Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sketchbook Doodles

I'm starting to think I need another blog, one for Inspire Me Thursday and one for all my other stuff I feel like posting. I had a great art class tonight. I FINALLY finished a painting that I started last spring and then didn't touch for months and months. Something was just bothering me about it and it eventually came to me what I needed to do. That painting will go up here one of these days. Here are some fun little doodles from my sketchbook.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Fleur-de-lis Wallpaper

Here is another Inspire Me Thursday posting for the "Wallpaper" prompt. This is a portion of a gesso and acrylic piece on watercolour paper. It was done a couple of months ago but I thought I would post it because of the "fleur-de-lis" stamp. Variations of fleur-de-lis are very commonly used in wallpaper patterns. The French symbol has a very rich history and represents (among other things) peace and purity. Having grown up in Quebec, the symbol holds a place in my heart. Check it out more information on the fleur-de-lis on Wikipedia:
You can create wonderful textures by carving into a thick coat of wet gesso on paper or other support. It almost feels like leather when you use watercolour paper (after it dries). Rubbing acrylic paint onto it highlights the texture.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wallpaper Over Winter and Welcome Spring

This week's Inspire Me Thursday assignment is "Wallpaper".

Here are some tulips on wallpaper ( it's really scrapbooking paper but it looks like funky wallpaper). I'd like to use this to wallpaper over winter and welcome spring!

Here's a little something on paw-print wallpaper. I'm sure there are a few pets out there looking forward to stepping on some green grass like this.

I'm sure I'll add a few more before the week is out.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Circle of Friends Inkblot

One last inkblot for good measure! Here is just the inkblot:
Here is a quick sketch on it...Circle of Friends. My other thought on this one is that it could be 3 people sitting at a table playing cards.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


I did a few inkblots before I had one I wanted to do something with. When I tried different colours in acrylics, everything looked like a butterfly. The black ink ones were so black it was hard to draw anything on them. I came to the conclusion that watercolours were the best thing to use (good thing I have an addiction to art materials, eh!). Anyway here are a few of mine:

Original Inkblot #1...every time I look at this one, I see new things. Some of the paint dried before I folded it over so it didn't come out exactly the same on both sides.
Here is what I found sketched in in pencil.
Original Inkblot #2:

Green Crocs today

Some green Crocs for St.Patty's day?

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Even BBQ utensils can be fun! It's called Rustic Charm.