Tag: abstract

Straw and Paint

So.. busy times with Mother’s Day and track and field. We have sports most nights at the moment. I have to be organised lol.

Does anybody want to break out of their comfort zone with me and go big?

I just painted over an old canvas 11 x 16 using acrylic paint and a straw:

A bit grey using a palette knife so I soon swapped it out for a straw.

I got so carried away that my son was a tiny bit late for baseball practise oops!

Here is the finished version:

I felt a bit lightheaded after all that blowing. What else would make the same effect? A hairdryer perhaps.

Anyone else getting bored of brushes?

I bet a sheep would look funky in this style. Watch this space.

Happy creating!


Tree poem


Climb a tree

Lean against one

Walk beneath one

Be the tree.



Have a great weekend!



Going Scruffy

This was a mix of scribbly oil pastels and scribbly digital art. I seem to be really going off paintbrushes so I’ll have to try my hand at pouring paint and mix it with oil pastels or something.

I was a naughty mum the other day. Matthew has been waiting and waiting for a fidget spinner for the longest time (hold up at Canada Post) so when I got a package I didn’t unpack it. I thought it was the fidget spinner and let him open it after school. Big oops he was so disappointed. It was my lino that I finally ordered for my big plank of wood. I’m going to make stamps (If I dare use the tools after slicing my finger open last time).

Note to self: Secretly open package and glue back together when I’m sure lol. p.s. He used his own money to buy something similar from the shop. It’s a cube with things to move on it.

So next week I shall show you guys some new stamps. For now I am beavering away at the kitchen cabinets that we are repainting. Five stages of work for each one. No wonder I’m in a scribbly mood. What mood are you in?

Happy Creating!


Child’s Play

I forgot to take pictures of some artwork the kids from down the street did.

The important thing is they left huge globs of bright paint around.

I cleaned it all up not wasting a morsel. What a quick and easy way to gain three more paintings. Three designs. Three splats that were not before. And now they be.

No paintbrushes needed just press the paper down and mop up.

There were one or two more that need some added extras for another day.

The good thing about this is you don’t need to fuss about composition or colors that match. Just play.

Happy creating!



Sheep Color Run

Does Milly look like she’s been in a color run. Here’s some hummingbirds flying for a good cause 😜

And here’s me at a real color run:

Throw caution or paint to the wind today


The Cross Abstract

I can’t seem to give up eating chips for lent but it seems like an omen that I just happen to read about the cross technique at the beginning of lent. I can do that yay. Cheating a bit but hey ho.

This is a great book for tips about abstract art:

I noticed a couple of techniques I haven’t tried yet. The cross, the L shape and the triangle.

Until Easter I’ll experiment with the cross then move on to the L shape.

Here’s two I did last night watching the Leafs lose:

I love the overlap of color you get with pastels compared to painting.

Now imagine using other themes like sheep! You could have the details of the face in the middle of the cross area. Sounds ambitious. We’ll see.

Check out this amazing artwork by ZacherFinet:


This shape would look great in collage too, either completely abstract or a road between fields perhaps.

What would you draw in this shape?

Happy creating!


Layering and Patience

I love red but there wasn’t enough contrast. You couldn’t make out the circles so I got out the pink. Very unusual color choice for me.

Shaking my virtual maracas in celebration that I didn’t ruin it as I so often do.

Here it is finished:

It is way more fun to start a few paintings at the same time and build up in layers. Have fun guessing which one you’ll finish first.

Tip: Use same color in different ways in different paintings and wait for it to dry before adding new colors. (I wasn’t doing that before, hence all the brown).

Which do you like best red or pink version? I promise not to cry 😜


Anyone tried layering? Happy creating! 🎨



Undercover sheep
Missed the mark

I intended to add sheep but they were rubbish and I have a renewed enthusiasm for splatters.

Maybe the sheep will come back in the Spring 🐑. Or I’ll stick to charcoal sketches of them. Don’t be afraid to change your mind.

Happy creating!
Catherine 🎨


Hockey Abstract and First Stamp

For the blue streaks, which is supposed to be a bit like the ice, I used a fairly wide bristled brush. I used a ruler to do the posts and some netting from the satsuma box for the hockey net which I made bigger than the posts for a more abstract (and easier ;)) look.

To be completely handmade on the stamping front I guess a sharp knife is needed, but the tools you get in the Speedball Block Printing Kit are way quicker and easier to carve out stamps.

So my recommendation for beginners to stamping is get a few tools and practise on erasers. Here is my first stamp, a tree:

There are tonnes of ideas for stamps on Pinterest. I’ve started a stamping board with my favorites.

I bought a big plank of wood which I will chop into smaller blacks. I just need to find a cheap source of linoleum.
I got one block in the Speedball kit which I might cut in half but I’m saving that for after I’ve practised a bit.

Tip: Before you even buy a tool, scribble some stamp ideas down or print off copyright free clipart so you know which stamps you like.

Happy creating!
Catherine 🎨



Just when I said I’d stick to pencil the paints come out. Consistent is not my name 😉

It’s March Break next week so I’m going to have a blogging break and when I come back I’m going to try twice a week blogging.

I’ve got a wild idea to write some personification poems to go with my animal sketches and put them in a book.

I’m super inspired every day by the wonderful artwork around the blogs, on Twitter and Instagram. Here’s an abstract I did after browsing some abstracts on Instagram:

20160308_211610I’m not 100% sure I’ve finished with it.

On the Etsy front, I can’t wait to get a new printer and make my own prints. I probably should have done that before I opened it – oh well.

Dare greatly and paint wildly!