Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Third Eye #Watercolor #Yarka #Arches

Most of my artwork is done without any reference material or plan.  I just start and after a bit, something clicks, and then I usually start working toward a goal suggested by what I've already done--something in the colors or the lines or the shapes.

But I've never done that with watercolor.  Not sure why.  Probably because I feel I have the least understanding of how that medium works.  I decided to give it a go.  I'll do more of this--I think I'll learn the medium all the faster, but watercolor will present a challenge.  Usually, I can bring most of the elements together, at least marginally.  It's a little more difficult with this medium.

I like the middle portion, but not the border so much.  It was a lot harder to turn it into what I wanted.  But over all, I like the work, and now I have a little better idea of how I might do better next time.

Yarka St Petersburg pan sets-original and sequel on Arches Watercolor paper.  Most of the texture was created by layering two or three colors, and then using different sized brushes to lift color away.  While I did use watercolor techniques for some of this, the lifting was mostly done with smaller brushes almost as if I were 'drawing' the areas of lifted color.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bandon Beach #Watercolor #Yarka #Bandon

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I was at the Oregon Coast this last week,

So, of course, I had to paint something from the Oregon Coast.  It wasn't all plein air though.  There's was lots of rain, so I didn't get very good photos.  Most of my painting was done in the evening, so I used a combination of the photos I'd taken, along with one I found at the Morguefile, for my inspiration.  I tried to get that feeling of rain.

As with yesterday's painting of Mt. Hood, I used my Yarka St Petersburg pan paints, both original and sequel set.  This time I used Arches Bright White paper, though.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MT Hood Sunrise #Watercolor #Yarka #MtHood

I was at the Oregon Coast this week.  So why the painting of Mt Hood?

Well, the subject for the watercolor class I missed was Mt. Hood.  The class used Masa Paper, which I didn't have.  I'll probably make it up in the next class, but just to keep in tune, I decided to do this painting.

There's lots I like about it, and lots I don't, so I may try doing this one over.

I used my Yarka St. Petersburg pan watercolors--both the original and sequel sets.  Except for the sky.  I used Winsor & Newton Raw Sienna for the glow.  The paper was Twinrocker Rough.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Capped Off and Wine-ing About It

I have a project up at the Amazing Mold Putty blog today.

What happens when you mix wine foil caps, Amazing Casting Products and a Gelli Arts plate? A whole lotta fun and pretty stuff!

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

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NOTE: I'm going to be running around like the proverbial chicken 
with its head cut off next week so there will be no link list until 3/30/15.

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #215
Tangle Patterns: How to draw TIZZY
New Tangle: BUDZIC
Tips for Tangling Amphora
Gottago - New Tangle Pattern
Tangle Patterns: Tangle Refresher 99

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 2015: Inspiration Board
No Excuses Art: Getting Unstuck 2
No Excuses Art: Pink is the Navy Blue of India
21 Day Art Journaling Challenge - free PDFs emailed to you
inside my sketch book . . .

Mini Album – Watercolor Stamping Technique
Gelli Dog on the Blog
How to Paint Light Skin Flesh Tones in Oils or Acrylics - video

​Derwent Pencil Wrap Giveaway
Giveaway - The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting, 2nd Edition and 4 Skeins of Cascade 128 Yarn
Amazon Giveaway-Cricut Explore Air Cutting Machine
Daily Marker Giveaway-2 Hero Arts stamps sets
Leather Pencil Wrap Giveaway – By This is Ground

Pen & Ink
Noodler’s Q Eternity Fast Drying Review
Review: Clairefontaine Back to Basics Bob Foundation Notebooks

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kitten on the Keys #Schutzen #Zentangle #ZIA

I actually did this quite a while back, intending to do a review, which I never did.  Sometimes, I just plan more than I can get to.

It was done in a Schutzen journal that I won, but I didn't write down what pen I used.  It looks like a brush pen, probably a Pentel.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Journal52 2015 Prompt: Just Write #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn

I couldn't get this to scan properly but I thought I'd share it anyway.

The Journal52 prompt was 'Just Write'.  There has been a lot of serendipity or synchronicity or something with these journal prompts and my life lately and I decided to write about that.

The first time it happened was after I posted a painting I did for the prompt 5: Television.  I painted a character from my favorite TV show.  Someone commented on the painting, saying that I should paint him looking into a window.  The very next prompt, No. 6 was 'Window'.

Prompt 10 was 'Coloring book Inspiration'.  I had no coloring books, but the very day that was announced, I received a coloring book in the mail from Exaclair (which I'll be reviewing and giving away in June).

Then last week in my watercolor class, the teacher asked us all to do some writing in our sketchbook journals.  On Friday, prompt 11 came out--'Just Write'.

Now is the universe trying to tell me something, using Journal52 prompts?  I don't know but it sure keeps me eager to see what the next prompt is.  I keep hoping it will be 'Millionaire'!

For this page, I used a Sakura Moonglow Flourescent Pink gel pen to write over a background created with a GelliArts monoprinting plate.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Little Girl Down the Lane #Journal52 #Stillman&Birn #Crayola

While browsing through photos at the Morguefile, I found a picture of a little girl walking down a lane.  She looked like she'd be fun to paint and I decided to do a quick sketch in my J. Herbin Creapen in my 6x6 Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook, thinking I'd use it for the Journal52 coloring prompt.  Then I got my Clairefontaine coloring book and used that instead.  But, I decided to go ahead and color her in with Crayola crayons, just for the fun of it.

She might be Alice on her way to the rabbit hole, lol.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Journal Prompt 10: Coloring Book Inspiration #Journal52 #Exaclair #ColoringBook

 There seems to be a lot of serendipity going on in my life lately, when it comes to Journal52 prompts.

I was just thinking that I didn't have any coloring books to be inspired by, when I received this marvelous Mandala coloring book for adults, from Exaclair Inc.  I'll be reviewing it and giving away copies in a couple of months. The timing was perfect.

The drawings are fabulous, and there is a lot of white on black, which I hadn't seen in coloring books before.

I did this page for the Journal prompt, using Coloursoft Colored Pencils.

I'll be giving away five copies of this coloring book in June, by the way.  When I saw the coloring books in the Exaclair catalog, I had to get one to review and to give away.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Journal52 Prompt 9: Artistic Restraint #Journal52 #Stillman&Birn #ArtJournal

I was still playing with my Chinese brush dipped in ink and trying to decide what to do for week 9's prompt.

I'd doodled the little house in the upper left, and suddenly I had the vision of a quaint little town called Artistic Restraint.  It was bordered by a burbling little stream and the entrance was bordered with fanciful shrubs and egg-like rocks.  I'd like to visit there some day.  Maybe on my way to the funny farm, hey?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Journal52 Prompt 8: Aromatherapy #Journal52 #Stillman&Birn #ArtJournal

I wasn't really aiming for this to be one of my journal prompts, though I was using my Journal52 book.  I was playing with a Chinese brush I had found and I just sort of whipped out this drawing as way to play with the brush strokes.  Then I decided to color it in.

Often, when I'm doing something like this, I imagine what it would be like to be in the place I'm drawing, so I was imagining a barn stall with the morning sun streaming in, and still sleepy sheep, and long shadows and bright light and ... really fragant hay.  Yup, I thought.  That hay would stink.

And thus this became my response for Aromatherapy.  Hay fever, move over.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Studies of a Rose #Watercolor #Twinrocker #LifeImitatesDoodles

In my watercolor class this week we practiced floral studies and glazing.  First we did a quick study in our sketchbooks.

Then we did a more complete painting.  This is the first painting I did using Twinrocker cold press paper.  I like it.

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

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Tangle Patterns: How to draw RYSA
joey's weekly tangle challenge #51
Zentangle Audio Meditation #2 and a little Jonqal
Zendala Dare #99
Ben Kwok template-Gumball Machine

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Daily Art Practice: Watercolor & Pattern
Sketchbook Saturday: 4 Everyday Sources to Inspire Your Next Art Project

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: Roses with Plaid Underpainting
Using at Least Five Layers in Art Journaling...
Shading with Pen….or what I do with those Old Microns

Daily Marker GIVEAWAY-seat in online class 'Stretch Your Dies'
Blick in Bloom Art Contest

Pen & Ink
New Pilot Capless Wooden fountain pens

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Journal52 Prompts 6 & 7-Kind of #Journal52 #SaveConstantine #Stillman & Birn

I'm late! I'm late!

It's been a busy year so far, and I fell farther behind with my Journal52 prompts than I ever have before.  I'm almost caught up, so you'll see lots of Journal52 prompts this week.  No write-ups for my process though.  Sorry. Just no time.  I'm not sure anyone would have been that interested anyway.

The last prompt I posted, #5 was Television.  This is relevant because it inspired what I did for the next prompt.  For #5, I used my favorite TV Show Constantine, having the Hellblazer comic book character that inspired it watching himself on TV.  That would have been the end of it, except a Hellblazer fan commented with this "A from behind shot of John watching it in the window of a shop in the pissing rain at night would fit the tone of Hellblazer'.

And then prompt # turned out to be windows!  Now, one of the powers, if you will, of the Hellblazer character is that he travels a synchronicity highway, where events lead him to the right place at the right time.  Everything seemed to be telling me that I needed to do another Hellblazer painting for the Windows prompt.

So I did.  Whew!  I've tried to keep things simple in my Journal52 book, but this one wasn't. I'd like to revisit the idea one of these days when I'm less busy and ready to spend more time on it.  I spent about 45 minutes planning this, and about 45 minutes painting it.

Prompt #7 was Valentines.  I wasn't feeling it.  Really wasn't.  So I decided to do another windows response, keeping more to the simplicity I've been shooting for.  I used scrapbook paper for the siding and window frame.  A brown Sharpie for the outline, and a black one for the shadows.  I folded up a piece of clear vellum into an accordion pleat for the curtains, and then used an unfolded piece of clear vellum for the window.  It's nicely 3D and only took about 10 minutes to do.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Winner of the Hellblazer Subterranean giveaway #Hellblazer #Constantine #SaveConstantine

The winner of Hellblazer Subterranean giveaway is:
Anthony RodriguezMarch 2, 2015 at 11:53 AM
Anthony, please email me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com with your mailing information.

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

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Weekly Challenge #208
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 147
How to draw tanglepattern Pendrills
How to draw tanglepattern Chebucto
How to draw tanglepattern Whirlee

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Spring Cleaning: Journaling to De-Clutter - audio only broadcast
Monthly Art Journal Prompts – Letting Go of Past Hurts
Prompt #1321 Visual Prompt of the Week – Ta Da

 DIY Travel Watercolor Palette {cheap up-cycle!}
How to Paint Garden Scenes in Acrylics
Art Journal Pages

Jillibean Soup Giveaway-New Craft Giveaway every week in March
Massdrop Giveaway:Pelikan Souverän M400, Pelikan Edelstein Ink, Moleskine & Rhodia Notebook
Goldspot Spring Social Giveaway-ACME Studio “Angle” Rollerball Pen
Finnabair/Prima Marketing Prize Package - stamps and stencil

Pen & Ink
Serious Nibbage Part 27: Pilot Kaküno
Carnival of Creativity 3/8/2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Root and Branch #JHerbin #Creapen #Clairefontaine

Ahhh.  Just sitting, listening to the telly, and letting the lines flow, willy-nilly wandering where-ever they want to go.

Done with a J. Herbin Creapen Brush pen on Clairefontaine Calligraphie paper that I've bound into an art journal.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Studies in Cherry Blossoms and Urban City Scenes #KDAllegri #Watercolor

Last week in watercolor class we did studies of Cherry Trees and Urban Street scenes.  Both were done with no reference photos, relying on memory and just using the paint to suggest rather to create detailed paintings.

I think my trees look more like Japanese maples than cherry trees, lol.

This first one seemed a good place for a quote from Leonard Nimoy--his last tweet from a few days before his passing.

 Sorry for the crease.  I intend to sew these together into a journal once the class is done, and I've got all the pages pre-folded.  I didn't think to leave a few unfolded for pieces like this.

A little closer to cherry blossoms this time.

These were all done with a Yarka St. Petersburg pan set on Arches paper.  I decided I don't like the Raw Sienna, though it was better mixed with the Golden Ochre.  The Neutral tint was used for shadow and Scarlet for the umbrella and glow.

I started my figures too close to the edge for the size and ended up with slighty stunted characters.

A little better figures here, but I think I got my count off while trying to go for a body that was 7 head lengths.  All in all, it was great fun, and I hope I get a chance to play further by the time you see this.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mary Sue #JHerbin #Clairefontaine #Creapen

I've been playing around with brush pens a lot lately.  I'm not doing too bad, but as with everything practice makes perfect, and there are still times were I'm not getting the results I want.

Normally I do abstract or non-objective work, but it occurred to me that I might get better results if I start doing more realistic work with the brush pen.  Not as in photo-realism, but by drawing clearly recognizable things.  Sometimes you need to switch things up so your brain will re-activate and make it easier for you to break old habits.

This gal's a figment of my imagination, not based on anyone in particular.  In writing parlance, a Mary Sue is a female character who is written as perfect.  She can do no wrong, has a beautiful singing voice, unusually striking eyes, never makes mistakes.  She walks into the room and takes over because everyone immediately realizes her intelligent perfection.

So I thought I'd make her a Mary Sue.  She must be.  I mean just look at her fashion sense! Lol!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Giveaway-Used copy of Hellblazer Subterranean paperback #SaveConstantine #Hellblazer #JohnShirley

I know! A giveaway that's a bit off topic for my blog, but I wanted to do something that might help get my favorite TV show renewed.

I'm giving away a USED copy of John Shirley's Subterranean, a non-illustrated paperback featuring John Constantine.  This Constantine is the blonde British version from the Hellblazer comics, not the Keanu movie version or Matt Ryan TV version (or the New52 Constantine version).  If you understood those references, you've definitely come to the right giveaway, lol.

I have allergies to paper molds, and while I was willing to suffer through them for one read, I know I'll never read the book again, so I decided I'd give it away.

The book was labeled USED: GOOD when I bought it and I suspect I'm the first to read it.  The paper edges are yellow, the cover has scuffing along the edges, but is otherwise good.  There's one light crease on the spine.  The binding is good, no folded edges or tears.  I don't have a great sense of smell, due to said allergies, but I don't smell smoke or pet odor on the book.

Who can enter? Anyone. International welcome.  I will be mailing as cheaply as possible, though, so you might have to wait a while for it to arrive.
When does the giveaway start? March 2, 2015 6:00 am PST
When does the giveaway end? March 8, 2015 11:59 PM PST
How do you enter? 
Step 1: Post something with a #SaveConstantine tag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social media.  (The post doesn't have to mention this giveaway but I would appreciate if it does!)
Step 2: Come back and leave a comment with a link to your #SaveConstantine post.
One entry per #SaveConstantine post per media per day. Leave a separate comment for each post you make.
Only one post per media per day, though.  For example, if you post twice on Twitter on the same day, that is only one entry.  If you post once on Tuesday and once on Wednesday that would be two entries.   Post once on Twitter and once on Facebook in the same day and that is two entries.

In other words, I'm trying to get some #SaveConstantine volume going without encouraging someone to spam on any one social site, lol!

How do you know if you won: On March 10, I'll announce the winner on my blog.  The winner will have until March 16 11:59 PST to respond.  If they don't respond, I'll pick another winner.

While not exactly rare, you do have to search for this book, so I think there are a lot of Hellblazer fans who would like to have a copy.  But even if you aren't interested, if you want to help promote the Constantine TV show, please consider posting about the giveaway or posting some other message with a #SaveConstantine tag,, even if you don't intend to enter yourself.

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published 
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Weekly Zentangle Challenge 207
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 146
2015 Creativity Challenge – week 8
Envy Adinkra Pattern
Zentangle Newsletter 3/1/15

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Toothbrush Art Journal page
#Cre8time Sprouts in the Color GREEN for week 1 of Anything But a Card Challenges No. 45
Prompt #1314 Visual Prompt of the Week – Summer Fun

Happy Birthday card - watercolor tutorial
Drawing Simple Shapes in Your Art Journal
Using Liquitex Paint Markers on a Gelli Plate

Pen Chalet-Win one of 3 Pens with our March Giveaway
Heidi Swapp Minc Starter Set Giveaway (Instagram)
Acrylic Painting Club giveaway-Chinese Painting Set

Pen & Ink

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Envy tangle pattern #Zentangle #TanglePattern #Adinkra

Last year one of the projects that we covered in my watercolor class was based around the Adinkra symbols that are used in African patterned cloth such as Kente cloth.

Of course, any seasoned tangler would look at these symbols and immediately think Zentangle!  And I did, and I even did a couple of step-outs.  For some reason, I never shared the step-outs and forgot I'd done them.

I came across them the other day and decided better late than never, so here is the first one.  I'll post the other one on Tuesday.

The step-out title is based on the meaning of the Adinkra symbol.

Ginger Horse #ZentangleInspiredArt #FountainPen #PenAndInk

You know how sometimes a work just fights you while you're trying to draw it?  I had an idea tickling my brain, a desire to combine styl...