Monday, April 28, 2014

Blogger and Feedly seem to be miscommunicating

I have to apologize.  I'm usually working on two or three days worth of link lists at a time so that I'm not posting something with 20 links one day and only 2 the next.

Occasionally, I accidentally forget to set the scheduler and post something ahead of time. When that happens the post shows up in Twitter, Google+ and Feedly.  I can delete the Twitter & Google+, but nothing I can do in Feedly.

There have been some problems with Blogger, where scheduled posts have gone live before the scheduled time.  This happened to me 2-3 times last week.

Today, my pre-scheduled, half-done link lists have shown up in Feedly even though I did not post them, intentionally or accidentally.  I don't think they're showing up anywhere else, but it wouldn't surprise me if they did.

I'm going to keep my posts in draft mode for as long as possible.  I apologize for any inconvenience you face trying to follow a link only to get one of those messages saying the post doesn't exist.

Hopefully, the problem will be fixed soon.

Review of the Paperblanks Lindau Gospels Ultra journal #Paperblanks #Pilot #Zentangle

Recently I received a bundle of Paperblanks products.  I've reviewed all but the Lindau Gospels journal.  I'm trying a briefer style, and for various reasons have fewer examples for performance.  I hope I've still given you what you need to decide if this would be a journal for you.

Size: 7" x 9" (17.8 x 22.9 cm)
No. of Pages: 128
Paper: Lined, White, acid-free, sustainable
Binding: Hand-stitched
Weight: 1.1 lb
Extras: memento pouch pocket

NOTE: Paperblanks come in several sizes, shapes, and variations--planners, notebooks, journals in lined, graph and blank paper.  I am reviewing the Ultra size, lined paper.  If you decide to buy one pay particular attention to the details so that you get the product you want.

Cover, Frontispiece & Backpage 
The cover of the Paperblanks Lindau Ultra journal is based on the Lindau Gospels recorded as being created between 750 and 800 AD.  It's made of thick, heavy and rigid black board with the Lindau embossed on the front, and standard Paperblanks gold-brown frontispiece on the backside.

 The back piece has a short history of the Lindau Gospels written in English on one side, and in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese on the other, and there is a pocket on the inside back cover.

The is similar in feel to thin manila cardstock, though it is not.  The color is white with light grayish-brown lines (they show darker than true on my PC).

The binding is hand-stitched.  If you are unfamiliar with sewn bindings, books have 'signatures'.  They are a number of sheets, one inserted into another and sewn together in the middle.  The Lindau has signatures of 4 sheets.  These signatures are then sewn together in a variety of methods.  The Lindau uses a Coptic style to sew the signatures together.

Normally you don't see the details of the stitching, but you do with the Paperblanks hand-sewn editions, which makes them interesting just for that.

On the inside of each signature, you'll see where the knots are tied for that signature.

On the other pages of the signature, you just see the loops, in and out.

Where the signatures are tied together there is a small gap, and you'll see the knots holding the signatures together.

On the outside, you see the Coptic stitch in all it's beauty.

This style of binding allows the book to lie flat, flat, flat.  You have some room for expansion, so you could glue ephemera or photos onto the pages.  However, the thread used for stitching could stretch if you overdo this.  I don't think pages would fall out, but they might hang loosely.

I choose two examples for testing performance, ones that I felt took the paper to extremes.

Fountain Pen
The paper is fountain pen friendly.  I did see a bit of feathering with the wetter inks, but I had to look closely and I was looking for it.  I don't think most would notice.  Show-through was minimal, and my circles left tiny spots of bleed-through. I couldn't get either to scan.

Wet Media
I used Pilot Hi-Tec-Cs Maica gel ink pens.  In some places, I added lots of water, in others there was very little.  The colors from these pens are bright on their own.  In this book, they are about the middle of their scale, so I say the paper tends to the sombre side of color, though I wouldn't call it dull.

There was quite a bit of show-through and bleed-through, both dependent on the amount of water I used.  There was dimpling, and it was fairly severe at the wettest points - you can see it at the right about half-way down.  This is left after the page was weighted down overnight, so I think it's permanent.

When describing the paper, I mentioned it felt like thin manila cardstock.  I found the performance to be similar, though it handled fountain pen ink better than the usual manila.

To own a Paperblanks Lindau Gospels Ultra journal is like owning a slice of history.  The quality of production and binding is excellent and the hand-sewn stitching is not something you see every day.

The paper won't be the first choice for fountain pen aficionados or water-colorists, but both might find it more than acceptable for casual use.  The stitching allows some expansion, so it could be used for adding photos, ephemera or chunky mediums, as long as things don't get too wet.

At 1.1 pounds, it isn't light, and probably isn't the book you'd take on your travels.  But, it is a delight to work in, and would grace any desk or table.

The Paperblanks Lindau Gospels comes in journals, planners, and address book of various formats and sizes.  Please visit their website to find both local and online stores that carry their products.

Disclaimer: I received this journal as a thank you from Paperblanks, but was not asked to review it.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #165

Scribbler Too
Image by Raykit

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
No Excuses Art Weekly Sprout #11: Animal Inspiration
Darcy Journalling Month 4

Coloring a Whimsical Pirate with Copics
Conquering Your Fear of Craft Sprays
Exploring Encaustics: 4 Free Encaustic Art and Painting Techniques-free download
Watercoloring with different mediums -VIDEO
Altered Bag with Attitude
Mixed Media Fun: Markers & Pens
Art Journaling with Die Cuts (for those unfamiliar, die cuts are machine-cut shapes of paper, chipboard or wood. You can cut your own with something like a Big Shot or Cricut or buy them pre-cut.)

Jetpens Pen Perks: Executive Office Set Giveaway

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sharing the Skinny... Molding Acrylic Paint Skins for Mold Rubber Monday

Did you know that you can make a skin with acrylic paint?  You pour out a layer of liquid acrylic paint onto a non-stick surface and just let it dry.  Once it has, you can peel it off, and then glue this 'skin' onto whatever artwork you wish.
I made a couple of molds using Amazing Mold Rubber--get the skinny,see the how-to, the AMAZING step-by-step at the Amazing Mold Putty blog!

The Winners of the Clairefontaine Maritime Collection Travel Album Logbook have been notified

The three winners of the Clairefontaine Maritime Collection Travel Album Logbook have been emailed.  If you entered, please check your email (don't forget to check the spam folders!)

I'll announce names once they've all responded!

Congratulations to the winners.

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

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #164
New Pattern Meydum

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
No Excuses Art Weekly Sprout 10: Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Choosing Paper for a Substrate (substrate means the surface you are drawing or painting on)Shine Mixed Media Lamp tutorial
Iain Stewart Watercolor Artist Demo
Put a Bird on It
How to create a partial die-cut border
Watercoloring with Distress products - VIDEO

Jetpens & PenInkCillin Giveaway: Bottle of J. Herbin Bleu Ocean Fountain Pen Ink
Spring Cleaning Giveaway – Not your Ordinary Giveaway
Jetpens Giveaway-Zebra Sharbo X ST3 Multi Pen
Graphic 45: Win It Before You Can Buy It Day 1

Review of the Paperblanks Maya Blue Ultra Journal 

Review of the Paperblanks Maya Blue Ultra Journal #Paperblanks #MayaBlueUltra #Zentangle

The Maya Blue Ultra Journal is part of Paperblanks Silver Filigree Collection.  It is quite possibly the most beautiful journal I've ever owned.  You know that statement reflects my personal preferences, but I guarantee this is a journal that will have people 'oohing' and 'aahing' when they see it.

As with so many beautiful things, it was difficult to photograph.  I hope I've managed a photo that conveys the beauty.

Size: 7" x 9" (17.8 x 22.9 cm)
No. of Pages: 240
Paper: Blank, White, acid-free, sustainable
Binding: Smythe-Sewn
Extras: Antique finish metal clasp closure, decorated edging, memento pouch pocket, ribbon marker,
NOTE: Paperblanks come in several sizes, shapes, and variations--planners, notebooks, journals in lined, graph and blank paper.  I am reviewing the Ultra size, blank paper.  If you decide to buy one pay particular attention to the details so that you get the product you want.

Look & Feel
The moment that I saw a journal in the Silver Filigree collection, I was in love.  I put off getting one though, because I thought that the filigree, the silver, was a metal mesh on top of the cover.  While pretty, I thought a mesh like that would catch on things and get bent.  I kept talking myself out of buying one.

I kept looking though.  First came the Natural, then the Blush and the Shadow.  When the Maya Blue came out, I had to have one, no matter how delicate.

Imagine my surprise! There is no overlay!  While the cover does have a slightly raised texture, the cover is one piece, and the depth an illusion of clever painting.  What a relief--the journal was both beautiful and practical.

I'm not sure you can tell what it is really like from this photo.  The shading really does create an illusion that fools the camera--and the eye, until you get up close.

And, if this weren't enough, look at the beautiful edging painted around the book!  The antique clasps keep the book closed tight, so even after you've written or drawn on some pages, you won't get gaps in between that will disrupt the edging.

I consider those clasps a mixed blessing though.  They're gorgeous, and fit the look of the book to a tee.  The beauty of the edging would be lost without them, as use and handling always distorts the pages, just that little bit.  However, the clasp isn't very secure, so they come open easily.  Sometimes, they get in the way as you are writing or drawing.  Often, I set the journal down for just a few minutes, and realize the clasps are in the way, needing to be closed.

It's a minor annoyance.

This won't be a journal for mixed media or collage.  The clasp won't allow any expansion for glued items and it would be a shame to ruin the edging with drips and splashes.

In fact, I was intimidated to begin with, not sure what I wanted to do with these pages, and afraid I'd mess up.  That hasn't happened for a long time, lol.  I got over it.

The journal has the standard pocket for Paperblanks in back.  The frontispiece is the same golden brown, with the Paperblanks name and 'Silver Filigree' printed in small letters.  The back piece has a short history of filigree written in English on one side, and in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese on the other (I'm guessing at these languages. Please forgive me, if I guessed incorrectly).

The paper has a smooth, slightly gritty feel to the fingers. You can't see it unless you hold it to the light (which I did for the photo) but there is a definite pattern to the texture.  It's a semi-hard surface, but flexible paper--not like cardstock.

The journal is heavy at 1.6 lbs. and probably not one that you'd toss into your backpack for travel (unless you wanted to awe somebody when you pulled it out, lol).  The Smythe-sewn binding is sturdy and beautiful in its own right.  It allows the journal to lie flat and be folded back completely, though with 240 pages you get some slope towards the middle.

I wasn't sure how the paper would perform for my drawings.  Paperblanks uses several different types of paper in their books.  I've always found them to be good quality, but sometimes they perform better with some media than with others.

Fountain Pens
The first thing I wanted to check was how the paper performed with fountain pens.  I was expecting a substantial amount of show-through but there was virtually none! I got a dot of bleed-through from the Rouge Hematite where I saturated the ink in the circle.  It was so tiny, I couldn't get it to scan.

There was no feathering and drying times seemed a bit faster than usual.  This is fountain pen friendly paper.

Alcohol Markers
One of my favorite things to do with alcohol markers is to color one side, then turn the page and make a second drawing from the color that bleeds through.  (I call this a Bleedthrumanade--got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade)

As with the fountain pens, there was far less bleed-through than I expected from my markers.  The paper in the Maya Blue doesn't feel highly coated, but there is something that keeps the color from going through, because I only got about 25% of the color, even where I applied several layers.  One of the colors I used was very light, but the Mint Green was dark enough that I would have expected more.

The colors were bright, but not brilliant.

For the back of my bleedthrumanade, I was inspired by a video on drawing Kawaii characters (think Miss Kitty) and when I saw the shape formed by the bleed-through, I saw the beginnings of a Kawaii turtle.

This is me drawing, however, and I'm incapable of drawing something so cute and simple. The back of my bleedthrumanade became a Mutant Kawaii Turtle, lol!

I did another drawing using Sharpie Brush Markers, which have the same ink as the classic Sharpie, but a different tip (another review in the future!).   This was an experiment where I added some acrylic interference paint over the color in some areas, and I'm not super pleased with the result, but that's why you experiment, lol.  I used the technique to better effect elsewhere.

(Notice the wide margins I'm leaving.  I was being super careful not to get marker or paint on the edgings!)

The paper held up well to the paint, with no curling.  There was some dimpling where I added the paint. 

I used darker colors for this piece, so the show-through and bleed-through was more noticeable, but still only 25-30% of what was on the front.  I decided not to do a bleedthrumanade on this so you could see exactly how much was coming through.

Technical Drawing Pen
I used Sakura Pigma Micron Pigma pens on my mutant turtle.  I had expected them to work well on the paper, and they did.  So I drew another piece with the same pens.

The paper allows for a lot of value to be built up.  Normally, I would have gone for some very deep dark black, but I'm trying to spare my wrist of late.  You do have to saturate the paper with several layers to get a saturated black area.  This wouldn't be the journal for lots of drawings in stark black & white.

Watercolor pens
As I keep saying, it would be a shame to splash or drip anything on the edging, so I really don't recommend watercolor for this journal, but there are lots of pencils, pens, and crayons that allow you get watercolor effects without too much mess.

I tried out some Akashiya Watercolor brush pens (yep, another review in the not-too-distant future).  I was using my non-dominant hand, so forgive the wobbly lines.  I didn't add water, but just used the color straight from the pens.  No dimpling, curling, drips, splashes, show-through or bleed-through.

I've used my Pilot Hi-tec Maica gel pens to get a watercolor look before and it's pretty easy to control the color.  I knew this would allow me to see how the paper works with water without having much chance of spill-over.

I got a tiny bit of bleed-through with the darkest colors inside the rim of my cup.  That dark was the result of overlaying 3-4 colors wet-on-wet.  There was some curl that flattened easily after the book was left closed with the clasps fastened.  The texture of the paper changed and it makes that crispy sound the paper often gets after being wet and dried.  There was some dimpling.

The colors are bright but not brilliant.

The Paperblanks Maya Blue Ultra Journal looks and feels like a vintage book in mint condition.  The beauty and quality is amazing.  The paper is flexible enough to handle different mediums. However, the design of the clasps doesn't allow for expansion so it is not a book for gluing photos or collage items.  It takes a little work to saturate the paper for deep darks when using a technical pen.  This has the advantage of allowing you a wide variety of values, but might be too much work if you draw primarily in stark black and white.

It's a heavy journal, so not the best for traveling.  But, oh so, beautiful for the coffee table or desk.

The price tag is around $30.00 and I think it's worth every penny of it.

Disclaimer: I received this journal as a thank you from Paperblanks, but was not asked to review it. But how could I not?  It meets my criteria for extreme beauty, but your opinion may differ.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review of the Copic Doodle Pack-Turquoise #JetPens #Copic #ZenDoodle

Woohoo!  I received one of the Copic Doodle Packs from Jetpens!  There are eight different packs, each with a different color theme.  I had my choice of colors and I went with the Turquoise pack, because...well, Turquoise!

These packs are a color-coordinated set of Copic pens and alcohol markers.  This set includes:

Before I go any further, I want to mention that there are also Copic Doodle KITS which have 5 markers and two Multiliners with a variety of color.  What I am reviewing here is the PACK.  Not so very important unless you mean to get one and mistakenly order the other!

For those unfamiliar with Copic markers, they are professional grade alcohol markers.  Copic also carries pens of various kinds, such as the atyou Spica Glitter pen and Multiliner technical drawing pen included in this pack.

The main thing about this pack is that you get three different Copic products that are color coordinated to allow a variety of effects.  I'll give you a rundown of each product and then discuss how well they work together when I show you my examples.

Look & Feel

The Copic Doodle pack comes with two Ciao markers.  The two in the Turquoise pack include one that is very light, Cool Shadow (BG10), and one that is a mid-tone, Mint Green (BG13).  Both of the colors are semi-transparent, so you can layer over linework and it will show through.  If you overlay the two colors you get a slightly darker BG13.

The Ciao is the smallest of their styles, but as with all the styles, they are double-ended markers ( bullet-tip style and chisel-tip style), are refillable, and have replaceable nibs.  They're a good choice if you want to try out Copic markers.

The nibs are secure, but pull out easily with firm pressure, for replacement or so you can refill with ink. (Bottles of refill ink can be purchased at Jetpens)

I believe the main difference between the Ciao and other Copic markers is that they are smaller and aren't compatible with the airbrush equipment (I haven't been able to confirm that one way or the other).  Because they are smaller, there is less ink.  If you intend to color large areas, one of the other Copic marker styles might be better, so you have to refill it less often.  But the Ciao fits nicely in my small hand, and if you are coloring smaller areas it's perfect.

Alcohol Markers are notorious for their smell, though that has improved over the years.  I don't find Copics bad at all.  Sometimes, when I first open a pen I'll smell the alcohol, but it fades within minutes.  Some people might be more sensitive to the odor, but Copics are noted for being low odor.

As with all alcohol markers, you want to keep the caps on when you aren't using them, even if only for a few minutes.  Your markers will last much longer if you follow this rule!

Each end of the Ciao has a drawing showing whether it's the Super Brush or Medium Broad end, so you aren't always pulling off the wrong cap. The Super Brush end also has a gray rim, so if the drawing rubs off, you still know which end is which.

All alcohol markers have a couple of issues that can be annoying.  All of them.  But they also have beautiful colors in all shades of the spectrum, bright, somber, jewel-like and many, such as myself, have learned to work with the issues rather than give up on such fantastic markers.

The issues:

Test the paper you are going to use because the problems are greater with some than with others.

As with most alcohol markers, the Copic colors get lighter as they dry.  You may get streaks, depending on the paper you use--the faster the ink dries the more you get streaks.  This is actually 'self-shading'.  That is, if you overlay alcohol ink over dry alcohol ink you get a slightly darker color.  If you do this on purpose, you can create shaded areas.

Working fast, changing paper, and drawing in circles are all ways to help avoid unintended streaks. Another trick is to completely cover the area you want colored, not worrying about streaks.  Let it dry for several minutes.  Then add more layers of ink until the streaks are gone or subdued enough.  What you are doing is covering the coating on the paper so it doesn't have as much effect.

If you want shading, just keep adding layers of ink in the areas you want to be darker

To get texture, color small areas and only overlap the edges so you get a darker pattern. Or squirkle (scribble) leaving large areas of white.  Let it dry and add another layer of ink.  The ink will be darker where you squirkled, creating a nice, subtle texture.

Alcohol markers bleed through to the back of the page, sometimes even onto the surface beneath. How much bleeds through depends on how thick the paper is, the coatings, and the texture.  You can buy specially-coated paper that won't have bleed-through but it isn't always easy to find, and is usually spendy.

Personally, I put deli or parchment paper underneath my page to protect the surface.  I do whatever I want on the front, and then use the bleed-through of color to create something else on the back.

The atyou Spica is a newer pen in the Copic line-up.

They are non-toxic with a transparent pigment that has micro glass flakes.  The tip is described as felt, but looks and feels more like a hard plastic to me.  It's a non-clog tip, and that's the important thing with glittery pens!

Although, there is a definite sparkle it's pretty low-key. In some lights, the glitter doesn't show at all.  While using this pen, the thought came to me that this is the glitter pen for people who don't like glitter.  You can get a subtle sparkle that doesn't dominate the page.

The turquoise Spica pen in this pack is just slightly darker than the Mint Green.

Copic Multiliners come in a plethora of colors, nib sizes and both disposable and refillable. The Multiliner in this pack is a disposable with a 0.3 mm nib.  The color is a mid-tone gray, if you saturate the paper, but produces a surprisingly light line.

The pigment-based ink in the Multiliner is waterproof and archival.  You should cap these pens whenever not in use, even if you are pausing to think for a few minutes.  The fiber tip is sturdy --one of the best of similar type pens--but will develop flat spots if you push down a lot while drawing.  It may also fray a bit if you use it on paper with tooth, such as watercolor paper.

While I agree that gray is good color with turquoise, I wouldn't have minded a darker gray.  Even though the marker colors are semi-transparent, linework done with this gray isn't easy to see.  The gray does get darker quickly as you add layers.

I do like the gray.  I took advantage of the light color to do a little squirkling and get a shaded texture in the striped area, and got some nice effects elsewhere.  I guess what I would have liked was a second darker gray.

The Cool Shadow (BG10) Ciao is very light.  There is no white in this drawing, but my scanner wasn't able to pick up the lighter shades.  Like the gray, once I added more layers the color darkened enough.  The two Ciao shades work together well.  The darkest BG10 is close to the same shade as the light Mint Green (BG13).    Between the two markers, you are able to get a wide range of turquoise!

As I mentioned earlier, the sparkle from the atyou Spica pen doesn't show well in some lights and I wasn't able to get it to show on the scan.

Holding the camera at an angle, I can better catch the sparkle.  But it is pretty subtle.  This isn't the glitter pen for someone who wants lots of bling.  It's more for the person who wants a pop! that doesn't disturb the overall elegance. 

The paper I used for this drawing is fairly thin, but the bleed-through of color wasn't too bad.  I don't want to fool you though.  On some papers, the back looks like a mirror image of the front because so much color comes through. That isn't just with Ciaos, or Copics.  All alcohol markers are wet and are deeply absorbed by some papers.

Choose wisely, and be aware, and you won't have unhappy surprises.  Honestly, the color from these markers is worth the annoyance. (I'll do a drawing on this back page, but I'm having problems with my wrist.  I didn't want to hold up the review any longer, so you'll see this example at a later date).

I decided to try the pens out on a patterned background.  I had made a small journal from some scrapbook paper that had nice neutral colors, and thought it would be a good choice for my experiment.

This is the journal cover I started with.

 I added a few stickers and bits of Washi tape, and then used the Doodle pack for ...well, doodling!

Alcohol markers are often used to color stamped images, so I decided to do a couple of stamped examples.

I found the color range a bit restrictive, but that's going to totally depend on the image you're coloring.  

I should also mention another issue with alcohol markers.  Some inkpads are solvent-based.  They are water-proof and normally won't smear when color is added.  But alcohol markers are also solvent-based so your images will smear if you use those inkpads (StazOn is one of solvent-based pads).  Other type inkpads are just fine, but you should let them dry before adding your marker color.

I started adding color too soon so I smeared my lines a little. I used Ranger Archival ink, and once I realized what was happening, I waited about 5 minutes, and then had no further trouble.
I happened to stamp on a high-gloss, ultra smooth paper--the kind touted as the best for stamping.  It was the reason the ink took so long to dry (which I should have known--that's the tradeoff for the crisp stamped lines).  This is also one of the papers that you'll get streaks with.  I worked with it, laying down color in ways that suggest texture and shading.

There was no bleed-through or show-through of color to the back of this paper because of the coating.

For my second stamped ATC, I used a smooth vellum bristol.  The Archival ink didn't smear and there was very little streaking.  I actually have a preference for stamping on this paper, over the high-gloss, but I know people who would consider those fighting words, lol!

And here's the tradeoff.  Although, it was easier to work on the Vellum Bristol and even though it's fairly thick, there was some show-through of ink on the back.  No bleed-through, though.

I have a lot of Copic Sketch markers, and so I have many of the colors included in the Doodle packs.  With a couple of exceptions, I'd just buy the atyou Spicas and Multiliners to get the coordinated colors.

But I like the idea a lot, and if I only had a few colors or was curious about the Copic line, I think these Doodle packs would be a fun way to check them out.  The limited choice of color in each pack is a little restrictive if you are coloring realistic items, but great for elegant non-objective, abstract art.  If a black ink pen isn't included in the pack you choose, I'd have one available to add darker lines as needed.

Disclaimer: I received this Ciao Doodle Pack for the purpose of a review, but did not receive any other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

I want to thank Jetpens for giving me the chance to review these cool Copic Doodle Packs.
Other reviews:
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Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Quli, Manshi & Zumani patterns

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Pattern Crazy

Back to Basics: Essential Tools and Materials for Acrylic Painting
Stained Glass Effect
Spring Bird Burlap Panel
Drawing Basics: Simple way to draw feet
Collage Tips-Making your collage more cohesive

Life Imitates Doodles/Exaclair Giveaway - Clairefontaine Maritime Travel Log Album
Review and Giveaway: Paperblanks Mini Reporter Notebooks
Quo Vadis Planner Spotlight: Hebdo #56

VOTE-Which Aberdeen Notebook shall I give away?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Which Aberdeen Notebook shall I give away?

Daycraft has added two new limited edition notebooks to their Animal Pals selection.
These adorable books are based on the movie Aberdeen, and I just received one of each in the mail.

This means an upcoming review AND since the inside of the notebooks are the same, it means I'll be giving one away (and it will be open to international!).  

My question. Which one shall I give away?  Greenie or the Blue Whale?  Just comment with your choice by Thursday 11:59 PDT and then sometime in the next week or two, I'll have  a review and give away the edition with the most votes!

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

New Fairy-Tangles™ Coloring Sheet for sale from Norma J Burnell, CZT
The BaZilly tangle

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

Tip: Another Surface Technique for Creative Paperclay
Ghost stamping with bleach
Mixing a Green Color Palette in Watercolors
Dollar Store Candle REDUX... Mediterranean #MixedMedia Candle tutorial
Stencil and doodle artwork
Watercolor Floral Demo – “Nymphaea”

Life Imitates Doodles/Exaclair Giveaway - Clairefontaine Maritime Travel Log Album
WIN A Recycled Leeds “Trash Talking” Backpack Stuffed With Sustainable Office Supplies
Epiphany Crafts 9,000th FAN Giveaway

VOTE-Which Aberdeen Notebook shall I give away?

Free Downloadable Coloring Worksheets by Jody Pham
A selection of free printable ATC backs

Monday, April 14, 2014

The True Story of the Frog Prince #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling #LifeImitatesDoodles

I'm currently involved in an art journal swap, where we have a OLW (one little word) as the theme for our journals.  This month's particular word was 'metamorphosis'.  I knew the owner of the journal was fond of French Bulldogs, which are often, fondly, called Frog Dogs.

I wanted to include a Frog Dog in my spread, but how to tie that in with the word Metamorphosis?

When I hit a conundrum like this, my strategy is to come up with a story--in the case, the True Story of the Frog Pince.  It seems much more likely to me than the Grimm version.

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