Reynard Fun & Easy Landscape Step-out # Fun&EasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

What's a landscape without a fox or two.  Although, these days you're as likely to find them in an urban setting as a rural one!  By special request - Reynard!

Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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Giveaway-Hahnemühle Tiles #Zentangle #Hahnemühle #YouTangle

Yesterday, I did a review of Hahnemühle's Tiles.  Today, I'm having a giveaway for a tin of them.  Instructions are below.

Who Can Enter? This giveaway is international.

What Is the Prize?  One winner will receive a tin of 25Hahnemühle Tiles as pictured above.

How to Enter? Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win Tiles' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com. (replace the words enclosed in [ ] with an @ and a . and make sure there are no spaces).

When does the giveaway start and end? The giveaway closed starts on 9/22/17 at 06:00 AM PDT and ends 9/29/17 at 11:59 PDT.  I'll notify the winners on 9/30/17, by responding to the email they sent as an entry.

Who is Giving Away the Prizes? Hahnemühle sent me two tins of YouTangle.Art tiles for purpose of a review, and I'm choosing to give one of them away.  All thanks go to Hahnemühle for being generou…

Wrap-Around Tree Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

If you are here for my giveaway of YouTangle.Art tiles, go here.

The Wrap-Around Tree is an example of a simple drawing that can be hard to do.  It's the curves that are likely to throw you.

The experienced artist won't have much of a problem.  But for someone who hasn't drawn freehand very often, those gentle sweeps and curls can be hard.  Face it, most of the time we are trying to get a straight line.  When we sew, when me measure, cut - almost always, we are trying to get a straight line.

Then you sit down to draw, and - what's this? Sweeping and swerving all over the place when you've spent your life trying to avoid that?

I do urge you to try those curvy lines.  It can take some practice, but will enrich your drawings and I think it also means you've let go of a certain mentality - for the moment - and let yourself just flow. It can be both relaxing and energizing.

But, frustration doesn't help in any way. So  I've done a simplified step-out, usin…

Review-Hahnemühle Tiles for Tangling #Zentangle #Hahnemühle #YouTangle @ZebraPenUS

Here in the U.S., many of us have never heard of Hahnemühle paper. Founded in 1584, the company produces traditional, digital and industrial papers. Their distinguishing feature is the ability to combine tradition with modern technologies.  And now they tiles that are great the for Zentangle® artist and those who enjoy working at a 3.5 x 3.5 (9 x 9 cm) size.

Today I'm going to give you a look at these tiles (to enter a giveaway for a set of these YouTangle.Art tiles, go here.!  Thank you to Hahnemühle for your generosity!).

Paper weight: 310 gsm
Paper size: 9 x 9 cm/3.5 x 3.5 inch
Paper color: bright white
No. of Tiles: 25
Description: Rounded edges, acid free and age resistant

Look & Feel
The Tin

The tin is metal with no adornment except for the Hahnemühle Rooster on the front. It has a hinged lid that opens easily and lays flat when open.

The tin comes with 25 tiles. They fit with just enough room that you can remove the tiles without digging for them, but no…

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Review-Zebra Zensations Mechancial Colored Pencils #Zensations #ColoredPencil @ZebrapenUS #Inktober

As an Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens, I was sent a package of several new products that will soon be in stores.  One of these was the Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils.  I was very intrigued when I saw these, and wondered if they could possibly be good.  Read on and learn what I discovered.

Lead size: 2.0mm
Barrel: Triangular shape, plastic
Available in 24 colors
Uses Zebra refill #87103

One of the things I noticed right away was how transparent the colors were, so I drew some dark lines so you can see how show through the colors are.

Look and Feel
The pencils have a triangle-shaped plastic body that won't roll away.  I found it comfortable in my hand, a good size, though a little light in weight. The lead is a replaceable 2.0 mm stick with flat ends.  As you color the end does wear down to a rounded shape, but I still found you could get a decent line.

You don't need to sharpen these leads.  As it wears away, you click on the cap, just as you would with a mechani…