Friday, June 21, 2013

Playing w art supplies

My intention was to start a new canvas for another Owl Family, got out inks, sprayed the canvas with water and dropped on the ink.  While I let that dry I thought I would work in my art journal, I had a  background already started & thought it lent itself to a under water scene so thought I would sketch a mermaid. Here's what I ended up with. I used LuMiere metallic paints for the mermaid and drew on the scales with a Zig  painty gold & silver pen I'd had a while and never used. Like the effect. Not sure the pic will show it. 

It was totally of the cuff so I didn't take any pics of the process 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Doodling Inspiration

I like to add some doodling to my art work, sometimes a little, other times more.  I like the extra element it brings to the piece.  I have taken some online doodling classes and would recommend Joanne Sharpe ( if you want to learn to doodle letters and Stephanie Ackerman ( if you want to learn to doodle images.

I have found that I do my best doodling when I'm not thinking about it to much but just going with the flow.  I have gotten some great inspiration from a book I bought that is all about continuous line quilting, the book talks about practicing the design on paper and that is what led me to use them as doodles on my art work.  Here are some examples:

The book is by Cheryl Malkowski, Doodle Quilting - here is a sample of what is inside

Where do you find doodling inspiration?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Blog Post

While taking an online class with Juliette Crane, How to Paint an Owl 2, I was encouraged by some of the other students, via a private FB page for the classroom, to start a blog, so here I am. 

I was into scrapbooking and had amassed supplies and tools for that when when my local scrapbook store shut down and I had no other resource for live classes, I started taking online classes and was soon addicted. I got introduced to Mixed Media Art by Christy Tomlinson.   I have learned so much from a lot of wonderful, sharing artists out there, whose links you can find on the right column.
    My hope is to use this blog to share art, tips and techniques - pay it forward. I would love to hear from you, since this is new to me, I appreciate any feedback. 

    Here are some pics of some of the artwork resulting from the How to Paint an Owl 2 (which was before I started this blog, so I have no step by steps), in the future, I will post projects and pics of the progression.

    Inspired by the Southwest

    Flowers inspired by quilting design

    Bleeding Art Tissue Paper Hearts

    Ferns inspired by quilting design

    Flying Owl

    Inspired by Song Lyrics

    Shy Owl

    Sleeping owl

    Inspired by Kachina Dolls