Thursday, November 5, 2015

Autumn Bliss


 Been MIA lately again but it was because we were at the beach for 5 days with our friends! We had mostly glorious weather-warm enough to dip toes in the water, and catch some gorgeous sunsets too. We are still experiencing unusually warm weather here in PA and I am LOVING it! (77 degrees F on Wednesday alone!) Time to catch up now and share some art. I did do a bit of art in my watercolor journal whilst at the beach but the pages aren't complete so I'll share those in the next week.

 There is a new theme this month over at Art Journal Journey-"inspired by autumn colors" so as soon as I got home I created this page inspired by the theme and the gorgeous colorful trees we are surrounded by. I am also linking this to TIOT (theme is lots of layers).


The tree and branches were created by using Higgins Black Magic ink applied with a dropper and then blowing the ink around with a small straw. The many colors are acrylic paints applied using a sponge and the words were added digitally. I remembered doing the ink blowing technique before and found some older samples:


 As you can tell I have refined my  branches a bit more in the new page above this :)


This is a scrap of glossy cardstock on which I applied drops of reinkers and blew through a straw.
Have you ever tried this?

Well, this is all I have for now. Will be linking up to Art Journal Every Day, Art Journal Journey, Paint Party Friday, and Try It On Tuesdays. Looking forward to visiting you and catching up again!


         " Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."  Emily Bronte

32 comments:

  1. Good words Linda - Let Nature be your teacher . . .
    And thanks for stopping by and saying hi! So glad you had a great 5 days at the beach, a nice time of year for it . . . . xo

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  2. Oh your Autumn tree is delightful, I love trees and Autumn colours, so the two together make for favourite art and your tree is very special, soft and full of Autumn warmth. I hope these warm days linger on for you, enjoy!

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  3. Love your autumn pages, beautiful. Glad you had a fun time at the beach. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey and TIOT, good to have you with us again. Hugs, Valerie

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  4. Ahhhh.. Five days at the beach sounds lovely ♥ Your art is very nice and I love the branches technique :) Can't wait to your finished watercolors. Have a great week!

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  5. I love blowing ink with straws, but I never thought of trying to create trees with it. What a wonderful idea! Love all of your trees, and also the little card with the different colours. Great abstract!

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  6. All very creative work ~ great photo and art creations ~ Looks like the beach really brought forth even better art ! Love it all!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  7. Your pages are just AMAZING Linda! Thank you very much for linking to Art Journal Journey again my friend - I love this great branches you came up with -- very artsy - yes I tried blow painting - it's very funny - I should do it again - your piece looks so yummie! So happy to hear that you had such a nice time at the beach! Great!
    oxo
    Susi

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  8. I've never tried ink blowing but your tree came out fabulous! I love it and think trees might be one of your strong points. And you had a gorgeous stretch of early November weather to go to the beach for a few days- I am jealous! How fun is that.

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  9. What a wonderful tree, love how you've got all the autumn colours in there and the blowing sounds like a really fun technique.

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  10. Lovely piece for the challenges!

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  11. You have made lovely autumn colour art.
    Thank you for sharing the gorgeous tree painting with us at TioT.
    Happy PPF and weekend ♥

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  12. I love the ink blowing technique and have tried them . Your fall tree has come out very well.The beach photo looks stunning. Sure you did have a lovely holiday.
    Susan

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  13. Lucky you having such warm temperatures at this time of the year! We've actually had a very mild pleasant September and October was was lovely seeing as we had a completely non-existent summer! I really like this piece Linda, the lovely way the colours are blended and such lovely colours to boot.

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  14. Spending time at the beach is a fine excuse for being MIA. I think your branch pages are beautiful. That last one with the straw work - Looks like its a fine start of something all doodly and wonderful. And, totally not fair that you are having such warm and glorious weather this time of year - its only about 50's here :)

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  15. I know HEAVEN isn't it!!?? I'm in MD and the weather is so beautiful I could cry.
    Love all your branch and tree art. I don't want the leaves to fall yet tho...if they can just hang on for a few more weeks that would be great.

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  16. We seem to be both inspired by the colours of nature this week Linda. Your tree is beautiful. The colours are stunning

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  17. What a great way to make the tree and branches, I must go and find a straw, it's very effective.
    I like your multi-coloured card too, will you take it further, I wonder..

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  18. Wonderful trees and art work! :) I've heard of blowing the ink with a straw, and I have tried it, but not that much.. I love the idea to blow branches, ie I mean with a straw :D thank you, I'll sure try it.. :)

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  19. Your ink-blown trees are so effective (my ink blowing is always a bit crazy)!

    That sunset is so very beautiful.

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  20. Linda, your autumn tree is beautiful. I had no idea you had used the straw technique until I read it. Gorgeous results.

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  21. Like everyone else said, the autumn tree is really nice. Welcome back.

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  22. WOW your tree is stunning...trees are truly your forte! I love them so much.... your style really comes through in them... LOVE this one almost as much as your banner...okay I think it might be equal! So glad you are enjoying some nice weather...not long and it wont be that way, which sometimes brings on achy joints!! Enjoy!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  23. Lovely to have a last chance to catch those sunny rays and also to go on and then be inspired by the colours of autumn,

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  24. wow,your pages are amazing,glad you have fun at the sea.

    hugs jenny

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  25. Fabulous and inspiring pages, Linda! And great take on the challenge.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Mar x

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  26. Oh Linda, I'm so glad you are well and absent only because you were at the beach. I adored your latest adventure in straw blowing. I've done that, but NEVER tried to draw a tree or even anything. Mine looked more like your reinker adventure. And how you got those "leaves" so perfect with only a sponge is beyond me. They turned out perfect. This is fabulous!

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  27. Glad you had nice weather for the beach. I really like the way your tree turned out. The branches are great. Yes the straw technique creates some interesting images.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  28. This tree is so beautiful! You have captured the colours of Autumn perfectly! With the winds and rain we have had here I doubt there will be any leaves left to see soon! Glad you enjoyed your time at the beach! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

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  29. Beautiful journal and very inspiring post.

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