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Friday, October 28, 2016

Broken Zipper #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #PenAndInk

I've actually finished all the pages in my Grandluxe Earth Care Sketchbook.  but have only been posting them slowly.  I wish I could find another in this format.  It's a 5.5 x 5.5 inch square with 22 sheets/48 pages.  Good paper, so it's a nice sketchbook for this kind of work.

I didn't write down which pens I used, unfortunately.  I like to keep track of things like that (why? Beats me, but I do!).

Pastry in Deli Paper #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #PenAndInk

This is another drawing that I did in my Grandluxe Earth Care Sketch Book.

This book is full now, and I haven't been able to find one in the same format, though I've ordered pocket versions with  (hopefully) the same paper.

This version comes with plain heavy cardboard covers.  I carefully peeled off the Earth Care label and decorated them with gelli prints, then put the label back on (because I like to keep the informational stuff and I like the look).

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bird's Eye View of the Rose #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

There was no watercolor class this week, but we were given homework, asked to paint another white rose using only three pigments.  I used Sennelier Indian Yellow,  M. Graham' Quinacridone Violet, and Winsor Newton Winsor Blue on Strathmore's Imperial 140 Hot Press paper,  The brushes used were Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat, and size 6 round.

I really like the Imperial paper in all three types-cold press, hot press and rough.  It's one of Strathmore's 500 professional series and although it's rated as 140 lb, it feels almost like 300 lb, so it doesn't need stretching or taping down.

My reference photo came from the Morguefile archive.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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

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

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #136
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 290
It's a String Thing #167 tiles
It's a String Thing #168 challenge

Ben Kwok Template #203 - Floral Mandala
Starmen Zentangle Pattern Video
Easy Drawing Tutorial Owl in Nest, Petrified Wood Doodle Gem

TanglePatterns: How to draw Jelly Legs
Pattern-Collections New: Moon-Rope
Pattern-Collections New: St-Rap
Pattern-Collections New: Youger
Pattern-Collections New: Moon-Rope
Pattern-Collections New: Brooch

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
FREE Life Book Lesson - The Happy Traveller (only available until Nov. 7)
TECHNIQUE: Image Transfer with Pastels
Altered Page Book Binding Tutorial
Cherries in Oil Paint Tutorial
Walnut Hallow Wood Burning Prize Bundle

Paper to Painting Workshop Bundle Giveaway
Autumn Quilling Tutorial with Simon Says Stampe Gift Certificate giveaway
Art Journaling Magazine Giveaway – Fall 2016

Review: Pelikan Classic M205 Aquamarine Fountain Pen 
Noodler's Ink Proctor's Ledge Review

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Everything's Coming Up Roses #Watercolor #WorldWatercolorGroup #Strathmore

Last week's watercolor class had us painting up roses.  I went a little larger than I usually do, painting on a 10 x 10 sheet of paper.  This was supposed to be my warm-up, but of course I couldn't stop once I got started.

Done on Strathmore Imperial 140 lb Cold Press (which I quite like by the way).  It's quite sturdy, feeling more like a 200 lb and not needing to be stretched or taped down.  The pigments used were Daniel Smith New Gamboge, Winsor Newton Cobalt Blue and Permanent Rose. The brushes were Silver Black Velvet flat 1 inch, and size 16 round.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Hills Have Eyes? #Zentangle #WatercolorGraphite #StillmanAndBirn

I'm allergic to graphite and it doesn't really matter what form it is, pencil, powder or in this case - watercolor. Plus, I don't like the mess it makes when it smears everywhere.

Still, I'm a curious cat, and when I saw the Artgraf watercolor graphite, I decided to try it out, thinking that perhaps the water would keep the dust down, and help with the allergy and the mess.

It did help a bit.  I still got the tickle in my throat, and my eyes watered some, but I don't think it was quite as bad as usual.  It still smeared just a bit.

Some pros and cons.  The brush makes a difference. The main difference with most pencils is in the softness of the lead.  With a brush, you can spread larger amounts of graphite, getting a darker value quickly.  It's difficult to get lines, so you probably wouldn't use it for a line drawing without using ink for the lines as I did here. But with the right brush, you could get lines. You can use a dry brush technique to get a scumbled effect.

The graphite is erasable once it dries, but on this paper at least, it only lightens a bit rather than erasing completely.  

I'd thought about doing a thorough review, but, alas, I don't really want to push the allergy, and this will remain a product I use sparingly.  I do like it better than pencil, but I still prefer shading with my pen.