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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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™‚

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˜€

Little Red and Friend Wolf

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Yesterday I decided to paint a fairytale twist. Instead of the wolf being a conniving stinker and finding out where Red’s grandmother lives so he can go gobble her up, he is a kindhearted and friendly wolf who lets Red pet him. Then she will give him a treat from her basket, and they will walk to her grandmother’s house and have a picnic! Only he will be Red and Grandma’s guest. But he will only visit occasionally since they know it isn’t wise to try and turn wild animals into pets. They are smart! But he won’t forget their kindness and will stay close by to protect Grandma’s house at night!ย 

I painted this in watercolors on 11×14″ watercolor paper. I am planning on doing Red and the wolf on canvas in mixed media but not the same scene.ย 

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

“Cosmic Girl” in Mixed Media

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I have been feeling a little blue since finishing my Van Gogh journal awhile back. And I haven’t gotten a video of the whole book yet.

So in the meantime I just wanted to do something different. I have been reading a lot of children’s novels lately and checking out Tamara Laporte’s book called Ever After.

It is a book with lessons for creating mixed media art projects based on fairy tales. I started drawing a different take on Little Red Riding Hood, but I haven’t finished working out the composition yet. So i just used a template for this girl from Tamara Laporte’s website to create this mixed media piece.

In the close-up you can see the little cat sticker I used so her kitty could be with her.

I don’t think I am going to start another art journal yet. I just want to do some fairy tale art for now.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

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