Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

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

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #157
"It's a String Thing" #188 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #189

Videos
Daily Tangle - Laflor
Daily Tangle - Fluxogee
Daily Tangle - Coral
Xanadu
Ytterbium
Striping Tangle Lesson Pattern #162
Back Flip - daily tangle
How to Draw Something Awesome - Aura and Echo lines and tangle pattern 4Rosie

New Patterns
TanglePatterns: How to draw Patience
Pattern-Collections New: Rum wie Num
Pattern-Collections New: Xanadu
Pattern-Collections New: Helau
Pattern-Collections New: Drehum

Other
Pattern-Collections: Links by Framework
Pattern-Collections: News
Pattern-Collections: How to CREATE a tangle pattern step-out – DETAILED
Medieval half-timbered house Kits

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Week 11
Beginners in watercolor: Color 
How to Draw a Portrait in Three Quarter View Part 3
How to draw a Diamond April Birthstone Doodle Gem Tutorial
Coffee Filter Cherry Blossoms

Giveaways
National Craft Month 2017 Grand Prize Giveaway-Airbrush set, yarn, paint, adhesives and more
Quo Vadis Giveaway-Giveaway: MyEssential notebooks
Vintage Supply Co. Giveaway-Vintage Crafting ephemera
National Craft Month Giveaway: 123 Punch Board
Viva Las Vegastamps! Giveaway - Win Access to AALL & Create Online Class
Goodreads Giveaway-Vibrant Watercolours
Goodreads Giveaway-Coloring the Silence by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Coloring the Silence
Goodreads Giveaway-Tangle Wood Collector's Art Edition: 20 drawings to colour & keep

Reviews
Ink Shot Review: Bookbinders Emerald Boa
Peggy Wong's DIY Compact Watercolor Box

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No.10 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

February's flowers are Violets and Primroses and I think I got Pansies instead but I couldn't resist the color because I wanted to play some more with the new Daniel Smith Wisteria watercolor. You get an interesting shade of blue when you mix it with Phthalocyanine Blue.



I'm using a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook for all my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings 2017'.

The brushes used were a ConnSilver Black Velvet 16 inch, Connoisseur White Mop Goat Hair Brush, #4 Round, and Dynasty Black Gold 3/8 Dagger. The Mijello Mission Gold watercolors used were Bamboo Green, Permanent Yellow Light, Cerulean Blue (PB15:3, which would be Phthalo Blue in any other brand) and Permanent Rose.  I also used Daniel Smith Wisteria.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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

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

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 308

Strings/Templates
TanglePatterns String 253
Pattern-Collections String #25

Videos
Balldox Tangle Pattern Lesson #161
Daily Tangle - Opally
Daily Tangle - Nesting
Akia Pods
Youie

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Full watercolor demo : Amanitas, during a creative walk in the woods [video]
ENCAUSTIC 101: IMAGE TRANSFERS
What is Dot Art?
How to Draw a Portrait in Three Quarter View Part 2
Gods Eye Nebula -2 Cup Dirty Pour Experiment with Negative Space Acrylic Painting

Giveaways
Willowing Giveaway- copy of the book ‘Around the World with 80 Artists’ 
Win your own collection of FolkArt Brushed Metal paint
Goodreads Giveaway-How to Paint Atmospheric Landscapes in Acrylics
Goodreads Giveaway-Explorers' Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure 
Goodreads Giveaway-Fantastic Planet: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined 
Goodreads Giveaway-Soul Feast: An Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
Goodreads Giveaway-A Giving Heart: A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood

Reviews

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

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

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Challenge #88: Tangle with A-B-C
3DTANGLE SHADING CHALLENGE #085-Focus Tangle: NuWave

Videos
Zentangle * 10 (Smit, Hurry, Purk, Fennell, Lichen, Balloya)
Andora Daily Tangle - Trio
Tamisolo Tangle Lesson Pattern #160
Zap
A-Way
Daily Tangle - Blooming Butter

New Patterns
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Auracross
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Feeling Knotty
Pattern-Collections New: Soy
Draw Tangles with Dawn 3,500 Subscriber giveaway-win some tangle art

Other
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #314
TanglePatterns: Tangle Refresher #150
Revisiting a Basic Comfort
Pattern-Collections: Weekly Artist Focus – Christel Foncke

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Spice Up Your Watercolors With Ir-RESIST-ible Resists
ENCAUSTIC 101: MAKING YOUR OWN PAINTS
Writing Wednesday: 5 Ways to Naturally Expand Your Vocabulary
How to Draw a Portrait in Three Quarter View Part 1
Watch How To Make Easter Flowers From Coffee Filters
9 Sketching Techniques You Need to Know

Giveaways
Goodreads Giveaway-Animals (Vie Privee Et Publique Des Animaux) Coloring Book
Art Glitter Scottsdale Giveaway-glitter kit with  ultrafine glitter jars & Clear adhesive
Brother Giveaway-win one of 31 ScanNCut2 CM350 machines
The Postman's Knock Giveaway-walnut ink, Indigo ink, & McCaffery's green ink
Fountain Pen Revolution giveaway-bottle of FPR Ink, a FPR Jaipur & a FPR Leather Pen Pouch
Jetpens giveaway-Pens, Pencils, Eraser and Case
Cocoa Daisy Giveaway- bag, filled it with lots of crafting goodies

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Spectrum Noir Illustrator Twin Tip Markers Sketching Set Of 12 #SpectrumNoir #IllustratorMarkers #AlcoholMarkers

Recently I won  a 12 set of  Spectrum Noir Illustrator Twin Tip Markers.  There are four 12 marker sets - Figure, Sketching, Seascape and Landscape. I won the Sketching set.  So, of course, I had to review them - that's just what I do!



General information about all Illustrator markers:

  • 216 colors
  • artist-grade
  • dual-tipped alcohol ink markers
  • super-fine nib for precision on one end
  • brush nib for versatility on other end
  • blendable and streak free coverage  
  • Designed to help you understand the color wheel
  • Available in tonal sets for easy shading
  • Fast-drying ink
  • Non-toxic
  • Ergonomic barrel design for greater comfort
  • Refillable
  • Double-layered marker caps for extended time between refills
Besides the four 12-marker sets there are also eight sets of six markers - Basics, Hues, Tints, Tones, Neutrals, Portrait, Earth and Essentials. There are no color duplicates between sets.

How do they differ from the Original Spectrum Noir markers?
The Illustrator markers have a brush nib and a super-fine nib rather than the chisel and fine-tip that are on the original Spectrum Noir markers.  They are still a fiber-tip such as you would find with Copics or Sharpies.


The colors in the Illustrator sets are structured around the color wheel,and are named differently from the original Spectrum Noir markers. However,  these are not necessarily new colors - just renamed. In the chart on the packaging and the caps the colors look pastel.  They are actually rather intense but are transparent (see my chart below).



The caps on both ends are marked with the original numbering system, which indicates the relative darkness or lightness of the color - for instance TB3 would be darker than TB1.  The sketching set gives you a light and a mid-tone color of each of the primary (red, yellow, blue), and each of the secondary (green, orange, purple) colors. I suspect that holds true of all the 12 Marker sets.

The marker itself is six-sided, which means it won't roll off of a table, but it can sometimes be frustrating trying to get the cap back on.  You have to line it up just so before it will snap into place.


The marker is a grayish-white in color with color-coded caps. On one of the side, the brand name and identification of the tip ends are shown in a darker gray.


The Illustrator 12 Marker Sketching set colors are daffodil, sunshine, yellow green, salad, pearl blue, denim, lilac, hydrangea, baby pink, fruit pink, pale tan and apricot.

The colors are beautiful (at least, I find them so).  The lilac and hydrangea are slightly two-toned with pinkish highlights creating an aura around the colored area.  The effect decreases somewhat as the ink dries, and is more apparent on some paper than others.

As with most paint and ink mediums there is a color shift.  That means that when the ink dries it changes - in this case the color become slightly less vibrant and lighter.

I made this chart, layering each color to show the value range of each color from light to dark.
These are alcohol markers which means the ink is wet and will soak through to the back of most papers unless they are very heavy or specially treated.  The color on the back is usually much less bright and often more pastel.  In some areas color may not soak through.  It depends on the paper and how many layers of ink you apply in different areas.

Most alcohol markers have a smell.  I didn't notice any with these markers, but a more sensitive nose than mine might.

One of the claims made about these markers is that they are good for streak-free coloring, and I'd like to put in my two cents about that.  The flow of ink on these is very strong which means the ink stays wet (but doesn't smear) for a while, but that varies with the paper you are using.  Streaking usually occurs when you layer wet ink over dry ink.  Every ink will streak under the right circumstances but some more than others.

So that means you will get streaks if you layer -- but creating streaks in a controlled manner is called shading! You let a layer dry, then add more color where you want shading and you get darker color.

Since the ink flow of these markers is strong, unwanted streaking shouldn't be a problem - unless you are using paper that causes the ink to dry too fast for the speed in which you are coloring.

I wasn't impressed with the packaging.  The set comes in a box with a thin plastic shell that won't hold up for long, and because of the six sided markers you have to get to line them up just so or they won't all fit.  I like to keep my sets in the original box because it is easier to find the right colors later, but that won't be possible in this case.  That's a minor flaw though, and won't be an issue for many.

Performance
For my first example, I used the markers on hot press watercolor paper, which is fairly smooth but has a little tooth.  I was interested in seeing how dark I could get my values, and was pleased with the range I got by layering different colors over one another.

The ink dried fairly quickly, but I had no trouble with streaks except where I wanted them for shading and detail.

I used a permanent ink pen to add the lines after coloring.


For the second and third example, I did what I call a Bleedthrumanade.  I used to do these a lot and it was fun to revisit the technique.  As I mentioned above, alcohol ink bleeds (soaks) through the page.
Making fun of the old saw 'If life hands you lemons, make lemonade', I say 'If coloring hands you bleed-thru make bleedthrumanade.'  I know, it's a poor joke, but it's fun to do.  If you're interested in more detail, you can find a tutorial here.

I did these two drawings on an ivory-colored fountain-pen friendly paper.  It's very smooth and thin, but meant to work with wet ink.  On this paper, the Illustrator colors are not quite as bright and the two-tone effect with the lilac marker wasn't as noticeable.  (Note: the paper is a dot-grid, so if you notice little dots here and there - that's the paper, not the markers)

Since this was an unplanned abstract, I didn't layer for shading, using my permanent ink pen for that later. I had no problem with unwanted streaking and got a nice even layer of color.  I used a white acrylic pen to add the highlights.


Once I was happy with the front of the page, I turned it over and did a second drawing on the back.  If you want more pastel colors with this set, this is the way to get them!


Overall
The 12 colors in the Spectrum Noir Illustrator Twin Tip Markers Sketching Set are vibrant and very transparent.  It is easy to build up a range of values by layering different colors.  Though they are alcohol ink markers there is little to no scent.  The ink does bleed through to the back of untreated paper, as all alcohol ink tends to do.  The markers have six sides so they won't roll off the table, but you do have to line up the caps to snap them back on.

The markers have a brush nib and a super-fine nib and are refillable.  Combined with the bright and transparent colors these are definitely artist quality.

I'm personally very happy with the markers, though I was disappointed with the packaging.  I won this set, but I will be buying more.

Disclaimer
I won this Sketching set of 12 Illustrator Twin Tip Markers from Spectrum Noir in a giveaway.  I was not asked to review the set, and did so because I felt my readers would be interested.  I'm excited by the fact I won them, but have tried not to let it influence me.  Everything here is my honest opinion.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

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

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #156
"It's a String Thing" #187 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #188

Videos
How to Draw Zentangle Pattern Mi2
Daily Tangle - Swan Love
Zinger Hats
Atrium
Imagine
Zen Ball
Dandi Tangle Pattern Lesson #159

New Patterns
TanglePatterns: How to draw Torsdag
Pattern-Collections New: Imagine
Pattern-Collections New: Seppi
Pattern-Collections New: drehrumbum
Pattern-Collections New: Atrium
Pattern-Collections New: Wooly Zenball

Other
Kitchen Table Tangles with Indy and Mazzy

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Journal52 Week 11
Laying down even watercolor washes (flat, graded and variegated)
Liquid Frisket aka Masking Fluid
Mixed Media Tips for Art Journals & More
ENCAUSTIC 101: GETTING STARTED
How to Draw Oregon Sunstone Doodle Gem ep 50 Tutorial
Coloring Easter Eggs with flowers, onions & more (I posted this last year, but I think it's worth posting again)

Giveaways
Willowing Arts Giveaway-“Love who you are” dog tag necklaces and 3 bookmarks
Goodreads Giveaway- Creative Haven Norman Rockwell Classics Coloring Book 
Scrapbook & Cards Today Giveaway-your choice of a layout kit, a card kit or a pocket page kit
National Craft Month Giveaway: Trim & Score Board + Triangle Score Guide
Crafter's Companion Giveaway-Win a $50 gift certificate to website & LIVE craft session via Skype

Reviews

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Evening Garden Party #StonehengeAqua #Watercolor #LegionPaper

Totally not sure about this painting.  Not sure what I wanted to achieve - something vaguely Gauguin-ish.  Not sure if it worked.

I didn't fail.  The painting does evoke some feeling of satisfaction, though it doesn't feel quite right.  Areas were getting overworked, so I stopped and will just consider this an exploration of possibilities.


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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays Zentangle Challenges The Daily New Tangle ...