Monday, 5 October 2015

THE PENS DID IT


Have you ever wanted to paint something, anything, but you don't have a plan?

Most of my art starts with a drawn sketch and I usually stick to it fairly closely.
But yesterday I wanted to play with colour and all I knew was I wanted to make something for "Art Journal Journey" where the theme is "Architecture".

I'm also linking to "Paint Party Friday" where friends share what they have made during the previous week.


I got out my motley collection of painting pens (watercolour and acrylic),



started by painting a lemon art studio, then let the pens carry on.

How did they do it?
You know the colouring books which are about everywhere?
This is the other way round - the pens played with their colours first then I did the outlines afterwards - like this.





This is what we ended up with.




Pretty good fun for a bunch of pens.
So what happened next?

I could paint in the background, or I could put it into Photoshop and try out some of my many painted backgrounds to find which worked the best - which I did.






It's a bonkers painting but the pens and I had a good time.

Do you let your pens and paints have a good time?

47 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Just wonderful Sheila, glad your pens had such a fab time! Thanks for another lovely piece for Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

Annie said...

Boy would I like to watch that in action! My pens just sit there waiting for me to tell them what to do. Lazy pens! Maybe I just don't have the right kind. LoL As usual, you have such fun and imaginitive characters and graphics in your art.

sirkkis said...

Fabulous fairy village! Thank you Sheila for telling how you do your unique art. I nearly always don't know exactly what and how I do it.
It start, to "flow" slovly then....
I bought my first watercolor pencils, but they are pens with brush.
Practis now.
Have a creative week, my friend ♥♥

Tammie Lee said...

oh this is wonderful
i once again would love to walk into your art
even if the bugs are the same size as the woman ;-)
yes, it is good to let our pens play. sometimes i get confused, is this water base or acrylic. not the best memory.

Suman Pandit said...

looks like a page out of a fairy tale book Sheila !! Its great that your pens took you to a land of innocence and fantasy !! thanks for sharing ...

froebelsternchen Susi said...

You made your pens happy and me as well!
What a fantastic painting! I am impressed !
A beautiful fairytale!

Thank you Misses hostess for another fantastic piece for Art Journal Journey!
♥♥♥
Susi

Beo said...

I love that little monkey with all his very many tails!
And I know what you mean with letting your pens have good time. I think you did what they wanted you to do... and that was good. A lovely picture turned out by doing that!!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I think we all could use more pens like these around the house. Our lives would be ever so much more colorful, oops, I guess mine already is. Ha!

Meggymay said...

A fantastic fun page, love the cute images, it looks magical.
Yvonnexx

Margik said...

What a fabulous scene you've created, Sheila! Love all those adorables characters, flowers... And I like the great choice of colours. A magical work as always!

limmelon said...

Anything but bonkers, Super !! Love the girl's curly haired cat. Great architecture. Love it, Awesome !!

My name is Erika. said...

What a fun fun piece. I love your colors-so bright and cheery. I think living in that house would be a blast.

Evergreen Mo said...

Another super piece of art. Like the outlines going in last.Crazy picture.

Janie Cornish said...

Hello Sheila
Thanks again for giving us insight into your creative brain.....you are one of a kind and a true creative. I love your pens,so very clever....not unlike Harry Potter pens that can draw a fantastic picture before the picture is drawn x

ULKAU said...

I wish I could also create such a beautiful fantasy world painting as you can! The picture is a feast for my eyes, so light, so airy and funny! My special favorite is of course the 5-legged animal. Your ideas are great! Liebe Grüße von Ulrike

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Sheila, your commentary makes me smile :) It is great to let your pens and paint have fun (and you too). Love your whimsical scene, the outlining is fantastic. I hope your day is going well, Shirleyxx

johanna said...

haha, the pens did it... why don´t my pens do it? they are too lazy, i suppose...
i esp love the creature on the left with the 5 legs. does it throw the other 5 into the air (wildely dancing)? or is this Interpretation wrong? you don´t know? go and ask your pens...

sheila, always such a delight to see your whimsy and funny creatures - you lighten up everybody´s mood for sure.

Anonymous said...

That should be a childrens-book?!
Herzlich Pippa

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Goodness Sheila. Your pens really took you on an art adventure that turned into a fun home and garden. I love it. I don't have pens like that, but if I did, I doubt they would take me to such wild and wonderful places.

I saw your comment on my party. NO, dear. I'm always BEHIND the camera, never in front. I didn't even remember the gal's name because she came with Scott and Bobby from work. I had to call Scott to ask what her name was after you left the comment. Her name is Rudy, but if I learned it at the party, I had forgotten it by the time I took the photos off my camera! Thanks for asking, though.

LonettA said...

Just a fabulous and fun page! I really like your imaginative way of painting!
Hugs, Annette

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This is yet another wondrous world to rejoice in. It's fun to let your pens just go sometimes. Blessings!

Victoria said...

How magical and fantastical..and wonderful to let your spirit and these pens run wild and free to create so magically! Love the colorful energies..and the linework and expressiveness!
Shine on...thanks for sharing your beautiful art! PS: love those pens..
HUgs kindred
victora

The Happy Whisk said...

Very nicely done. And yes, I love pens, markers, pencils and all of those.

So much fun.

Strangely Creative said...

Brilliant- huge fun! Those pens sure have a mind of their own! Cxx

Clare Lloyd said...

Great colours. Happy PPF

Paper rainbow said...

You always look as if you have so much fun creating your joyful artwork.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

it looks like the pens had an amazing time... it is fun to draw and paint without a plan sometimes... this is great

stefanie stark said...

I love your way of making art so much! Your idea of playing around with the pens and colors first and outlining afterwards is really cool and so simple and the outcome of your magic place is enchanting and awesome!

Becky said...

A fab fun piece love what you have done.

Linda Kunsman said...

what a magical, fun and whimsical adventure those pens took you on-love it!!

Gibby Frogett said...

A really cheerful piece of art - fabulous and fun!
I love the idea of the colours playing before the outlines came :)
Have a lovely weekend,.... Gill x

Beth Niquette said...

Yes! This often happens to me! lol I love what you came up with. Especially that first painting. :D

Christine said...

very nice piece!

TwinkleToes2day said...

So sorry I haven't been around in a while.
Life.
You have been producing some fantastic work - as always - it's always fun to see and I love how you explore different avenues of your imagination. I enjoyed your Rowan Trees, and the wee Hoosie and this week your garden of different beasties with flowers and what I think of as a castle for a princess. Fan-blimin-tastic! have a great weekend :D :D

Faye said...

Looks like tremendous fun. Love all the bright colors.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

What fun and happy art. Those pens look amazing.
Nicole/Beadwright

Giggles said...

Well Sheila that was quite a journey your pens were on...I feel like it was quite the party time and they were having so much fun!! Such vibrant happy art can't help but make one smile... Inspirational my friend!

Hugs Giggles

Gillena Cox said...

Surely a fun piece. Have a good weekend

Much love...

denthe said...

Great piece! It shows that you had fun :-)

Lynn Cohen said...

Absolutely delightful art!

Jackie said...

As I've said before, Sheila, your art makes me smile. A wonderful painting - I like that it's 'bonkers'! I especially like the little creature on the left. Jx

kat said...

Oh what a fabulous party of a time, such fun! I can well see how these pens had a blast, that's exactly what I love to do with my pens, it's fun to do things the other way round from time to time. This really makes me smile!

~*~Patty S said...

Greetings and Salutations dear Sheila!
Such a fun theme for AJJ again this month and having fun is what it's all about ... isn't it!
Super what you've created here...there is so much that draws me in!
oxo

Jeannette said...

Ah,your tiny quirky town just fabolous,the mans and womans had a wonderful place with cute deers,love your style allways,so original sheila art.
have a great new week,my friend.

hugs jeannette

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sheila, I just read your question about Kitten Fluff. It appears to be a genuine paint color because that was a paint chip sample of what it was supposed to look like. I chose it because it was pale and the ink was dark. After I saw the color, I laughed and thought how coincidental.

Claudia Sp. said...

What a happy art, i like the colors and the little monkey.

Carol said...

Well your pens certainly had a fun time and I like what they came up with. The background you provided for them is perfect :)