and wrinkles on her face!

Then I picked a few book titles she would enjoy reading for herself and some to read aloud to children.

I really enjoyed doing this one. I can’t do all the free “Taster” sessions Tamara and other instructors are offering on Facebook this week. And now, after doing my Bookworm Granny, I have ideas for a couple of other bookworm characters!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

“Summer” in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I decided to paint a happy summer scene. I painted the large flowers, the bee, and the grasshopper with acrylics and acrylic inks.

Then to make the yellow and blue flowers, I applied some yellow smiley stickers and painted the petals with acrylics and the stems/leaves with acrylic inks.

I painted the butterfly on the right with orange acrylic paint and the details with carbon black acrylic ink. Then I applied 3-D butterfly stickers for the other two. Lastly, I added the sun!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Van Gogh Journal Pages 57 & 58

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For these pages I wanted to do polka dots but in a random way. I also wanted to keep the color scheme the complementary colors of purple and yellow.

So firsr, I used a big stencil for the yellow pattern in the background. It isn’t as prominent now, though. Next I used a lighter to melt some yellow and purple dots onto the paper from a couple of crayons. The close-ups are of the wax dots. I also used a sponge to make the flatter purple shapes.

I mixed the purple and yellow acrylics to get the brownish rust color to paint over the hair, moustache and beard in the black and white photograph of Theo. I am not sure if Vincent ever painted a portrait of his brother, but I couldn’t find one in any of my books.

Next I painted over his jacket with the purple and made the outline of it with black acrylic ink.

I decided to be whimsy with the page on the left by incorporating some faces in the pattern of dots. And the largest one reminds me of a fake nose and glasses or Groucho Marx, ha ha!

Lastly, I painted purple lines around the outer edges of each page to frame them.

I only have four more pages to go now, and this journal will be complete!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Van Gogh Journal – Pages 49 & 50!

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It has been quite a while since I worked on my Van Gogh journal! Our oldest child is visiting for a few weeks before going back to work another trails season for the summer. So we have been visiting, and I wasn’t feeling real artsy until yesterday! Then once I got going, I ended up creating FOUR more spreads! (I was on a roll!) So I will be posting the other three page spreads over the next few days. I only have three more spreads to create now, and this journal will be done! I will have mixed feelings about finishing it, though. But the next journal I plan to do will be about Degas. I will be creating all of it on my own, though, since I don’t have a book about him like this one that I am willing to rip pages from to make a journal.

For this spread in this journal I was feeling happy! I used some washi tape of flowers and birds, stamped a few turtles and blue circles with a sponge, embellished the painting of van Gogh with a bird’s wing and painted over it a little. Then I added some flowers I cut out and painted. And I glued down cut out copies of grasses I had drawn years ago on my badger pencil drawing. I used acrylic inks for everything except some fluid acrylic paints for the blue circles. I also added a thick blue ribbon in the binding for a bookmark. There will be a picture showing more of the bookmark tomorrow; it shows up better on the next pages.

The painting of Van Gogh here was not done by Vincent. It was painted by Francis Bacon in 1957. It was part of a series of six paintings he dedicated to the subject of Van Gogh. This particular painting was inspired by Vincent’s painting The Painter on the Road to Tarascon which he did in 1888. However, it was destroyed in World War II, so Bacon never saw the original and worked from a reproduction. This painting is called Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV. Also, I think he did other paintings in Vincent’s style.

I have never read about or studied any of Francis Bacon’s paintings, so that’s going to be my next art research project! I won’t be dedicating a journal to his work, but now my curiosity is peaked, so I am interested in finding out more about him.

I hope you are all doing well! We have had both of our vaccinations now, but are still practicing social distancing and wearing our masks. Stay well my friends!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

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