Friday, December 7, 2012

Flowers, Doodles and the Color Red!

   Merry Friday everyone! We had two gorgeous days of 63 F temps ( very unusual in Dec!) so I took advantage and did some xmas shopping. I only have a few things to buy yet but my cards need to get made and the decorating needs to get done. We'll see how far I get :)

  Back in October during the time we lost power I posted about the art I was creating using techniques from Traci Bautista's Doodles Unleashed book. You can see the art and read more about the projects here and here. I have continued to read her book and practice more of the techniques. The following art journal page is the latest one I tried which Traci calls "pipette drawings on tissue collage".

  This is how it began:


  This was a page that had leftover inks and paints wiped on from previous projects. Flower petal and circle shapes were cut from colored tissue papers and glued onto the page. Higgins Black Magic ink was used with the pipette to draw around the flower petals and circles, then I added some doodling. Oil pastels were then used to color in the flowers a bit and for some mark making. Caran D'Ache watersoluble crayons were randomly applied to background areas and spread around with a water brush. 

And this is the "finished" practice page:

 
 
  I added some gesso with my fingertip then went over some areas of the flowers, drawing in more doodle lines with the black ink. I did a little bit of spattering with the ink and considered it done.
 
  Here's a detail pic of the flower:
 
 
  I love the depth that is acquired by this technique!
 
  Also I did another letttering/doodle practice for this week's Fall Fearless and Fly Challenge #5 at Artists in Blogland and hosted by the uber talented Jessica Sporn and Carolyn Dube.

There is a new guest artist for each challenge along with great new prompts and art to inspire you. Oh, and there's always a nice prize pkg with the winner chosen at random just for playing!

  Challenge #5 prompts:

Headline Prompt: Lifelong Fan: What or who have you consistently valued or looked up to in your life? What lessons have you learned from people you admire?
Color Prompt: Your favorite color now or from childhood or both!
Quote Prompt: "Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator; but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh." W.H.Auden
  I chose to go with the color prompt and the quote prompt.

 
 
  Yes, red has been my very favorite color for as long as I can remember! There are many pics of me in red from the time I was a toddler. I just love the energy of this color. I used  a calligraphy pen and Sharpie poster paint marker. "Laugh" is the last word in the quote above so I started with that. Then I "sloppy" wrote the entire quote over the letters and finished it with some thin, loose doodly lines around the letters. Another fun challenge!
 
  I'm linking up this week to Art Journal Everyday, Paint Party Friday and Fall Fearless and Fly. I'm currently working on cards and ornaments so my next post may be a festive one :) Have a wonderful weekend!
 
       " Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal." Source Unknown

40 comments:

  1. I always love reading your posts and seeing your fab creations, Linda! The doodle flower is very artsy and the quote done in red is quite unique. Enjoy your holiday preparations - it will be here and gone in a flash!

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  2. These are wonderful! Love all the layers in your first piece! I am a big fan of "sloppy" writing- it is such a great design element in Laugh! So glad you shared this with Fall Fearless and Fly!

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  3. Loving your "doodles unleashed" page and thank you for sharing the process. I have her book but have not really dived into it yet but your post makes me want to!! And your "Laugh" really made me smile. It is so happy! Thank you for joining Fall Fearless & Fly!

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  4. What a beautiful page. I think you need to duplicate that on a canvas or framed paper. So pretty!

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  5. I like the way you writing the quote over laugh looks like thread loosely tied into the word.

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  6. Beautiful, I love how joyful this is!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  7. Linda, your page is stunning! I love that you showed the progression of the layers. Happy PPF!

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  8. Linda, I love both pieces!! Your doodle page is so colorful it speaks to me. Wish I could run my fingers over it! Laugh is so simple yet so striking at the same time. Laughter is so important in my life, one of my personal mantras is "If I don't laugh a lot I am going to cry a lot." I always choose to laugh when possible. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to get on with my FFF #5.

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  9. This process sounds like tons of fun. Great outcome. Happy PPF!

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  10. I love your art journal page and the dimension that you got by gesso! So colorful and bright! I've been trying and failing to art journal again but Im completely out of ideas..this inspired me a bit!

    Duaa

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  11. Journal page is beautifully and expressively created ~ wonderful colors ~ love your art work ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka ~ 'artmusedog' ^_^

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  12. Love the loose look of your flowers and the funny swirls...happy PPF!

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  13. thanks for sharing the steps you used for creating your wonderfully vibrant piece.
    i love the color red, too!

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  14. You are definitely having way too much fun........lol Happy PPF, x

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  15. These are great journal pages. Love all the colors and textures. I don't think it's a "doodle", it's a great piece. Thank you.

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  16. An interesting composition, great flowers, I like the colors. Greetings.

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  17. I love your doodles but I agree with Gloria, these are artworks, not doodles! Red is a great color...love the 'laugh' Happy PPF!

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  18. Lovely post! Your journal page turned out wonderfully and I like how you hid the quote in your laugh piece.

    Happy PPF!

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  19. lovely abstract piece, vibrant colour too!

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  20. I love the fun, vibrant colors on your flower doodle page....very nicely done! and i really like the creative way you wrote your quote on the second page...very clever!

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  21. i love the fun, vibrant colors you used on your flower doodle page......very nicely done! and i really like the creative way you wrote your quote on the 2nd page....very clever!

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  22. A lovely art work! :)

    the winter time has come to us, with a little snow and about minus 14.7 F the latest couple of days.. some days before that up to minus 58.46! :))

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  23. So pretty. I love how it turned out. Traci's book is so wonderful and full of fabulous ideas! :)

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  24. Your doodling certainly does have beautiful depth, it draws me in...a friend let me borrow her copy of that book ... I am so bad ... I look at pictures always meaning to go back and READ ...

    Your red and white doodled page is so interesting and free feeling...lovely art pieces and doesn't gesso go well with everything!

    Happy December dear one
    oxo

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  25. I love your doodle page. Thank you for sharing the steps and showing the details in the flower.

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  26. Wonderful journal page! Love the doodles.

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  27. Your creations are always so wonderful, Linda!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  28. What fun you are having and I am enjoying it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  29. Fabulous paintings Linda! I love all the color naturally! I was wondering do you like the Caran D ' Ache pencils better than others. I use Derwent Which are nice but sometimes I wish they were a little more vibrant in color.

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  30. Wonderful mixed media piece. Great progression shots and thank you for sharing your techniques. :)

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  31. Such gorgeous pages and I so admire you for not only reading the book but really doing the various exercises. I'm often guilty of skimming through and then putting them on the book shelves and you've reminded me that's not the way to learn anything from them. Doing is the secret and you've done it beautifully.

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  32. Hi Linda

    I love the style of your doodled flower.... I have this book... a bit like Frieda said (above) I think I need to get it down from the book shelf!

    Laugh is great!!!! I love the squiggles!!!!

    Karenx

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  33. Beautiful journal work! This process does create lovely depth! That large flower at the end, with the gesso, is amazing! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  34. Your art journal page looks lovely, and I love what you did with the quote. Very original!

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  35. Love your journal page and your FFF challenge page!

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  36. Wow - Love your journal page + the depth you were able to achieve is fantastic x

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  37. Wonderful flowers full of energy, love it.

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  38. I enjoyed your pages. :) I too love Traci Bautista's book!

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