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Bookmark Art

As I sit under many blankets plus the weighted blanket, coloring is calling me.

I grabbed some of my bookmarks and gel pens and headed to relax my legs.

It’s another night of my legs feeling swollen and achy. That’s what happens with rheumatoid arthritis and edema.

I must confess, I have been eating too much sugar and not enough fruits. Tomorrow back to my strict eating. (Gluten free dairy free and soy free, eliminate sugar.) And I need to buy melon as it helps to release fluid in my body.

Happy Day

Caroline

art journal · art studio · art therapy · doodle drawing · gel pens · watercolor

Watercolor Doodle Journal

This past week I was unable to find time and energy to read The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. I didn’t even attempt it one little bit.

It was an emotional week knowing someone I respected and absolutely adored died from a long battle of cancer. My heart will break forever.

Sleeping was barely there, basically the death of this person brought me back to being 24 years old when my mom died. Her son is in his 20’s and what he has to do made my memories vivid.

After I saw two clients this morning, I went to the craft store. I tossed in many bottles of acrylic paint, canvases and paint brushes. I am set for awhile. I also bought a stand for all my painting supplies.

My studio is now organized, a little better. Not exactly what I want but definitely able to sit at the table without feeling I’m in a tight space.

Watercolor paint was calling me. But I knew I couldn’t do anything with detail. My brain is emotional my heart is emotional and I’m so exhausted my eyes hurt.

Doodle painting! That’s mindless but mindful for what I need.

Here’s the result:

Supplies Needed:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Brushes
  • Water
  • Towels
  • Paper/journal
  • Gel pens

First use the watercolor paints and paint any shape with multiple colors on the paper.

Then take the gel pens and doodle on top of your doodle painting. Use multiple colors of gel pens if you desire. (I used only a black gel pen for my doodle)

Some close-ups

I feel relaxed. Maybe I’ll do another one before I go to bed. I’m going to try to cross stitch for the rest of the day. It’s a Hulu or Netflix night with my legs up on the ottoman.

Even my cats and dogs want to take a nap now.

I’ll be back to blog more about the book I’m reading.

Happy day

Caroline

art · art studio · art therapy · crafts · cross stitch · Derby cross stitch · doodle drawing

Flower #5 flower doodle

Thank goodness it is Friday. Even though I work for a few hours tomorrow. I’m glad to have most of the day off. I really needed the break from the past few days.

It is raining with a nice breeze. I smell food from outside. It kinda smells like fried potatoes.

I spent the day watching movies and tv shows. And cross stitching. It’s been too long since I picked up my needle for stitching Derby.

Here is where I am at now…

What’s next?

At least one less column! I had to return to the fabric store to get more DMC colors. And I bought a new color of yarn…I want to knit an oversized wrap to use at my office. It gets cold in my office.

That will be another post in the future.

I did yoga and finished my doodle flower drawing. It done on a 9″x 6″ paper.

I will be concentrating on finishing my next painting.

And the rest of the month will be starting and completing a large flower painting. You will have to stay turned to more posts to see it. Sneak peak is coming soon.

(maybe I’ll add in some small flower paintings)

Etsy shop is open: 4pawsartstudio

Happy day

Caroline

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Flower #3 Bloom from Within

This is a floral drawing using gel pens.

I used a meditative approach to draw the floral drawing. I thought about the shapes flowers have and added in my own creative ideas to it.

The added details are done by chance. Meaning, I randomly pick a color and place a shape amount the other shapes.


Happy day
Caroline

art · doodle drawing · gel pen drawing

Zentangle of Colors

The other day I was digging through some of my sketches and come along these drawings I started a few years ago.

Let me explain myself: I work as a mental health counselor and art therapist. Life gets extremely busy for me. Especially with the pandemic, the need is greater than ever. I work at a small private practice, so I get paid only if clients come in for their session. I have really great clients who respect my time and their session.

So with that said, my free time to draw and actually finish my ideas, which I have probably have too much for one lifetime, is minimal.

So here I was trying to figure out where to go with my art. I have not opened my store, that that’s on my list. Right now I just want to finish projects and drawings that have been sitting in a file for too long.

Here is two of the drawings I completed.

I’ll be back with more drawings soon.

Caroline

art · art journal · art therapy · color pencil · doodle drawing · painting · watercolor

Thirty minutes of Art Journaling

Art journaling is a great way to let your create thoughts flow out into a page using art materials. During this pandemic an art journal can help to express your feelings, uncertainties and hope. Art skill and talent is not needed, simple supplies and trusting the process is all you need.

Supplies needed:

  • Art journal
  • Watercolor paints
  • Various sizes of brushes
  • Color pencils
  • Acrylic markers-optional

Start by brushing watercolors onto the paper. Any shape and line. Put a variety of colors and shaped into this first step.

Let it dry. Then take color pencils and start coloring in areas to give it a “pop.” Add acrylic markers to it for extra detail and depth. Layer the details. Just let yourself flow with it and not expect a specific painting at the end. Just have fun.

Happy journalling

Caroline

art · doodle drawing

Silhouette

Last week I lost my electricity from the winter storm. Again I found myself in my studio looking out the window and drawing by candlelight.

Then the next day came and this is the result of the snowstorm…

The art I worked on during the storm and by candlelight was silhouettes.

I really hope not having electricity 3 times in a month does not become the norm for this winter. It was beyond freezing and it was exhausting to be in a cold house.

Caroline

art · art journal · art therapy · doodle drawing

Doodling by Moonlight

Sunday there was a storm leaving me without electricity.

I turned on my candle lights got my flashlight lantern….

And art must go on…

I have been working on doodling. Here are some photos of pumpkins using the doodling process.

I doodled a hot air balloon before the electricity went out.

Needless to say, I survived having no electricity for 2 days. Yikes, it was so cold in my place. Unfortunately my food did not survive.

Happy doodling

Caroline

art · art therapy · doodle drawing

Doodling a Leaf

Today I spend time in the morning doodling. Doodling is relaxing and can decrease anxiety. As an Art Therapist, I recommend doodling. Here is a way to draw your own doodles. I recommend to stay on a budget as this is a fun activity and supplies don’t have to be expensive.

Supplies:

  • Drawing paper 9″x12″
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • x-acto knife
  • gel pens
  • shapes to trace/stencils

Choose the colors you want for your color scheme. Below is a photo of the different sizes of pens. You can start out my one size and later on add more to your collection.

Measure out the paper. I cut my paper in quarters measuring 4.5″x6″ . You can measure off the size that is preferred.

Use an x-acto knife for precise cut.

I have wooden shapes available to trace. As an art therapist, my studio is full of all sorts of supplies. I bought these shapes for a project and had some left over. You can use stencils. Or find images on the internet to trace and cut out.

Once you have the pattern you want to trace, lightly trace around it in pencil.

Take a black pen and section off areas you want to have different patterns. Then start making patterns of shapes in each area.

After the sections are filled in, take the black pen and go over again to make it thicker, also don’t forget to outline the sides.

Below is a youtube of a video about:

Doodling A Leaf

Happy doodling

Caroline