Color the Emotion

Pick a few colors and create without stiffness.

Subconscious Goals

A Horse Tells a Story, an illustration by Peony and Parakeet

Here’s an illustration that came out without any pre-planning. I just added a layer after another and in the end was surprised about the animals, and the scene. What was I thinking about?

Creating Subconscious Art

Background paper, by Peony and Parakeet

First I created the background paper in Photoshop. I duplicated my old sticker designs there!

Subconscious art. Decorating a background, by Peony and Parakeet

After printing the background I made some random spots with alcohol inks and random lines with white correction pen. Then I added a lot of details with markers and gel pens.

Decorated background paper, by Peony and Parakeet

Yes, a lot of details.

A Horse Tells a Story, the illustration by Peony and Parakeet

Finally, I constructed the main elements from decorated papers. Then it came: the horse on the pedestal and the dogs. The horse tells a story for the dogs, and the dogs are captivated by listening to it. When finished, I realized that I want to be that white horse! I want to develop skills to tell visual stories.  I want to learn how to create images which not only appeal to the eye but the mind as well.

Isn’t it a wonderful thing that with creativity we can reveal our subconscious goals!

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Happy New Year 2014

2014 by Peony and Parakeet + a doodling idea using a scanner and a printer
With this overly doodled number, I wish you happy new year!

A detail of 2014 by Peony and Parakeet

Doodling Idea

I made this image by making a roughly doodled collage that I scanned to the computer. Then I adjusted the colors and printed the photo. I made the size bigger than in the original.

Then I began doodling again. After doodling I adjusted some areas by coloring them with color pencils. I also added some collage pieces.

Finally, I scanned the collage again and adjusted colors in some areas.

This way I was able to add detail after another. I could have continued these steps over and over! Crazy – I know!

A detail of 2014 by Peony and Parakeet

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Copying a Pattern on Hand Decorated Paper

Decorative Art Collage by Peony and ParakeetMy collage art is strongly based on my own handdecorated papers. Making my own papers changed a lot. I began to feel more happy and content with my art. Even if it’s imperfect, it’s all mine.

I feel sad when people tell they hate their handwriting and say that they can’t draw anything. Putting pen to paper is very important. I believe that it’s our connection to the subconscious. For me, drawing and painting has always been a part of self-discovery. Despite of that, I have felt bad with my drawing too. But I have got rid of that by drawing so much that I have found my own style and accepted it’s imperfections.

The little collage shown here consists of my own papers and doodles. But some of the papers are made with the help of a machine. I used ink jet printer to combine layers of doodling by photocopying. Here’s how I did it!

1) I took some of the papers that I had made using watercolors and color pens. (You can see the instructions at the blog post Frugal Crafter’s Guide to Hand Decorated Papers)


2) I put the paper to the printer’s tray. At my printer (Canon MP550) you have to put the paper backside up to get the printing to the right side.


3) Because I love doodling on white paper I have a small pile of these wildly doodled sheets. I opened the lid and put it upside down to use it as a photocopy.


4) Then I pressed the Copy button and here’s the result!


I could not help making more of these!


Some extra directions: Make sure your papers are completely dry before inserting them to the printer. Use fairly thin paper. When making the colorful papers, do not use very dark colours so that the copied doodles will show.

Have fun using those odd doodles again and again!

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