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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

If you are here for my giveaway of a Rhodiarama Softcover DotGrid Journal, you can find it here.

Between the Holidays and being ill, I haven't had much time for my link searches, so today's offering is small, and there will be no list on Monday. I apologize for that!

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus

Melinda Barlow CZT Welcome Video
MySwing Tangle Pattern Lesson #128
Joyride - a fun daily pattern

Plain-Chain Tangle Pattern
Pattern-Collections New: Pomcoco


Weekly Zentangle Roundup is on hiatus (and may not return!)

Tutorials & Art Journaling PromptsBeginner's Watercolor Flower Painting
3 Amazing Paper Animal Snowflakes
How to Paint a Dramatic Snowy Sunset Landscape
Gel Pens Quick Tip - 3 Tone Blending

GiveawaysCarta Bella Paper- Snow Fun" collection kit

Reviews
Ink Review: Papier Plume Garden District Azalea


Malachite Kingfisher: Week 52 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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If you are here for the giveaway of a Rhodiarama Softcover DotGrid Journal, you can find it here.

It's finished! I've painted 52 birds - well, actually more than 52 because I did a few outside of my journal.

I always itch to finish towards the end of a journal, but I've really enjoyed discovering new species of birds and getting re-acquainted with ones I've known.  I am going to do something similar for 2017, though I haven't decided for sure if I'll go with a theme, or be a little more loose.  I may just commit to doing a painting every week.  I've already bought myself a Stillman & Birn 9 x 12 Beta sketchbook for the purpose.


Reference Photo from the Pixabay photo  archive. 
This bird was painted 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'.

Plain-Chain, a new tangle pattern #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #TanglePatterns

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Have you read my review and entered my giveaway for a Rhodiarama Softcover dot grid notebook, like the one I'm using to create these tangle patterns?  If not, go here.



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

Gem-Brace, a new tangle pattern #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #TanglePatterns

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On Monday, I posted a review (and a giveaway) on the new Rhodiarama Softcover dot grid notebook. I don't know if it's because the New Year is almost here, or just because I haven't created any new patterns for a while, but I'm on a roll.

Be sure to visit my blog on Thursday for another tangle pattern!


Phanta-Stick, a new tangle pattern #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #TanglePatterns

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Yesterday, I posted a review (and a giveaway) on the new Rhodiarama Softcover dot grid notebook.  It's my favorite for drawing up new tangle patterns because the grid gives me a useful guide so I can keep each step about the same size, and start and end my lines in the same place.  And hopefully, that makes it easier for you to learn the pattern!

Be sure to visit my blog tomorrow for another tangle pattern!


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

Review & Giveaway - Rhodiarama Soft Cover #ExaclairInc #Rhodia #DotGrid

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On the December 23, I was the featured fan on Rhodia Drive's blog.  Not only was I honored by the feature, I was offered a choice of Rhodia products as a gift.  I chose the new dot grid softcover Rhodiarama notebook, with a yellow cover.  These dotgrid versions of the notebook are expected to be available in the U.S. in 2017, possibly as early as January.

Although, it wasn't expected, I was sent two of these journals.  So you know what that means... a giveaway! What better way to end the old year and usher in the new!  See below the photo for the giveaway info.



GIVEAWAY INFORMATION  
What Is the Prize? One winner will each receive a yellow Rhodiarama dot grid softcover notebook like the one reviewed here.
How to Enter? Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win a Yellow Rhodiarama Notebook' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com. (replace the words enclosed in [ ] with an @ and a . and make sure there are no spaces)

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

Dalek's Bedroom #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #PenAndInk

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Pigma Micron, Sharpie Marker & Paint Pen on Strathmore Gray-toned Tile.



European Bee-Eater: Week 49 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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Done with a variety of Senelier, Winsor Newton, Sennelier and M Graham watercolors.

I wish I'd found the Pixabay photo  archive earlier in the year.  I'd have painted a lot more colorful birds!



This bird was painted 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'.

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

Hedging the Brush #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Fabart

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I used the cat's tongue and deersfoot stippler brushes from The Fabart interchangeable brush set for this painting.  The deersfoot stippler was especially helpful in getting the effect of the hedgehog fur. I should have used the fan brush for the edges of the fur to get softer edges, but I was trying to see how well I could do with the cat's tongue brush.

(I did a review on this set here).

Different mix ratios of  Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna were used throughout, with Winsor Newton Sap Green added for the background.  It's a 6x6 inch painted on Twinrocker paper.

My reference photo came from Pixabay.com.




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

Carmine Bee-Eater: Week 48 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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I found a new photo archive that isCC0 Public Domain, Free for commercial use and No attribution required.  Actually two of them, Pixabay.com and UnSplash.com.  (Thanks to Art Tutor for sharing the information on Facebook).  I've been using the Morguefile for quite a while and I like it better than Unsplash, but Pixabay looks like it might be a contender for favorite.

I'd been looking for some good photos of bee-eaters and was delighted to find several at Pixabay.  Just in time, two of my last three birds for '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' will be from these species.



Done with a variety of Senelier, Winsor Newton, Sennelier and M Graham watercolors.

This bird was painted 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'.

My reference photo came from the Pixabay archive.

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

Storm Run-Off #Zentangle #Zentangle-Inspired Art #PenAndInk

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Ohto Graphic Liner & Pigma Micron Pen on  Strathmore Artist Tile.


A Quality of Light #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Mijello

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This was one of those paintings where I really wasn't sure how to get the effect I wanted, so I just started painting.  Sometimes that pays off, and I did get some of the feel I was going for.  Overall though, the painting is overworked.  I'm still not quite sure how to do what I want, so I'm going to have to play around some more.  Ideas that I have in mind are choosing different pigments, trying to keep more of the white and (my biggest failing) letting one layer of paint dry before fussing any further.

I wanted a touch more light in a few areas, so I decided to use a white acrylic paint pen , smearing the paint with my fingers as I added it.  It shows up in the scan far more than it does in real life.


Approximately 9x9 inches.  Mijello Mission Gold Permanent Yellow Light, Red Orange, Indian Red, Ultramarine Light  on Gemini Coldpress paper.  Only one brush used -  a Legend Kolinsky 3/4 inch flat.

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

Owl U An Alien? No 2 and a mini review- Fabart interchangeable brush sets #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Fabart

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Yep.  Owls are definitely aliens sent to spy on us from Outer Space!

I used different mix ratios of  Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna throughout, with a touch of Winsor Newton Lemon Yellow  for the eyes.  It's a 6x6 inch Twinrocker paper.  My reference photo came from Pixabay.com.

What was fun about this one was that it's the first time I had used any of the brushes from my newFabart interchangeable brush sets.  I learned about these on the FrugalCrafter website.  I've written a very mini review below, but if you really want to know more check out Lindsay's review.


The Fabart interchangeable brush set


Nothing I dislike outright.  There are a few things I wish were different.  I'll cover those first:
the ferrules (the metal piece that hold the bristles onto the handle) don't seem very secure. They are what I would expect for this price range though.the interchangeable heads slide out of the bands in the wallet.the information included about the brushes was spars…

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

Unidentified Flying Opals #GellyRolls #ZentangleInspiredArt #Fluorescent

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I accidentally posted this out of the planned order.  I tried deleting it. But it's still out there in cyber-space, so I'm going ahead and posting two artworks today.  Hope I don't confuse people too much (including myself!).

A combination of Sakura of America's Gelly Roll, Metallic, Glaze and Souffle gel pens on black paper.  6 x 6 inch.


Common Pheasant- Week 47 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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I really hate doing the last bit of a project.  Even if I'm enjoying the subject overall, I get so impatient to be finished and want to hurry, hurry, hurry.  It's a definite flaw of mine.

It's very hard to relax and just enjoy painting these birds.  Once I'm done with the '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' I know I'll paint birds with no problem.  The mind is a very strange thing.


Done with a variety of Senelier, Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith and M Graham watercolors.

This bird was painted 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'.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

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

Garden Niche #Zentangle #Zentangle-Inspired Art #PenAndInk

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Ohto Graphic Liner & Pigma Micron Pen on  Strathmore Artist Tile.


Sunset in Rust and Teal #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

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The last of my sky-centric paintings from the last session of my watercolor class (though I still have a couple of urban city paintings from that class).  I used a triad of M Graham Cobalt Teal & Quinacridone Rust, and Daniel Smith New Gamboge on Strathmore's Gemini Coldpress paper.

Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat, 3/4 inch oval and size 6 round.


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