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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Journal52: Prompt 39-In the City #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

This week's prompt was 'In the City' (I wrote it down incorrectly *sigh*).

My process is below for those interested.

1. I used a Shock Yellow Light Montana Marker to color the entire page.

2. Then I used Shock Orange to color around the shape of the buildings.  I didn't pencil in my buildings, beforehand, but you certainly could.  

I wanted a funky look and playing with perspective can give you that.  I've found that perspective doesn't have to be correct if you aim for a cartoony or surreal effect, but if you distort it, try to distort everything the same way.  Also, unless you are trying to make something stick out like a sore thumb--make everything distorted, or keep the perspective correct for everything.  Mixing the two doesn't work too well, usually.

3. You can get empty Montana Markers and fill them with other brands of fluid acrylic paint.  I have one filled with an electric pink from Spectra.  I used that to deepen the upper part of the sky--it doesn't show up well in the scan making my background look like a pumpkin color when it is really more of a red-orange.

4. I switched to Sharpie brush point markers at this time.  I used purple to color in the shadowed sides of the building, leaving yellow squares to represent windows.

5.  I used Burgundy for the front of the buildings, again leaving squares for the windows, and then added Dark Blue to the center of the shadowed sides.

6-finish.  At this point I was flipping back and forth through colors so often that I couldn't really photograph every step.  I used a fluorescent green Sharpie (regular tip) to shadow the windows and roofs, and a darker green for the grass.  I squirkled (a kind of scribbling to add texture) some purple along the right side of the building fronts using a Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel pen.

I used the purple and dark blue Sharpies to add the shadows and blended into the grass.  The scan didn't pick up all the color, and on the actual page the shadows and hillside are more thoroughly blended together.

The buildings in the background were added with the purple and green Sharpies.

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

SQARO - a new tangle
tangle Patterns: How to draw Cornman
Ben Kwok template-Macaw (must belong to Facebook Group Ornation Creation)

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Journal Project 2014 – Week 38 – Art Camp for Women
Art Journal Techniques: How to Make a Travel Journal,  + Art Journaling Ideas - Free Ebook
Watercolor Florals: Elderberries in two colors
Art Journal Wisdom :Day 3 :Get It Out, Get It Down

Signed copy of 'Craft Your Stash' + big stash of craft books & supplies
Coffee Lovers Bloghop & Giveaways
Giveaway: Custom Handmade Pen

The Carnival of Creativity 9/28/14

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lobster Salad #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #ZIA

A while back I bought a 22 x 26 sheet of Fabriano Tiziano in beautiful aqua color.  I tore into smaller sizes and have slowly but surely been tangling on them.  I've only got a few pieces left before I'll be finished and will then sew them into a book.

This one was drawn using a 0.4 Hi-Tec-C Maica pen in blue-black.  I love these pens.  They are a hard-tipped gel ink pen.  The ink flows more steadily than you find with many gel ink pens.  They aren't water-proof--in fact, you can make glorious watercolors with them, but, as you can see here, they work beautifully for line work.

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

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #187
Free Parrot Head template

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Prompt #1161 Visual Prompt of the Week – Up and Down

Painting Flowers in Acrylics
Leaf Stamped Napkins
Brushes: 6 Mixed-Media Art Supplies That Add Texture

Havel's Sewing Sweepstakes and Giveaway
A Colorful Journey 'Encouraging Words' stencil giveaway
The Colorful Journey Giveaway-'Now Is The Time' stencil

Watercolor Techniques for Mixing Your Own Neutral Colors & Challenge

Friday, September 26, 2014

Journal52 Prompts 35 & 36 #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

I did these two prompts while traveling so I didn't take photos or notes of my process. I'm not sure if the second one is done--I may work on it some more.

Prompt 35: Making Time

Prompt 36: Textures