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Why this is a fave: fun activity, people can see different things and immediately relate to a common object, using imagination to take physical objects on a story-journey.
Speaking of doodling. One of my recent artist discoveries came from watching the great Netflix series Abstract. Each episode traces the background and creative process of somebody working in art/design. My favorite is about the illustrator Christoph Niemann. One of his exercises is taking an everyday object and then building a sketch around it. Although he did not intend for them to be more than exercises, he started posting them to Instagram, where they have become among his most popular work. You can see many of them here: http://www.christophniemann.com/portfolio/sunday-sketches-2/.
I've used this exercise with students, and they love it. Here's my morning attempt: The Hippo Swims. (The giraffe fork is one of Niemann's.) Enjoy!
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8/1/17
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Why this is a fave: showing the progress of this doodle. the best part was the creation process by the author.

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Why this is a fave: The power of colour!

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Why this is fave: A collaboration that mixed the colour and music through working with others.
Thanks to +Karon Bielenda and +Ronald L and +Wendy Taleo for exploring the art of color and the making of music all through the past week or so. Our collaboration -- Color the Muse -- is a prime example of the spirit of CLMOOC, where an emergent idea takes shape and form through collaboration and creativity. More of what we were up to is here: http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2017/07/21/clmooc-where-color-and-music-and-collaboration-mix/

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Why this is a fave: A wonderful remix of the soundcloud graphic and Matisse! I had never thought of using Snap chat for this effect.
After reading +Kevin Hodgson post about his Color the Muse Collaboration with +Karon Bielenda and +Ronald L, I saw Karon's statement about how colorful the Soundtrap score looked. Decided to use it as the basis for a little creating. Tried to do a Mondrian sort of thing, with Matisse's Musique makers thrown in for good measure. Pun intended. (Could also be a riff on tetris?) Used Snapchat to create.
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why this is a fave....this is a great example of how the digital provides something more than pen and paper. the lines around the butterfly are a great effect.
My first go at a colouring in pic. Took a photograph from a recent butterfly farm visit into Photoshop Touch on my Android tablet then added Edges effect and changed the settings to get the best balance. Was fidley to get it out to Google+ so not sure about the quality of the png.
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why this is fave...colouring to music! how cool is that!
+Karon Bielenda took my color music and turned it into sheet music, which meant I had to fuse hers with mine. Looks lovely! Thanks, Karon!
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why this is fave... this is an apparent random collection of items but it is coherent. it is also inspiring me for free form crochet.
I see talk about process of creating coloring pages. Johanna Basford makes my favorite coloring books. I wanted to create something with the same level of detail. I really wanted to pull in a bunch of images and trace them, but couldn't figure out how to do that. I also really wanted to play with the iPad because even though I technically own it, it is dominated by my kids. I used the Paper app to doodle using a pen that also has a rubber tip, which I figured was for the iPad? It worked so I guess so! I also have a LOT of trouble relaxing in general. So I was happy to force myself into this activity and just chill out for a bit.
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i'm continuing this collection for 2017.
why this is a fave: pushing the boundaries and looking further than the original item. love this abstract-er.
Maybe try this? +Jennifer Denslow shared out this abstract art generator that turns an image into abstract art. I took the hot air balloon by +Karon Bielenda, in the collaborative book and colored it during the Make with Me, and then used the art abstract-er (not its name but it really should be) to create this side-by-side collage. Pretty dang nifty. Go on and give it a try. Site: http://simplify.thatsh.it/
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Why this is a fave: stars, pattern and music ~ working together in a constellation
Remembering what we did this summer:
We pinned ourselves to the map and star chart.
We doodled. You Tweeted, posted, snapped, read, scroooolled.
I coded and decoded your names.
We thought and played outside of the box (and lines).
We collaborated and connected.
Here's what I came up with.
Thank you everyone for your many and varied curiosity conversations!

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