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Exploring Molding Paste

Hello Friends!

I recently bought some Golden brand Medium Texture Molding Pasteย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Art Adventures!

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Yesterday I received this beautiful book in the mail written by another person I heard on The Inspiration Place podcast by Miriam Schulman. Her name is Jennifer Orkin Lewis. She decided to publish a book to challenge others to draw something for 100 days in a row. So I am taking the challenge! There are a bunch of different prompts, a different theme for every four days, and lots of encouragement to be creative.

Here is a picture of the cover. This is going to be fun!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

Spring Squirrel

 

Hello Friends!

Today I painted a squirrel for the first time. I named her Sarah. This was really fun. It is one of the woodland creatures featured in the online class I am doing with Miriam Schulman. I didn’t paint what she did. I found my own photo reference from an animal encylopedia I have. Then I gave her a dandelion to hold.

I did this after doing another project from a new book I got in the mail today. I will be posting that one tomorrow to share with my friends for our Friday art.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜

 

Miss Moose

Hello Friends!ย 

Yesterday I decided to paint a moose. It is one of the winter woodland creatures that Miriam Schulman does in her Winter Woodlands Workshop at theinspirationplace.net. I can’t get my link thingy to work right now.!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

Flamingo Fun!

Hello Friends!ย 

I worked on this last weekend. I really had a lot of fun doing this in acrylics. I wanted a laughing flamingo because I just think they are funny-looking creatures!

I painted this on a thick piece of wood that was cut from a white bookshelf. I bought a bookshelf for ten bucks that only had one shelf. I knew I had other longer shelves in the garage that could be cut down to add another one to it. So my husband cut it for me, and I decided to paint the smaller piece. But then I ended up giving the bookshelf to him for his new podcasting and writing room. As it turned out, he didn’t need the extra shelf!

Next I am going to be working on painting some polar bears. I may do them in acrylics, but I haven’t decided yet. It is another winter animal we are doing at The Inspiration Place.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

Piggy Watercolor

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This is a piggy watercolor I decided to do today. I have been really busy this week! Our daughter moved out, so her room became my first “official” art studio! I say official, because I won’t have to share this room with anyone else, well, except Wampus the cat! She follows me everywhere! So I have been moving stuff around again. And my writing desk fits nicely in the closet (because it has no doors.) That way I can use my same chair to do art and turn right around in the same spot to my laptop behind me. Cool, huh?

Since I have been a part of a group of artists on Facebook at The Inspiration Place with Miriam Schulman, we have been inspired to paint several different animals. I painted a flamingo over the weekend which was my own idea. I am posting that one tomorrow.

Now I am going to work out. I need to keep my back and arm in shape for everything I want to do.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜

 

Mice in Watercolor

Mice In Love

Hello Friends!

I just wanted to share a watercolor I did this morning of a mouse couple. I am super pleased with how it came out. And I drew the mice and everything else just the way I wanted them to look! This was so much fun!

I joined a club online atย The Inspiration Placeย called The Insider’s Club. The videos are taught by an artist namedย Miriam Schulman.ย 

Her website isย http://www.schulmanart.com

So next we are doing polar bears. I wanted to make my own design and mice my own way instead of copying what she did. I am really trying not to copy stuff or trace things. It is definitely challenging!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Deer Watercolors

 

 

Hello Friends!

This week I attempted to paint the deer I sketched a couple of weeks ago in watercolors. I used my Prisma watercolor pencils for these.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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