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

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A Pearl of a Burl and Origami Too! #AmazingMoldPutty #AmazingClearCast #AmazingCraftingProducts

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Today I've got a post up on the Amazing Mold Putty Blog.  Please, visit and learn how I made this charming resin leopard based off an Origami Tiger!
It's Origami! It's a Double Whammy! It's an Amazing Mold Putty Piece! Yes! It's a Dollar Tree find and more!

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

The Occasional ATC #ATC # #Watercolor #Zentangle

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For a couple of years, I was heavy into ATC trading, and did hundreds of them (I never do things in half measures, lol).

Eventually, I got tired of the small format, keeping track of trades, and paying postage so, as most  do, I moved on--to Zentangle.  Occasionally, though I find an unused ATC card, and decided to use it.

This makes me think of a temple or adobe-type dwelliings.  Maybe the building in the background is where the temple staff live.


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

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Zentangle
How to draw tanglepattern Alaura
Ben Kwok template-Jellyfish (must belong to Facebook group Ornation Creation)

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal With or Without Words

Tutorials
How To Draw a Straight Line Without Smearing With Watercolor
Courageous Corrugated Cardboard
How to Make an Eerie Tale Mini-Album

Giveaways
Free seat in 28 Cards in workshop
Blick "Fall for Art" $25 Gift Card Giveaway (Facebook)
Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Book-Ultimate Body Art (must be a member of the Art Colony)
Tangle Stitches and Zentangle pin cushion Giveaway with Zentangle Quilt label art (for more information about the book, see my review from earlier this week)

Miscellaneous
 The Autumn Issue of RubberStampMadness is OUT!


The MorgueFile-Free reference photo gallery #MorgueFile #ReferencePhoto #photographs

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Have I ever brought the Morguefile to your attention?  It's a site where people can upload photographs for artists to use as a reference without expecting credit or payment.

It's a easy to use site, tons of photos of purt near everything, and it's free!  You'll see a row of buttons near the top.  Make sure Morguefile is selected, because the site is linked to other sites where you can buy photos for use.  WARNING: This site is addictive.  Did I mention the tons of photos? I could get lost for hours, and am tempted to download everything!

I found the reference photo for this fella, who has I painted in watercolor on Kilimanjaro Natural, Cold Press.


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

Journal52 Prompt-Week 34: Alphabetical #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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Now I know my ABCs!  An idea for this prompt came pretty quickly, though it didn't work out quite as I'd planned.  That's pretty common, lol!

For those interested, my process is written up below.


Before I start the process, I thought I'd explain a couple of the concepts that I used to help in my decisions regarding colors and the supplies I used--temperature and Opacity vs Transparence.  If you're familiar with these, just jump right to step 1.

Temperature: I was going for an icy look, but think I achieved more of a neon glow.  This is partly because of the temperature choices I made, using mostly cool colors-greens, blues and purples.  But the cool colors are all on the warmer end of the cool spectrum.  Confusing?

With color, temperature refers to how hot or how cool a color seems to be.  On one end you have fire, and on the other end you have ice.  Reds, yellows and oranges are considered warm and blues, greens and purples are cool (you'd think it would be …

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

Review of 'Tangle Stitches for Quilters and Fabric Artists' #JaneMonk #Zentangle #TanglePatterns

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A while back, Jane Monk,, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), contacted me and asked if I would like to review her book, ''Tangle Stitches for Quilters and Fabric Artists: Relax, Meditate, and Create with Rhythmic Stitches'.  Of course I wanted to!  But I had to admit that I don't sew.

So while this book is obviously aimed at the Zentangle® enthusiast who is also a fabric artist, I'll be reviewing it from the standpoint of someone who is primarily into the paper arts.  So let me flesh that out a little bit.  I did do a little embroidery when I was young (centuries ago!).  I don't remember the stitches, but can pick them up again pretty quickly.  The sewing machine, however, is my mortal enemy.


I did a mock-up of the Journal Cover project. I'm not showing my results for fear someone will look at the photo and not read my mock-up explanation.  I wasn't actually trying to make a journal cover.

My aim was to evaluate the quality of the instructions.

I'…

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

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

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

'The Room' a Buffy fanfiction drabble #BuffyVampireSlayer #drabble #fanfiction

Once upon a time, long, long ago I was myfeetshowit on LiveJournal and I wrote Buffy the Vampire fanfiction.  Mostly drabbles, short stories that are 100 words no more, no less.  Those who've known me awhile know that I was prolific at producing ATCs, and then Zentangles--not so many know how many drabbles I cranked out in my time, lol.

I haven't posted or been active there in ages, but last night I received an email telling me that one of my drabble series had been nominated at the 'No Rest For The Wicked Awards'.  Ah, the memories!

This particular series was one that I was particularly proud of.  I was reading the Edda, a book of Icelandic mythology, it was shortly after the Angel series had ended on a cliffhanger, and I wanted something wrapped things up, while having an epic prose feel to it (it's not poetry).  And I decided to do it in 500 words--no more, no less.

It won't make a bit of sense to anyone who unfamiliar with the Buffy and Angel series, and if…

Short-necked Giraffes #KDAllegri #Watercolor #St-Armand

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The second African sunset that I did in my watercolor class features the rare short-necked giraffe.  These animals are so rare, they only exist in this painting!

I used the St-Armand watercolor paper again.  It's a very challenging paper, but I'm starting to see what it does best and what it doesn't do at all, lol.

My teacher tried a piece and she made it sing!


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

Zentangle
LIGHT AND SHADOW - Helen Williams new E-book available Now

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Journal Project 2014 – Week 33 – Art Camp for Women - Art Prompt:  Find a shape that thrills you  and try to draw it (I learn by drawing from photos); Writing Prompt: Write about what things in nature capture your heart and humble your soul

Tutorials
Stamping How To - Cling Film Trick - video
Refuse To Create Refuse- ReCycle Your Bad Watercolor Paintings
How to Mix Colors

Giveaways
Enter to win Semikolon 'Il Creativo' Notebooks
OfficeSupplyGeek Giveaway-Architects Wallet
Daily Marker GIVEAWAY … SIMON SAYS STAMP CARD KIT





African Sunset #watercolor #KDAllegri #Arches

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Yesterday I shared the two practice sunsets that I did in my watercolor class.  This is the completed piece.  These sunsets would really classify as quick studies because even at 8 x 10 this only took 10-15 minutes to do.  The darker colors are a mix of the colors used for the sky (Gamboge, Cadmium Orange, Naphthol Red, Ultramarine Blue) and Burnt Sienna.  Texture was added to the ground by scraping with a plastic knife.


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

Polar Lizard & Sunset #Watercolor #KDAllegri #Shizen

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In last week's watercolor class we were practicing African sunsets, but we started off by finishing the paintings from the week before.  I had finished mine at home, so I decided to do a quick study warm up, and just to be contrary, decided to use cooler colors.  My little lizard was done using Cobalt Teal, Opera, Phtahlo Blue, and Lunar Blue.  The branch is a mix of the color and the background is all Lunar Blue.

Even though I used bright colors, he looks decidely chilly next to the sunsets I did later in class, so I decided he's a Polar Lizard.  Very rare.  Mine may be the only one in existence, lol!



Actually, I mistakenly picked up Alizarin Crimson instead of Naphthol Red, so even my sunsets are a little cooler than intended.  I guess I was just feeling chilly that day!



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

I have limited computer access this week, so I did up my lists ahead of time and they'll be a little sparse.  Still some good stuff though!

Zentangle
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #138 -  Zentangle roundup from a year ago!

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journaling, is it worth it?

Tutorials
How to use Citrasolv - series of videos
Improve Your Painting: 3 Tips For Capturing Shadows in Painting

Giveaways

Miscellaneous
Ornate Painted Dragons Based on a Single Giant Brush Stroke

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

Kudu #Watercolor #KDAllegri #St-Armand

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I'm taking another watercolor class from Kathy Delumpa Allegri this month and the theme this time around is Africa.  I decided to try a Kudu.

I was trying a different kind of  watercolor paper, St-Armand, a handmade paper.  The sizing on the paper is supposed to resist water, so I was surprised at how much it did absorb.  Possibly, I was using the wrong side.  I have more so I'll see how it goes.

The Kudu needs a redo, so I'll probably try it again on a different paper.

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

Journal52:Week 32and 33-Gratidude Pizza #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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I decided to combine Journal52 prompts 32 and 33.  One was gratitude and one was Favorite Food, and I'm truly grateful that food is plentiful in my house, when so many struggle for their daily nourishment.  The two ideas just seemed to go together.

I ended up with a Gratitude Pizza.  As usual, for those interested, my process is written up below!


1.  I used a flat spline, a flexible rubber strip that you can bend into shapes and use as a guide for your pen or pencil (aka as a flexible curve or flexible drawing guide), to pencil in the circle for my pizza.


2.  Then I penciled in all the wording.


3.  I used a Shock Yellow Montana Acrylic paint marker to color the area around the pizza.  The color in these markers is transparent so the penciled letters still showed through.  I've discussed Montana Markers before--how the 15mm tip allows you to cover large areas quickly, but I don't think I've mentioned that the colors are bright, but matte.  That means there is no shine o…

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

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

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

White Elephant Bathing in a Bowl #Watercolor #Elephant #KhadiPaper

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Yep.  This is more or less a waterdoodle of the negative kind.

I got these cool heart-shapes made of Khadi paper--which is a handmade paper from India, with an interesting texture.  In the past, I've used Shizen, which has a very rough texture.  The Khadi texture is also rough, but has a more even surface.  Normally, I wouldn't buy heart-shaped paper, but the price was right and I thought I might make some interesting Christmas cards with them.

Wondering how the paper would do with watercolor, I decided to use up some left over paint and find out.  The paper's excellent for a dry-brush, scumbling effect.  The darker streaks in the background are from me scratching into the wet paint with my fingernails and then painting over once dry.  The paint lifts well too.

The paper is a little more absorbant than I like, so you either have to keep applying layers or use a whole lot of pigment for darker values.  But that also gives you a chance to get very subtle layers of color, and…

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

Waterdoodle of the Zombie Kind #Waterdoodle #Watercolor #MGraham

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Really.  I wasn't in a gruesome mood or anything like that.  I was just playing around with a new color (new to me that is), Maroon Perylene,  getting a feel for the range of tints and tones and suddenly, there was this eyeball staring at me.

Do you think that's how Zombies are created?


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More Waterdoodles #Watercolor #Waterdoodles #LifeImitatesDoodles

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I've found I'm happier if I start a new painting with a clean palette, so I've been using up left-over paint in between by playing with Waterdoodles.   Last night, I was in a people and plant mood.

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

WATERDOODLES #Watercolor #LifeImitatesDoodles

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There is an ongoing struggle that all watercolorists must face when they begin using watercolors.  To clean or not to clean their palette.

Watercolor paints, especially good ones, are not cheap.  If you get a good mix of colors, you want to use every last drop.

On the other hand, it's easy to lose track of what colors are what.  What colors, exactly, did you put into that mix?  Where can you put down fresh color without it getting messed up?  How do you keep your pure colors from getting contaminated?

Many seasoned painters don't worry.   They wipe off the contaminated areas or live with the contamination.  They develop a system so they know what paint is where and they never clean off their palette.  Other masters are exactly the opposite.  They clean off their palette after every painting, so they approach each one fresh and they have complete control over the purity of their paints.

I suspect neither system is better than the other.  It's just part of the personal styl…

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

Zentangle
Ben Kwok template -  Chameleon (must be a member of Facebook Group Ornation Creation)
Weekly Zentangle Challenge

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Random Art Prompt Generator

Tutorials
CARD TUTORIAL! - MAKE AN ENDLESS CARD
Watercolor Background with Spray Inks-video
Tutorial: Botanical drawing with pencil and watercolor

Giveaways
Zeus & Zoey Fabric Flower kit giveaway
Bic Back to School Giveaway
Win A Pilot Pen Prize Pack
Snowman & Father Christmas Giveaway-open to residents of the UK and the following countries who are over 18 years of age: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Gibralta, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

The Winners of the Schut Noblesse Watercolor Block

I used the True Random Number Generator to pick three numbers.  The qualifying emails sent to me were numbered in the order they arrived.  Emails with numbers that matched were the winning entries.  These belonged to:

12-Barbara Aronis
26-Aisazia
34-Judy Maurer

Congratulations, all three.  They have been notified and responded.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

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

Journal52 Prompt Week 31: Friendship ‪#‎Journal52‬, ‪#‎ArtJournaling‬, ‪#LifeImitatesDoodles

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My definition of Friendship is: a relationship with someone so close that they are part of you.

When I saw the Journal52 prompt of Friendship, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  A bit weird perhaps, but I think it makes the point.

As usual, for those interested, I've written up my process below.  This was a fairly quick one.  It took me about 1/2 an hour including drying times.


Supplies:
No. 2 Pencil
Watercolor-Hansa Yellow Lt; Quinacridone Rose; Phthalo Blue
Pentel Color Brush-Black Ink
Inkssentials White Gel Ink Pen

I used the wet in wet method for this piece, which means I wet the areas to be painted thoroughly first, until it shines all over.  When the shine is starting to fade, I add the paint and let it flow onto the page.  Unless I shake the paper, the paint will stay in the wet areas.

I also used the method of charging, which is blending colors by adding wet paint into wet paint.

1. I lightly drew the two profiles on the page with the pencil (so lightly that I couldn…

Another Quick Study--one I'm sheepish about! #Exaclair #Schut #ArtGiveaway

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This week I'm sharing work done on Schut Noblesse watercolor block.  For a review of this paper, please check out my Monday post.  If you are interested in purchasing Schut Papier's fine art papers, check out the Exaclair website for a list of retailers who sell the Schut  Noblesse Watercolor blocks and sheets.

I feel a little sheepish about this one (Sorry.  I can never resist a pun!).  I've been trying to break away from using only local color and loosen up my brush strokes, so this study was aimed at doing that.  This is a great method for the quick stuff, because it lends itself to being fast, and it seems to me that using colors and brush strokes like this gives you more of a sense of freedom.


"REPEATING Motifs" a.k.a. PATTERNS!!! Anything But a Card Challenge #38 #AnythingButACard #AmazingMoldPutty

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I'm the guest designer at the Anything But a Card challenge blog today.

The theme for the August Challenge is "REPEATING Motifs" a.k.a. PATTERNS.  This can be any craft or work of art that uses a repeat design.  Anything from a Zentangle® tile to a patterned clay tile, a journal page with repeated designs to a piece of cast resin.  Anything with patterns---as long as it isn't a card.


For my challenge piece, I glued string to a manila tag, using the Zentangle® pattern Hibred.  Of course, this is also a pattern of great antiquity that you may have seen decorating walls or used in quilting or gourd painting.  But the Zentangle pattern breaks it down into nice, easy steps so anyone can draw it.  The steps worked well for my tag.  Instead of drawing a line, I just glued down a piece of string.


To prepare, I marked three even spaces on each side of my manila tag, and used them to draw the initial triangles for my Hibred pattern.  I measured the length of each triangle s…