Quirky Bird Mixed Media Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

Happy Friday lovely people!  I have more mixed media art for you, of course!  Are you ready for the weekend?  These birdies certainly look like they are set to have some fun! 🙂

It’s been a long week with work craziness, physical hurts and a series of events that led to a cracked Macbook that was worthy of a scene in “Final Destination.”  Eeep!  Still, this is a year of slowing down, calming (word of the year: relax!) and being grateful, so let’s stay on that path and take this moment to celebrate all of the big and little things that bring us joy.

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

These quirky birds were one of Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016 art lessons.  How cute!   A fun course in honoring what and whom we are grateful for and embodying those characteristics in the birds.  I don’t even think people that know me well can decipher this one, but these cuties are a mix of family, friends, our zoo of pets, and myself.  🙂  I am blessed with people in my life that are loving, supportive, and all-around fun to know, and the process of this painting allowed me time to focus on appreciating having them in my world.

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

Truly a mixed media painting, this is chock full of everything!  Sketched out onto 11 x 14 hot press watercolor paper, and then colored in with a mix of watercolors, Neocolor II crayons, and colored pencils.  Posca paint pens added details and highlights.  I’m pretty sure I threw some gesso and pastels in there, too…

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

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Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

Stay tuned, another fun and quirky bird will be popping up here soon!   Have a wonderful and creative weekend, and let’s remember to take a moment to be thankful for that which is good in our lives.  🙂


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Wisdom, Learning, What Matters

Wisdom Mixed Media Art

This mixed media art piece was inspired by Melody Ross‘ lesson near the beginning of Life Book 2016.  The task was to celebrate all of the wisdom you have accumulated throughout your life through the good times and the bad.  I strayed quite a bit from the steps of the lesson, but it was a beautiful exercise in realizing what I have come to learn is most important in life, and what matters to me.

The steps for this piece closely follow the Happy Traveler artwork:  Layers of collage, paint, Neocolor II crayons, gesso.  The sketched girl is colored with Neocolor II as well (Salmon, Flesh, various browns and pinks for the hair), Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens for the hair and eyes, and colored pencils for additional shading.

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

I hunted through an old thrift store dictionary for the words that spoke to me:

  • Love
  • Create
  • Artist
  • Joyous
  • Change
  • Persevere
  • Relax (My word of the year!)
  • Kindhearted
  • Compassion
  • Honest
  • Adventuress
  • Patience
  • Virtuous
  • Friend
  • Strength
  • Nature
  • Fearless
  • Worthy
  • And on the box itself: Wisdom and Wish

Finally, I had a sudden impulse to draw in floating glowing lanterns to surround my girl with these beautiful concepts. 🙂

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

I am still very new to portraits, but she seems sweet enough for me!  I do need to work on my values/contrast though (an exercise in that will be posted here soon!)

Take a moment today and think about the wisdom you have gathered throughout your life.  Even through hard times, we come out on the other side understanding a little better what is meaningful to us, and how we can surround ourselves with more positivity and happiness.  <3

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day with me.  I hope you stop by again soon!  Remember to subscribe here or at my Facebook page to see new art. 🙂  *waves*

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

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Word Of The Year 2016: Relax…

Mixed Media Art: Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy

Hello friends!  This is a super fun and easy mixed media piece that celebrates my mantra for the year (and beyond!)…

Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy!

So often, we get caught up in the end results rather than enjoy the process and the journey.  We worry that we aren’t good enough, or that it is taking too long, or that people (or worst of all, ourselves) won’t like what we make.  The inner critic rears its head too often, and it twists what we enjoy into something stressful or hurtful.  We get frustrated, and we walk away.

I spent years in this mindset, and as a result, I created very little.  I would enjoy others’ art.  I would research the heck out of different techniques and buy all of the materials… but then I froze when I sat down to actually DO it.  The few times I did start, I was immediately flustered and unhappy with the result.  Of course I was – I expected to create a masterpiece right off the bat, and I wasn’t appreciating the pure fun of playing with paints and pens and brushes!  I was focused on what I thought the result should be.

Does this sound familiar to you? 

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I’m going to sound like an infomercial for a second here when I say… I will share the secret with you! 😉   Psst… come closer…  okay.  Here it is.

RELAX!  You are good enough.  You are worthy.  You can create.  We all can create!

BREATHE!  Art is a process, not a destination.  Every time you pick up your materials, you are learning and evolving.  Allow yourself the freedom to play, to learn, to experiment, to make crazy works of art without trying to beat them into “perfection.”   They are all stepping stones in your journey, and every single one is necessary and beautiful in its own right.

ENJOY!   Art is fun!  Play with your paints and your stamps and your stencils.  Get your hands dirty!  Laugh at happy accidents.  Look at all the pretty colors!  And when you’ve gone as far as you can with a piece… grab another sheet of paper and do it again!  And again!  And never stop.  Why on earth would you stop? Look at all the fun you’re having! 😀  If your inner critic taps you on the shoulder… reply with “Yeah, yeah.  I’ll work on that bit next time.  Now let me get back to it! *throws paint around*”

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This was created on 11 x 14 hot press 140lb. watercolor paper.  Layers of collage papers (scrapbook paper, dictionary pages, sheet music) were adhered with matte medium.  Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons, acrylic paints, stencils added color and some letter stamps filled in the sentiment.  Hearts were also cut out of paper to use as DIY stencils with some spray inks.  Gesso was used on the background and in the hearts to mute the bright colors.

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Do you have a word of the year, or a new outlook on life or your art?   Please share it! 🙂

Many thanks to all for reading today.  I hope to see you soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Thank you to Tamara Laporte (willowing.org) and Life Book 2016 for the inspiration, motivation, and guidance – both for this piece of art and the positive outlook.  <3


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