Thursday, September 29, 2011

Link: Bubble Wrap Keeps You Warm

Check out this article on the Shoplet Blog--Use bubble wrap to insulate your windows and save money!

Link: 10 Helpful Links About 24 hr. Comics Day

October 1st is 24 Hr. Comics Day (24HCD). Artists worldwide accept the challenge every year, creating a 24 page comic in just 24 hours.

Head on over to the Copicmarker website for 10 links to get more information.

Link: Rhodia Drive Notepad Giveaway

Twenty winners, each, will get 1 large dotWebbie, 1 #12 dotPad and 2 Rhodia pencils at Stephanie’s Huge Anniversary Giveaway!

Link: The Daily Marker Giveaway

Kathy, over at the Daily Marker, is having a giveaway for over $200 worth of crafting supplies.  Ends Nov 4th. Requires you to post a link back photo on your blog, Flickr or Facebook.  See the widget on my sidebar.

Link: SWALK, a Copic Coloring Tutorial (and giveaway!)

SWALK, a Copic Coloring Tutorial (and giveaway!)

Link to tangle pattern Tearce

Steps to Pam Pincha-Wagener's Tearce has been posted at

Link to tangle pattern Picot & Cadex

Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to her tangle pattern Picot, and a link to a video containing steps to the original tangle pattern Cadex.

Link: Watercolor Primer with Diana Trout

Watercolor Primer with Diana Trout, Part I: Suggestions of watercolors that will make a good all round palette.

Watercolor Primer with Diana Trout, Part 2: Layering your watercolors.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Link: Free downloadable line art from Copic

In response to gaining 3000 followers on Twitter, Copic has posted some free downloadable line art images at their website.

Link to tangle pattern Phuds

Paintchip, aka Cindy Angiel, has posted steps to her pattern Phuds.

Review of Tim Holtz Papillon Stamp Set

A couple of weeks ago, I won a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  A marvelous stamp set.  A beautiful stamp set.  It has butterflies.  Really beautiful butterflies, and marvelous background stamps with the names of cities and words pertaining to butterflies.  Don't take my word for it--look at that beautiful set!  I've been stamping with joy since I received it!

The set is made of pink rubber with a foam backing, and the cut is deep, intricate and clean.  No more than you would expect from Tim Holtz!

They're large stamps (I've provided a picture of the set stamped on an 8x11 in sheet of paper to give an idea of size).  Large stamps can be a challenge.  It isn't always easy to determine how much pressure, or if you've applied pressure to the whole stamp.  I've been practising.  I don't always worry about a perfect image, since my style is pretty rough anyway.  But I want a perfect image when I want one, lol!

For the first bleedthrumanade I did with the stamps I used a new journal I found at Marshalls fro $5.  It's a Valentina, Made in Italy, 9x13 in light card stock sketchbook, and the paper is fantastic for about anything you want to do to it.

The drawback is the size.  There aren't too many pages, but it's still heavy and very hard to hold on to while drawing.  The stamps came out wonderfully.  I even cut out butterflies from another piece of paper and glued them on for a 3D effect, but I had a difficult time tangling in the book.  I also had a hard time getting a picture.  The sketchbook is too big for my scanner, and it was hard to prop up and get entirely into frame for a photo.  The paper was also pretty thick for a bleedthrumanade and not much color came through.

I didn't think this first example properly showed off the stamps in the photo, so I did a second example in my moleskine, which was much more manageable, and more properly shows why I'm so excited about my stamp set.

Link: Letraset's 4th Coloring Competition & Winners of the 3rd

Hot on the heels of their third coloring challenge, Letraset has joined up with Polkadoodles for coloring challenge No. 4!

Polkadoodles has provided a downloadable image from their Sugar Birdies CD.

The Main Prize winner will receive a 1x ProMarker 12 Set 1 and a Polka Doodles ‘Sugar Birdie’ CD.

The two Runners-up will receive ProMarker 5 Sets.

Winners of the 3rd competition are also announced in the post.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Link: Creative Paperclay giveaway

Head over to the Creative Paperclay blog for a cool tutorial and to enter their giveaway for an 8 oz. block of Creative Paperclay.  I won one not too long ago and used it to make the Lilah Beans that I entered into Sandy Bartholomew's recent contest (now ended).

Link: Tutorial for Tri-fold Halloween card and a Giveaway

Simon Says Stamps has a video showing how to make a cute tri-fold Halloween card aaaand they have another giveaway (almost a daily event there!).

Link: Printable Orange And Black Pencil Garland

Free download from Shoplet Office Supplies.  Nice for Halloween decorations around the office or at home--

Printable Orange And Black Pencil Garland.

Link to tangle pattern Parch

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Parch.

Mis?Adventures in Watercolor-An Experiment on an Experiment on an Experiment

Yay!  Finally, I did something I like!  But the painting was a process of liking it then messing it up.  Then trying something and liking it, but then messing it up and...well, finally I quit while I was ahead, lol!
This started as an experiment with Daniel Smith Watercolor ground.  I painted a page in my moleskine with the ground to see if i would turn a sketchbook page into a watercolor page.  I did two coats of ground with a day between, and then left it for a week to be sure it was cured.
The texture was rough, but the paint sort of slid around on the ground.  I  started a Linda Kemp style negative painting.  Initially, I like the textured look I was getting, but by the time I finished covering the page using a dry on wet technique, I hated it.  I set it aside until I decided what I wanted to do.
Over the last week or so, I've picked the moleskine up and looked at the piece, but inspiration did not strike. Then last night, I decided to see how my Letraset Aqua Markers would do on the ground.  To my surprise, while laying the color down, I got a sgraffito look--the marker tips were actually picking up and moving some of the first layer of color, even though there had been more than a week curing.
I like Sgraffito (a technique where you scrape a top layer of paint that isn't quite dry to reveal bits of the layers beneath) so I went with it.  But then I added water to the Aqua Marker to smooth it in some areas. I did not like that look.
The painting reminded me of an old icon, sort of peeling paint on wood.  I felt it was too soon to give up, and pulled out my Daniel Smith 66 Try-it dots.  I covered the splotches I didn't like with some Quinicridone Fuschia and Blue Apatite Genuine, and then used Iridescent Sunspot in some areas to give them a burnished wood patina.
I liked it.  It didn't feel finished, but I'm not stupid.  I know when to stop, right? Lol!
The upshot is that painting on Daniel Smith Watercolor ground is not the same as painting on watercolor paper.  There may be ways to improve that.  I think I might try sanding the ground, or playing with the thickness of how I apply it.  Even if I can't get it to work exactly like sized paper, I think I can get some interesting effects.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good photo or scan of the painting, so you may wonder what the fuss is about. But the point of this post is, if you don't like something you've done, consider experimenting.  What have you got to lose?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Blue Pearls in Rubber Cement

Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Micron Pigma & Graphic, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Rhodia 'R' Pad,

I stamped at random before I even layed down color, thinking I might get some interesting bubble transparency effects.  I don't think I did.  Don't think I'll do this again, lol.

The stamp ink bled through (it doesn't if you use the Promarkers first) and between that and the strong design I'd colored on the front, I had a hard time coming up with anything really different for the back.

Link to tangle pattern Blasing

Paintchip, aka Cindy Angiel has posted steps to her pattern Blasing (originally called Blooming Lace).

Link: New doodle tutorial from Miraculous Mosquito

New doodle tutorial from Miraculous Mosquito:

Those Lovely Soft Fluffy Floaty Things - A new Dangerous Doodle Drawing Tutorial.

I 'follow'ed Miraculous Mosquito's blog, but for some reason her posts haven't been showing up in Feedly, so I've missed a few of her tutorials, so don't stop with this post.  There is lots more to see!

Link: Tutorial-Simple Watercolor Painting of a Seascape for beginner watercolor artists

Joe Cartwright demonstrates a simple seascape done with only two colors.  Check out the tool bar on his pages for more demos, tips and techniques.

Link: Learning Watercolor with Susie Short

Watercolor tips and techniques from Susie Short.  There is an easy poinsettia tutorial for those that might want to paint them on cards and such for the holidays. Be sure to check out the other sections for information on color, watercolor supplies, and non-brush techniques.

Bleedthrumanade with Onion and Acorn

Blah, blah, blah, lol!  That's the weather, and whenever it turns that way, that's me.  I still haven't been able to find an art project that sparks a light for me. But I'll get over it.  Either the weather will change or I'll get used to the gray and gloom again.  That's Portland most of the time, after all!

Link to tangle pattern Bilt

The link to CZT Lisa Steen's tangle pattern Bilt has been posted at

Link: A floor done with Sharpies

I know people have tangled their walls, but has anyone done their floors--here's an example done with Sharpies.

Link: How to do Eye dropper drawings with Carla Sonheim

How to do Eye dropper drawings with Carla Sonheim.

Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #41: DuoTangle v. II "Jonqal/Opus"

Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #41: DuoTangle v. II "Jonqal/Opus" and don't forget if you enter a drawing, she also has a giveaway for Zentangle Pocket Pagez, courtesy of CropStop!     

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Link: Charm giveaway

Check the Charm giveaway at Blossom's Bloomers.

Link: Tutorial Video on converting Fountain Pen to Eye-Dropper

Tutorial Video on converting Fountain Pen to Eye-Dropper Pen.

Highlights from the video...
1. What is an eyedropper.
2. Why make a pen into an eyedropper.
3. How to convert a cartridge/converter pen to an eyedropper.

Link: Watercolor tutorial by Elizabeth Tyler

Here's link to a video by Elizabeth Tyler, painter / historical innovator, who leaps watercolour possibilities into our eager fingers.

Instead of the usual pale, pastel shades normally associated with water colour, Elizabeth Tyler uses strong colours and bold strokes, painting the background.

Thank you to Phylmarie Fëss on Facebook, who posted this link.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Step by Step Tutorial for a painted and stamped tag.

Step by Step Tutorial for a painted and stamped tag. Shows techniques that could be used for art journaling, card-making and other projects.  And I think it's a cool tag!

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 9/23/11.

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 9/23/11.

Link to tangle pattern Starbarz

The link to Jane Monk's Starbarz pattern has now been posted at

Link: Part 3 of Coloring Running Horses with Copics

Marianne Walker, product specialist/ product director for Copic Markers, has posted the steps she took to draw and color the running horses on her blog header.

Running Horses, Part 3.

Links to Running Horses, Part 1 and Running Horses, Part 2 .

Ninja Puppy-the story continues!

Got Lemons, make Lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.  Ingredients: Daycraft Cookie Bookie notebook, Zentangle, Pentel sunburst gel pen, Micron pigma.

On Wednesday, I posted about Miss Muffet Puppy, who was frightened by a puppy.  The ink from the Gigi Love puppy stamp that I used bled thru the paper, but not so much the Promarkers.  I had to think this meant something.  Obviously Miss Muppet Puppy's story wasn't over.  I thought of how I might react in this situation and the story was decided. Lol!

the story continues....

Unable to forget her trauma, Miss Muffet Puppy dons her Ninja outfit and ventures into the night, searching for the spider that frightened her...with revenge on her mind!  *cue in dramatic horror music*

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

I've passed 300,000 pages at my Life Imitates Doodles blogger blog and I'm having a giveaway.  Follow this link to enter, if you haven't already.
And remember, if you pass on the news via  any social media whatsoever, then you get a second entry.  
I know.  I know that everyone doesn't have a blog, or belong to Twitter or Facebook.
But how about Flickr?  Yahoo groups?  ATC groups?  Work with me on this one--let me know where you've put the word out about my giveaway and I'll give you your second entry.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Link to Stillman and Birn Sketchbook Review

 has posted a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook Review.  She compares the Alpha and Beta versions.

Link: Tutorial on Coloring Horses with Copics

Marianne Walker, product specialist/ product director for Copic Markers, has posted the steps she took to draw and color the running horses on her blog header. Note that Part 3 won't be posted until tomorrow, but I will be out and about so I thought I post about it today.

Running Horses, Part 1

Running Horses, Part 2

Link to tangle pattern Cadent & how to Create a Zen Mandala

Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to the official tangle Cadent, as well as a link to a video showing how to use a compass and protractor to create a beautiful geometric mandala with a flower.

Links to tangle patterns Radi8, Montagne, Comb, Wavy Comb & Baby Wings

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns:

Radi8 (pronounced Radiate) -

Review of Suzanne McNeil's 'Zentangle® 5'

Review of Zentangle® 5 by Suzanne McNeil.

About the Book
If you have seen any of Suzanne McNeil's Zentangle® books 1 thru 4, then this one will come as no surprise. It has the same format, the same image-heavy, clear, concise instructions, and the nifty tangle index in the back. The focus for this book is zentangle-inspired jewelry, but with 40 new tangle patterns, there is much for everyone, whether you are into jewelry or not.  The tangles bear the hallmark of Suzanne's style, being simple enough for beginners but varied and textured enough for the experienced.

Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 20 pages, including covers
Portability: Too large for most purses, but it would fit into a PeeChee folder or briefcase.

What's in the book: Leather Jewelry; Domino Jewelry; Classic Zentangle®-How to get Started; Artist Trading Cards; Glass Gems; Tiles, Color Inks & Colored Paper; Polymer Clay & Resin Jewelry; Resin Jewelry; Mardi-Gras Ladies; Shrink Art Jewelry; Polymer Clay Jewelry; Bottle-cap Jewelry;  Plastic Button Jewelry; Abalone Shell Jewelry; Wooden Jewelry; Tangle Pattern Index.

40 tangles: Clothesline, Beach Balls, Accordion, Checkered Zag, Escalator, Calm Waters, Choppy Waves,Wood Shingles, Garden Rows, Hooks, Zipper Teeth, Stone Necklace, Shoe Lace, Candy Corn, Lacing, Wild Lettuce, Boot Lace, Asteroids, Soup Bowls, Bang, Glass Bracelet, Butterflies, Wishbones, Ivy, Peas, Bananas, Buzz, To & Fro, Candleglow, Nails, Apple Blossoms, Hourglass, Roads, Spinning Tops, Coiled Wire, Slinky, Spring Steel, Twisted Ribbons, Rolo Chain, Oval Chain.

This example uses Candleglow, Hourglass, Roads and Wishbones

Link: Giveaway at Moxie Fab World

The Moxie Fab World blog is a good one to watch for scrapbook/card/mixed media tips and techniques, not to mention that they have lots of giveaways.  Today's giveaway is for 5 sets of clear stamps from Maya Road.  Entry is easy, requiring only a comment (many of the sites have blog hops, which can be fun, but require so much time!).

I like the stamps in this giveaway because they include alphabets and die-cut style shapes that can be used on many different types of projects.

This giveaway ends 9/25/11.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Link: How to Make a Lighted Haunted House

Tutorial video showing how to create a paper haunted house with glowing windows.

I'm not even sure what this is or where it came from,lol

I'm in one of those strange moods.  Not really depressed but kind of edgy.  Where I instantly hate every artistic endeavor that I start, and even though it's bright and sunny and so very hot, it feels like it should be rainy and gloomy.

So I thought I'd try something easy.  I pulled out my itty bitty Unity stamp, Gigi Love, and my Inkadinkadoo Spider & EEK! stamp, and from there this mutant picture was born.

Feeling sure it had magical powers, I decided to prove you can get a blue sky from a blue Promarker, even if you are coloring in an orange papered Cookie Bookie notebook.  And really, if you squint, really, really hard you can see the blue...okay...bluish-gray haze then.  Okay, okay.  White gel pen over mud then.  But honestly it does look exactly like a Portland Oregon sky on a gloomy day.

Ah well.  Cheer me up and follow this link to enter my giveaway, if you haven't already!

Link to tangle pattern Dust Bunny

The link to Margaret Bremner's Dust Bunny pattern is up at

Link: Start to Draw Your Life

Genevieve Crabe

Link: Winsor & Newton advice on mediums, varnishes, solvents & more

Winsor & Newton has a very helpful page on how to decide on the appropriate mediums to use with your oils, watercolors and acrylics.

Link: Coloring a Black Cat with Copics

Another black cat tutorial.  You'd think Halloween was just around the corner, lol!

Bleedthrumanade with Zentangle 5

If you didn't see it yet, go check out my giveaway!
Got lemons, make lemonade. Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook, Suzanne McNeil's Zentangle 5.
All the zentangles in this piece came from Suzanne McNeil's latest zentangle book. I'll be reviewing that soon.
I did this using the template from Laura Harms' Pinwheel for Peace Challenge. After I did it though, the finished work didn't seem awfully peaceful to me, lol!

Link to tangle pattern Parasail-z

CZT Diane LaChance has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Parasail-z.

The 'I've hit 300,000 Pageviews Giveaway'. From ME!!!!

I am having a giveaway!!!! I noticed a while back that I had almost reached 300,000 page views.  That isn't accurate. I was blogging a while before Blogger added their Stats feature, but still! It's a nice, ginourmous round number and I think it deserves a giveaway. So I'm having one.

  • I'm giving away the contents of this photo (towel not included). What is included is a right little hodge-podge of stuff:
    • Micron  Pigma Pen, .03 nib.
    • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, fine nib.
    • white Pentel Sunburst gel pens.
    • Sharpie fine-point pens in Turquoise, Clover, Watermelon, and Hot Pink.
    • 8.25x5.5 in (21x14 cm) 128 pg Hand*book Journal.
    • 3x5 in (7.5x12 cm) 48 page Rhodia Graph notebook.
    • Benjamin Barrios Moleskine 10.9 x 8.4 in (28x21 cm) 80 pg squared notebook.
    • Grab bag (15) of Viva Las Vegas unmounted rubber stamps.
    RULES:  Leave a comment here or on the contest post at my Life Imitates Doodles Wordpress blog.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with mailing information and if he/she doesn't, a new winner will be chosen.

    Oh, and if you let me know that you posted a link back to this post (twitter, facebook, flicker--post a link anywhere, I don't care--just get the word out there) and you'll get a second entry!

    Winner will be chosen on October 1, 2011.

  • Link: Christmas Candy from Wiccababe

    Please note the new widget on my Sidebar.  Wiccababe is having another fantastic giveaway--a Tudor style Martha Stewart Advent Cottage Calendar kits. 

    I won't be entering this one since I won her last giveaway.

    Unfortunately, you do need to have a blog in order to participate.  If you don't have one, and want one, but aren't sure how to get started, here is a link to a video that walks you through the process of setting up a Blogger blog.

    Link: How to paint a black cat silhouette from the book The Chinese Brush Painting Bible

    Want to learn how to draw a black cat silhouette? The Craftside has posted a tutorial  from the book The Chinese Brush Painting Bible.

    Link to tangle pattern Pickets

    Marguerite Meara has posted steps to her tangle pattern Pickets.

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Link to Geneviève Crabe's New Tangle Organizers

    Great news!  Always wondered how best to organize your tangle patterns?  CZT Geneviève Crabe now hastangle pattern organizers in 4 different layouts.  

    Link to tangle pattern Fafolia, Fifolia, Euca and Lyptus

    Linda Farmer has posted the link to tangle pattern steps, Fafolia, Fifolia, Euca & Lyptus, by Anne Marks

    Link to tangle pattern Brix

    Carol Ottaway has posted steps to her tangle pattern Brix.

    Free Downloadable Endangered Species Coloring Book

    Free Downloadable Endangered Species Coloring Book.

    Arr! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

    Shiver me Timbers!  Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Watch yer tongue or yer'll be walkin' the plank, mateys!

    Weekly Challenge #40 "String Theory v.VI: Pinwheels for Peace"

    Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #40 "String Theory v.VI: Pinwheels for Peace".

    Once again, the challenge includes an entry into the Pocket Pagez giveaway!  So cool!

    Link: Videos on Negative Watercolor Painting by Linda Kemp

    Marguerite Meara sent me a link to one of the videos at JerrysArtarama, featuring Linda Kemp.  If you type Linda Kemp into the search box, you'll find a whole bunch of her videos.

    Link: Warm up to Encaustic Art-Free Downloadable PDF

    Cloth, Paper, Scissors Today has an article on Encaustic Art and the free downloadable ebook: Exploring Encaustics and Encaustic Art: Free Articles Demonstrating Encaustic Collage and Encaustic Painting Techniques.

    Review of Zen Mandalas by Suzanne McNeil

    Zen Mandalas by Suzanne McNeil

    Size: 8.5" x 8.5" (21.6 x 21.6 cm )
    Pages: 52 (including covers)
    Portability: Easily carried, but too big for most purses and a little thick for folders.

    I'll make a confession.  I'm not a mandala person.  Oh, I don't dislike them.  They're pretty, but I have no desire to create them myself.  So when I saw this title I hesitated, wondering whether I would be interested in the book.

    Well, I found the 60 new tangles included in this book worth the price, alone.  I still don't want to draw mandalas, but I couldn't help but admire the beauty of the mandalas done by Suzanne and CZTs Margaret Bremner and Carole Ohl.  

    The book covers several ways of creating zen mandalas, the symbolism of mandalas and various kinds of mandalas, which I did find interesting.  If you ARE a mandala person, this might well be your favorite of Suzanne's zentangle books.  

    The Tangles 
    Seedling,Swag,Neckties, Woods, Itsy Bitsy, Jelly Fish, Holes, Juggle, Circles, Jelly Donuts, Effervescence, Anchor Chain, Orange Peel, Tufted Leaves, Board Game, Footprints, Floor Tiles, Cheese Cloth, Wavelength, Braid, Cells, Papyrus, Water Slide, Braid II, Combs, Spacer Beads, Partly Cloudy, Cable TV, Wrought Iron, Burdock, Pitcher Plant, Fandango, Milkweed, Octopus, Heartbeat, Dogbane, Peacock Leaf, Pokeweed,Lollipops, Aloe Vera, Pineapple, Eyebrows, Wiggles, Trestle, Colosseum, Spear Point, Caps, Dandelion Seeds, Love Letters, Beaded Spiral, Marbles, Striped Snail, Esker, Procession, Smoke Signals, Pinking, Hill & Dale, Alpine, Mountains, Rotate

    What’s Inside
    Sacred Circles Inspired by Zentangle; The 'Zen' in Zentangle; Getting started; Snowflake Mandalas; Color Mandalas; Templates and Geometric; Symbolism and Color Wheel; Adding Colors; Tangle Patterns; Yin-Yang; Planet Earth; Sun and Compass; Heavenly Bodies; Love & the Heart; Water & Earth; Hands All Around; Spiral; Lotus and Symmetry; Dream Catchers; Borders & Hex Symbols; Index of Tangle Patterns.

    This example was done in my Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook using the tangles Aloe Vera, Seedlings, Neckties, Itsy Bitsy, Jelly Fish, Holes, Tufted Leaves, Footprints, Jelly Donuts, Effervscence, Water Slide, Braid, Combs, Spacer Beads, Cable TV, Wrought Iron, Fandango, Caps, Eyebrows, Wiggles, Pineapple, Coliseum, and Lollipops.

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    I've been crafty this weekend

    I've been having fun this weekend, with the swag that I've won or bought on clearance.  I've used the beautiful Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set (thank you Simon Says Stamp, where there are lots of giveaways, and you can buy Letraset and many other fantastic art and crafting goodies!) for a card (and a bleedthrumanade  I haven't finished yet), and a wall-hanger that I won from Wiccababe (Thank you Debbi!).  I used the Wizard of Oz papers I bought to cover that.  I'm not sure how well you can see from the photo, but I followed this tutorial from Kami at No Biggie to get a spooky mirror effect.

    I managed to get a really nice stamped image of my butterflies, and then I blew it when I used the Smooch Spritz spray to glitter it up.  The glittery effect is nice, but it's hard to control the spray.  Since I messed up the image, I added some Smooch Accent Ink to make the butterflies look brighter.  I couldn't get the glittery effect to show in the photos (naturally *sigh*), but it looks better in real life.

    Front of card with wings raised

    Front of card with wings flat

    Inside of card

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    More Letraset Aqua Markers & Linda Kemp style art

    I decided to branch out with my Aqua Markers and try something of my own using what I learned from the Linda Kemp exercise.  I don't think I managed to quite stay true, but I got what I was going for.  I used Pumpkin shapes--not just the whole pumpkin but the sections of pumpkin, painting the grooves in between to block out the shapes, rather than just painting the shapes.

    My fern painting was done on a Fluid Watercolor block and this one was done on a Strathmore Watercolor pad.  It was easier to get the wash effect going on the Fluid paper, but it also tended to pill a bit if I scrubbed much at all.  With the Strathmore, I had to scrub to get the wash, but didn't have to worry about overdoing as much.  The point being that it isn't just the paint medium that counts.  You'll have a different experience with different paper.

    Either way, I'm happy with the result.  Although--it turns out that Pumpkin shapes are similar to banana bunches.  This painting could be either one, lol!

    Sidekicks: A free 275 page Graphic Arts PDF download.

    Sidekicks: A free 275 page PDF download.  Dan Santat offers a free download that he feels would be a valuable teaching tool for schools who want to incorporate making graphic novels as part of their curriculum.  

    Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 9/16/20

    Geneviève Crabe (Amaryllis Creations) has posted her Weekly Roundup at Tangle Harmony.

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Link: Tangle Refresher 8 at

    Linda Farmer has posted Tangle Refresher 8--a look at patterns that were new this time last year.

    Link: Big Box Giveaway

    Denise, over at Lala's World is cleaning up her craftroom, and giving you the chance to clutter yours up!  She's giving away a ton of stuff.

    Giveaway ends Oct. 8th.

    Review of Letraset Aqua Markers

    When I started using Letraset Markers I also read about Letraset Aqua Markers.  I was confused at first, but discovered that Promarkers were an alcohol marker, while the Aqua Markers were essentially watercolor.  I've never been that happy with other water-soluble mediums, so I decided to pass, and just concentrate on the alcohol version, which I love.

    Then last week, I ordered a Promarker Blending Set II, but Aqua Markers were delivered instead.

    Well, I'm a big believer in the universe and its desire to send messages, so I decided to give the Aqua Markers a try.

    Problems that I've encountered with other water-soluble markers, pens and colored pencils were weak color, hard lines that couldn't be eliminated, and the inability to spread the color into a wash--the very hallmark of watercolor.  So I decided to see how the Aqua Markers handled these things.

    I had just picked up a copy of Linda Kemp's Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines, and I decided to try using the Aqua Markers for one of the exercises in the book.

    Oh my!  I did get some hard marks that I couldn't erase, but I think I can see why they happened, and be able to avoid them with some practice.  The color is fantastic!  And the washes...

    Well, you still can't get the same wash you can with a professional grade watercolor, but they are quite good washes, easily worked up and the color spreads nicely, becoming lighter but still retaining color.  You have a good deal of control.  I'd say the experience is similar to a wet-on-dry watercolor wash.

    My problems with other watercolor media were, at least in part, due to my inexperience.  With effort, I might have been able to get the effects I was trying for.  But with the Aqua Marker, I found it easy to jump in and I got the effect I was shooting for with the first attempt.

    The markers have two tips, one thick for large spreads of color and one thin for finer detail.  The thick is about the six of a No. 6 round brush, I think, and the thin about the size of a No. 2.  They give enough control to use for coloring stamped images, but enough freedom for watercolor painting.  I'm quite pleased with this message the universe sent me!

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Link: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines with Linda Kemp

    Video: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines with Linda Kemp

    Link to tangle patterns Ming, Riggin' and Masq

    Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns Ming, Riggin' and Masq.

    Link to tangle pattern Trisket

    Marguerite Meara has posted steps to her tangle pattern Trisket.

    My entry for the Letraset Coloring Challenge #3

    My entry for the Letraset Coloring Challenge #3.  It ends September 21st, so there is still time to download the line art and color your own entry!

    And you know, I'm all about the marker bleed-thru, so I included what happened on the back as well!

    Link to tangle pattern Daisy Beads

    Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to her tangle pattern Daisy Beads, as well as a link to a video featuring CZT Sue Jacobs.

    Bleedthrumanade with Mermaid

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Rhodia 'R' Pad, Unity Stamps, Brilliance Stamp Pads.

    The Mermaid is Miss Elena Seaside, one of the stamp images from the Unity Stamp Company.  I scored her, as well as three Brilliance stamp pads in Moonlight White, Platinum Planet and Starlite Silver, during my insane Clearance Sale haul.  I had to use them immediately, didn't I?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Link: OfficeSupplyGeek giveaway-special edition Star Wars Moleskine journals

    The OfficeSupplyGeek has a giveaway going for special edition Star Wars Moleskine journals.  You will automatically be entered in a giveaway every month, if you sign up for their newsletter.

    Link: 238 Daniel Smith Try-it Dots for $6.99. Free Shipping in USA

    Did you miss out on the 66 Try-it Dots?  Or did you get them, and have so much fun that you want more?  Hurry--I suspect these will go fast, too!

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    Link to tangle pattern Barberpole

    Linda Farmer has posted the link to steps for Suzanne McNeil's Barberpole.

    Link to tangle pattern KRLI-Q

    CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern KRLI-Q (pronounced Curlicue).

    Link: Zentangle article from Pine River Institute Blog
    Students recently participated in a Zentangle workshop at the school. From Zentangle’s website, “Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provid...

    Link to tangle patterns 'Pont Du Gard' and 'Suspect'

    Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns 'Pont Du Gard' and  'Suspect'

    Bleedthrumanade without Foody Titles

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Rhodia 'R' Pad..

    The back of this bleedthrumanade was so busy, I decided to simplify instead of making it more complex.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Link:DIY Spooky Halloween Mirror

    Tutorial for making a cool looking Halloween mirror.

    Warning! Craft Warehouse-Clearance Sale...need I say more?

    I didn't win this--I bought it!

    I walked into Craft Warehouse looking for a 12-color set of Koi Watercolor that I intend to give as a gift.  There weren't any, but then I saw the word 'CLEARANCE'.

    There is no siren song sweeter, and I floated toward the sign, snared and helpless.

    There were Studio G stamps for 10 cents apiece!  10 cents!  There were Unity Stamps (big 'uns 4, 5 inches) for $3 & $5. There were stamps for Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentines, and St. Patrick's Day.  There were birdcages, flowers, sayings, seasons, greetings...oh my golly goodness.  I wasn't sure I would ever get through them all.  For a while, I had the feeling I was trapped, and wasn't sure I'd ever escape until I looked at every one.

    They had scrapbook paper, both new and slightly used.  I picked up an awesome pad with a Wizard of OZ theme.

    Besides the new stuff on clearance, the store was getting rid of product they had used for projects.  Smooch Spritz and Smooch Accent Inks that normally sold for $4.95 a piece was being sold, slightly used, five for $5.  I've been eyeing those, and this was my chance!  Now I have to learn how to use it, lol!

    There were La Plume and Galaxy Marker pens. Proudly, I can tell you I resisted these.  It had nothing to do with having already picked up enough to empty my wallet.

    There should be a law.  Clearance sales are an unfair advantage on the consumer.  If they were selling holes in the head, I'd be driven to buy one or two of those too!

    Weekly Challenge #39: "Love is all you Need"

    Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #39: "Love is all you Need".

    And be sure to read the complete post.  There are prizes now!

    Link: Under the Big Top-Scrapping products giveaway

    Papercrafts Connection has a giveway with a prize package valued at over $200!  Stamps, Paper and more!

    Zentangle giveaway! is having a zentangle giveaway!  They list all four of the new zentangle books: Zentangles for Kidz, Zentangle 5, Zenspirations, and Zen Mandalas but the prize is only for one of them.  It doesn't specify which one.  If you don't have them, here's a chance to get one of them!

    Link: Daniel Smith Paint Sale

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