Good ideas, along with silly stuff and nerdy stuff.
- If parakeets had art museums, these would be the masterpieces.
- Good habits to acquire.
- A brilliant poem about sheltering at home, written in the form of app reviews.
- Some guidance about reciting poems, from former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
- Some creative exercises to train your muscles to draw.
- For writers: how to arrange your own book tour.
- Great online sources for learning, many free.
- I never realized how many things look like croissants. How creative!
- Watercolor doodles and bookmarks.
- What Einstein said about success.
- The Ten Commandments tell us to keep the Lord’s Day holy. During Creation Week, God rested on the seventh day, and He tells us to do the same thing. Here’s what Harvard Business Review says about setting aside one day a week.
- Three ways to beat depression.
In the last few weeks, most of my artwork has been valentine-related.
First though, here are some valentines I drew last year.
This year’s valentines use a variety of techniques, mostly zentangle or doodling.
Using patterns brayd, purrlyz, munchin, and luv-a.
This very special edition of Creative Juice features posts from My OBT, one of my very favorite blogs. Every day, Donna shares something beautiful—or not so beautiful. I include at least one of her posts in CJ each week, but I have so many in reserve I thought I’d bless you with a whole bunch today. If you enjoy them, you might want to subscribe to My OBT so you never miss a single one.
- Taxidermy with a twist.
- Reminiscent of the old masters.
- Balloons and more.
- Designer cookies.
- Some of these tile floors remind me of quilts.
- Wielding the palette knife.
- Colorful Burano, Italy.
- Architectural images in watercolor.
- Wooden boxes like you’ve never seen before.
- Blowing glass.
- Photographs from on high.
- This guy includes his dog in his art.
- Fun with food.
Many thanks to today’s guest blogger, Marcia Beckett. An elementary art specialist who teaches at a school for gifted children, Beckett shares her love of color and whimsy on her blog.
This is a tutorial I recently posted on my other blog Art is Basic, which is all about teaching art to kids. I thought readers here might like it as well.
I hope you are having a good summer. I have spent some time doodling with watercolors, my favorite artsy thing to do. Today I am going to show you how I transform puddles of watercolor to flower doodles. Here is an example of a finished watercolor flower doodle.
This step-by-step is fun, summery art project for you or your kids to try. I like to share what is fun and exciting for me, because maybe you will take something from it and create your own spin on the idea. Here’s what you need:
- Watercolor paints and/or Metallic watercolor paints
- Watercolor paper
- Brush, water, water cup
- Colorful markers
- Black fine point permanent marker
Step 1: Dip your brush in water and create a small puddle of water on your paper. Dip your brush in a color from your watercolor palette. Touch the puddle with the color and watch the colors spread.
Drop in additional colors to create different effects.
Fill a whole page with the watercolor blobs.
Step 2: Allow your watercolor puddles to dry. Use permanent black marker to outline the puddles. Or, you can draw flowers right on top, radiating from the center of the petal.