Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nuthatch & the Seed #52WeeksofWatercolourBirds #watercolor #DeliberatelyCreative

I'm playing with some new pan watercolors; a mix of Winsor Newton and Sennelier professional paints.  I overworked this painting, trying to get the beak and colors rights, but the pigments are still strong.  On better paper, I think the difference in paint quality would really be something.

The painting was a  challenge to do. It came from a fantastic photo that Mark Bergeron shared on the Facebook group Deliberately Creative, and the photo had exquisite detail.  You'd think that would be helpful, but sometimes blurry is easier to do, lol.


Painted with Winsor & Newton & Sennelier pan colors in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Anhinga's Wings #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #DeliberatelyCreative

If you are looking for my giveaway of Simona Cordara's ''Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' EBook, go here.

Recently, I joined a Facebook group called Deliberately Creative.  Members share photos and allow other members to use for their creative endeavors.

One of my friends, Lynne Howard, posted a fabulous photo of  an Anhinga (aka Snakebird, aka Water Turkey), which she, herself also painted using acrylics.  I've been itching to try my hand at it since I saw her painting, and finally this weekend I had the time.

I think Lynne did much better with her color choices, but I had great fun tackling this bird!


Painted with Winsor & Newton & Sennelier pan colors in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Clowning Around #Gellyroll #Sakura #GelPen

To enter my giveaway of Eni Oken's '3D Tangle-Shading Case Studies' Ebook go here.
To enter my giveaway of Simona Cordara's 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' Ebook go here.

What in the world is in his hand?  I don't have the slightest idea.  Sometimes my brain just goes on without me and honestly, I don't have a clue, lol.

Sakura Gellyroll in Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
Ben Kwok Template

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Weekly Challenge #62: Tangle with N-W-L

"It's a String Thing" #149 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #150 - The Zensquicentennial

Pattern-Collections: Tangling Family Facebook Groups

Zentangle® Video: Zello
Rick's Paradox Tangle Pattern Video
Verdigogh Pattern Video

TanglePatterns:Tangle Refresher 131
Tangle Pattern Cee-a-Mosa
Aynchunt Tangle Pattern
Obeto Pattern
Tapple Pattern
Forge Pattern
Puffties Pattern
Cordoba Pattern
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Veezy
Pattern-Collections New: Bikiini
Pattern-Collections New: Heartbroken
Pattern-Collections New: Back Flip
Pattern-Collections New: Suwaki
Pattern-Collections New: Telis-Clef
Pattern-Collections New: Rigardu

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #278

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #24: Red-Handed or Barefoot
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Tutorials
Doodle Gem Episode 9 Nephrite Jade
Gelli® Printed Diamond Kite
DIY Starry Night Hand Lettering Tutorial

Giveaways
ArtistsNetWork 30 Day Giveaway 
Giveaway & Review of 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' EBook
Shoplet Giveaway-Win a Rainbow Gift Bundle of Office Supplies
Field Notes Giveaway – 6 Notebooks, 1 Pen, 1 Pencil, 1 Sticker
Dragonfly Mixed Media Card & Art Nekko Stamp Giveaway
Gallery Leather Giveaway-Personalized Key West Large Ruled Journal
The Postman's Knock Finetec Golds palette Giveaway
Jetpens Giveaway - Glass Dip Pen, Bottled Ink & Notebook

Pen & Ink

Friday, June 24, 2016

Cruise Liner in Pen and Ink Seas #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #PenAndInk

To enter my giveaway of Eni Oken's '3D Tangle-Shading Case Studies' Ebook go here.
To enter my giveaway of Simona Cordara's 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' Ebook go here.

Pigma Micron in a 5.5 x 5.5 Grandluxe Earth Care Sketch Book.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review of 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' EBook by Simona Cordara #Zentangle #SimonaCordara #Zentangle-InspiredArt

Simona has been a part of the Zentangle®/Tangling/Pattern drawing community since 2010 and has co-written three books on tangling.  She's just  published 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' in a  PDF EBook format. 

That EBook is what I'm here to review today, Giveaway is now closed.


Specs
Format: PDF EBook
No. of Pages: 38
New Patterns: 13

What's It All About
'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' looks briefly at ancient patterns (aka motifs) and uses them as prompts to help you create your own patterns. There are 13 new patterns included, as well. The book is not about the Zentangle method, but does use the step-outs to show how patterns can be created. 

Some of the most ancient motifs are used here, such as Circles, the Eye, and the Bird Goddess. You are shown how to add to these patterns, break them down and use them to create new patterns for yourself.

Simona encourages the reader to pick up the pen and start creating patterns immediately.  She tells you how easy it is, and shows you how easy it is, and then lets you start drawing.  The instruction relies heavily on playful illustrations with just enough text to make the meaning clear. 

There aren't really chapters, just sections that explore a type of ancient motif, or introduce one of the new patterns.  Tips and reference links are given throughout. 

Most of the illustrations are in black and white, though a few are in full color.  While the illustrations for the motifs are very simple, the artwork for the new patterns, done by Lila Holter, Tricia Long, Sandy Moore and Agneta Landegren, are more complex.

At the end of each section, Simona leaves space for the reader to try out what they have just learned.  She suggests that the EBook be printed out, but it isn't absolutely necessary. The practice could easily be done on printer paper, in a sketchbook, or even on scrap paper.

'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' is a workbook, lean on text, with prompts. This makes it an easy read for the uber-busy, the young, or the new to the English language.  It isn't meant to be a comprehensive study of ancient patterns or an introduction to Zentangle.  It is a good introduction for those who want ideas for creating their own patterns.

Contents
Introduction
Motifs: Circles, Squares and Triangles
Motifs: Spirals, Waves and Suns
Motif: Snake
New Pattern: Rando
Motif: Eye
Motifs: Ram Horns and Bull Heads
New Patterns: Rando, Regardu, Bendo, Arko, Aries, Fajro, Flugilo, Brovo, Pistilo, Vuohi,
Motif: Bird Goddess
New Patterns: Diino, Fantomo, Strigo,
Resource Links

My Examples

Using the suggestions that Simona gives for the Circles motif, I came up with this pattern.  Chances are step-outs for something like this has already been done, but when you are creating patterns for yourself, that's okay.  Simona does provide links for places you can go to check and see if your pattern already has a name and step-outs. 


I have to admit that this type of drawing is very close to what I often do.  Not necessarily with ancient motifs, but with taking shapes and just adding or taking things away.  I create my patterns as I go, and don't bother to keep track of what they are.  They get re-created again if I need them.  I find this a very organic way to draw, so for this example I played with circles and eyes and bird goddess motifs and just went where they took me.



It's also fun to use learned patterns, so for this tangle I used new patterns Strigo, Aries, Fajro, Flugilo, Pistilo and Vuohi from Simona's book.


If you don't want to wait and see if you've won, you can purchase her book at 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' .

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Who Can Enter
This giveaway is now closed.  is both U.S. AND International!

Prize
Edited: Winner Terri Young has been notifed via email.
One winner will receive a copy of Simona Cordara's 'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' EBook' PDF EBOOK.  That person will be emailed a link allowing them to download the book.

How to Enter
Type or cut and paste the words  'I want to win a Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling EBook' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.

Start and End of Giveaway
The giveaway starts on Thursday , June 23, 2016 at 09:30 AM PDT, and ends Thursday, June 30 2016 at 11:59 PDT.  I'll notify the winner by responding to their email on Friday, July 1. 

Disclaimer: I received my copy of  'Ancient Patterns for Modern Tangling' EBook' for this review and giveaway.  I received no other compensation.  I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 22, 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
joey's weekly tangle challenge #118
Eni Oken's Shading challenge #45
It's a String Thing #149 tiles

Ben Kwok Template: Salamander

How to draw tanglepattern Ginili Video

TanglePatterns: How to draw RAINKING
Pattern-Collections New: Broken Hearts
Pattern-Collections New: Flu-Cones
Pattern-Collections New: Back'n'Forth
Pattern-Collections New: Dalmation Dogbone
Pattern-Collections New: Asclep
Pattern-Collections New: Ropuz
Pattern-Collections New: Broken Hearts Club
Pattern-Collections New: Ring-Flux
Pattern-Collections New: Elle
Pattern-Collections New: Tunnels
Pattern-Collections New: Jess

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
6 ways to get out of a creative slump
13 Goddesses Challenge - Week #4: SEMITIC - LILITH

Tutorials
Watercolor Techniques: Controlling the Paint
How to Draw Doodle Gems Episode 8: Rose Quartz
Hacks for Keeping Kid's Artspace Tidy As You Craft

Giveaways
ArtistsNetWork 30 Day Giveaway 
Copic Blog Hop & Giveaway-Win a Workshop class for 2017
We R Memory Keepers Angle Corner Chomper Giveaway
WIN A SET OF 75 GelWriter GEL PENS WITH CASE
Graphic 45 Mixed Media Giveaway

Pen & Ink
Review: Pelikan Stola P16 III Fountain Pen

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review of the Clairefontaine My.essential Paginated Notebook & Gfeller leather cover #Clairefontaine #Exaclair #Gfeller

A few weeks back, I was delighted to find that I had won a Clairefontaine My.Essential Paginated notebook with a Gfeller leather cover.  The leather cover was a special add-on for the giveaway, but the My.Essential Paginated notebook is a brand-new Clairefontaine product that will be available later this year.


  My.essential paginated notebook

Specs
Size: A5/148 × 210 mm/5.83 × 8.27 inches
No. Pages: 96 sheets/192 pages
Format: Lined with numbered pages
Paper Weight: 90 gsm
Paper Color: Ivory with gray lines
Binding: Sewn
Extras: 8-page blank Table of Contents,  Front and Back corner pockets, Color coordinated ribbon bookmark elastic band, 8 perforated sheets
Pages 169-184 are perforated for easy removal.

My.Essential Paginated Notebook: Look and Feel
The My.Essential Paginated notebook has a textured cardboard cover, with color-coordinated bookmark ribbon and elastic band.  The cover is heavy enough to resist bending, but light enough to make it a good carry.   The Clairefontaine logo is embossed in the lower right-hand corner.  The copy that I won has is tan colored, but will probably be available in Black, Red, Green, and Blue as well.

 

The paper is an ivory Clairefontaine 90 gsm, with a smooth satin finish.  Clairefontaine paper is fountain-pen friendly even at 80 gsm or 85 gsm, so you know there will be little bleed-through or show-through. 

The pages lie flat with very little slope even in the middle of the book.

The main body of the book has paginated pages, with a title box at top, and a page number in lower, outer corners of the page.  The last eight pages of the book are perforated for easy removal.  That seems a little odd to me since the pages are numbered, and I would have preferred not having the perforation.  That's a matter of preference though.  It does mean you have some pages for testing your pens or other media, that you could just get rid of later.


Four sheets/eight pages at the beginning of the book are formatted for indexing.



Both the front and back inside covers have a corner pocket.


The book is sewn, with sturdy even stitching, but it is flexible enough...


...to allow you to fold the book back almost flat, if you want to write in it without a surface to support it.


The frontispiece has a place for you to write your identity or title information.  The back gives you some information on Clairefontaine paper.



About the only bone I have to pick (and it's a might puny bone) is in regards to the elastic band.  You can see where it is attached on the inside of the back cover.  It doesn't hurt anything, and is common in books of this kind.  In fact, I can't see how they could work around it.  It's just one of the things that bugs me, but isn't a deal-breaker.



Gfeller Leather Cover: Look and Feel
Do you have to have a refillable cover for your My.essential? Not absolutely, but it would sure help to keep the cardboard cover unbent and looking nice.  The Gfeller Leather cover that was custom-made to fit my notebook is sweet one.

It's a lighter tan color that coordinates well with the tan My.essential. You don't really see that when the book is in the cover, but it's one of the things that resonates with me.

The stitching is small and even with thread the same color as the cover.  The leather is a smooth grain with just a hint of texture.  I believe it will become more textured, and possibly darker with use.


The notebook fits snugly, but there is enough give in the leather flaps that you can slide the notebook in and out easily.  A cutout on the right side lets you use the elastic band from the My.essential.


There is no embossing or debossing except for the Gfeller logo on the inside of the cover.


This cover is heavy enough to be sturdy, but thin enough that it doesn't add a lot of weight to the notebook.

To learn more about these leather covers, you can find a Rhodia Drive interview with Steve Derricott of Gfeller Casemakers here.

Clairefontaine Paper: Performance

Writing
I plan to use my copy of the My.essential to keep track of recipes that I find on the internet.  I won't be writing the entire recipe, because I wouldn't want to get stains on my beautiful Gfeller cover, but I'm writing down the ingredients and where I found the recipe, so I can look it up, if needed, and can use the book when making my shopping lists for the week.

I used a J. Herbin's fountain pen with Blue Pervenche ink to write this one (because it's my favorite color, and because most of my fountain pens and inks are packed away at the moment, while I get new curtains installed).


Fountain Pen Drawing
I used the J. Herbin fountain pen and ink again, with J. Herbin's Ocean Bleu in a Lamy Vista for the darker tones.  In some areas, I totally saturated the page, working wet into wet.


My scanner picked up more show-through than I can see with the eye.  There were a few areas of bleed-through but they only occurred at the lower bottom of the dress where I worked the Ocean Bleu into the paper.  I don't think you would be likely to see bleed-through with writing.



Water-soluble markers
I was pleasantly surprised when I used my Tombow and Distress water-soluble markers on this paper.  I used the markers dry for the most part, adding the bubbles as a test for lots of water.  I fully expected both show-through and bleed-through.  There was none. Zero, even where I really saturated it.  There was no dimpling or buckling in the wet areas either.  Now, I'm going to cover myself, and admit that I still believe there would be bleed-through and dimpling if you used enough water over a large enough area.  This isn't water-color paper.  But this drawing proves you can get away with quite a bit before that happens.


Colored Pencil
Another nice surprise happened when I tested my newest set of colored pencils.  They are woodless pencils, fairly soft, and I expected to get streaks and to not be able to build values well.  Colored pencils prefer a paper with tooth.

So I did get streaks - I left the violet background the way it looks with a single unblended layer of color so you can see.

However, the minute I started blending, the color just smooshed together beautifully, allowing me to layer and blend several times.  At least six layers of color in some areas, and I was able to use a technique for coloring glassy gems that is very popular at the moment.  When I rubbed my finger across the color, I didn't pick up a lot of pigment--something that is always a concern with unfixed colored pencil.

I'll cover myself again--not all colored pencils are the same, and I'd definitely test a brand in a corner or on a back page before going all out.  While I wouldn't recommend this notebook as a colored pencil book, I will say it is one that you can use with colored pencil.


Overall
The Clairefontaine My.essential Paginated Notebook is both rugged enough and light enough to carry, though the cardboard cover could be bent, if not easily.  The paper is satin smooth, providing a lovely writing experience, and it has very little show-through or bleed-through, even with wet media.  I wouldn't recommend it as a watercolor or colored pencil book, but you can use both to good effect.

The paginated format, and the ability to use several types of media, makes it a good choice for bullet journaling, or keeping track of just about anything you can think of, whether just for writing or for visual journaling. 

The outside spine is wide enough for titles or dates.  I think a stack of the notebooks would look cool sitting on a desk or a shelf, and I intend to have such a stack as the years go by.

The Gfeller Leather custom cover would have to be purchased separately, but would definitely be an elegant and useful addition.  The two combined would make a great gift.

Disclaimer: I won a copy of the Clairefontaine My.essential paginated notebook with a Gfeller leather cover in a Rhodia Drive giveaway here.  I was asked to review it, but that was not a condition of the giveaway, and I would have reviewed it anyway.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Review of '3D Tangle: Shading Case Studies' EBook by Eni Oken #Zentangle #EniOken #Zentangle-InspiredArt

If you are into Zentangle® on social media, you have probably seen some of Eni Oken's fabulous gems and intricately shaded tangles. She's written several Ebooks on the subject, and her latest is '3D Tangle: 15 Shading Case Studies'.  Today I'm here  to review this PDF Ebook.

Giveaway has ended.


Specs
Format: PDF Ebook
No. of Pages: 48

What's It All About
'3D Tangle: 15 Shading Case Studies' is a text on shading techniques that can be used to enhance your patterns.  Tremendously.  The shading techniques covered are time-proven ones that can be used in any drawing, so this book will be of interest to anyone wants to learn more about shading, even if they aren't already tangle enthusiasts.

The book is not a Zentangle how-to with step-outs and new patterns. It does provide a resource link where you can look up the step-outs for patterns used, but it doesn't supply the step-outs themselves.

Traditionally Zentangle or Tangle books are picture-heavy with minimal text, and lots of fun. 'Shading Case Studies' edges closer to textbook style, but it is an easy read with gorgeous illustrations throughout.  It's aimed at people who want to go that step farther into turning their work into art.  

Each case study focuses on a different aspect of shading, with four to twelve illustrations and instruction. By the time you are through, you've learned about line width to add variety, shading large masses first, reflected light, blocking out highlights, contrast and overlapping, building values, increasing depth, looking for dark corners, crosshatching, using gems for contrast, and more.

Except for the addition of colored gems, all the illustrations are in black, white and gray with orange arrows to point out the important areas.  Extra tips on shading and on improving your tangles are salted throughout the book.

Eni has a unique style of drawing, and her versions of the tangle patterns are compelling.  Just seeing them made me itch to use patterns I haven't drawn in years. Her tangles are truly fine art.

If you are totally new to shading, you may want to start with her earlier PDF Ebook, 3D Tangle: Shading Fearlessly'. 

She's written several other Zentangle Ebooks.  If you want to check them out, go here.  After you've entered the giveaway first, of course!

Contents
Prerequisites and Notes: Things you should know before starting
About This Book
Case Studies Index: index of the drawings, tangles and art supplies used for the case studies.
Some of the studies used in this book: photos and descriptions of the art supplies used.
My Shading Method: An explanation of how Eni's shading method works and some shading tips.
Case Study-Printemps in Ink and Pencil: Tips for creating monotangles
Case Study-Tri-Roda and Narwhal in Ink and Pencil: How line width adds variety to shading.
Case Study-Tri-Roda and Pufcookie in Ink and Pencil: Reflected light in shading.
Case Study-Windfram and Yincut in Ink and Pencil: Blocking out larger masses.
Case Study-Zenith and Zentwining in Ink and Pencil: Shading ribbons and blocking out highlights.
Case Study-Pepper in IX in Ink and Pencil: Contrast and overlapping
Shading with Gray Markers: Instructions on how to use markers for shading.
Case Study-Ixorus in Ink and Gray Markers: From line art to final shading.
Case Study-Paradox in Ink, Markers, and Pencil: Building values and varying patterns.
Case Study-Umble in Ink, Markers, and Pencil: Using overlap.
Case Study-Schnek in Ink, Markers and Pencil: Technique for increasing depth.
Case Study-Zonked in Ink, Markers and Hatching: Crosshatching.
Case Study-Verve in Ink and Pencil: Looking for Dark Corners.
Case Study-Verve and W2 in Ink and Markers: Using many of the previous techniques together.
Case Study-Nymph with Gems in Ink and Pencil: Using gems to separate and give contrast.
Case Study-Ellish in Ink, Markers and Pencil: Using many of the previous techniques together.
Index of Tangle Patterns

My Attempts at Shading
I don't have all the art supplies recommended by Eni, but that's never an excuse to avoid trying new ideas.  I used a Pigma Micron .05 and two different gray value markers instead of three, and added blue colored pencil to this drawing to make up for it.   A Sakura white Gellyroll was used for highlight and to gray out the blue pencil.

I used three of the same patterns that Eni used in the ebook, Shnek, Zonked and Windfarm.


I wasn't totally happy with the marker/colored pencil experiment, so I tried another drawing with just the two gray markers, the Pigma Micron and white Gellyroll.  Much better.  For the gems, I used Eni's method from '3D Tangles: Shading Smooth Gems', coloring with red colored pencil over gray marker. 

The tangle patterns used were Ellish, Yincut and Verve.


The other art supply I don't have is the common 2B pencil.  It's a personal idiosyncrasy of mine that I don't like using graphite pencil (don't ask.  It's just a thing, lol).  So instead, I used three colors of gray colored pencil, and combined some of her tips for pencil, and for marker.

Tangle patterns used: Amanita, Amaranth and Beanstalk.



GIVEAWAY has ended

Who Can Enter

This giveaway is both U.S. AND International!

Prize
One winner will receive a copy of Eni Oken's '3D Tangle: Shading Case Studies' PDF EBOOK.  That person will be emailed a link allowing them to upload the book.

How to Enter
Type or cut and paste the words  'I want to win a 3D Tangle: Shading Case Studies EBook' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.

Start and End of Giveaway
The giveaway starts on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 06:00 AM PDT, and ends Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 11:59 PDT.  I'll notify the winner by responding to their email on Monday, June 27.


Disclaimer: I received my copy of  the'3D Tangle: Shading Case Studies' EBook, as well as a copy of Eni Oken's '3D Tangle: Shading Smooth Gems', specifically for this review and giveaway.  I received no other compensation.  I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
Ben Kwok Template: Raven
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
My Diane & Carolien’s D-C-A Challenge Entry
Shading Challenge #44: Focus on Groovy

Repetition: the power of the pattern
Phototangles
Pattern-Collections Author Focus: Trisha Long
Pattern-Collections Beginner's Guide

Drupe Pattern Video
Sabal Zentangle Video
McAllister Tangle Pattern Video
Brrst Pattern Video

TanglePatterns: How to draw E’RUTATS
TanglePattersn: How to draw 96X
Pattern-Collections New: Zap-Free
Pattern-Collections New: Zaplings

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #277

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #23: Summer Solstice OR Wine
Gratitude52 Prompt #24: Father's Day

Tutorials
Step-by-step Tutorial Using Winsor & Newton Desert Colours
How to Draw Doodle Gems Episode 5 Lapis Lazuli
How to Gift Wrap a Champagne Bottle

Giveaways
ArtistsNetWork 30 Day Giveaway 
Pen & Ink
Pen Review: Edison Nouveau Premiere Water Lily Spring 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Garden of Amaranth & Amanita - Tease No. 2 #Zentangle #Shading #PenAndInk

I'm using up all my examples that I did for the upcoming review and giveaway of Eni Oken's '3D Tangle: Shading Case Studies' EBook!  But I kept one in reserve for the occasion.

Don't forget to drop by this Sunday and enter to win.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spotted Towhee - Week 25 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor #Yarka

Meh.  That's kind of how I was feeling today, and I think it shows in the painting.  I wasn't too inspired by the Spotted Towhee, and not really into painting.  But it was the last day of class for this session, so painted I did.

Now that class is over, I'm going to have to work to keep painting my weekly birds!



Painted with Yarka St. Petersburg 24 pan set in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stone's Glow-a tease #Zentangle #Giveaway #EBook

When you look at today's post, you might think the shading style is a little different from my usual.  You'd be right.

Last week, Eni Oken sent me a copy of her latest PDF Ebook '3D Tangle: Shading Case Studies', and I'll be reviewing it on Sunday, June 19.  Note that date, because I'll also be hosting a giveaway for the book!  And it is going to be both U.S. AND International!





Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday 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
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 272

TanglePatterns String 213

Rundl on Black Tile
Hamsix on Purple

Pattern-Collections: Pattern Database – Call for HELP

Twing Pattern Video
Zentangle® Video: Ingwi
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Fungees
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Kyoto
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Lichen
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Istanbul
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Muscari
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Versailles
Pattern-Collections New: Operation
Pattern-Collections New: Zap
Pattern-Collections New: Zapper
Pattern-Collections New: C-Wing Revisited
Pattern-Collections New:Indecifleur
Pattern-Collections New: Bananana

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
5 Ways to Go from Journal Owner to Actual Journal User

Tutorials
A Quick Tutorial on Color Bias
How to Draw Doodle Zen Gems Realtime Tutorial, Episode 3: Fluorite in Copper Setting
Vellum Butterflies Tutorial

Giveaways
ArtistsNetWork 30 Day Giveaway 
Giveaway: Clairefontaine, Rhodia and Quo Vadis booklets
NoteMaker Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen 
Scrapbook & Cards giveaway-Taylored Expressions Mini InkPads & Fresh Florals stamp set 

Pen & Ink
Review: Constellations88 48 Pen Folder 4D - Black

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cats By The Fire #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #PenAndInk

Ohto Graphic Liner in a 5.5 x 5.5 inch Grandluxe Earth Care Sketch Book.

I'd swear that I already shared this drawing, but I can't find it anywhere, so apologies if you're thinking 'Not that one again!"  I'd think people would remember a cat that look suspiciously like it's a cat-turtle-tiger hybrid




Saturday, June 11, 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
Weekly Challenge #60: Tangle with B-P-U
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #043: Rundl
"It's a String Thing" #148
Pattern-Collections String #15
Ben Kwok Template: Mallard 

White Pen Guide for Gems
Practice, Practice, Practice
Pattern-Collections Author Focus: Elaine Benfatto

Floo Tangle pattern video
Wie male ich einen Hippo
TanglePatterns: Tangle Refresher 130 

TanglePatterns: How to draw LOOPY BLOSSOM
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Zendian
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Venetian
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Dot Grid
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Banners
Pattern-Collections New: Flying Carpet
Pattern-Collections New: Hanni
Pattern-Collections New: Hanni's Sister
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Pattern-Collections New: Hearts Apart
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Pattern-Collections New: Pharah
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Pattern-Collections New: Loopstr
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Pattern-Collections New: D-Eye
Pattern-Collections New: Auwacka Too
Pattern-Collections New: Melted
Pattern-Collections New: KatieQ

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #276

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #22: Weeds OR Blossom

Tutorials
A Southwestern Landscape Watercolor Tutorial & an Unfortunate Bird
Paper Feathers Tutorial Part II
How to Draw Doodle Zen Gems Realtime Tutorial, Episode 2: Opal Gem Flower

Giveaways
ArtistsNetWork 30 Day Giveaway 
Pen Boutique Father's Day Giveaway-Duofold Fountain Pen
Goldspot Pens giveaway - Lamy Safari Neon Lime fountain pen & ballpoint pen
The Postman's Knock Facebook Giveaway - Calligraphy Pens, Rhodia Pad and Nibs

Pen & Ink
Review: Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Killdeer #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds' #Watercolor #Killdeer

I believe I'm a week ahead, but I wanted to continue with the theme in watercolor class.

Killdeer are one of those birds that pretend to have a broken wing and try to lead you away from their nest.  One of them nested close to my house, and each morning it would try to lead my car away.  Distressing because it was hard to see where the bird was, and I was afraid I'd run over it.   I haven't seen it lately, and I'm hoping that's because the young have hatched and are old enough to leave the nest, but I fear the worst.

This is the first time, I've attempted to paint a bird in flight.  Not sure I got the proportions correct, but overall I'm happy with it.



Painted with Yarka St. Petersburg 24 pan set in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Wednesday, June 8, 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
joey's weekly tangle challenge #116
Eni Oken's Shading Challenge: C-Wing tile



"It's a String Thing" #147 Tiles
It's a String Thing #148 challenge
Ben Kwok Template

Fleurette Pattern Video
TanglePatterns: How to draw HEXASTAR
Pattern-Collections New: Cardor
Pattern-Collections New: Fwirl
Pattern-Collections New: Firework
Pattern-Collections New:Yin Yang
Pattern-Collections New: Shoko
Pattern-Collections New: Lightning Bug
Pattern-Collections New: Tessa
Pattern-Collections New: Kuki
Pattern-Collections Oldie: Geerandola

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Writing Wednesday: Simplified Bullet Journal Part 1: Notes

Tutorials
Watercolor 101: Palette Setup
Paper Feathers Tutorial Part I

Tutorial How to Make Zen Doodle Gems Episode: 1

Giveaways
ArtistsNetWork 30 Day Giveaway
Petaloo International Giveaway-DIY paint & flower PRIZE
Graphic45 Giveaway-$40 of Cityscapes and Staples Square Tag Album & more
Let’s Play with a Spinning Gelli Plate® & giveaway - $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick
Hero Arts Blog Hop & Giveaway- My Monthly Hero June 2016 kit

Pen & Ink
Ink Shot Review: Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 Blue Black


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My Thalo Artist Community Prize Package #Thalo #Koh-i-noor #Pelikan

I won Thalo Art Community's recent Twitter giveaway.  Thalo is an artist community with tons of tutorials in painting, crafts & cooking.  They have a gallery where you can post your work, and regular contests and giveaways.  The site is still in beta stage and, for now at least, everything is free.

So what did I get?


4 colorful Pelikan Erasers
10 pack of Pelikan Text Markers (Highlighters)
4 pack of Extra Soft Pastels
12 pack of Koh-i-noor Progresso Woodlss Color pencils
A bottle of Schmincke Gouache Binder for making Gouche colors
4 tubes of Grumbacher Watercolor
3 pack of #4 Grumbacher Golden Edge brushes
Size 14 Grumbacher Academy Natural round watercolor brush
3/4 Grumbacher Academy Natural oval wash watercolor brush
A TriTone Colored Pencil & Blender
A Koh-i-noor Windsock
Tons of Thalo Artist community stickers

What a haul!


Great Grey Owl-Week 23 of '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #Yarka

Week 23 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.  I'm still working on the theme of the 'Pacific Northwest' in my watercolor class.  Since I hadn't painted an owl for either of these projects, I decided it was well past time. 

7x10 inches was a bit small for a huge bird like this, so I went with a line and wash in order to get the ticking of the feathers.

And I had a second agenda in choosing a wise owl.  Somebody needs to tell me how in the world this comes to be the 23rd week of 2016.  We just celebrated New Years yesterday.  Right?  Maybe the owl knows what is going on with the time continuum, 'cause something is messed up somewhere!



Painted with Yarka St. Petersburg 24 pan set in a Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch.

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