Monday, March 24, 2014

Painted Paper Paradise: Paper Play

My painted lines and dashes,
with watercolors on dry paper,
for Daisy Yellow's Painted Paper Paradise art course!
Here's the same playfulness on dry watercolor paper!
~Cheryl Gee played with paint this week; she hopes you found some time for artful fun. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Painted Paper Paradise: Concentric

My painting  lessons continue with
"Concentric Circles Dry"
Painted Paper Paradise Art Workshop.
Here you see my circles painted inside circles within circles
in watercolor paints on a dry sheet of watercolor paper.
First I painted a few circles. 
It's not so easy to paint a circle with a paint brush, but I managed! 
Here's a trick I learned for more pleasingly shaped circles:
hold your paint brush a few inches above your paper
then make air-circles before lowering your brush onto the paper. 
Better circles!
Workshop Leader Tammy paints her circles in two strokes:
like connecting two parenthesis.
  ( then ) = a circle!
"Concentric Circles Wet"
when I painted circles on a wet sheet of watercolor paper.
Tie-dye pattern paper!
How I love concentric circles! 
Here's a collection of my concentric circle
cut paper collages:
 My very first experiment with the concentric:
"Concentric Circles"
{a cut paper collage on an index card}
"White Piece"
{index card art}
"Earth Without Art is 'Eh'"
{index card art}
I even made a concentric circle Christmas tree
for Artsyville's now closed art challenge
List It Tuesday.
It would be my dream come true if this art challenge would come back!
Can you hear me, Aimee?

My first lessons in painting paper backgrounds were heavenly!
~Cheryl Gee has reached the end of Spring Break but not her pursuit of creativity.  Her next lesson in painting paper backgrounds is "Paint Play".  Sounds to her like stripey, spotty, splashy, splattery and splotching paint heaven. 
~This creativity is shared at Creative Jewish Mom's Craft Schooling Sunday Link Up.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Index Card Story Challenge

Index Card Story in 25 Words
"I Have Plenty!"
I'm very excited to know Tammy of Daisy Yellow will kick off
"Index Card a Day Challenge 2014"
 June 1!
Thank you! Thank you!
~Cheryl Gee let her inner-artist out to play at the Index Card a Day 2012 art challenge, and the rest is history. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Painted Paper Paradise: Intensity

My watercolor painting for
Daisy Yellow's
I favor paper as an art medium. 
Cutting and tearing up magazines
 to make a collage
is my idea of how to spend some creative time!
But one can't live by magazine paper alone.
 For a while I've been studying the artistic style of
combining collage or decorative paper with
found objects, 
acrylic paints,
and colored pencils.
Tammy at the Daisy Yellow art blog
is teaching online
 how to create painted paper backgrounds, so I'm in!
Perfect for me!  I need some painted paper backgrounds for my paper collages.
The first lesson is


First step: acquire some artist quality watercolors and paint brushes.
Okay, I know. 
They're just dry, pan watercolors,
but everyone has to start somewhere, right?
Next step: On watercolor paper,
 use black, brown or gray paint
and a size 6 pointed round paint brush
to draw some undulating lines across the page.
Last step: paint in rectangular shapes between the lines with the watercolors,
working quickly,
in order for the paints to mingle, mix, and blend. 
Here is when the paint did it's thing.
 You get the idea!
The fluid quality of the paint is so surprising! 
Like riding a bike down a hill without brakes!
Like walking in the dark!
Painting: So unlike the precision of paper and scissors like what I created here:

"Collage with Pink"
{magazine paper on a 3"x5" index card}
I'm looking forward
to the next painted paper background lesson:
  I'll show you!
Gotta swish, Jellyfish!  Have a great weekend!
~Cheryl Gee is a school librarian and mixed media artist who knows that paint flows where paint wants to flow.  She's okay with it.
~This painted paper paradise is shared at Serenity Now's Weekend Blogging Weekend Link Up and Saturday Show & Tell at Be Different Act Normal.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy: Wordless Wednesday

~Cheryl Gee wonders what's your opinion, Minion?  She loved the 'I'm Happy Day' at the creative school where she is teaches and pursues creativity, happily.
~This wordless happiness is shared at the Wordless Wednesday Link Up.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paper Roses: Wordless Wednesday

~Cheryl Gee took some time to re-use, re-cycle and re-member how to make paper roses.