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An Amazing Bucketful of Brushes #AmazingCraftingProducts #PaintBrushHolder #AmazingCastingResin

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A while ago, I came across a photo of a DIY paint brush holder.  I had to make one of my own, and so I did with a few changes here and there.  See how I created this brush holder in my design team post for Amazing Crafting Products!

Review Day Three- Clearprint Vellum Field Book #Clearprint #Vellum #FountainPen

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Welcome to Day Three of my review of the Clearprint Vellum field book.  The bulk of the review can be found on Day One.  Each day the rest of this week, I'm reviewing a page done in the same book using a different medium.

Fountain pens on Clearprint Vellum
Today I'm sharing a piece that I drew using fountain pens, a medium notorious for bleeding through the page, smearing and feathering.


Clearprint vellum is definitely a fountain pen friendly paper, which surprised the heck out of me.  Even the wet inks dried relatively quickly (fountain pen ink is usually slow to dry), so I had no problem with smearing, either on the page or onto my hand.
There was no feathering.
You can see on the back that there is quite a bit of show-through, although it isn't as bad in real life as it is in the scan.  After I took this scan, I drew on the page.  You can see how it looks in yesterday's review.
There was a small amount of bleed-through, where I really saturated the paper, adding more…

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Review Day Two- Clearprint Vellum Field Book #Clearprint #Vellum #Zentangle

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to Day Two of my review of the Clearprint Vellum field book.  The bulk of the review can be found on Day One.  Each day the rest of this week, I'm reviewing a page done in the same book using a different medium.

Sketchplan pen on Clearprint Vellum
Today I'm sharing a piece that I did using a Sketchplan pen point-size .01.


For this drawing, I used a Sketchplan fabric-tipped pen .01 size.  It is similar to the Pigma Micron, but I had a little more effort getting my darks. As I explained yesterday, you don't get a sharp black and white contrast with this paper because of its tranluscent quality.  You do get a fantastic range of values though.

There is no bleeding, feathering or skipping.  The one dark blob towards the upper left was caused by the pen, not the paper.

This drawing was done on the back of a drawing I did with fountain pen inks.  The scan picked up some of the lines and color, but to the eye you see none of it. The paper itself seems a bit …

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Review Day One - Clearprint Vellum Field Book #Clearprint #Vellum #Zentangle

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Earlier this year, I participated in Clearprint's Cross-Country project.  It is a fantastic deal.  You let them know you want to join up, and they send you TWO of their Vellum field books. One already has artwork in it, from other participants.  You do a work of art using whatever medium you desire, and within a week you send that book back to them.  The second, brand new book is yours to keep! Forever!

Additionally, your artwork is uploaded to the Cross-Country gallery, and featured on the Clearprint Facebook page.  I've been told the project will continue as long as there are pages left in the Cross-Country book, so you still have time to sign up!



Specs Size: 6" x 8" (also comes in 3"x 4", 4" x 6", and 8.5" x 11") Format: Blank (also comes in grid) Weight: 16 lb No. sheets: 50 sheets (100 pages) Covers: 2 covers on front-a 20 lb vellum and a flexible cardstock/3 covers in back-heavy cardboard,                flexible cardstock and 20 lb vell…

Fountain Pens and Making Marks #OnFountainPens #MarkMaking #Zentangle

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Maybelline of the On Fountain Pen blog is running a 12 Days of Christmas series of guest posters, and I'm the guest today!  I'm discussing the reasons that I often use fountain pens for my art.  I hope you'll take a few moments, and check it out.

To learn more about this piece and others, head over to the On Fountain Pens blog.  Don't to forget to check daily to read what her other guest posters have to share!


Journal52 Prompts 50 & 51 #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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Journal52 Prompts 50 and 51 were 'Sparkle and Shine' and 'Sing a Song'.  For some reason, that I can't fathom, the prompt Sparkle and Shine gave me the idea of someone with a mandolin.  I went trawling through old paintings of people with mandolins to flesh out my idea, and ended up using Pierrot with a Mandolin, as a very loose idea for my painting.  Usually, the Pierrot clown has a white hat.  It's on the floor in the painting, and I just left it out.

'Sing a Song' easily segued into that, so I went looking for songs with lyrics about Pierrot.  I found this old french folk song At Pierrot's Door.  The lyrics also seem fitting since Journal52 2014 is almost at an end (never fear! There will be a Journal52 2015).  If you follow the link to the song, you can listen to it being sung.

As always I strove for simple. I used the largest brushes I could, kept my brush strokes broad, and didn't worry overmuch about making my painting look like the origi…

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Merry Christmas to those who celebrate.  Everyone--I hope you have a fantastic, magical day!

Zentangle
Oolong Tangle Pattern

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Inspiration for Art Journaling Practice

Tutorials
Salt Your Watercolor
How To Avoid Glare When Photographing Your Art {DIY Light Diffusers!}
Gelly Roll Sparkle, Shimmer, & Shine ft. Joanne Fink of Zenspirations-Video

Giveaways
12 Days of No Excuses Art Christmas Daily Giveaway - new prize every day
12 Days of Blick Giveaway-a new prize every day
Pentel’s 25 Days of Giveaways-enter every day for a chance to win a different prize

Pen & Ink
Days of Christmas Guest Posts at the On Fountain Pens blog-Day 1

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Strathmore Online Workshops #Strathmore #Watercolor #FreeWorkshops

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Strathmore offers four workshops over the course of the year.  They cover many things - basic drawing, mixed media, art journaling, watercolor, and more.  You do have to register to access the classes, but they are all free.

I was trying out some new paints (Qor) and, out of curiosity, decided to follow Workshop #3 - Watercolor Sketching & Journaling by Gay Kraeger.  The workshop is meant for beginners and aimed at using watercolor in a journal or sketchbook.  This is a 2014 workshop, so it can only be accessed until December 31.

Note: I was using different colors than Gay, and doing some things meant to test the paint colors, rather than following her instructions directly.  Her work is much better than mine!

The classes for 2015 are already up, and the list for both 2014 and 2015 can be found here.



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Fountain Pen Drawing or Painting? #GraFIt #Zentangle #FountainPen

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I sometimes wonder how I should refer to my fountain pen work.  Is it drawing or painting, when you use full color on the page.  Many of the inks flow very wetly, and rather than filling in a space, as I might with a crayon or colored pencil, I allow a bead of wet ink to form, and then push it across the page in a manner very similar to painting with a brush.

So maybe this is a drainting or painwing?  More drawing, coloring in than ink pushing this time.

Fountain Pen Ink on Clairefontaine GraF it dotgrid paper.


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The River Lethe, Above and Below #Strathmore #BrushPen #Pentel

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Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen in a Strathmore Mixed Media Paper journal (with a little bit of color stain from a work elsewhere in the book).

Some of the brush strokes made me think of river, while the blue stains made me think of sky.  The silhouetted characters seemed a bit lost, and tired, the one lying down as though to sleep.  In all it made me think of the myth of the River Lethe, the river of forgetfulness.

But what's the horse got to do with it?  Perhaps it is memory galloping away?  Your interpretation is as good as mine--let me know if you have any ideas, lol.


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Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-17 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

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Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.
(Note: Because the next two Wednesdays are Christmas Eve,  and New Year's Eve, Watercolor Wednesday with Schut will be not be posted.  It will return on January 7th!)

Schut Artist Drawing Paper, 120 g/m2:82 lbs

Good erasability; light grain; extra white; acid-free; pH-neutral; for pen, pencil, charcoal, crayon, and pastel.

I've been impressed with this paper's ability to hold up to watercolor.  I thought for sure I'd see curling and buckling and dimpling at this weight, even though the heavier weights have done well.  And I did get more dimpling, but mostly along the edges.  The paper did not curl or buckle, even though I thoroughly saturated, lifted color and re-painted.  It did get over-worked quickly in those areas, but I've have actual watercolor paper that did worse.

You get three draw…

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In the Deep, Dark Wood #Pentel #PigmentInk #Fabriano

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Another page in my hand-bound Fabriano Tiziano aqua paper art journal.  I'll have to buy another sheet of this is Michael's still has it.  It's a lovely colored paper to work on.


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Wrong-Handed ATC Watercolor #Zentangle #Zendoodle

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This has been a bad year for my art in some ways, and a fantastic year in others.

I developed a problem with my wrist, shortly before the year started, and it plagued me most of the year.  Now, I'm finally at the point where I can do my line-drawing without pain, as long as I pace myself.
While this was frustrating, it also had its benefits.  One of the ways I worked around the pain was to draw and paint with my non-dominant hand.  I've always had some control with this hand, but it's definitely not as steady, and I find it more difficult to draw lightly.  What I found though, was that it was a bit of reset, almost a starting over, making me think about the abilities that have been second-nature for me.
I'm very glad to be back to using my left hand, but I enjoyed the challenges of not using it.  
We often forget that unexpected challenges are not necessarily a hardship, but a chance to be thankful for what we have and to refresh our relationship with ourselves and the…

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Sailing the Seven Seas...sort of #Clearprint #Vellum #PenAndInk

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Earlier this year, I participated in Clearprint's Cross Country Project (I believe you can still join.  You are sent two Clearprint Vellum sketchbooks--one to create in and return, and one to keep for yourself!).

I discovered this week, that Clearprint also has a gallery for non-Cross Country artwork done on their vellum paper, and I was invited to submit more work.  This is the piece I entered.  To see other fabulous works, in sooo many different mediums, check out the Artist Gallery - Works on Clearprint.  There is some absolutely fantastic work there! You'll be amazed and inspired!


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Journal52 Prompt 48: Build a Snowman #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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I'm getting ready for family to visit, but I managed to sneak in time for the Journal52 prompt 48.  It helps that I stuck to my guns and kept it simple.

I used an assortment of Acrylic paints, and a 1 inch flat and whipped this out in about 10 minutes.  It shows it, for good or bad!


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Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-16 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

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Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Aquarel Flamboyant, Extra Rough, 250 gm2/115 lbs

50% Cotton, acid-free.

When I saw the texture of this paper I feel in love, because I'm really into texture.  I discovered this was a case of tough love, because watercolor this rough is a challenge to work with.

My first painting was totally an exploration, and I ended up using Gellyroll and Micron pens to add some definition and restore color to areas I overworked.  I had a little better idea of what to do with the second painting, but I know I could do better yet.  Personally, I adore this kind of paper.  It is a challenge, learning how to use it, but the textural effects you can get once you do? Totally worth it!

However, I wouldn't recommend it for beginners or even intermediate painters unless they like a challenge or have experience with thi…

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Journal52 Prompt 47: Wise Words #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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The Year is Winding Down!  Only 5 more prompts to go for Journal52, 2014.  (Only three, actually, at this point.  I'm a bit behind in posting my prompt responses).

The good news is that there will be a Journal52, 2015.  I haven't decided if I'll join up again or not.


To start off this prompt, I did the background using the Tattered Angels Antique History kit, which has two sprays and two paints, meant to create the look of wood.


I had never used this kit on watercolor paper before.  Usually, it comes out gleaming and slick.  On this paper it was a bit more anemic and sick!  It made for an interesting background, anyway. 

Unfortunately, it was also a bit difficult to add color to.  I tried several pens and markers, finally having a degree of success with my Pentel Pigment Ink brush pen (the lyrics to 'Let It Be'), Sakura Gellyroll pens, white and Moonlight Pink, and then several colors of Sharpie Brush Pen.

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Caves Measureless to Man #Watercolor #Zentangle #Zendoodle

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You may have noticed that I'm posting a lot of drawings where I'm using up watercolor paint left on the palette.  I've been in a creative slump lately.  Recognizing this, I haven't pushed myself to do full on watercolor paintings.  I've been cleaning off my palettes bit by bit.  A little watercolor can go a long way, and I hate to just wipe off leftover paint.  Afterwards, I use a Pigma Micron, brush pen or fountain pen to draw lines and patterns.

I love doing this kind of work.  There's no expectation.  I just let the watercolor suggest shapes and patterns, It's mindless, but in a mindful kind of way.  I feel as though I'm drawing from within, moving past the controls and conscious awareness... tapping into the deep caves of my mind, measureless to man.


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