Washi tape fun

Not sure what to do with all that pretty washi tape?

Try this little activity.

  • Pick 3 colors
  • Randomly place a piece of tape on the page
  • Place a few more pieces, overlap and rotate the page
  • After 6 pieces of tape, try to find an animal
  • Maybe look for a tail or nose and build from there.
  • Now start filling in with tape and outline with a marker or pencil
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Finishing up and framing!

I’ve been working on my photo editing skills in GIMP and I was finally happy with the results of the scanned files. This allowed me to order prints of various sizes online. I decided on square prints, I just prefer the square shape to the traditional 5×7 or 8×10. After the prints arrived I found some simple frames…..and here are the results! These guys are already on their way to a new home.

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Mouse Evolution

It started with this little guy. I thought I wanted to make a little Christmas mouse out of wallpaper scraps. I found a pattern I liked and set to tracing, cutting and gluing. He was okay, but in the end I felt like I wanted something a little different.img_20170110_113110

So I started sketching and trying to come up with some kind of caricature. Here are some of the ideas I worked through.

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Once I had a shape that I liked. I started roughly blobbing some ink on the page and after waiting for it to dry, I would draw the mouse. I liked this a lot! (Probably because that is how I did a gazillion dogs and cats.)

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Eventually I ended up with a cute little mouse, that became part of my Christmas cards.

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This little guy is missing his tail!

Moving on from Bunnies & Puppies

Unfortunately, a new job and the holidays have cut into my blogging time. The good news, I have still been doing some art and have been toying around with drawing this cute little guy. The background is layers of gesso and fluid acrylics from Trekell Art Supplies. The outline of his body is with a black stabilo pencil. I am still having fun experimenting with these and I love the effect when you add water.

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I have a Christmas card that this character also appears on. I’ll upload that guy in the next few days.