Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #141
Duotangle Adventures Challenge #17
Monotangle Adventures Challenge #39
"It's a String Thing" # 172 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #173 Tiles

How to Draw Amethyst Doodlegem Angel Ornament Tutorial Ep 35
Gneiss Zentangle Pattern #118 Video

TanglePatterns: How to Draw Joki
Pattern-Collections New:  Peacock
Pattern-Collections New:  Daidai
Pattern-Collections New:  Bugle

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Learn to Create Depth by Painting this Still Life Floral Scene (acrylic)
How to make Glitter Houses
Pointillism – A Quick Way, Step by Step

Giveaways

ColorIt - EACH DAY IN NOVEMBER WIN A SET OF 24 ART MARKERS

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Foggy Reflections #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

This was a quick study, and was originally planned as a duochromatic (only two colors) piece.  I chose Sennelier Phthalo Green Deep and Daniel Smith Lunar blue.

The Phthalo Green Deep was a mistake, I think, since I wanted a foggy look, and it's a very staining color.  Even though I blotted the middle ground island almost immediately, the value is too dark and I couldn't get it lighter.  But that's the value in quick studies.  You make your mistakes and learn so that you don't ruin something you've worked hours on.

The Lunar Blue worked great for the foggy look, but the two colors were too similar in tone. I decided to make this a triad piece and added a bit of M Graham Quinacridone Rust.  That gave it much needed change in tone, and added some depth.

Approximately 9 x 9 inches, painted with a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat and a size 6 round on Strathmore Gemini cold press paper.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Golden Pheasant - Week 45 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor

I'm getting barn shy, now that I'm almost to the end of my 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds, and trying to bring them in early.  I'm pushing and painting when I'm not really into it, and I think it shows.

For that reason, I decided to go easy on the back ground for this one, and just let the colors of the bird shine.  My reference photo ( from the Morguefile archive) didn't show the feet or much of the tail, so I had to fake those from another photo, and only did a so-so job.    I think I'll come back later and try doing a Golden Pheasant again later, when I'm more in the mood for it.



Done using a mix of Winsor Newton, Sennelier Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, M Graham and Daniel Smith watercolors.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #068: Focus tangle:  Sindoo

"It's a String Thing" # 171 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #172 Tiles

Tangle Refresher 142
Tags to Tangle On - A Little Surprise for You

Depth Pattern
I Zig I Zag Pattern
3 Stand Up Pattern
Sun Petals Pattern
TanglePatterns: How to draw GNEISS
Pattern-Collections New: Olin

 Weekly Zentangle Roundup #299

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
How to Paint a Cardinal
How to Hold a Calligraphy Pen: Basic Grip (mostly holds true for drawing as well)
Two-Handed Reflection Drawing Exercise
Journal52 Week #48: Inhale/Exhale

Giveaways
ColorIt - EACH DAY IN NOVEMBER WIN A SET OF 24 ART MARKERS
ArtistsNetwork 7th Annual Holiday Sweepstakes-a new prize every day
Brushes Demystified & Brush Set Giveaway
Echo Park Paper Giveaway- 6 x 6 Deck the Halls Paper Pad
Black Friday Giveaway : Win one of 5 Parker Sonnet Matte Black Fountain Pens
The Postman's Knock Giveaway - Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay inks
We R Memory Keepers Giveaway-Typecast typewriter with ribbons
Crafter's Companion USA Giveaway-Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens & Stamp set

Reviews

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hidden in the Harem #StillmanAndBirn #WatercolorMarker #ArtJournal

This was a 'save' from a page of rough sketches and experiments in my softcover Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook.

I'd tested some watercolor graphite, a couple of markers, and done some very rough fingernail compositions on this page, and decided to just draw right over it.  I started the patterns on both ends, and the one eye that was peeking out at me made me think of someone peeping through harem curtains (I was watching a movie about Alexander the Great at the time, so that probably had some influence).

Once I'd drawn my patterns and a second eye, I used a mix of Tombow, Stabilio and Distress markers to color it all in.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Winter Sunrise #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

Another sky done in watercolor class.  I used a triad of Winsor Newton Cobalt Blue, Permanent Rose, and Lemon Yellow, but couldn't get the dark values I wanted so I added a mix of Burnt Sienna, and French Ultramarine Blue.

I used a bit of torn masking tape to block out the white for the sun, but didn't get it down well enough.  My energetic brush knocked it off and I lost my white.  I used a little acrylic white to restore it.  Technically, that makes this a mixed media.

I kind of wish I'd used Blue Indanthrene instead of Cobalt Blue so I could get a darker overall tone, but I guess this just gives the appearance of being later in the morning.

Approximately 9 x 9 inches, painted with a Silver Black Velvet 3/4 inch Oval on Strathmore Imperial cold press paper.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' in Hardback #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor #Blurb

I wanted to share this in case any of you are interested in doing something similar for holiday gifts.  I finished up my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' early (though I'll be sharing the rest of the photos throughout the rest of the year), and had the paintings printed up in a hardback book using Blurb.


I chose their Standard Landscape (10×8 IN, 25×20 CM) hardback imagewrap photobook with standard paper.  At the time I ordered, they had a 40% off special, and even though I added extra pages the whole thing came to a little over $26.  They are advertising that their best special yet starts soon, so now would be a good time to have your artwork printed.

The book itself has a plain black cover. 



They offer three or four ways to upload your photos.  I chose to create my own PDF and upload it that way.  I sort of wish I hadn't, because I got the photos on the left a little too close to the inside margin.  It doesn't really keep you from seeing anything, but isn't quite as aesthetically pleasing as it good be.  You can learn from my mistake, if you happen to choose this option.

The other mistake I made is that somehow I chopped off the portion of the cover photo that had my name, so there is nothing on the book that shows who the artist is.  But the giftee will know anyway. 


Ten of my paintings were portrait orientation instead of landscape, and rather than making the viewer tilt the book, I decided to print them landscape even though it makes the photo smaller.  Since I was doing this I also decided to reduce costs by putting two to a page.


I like the printed book well enough that I may keep this for myself and give up the original journal.

Bathing in Moonlight #Strathmore #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor

I decided to try doing another white flower ( a rose, I think) using the triad of Winsor Newton Winsor Blue (PB15), M Graham Quinacridone Violet, and Sennelier Indian Yellow on Strathmore Aquarius II.  I used Silver Black Velvet brushes, mostly a 3/4 inch oval.


My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Kookaburra Sits In the Old Gum Tree - Week 44 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor

I tried something a bit different for the foliage, sort of a bastardized negative painting, and I do not like it at all.  Experiment concluded, and not to be repeated!


Done using Winsor Newton Permanent Rose, Permanent Yellow Deep, Sennelier Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, and M Graham Quinacridone Rust with Silver Black Velvet brush round size 6.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tangles on Gray Tone #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #ZentangleForKids

Inspired by Beate Winkler's 'Zentangle for Kids: With Tangles, Templates, and Pages to Tangle On', I tangled away with my Cuttlelola Dotspen on a Strathmore Gray-toned tile. Tangles used were Beanstalk, Tripoli, and Spoonflowr.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Playing with Tangles from 'Zentangle for Kids' #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #ZentangleForKids

Inspired by Beate Winkler's 'Zentangle for Kids: With Tangles, Templates, and Pages to Tangle On', I tangled away with my Cuttlelola Dotspen on some Clairefontaine Japon Paper. Tangles used were Chemystry, Tripoli, Widgets, Wiesenliesel. Wheelz, and Striping.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review 'Zentangle® For Kids' by Beate Winkler #Zentangle #BookReview #ActivityBook

Beate Winkler's, 'Zentangle for Kids: With Tangles, Templates, and Pages to Tangle On' is a Zentangle activity book with a strong circus theme.  It's been out as a German edition for a couple of years, and is now available in English.

Although it is an activity book, the emphasis is on tangling.  While it's aimed at kids, it would make an fun introduction to Zentangle for adults.  It's easy enough for its target audience, but I think it would be entertaining for almost any age.



Look and Feel
Specs:
No. of Pages: 80
Cover: Softcover
Binding: Sewn & Glued to cover
Size: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11 inches

Look & Feel
'Zentangle® For Kids' has a sturdy cardstock cover with wraparound flaps. The pages are sewn together and glued onto the cover.  Everything appears well put together, and I believe it will hold up to a beating.  The book can be folded back, though it won't lie flat in that situation.


The paper is thick and of good quality - better than I would have expected for the price range.  

Content
While much of the book covers the how-to's of Zentangle, and introduces step-outs for 25 patterns,(including my own 'Beanstalk'), there are 10 activity pages.  Each activity is a double-spread (covering two pages). Some have a drawing that is circus-themed (elephants, tents, monkeys, etc.)  Sometimes you are given strings (spaces to tangle in), and the start to specific tangle patterns.  Other pages are largely blank, with just a written suggestion to get you started.  

The step-out pages include clear easy steps, examples and tips. Most, if not all of the patterns can be found online or in other books.  It's a good collection of patterns, though, and given the quality of the book itself, it's a good choice for a beginner's book or for those who would like the collection in a book that's a keeper.

The how-to's include an intro to Zentangle, what is needed, how to get started, and helpful tips and tricks.  Other goodies include pages of templates to cut-out, cut-out cards to tangle on and use for a memory game, a Zentangle glossary, thank-yous to contributors & links to their blogs & websites, and an index for locating all the patterns in the book.

The pattern step-outs in the book are for:
Ahh, Beanstalk, Chemystery, Crescent Moon, Cubine, Diskbee, Eke, Fassett, Hollibaugh, Indy-Rella, Keeko, Knightsbridge, Laced, Nzeppel-Random, Onamato, Spider-bee, Spoonflowr, Striping, Tripoli, W2, Wheelz, Widgets, Wiesenliesl, Winkbee and Zinger.

Examples
Zentangle makes use of 'strings', lines drawn to create separate sections to be filled with different patterns.  For my first example, I took advantage of a 'string' (the gray pencil-like lines) drawn up on one of the activity pages.  This is a fairly simple string, and a good one for beginners, useful for getting the idea behind Zentangle.  I used a stippling (dotting) technique and filled the sections with tangles Striping, Laced, Nzeppel-random and Winkbee.

The paper in the book is a good one for ink, allowing you to build up dark, bold contrasts or lighter hints of shading easily.



For the second example, I drew my patterns with a Pigma Micron Pen and colored with watercolor.  I used watercolor because it tests a paper really well.  Although, I didn't soak the page with water, I did use it freely, and added wet paint to wet areas as well as adding wet paint to dried areas.

Wet on wet is especially hard on paper not meant for watercolor.  Low-quality paper might warp, wrinkle, pill (cause tiny bits of paper to tear off), and often color will bleed through to the back.  I'm happy to say none of that happened with this book, except for a little wrinkling that flattened out overnight.

Another concern is the somtimes the print will run or smudge.  In this example, the rabbit and hat, and the circles and square frame on the left are part of the printed page, rather than my drawing.  Not a hint of smearing or fading of the print occurred.


For my last example, I used watercolor markers.  While not as likely to cause wrinkling or warping of the paper, marker colors often bleed through to the back of the page.  While there was a very slight show-through on the back, it wasn't even enough to show on my scanner.  It wasn't really even visible to the eye unless you held the page up to the light and looked for it.

Very good paper for kids!



Overall
This is a beautifully made book.  The content is fairly standard for an introductory Zentangle book, with fun illustrations and activities thrown in.  The high quality of the product and indexing make this a keeper even once the activities have all been completed.  

It would be a good book for children to learn, and also one they can look at once grown to revive fond memories, and perhaps renew an interest in a relaxing activity.

While there isn't a lot that would be new for a seasoned tangler, the activities would still be fun and they might like the book as a quality production with a nice selection of tangle patterns.

If you are interested in reading my reviow of the German edition, you can find it here.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Purple Marten - Week 43 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor

Only 9 weeks of birds left.  I'm actually ahead of myself, which is good because I intend to have the photos of these bird paintings done up into a photobook to give as a gift for Christmas if I can finish in time.


Done using Winsor Newton Permanent Rose, Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue and Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Challenge #81: Tangle with K-A-Z
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #066: Focus tangle: RainKing

Tangle Refresher 142
This week in #art and #creativity 
Step-outs to Diva Dance Simplified
OgunquiTangle 2.5

Domizil Zentangle Pattern Video

Zentangle® Pattern Cindyer

TanglePatterns: How to draw Flutter-Net
Pattern-Collections New: Moran
Pattern-Collections New: Raised

 Weekly Zentangle Roundup #298

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
 How to Use Watercolours | Bleeding & Drip Technique
DIY Crafty Candy Turkey Treats
Journal52 Week 46: Dear Leonard
DIY Ornament Tutorial using Vintage Greeting Cards

Giveaways
Artistsnetwork Giveaway - Enter to win a Best Oak Easel Every day (ends 11/15)
ColorIt - EACH DAY IN NOVEMBER WIN A SET OF 24 ART MARKERS
Giveaway – Lamy Safari Glossy Black with Fine Nib
OttLite Natural Daylight Lamp Review + Giveaway
The Postman's Knock Weekend Giveaway: Calligraphy Pens, Nibs and Nib Tin
Jetpens Weekend Giveaway: Permanent Marker, Ballpoint Pens, Notebook, and two Cases

Reviews
Review: Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Ultra Black Fountain Pen
Fountain Pen Ink Review: J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink Caroube de Chypre

Friday, November 11, 2016

Under the Microscope #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #Sakura

Graphic Liner pen and Koi Waterbrush Pens.  This is the last page in the Grandluxe Earth Care Sketch Book that I've been working on.  My new one should be arriving in the mail any day now, though it's a different size and format. I'm not sure it will have the same paper, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Drama of Sunset #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

We continued using quick studies of low horizon skies to explore different triad pigments in yesterday's Watercolor class.  I used Sennlier Blue Indanthrene, Primary Yellow and M Graham Quinacridone Rust on Strathmore Aquarius II paper.

We are also exploring how to get your pigments to glow by letting one layer of color dry completely before adding the next.  I discovered that Blue Indanthrene is far more staining than I expected, and as a result, I got hard edges that I had thought I'd be able to soften by lifting a bit.  I think it works for this sky though, so I'm happy.



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Camellia's Kiss #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

The scan is very deceptive with this photo.

I used a triad, Sennelier Blue Indanthere (PB60), and Winsor Newton Permanent Rose (PV19 & Lemon Yellow (PY53), for the painting and the background was a wet on wet mix of the Blue Indanthrene and Permanent Rose.

In the scan, the Blue Indanthrene is much more predominant, whereas in real life the mix is more violet throughout. It makes the flower values look uneven as well.  I tried fixing it with Picasa, but couldn't make it work.  Ah well.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Blue Fairy Wren - Week 41 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

For week 41 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds', I went for a lot of texture using salt, splattering and scraping.  In fact, I scraped so much I almost went through the paper.  Oops!  The result looks more like a mixed media than a watercolor, but nope.  Just watercolor pigment and techniques.


Done with a variety of Senelier, Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith and M Graham watercolors.

This bird was painted in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Big Sky Country and Sepia Skies #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

In yesterday's watercolor class, we concentrated on letting the color flow rather than obsessing about detail, and did this by painting low horizon skies.

For my first one, I used Qor Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Sennelier Indian Yellow and Winsor Newton Phthalo Turquoise on Strathmore Imperial Cold Press.  I spent about 1/2 hour on it, including the drying time between washes and this is approximately a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch.  The only brush used was a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat.


For my second painting I only used Sennelier Sepia on Strathmore Imperial Hot Press this time.  I spent about  156 minutes on it, including the drying time between washes and this is approximately a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch.  The only brush used was a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat.  I had intended to soften the hard edges, but found they did not want to soften once the color was down.  It's okay though, I think.  The edges just make the sky more dramatic.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cormorant Rising - Week 40 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Cuttlelola #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

I went for something a bit different with week 40 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds'.

Using only 2 pigments - Sennelier Indian Yellow, and Winsor Newton Winsor Rose, I applied several glazes of mixed colors with a 1 inch flat, ending up with a final darker glaze of Winsor Rose to define the Cormarants and cliffside.  Then I used my Cuttlelola Electric Dotspen to add texture for misty look.


Done using Winsor Newton: Lemon Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Winsor Blue  Daniel Smith: New Gamboge, Sennelier: Indian Yellow, Blue Anthaquinone, Phthalo Green Light, Sap Green, QOR: Green Gold, and M Graham: Ultramarine Violet.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays IF YOU are interested in my Fantasy Landscap...