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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Brown Thrasher - Week 46 of 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #WorldWatercolorGroup #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

While applying my first washes for the background, the rays of light sort of happened.  I'm not sure they're right compositionally, but I like them, so they stayed!



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, December 3, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #069: Focus tangle: Reel

Tangle Refresher 143
Zentangle All Around: 2 Weeks Worth of Strings
Ben Kwok Template #207 -Blossom-Mandala

How to Draw a Jade Eyed Owl Doodlegem Ornament Tutorial
Sindoo Zentangle Pattern Video

TanglePatterns: How to Draw Jobowtie
TanglePatterns: How to draw CONOOR
Pattern-Collections New: Fourdot
Pattern-Collections New: Ginaleaf
Pattern-Collections New: Pressure
Pattern-Collections New: Kurbelwelle

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #300

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Bird's Nest in Watercolor Tutorial
Easy Stencil Trick for Mixed-Media Collage Backgrounds
Free Christmas Coloring Printables
FREE BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE WORKSHEETS
Journal52 Week #89:  No Regrets OR Sorry, Not Sorry

Giveaways
ArtistsNetwork 7th Annual Holiday Sweepstakes-a new prize every day
Everyday Artist Giveaway: American Journey Brushes & Holder 
Cheerful Winter Stamp Prize Pack Giveaway
Bexley Gaston’s Exclusive Fountain Pen 12/6
Quo Vadis Day Per Page Planners Giveaway
The Postman's Knock Giveaway-Finetec Golds palette
Jetpens Giveaway: Marvy Le Plume Markers & Clairefontaine Coloring Book

Reviews

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Owl U An Alien? No 1 #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Primatek

Now, I'm not saying that owls are from outer space, but you have to admit that some sure look like they might be!

I used Daniel Smith Primatek (Hematite, Piemontite, Jadeite Genuine) paints for the most part, which are paints with actual mineral content.  I did use Winsor Newton Raw Sienna for a base color and that orangey color is Qor Quinacridone done.

With all the ticking on the owl's feathers and the roughness of the bark, I ended up doing a lot of scraping for texture.  I ended up doing so much, I might as well have been working on scratchboard, lol.


My reference photo came from Pixabay.com.  I used Legend Kolinsky brushes size 6 and 8 rounds.  It's on 8x8 twinrocker paper.

Review of the Ottlite 3-in-1 Adjustable-Height Craft Floor Lamp #Ottlite #CraftLamp #SistersWhat

A few weeks ago I entered a wonderful giveaway for a chance to win one of 3 Ottlite Natural Daylight Lamps, at the Sisters, What! Creative Blog.  Imagine my joy when I discovered I'd won the
OttLite K53CP3-in-1 Adjustable-Height Craft Floor Lamp with Magnifier and Clip! (NOTE: Link edited because I was pointing you to an older version that did not have the auxiliary outlet and had shorter gooseneck arms.)

I so love it when I win things.  I'll try to keep from gushing too much in my review, but I was over the moon when my lamp arrived.



Specs
Weight: 15.6 pounds
Height: adjustable from 45” (114.3 cm) to 63.75” (162 cm)
Base size:  8” (20.3 cm) x 12” (30.5 cm)
Color: Champagne, Matte finish
Voltage: 120 volts
Wattage: 24 Watts
Bulb:Type: CFL
Warranty: 2 Year Fixture, 1 Year Bulb
Materials: Metal & Plastic
Price: Around $110 on Amazon USA
Features: 5” diameter adjustable gooseneck magnifying glass (2x optical grade with 5x spot)
Adjustable gooseneck clip
Energy efficient OttLite bulb rated to last up to 10,000 hours (replacement bulb type C)

Clamp for converting to clamp-on configuration
Auxiliary outlet for use with 2 prong, polarized 120V tools

Look and feel
The Ottlite 3-in-1 Craft Lamp comes in a neutral champagne color.  There are both metal and plastic parts.

This lamp is 3 in 1 in two ways.

You can set it up in three ways.  As a standing floor lamp, a table lamp with a base, or a lamp that is clamped onto the edge of a table or bench.

It has three adjustable parts - the bulb and shade, a magnifier with an LED light, and a large clip for holding photos, patterns or other project references.

It's heavy enough to be sturdy, but it's light enough to move as needed.

The lighting is a low-glare, high-contrast, 508 Natural Sunlight Illumination that's easy on the eyes.  It isn't enough to light a whole room, but provides more than enough light for a craft area.

The hinged shade sits on an arm that is adjustable in 2 places.  You can adjust the tilt of the bulb, and also the adjust the tilt of the arm.  That gives you a lot of flexibility.

Here you a rare photo of my incredibly messy craft area.  I'd decided to keep it real instead of all cleaned up, because it's never that way when I'm crafting, and I wanted to show how easily you can adjust the lamp to fit the contours of your area, even when it's a mess like mine.


Both the magnifying glass and clip are on adjustable gooseneck arms.  The clip is plastic, and a bit stiff to open (though that may change with use).  As you can see in the photo above it's strong enough to hold a paperback about the weight and size of a magazine.  


When I tried to use a hardback photo book, the gooseneck arm was weighted down, but it did hold the book upright and open on my desk.  That works for me.



I don't know how much I'll use the magnifying glass for crafting, but I can tell you it will come in handy for all those tiny warning labels, and restrictions on coupons.


Another nice feature is the auxiliary outlet located at the base of the bulb, magnifying glass and clip module.  You can plug in those short corded 120 volt items like heat dryers and glue guns without having to plug them into the wall.


Installation
The lamp only took me about 20 minutes to put together.  About 15 minutes of that was me fiddling with installing the bulb.  That's the only thing I felt was less than optimal. To hook the bulb into the shade, you push it into a clip and slide it down to plug it in.  You have to shove it fairly hard, and being the wuss that I am, I was afraid of breaking the bulb.  My husband came home, shook his head, and snapped it in with little problem.  Now that I have an idea of the pressure needed and the sound the bulb makes once it is seated properly, I don't think I'll have any future problems.

Overall
If you need a lamp that gives you a daylight glow for art and crafting this is an excellent choice.  I love the clip, because I've often struggled to set up my reference photos, and that will no longer be a problem.

I want to thank Havalah, Sierra, Anjuli and Joy of the Sisters, What! Creative Blog and Ottlite for their fantastic and generous giveaway.   I recommend visiting the Sisters, What blog - besides giveaways, they have craft tutorials, free printables and all sorts of interesting stuff.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #141
Duotangle Adventures Challenge #17
Monotangle Adventures Challenge #39
"It's a String Thing" # 172 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #173 Tiles

How to Draw Amethyst Doodlegem Angel Ornament Tutorial Ep 35
Gneiss Zentangle Pattern #118 Video

TanglePatterns: How to Draw Joki
Pattern-Collections New:  Peacock
Pattern-Collections New:  Daidai
Pattern-Collections New:  Bugle

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Learn to Create Depth by Painting this Still Life Floral Scene (acrylic)
How to make Glitter Houses
Pointillism – A Quick Way, Step by Step

Giveaways

ColorIt - EACH DAY IN NOVEMBER WIN A SET OF 24 ART MARKERS

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Foggy Reflections #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

This was a quick study, and was originally planned as a duochromatic (only two colors) piece.  I chose Sennelier Phthalo Green Deep and Daniel Smith Lunar blue.

The Phthalo Green Deep was a mistake, I think, since I wanted a foggy look, and it's a very staining color.  Even though I blotted the middle ground island almost immediately, the value is too dark and I couldn't get it lighter.  But that's the value in quick studies.  You make your mistakes and learn so that you don't ruin something you've worked hours on.

The Lunar Blue worked great for the foggy look, but the two colors were too similar in tone. I decided to make this a triad piece and added a bit of M Graham Quinacridone Rust.  That gave it much needed change in tone, and added some depth.

Approximately 9 x 9 inches, painted with a Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat and a size 6 round on Strathmore Gemini cold press paper.