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Poodle Plant 3 Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

This is a fairly easy plant to draw, yet it was difficult to draw up the steps.  That's because the trunk of the bush or tree can vary tremendously.  The main thing is that the base of the plant and ends of the branches have a puffy poodle like foliage.

For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Flipple Plant 3 Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

Just stack up those shapes and then link them together.  Vary the shapes, vary the links.  Make your plants lean and loop and flop and droop! Have fun, and be sure to experiment!

For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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Scribble Plant 3 Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

Last Sunday, I posted a step-wisely discussing how you can use the most basic of shapes to create all sorts of funky plants.  I apologize because I'm going to bombard you this week with some step-outs based on that premise, so I can use them in Sunday's Step-wisely.  After that, I hope to be on a Sunday only posting for Fantasy Landscapes, unless someone asks for a specific step-out to be done.

I'm really fond of the scribble method, especially when using color.  This method is also known as squirkling, and who doesn't love a name like that?

I've touched on this method for applying texture - you can use it in just about any shape - check out this example I did for a Sharpie review a few years ago, here.  I scribbled everything including the boy and his dog.

There is an unbelievable range of values that you can create so this is a very handy texture to use when you are trying to balance your values, so I decided I'd touch on it again as a step-out to create plan…

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Basic Shapes Fantasy Landscape Step-wisely #FantasyLandscape #DrawingTutorial #Step-wisely

In drawing and painting, shapes are important, even in the most non-objective and abstract of art.

In my fantasy landscape drawings, they are crazy like mad important!

So for this week, I'm exploring shapes and the many, many, many landscape objects that you can make from them.

Today I'm showing you ways to use the most basic shapes:
roundish-circles, ovals, etc.squarish-squares, rectangles, etc.triangularish-triangles 
For each type of shape I drew some very, very basic shapes, and then I drew some that were a bit more complex.  As time goes on I'll do step-outs for some of these, but chances are you can figure out most of them yourself.  If you want a step-out for any one in particular, let me know and I'll do it up.


Building on roundish shapes


Building on Squarish shapes


Building on Triangularish shapes

Play with sizes, widths and lengths.  Stack 'em up, place them side by side. Go from large to small and small to large.  Alternate the …

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Cave Pony Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

I was looking at a friend's photos on Flickr and came across a horse with odd coloring.  As often happens these days, I was immediately overcome with the desire to create a fantasy horse step-out.

The problem, of course, is that horses are hard.  How to simplify enough for this series?

And then I thought of the cave paintings of Lascaux.  Animals reduced to their bare essence, yet clearly recognizable.  So I googled the cave painting of a pony, and here's what I came up with.

For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Review-The Great Zentangle® Book #Zentangle #BookReview #LearnToTangle

The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler, CZT® is now available in English!  Previously, it was only available in German (Das Grosse Zentangle®-Buch).  There are 101 patterns with original artwork from 47 CZTs and other artists.
I did review the German version, so this review will be very similar, but more accurate because I had to guess what was being said in the first version.  I'm sadly lacking in the ability to speak more than one language.  

Look & Feel
Specs 144 pages 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches Glued Binding Soft bound Cover 101 tangle step-outs
The paper is high quality and thick, so the book is fairly heavy.  This is a mixed blessing.  The book should withstand lots of use but the weight might make it uncomfortable to carry.  
Although the binding is glued, you can fold the book backwards and if you do this (gently) the pages will lie almost flat, even in the middle.  
There are many illustrations throughout, not just for the tangle step-outs.  While the examples are done by v…

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I Dare You Fun & Easy Landscape Challenge with Zentangle® step-by-step #Fun&EasyLandscape #Zentangle #StepByStep

I was asked to provide a challenge for this week's 'I Dare You' challenge at the Zentangle All Around Facebook Group, using one of my Fun & Easy Landscapes.

The challenge is posted every Wednesday, and I went a little crazy and decided to do a Fun & Easy Landscape step-by-step that covered everything from drawing to shading through coloring.  Hah! Real Life laughted at me, and I ended up with two finished pieces, a step-by-step for one, and a partial step-by-step of the second.

Zentangle is all about relaxing, not worrying over choices and going with the flow.  Fun & Easy  Landscapes are about discussing why one might make the decisions they do, and what to look for if you are unhappy with your finished work.  If you are more into the Zentangle aspect, just scroll past the explanations, and learn from the artwork.  If you are more into the Fun & Easy Landscape, read the explanations and learn from the artwork too.

The focus of the step-by-steps are the two…

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Fat Birds Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

Today's step-oust are loosely based on a Robin, but are generic enough that you can easily make changes and populate your fantasy landscape with all sorts of birds.  I think Fat Bird One is probably easier to draw, but Fat Bird Two is cleaner in appearance.  Play around and come up with your own fat birds!
And notice how these bird is built on roundish and triangularish shapes. Yes, I know.  I just invented a word.  It exists in my fantasy world.

For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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Re-purposed Qor Tin Watercolor Palette #Watercolor #DIYWatercolorPalette #PaintedTin

This is another tin I decorated and set up as a travel palette for some of my watercolors.  The tin originally came with tubes of Qor Watercolors, which I've long since used up.  The tin is large enough to hold 14 full pans of paint, a pen, a waterbrush, a small natural sea sponge and a small water bottle.

The lid has embossed circles which create slight wells for mixing paint on the inside and bumps on the outside.  I decided to turn the bumps into seashell.

Golden's Micaceous Iron Oxide acrylic is great for getting a gritty, sandy look so I went with acrylic to paint this lid.  I did light sanding, but skipped applying gesso and went straight for the acrylic paint.  I used the Iron Oxide, Cobalt Teal, Green Gold, Buff Titanium and Titanium White.

Tiny Altoids Watercolor Palette #Watercolor #Palette #PaintedTin

I've been decorating small tins lately.  Some of them will end up as gifts and some are going to be watercolor palettes for myself.

This was one of the tiny Altoids tins.  It isn't really quite as textured as the camera makes it look.

I sanded the tin lightly, painted it with three coats of white gesso and then painted my picture using the colors that will be in the tin - Yellow Cadmium, Rose Dore, Cobalt Blue and Yellow Ochre.

After the watercolor was dry I sprayed with a varnish so that it won't run if it gets re-wet.

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More Use full Fantasy Landscape Step-outs #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

I was feeling sheepish today, so I created more Useful step-outs for you!

For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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Use Textures Fun & Easy Landscape Step-by-step #Fun&EasyLandscape #Step-by-step #DrawingTutorial

Although, I created the  Use step-out years ago as a tangle pattern,  I think it works just fine in my Fun & Easy landscape, so I'm using it today.  If that's woolly thinking, I feel sheepish.

NOTE: I have to apologize.  When drawing the step-by-step, I wasn't happy and started the whole thing over.  I did like some of the first try, so I traced parts of it.  What I wasn't aware of, was that the scanner was picking up underlying drawing, and creating bluish shadows on my new drawing.  I cleaned it up some, but it's impossible to get rid of it all.  I loves all of you, but not enough to redraw the step-out a third time!

Supplies: Pen and paper.  Pencil and eraser recommended. I recommend drawing things in with pencil.  I used a Pigma Micron PN because it is waterproof, so I can paint or color marker over this later if I wish.  I used a good quality paper but it wasn't necessary.

Resources: Today I'm using the textures I presented in my Basic Textures step-…