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

Proportions of a Face in a Rhodia N°18 dotPads #Rhodia #Exaclair #Giveaway

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This drawing reference was done in Rhodia N18 dotPad. I'm currently hosting a giveaway for Exaclair, Inc. and giving away NINE of these dotPads. If you would like to enter, please visit my blog post here.


If it has been a while since I drew something, I'll often make a reference for myself to remind myself of the basics.  This one was done as an example for the giveaway and review I have going, but it's the kind of thing I do.  I'm odd that way, lol.
I seldom keep these.  Similar drawing references abound on the internet and in books, so the intent isn't to keep them for future use, but get me drawing the subject I'm interested in, and bring back what I already know.  If it's a new subject, it's a way to help me keep the information in my head (pun intended, in this case!).
DotPad paper is great for drawing these.  I'm not worried about the proportions being perfect, and I don't want to fuss with rulers.  The dots get me close enough, and I can…

Problems Commenting on my Giveaway Post?

A few people have contacted me letting me know they've had problems commenting on my blog posts.  If you've tried to comment to enter my current giveaway, (sorry U.S. only), for a chance to win one of nine Rhodia N18 dotPads, please copy the words:

Rhodia N18 dotPad
...and paste them into the subject line of an email and send it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.  I'll enter you into the giveaway.

This isn't a second way to enter - please only use it if you have NOT already entered.  Thank you, and I apologize for any inconvenience.  Blogger does what Blogger wants, lol.

Using the Rhodia dotPad for Calligraphy Practice #Calligraphy #dotPad #Rhodia

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I practiced my calligrapy in a Rhodia N18 dotPad. I'm currently hosting a giveaway for Exaclair, Inc. and giving away NINE of these dotPads. If you would like to enter, please visit my blog post here.



This practice sheet was specifically done for the purpose of creating an example for the giveaway and review of the Rhodia dotPad, but I've often used dotPad paper for similar practice.  Sometimes, I'll use a ruler and pencil to draw the slant lines to help keep my pen at the correct angle, but most of the time I don't.

I like the dots as a guide to keep my characters the same size while writing, and afterwards you barely notice them, and can just focus on how well the letters are formed.  However, they can also help you determine if your slant is wrong and that's when I start drawing those slant lines, if too many are wrong.

I used an Itoya calligraphy marker, and three fountain pens in my practice.  The Itoya has a fabric nib, while the nibs in the fountain pens we…

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Orange-Arc: New Tangle Pattern in Rhodia dotPad #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #Rhodia

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I drew this tangle pattern step-ou in a Rhodia N18 dotpad. I'm currently hosting a giveaway for Exaclair, Inc. and giving away NINE of these dotpads. If you would like to enter, please visit my blog post here.  

See more information about the paper below.



I did this tangle pattern step-out as an example for the review and giveaway I'm currently hosting for Exaclair, Inc.  
I used Copic alcohol markers for the background, and about 75% of the color did bleed-through to the back.  That is to be expected--alcohol markers bleed through almost anything except very thick paper and specially coated ones.  
Pigma Micron pen was used to draw the tangles and the step-out except for the red ink.  I used a Hi-Tech C gel ink pen for that.  Neither of these inks showed through or bled through to the back.  However, the smooth quality of the paper was very nice with both pens and provides a very bold effect.  
Some people do have a fondness for the sound and drag that you get working on a pap…

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Review! Nine Rhodia N°18 dotPads #Rhodia #Exaclair #Giveaway

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This month I'm hosted a giveaway for Exaclair, Inc, and they, generously, gave away nine Rhodia N°18 dotPads!  I received one of the dotpads for purposes of a review and this giveaway.  I received no other recompense.  All opinions expressed in the review are mine.

Giveaway Closed

Review
Today I'm just going to give you the Giveaway information and review the look and feel of the N°18 dotPad.  On Tuesday, I have a new tangle pattern step-out that I'll share.  On Thursday, I'll show my calligraphy practice on this paper, and on Friday, I'll share how I used the dotPad to create my own drawing reference showing the proportions of the human face.


Look & Feel
Specs
Binding:Top staplebound
Paper: Clairefontaine, White, 80g Vellum, ph Neutral, Acid-free, Microperforated
Ruling: Dot grid (5 mm), light violet-grey dots
No of Sheets: 80 sheets
Cover: Soft cover cardstock on front and back; heavier cardboard insert in back for extra support
Size: A4 / 21,0x29,7 cm / 8.3x11.7 in.

T…

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

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The latest book by Beate Winkler, 'Zentangle® Für Kids' is a German edition hardback Zentangle activity book with a strong circus theme.  Currently, it is only available in German, but may be published in English at a later date.  It's still worth looking at even if you don't speak German (I don't).

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.

I apologize for the poor photography here.  The book is slightly too large (22.6 x 28.1 cm. (8.9 x 11.1 in.)) to fit on my scanner, and I had to back away to get a good clear shot.



Look and Feel
Specs:
No. of Pages: 64
Cover: Hardcover
Binding: Sewn
Size: 22.6 x 28.1 cm. (8.9 x 11.1 in.)
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Language: German
ISBN-10: 3863554027
ISBN-13: 978-3863554026
Extras: Bookmark, Stencil

This is one of the nicest l…

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Review-'Tangle It! Journal' #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #ActivityBook

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The 'Tangle It! Journal' is a combined effort from Simona Cordara, Alice Hendon and Ina Sonnenmoser.


The back cover gives you some idea of what to expect: 

Look & Feel
Specs:
No Pages: 150 pages
Cover: Soft cover
Binding: Glued
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 in.
Weight: 8.8 oz.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517410347

ISBN-13: 978-1517410346

The 'Tangle It! Journal' is a lightweight book.  The soft cover, size, and thin paper are designed to make the book an easy carry.  Although it's fairly thick, it's very flexible.  It would fit in larger purses, and some coat pockets.

The book is bound with glue, but my copy was glued very well.  I folded the pages back in several places with absolutely no problem.  No signs of loose pages or cracked binding.  I think this book will hold up well even for children or heavy traveling.  The downside to the binding is that the book doesn't lay flat, and though you can fold the pages back there is a considerable slope.  At times, it was difficult …

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Review-'Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness, and Achievement' #Retirement #Fitness #Purpose

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Mastery: A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness, and Achievement


This review is more than a bit off-topic for me, but my brother Gary Scott, has co-written a book and I think its subject matter would be of interest to many of my readers.  

The topic of the book is planning for a sense of purpose and achievement in your life.  The obvious target audience are those who have retired or plan to do so in the near future.  But the book would be equally useful to anyone who is suffering empty nest syndrome, just graduating college, or facing some big change that leaves them wondering how to proceed with their life.

The writing is direct and easy to read.  The idea of a Mission Plan and goal is explained. Then you are given concrete examples of what such goals might be and steps showing how these goals can be reached. The goal can be as simple as setting up a daily jogging routine and keeping to it, or as complex as starting a new business that satisfies creatively while bringi…

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Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 238
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 177

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Monthly Art Journal Prompts: Intuition

Tutorials
Let’s paint those pumpkins 
Sun-kissed Flowers on Parchment
Origami Blizzard Book Tutorial Video

Giveaways
Sorry, things got out of hand this weekend and I didn't have time to look for giveaways.

Pen & Ink
Review: LatLon Notebooks

Dusk in Line and Wash #Watercolor #Quiller #Strathmore

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One of the other things that was to be practiced in the waterclass I missed was line and wash.  I decided to use the negative painting technique and I wanted to use color different than what I have been playing with.

I just used my imagination, and as soon as I put down the initial wash, I saw something totally different than I had intended, so it really wasn't a great fit for either technique.  Still, I used them and it didn't go too bad.


I hadn't intended to have a moon, but saw it in the wash, so I grabbed a kleenex and scrubbed out both the moon and reflection while the paint was still wet.  I used negative painting to create the tree line, and the clouds.

I emphasized the trees, clouds and water with the lines (done using Pigma Micron .03.  I also drew the reeds with the pen.

The colors used were from my Quiller palette - Richeson (Phthalocyanine) Turquoise, Permanent Orange and Magenta.  These three color are equi-distant from each other on the wheel and form a triad…

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