Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Zentangle:

Tangle Patterns: How to draw JAPAN DIAMOND

Using Landscapes for strings/ Rhodia Journal Swap


Giveaways:
Blog Hop And Art Giveaway

Melt Art Mania: Day 15

Gina Rossi Armfield No Excuses Journaling DAILY DRAWING #7

Why Not Win Wednesday with Sizzix!

Focus on Surfaces: Chance to win Sanded Papers and PanPastels

May Giveaway: Clairefontaine Crok’ Book Sketchbooks 


Challenges:
June Sketch


Tutorials:
 Leaf-Imprinted Clay Necklace

Art Journal part 4

inspiration wednesday + video


Freebies:
4th of July Printable

Using Landscapes for strings/ Rhodia Journal Swap

One of the steps in Zentangle® is to start by drawing a 'string', lines that divide your page into sections, which you can then fill with various tangle patterns.

The most common method of creating a Zentangle string is to imagine you've dropped a string on the page, and draw the lines.  Or you can use templates such as those provided at Tanglepatterns.com.  

Occasionally, I like to use a landscape as the basis for a string.  Recently, a friend of mine, Lynne Howard, posted a beautiful photo she'd taken, and I thought it had the potential for a great string.  With her permission, I share it with you, and I'll show you the two ways I used it.


In this photo, the elements create shapes.  The shape of the waterfall, the river, the trees, the bank.

I didn't worry about details, and there was no effort to make my drawing look like the photo.  

I simply drew the outlines of the major shapes.


Once I'd drawn the shapes, I put the photo aside and just tangled whatever patterns I please.  


Note, that usually strings are drawn with pencil and are meant to disappear into the completed tangles.  They are a way to begin the Zentangle and are not meant to be noticed in the final product.  However, in this case, I used pen and kept the string outlines so you would see the shapes I started with.

If you saw this piece, without reading the explanation, you'd never know I used a landscape as the basis for it.

Using the same photo, I decided I wanted to depart further from the traditional Zentangle and create a piece that actually resembled a landscape.  

I still wasn't looking for realism, or to make my finished piece look like the photo.  However, this time, I used the photo to both pick out my shapes and to guide my choice of tangle patterns.

Patterns such as Hollibaugh, Zanholli and Zapateado were used to give a wood and brush feel.  Purk was used for the stones.  Pokeroot and a Pokeleaf type pattern was used for foliage.  Mooka and Flux (not found online) were used for an impression of foam and splash. Flukes and Cubine were used within the waterfall, and Crescent Moon was used for the river because it suggests ripples to me.  


I don't recommend this method if you are  seeking the 'Zen' relaxation of Zentangle drawing, because you can get wound up in trying to make your piece too realistic, or in searching for just the right tangle pattern.  But it's lots of fun, if you want a little challenge.

You don't have to have a photo to create strings like this.  What about the shapes in your living room or your backyard?  Inspiration is everywhere.  Sometimes we stop looking closely at places we are used to.  This can also be a fun way to 'rediscover' the everyday  world around you.

This Zentangle-Inspired art was drawn in the Rhodia Swap Journal I am currently working in.    You can see what others are doing at the Rhodia Journal Swap on Tumblr.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

No Excuses Journaling Daily Drawing #6 (this is a different BLOG from the giveaway above) 

Rhodia Journal Swap and Tattered Angels Antique Hickory

I've had one of the Tattered Angels Antique Hickory Paint system kits for a while now, and have been looking for the chance to use it.  I decided to give it a try for one of my Rhodia Journal Swap pages.

The left side of this spread was done with distress ink pads, and on the the right I used the kit.  The image was stamped using the Viva Las VegaStamps! Griffin Wall Sconce Item 5741 Plate 594. 

 Unfortunately, the glazes in the kit made the page very glossy.  The scan makes it looks like the page is rippled and the stamping very hazy and it isn't.  Just the way the light picked up the page, darn it!

I was able to get a slightly clearer photo of part of the page using a camera, but mostly you'll have to take my word for it.  The Faux wood effect is pretty cool!

If you follow the kit directions and heat dry at the right time you are supposed to get some crackling, but I couldn't find my heat tool.  Still, I really like the faux wood effect, and it has a lovely texture to the touch.


Some of the color bled through to the back of the page, so I decided to make a faux wood bleedthrumanade!  I finished off the color on the back side of the page with distress inkpads (as well as the right side page) and stamped the image using Viva Las VegaStamps! Nautical Collage Item 19016 Plate 890.  Then I added a bit more distress stain and Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush in white to get the ripply water effect.

I definitely want to play around some more with the Tattered Angels paint system, and even though it's a heavy medium, the Rhodia paper held up quite well!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Rhodia Journal Swap--L'il Monsters

I sat down intending to do one of my typical Zentangle®-Inspired-Art works.  Then Nessie the sea monster popped up, and then Bessie, the mutant chicken.  And Chessie, the Cheshire cat and it all went downhill from there.

I don't know where these critturs came from.  Really, I don't.



And so you don't have to turn your head at a 90-degree angle, I'll show you the post sideways, in case you can't find some of the critturs.  Even then you might have to look closely.  Critturs like to hide in plain sight, don't you know.




Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Zentangle:
Weekly Challenge #120

Tangle Patterns: How to draw KANDY RIBNZ

Tutorials:
Fisherman's Paradise Brush Holder

Manga drawing instructions

Landscape on Wood

Marcasite Technique and some Tags too!

Giveaways:
Ranger Melt Art Mania: Day 12
Ranger Melt Art Mania: Day 13

Tophatter Auction and GIVEAWAY 

Retro Cafe Art Steampunk Manikin and a PRIZE

Challenges:
UMWOWSTUDIO June Sketch Challenge (fan feature & $20 UmWow Studio gift certicate to challenge winner)

Anything But a Card Challenge 20-Dust off your older supplies

AMAZING Inspiration from Sandra Strait...Fisherman's Paradise Brush Holder


Wow! My new brush holder looks like a Fisherman's Paradise.

Learn more about this vitamin container turn brush holder at my guest designer post on the Amazing Mold Putty blog!



                    


Want to SOCIALize? Please follow Amazing Crafting Products on Twitter at@AmazingCrafting and on Pinterest HERE -or- join us on our Facebook page.

Playing with Watercolor while traveling

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent trip up and down the Oregon Coast, but I did find that I wasn't as inclined to do much artwork after a day of driving.  I did get a little watercolor done--mostly jsut dinking around even more than usual.

While visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory, I picked up a Cow Poo journal. I know-aNOTHer journal?  But how could I resist?  I have elephant poo journals, but no cow ones.  Now I just need to find a Pando Poo journal.

The cow poo paper is fairly thick and spongy and so obviously NOT meant for watercolor.  So, me being me, I started the journal with a watercolor page.  Surprise! 

It was incredibly hard to paint on this paper. It sucked up the water like a--well...a sponge.  While wet, it color looked horrible.  It bled through to the back of the page.  I was sure I'd ruined the page. And then the watercolor dried.

Wow.  It looks half-way decent.  I wasn't expecting that at all.  

I doubt I'll do any more watercolor in this book--it's too hard to spread the color.  But I know that I can if I want too!  The paper takes a fairly good line with pen and ink.  It's a rough weave, so the lines are wobbly, but I didnt' have any feathering with a Micron.  



I also played with some color in my Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook.  These were very much  just dinking around, splashing color down to see what happens.  I thought I might work up to something, but after a few moments, I decided to call it a night and just watch the fabulous ocean waves.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES #211 challenge/Rhodia Journal Swap

Every Saturday morning Unscripted Sketches post a layout sketch, with a challenge for you to use it and link-up for others to see how it's been used.  I've eyed it for a while, thinking I should try to incorporate one of the sketches into something I'm doing.  You know how it is.

You think you should do it, but life is busy, and you just don't.

This week however, when I looked at the sketch, I had a flash of inspiration.

One of my favorite songs is the Louis Armstrong version of What a Wonderful World.  Since the theme for the Rhodia Journal Swap is 'favorite things', I wanted to draw something based on the song.

When I looked at the sketch, I knew what I wanted to do.

To check out the challenge --> UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES #211


Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways


Zentangle/Patterns:
Loops 'n Leaves pattern 

How to draw KITCHENER


Giveaways:
Manuscript Calligraphy Marker Giveaway

Colored Pencil Magazine-watercolor pencils giveaway

No Excuses with Gina Rossi Armfeld-Day 3 review & giveaway


Tutorials:
Watercolor String Art Video

inspiration wednesday + video with Donna Downey

Upcycled Corrugate Art Panels at Sizzix

Helmar & VLVS! Inspiration Week-Day 3

Drawing Bowl-Shaped Flowers


Miscellaneous: 
May Arts Ribbon Blog Design Team Call


Envelope Eight from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook




Envelope One
Envelope Two
Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
Envelope Seven
Envelope Nine
Envelope Ten
Envelope Eleven
Envelope Twelve
And if the notebook intrigues you, see my  Review of the Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

I'm back and my daily list of links to tangles, tutorials, and giveaways is resumed!


Zentangle/Patterns:
Tangle Pattern Lattash

Zendala Dare #58

TanglePatterns String 053

Spring Into Warner • Zentangle-y Mural

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #118 delayed until Tuesday because it is Canada Day

Giveaways:
The Big Ass Book of Bling AND one of the cuffs featured in Mark Montano's latest video (FaceBook).


Tutorials:
The {in}Complete List of Art Journal Supplies

Where to Find Free Graphics & Printables for Your Art Journals

Watercolor Painting Techniques

Vintage Note Cards


Reviews:
Paperblanks and teNeues


Blog Hops:
Helmar & VLVS! Inspiration Week Day 1


Miscellaneous:
Animal Sculptures from Pipe Cleaners-not like the ones we used to make as kids!

Free Printable: Baby Elephant Note Card (by Maddalee)

Banditapple Carnet journals for only $3.00 S&H.  The journal is free, but you pay the $3.00 S&H for anywhere in the world.  No choice of color or style though.  I ordered one and had it within the week!

Goulet Pens fountain pen Ink Sample sale

The 5/19 Carnival of #Creativity is posted 


Envelope Six from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

Envelopes Interrupted!

My apologies--I could not get my tablet to upload my photos.  It worked on my Wordpress blog but not here.  Even though I have all the envelopes done now, I decided to just put the posts on hold until I arrived home.

The one-a-day posts are now continued!



For the scoop on what these are about, and to see Envelope One.

Envelope Two
Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
Envelope Seven
Envelope Eight
Envelope Nine
Envelope Ten
Envelope Eleven
Envelope Twelve

And if the notebook intrigues you, see my  Review of the Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Winner and 20% off coupon!

The winner of my giveaway for some Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Clear Cast Resin is Traci F!

Traci has responded and is waiting for her prize package to be delivered.

I really wish everyone could have won because I've had so much fun playing with my AMAZING products.  But... even though I can't give you all a prize package, the Amazing Crafting Products by Alumilite Corporation has generously offered a coupon for my readers!

Follow this link: http://www.moldputty.com/products.cfm and type in Coupon code: 'amazingmay' to get 20% off purchases from the Amazing Crafting Products by Alumilite Corporation.Coupon is good until May 31st.

Sailing Away on Bleedthrumande Seas

Sailing Away on Bleedthrumanade Seas

I've been art journaling in my Whitelines journal.  Want to know how I created these pages? Check out my Design Team Post at the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog!
Front of journal page                                                           Back of journal page



Friday, May 10, 2013

Envelope Five from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook


Now we'll see if I can continue to post these daily while I'm traveling!





For the scoop on what these are about, and to see Envelope One.

Envelope Two
Envelope Three
Envelope Four
Envelope Six
Envelope Seven
Envelope Eight
Envelope Nine
Envelope Ten
Envelope Eleven
Envelope Twelve

And if the notebook intrigues you, see my  Review of the Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook.

Envelope Four from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook


These envelopes are a nice size for a daily drawing.

For the scoop on what these are about, and to see Envelope One.

Envelope Two
Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
Envelope Eight
Envelope Nine
Envelope Ten
Envelope Eleven
Envelope Twelve

And if the notebook intrigues you, see my  Review of the Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook.

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways




I will be traveling next week, so I won't be doing the daily links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways again until 5/20/13.
Giveaways:


Tutorials:




Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout


Wow!  How time flies when you're having fun.  It's time to tryout for the Viva Las VegaStamps! Design Team again.  

Our intrepid design team leader, DeeDee, asks that we choose three projects that we believe represent out best.  So I'll start out with a Blast from the Past...


One that was published in a magazine...

and one that just tickles my fancy!


Hmmm.  All rather strong with the yellows!  But I do use other colors! Truth!

If you have any interest, please consider applying.  Viva Las VegaStamps! has a tremendous number of stamps of all genres.  They look for all different styles of work.  You might be just what they are looking for.  

May 30th is the DEADLINE to apply to the Viva Las VegaStamps! Design Team Call.  You don't have to create something new--just show your best.  CLICK HERE for DETAILS

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Button Fairy Swap with Amazing Mold Putty


Buttons.  Fairies.  Mixed Media.  Need I say more? Of course, I do! 

Want to find out how I made this mixed-media canvas for the Viva Las VegaStamps! Button Fairy Swap?

Head over to my guest designer post at the Amazing Mold Putty blog for all the AMAZING Details!


Envelope Three from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook


I wasn't sure I was going to get this one done for today, but I perservered!





For the scoop on what these are about, and to see Envelope One.

Envelope Two
Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
Envelope Eight
Envelope Nine
Envelope Ten
Envelope Eleven
Envelope Twelve

And if the notebook intrigues you, see my  Review of the Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook.

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways



The winner of my Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Clear Cast Resin has been notified.

Zentangle/Patterns:
Tangle Patterns: How to draw SINDOO

Tutorials:
How-to articles from Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine

Art journal inspiration wednesday + video

How to paint highlights on ocean waves from the book How to Draw and Paint Seascapes with oil or acrylic

"HOT" White Jewelry Statement 

KureColor your colour...

Imagine Spring


Reviews:
Clairefontaine Back to Basics 1951

Miscellaneous:
The VLVS! Design Team Call

Use Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

I'm repurposing a step-outI created years ago to use in tangle drawings.  I redid the steps to show what's happening with the head, ...