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Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

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Using Landscapes for strings/ Rhodia Journal Swap

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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 whatev…

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Rhodia Journal Swap and Tattered Angels Antique Hickory

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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…

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Rhodia Journal Swap--L'il Monsters

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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

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

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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!




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Playing with Watercolor while traveling

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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'…

Sunday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Sorry there isn't much.  I'm having some computer issues this morning. Hopefully, there will be more tomorrow.

Zentangle:
Tangle Pattern: KAKTI


Giveaways:
Win your own eBosser (Facebook)

Imagine Inks and Stamp Pads

Envelope Twelve from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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It's been fun, but this is the last envelope in the series...at least until I start on my next Honeybee notebook!  


Envelope One
Envelope Two
Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
Envelope Six Envelope Seven
Envelope Eight
Envelope Nine
Envelope Ten
Envelope Eleven

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

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Envelope Eleven from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Sales:
Viva Las VegaStamps! Memorial Day Sale!! Through MONDAY enter coupon code "memorial" for 20% off your order!

Amazing Mold Putty Memorial Day Sale!!  20% off coupon. Please use coupon code "amazingmay" 

Zentangle:
How to draw 8′s


Giveaways:
May Arts and Scor-Pal Blog Hop Day 2

No Excuses Journaling Day 5

No Excuses Journaling DAILY DRAWING #4 & How-to Video

Tutorials:
Botanical Journaling


Review:
LANDMADE CORK JOURNALS WITH CORK PAPER AND COVERS


Miscellaneous:
Are you a fan of Amazing Crafting Products from the Alumilite Corporation? Your work could be featured on the Amazing Mold Putty blog.  Check out the requirements on today's post.

Welcome to Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop Blog with Serena Barton!

Envelope Ten from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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For some reason, I changed styles to a more solid black & white with less shading.  I do that some times.


Envelope One
Envelope Two
Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
Envelope Six
Envelope Seven
Envelope Eight
Envelope Nine 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

Envelope Nine from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES #211 challenge/Rhodia Journal Swap

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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

Envelope Eight from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Envelope Seven from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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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…

Envelope Six from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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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.

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

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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!


Envelope Five from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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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

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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 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.

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout

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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

Button Fairy Swap with Amazing Mold Putty

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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

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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 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.

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways

Envelope Two from my Midori B6 Bee Side Spiralbound Envelope Notebook

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Hopefully, I'll be able to post these envelopes daily.





















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

Envelope Three 
Envelope Four 
Envelope Five 
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.