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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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.”ย 

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.ย 

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

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bookworm Worm

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This is my last mixed media piece in my “Bookworm” series. So I thought it would be fitting for this character to actually be a BOOKWORM, ha ha! I really enjoyed creating this one, because I used handmade Mulberry paper for everything except the books.

First I drew my design on hot pressed watercolor paper which has a smooth surface. Then I cut pieces of the pink textured mulberry paper to fill in the background. Next I cut the white which has pieces of purple in it to fill in the lamp. Then I cut pieces of an orangey/yellow colored mulberry paper to fill in the worm. I felt like Eric Carle, although it wasn’t quite as tedious as working with painted tissue paper which is how he made his art. (He must have been such a patient person!) All of this was glued down with Liquitex Matte Medium.ย 

The next day when everything was dry, I used watercolor pens to color the books, his hat, glasses and the lamp light. I used markers to do some outlining, and used a white marker to write the book names on. As you can see he is reading the last book of the Harry Potter book series, thus the tears. When I read the last book years ago, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up all night to finish the last few chapters and balled my eyes out. But it is a great story!

I hope you are all doing well. We have been getting very high hot temperatures here, so I am very thankful for great air conditioning! Stay cool and…

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

Doggie in Watercolor & Pen

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This is a cute doggie that I painted from a short free lesson from Tamara Laporte. She is offering a four month course in August called Kaleidoscope 2021 which you can find out more at willowing.org

I am doing the free Taster Week this week which is just getting some free lessons from different artists to see what the classes will be like. But I already joined them since I have never done any of her classes before. Tamara is an artist who paints whimsical characters. She has published some books that were based on courses she has taught in the past. I have a book of hers called “Ever After” which has lessons for creating fairytale-inspired mixed media art projects. I think I may have mentioned this book in a previous post.

Anyway, she is a lot of fun. She has a sweet spirit and really loves teaching art. I had heard about her several years ago but in taking other art classes to learn portraiture last year, I just didn’t have time to try everything. This year I did sign up for “Let’sFaceIt2021” and “PaintYourHeartandSoul2021” but I have only done a couple of classes out of each one, because I became so engrossed in my Van Gogh Journal! But I really enjoyed creating that!

I have been wanting to do art of my own without following lessons, lately but it is also fun to be in different groups to meet other artists and see what others are creating. So I have just been downloading the classes each week on my laptop to keep for later. I also have Tamara’s classes from last year of Kaleidoscope 2020 which I am not done downloading yet. So I haven’t started any of those.

I am afraid I have become addicted to buying art classes, ha ha! And books!!! I have been reading so many great novels lately written for school age children (and picture books) that I began buying them again even though my kids are grown! Someday I hope to have little ones to read aloud to, but I don’t see grandchildren in the near future. Our grown children are happy in their jobs, and our daughter is graduating with her Associates degree in Psychology this year! She is taking her last two classes right now. So that is exciting.

I hope you are all doing well! We are doing well here in sunny California!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

“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! ๐Ÿ˜€

Van Gogh Journal Pages 63 & 64

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I really enjoyed creating these two pages. I used a new color of acrylic ink, Iridescent Green, for the background of the left page. And I used orange for the background of the other page. Then I used some ephemera and washi tape pieces to accent spots. I cut out the yellow and black pieces from a piece of used palette paper I saved awhile back. I had flicked the yellow and black paints on it awhile when I was working on something else. So I swirled them into circles and made one into a bee! Then I used the others to make flowers on my journal page.

I embellished the pictures of Vincent’s self-portraits and the picture of him sitting with his friend Emile Bernard. Then in the middle of the pages I used matte medium to glue down pieces of orange and brown ribbons.ย 

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Van Gogh Journal Pages 61 & 62

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These two pages were a lot of fun to do. I glued one of Vincent’s self-portraits to the left page along with snippets of his writing and drawings. The colored pieces are from some of my scrap pieces of used palette paper. I added small bits of blue to offset the red in Vincent’s beard. Then I wrote a quote of his which says,

“I prefer to have one hundred francs a month and the freedom to spend it just as I like than to have two hundred francs without this freedom.” 

On the right page is a photo of his sister, Willemina. Vincent frequently used her as a model when he first began drawing portraits. They had a close relationship and wrote each other letters frequently. However, several years after Vincent’s unexpected death, she had a severe mental breakdown and was in an asylum in Holland until she died at the age of 79. I felt sad when I learned this. It seems the Van Gogh family had many mental health issues. But I am still so thankful that Vincent chose to channel his mind into something so positive as his art.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

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