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Lilac-Breasted Roller @Hahnemühle_USA @ZebraPenUS #Birdmas

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As you might guess, the Lilac-Breasted portion of this bird's name comes from its bright lilac-colored breast.  The ‘roller’ portion  comes from their mating dance. They put on aerial displays, diving and rolling in the air.  They are found in the sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.

I had intended to do a full color drawing, but had to people to see, places to go.  I was doing the initial blocking in of the background with a purple fineliner pen, and thought - it looks kind of neat with just the purple and hints of blue.  So, biven my time-constraints, I decided to just leave it as it is.  I may color in more later, but I haven't decided.

I also took advantage of the fact that Sarasa Fineliners are not water-proof.  This means you can get a water-color effect with them, by laying down the colors and wetting them with a brush. For the bird, I did layers of coloring with the pens and wetting, then layering again.

 Done with Zebra Pen Sarasa Fineliners in a Hah…

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal @Hahnemühle_USA

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The Hahnemühle YouTangle.art Tile giveaway, can be found here. Ends tomorrow.
The 'Tangle Starts' giveaway, can be found here. Ends tonight.
The Taste of Zensations Zebra Pens giveaway, can be found here. Ends tonight.
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For Doodlewash December watercolor challenge-Candy Cane.


Schmincke Vermilion Light & Phthalo Sapphire  & Winsor Newton Davy's Gray in Hahnemühle A5 Watercolor book. Adapted from a photo on Pixabay 
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Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Zentangle All Around Facebook Challenge
Shading & Exploring Zentangle Facebook Challenge
Friday Fun & Easy Landscape Challenge

Pattern Videos
Daily Tangle - T
Bermuda
Boa-Xin - a fun organic pattern
Daily Tangle - PIXIOZE
Blumerant
Daily Tangle - Schlupp

New Patterns How to draw Starsky
How to draw Stella
Hollyday
Kite 
Greek Spiral
V-Grass
Fluffy 
5c Wiggles
Zigmi too 
Venu
Spiro Ball
Rangoli Feel
8 of Diamonds
Spiraloop 
Spikebelt 
Linkchain
Hip Hop

Other
A Tangle Starts Backgrou…

European Robin Fun & Easy Landscape Step-out Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #Zensations @ZebraPenUS @Hahnemühle_USA

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If you are looking for the 'Tangle Starts' giveaway, you can find it here.
If you are looking for the Taste of Zensations Zebra Pens giveaway, you can find it here.
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In the U.S. the Cardinal is associated with the holidays so I did a step-out for that bird last week.  I'm told that the European Robin is the holiday bird for the U.K. so that's what I did this week.

I suspect it will give some of you trouble because you'll fuss with getting that first egg shape at the right angle and getting the head the right size.  Try not to do that (but you're probably like me, and you will, lol).

It's more important to get a feeling for how all the parts go together first.  Once you feel a little more comfortable with all the steps - that's when you want to start working on sizes and angles.  It's a bit like following a map.  If you have a general idea of the route and what you are looking for at the end, it's much easier to follow the directions.

I put t…

Chaffinch-Hubby's Lunchbag Art @Hahnemühle_USA #Postcards #Watercolor

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If you are looking for the 'Tangle Starts' giveaway, you can find it here.
If you are looking for the Taste of Zensations Zebra Pens giveaway, you can find it here.
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Unless I'm doubling up and using the art for a review or Fun & Easy Landscape post, I'm going to start posting the art I do for my husband's lunchbag art.

Today, he got a Chaffinch, which is the most colorful of th UK finches.  It likes to hop along the ground to feed so it can take advantage of its natural camouflage.

Schmincke Watercolor on Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard..



Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Want to share your Fun & Landscapes or find prompts and challenges? Join the Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group here!

Review 'Tangle Starts' book by Alice Hendon #Tangles #Review #ArtJournal @ZebraPenUS

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Do you love the colorful backgrounds that you see in art journals and tangled tiles and abstract works?  Do you wish you could create those yourself, but you don't have the time or the money or the storage room for $$$$$ worth of art supplies?

My friend, Alice Hendon, has published a book that consists of 57 beautifully colored backgrounds for you to draw, tangle, doodle, and paint on.

It is called Tangle Starts.


Specs
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
Language: English
Size: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
Binding: Glued
Author: Alice Hendon, CZT

Look & Feel
The first thing you want to know is what is in this book.  It is a collection of art pages for you to use as a background.  In some ways it isn't a book - it's an art journal, or a file of collage papers, or a sketchbook.  There are many ways to use it.

More specifically, it has two pages of information explaining how to use the book and what Tangle art is. There …

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

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If you are looking for the 'Tangle Starts' giveaway, you can find it here.
If you are looking for the Taste of Zensations Zebra Pens giveaway, you can find it here.
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My bird for the 6 th day of the #Birdmas Art Challenge Club on Google+ is a Shoebill Stork.  Besides resembling a dinosaur reject, this stork is a terrifying bird.  It eats monitor lizards and crocodiles.  Baby crocodiles, but still.  It decapitates its prey and swallows the rest whole. *shudders*
Hubby will love this one in his lunch bag.



By the way, Birdmas officially runs Dec 1st-12th, but people are welcome to join at anytime.
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Zentangle Challenges The Daily New Tangle Challenge Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus Zentangle All Around-I Dare You Challenge joey's weekly tangle challenge #194
Strings
"It's a String Thing" #221 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #222

Pattern Videos
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