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Intersection - Variations on a Pattern #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #Patterns

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Earlier this year I needed to stay awake and take stuff for a routine medical procedure (yes. Many of you know exactly what I'm talking about) .  I was looking for ways to stay awake.  It's amazing how you can still draw when your eyes are drifting shut, and you know you've nodded off for a few seconds.

Anyhoo, to try and keep my brain engaged, I started playing with a base pattern...



...seeing how many different ways I could use it.  I'm sure someone has done step-outs for this pattern before, but I'm too lazy to try and find it.  My friend Linda Brown Levin felt it looked like an Intersection, so I'll call it that until such time as I discover an earlier name.
NOTE: I've found that Silke Wagner created step-outs for this pattern back in 2015, calling it Abbey.  www.elatorium.de/a/3060-abbey.html  She shows you some ideas for adding to it as well.  I suspect it has been out there under other names over the years.

There are a few other patterns salted in th…

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Prima Watercolor Confections Classics Pan Set Review #PrimaConfections #Watercolor #WatercolorReview

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Recently, Prima came out with three sets of pan watercolors. I immediately got the itch to try them out, and bought the 'Classics' set.  I paid $21.99 plus S&H, so that puts this set in the same price range as Cotman and Koi watercolor sets.

Prima claims the paints are professional grade. If so, this would have made the set a fantastic buy over the others.  I can't usually sum up a review item so easily but this time, let me make it easy.

Pros:

The paints come in a professional metal tin.  These tins range in cost around $18-$20 dollars, so if you really wanted a tin (and some people do), you'd be getting the paints very cheaply. The paints are comparable to Koi paints, which come in a plastic case.The set does fit nicely in your hand, and there is room for a small travel brush.Three of the colors are white, gray and black
Cons:

There is NO information about the pigments in the packaging. Not even the names of the colors. Nothing to back up the claim of professional g…

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Happy Easter #HappyEaster #Watercolor #PrimaConfections

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Bunny is tired from delivering all those eggs.


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Up On the Roof #Stillman&Birn #Zentangle #ArtJournal

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Another Watercolor Line & Wash in a Stillman & Birn Delta using Escoda Versatil brushes and Pigma Micron pen.


Tiny White Ponies #Stillman&Birn #Zentangle #ArtJournal

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This piece was done with watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Delta using Escoda Versatil brushes and Pigma Micron pens.


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The Unshown #Stillman&Birn #Zentangle #ArtJournal

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This week I'm going to share some of the artwork that I did last year in my Stillman & Birn Delta, and never got around to posting for one reason or another.

This page was done using Copic marker for the color background, and Ohto Graphic Liner drawing pens for the linework.

I've finished this Delta sketchbook and I miss it.  No doubt about it - I'll be getting another one soon!


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Green Woodpecker and the Dangers of Packing Tape #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #WatercolorBirds

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The prompt for week 10 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' was Green Woodpecker,  I was happy with my previous experiment in pouring paint, so I decided to try it again for the background sky.

As with my previous bird, I masked off the whitest areas -- the face, chest and stomach of the bird -- using clear packing tape cut into the proper shape.

I poured on a light wash of Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue, which worked nicely.  I then let it dry for several hours and proceeded to remove the packing tape.  Oops!  I've had problems in the past with Fluid watercolor paper tearing, even from low-tack masking tape.  But I didn't have a problem with packing tape on my last bird.

This time though, the entire taped area tore, especially at the throat, extending out and including the beak.  Not sure why.  I'm reasonably sure the paint was thoroughly dry.  However, the humidity was a little higher than usual.  Possibly that had something to do with it.  Whatever--I won't be…

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Journal52 Week 11: Favorite Creature #Journal52 #ArtJournal #Gellyroll

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Truthfully, I can't say I have a favorite creature.  But I have fond memories of lions.  When I was child, my father worked at a zoo.  Back then they didn't have nurseries and if a mother rejected her babies, the staff would take them home and raise them.  So along with our cats and dogs, I had tiger and lion cubs to play with.

So when I saw the Journal52 prompt 11, I decided to draw this lion, using metallic gold, green, and copper, and classic white Gellyroll pens.

Done in my Pentalic Traveler Pocket Midnight Sketchbook, 8" x 6",


MetalloCornucopia #SakuraOfAmerica #Zentangle #Gellyroll

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Another page done in my Pentalic Traveler Pocket Midnight Sketchbook, 8" x 6", this time using Metallic Gellyroll pens.  These aren't considered 3D ink pens, but I've found they give almost the same look as the Glaze pens.





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The First Page on Black #SakuraOfAmerica #Zentangle #Gellyroll

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I don't publish my art in the order that I do it.  Some weeks I have sort of a theme going, all birds or something like that and some weeks I'm showing art done in one particular medium, or I'm doing reviews.  Sometimes, I'm just really excited to share something with you, so I post it ahead of things already done.

I'm pretty prolific (you hadn't noticed?) and am usually working in more than one medium in a given day, so it doesn't take long for things to pile up.

Although I've been showing lots of other work from this book, this was actually the first page I did in my Pentalic Traveler Pocket Midnight Sketchbook, 8" x 6", using fluorescent Moonlight Gellyroll pens.  I think I've got close to half the book full.


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Sparrows Bathing and Pouring Paint #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #WatercolorBirds

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For quite a while I've played with the notion of playing with the pouring paint technique.  I'd also been eyeing this reference photo at the Morguefile archive of two sparrows bathing in a puddle.  I really liked it, but felt a bit intimidated by it.

When I saw that the prompt for week 9 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' was House Sparrow, I knew it was time to try the photo.

I also decided to tackle the background by pouring paint.  I used a bit of packaging tape to mask off the 'white' areas of the sparrows and a ripple or two.  This was done by drawing the birds lightly with a pencil, applying the tape, cutting the shapes I wanted with an exacto knife, and peeling away the excess tape. A bit nerve-wracking, but it works.

Then I made a very watery mix of Cobalt Blue, wet the paper well, and poured the paint.  I tilted the paper every which way, until I was satisfied with the coverage.  Quickly, I mixed some watery Lunar Blue paint, and poured it into the sti…

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Lady with Two Deerhound #SakuraOfAmerica #Pentalic #Gellyroll

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I was looking through an old Dover Fashion book, and had the idea for this drawing.  It's all done with Sakura of America's Fluorescent Moonlight Gellyroll pens in a Pentalic Traveler Midnight Sketch Journal, 8 x 6.

I play around with layers of Fluorescent Vermilion, Fluorescent Orange, Fluorescent Yellow, and Fluorescent  Pink to get my skin tones, letting each layer dry for at least 15 minutes in between.  It's difficult to layer new ink on wet Gellyroll ink.  You tend to lift ink away rather than add new.

The purple was the closest way I could think of to get the gray for the deerhouse, though thinking back, I wish I had played with using a Classic white.  Now that I've got the Souffle pens Grey, I'll have to try something like this again.


Wren - Week 8 Prompt for '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #KoiWatercolors

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On Monday, I wrote a review of the 30-Color Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box.  I did all the examples using the waterbrush that came with the kit.  I was eager to try the paints using one of my good watercolor brushes though, so that's what I did for this Week 8 prompt.

I used one of my go to brushes, Silver Black Velvets Round size 6  in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I've been using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.  I consider the paper in this book to be high student-grade, so it was a good match for the Koi watercolors.

Normally I would have used a size 16 round for the background.  The small size of the Koi watercolor pans makes it difficult to use a large brush though.  The main difference with using a smaller brush is that you get more streaks because you can't cover as large an area, and have to do more blending.  I expected to have problems with blooms (aka backruns--that sort of cauliflo…

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Braces Tangle Pattern & Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set Review #SakuraOfAmerica #Koi #Zentangle

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Today's review of the 12-Color Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set is my last based on the items I received in return for some artwork that Sakura of America shared.  I can't tell you how much fun I've had doing up these reviews. I hope you've enjoyed reading them and that they've helped you learn whether the items were meant for you.


Specs
Ink: Dye based, Odorless, water-based solvent
Nib: Flexible Nylon
Packaging: Reusable plastic case with front clasp
Available in 48 colors + colorless blender
Colors in 12-Color set: red, pink, pale orange, orange, yellow, yellow green, green, blue, sky blue, purple, brown and black colors (there are 36 other colors available, including a clear blender)

Look and Feel
The 12-Color Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set comes in re-usable packaging, with a flap that lets you reseal the package.  They are watercolor brush pens, meant to be used like a marker while giving watercolor effects.


The colors are bright, and move well in water.  In fact, out of …

The winner of my black tile Zentangle® tool set, 6 Pigma Micron pens and a Sakura pen pouch has been emailed

If you entered my giveaway, please check your email for a response to the email you sent me.

I want to thank everyone who entered!

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30-Color Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box Review #SakuraOfAmerica #Koi #Watercolor

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Today I am reviewing the 30-color Koi Watercolor Pan Set, which is one of the items I received in return for some artwork that Sakura of America shared.

If you are here for the giveaway (a black tile Zentangle® tool set, a set of 6 Pigma Micron pens in assorted colors, and a Sakura pen pouch), please go here.  This giveaway ends tonight.



If you have spent any time in an art or craft store, you have probably seen a Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box.  They've been around for years, and are available in 12, 18 and 24 colors. NOW, they are also available in a 30 color size, and that is the set I am reviewing.

Specs
Size Dimensions for both sizes: 6 3/8” x 4 5/8” x 1 1/18"
Includes:

Waterbrush  9mL reservoir barrelSize 6 brush tipPlug for water barrelDabbing spongeDetachable, pegged paletteSnap lid that acts as an easel for postcard size paperThe  secures to the kit base either to the right, left or center sidesA base pull-down ring 
Look and Feel
The Koi Watercolor Pocket Field…

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Souffle 3D Pen Set Review #SakuraOfAmerica #Glaze3DPens #Zentangle

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Today I am reviewing a 10-color Souffle 3D Pen Sets, which is one of the items I received in return for some artwork that Sakura of America shared.

If you are here for the giveaway (a black tile Zentangle® tool set, a set of 6 Pigma Micron pens in assorted colors, and a Sakura pen pouch), please go here.  


Look & Feel
It's obvious from the first look that the Souffle colors are different than those found in the Glaze pen sets.  Both have 3D ink, and in many ways, the two pens are the same.  The difference in those colors is important though, because Souffle pen colors can be seen on dark paper.  They are pastel, almost chalk colors, and as such are different from both the Glaze and Gellyroll ink colors.

The colors in the Souffle set are Yellow, Orange, Light Orange, Pink, Purple, Green, Light Green, Blue,  and Gray.

As with the Glaze pens, these are considered a craft tool rather than an actual pen.  The ink leaves a slightly raised line if you draw or write slowly.  The ink is…