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

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Review-Zebra Zensations Mechancial Colored Pencils #Zensations #ColoredPencil @ZebrapenUS #Inktober

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As an Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens, I was sent a package of several new products that will soon be in stores.  One of these was the Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils.  I was very intrigued when I saw these, and wondered if they could possibly be good.  Read on and learn what I discovered.



Specs
Lead size: 2.0mm
Barrel: Triangular shape, plastic
Refillable
Available in 24 colors
Uses Zebra refill #87103

One of the things I noticed right away was how transparent the colors were, so I drew some dark lines so you can see how show through the colors are.


Look and Feel
The pencils have a triangle-shaped plastic body that won't roll away.  I found it comfortable in my hand, a good size, though a little light in weight. The lead is a replaceable 2.0 mm stick with flat ends.  As you color the end does wear down to a rounded shape, but I still found you could get a decent line.

You don't need to sharpen these leads.  As it wears away, you click on the cap, just as you would with a mechani…

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

Baobab Tree Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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I had a special request for a Baobab tree.  There are nine species (you can see them here. Scroll down for the funkier ones), so I did two different versions.  These are just a guide though.  Baobabs are straaaange looking trees, so feel free to add limbs, twist them around.

I'm not sure why these came out so light.  I'm trying to get them darker, and I'll change out the photo when I do.
Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Want to share your Fun & Landscapes or find prompts and challenges? Join the Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group here!


The winner of the Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway is....

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....Vedha S!  She has been contacted via email.  The winner of the Stonehenge Aqua paper will be announced at the Doodlewash blog this evening.

The giveaway for the Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen has been my biggest ever!  I want to thank everyone who entered.  I wish I could send one to you all (really.  I wish I was rich enough to do that, lol!).  But now that I know how popular these items are, I will give away more of them in the future.

As it is, if I can get some examples done in time, I plan to have another giveaway this coming Friday for a tin of Hahnemühle YouTangle.Art tiles! The review will be on Thursday.


And since this last giveaway was to inform people about my new Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook group, I'll plug it again.  If you have been following my Fun & Easy Landscape series of step-outs, step-wiselys and step-by-steps, you can now share your work at my Facebook group.  You can also find prompts, challenges and tips that won't be posted …

Mac & Cheese Tangle Pattern #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #ZebraPenUS

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I'm a member of the Zentangle All Around Facebook Group and every week they post an I Dare You challenge.  This week the challenge was Mac and Cheese on a Black Plate.  That meant to draw your Mac and Cheese patterns (your favorite go-to everyday patterns) on black paper.

I misunderstood at first, and thought we were to use a pattern called Mac and Cheese.  How cool, I thought.  To my disappointment, that was not the case.  So instead of following the challenge directions, I just came up with a tangle pattern step-out called Mac & Cheese.

As a Zebra Artist Ambassador, I feel I should point out that I drew this using Zebra's Sarasa Fineliners and Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils.  I'll be reviewing the colored pencils on Tuesday.



Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Want to share your Fun & …

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

Sparkle Plant Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial,

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If you are here for my Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway, go here.
If you are here for my Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper giveaway, go here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' go here.

I was looking at some digital artwork where the artist had mirrored images, and it occurred to me that this would be a way to create some interesting fun and easy landscape plants.  So I made one, lol!

I'm sure you can think of some fascinating mirror plants for your own fun & easy landscapes.


Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Want to share your Fun & Landscapes or find prompts and challenges? Join the Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group here!

Review: American Journey Nomad Compact Set #CheapJoes #AmericanJourney #WatercolorPalette

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If you are here for my Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway, go here.
If you are here for my Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper giveaway, go here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' go here.

During World Watercolor Month I won a couple of items.  I've already reviewed the Winsor & Newton  triad of watercolors and 5 x 7 watercolor pad that I won.  Last week I received my prize from Cheap Joe's - an American Journey Nomad Compact Set.


The set consists of a compact tin with plastic well insert and a reusable cotton drawstring bag.

The bag is my favorite part of the set, lol.  It reminds me of the Goldmine Bubble Gum that used to come in cotton bags. Fond memories.

The tins also come in other sizes, but this is the only one with the plastic well insert.  The other tins are designed to use American Journey Empty Pans.  You could probably use other brands but the fit wouldn't be as tight.

The tin fits nicely in…

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

Folding Time & Space @ZebrapenUS #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt

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If you are here for my Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway, go here.
If you are here for my Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper giveaway, go here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' go here.

Recently, I received some items from Zebra pens.  The package included some cool items and I'll be doing some reviews.

For now, I'm still playing with all of my goodies.  This was done with Zebra's double-sided brush pen, and Zebra Zensations mechanical colored pencils (Yeah! Mechanical colored pencils) in a Grumbacher In & Out Pages Mixed Media Pad.


Here you can see the broad bold lines done with the doubled-sided brush pen...

...and then the same image colored with the Zensations colored pencils. Reviews to come in the weeks ahead!

Just Kidding Fun & Easy Landscape Step-out #Fun&EasyLandscapes #Step-out #ArtTutorial

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If you are here for my Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway, go here.
If you are here for my Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper giveaway, go here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' go here.

I had another special request, this time for a goat.  At this rate, my Fun & Easy Landscapes are going to have a complete barnyard!


Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Want to share your Fun & Landscapes or find prompts and challenges? Join the Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group here!

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

Desert Rain Frog Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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If you are here for my Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway, go here.
If you are here for my Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper giveaway, go here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' go here.

This will be the last Fun & Easy Landscape post that regularly appears on Sunday.  Going forward I'll post my step-outs, step-wiselys and step-by-steps on Fridays, unless it is a special request.

I came across a .gif photo of a desert rain frog.  After I stopped laughing and marveling at the fantastic creatures that inhabit this earth, I knew I had to come up with a step-out.

Go ahead.  Pretend he's some kind of alien creature instead.  I'm sure the frog won't mind.


For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.  Want to share your Fun & Landscapes or find prompts and challenges? Join the Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group here!

Cow Delight Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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If you are here for my Pigma Micron Pen Case/Tombow Fudenosuke pen giveaway, go here.
If you are here for my Stonehenge Aqua watercolor paper giveaway, go here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' go here.

I had a special request for a cow step-out.  I've got my Friday posts already pre-scheduled for the next couple of months, so I went ahead and posted this one today.

Cows are a bit more complex, though not so difficult.  I decided it was better to break it down into more smaller steps, so you could really see what was happening.


Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps are posted every Friday!

For a full list and links to Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Want to share your Fun & Landscapes or find prompts and challenges? Join the Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group here!

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

Giveaway closed-Micron Pen Set & Case And Tombow Fudenosuke Pens #Giveaway #PenAndInk #ArtistPens

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I'm giving away a couple of pen sets today (this giveaway is now closed)!

Why am I doing this?  I've started a Facebook group where people can share their Fun And Easy Landscape art and I'll have weekly challenges there as well. I thought this giveaway would help get the word out.

You do NOT have to join the group in order to enter the giveaway.  If you managed to get here, you deserve the chance to win whether you join or not - just follow the rules below.  

Please, only join the Facebook group if you want to share your Fun and Easy Landscape drawings or join the challenges.  If you are interested, head on over to my Fun & Easy Landscape Landscape group (after entering the giveaway, of course).

The prize package includes:

A Pigma Micron 9 Pcs Pen Set with Zippered Pen Case.  You can find my review here.



A Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 3 Type Set.  You can find my review here. (Note: these pens will fit into the Micron case that's included in the giveaway).


And, I'm th…

Review: Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 3 Type Set @TombowUSA #BrushPen #Zentangle

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Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 3 Type Set

Tomorrow (9/8/17),  I'll be giving away one of these sets along with a Pigma Micron 9 Pcs Pen Set with Zippered Pen Case.  If you missed it, you can find the review for that here.


There are three  Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens in this set.  Each pen also comes with a cool little plastic ruler with a cut-out.  The writing is in Japanese so I'm not sure what it says, but it's a handy tool for measuring, drawing straight lines and judging the height of your letters.

All three pens have flexible plastic nibs, water-based, odorless, pigmented black ink (and grey ink for the dual tip brush only).  The tips aren't as flexible as nylon brush pens, but they don't pill the way nylon pens will.

I've found that the ink is water-resistant, but not as waterproof as the Pigma Micron pens are.  It holds up to water or wet mediums pretty well but you do need to give it a while to set.  The humidity factors in, so drying time can vary.  I t…

Change in my blog look

You may have noticed that my blog looks different today.

Many of my old blog posts didn't show up well with the theme I had before and I've had people complain about that.

I think the look is cleaner, lets you see a selection of recent posts, and shows my art better.  On the other hand, I lost my badges, and my links to interesting sites and, worst of all, it assumes that you are all internet savvy.  I know that everyone doesn't spend mucho time on the internet and it gets confusing if you're unfamiliar with this kind of navigation.

I tried several different theme layouts and this kind was the only one I found that was worked well with all my posts, and all the artwork that I use.  So I've written a little bit to help you know what's what. (Oh, and if any of you who are more savvy than I, have any suggestions that don't involve 0much more than walking and chewing gum at the same time, I'd love the help, lol).

Just skip the rest, if the new look seems …

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