Monday, July 18, 2011

inspiration monday


i recently came across this fabulous little birdie how-to over at non dairy diary, and i was so inspired that i declared that very moment "play time"!
 start by painting some watercolor splotches on your paper......



and then outline them with a permanent marker.



add eyes, a beak, and all those other birdie things......



and you have a nice little flock of chickadees!  



but why stop there?
somewhere in those watercolor blobs there might also be some piggies.....



and mousies.....



and bunnies......oh, my!



cyberspace is jam-packed with spectacular ideas......
let inspiration and a little play help you to put your own spin on them!!
(and i figure if you're having lots of fun, you're on the right track!)

click here for non dairy diary's tutorial!

{i used these supplies to create this little barnyard:
koi watercolors, micron pens, 2B pencil, waterbrush, 
 sumi brush, strathmore 400 series w/c paper}






62 comments:

Jeanette said...

Oh my goodness, Lori!!! Can it get any cuter than that?!? I love this exercise and the fact you extended it to other cuties! I'm going to give it a go myself and see what I can come up with. Thanks for "UBER" Inspiration Monday! You rock!

JhoneMD said...

They're darling ... but why no kittens?

Terri Kahrs said...

Too cute for words!!!! Awesome inspiration and Fun!!! Hugs, Terri

Miss Marple said...

These are tooooo cute, I will certainly have to try these!
Thank you for showing - Irma

Shalini said...

Lori, these are the cutest sweeties i have ever ever seen... there is really no limit of yr creativity!!!

Jennifer Shults said...

This is just super cute! I just love seeing what new and whimsical things you'll come up with!!

TwoHeartsPath said...

Delightful!!!! This made me smile so big!!! TFS Hugs Patti

Lottie said...

You are brilliant - as you know I am chicken mad! I really must make time to have a go at these.

And piggies - I adore piggies and all the other animals too.

Genius - I'm in lurrrvvvve with them

Dymphie said...

love your little pet farm, so adorable. The chikadees frame is the best frame I've seen, ever!

xo thanks for the link to the how-to

Marie aka Grams said...

How do you just keep doing fabulous things? You amaze me. Adorable.

Chel said...

Oh- I LOVE this! So sweet!

Martina said...

Love this fun idea Lori! Am dotting away with my watercolors tonite ;) xx

Ludid said...

always wonderful energy in your work.

Createology said...

Yes!!! I love your little color blots of inspiration animals. Very clever of you to add the seven chickadees wording in your border. I adore your creativity! Marvelous Monday dear...

Jancalligrapher said...

This is really cute, it made me smile. What a nice way to start the day!

linda said...

How fabulous are these! Got to give these a whirl. Love the fact that you just went on and on with all the different animals.

rachel awes said...

loriiiiiii!!
i love them,
each & all!
xox!!!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

omg...you had me laughing...these are toooo much!! Thanks for the link too...ohhh kitties,bearies,doggies,
oh my!!!! toooo fun!!

Myriam said...

Es fantástico!!!! Qué trabajo tan bonito!!! Elvie eres la mejor!!!

Jessie May said...

Wow, they are sooooo cute!

garden clippings said...

oh my gosh! you have outdone yourself today. the chickadees are absolutely adorable!!!

Betty Jo said...

Oh my Lori! These are soooo cute. I especially love the little birdies. Thanks for sharing your creations and the link for the tutorial. I must try some of these, and especially will have my granddaughters give them a go. ♥

Sophia said...

I LOVE your little watercolour blotch animals. Awwww.....Lori, these SO lifted my spirits tonight. THANK YOU for the encouragement and love your art gives forth. Hugs :)

Ophelia said...

Love it!!! These are very awesome!!!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

AAAAHHHH! I *LOVE LOVE LOVE** these! And I love non-dairy dairy, but I missed that tutorial. However, I so love your style that I'm not too sad..I'll go back and look at the "original"..but please keep up the wonderful tutorial!

Claire M said...

Incredibly CUTE!! I love them. Thanks for sharing and also telling us about another fun site. Chocolate hugs to you!!

LuckyDog said...

These are so precious and you are brilliant! ♥

Becky Shander said...

Wow,these are fantastic! And so inspiring.

PaperPumpkin said...

You are amazing, lori, and so are your cute lil critters of love! Oh my! ~kath

Andria said...

LOVE these! Definitely makes me want to play.

Mona_63 said...

wow!!

shibori girl said...

These little critters of yours are absolutely charming! I love that they start with little blurps of paint. So cute. :)

Hugs,

Kate

fran p. said...

Love these little peeps!!! Simplicity at it's best!

Caatje said...

Lovely! I'm so gonna try this. I'm thinking maybe little fishies?

Connie said...

love this little animals!! Big compliments and thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

Sooooo cute, I'll have to have a try of that. thanks for the inspiration :o)

Ellen said...

They are all soooo cute! Thanks for sharing!
Ellen

Chrissie said...

What a wonderfully talented lady you are.. I just loved looking at your wonderful creations!
Chrissie

Jen said...

These are inspiring me to draw and paint little things. So cute. I have linked to this post from my blog (so I know how to find you again!) Lovely work.

Sarah Beals said...

Thank you for this inspiration. I was searching "easy watercolor for kids", as I prepare to teach a group of homeschooled kids basic watercolor. I think I'll have them mix each "body" using primary colors to get a rainbow of chickadees. Adorable.

Ann said...

Such a sweet inspiring idea - kids will love to do this. And of course I'll have to have a go myself!

Trishia Eubanks said...

These are cute! I see them as family thumbprints made into cute lil animals to frame and hang on the wall!

Teresa Morais said...

The drawings are simply beautiful! So simple and so funny! Congratulations!!

Katie L said...

so cute!!

Becky Lindenmayer said...

Akkkkkkk!!! love these thanks for the inspiration!

Nilla said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing, will have to try this NOW!! Love Nilla

Anonymous said...

OMG! the watercolor birds are so cute! check creative ideas at www.sandybucket.com

Anita said...

Those are adorable! And your mousies crack me up, because my 12 year old daughter still resents that she thought the plural of mouse was mousies when she was tested in preschool. She blames me. :)

Ma.Diwata Dyosa Engkantada Milagrosa said...

sooo cute

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Constance said...

I found this on Pinterest and just spent a half hour or so doing it. What fun! Thank you so much! Even a novice like me can do it! Happy Easter, chickadee!

Cassidy said...

I also found you through Pinterest and am in love with your site! I'm trying hard to be good at watercolor and these are so cute!

Inchwormart said...

Adorable! I want to try these with my grandsons on this hot summer day. A good beat the heat project. Thanks.

Ph Gooi said...

You're such an angel- thanks for sharing this lovely artwork!

Bird Girl From Goshen blog said...

Darling project! I love it! The Chickadees are my favorite :)tivets

Rachel said...

Thank you for the tutorial! My sister and I did these together. :) I posted a photo to my blog.

http://morningbirdphotography.tumblr.com/post/58435221821/watercolor-critters-on-flickr-my-sister-and-i

~ Rachel

lori vliegen said...

hi rachel!

the little critters that you and your sister created are adorable.....i love your variety, and i think i even spied a little spider! too cute!! it looks like the two of you had tons of fun filling up those blank pieces of paper with creative goodness, and i thank you SO much for sharing your photo with me! it makes me really happy to know you were so inspired by something you found on my blog!

Sarah Mbf said...

Thank you so mo, you are wonderfull :-)) Big Kiss from Spain

Yolanda said...

Such fun!!

Anne Payne said...

Oh my goodness!!! These are adorable! I am just learning to use watercolors and I can see how much fun this is going to be.

France DECO said...

J'adore les oiseaux, c'est magnifique...

Mo M said...

Love these. Thanks for posting.

La said...

Just wanted to say thanks. I have zero art skills, but find drawing relaxing (and I need that, lately). I tried this and it is super simple and I actually liked the end result!
Thanks again.

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