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Poetry-Inspired Journal Art

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On Saturday after some very quiet time, I found this poem as I looked through a book of poems we have. Then I wrote it in my art journal.

I thought the imagery was intriguing. So today I did a watercolor lightly on top of it.

Leisure

by W. H. Davies.

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs, andΒ  stare as long as sheep and cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass, where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.

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

 

Dark Dancer

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Yesterday, I was feeling kind of overwhelmed with all of the new things I have been learning and with all of the new art groups I spontaneously joined on Facebook. I have noticed that my excitement took me in TOO MANY DIRECTIONS! So I decided to leave a few groups.

Then late in the afternoon I began doing some collage in my art journal. That led me to remember I have been wanting to paint more of my Goth ballerinas. I was in a semi-dark mood and needed to do something to express it.Β  I realized I wasn’t depressed; I was just living in the moment.

When I was finished and showed it to my husband, he said he liked it! I told him I couldn’t think of a good title for it. Then he suggested DARK DANCER.Β I liked that!

The pose I gave her is one I like that is in an Edgar Degas painting. But of course I made mine very different. I put a sort of crown on her head which may look like part of her hair. Then I added words to express the emotions I felt and thoughts I was thinking last night. “BALANCE” is at the top which is what I realized that I need most right now. The whole process was actually therapeutic.

I feel back on track and it’s a new day!! I am sitting outside on a very cool spring morning in my sweats getting ready to have my coffee and do some journal writing.

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

Art Journal Watercolors

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I completely forgot about these crazy critters I doodled earlier in the week! These are in my small homemade art journal. I believe I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for these. So the mouse’s eyes are a little smudged.

This mouse is called a Fat Dormouse. It is called “fat” because it goes on a feeding frenzy before it hibernates for the winter. It is “found from northern Spain east through Central Europe and into Russia. It is also found on the islands of Sardina, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, and Corfu, and in Turkey and Iran.”

The crazy feathered critter is called a Hoatzin.Β It is a “unique bird found in northeastern South America, particularly in the rainforests formed by the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.” These birds live in colonies. They can also SWIM! They use their feet and wings to swim so they can escape vipers!

In case you’re wondering, I have these and MANY other wild creatures like them in a set of books we used years ago while homeschooling the kids. They are called “Wildlife Explorer.” I never finished getting all the cards to complete the set, but we got two binders full, so it was enough! I can’t find a date of publication either! I only know they were published by International Masters Publishers AB. So I am not sure if they are still available. The kids and I loved looking through them for hours, though! We all love animals. So eventually, there will be more to come. But I probably won’t use the pencils every time.

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

 

Art Journal Cover

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Today I decided to make a cover for this little homemade journal. Miriam Schulman calls it a “No Sew” journal. She shows how to take a piece of watercolor paper and make a bunch of folds a certain way. Then you make three long cuts after you fold out the paper to its full size again. After that, you begin folding it on the lines the way she shoes you in the short video. I am really enjoying being in her “Inspired Insiders” Club!

To make her journal she used a 140 lb. sheet of watercolor paper but I used a 300 lb. piece since I love working on heavier paper.

She also suggests putting a thicker piece of paper on the front to make a cover. I wanted to put a cardboard cover on mine. So when I went to my cardboard pieces stash, I found this round one with the four indentions. It reminded me of a flower, so I glued it to the front of the journal and put a coat of “Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish” on it. I dried it with low heat, then began painting it with acrylics. I went over it with Liquitex Brilliant Purple a couple of times, speeding up drying time with a little hair dryer set on low.

Then I used Liquitex Cadmium Yellow Light Hue to paint the center. After drying that, I added a little detail to the center and Liquitex Hooker’s Green and Sap Green to create the leaves in the background. It is supposed to be a type of Clematis flower. So lastly, I added some Liquitex Deep Violet to the flower petals.

I will most likely be doing watercolor sketches in this because each page is only 5″x5.5″. It folds out like an accordion so I will be able to paint on both sides of each page.

You may be wondering why I made another art journal. My only answer is first, just for fun, and second, because it is small enough to stick in my purse or a little bag if I want to take it to town. I can draw in it and paint over it later, or draw in it with watercolor pencils, or markers, etc. And the paper is heavy enough to handle acrylics and even collage! So eventually I may be sharing some of what I do in it.

I am still working on the owl collage/painting, and other ideas are constantly going through my head!Β  Today it is at least 70 degrees and sunny out. I need to get some sunshine!

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

 

Exploring Molding Paste

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I recently bought some Golden brand Medium Texture Molding PasteΒ to explore. Remember my mantra for the year is EXPLORE? It sure is fun. Anyway, I used a small flat canvas for this ocean scene. I love the way you can create some cool peaks, valleys, lines, and curves with this medium. I applied it to the canvas first with a palette knife; then I painted over most of it with a brush and acrylics. I also mixed it with a couple of the colors before applying it. The thing I like most about it is the plant on the left where I also pressed a porous sponge into the paint. I love this effect. It can be seen better when you make the picture larger.

This next one of mountains in snow is actually the first one I did.

I realized I painted everything bigger than I wanted, though. I did this one in my art journal. I didn’t plan the scene. Most of the time I avoid planning when I am playing with a new medium.

This is sort of what our mountains look like right now! We have more rain coming in this week which fills the mountains with snow when it’s cold enough.

I hope you all are having a great new year and exploring new territory in your lives as well. I love a good challenge myself.

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

Beach Mixed Media

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Someone on Facebook asked me how I did the water in my flamingo painting. So I tried to sort of duplicate the process. but of course it came out different. And since I mainly only had the bottom left corner of the 9×12 piece of canvas paper left, I used some watercolors to add little grass mounds with a tiny brush. Then I dipped that same brush in some Van Dyck Brown and pulled back on the brush with my index finger to splatter some sand on the beach.

This was fun and didn’t take long at all. I find it difficult sometimes to explain my process, because I don’t always remember what I did afterwards! I used to write down the colors I used in my paintings and sometimes even what size brushes! But now, that just feels like a lot of interruption to my brain while I’m in the “zone.”

Anyway, I do always feel encouraged when someone says something I did looks amazing and asks how I did it!

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

Mouse Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I worked on this little mouse yesterday. But for now just decided to do it in pencil. I will do a watercolor of it some other day.

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

 

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! 😁

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™‚

Sara J Evans

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