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More Squigglies

Just sharing a recent batch of ‘Squigglies” which I love to make because:

  • they’re fast
  • unpredictable
  • make me laugh

Caroline’s Crazy for Carrots

Queen Mantisqueen_mantis_4277_wp

Blue Jesterjester_4241_wp

Einstein’s Green Eyeeinstein_green_eye_4242_wp

Little Drummer Cowboydrummer_boy_4227_wp

Freakishly Strangefreakishly_strange_4222_wp

Old Womanold_woman_4239_wp

Blue Dancing Girlblue_dancer_girl_4244_wp(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


It’s a Matter of Orientation

Ask any kid — things look different when you stand on your head or roll on your side. So, it is with artists. But, we’ve learned it’s much easier just to flip our subject (and a lot kinder on our bods).

Try it yourself. Study your subject matter (say, a reference photo). Now, rotate it and observe it again. Your eye will decipher the relative shapes and negative spaces very differently depending on orientation. This is true for more than art!

Here’s a recent example from my sketchbook: “Bunny strut” becomes “Fish arabesque.” No magic. Just a matter of orientation.

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or, with a 90° rotation

(5.5 x 5.5″ ink and watercolor on std. sketchbook paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

L.A.P. Dog

It’s not what you think, although if he jumped into my lap I’d allow him a short stay. It’s that I hate wasting paint, even a little bit. He is a Leftover Acrylic Paint dog.

The orange, blue, and red colors on his face are leftover acrylic paint smeared on a page, then folded — forming his somewhat symmetrical blotches. I looked at it from time to time just enjoying the blobs. Then I spotted him and drew him out.

This ‘Rorschach’ian method may say something about my personality type and emotional functioning. Do you think I have a thought disorder?

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(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Happy Monday!

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(5″ x 4″  water-soluble pen on paper and watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Tiny Tombow® Bunnies

Drawing tiny cartoons with water soluble marker and pulling with water. Here’s how…

Easy Tombow® Rabbits

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(1.5″  each — Tombow® marker and water brush on watercolor paper)
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Hat’s On!

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Normally we “take our hats off” to someone we salute. In this case we “put our hats ON” in support of a mutual friend and soon-to-be-divorcée—and PARTIED through a 4-course gourmet-catered dinner hosted by our hat aficionado and hostess with the ‘mostess’, Kay.

This super addictive technique (learned from Carla Sonheim) involves quickly drawing with ink using droppers, and immediately blotting the wet lines with toilet paper. The uncontrollable results make laughable caricatures. None of these resembles its reference photo, but that’s not the point. It’s all for the fun of it—just like the party. Cheers!

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Squiggly Treats

Have I introduced you to Squigglies yet? I don’t think so.

Squigglies are easy to make, and are purely for self-entertainment (ok, or when I’m sharing them on my blog), if I’m bored, or lacking creative inspiration. They’re a terrific springboard for being loose and silly with your arm and eye. They’re also a good way to ease into a day of art.

Take a pen (or pencil) to paper and draw loops, angles, lines, whatever marks you want in a continuous motion in a limited area. I like to do it blind, meaning no peeking until you pick up your pen (or pencil). Then stare at it and turn your squiggly around and around until you ‘see’ something pop out at you. Bring forward what you ‘see’ by adding color, other media, more lines, collage.

After a long day I only have time to create something quickly. So, I do one of these super fast and it really feels like a magical “treat” before I retire to bed.

Try it! You never know what you’ll find in your squigglies. They are magic. This exercise in one from the wonderful Carla Sonheim‘s bag of creative tricks.

Here are some of my recent squiggly “treats.”

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Uncle Fester’s Brother


Sad Woman


Puppet and Larva


Curl Envy




Jumping Blue Schnozzola Dog



(various sizes – all quite small)  water-soluble ink pen and water wash on basic sketchbook paper)

Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.