On the Table Tuesday

OOH I love this one… more water-color with doodling elements. This time I used a Crafters Workshop Template to create the flowers. I did the template sketch before I left the house- and did most of the coloring with the water-color crayons and painted 2/3 of the flowers with the water brush on the train and back from the Mall of America. (Had to run some errands and it is almost an hour by train and bus one way… lots of time to play!)

Love these flowers...

Love these flowers…

I finished an acrylic painting on a canvas board this week too, but I am too lazy to get off the couch right now and take a picture of it to show you! LOL (This will just give me something else to blog about later this week!)

 

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On the Table Tuesday

So yes- another week of watercolors, playing and doodling… but so loving the results even more. So fun to just play… and I have been getting almost one a day done too- quick and easy. 🙂 I have almost filled my landscape pad. Need to be thinking of what to doodle in next! (It’s only 12 pages and I am pretty sure I pulled one out already- so 11 isn’t really too many! It’ll be a fun reminder of all the fun I have been having with it!)

So without further ado… a whole bunch of watercolor playing! (All in my 6X12 Strathmore watercolor landscape pad.)

Pretty flower- Didn't think this needed any doodling. My first time using white....

Pretty flower- Didn’t think this needed any doodling. My first time using white…. mixed a little yellow over it. 

Half and half a heart...

Half and half a heart…

Just a fun playful one...

Just a fun playful one…

Sun Fire (I used black! Need to use it more!)

Sun Fire (I used black! Need to use it more!)

The Big Fish!

The Big Fish!

So there we go… fun times and happy painting! I am in pursuit of a little extra cash in the budget to get a few more either watercolor paints themselves or a fuller set of watercolor crayons… haven’t decided. 🙂

What are you working on?

La-

On the Table Tuesday

So what are you working on these days? I am still playing with watercolors and doodling… and still being inspired by Tracy to do it!

I came to art late in my life but I have always been surrounded by it with my sister and my mom was a super crafty person too- so we always had something creative going on at our house! But here is the thing… I cannot draw. I seriously cannot. I am learning- but I will never be a drawing artist. However- I do feel like the drawing and doodling that I am learning to do and embrace and love- will help enhance all my other art forms- if for only my creative process and an embellishment here and there.

My sister… now my SISTER is an artist too. The difference is? She is GOOD! LOL She has been an artist her whole life. She went to art school in NYC. She can draw and paint and sculpt and knows how to use more mediums than I even know exist. SHE can draw. http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jessica-murray.html?tab=artworkgalleries This is her gallery. She is really getting to be a really great photographer too- which has always been MY arena. But then again I am getting to be pretty good in mixed media, which used to be HER area! LOL

I love to call her now and ask… so how do I do this? And I tried this- but… and talk “shop.” It’s really kind of fun. We have found another thing that we have in common that binds us even closer together. COOL! 🙂

So without regard to the fact that you just saw her amazing drawings and sketches and I am about to show you my cartoonish crazy doodles… THIS is what is on my Art Desk this week! 🙂 Doodles and watercolors!

HA! This is the worst- but I am working on it. MUST make the yellow less bright!

HA! This is the worst- but I am working on it. MUST make the yellow less bright! Not finished yet.

What I love about this yellow bird picture is the brown leafs along the bottom. I know odd right? But they are done free hand with the watercolor paints- not doodled first- and I just love the way they came out. I did them first on the one below- to the right on the turquoise flower. I don’t know- but it is something I just liked! 🙂

I like this. I did the background before I did the other stuff on this one.

I like this. I did the background before I did the other stuff on this one.

I love learning how the watercolor shows up. How to use water to make it light or dark or to blend it in… it is fun to just see and play and try without really worrying about if this is going to be a piece I want to hang on my wall or not…

I pinned a few “block” style pictures to get some inspiration from (and then Tracy did some on her page- making me totally jealous! LOL) I also have a few butterflies started… I am sure you will see them all soon enough! 🙂

So what are you working on? What is inspiring you? Are you brave enough to just play and not worry? (I mean look at that yellow bird for goodness sake!)

ENJOY the process!

La-

These are my new watercolors. LOVE!

These are my new watercolors. LOVE!

On the Table Tuesday

Oh how much fun I have been having. Thankfully my schedule has been totally flexible and allows me to spend some time creating and on top of that I have been making more purposeful room for it… The other day I had three appointments and between two of them I had almost two hours- so I hung out at one of my favorite coffee shops, turned on Netflix on my iPad and spent some time drawing… oh yeah! (Totally left my work at home, no laptop nada… it was sooo nice!)

Art & Me time!

Art & Me time!

This is the piece I started in the coffee shop.

This is the piece I started in the coffee shop.

Close up

Close up

The other day I promised to post a piece I did that was NOT watercolors! LOL This is an 8X10 canvas board, acrylic paints, Signo White pen, black paint marker, white sharpie paint marker, silver paint marker and I painted the background with baby wipes! (A la Tracy W <wink>)

This was fun to do...

This was fun to do…

And this guy? He took a few days… started the sketch early last week but didn’t finish until today. Just wasn’t inspired after I did a few scales… but last night I went to town and really enjoyed the details. When I showed my husband my progress- back when the scales were only greens/blues… he said “oh Why are you doing that fish again?” I was a little confused… then he explained “Didn’t you do that one already all browns and golds?” LOL uhm.. No! But thanks for the idea to add gold to complete this one! (Still pretty funny that he swears he saw this one finished already before it actually was. I guess leaving it out on the table to see as you walk by every time- yes my art table is back in the living room!- causes him to SEE creative things himself!)

Here Fishy Fishy

Here Fishy Fishy

So obviously- still having fun with watercolors- got a new 24 color set of Grumbacher’s water colors… love them! The fish is actually a shiney almost sparkly gold… there is a silver and a champagne in the set too! Too cool! Can’t wait to have more fun with that!

What’s on your table this week?

Just a Little Something…

So I have not been creative lately. Seriously missing the art in my life… but with vacation and other things it has been difficult to fit in. I will make sure I will do it soon.

In the meantime- since I usually post what’s on my table on Tuesdays… I was thinking I could post something I haven’t shown you yet.

Butterfly 1

Butterfly 1

This was one of my first attempts with the gelli plate. I used it on the background… and I LOVE the effect! It makes the background very nice- better than just straight painting it. (This is an 8X10 black canvas. It is also the first time I have used one of those.) After I painted it- I used a glue gun to outline the whole thing- and used silver metallic rub-ons on the glue to accent it.

This was a fun quick and relatively simple canvas. But it was fun to create and try new techniques. between the gelli plate and using the glue gun.. I really love the result. I just need to seal it with decoupage and I think it will make its way to my BFF who really loves butterflies!

Thanks for checking it out. Now to figure out how to fit in some art this week!! 🙂 Have a project that is SOOO waiting to be finished!

La-

What is on YOUR table this week??? Link it back to here in your comment- I’d love to see!

 

On the Table Tuesday

Well- I didn’t have a lot of creating time this week- but I needed to send a few cards- so I popped over to the table and made them! A Birthday card (which I forgot to photograph), a Just Saying Hi card, and a grad card! Then since I was sitting there anyway- I pulled out my little 5X7 journal and did a quick page! I am really loving that little book- I can whip out a page in no time and feel like I accomplished something- and somehow these pages are all a little more personal for me- definitely more like a journal than “just” my art pieces.

Graduation!

Graduation!

Just Saying Hi!

Just Saying Hi!

I loved making these cards- totally from bits and pieces and scraps of old scrapbooking stuff. 🙂 The Just Saying Hi card I used a page from an altered book I have had for ages- I pulled some of the paper out for the train project I did a few weeks ago- but didn’t use it all- so I thought making cards from it would be a good idea! 🙂

The Journey

The Journey

I used another page from that old altered book for my journal page, crumbled it up and inked it- then glued it down and did a simple one color painted border- added this lovely butterfly clip art (I have a bunch of these pretties left!) and then added words- which I inked up a little too. (I almost always print on watercolor paper and ink the edges- it has such a nice texture…)

And well- there ya go! It’s what I have going right now. I actually might have to try to go down to the art store (did I mention how lucky I am that I have one DOWN THE STREET! Only 6 blocks away!) to get a big piece of Foam Core Board so I can finish the other project I have started and finally show it to you- and put it on our wall!

So what are YOU working on this week?

La-

On the Table Tuesday…

Well- seems like I only blog on Tuesdays- but hey! At least I am blogging AND more importantly… creating!

This weekend was Art-A-Whirl in my neck of the woods. The country’s largest Art Crawl. Hundreds of artist’s open studios and galleries open to the public all weekend to promote and support the arts. The neighborhood (Actually a conglomerate of very closely knit neighborhoods) I live in is considered the Arts District of Minneapolis. It’s pretty cool. We got out with both the Big Kids at different times over the weekend to tour some of these warehouses with open studios and see a ton of amazing and some pretty crazy- art work. There is also awesome food trucks and great live music all weekend too!

I planned ahead of time to take advantage of the creative vibe that would be going on all weekend- and hoped to get at least two pieces done… and I did! YAY!

Trust...

Trust…

This is a canvas board and for a few projects I used it to wipe off my  paint brush and stencils etc. It made such a pretty background. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it- so it has been sitting on a shelf with my supplies. Lately- I have really been learning how to TRUST the Lord for managing my life and my dreams. It has been a really incredible journey and I felt like I wanted to kind of commemorate this time of my life in my art- so this piece was born. I had originally thought I would do a longer quote- but with only one pack of the letter stickers I wanted to use- and those being already open… LOL This was the phrase my husband helped me come up with to still convey the message- but use the letters I had on hand!

Side View- Trust

Side View- Trust

I cut out the butterflies from printed clip art. Then I covered them in Art Anthology Sorbet- a clear glittery paint. (You can’t really see the glitter in the photos.) As they dried- they curled naturally and I also kind of helped form them so they would have more dimension when I added them to the page. I added split peas for the bodies and painted them coordinating colors.

Trust- last view

Trust- last view

I knew I wasn’t going to be able to seal the whole thing with the butterflies on it- since they needed to pop off the page- so I started to decoupage the canvas with a nice glossy medium- but realized that some of the color I had used (the brown and some of the white) were “washes”… water with a little paint mixed in- so using brush strokes was smearing the color… so I ended up using a styrofoam brush to dab all the decoupage on to seal that color in carefully. Once it dried, I did it again with the brush. Then added the stickers and butterflies. I am really pleased with how this came out. It’s a little busy but it makes me happy!

The second piece I finished has kind of been in my head for a while- a train is the theme. When I saw this 10×20 linen colored canvas board I knew this was where I would put that train. (I have never done trains or even really objects like this- but this was what was coming up so I figured why not go with it!?)

Dream Train

Dream Train

It was important to me as part of this piece, that everything be text-based (after all what are dreams but visual words?!) So the background is pages of a book pulled out, cut and inked on the edges (I have two altered books I have done pages in and keep around for this exact type of purpose.) The wings are the same paper- with a Gelli Plate background on them. (THAT was fun! I have been watching videos and tutorials on using the Gelli Plate.) The scrapbook papers I used all have text on them as well. I wish I had made the “engine car” with more of a triangle on the front (the cow pusher thingy) so it looked less like a cab of an 18- wheeler and more like a train engine- but hey- it’s my first train! I love the pearl smoke! That worked out great! So glad I remembered that I had that sticker!

So there we have it! I think I am working on a large wings project next- this week in theory is a slow week at work- so if I can get motivated- then I will get started on that project… Right now? I really ought to be switching over my winter/summer closet! LOL

What’s on YOUR table today?

La-