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Friday, January 30, 2015

Sneak Peek for Monday's Review and Giveaway! #Rhodia #Exaclair #Giveaway

Be sure to check my blog on Monday for a review and GIVEAWAY!  Just a couple of sneak peeks to help you remember!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bleedthrumanades in Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine #Zentangle #RubberStampMadness #VivaLasVegaStamps!

The Spring Edition of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine is due to hit stores on February 10 or so.

You might remember that a couple of years ago, I was a team member of the Viva Las VegaStamps! design team.  During that time, I submitted some of my *Bleedthrumanades that I'd done using their rubber stamps and Zentangle patterns.  The magazine liked my examples and decided to write a whole article about them!

I'm so excited.  The magazine plans their issues two years in advance, so I've been waiting a long time!

These Bleedthrumanades were done with Copic Markers, Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps, and Pigma Microns on paper in a Rhodia 6 x 8 R-pad.

(*Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-through, make bleedthrumanade.  Color the page on one side with markers that will bleed color through to the back.  Draw and/or stamp on the side of the page.  When done, turn the page over and draw and/or stamp a totally different piece using the same color base.)

The Front of the Page

The Back of the Page

 The Front of the Page

 The Back of the Page

 The Front of the Page

The Back of the Page

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-21 #Exaclair #Schut #Zentangle

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Vel Acryl, 360 g/m2:165 lbs

This is a very stiff thick paper and it screamed mixed media to me.  I was getting a bit tired of working at the half sheet size and decided I would do the whole sheet as a collage.  I tore up scraps of magazine paper, and decoupaged it down with gel medium.  I layered on some textured pumice gel as well.

Then I painted the page with a very transparent metallic green acrylic paint, leaving the negative shapes of the pears.

It would also be a very good paper to use for art journal covers.

The outcome of my tests:
  • Not a good paper for folding
    • the backside creases cleanly
    • the inside radiates so that you get several creases
    • I was afraid the paper would crack so I didn't press as hard as I normally would
  • Good paper for collage
    • despite several layers of paper, gel medium and pumice gel
      • no buckling
      • no dimpling
      • no curling
  • A little stiff for art journaling
    • hard to fold
    • could be punched and wire-bound
    • would make good cover stock

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

joey's weekly tangle challenge #45
Tangle Patterns: How to draw ARCODOS
Ben Kwok Template: Deer Profile

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Prompt #1279 Visual Prompt of the Week – Scootin’ Along
Prompt60 #21

TECHNIQUE: Enhance Watercolor Paintings with PanPastels
Mixed Media collage technique
All About Neocolor II Wax Crayons

tanglebucket studio giveaway-Irotjen colored Pencils (Facebook)
Derwent Giveaway-Traveller Pencil Pouch

Pen & Ink
Serious Nibbage Part 21: Pilot Parallel 
Classic Pens LB5 Sailor King Profit Review

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Journal52 2015 Week 4-Silhouettes #Journal52 #ArtJournal #Acrylics

I cheated a little bit on the prompt this week--maybe.  I looked up the definition of silhouette and Google's first offering was 'the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light.'

The definition didn't specify that the shape had to be a solid color, so I went with my preference, and added a little sharing.

This took about 20 minutes, and at that, I fiddled with it a bit longer than I should.  I didn't take pictures, but for those interested, there is a write-up of my process and reasoing below.

Stillman & Birn Wirebound Alpha 7 x 10 inches
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Ultarmarine Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow Medium, Gold Iridescent
Foam brush
1/2 inch flat
Paper mask of man with umbrella

Reasons for my choice of colors:  I wanted to stick mainly with the primaries of red, blue and yellow.  I also wanted colors that would pop and I love how vibrant Golden's Ultramarine is. I knew I'd get an almost neon glow from it.  That seemed to set the tone for a rainy urban scene.  While rain is often portrayed with cool, grayed colors in an urban setting you are more likely to have garish lights reflecting in the water.  

I chose my blue and red (magenta) because they go well together.  A different yellow might have been better, but it's what I happened to have on hand, lol.  After thinking about, I decided to add in the Gold iridescent because it gleams, and would help give that feeling of wet sparkling in the light.

To get my paper mask, I went to the Morguefile Free Photos to find a good reference photo, and drew the outline of a man with an umbrella onto a piece of copy paper.  Then I cut it out.

Using the foam brush, I covered the entire page with a thin layer of Ultramarine Blue, not worrying about streaks.

I placed the paper cut-out mask where I wanted my silhouette to be, and, using the brush, I painted everything with a thin layer of the Gold Iridescent.  I didn't worry about streaks--in fact, I encouraged them.  I wanted the strokes to give an impression of rain pelting down, so my strokes were all slanted. I started each stroke on the mask and then painted towards an edge of the page.  I covered the entire page, but some of the blue showed through some of the gold.

At this point, I was done with the mask and tossed it.  

I painted areas around the silhouette with the yellow, still allowing streaks so some of the gold and blue could still be seen.  Then I painted the magenta shadows with a heavy coat of paint.  Using a much thinner amount, I also added magenta in the upper corner and off to the left side, blending it into the yellow.

I mixed some of the blue and magenta together, and added some shadows on the silhouette, and into the reflections.

Then I covered everything, except the silhouette, with another thin coat of Gold Iridescent.

That was it.  It took longer to write it up, than to do it.