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

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If you are looking for the giveaway for ten J. Herbin Fountain Pens and Blue Pervenche Ink cartridges, you will find it here.

Last year Beate Winkler came out with 'Zentangle® Für Kids', a German edition hardback Zentangle activity book with a strong circus theme.  Now, ''Zentangle® Für Kids, Waldtiere (Forest Animals)', the second book in her series is out!

As with the first book, this an activity book, with the emphasis on tangling.  It is written with children in mind, but I think it would be entertaining for almost any age group.

For those of you who have been waiting, I'm told that Beate's first book 'Zentangle® Für Kids' will soon be out in an English version.

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: 1.3 pounds
Language: German
Extras: Stencil

'Zentangle® Für Kids, Forest Animals' is hardcover, with good quality paper and a sturdy sewn binding, that will hold up…

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

Review of the J. Herbin Fountain Pen #Exaclair #Fountain Pen #Giveaway

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Yes! Another review and giveaway! Giveaway has closed.

Exaclair, Inc. has sent me a J. Herbin Fountain Pen for review, and is allowing me to host another giveaway.  Ten winners will receive one of these fountain pens AND a tin of 6 Blue Pervenche ink cartridges!  Giveaway information is at the end of the post (sorry, the giveaway is U.S. only).

This is an entry level fountain pen with a clear plastic body and a medium point nib.  The ink cartridges come in a cute round tin, and the ink is a beautiful periwinkle blue.

Thank you to Exaclair, Inc.  They are so generous.


Specs
J. Herbin Fountain Pen
Body: Clear Plastic
Grip: 9.5 mm// 3.5 inches
Length: Capped-11.2 cm / 4.4 inches; Posted-14.9 cm / 5.9 inches; Uncapped-9.7 cm / 3.8 inches
Filling Mechanism: J. Herbin Cartridge, Standard International & some Converters
Nib Size: Medium

Blue Pervenche Ink Cartridge
Cartridge Size: Short International Standard
Diameter: 7 mm
Ink Color: Periwinkle Blue
Length:3.8 cm / 1.5 inches
Water Resista…

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

Lazuli Bunting and the Oregon Coast #52WeeksofWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #LazuliBunting

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There were a couple of days at the Coast with bad weather, and I managed to paint three birds in my '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.  I'm now actually a week ahead.  No matter - I know there will be a week between now and the end of the year where I won't be able to paint, so I'm good.

Watercolor class, this session, has a theme of the Pacific Northwest, so all three of my birds are native to Oregon, I think.  At least, part of the year.  I enjoyed painting them anyway, whether they are or not!

I'll show you the third bird next week.  This upcoming Sunday, the 29th,  I have a fountain pen giveaway starting, so be sure to check it out.


This bird was painted using Lukas watercolors in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

Review of the Cuttlelola Dotspen World's First Electric Drawing pen #Cuttlelola #Dotspen #ElectricDrawingPen

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Once upon a time, I used to stipple my drawings from start to finish.  If you are unfamiliar with the technique, it's done by applying dots, dot by dot, onto the paper.  It's time-consuming, eventually painful, and quite beautiful.  After a year or two, I could no longer use the technique without considerable pain in my wrist and shoulder.

So I was ecstatic when I received a Cuttlelola Dotspen World's First Electric Drawing pen as a birthday present from my brother and his wife, .  After using it for a while, I knew I had to review it because, if you are like me, you are very curious about this pen, but hesitate to buy it without knowing more.


Look & Feel
The Cuttlelola Dotspen Electric Drawing Pen is 6.6 x 0.6 x 0.6 inches (16.764 x 1.524 x 1.524 cm), which is a bit large in my small hand.  Nonetheless, it isn't very heavy so I don't find it uncomfortable.  It is an electric, chargeable pen that uses gel-based ink cartridges.

You probably wonder what it's l…

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

Snow Bunting and the Oregon Coast #52WeeksofWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #SnowBunting

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Last week I was at the Coast, but I brought along enough art supplies to keep up with the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

For my watercolor class, we were supposed to paint wildlife that was native to the Pacific Northwest, so I decided to combine the two.  I was in a bit of a hurry, trying to find out which birds were native to Oregon, and I came across the Snow Bunting.  I'm still not sure if this bird is considered native or just a common visitor, but... close enough.  It looked like an easy bird to fit in during a busy week, and it was!



This bird was painted using Lukas watercolors in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

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

Red-Necked Tanager & the Cuttlelola Pen #52WeeksofWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #Cuttlelola

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For week 19, I chose to paint a Red-necked Tanager.  After the fact, I changed it into a line and wash, using the Cuttlelola Electronic Dotspen that my brother gave me for my birthday.  It's so cool!  In essence, you hold the tip a little way off the paper and it dot...dot...dots super fast.  I had over-worked the paper a bit, and was having trouble getting the darker values down, so I used the pen to put them in.

You know I'll be doing a review on the pen before too long, lol!


This bird was painted using Lukas watercolors in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

Family Reunion Time! No link list posts until 5/23

I've got a family reunion happening, so I decide to just take the week off from my posting.

Have a great week. See you all on Monday the 23rd!

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

Last Night I Dreamed of Peppermints #Pentalic #Zentangle #Gellyrolls

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peppermints ...  Not really.  It just sounded like a good, poetic title for this piece, lol!


Illustrations on the Dome Walls #Pentalic #Zentangle #Gellyrolls

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Gellyroll pens in a Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6.


The winners of the Brause Calligraphy Beginner's Card Set have been emailed

Five winners have been chosen by random generator, and all have been emailed.  If you entered the giveaway please check your email.

Thank you to everyone who entered.  Keep your eye out for the next giveway - a J. Herbin Fountain pen!

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

Spring Busting Out All Over #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #watercolor

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This one looks like Spring busting out all over!

Micron pen over watercolor.


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

Three Cows #Strathmore #AquariusII #watercolor

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This is one of those paintings that I hated at the time I painted it, but then later decided wasn't so bad.

I'm still not thrilled with it, but ... it's not bad.


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

Raven about memory #Stillman&Birn #Zeta #ArtJournal

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Waiting for new birds, and I decided to paint one in acrylic over a background in my Stillman & Birn Zeta, that I did a year or two ago. I don't remember how I did the background, though.

 Ah, for the memory of my youth - that I remember!  I need a raven like Odin had, to keep my memories for me, but I guess I'll have to settle for painting them.  The ravens, not the memories, lol.


Any Port in a Study #Watercolor #KDAllegriArtClasses #Arches

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If you are here looking for my review and giveaway of the Brause Calligraphy Beginner's Card Set, you will find it here.

One subject I've always been afraid to try was boats.  They were the subject in today's watercolor class, and I have to say, after painting this, I'm still afraid to paint boats, lol.  Ah well. Maybe, I'm a little less afraid than I was.



Review of the Brause Calligraphy Beginner's Card Set #Exaclair #Calligraphy #Giveaway

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It's time for a giveaway! (The giveaway is now closed)

Exaclair, Inc. has sent me a Brause Calligraphy Beginner's Card Set for review, and is allowing me to host a giveaway.  Five winners will receive one of these sets!

The set is a large envelope, full of cards with examples of 9 traditional calligraphy alphabets - Carolingian Script, Chancery Cursive, Gothic, Gothic Black Letter, Gothic Fraktur, Italic Script, Modern Sans Serif, Roman, and Uncial.

Thank you to Exaclair, Inc.!






















Size: Approximately 10 x 13 inches
Paper: Cardstock
No. of Cards: 12
No. of Alphabets: 9

Except for two cards that are examples, each card has an alphabet.  Both upper and lower case are shown, except for Chancery Cursive.  It takes up two cards, one showing the uppercase and one showing lowercase.


These have pretty much the traditional calligraphy instruction.  The strokes of each character are numbered to show the order in which they should be made, and arrows are used to show the direction of the st…