Sunday, July 31, 2011

Link to tangle pattern Pendrills and latest official #zentangle newsletter

 The latest official zentangle newsletter is out, and includes a new tangle, Pendrills!

One last reminder-my giveaway ends tonight midnight PST.

My giveaway ends tonight, Sunday, at Midnight PST.  There's still time to enter!

You can enter at this Life Imitates Doodles blogger post or this Life Imitates Doodles Wordpress post.

And Please, pass the word on.

The Prize:
One lucky winner will receive-
One 3pk of Ultra-Fine Nibs
Fine Letraset Promarkers-Buttercup, Grass, Sky Blue, Honeycomb, Amethyst
One Letraset Fineliner
One 3.5" x 5.5" (8.9 cm x 14 cm) Moleskine Plain Notebook
One 5.5" x 8" (14 cm x 20 cm) Pen & Ink blank Sketchbook

Wiccababe's blog Candy giveaway

Head on over to the Crafty Cuttings of Wiccababe for an awesome giveaway-diecuts, stamps, envelopes, stickers, Tria markers and more.  You can get there from here, or click on the widget to the left.

Link to pattern Metalplate

Paint Chip, aka Cindy Angiel, has posted steps to her pattern Metalplate.

Last day to enter my ProMarker/Moleskine giveaway!

My giveaway ends tonight, Sunday, at Midnight PST.  There's still time to enter!

You can enter at this Life Imitates Doodles blogger post or this Life Imitates Doodles Wordpress post.

And Please, pass the word on.

The Prize:
One lucky winner will receive-
One 3pk of Ultra-Fine Nibs
Fine Letraset Promarkers-Buttercup, Grass, Sky Blue, Honeycomb, Amethyst
One Letraset Fineliner
One 3.5" x 5.5" (8.9 cm x 14 cm) Moleskine Plain Notebook
One 5.5" x 8" (14 cm x 20 cm) Pen & Ink blank Sketchbook

Mis?Adventures in Watercolor-Glazing

Watercolor glazing.  It sounds so exotic.

Really, it is just layering washes of transparent color on your paper.   The trick is in choosing your colors well because not all colors are equal in transparency.

I've haven't been too happy with the results that I get with my Koi paints and decided to focus on glazing for a while.  I don't like doing charts, so I did a couple of paintings.

The first is inspired by Robert Burridge's pears. He works in acrylic, and I'm not attempting to emulate his style, but I love this little video he did, showing how easily negative space can become a focus.  I'd been thinking about that for some reason, and decided to use negative space that way in my glazing exercise.

Then I did an exercise from 'The Tao of Watercolor' by Jeanne Carbonetti.  I didn't have any of the colors she called for, so I attempted to mix them as closely as I could.  My 'turquoise' got a little muddy, lol!
This is the first painting I've done on Arches 140 lb paper.  My washes are much juicier, but I also get more backwash.  *sigh* No good thing comes without baggage!

This is also the flyleaf from my first attempt at bookbinding!  I'm not too unhappy with it, except that my cutter had a terrible time getting through the 140 lb Arches.  The squares ended up more like diagonals.  But--now I know where my problems will be the next time.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Daycraft Cookie bookie cat survives drowning

My parents did NOT name me Grace.  There is a good reason for that!

So I'm sitting in my chair surrounded by art supplies.  In front of me is a folding table with my easel, my markers, several books on watercolor, and several journals, all stacked high like a leaning tower of ...well...books and journals.

Beside me is a stool covered with a towel, holding my adorable little field sketch kit of Koi watercolor paints, various brushes and a nice-sized bucket of fresh water.  I'm holding a board and noodling away on the watercolor paper taped to it.

I'm sure you see inevitable looming.

Although the scene was set quite some time before, the drama begins when the phone rings.  Even though I have no reason to believe it is anything but telemarketer, I jump to my feet quickly.  The table must have been startled, because it jumped up and met my hip halfway (yes!  That's exactly what happened).  My tower of books remained steady. Until the easel hit it.

The tower trembled, and I reached to stop it, but managed to slam my board into it instead.  No slouch, when library book one began it's perilous slide toward the waterbowl, I grabbed it, but then library book two did a backward dive, and when I tried to catch it as well, I jostled the table again, and my tower babeled down into a rubble of books.  

Gasping, I surveyed the damage.  None.  I heaved a sigh of relief, picked them all up, intending to remove them to safer waters.  Alas.  Instead, my beloved, darling, wonderful Cookie Bookie journal dived from the top of the stack and landed in the bucket of water.  (This was a bad day for me, you understand)  *sob*

I fished the journal out as quickly as possible, but the spine and center were pretty thoroughly soaked.  I smoothed the paper carefully, and stacked it under some heavy books hoping no warping or wrinkling would occur.

Well,  I tell you.  The Daycraft is one tough Cookie bookie.  There some slight warping and stain on a few pages in the middle.  The binding and glue remain firm, and there is no smearing or transference of ink!  See, this is why I'm a good person to review these things--I test them in ways no one else does, lol! 
This page is the worst of it.  Probably you wouldn't even have noticed it I hadn't confessed.

Free Watercolor Lessons by Mary Ann Boysen

Free Watercolor Lessons by Mary Ann Boysen.

More bleedthrumanade from Geneviève Crabe

Geneviève Crabe has done a bleedthrumanade using one of the free backgrounds that I posted a while back!  She's done great things with it!

Bleedthrumanade for the last Saturday in July

Got Lemons, make Lemonade. Got Marker Bleedthru, make Bleedthrumanade.

Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers & fineliner, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Paperblanks Journal. Since I used Promarkers with the UItraFine Nib attachment to do the tangling on the Front, there was additional bleedthru, which led to the lace-like texture on the light green on the back. I used a Letraset Fineliner on the back for the tangling.

Free Printable August 2011 Doodle Calendar

BlackPumpkin has posted a Free Printable August 2011 Doodle Calendar

Link to tangle pattern Slaw

ptrish40, aka Patty F has posted steps to her tangle pattern Slaw.

Link to tangle pattern Yik-Yack

Marguerite Meara has posted steps to her tangle pattern Yik-Yack.

Link to tangle pattern Daisy Arc

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Daisy Arc.

Geneviève Crabe Weekly Roundup of zentangle patterns

Geneviève Crabe Weekly Roundup of #zentangle patterns.

Zentangle-Inspired Art with Letraset ProMarkers

Geneviève Crabe has posted her first zentangle-inspired piece done with Letraset Promarkers.

Remember-My Promarker/Moleskine giveaway ends Sunday Midnight PST. Plenty of time to enter!

My giveaway closes 12:00 midnight PST, July 31st.  I’ll post the name sometime on Monday August 1st.  Still plenty of time to enter!

Please pass the word on so others can join as well!

Friday, July 29, 2011

New 'Do Not Disturb' Downloadable templates at Moleskine

Moleskine always has templates available for download--pages for their 'Passions' notebooks, etc.  They have added some new 'Do Not Disturb' downloads, so you can be sure of your privacy!

Color Charts for the new Letraset Flexmarkers

Curious to know what colors will be available in the new Letraset Flexmarkers?  Check out the chart at the Letraset blog.

I'm excited about these markers.  The one thing I miss with the Promarkers is a brush tip.  Now with the Flexmarkers, I'll have it, plus a whole new range of colors that aren't available in Promarkers.  Oh, my aching pocketbook!  Good thing they aren't coming out until September--I'll have a chance to save up.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reminder-Life Imitates Doodles Giveaway: Promarkers & more!

If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, please do?  And Please, pass the word on.
The Prize:
One lucky winner will receive-
One 3pk of Ultra-Fine Nibs
Fine Letraset Promarkers-Buttercup, Grass, Sky Blue, Honeycomb, Amethyst
One Letraset Fineliner
One 3.5" x 5.5" (8.9 cm x 14 cm) Moleskine Plain Notebook
One 5.5" x 8" (14 cm x 20 cm) Pen & Ink blank Sketchbook

Link to tangle pattern AshLeaf

Suzanne McNeil has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Ash Leaf.

This weekend-buy one set of 5 promarkers, get another 5 set free

For this weekend only Letraset are offering a fantastic saving on all ProMarker 5 Sets:
Buy any ProMarker 5 Set and get another free!

Win an awesome Leather Journal from Renaissance Art

I just got this email from Renaissance Art--fantastic giveaway!

Arthur here…
Someone emailed me a week or two ago telling me that people did not have much money at the end of the month.  So I thot about that and decided that instead of promoting something with a price tag in this email, I would promote something that was free instead. 
I hope you like what we have put together in this Free Giveaway Sweepstakes and if you share it with your friends and they win, you will be their hero :)

click either link below

Good Luck to all who enter :)

Namaste (the light in me honors the light in you)
P.S.S.  I'd really love it if you'd become one of our fans on Facebook!  Our community of writers, artists and free spirits is growing and there are lots of great conversations and connections taking place.  Also, watch my blog for some interesting updates over the next month or so (
Because what you write IN says as much about you as What You Write

Free Booklet from Paper Crafts Magazine for Facebook readers

Free Booklet from Paper Crafts Magazine for Facebook readers-Take Your Crafts to Another Level with Embossing: 16 Embossing Techniques for Cardmaking.

Links to tangle patterns Swirling Blades, Furn, Heart Flower, Cornz & Crate

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle patterns:

Heart Flower
swirling blades

Link to tangle pattern Child's Play

Paint Chip, aka Cindy Angiel, has posted the steps to her pattern Child's Play.

Link to tangle pattern Pea-Woah

Black Pumpkin, of Timeless Rituals, has posted the steps to her first tangle pattern, Pea-Woah.

First look at the new Letraset Flex marker

Letraset announces the upcoming release of an Alcohol Based Brush Marker Pen, the FlexMarker.  A brush marker is more flexible than the bullet nib, so you'll have more control with varying line width.  Plus 51 of the 72 FlexMarker colors are different than the Promarker colors, so you don't have to buy colors you already have just to get the more flexible nib.

Easy Daisy Hair Comb

Creative Paperclay® air dry modeling material: Easy Daisy Hair Comb - 6 Steps

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Link to tangle pattern Mingle

CZT Sue Jacobs has posted steps to her tangle pattern Mingle.

Dollar Tree for your Mixed Media

I've been playing around with an Art Journal for a while now, just trying various things.  I pamphlet stitched some thin card stock and then gessoed it to within an inch of it's life.  I was going to wait until I was done to share, but yesterday I went to Dollar Tree and picked up a couple of things that I think were pretty snazzy, and thought some of you might like to see if you can find some.

The first, if you look at the picture on the right, is that muddy stuff.  It doesn't show to well in the photo, but it's from a little leather repair kit, and has a pebbly texture.  You get a piece of loosely woven fabric, a little jar of compound, and a 'grain sheet' that you press into the wet compound.  It looks pretty cool.

The second thing I found, if you'll look toward the mid-bottom of the picture on the right, you see a transparent face peering out from under the zentangle.  It's from a Window Cling Decal set of dollars and cents.  The cling sticks without any help, but it's meant to be reusable, so I glued it on with PVA glue.

There ya have it.  Some cheapo stuff for cool effects!

Free ebook on making handmade books

Genevieve Crabe
@amaryllis99Genevieve Crabe
Free ebook on making handmade books from #ClothPaperScissors
Don't forget to enter my Giveaway, if you haven't already! Please pass the word to others!

I got a Hake (pronounced Hockey, for those who care about such things) brush, and that helped quite a bit with the washes, though I still can't get a really juicy wash without losing most of my color. I think that might be the paint. Or it could be me, lol!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Weekly Challenge #32 Bleedthrumanade & Giveaway reminder

Here's my real entry for Weekly Challenge #32. It helps if you read ALL the rules, lol!

And if you haven't read about my giveaway, please be sure to do so!  And pass on the news.  I'm going to spam you all unmercifully while the giveaway is going, so you might as well join in, lol!

Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade!

Viva Las Vegastamps--Free Lb of unmounted rubber stamps

You may notice a Viva Las Vagastamps linky on my blog. I've posted the link in order to take advantage of a giveaway they are having.

If you use their image code (it can be found on their blog) to link back to VLVS! ( on your blog or website they will send you a free grab bag of unmounted rubber as a thank you! Must be a permanent link on your blog sidebar or website homepage.

Letraset Coloring Competition-my entry

Letraset has a new coloring challenge with prizes up for grabs!

There's a download for you to print and color with your Letraset Promarkers. I'm not familiar with their Shojo character, so I just colored any old way.

I couldn't help but add a tangle. What do you call it when you mix Manga & zentangle? ZenMangle?

Link to line pattern Linienspiele-05

Rhapsody's Line games aren't exactly tangles, but she does show you how to build on set line patterns in a way that will definitely enhance your zentangles.  She has just posted Linienspiele-05, which my translator tells me is Line-05 Games in English.  Not sure how accurate that is, lol!
The page is in German, but the illustrations are easy enough to follow.

Link to tangle pattern Tuftid

Carole Ohl has posted steps to her new tangle Tuftid, at Open Seed Arts.

Create a Paperclay book

Creative Paperclay® air dry modeling material: Paperclay Book 

New Coloring Challenge from Letraset

There's a new Colouring Challenge at the Letraset Blog.

Win a ProMarker 12 Set + Ultra Fine Nibs!

Letraset Ultra Fine Nibs-Review & Giveaway + Bleedthrumanade

Letraset Ultra-Fine Nibs-Review & Giveaway + Bleedthrumanade & Weekly Challenge.  Wow!  I've got a lot to get through, so I better get cracking!  If you are here just for the giveaway, scroll down past the zentangle drawings.
The Review:  If you haven't heard, Letraset now has Ultra-Fine nib attachments for their Promarker.  They come in packages of three and Paul at Letraset was kind enough to send me a couple of the 3-packs. (Ahh--a couple of packs.  You see where this is going.  But be patient and read on. There's more to the giveaway!)
The minute I heard about these nibs I knew what I'd do with them--tangle.  Ever get tired of a black line for drawing your zentangles?  Now, you are only limited by the number of your Promarkers!
As you can see from the insert above, the nib is an attachment that you screw on over the bullet point of a Promarker.  It goes on easily (even for me!).  The flyer says that the ink starts flowing within seconds.  I found it began to flow immediately.

I couldn't find the actual nib size anywhere, but it looks to be about .2 or .25.  A very nice size for filling in those small areas.  I'm comparing it here to Letraset Fineliners, and the two nibs that every Promarker has.

So, I immediately sat down and did a bleedthrumanade (Got lemons, make lemonade. Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade).  I used Stonehenge Vellum finish paper.
It isn't recommended that you switch the ultra-fine nibs between pens because you could get color contamination (although Neil Burley, aka perfectly4med, has done so without problem. You can read his review here.)  I gave some thought to the colors I wanted to use for my lines, and settled on Plum, Terracotta and Cool Grey 4.  I lOVe the results!
The Cool Grey 4 is great for both the lines and for shading with the other two colors.  The terracotta gives a definite, but understated line that enhances withoutgrabbing the focus.  
The Plum is bit harsher, providing a strong contrast to other colors.
I'll be getting more of these nibs!  They open up new dimensions in my tangling.  I don't see the need to buy one for every color, but I'd like one for most of my darker hues.  They'd also be nice for the yellows or very lightest colors that most easily get contaminated.  Easier to get into those tight spots without overlapping onto darker colors (what?  Put down light colors first to avoid contamination?  That would be cheating!).   If you want to know more about these nibs, you can read these other reviews at Paper CookiesPixie's Crafty Workshop, or watch this video by weewiccababe.

And now for the Giveaway!
The Prize: One lucky winner will receive-
One 3pk of Ultra-Fine Nibs;Fine Letraset Promarkers-Buttercup, Grass, Sky Blue, Honeycomb, Amethyst;One Letraset Fineliner
One 3.5" x 5.5" (8.9 cm x 14 cm) Moleskine Plain Notebook.
One 5.5" x 8" (14 cm x 20 cm) Pen & Ink blank Sketchbook.
The Rules: Leave a comment with your name and a way I can reach you.  You must comment here or at my Life Imitates Doodles Wordpress blog.  If for some reason, you can't comment at either of those send me an email a lifeimitatesdoodles[at]  If you don't leave both the name and a way to be reached, you won't be entered.  Open to anyone.
When:  The giveaway closes 12:00 midnight PST, July 31st.  I'll post the name sometime on Monday August 1st.
A request: This is NOT required, but if you follow my blog and haven't connected with GFC and you can, please consider doing so (or subscribing to my Wordpress blog).  Mostly because I love seeing those numbers climb, lol!  But really, it's not required or expected.
And last, but not least, these zentangles are my entry for Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #32.  Edited to comment, that I just realized I didn't remember that you're supposed to use certain tangles.  Ah well.  Have to re-do!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekly Challenge #32: Zentangle is for Everyone

This week's guest challenger is Carole Ohl and her challenge: Use a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch tile. If you have an official Zentangle tile, great, if not, that’s ok too.
Read about her challenge here.

I won a package of Paperclay. A new contest has started!

I won a package of Paperclay from the Creative Paperclay contest on Facebook! Whoop! Whoop! 3D zentangles to come!
But don't despair--there is already a new contest in the offing. Since I just won, if you join from this link, please say someone else sent you--the wealth should be spread, lol! 

Links to tangle patterns The Point, Starz Lite, Knotted Board,Prickly & Lemonz

Texasdoxiemama has posted steps to five of her patterns:

The Point
Starz Lite
Knotted Board

Link to tangle pattern Rosé

Linda Farmer has posted the steps to another of her 'wine' series tangles, Rosé.

Patterns for Coloring--free downloadable coloring page

A while back I posted the link to Carlton Hibbert's Patterns for Coloring, but one of fellow zentanglers Marguerite Meara has just had her zendala template guest-featured, so I decided it was time to post the link again.

Check out Marguerite's template, and then keep going.  There are tons of free patterns for you to download and color!  If you like what you've colored, Carlton has a flickr group  where you can post and share your work.

Mis?Adventures in Watercolor-the graduated wash II

I can't get my washes wet enough to flow into each other. I'm not sure if that is the paper, the brushes, or just me.  Nonetheless, I like the painting (exercise from 'Mastering the Watercolor Wash' by Joe Garcia.).

These exercises only take about an hour and a half, and most of that is waiting for the washes to dry before moving on the next.  Proof that less is more.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spin Art links

ZENTANGLES and STUFF: Spinning the Paper - How Much Fun is This!!!

Mis?Adventures in Watercolor-the graduated wash

Another exercise from 'Mastering the Watercolor Wash' by Joe Garcia. I don't think I quite got the effect I was supposed to.  But I like the highlights, which were created by scraping an exacto knife gently across the paper after the last wash dries.

Win art materials & an artist's break to Italy @winsorandnewton

Winsor and Newton
@winsorandnewtonWinsor and Newton
Win art materials & an artist's break to Italy

Mis?Adventures in Watercolor on a Busy Weekend

It's been a busy weekend.  Today is hubby's birthday, so we've celebrating, and I've had little time for artwork.  I did get a couple of quick watercolor 'sketches' done, but that's about it.

This first is another exercise from "Mastering the Watercolor Wash" by Joe Garcia.  It was supposed to be an exercise in the flat wash, but I found the instructions a little vague, and ended up doing my own thing.  More wet-into-wet than flat, I think.  I'm having trouble with my Koi field kit.  The pans are so small that I'm having a problem getting enough paint ready to take advantage of the wet, even though I'm only working on a 6x6.  Ah well.  I'm still learning from it. 

I'm going to continue with the book.  Even though I find the instructions a bit vague, I love the exercises themselves.  The subject matter is beautiful, and they aren't difficult to accomplish.  I'm not even using the right colors (don't have 'em), and I did my own thing, and the result is nice.

This second painting is kind of a 'place-holder'.  There was the most beautiful photo on the homepage of BING the other day.  I knew that I wanted to do something like it, but wasn't ready yet.  I have this 5x17 bristol paper that was about the right length, so I did a very rough sketch.  I has kind of a 'Dinosaurs Passed Here'  look, lol!  But once I've learned a little more handling color and detail, I'll be able to use it to remember what it is I want to do, without copying the actual photo.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

How to Paint a Watercolor Sky Video

Julie O-Kami posted this link a video titled to "How to Paint a Watercolor Sky"

Paper Mache Manadala Book

Skimming through Karin Bartimole's Beyond Words Blog, I found this series of videos on the making of a Mandala book using paper mache pages and bound using a cool slip stitch.

Raw Art Journaling Giveaway

I've been a bit lax in looking up giveaways lately (Haven't won any contests since I shared my secret, boo hoo!).  I'll have to get with it, lol!

Raw Art Journaling Giveaway | Entry Form | Free Mixed Media Projects, Articles, Videos & More | Create Mixed Media

Win an Inner Critic Plushie, a copy of Quinn McDonald's Raw Art Journaling, plus 1 hour of life or creativity coaching from Quinn herself.

Coptic Stitch-bookbinding that allows a book to lie flat

Coptic Stitch binding with hard cover method 1

Coptic Stitch binding with hard cover method 2

Single Signature Book - How to

Pamphlet Stitch How To with Diana Trout | Free Mixed Media Projects, Articles, Videos & More | Create Mixed Media

Easy Make Your Own Fashion Purse. This project was made for zentanglers!

Easy Make Your Own Fashion Purse.  This project was made for zentanglers!

Move through the whole slideshow to see how it's done.

Ashley Gustafson
An Easy   That Puts Your Doodling To Test! via

Free Digi Stamps

Elephantastic has free digi stamps.  Check out the site because there are free blog backgrounds and monthly challenges as well (some challenges are UK only), and some interesting crafts and craft productsfor sale.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Link to Bookbinding Tutorial

I found this 3 part video by Karin Sue Bart on creating a 4 x 4 book.  It's just darling.

NOTE: The blog post mentions a giveaway, and it was posted on 7/22--of 2009.  This isn't a new post and the giveaway was long ago given!  It's still a great tutorial!

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of Zentangle patterns & art related links.

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of Zentangle patterns & art related links.

Link to tangle pattern "Stag"

Moon Attic has posted steps to her tangle pattern Stag.

Folding Workstation

Marguerite Meara found this cool folding workstation, and sent me some photos to share.  This is what she has to report:

These folding workstations are 23.4L X 13.5W X 9.5H. Folds flat, adjustable LED light, Telescopic adjustable leg height

Made in China for Nantucket Distributing Middleboro, MA 02346. Otherwise it is sold in Christmastree Shops, Inc. This is a great treat for one to sit and watch whatever and Zentangle our hearts away! ;0D

50% off Letraset Aquamarkers 12 set this weekend only. Use code: FBWEEKEND1 at checkout.

Letraset has a Summer Special: 50% OFF AquaMarker 12 Set 2 this WEEKEND only. Use code: FBWEEKEND1 at checkout.

These are the water-soluble AQUA Promarkers--not to be confused with the alcohol-based Promarkers that were on sale last week.  I wish I could buy these, but I'm so over-budget.  *sigh* So many art supplies, so little moolah!

By the way, I bought Promarkers from the sale last week, and received them this Thursday.  I live in Oregon, USA, so if you are worried about how long it might take to get your order--it won't be long, lol!

Sue Jacobs' review of 4 new zentangle books!

Sue's tangle trips: Review of new Zentangle Books.

Link to tangle pattern Gothic

Mariet has posted the steps to her new pattern Gothic.

Link to tangle patterns Rayne, Splash & Puddle

Beth Skipper has posted three new tangles Rayne, Splash and Puddle.

Art Journal tangle reference

Vintagepix is guest blogging at Art Journal and she shows a great and colorful way to organize your tangle reference.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Link to tangle pattern Water Ripple

Texasdoxiemama., aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Water Ripple.

Link to tangle pattern Pinwheel

Marquerite Meara has posted steps to her tangle pattern, Pinwheel.

My tangle pattern Haworthia

Haworthia is part of the scientific name for a species of African cactus.  None of them look quite like this, but they inspired it all the same.

Tips for Using Letraset ProMarkers

4 Top ProMarker Tips – Paccu Jay | Letraset Blog - Creative Opportunities

My new tangle pattern KQKC

I haven't been drawing many patterns lately, but yesterday a couple of them came knocking.  It so happens that I'd come on one of those verification words and was having fun deciding how I'd pronounce it.  I decided on KAW-QUA-KAW-SEE.   A big word in 4 little letters.  And so I give you KQKC.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free ebooks and videos from Interweave

Genevieve Crabe
@amaryllis99 Genevieve Crabe reports:
Lots of free ebooks and videos from Interweave

Cats can be trusted, just not necessarily in a good way

This weeks guest challenger, Carol Bailey Floyd, asked us to create a Zentangle environment where fairies would feel at home.  I struggled with this challenge and couldn't figure out why.  When this image popped into my head, I realized it was that cat!

Done in my DayCraft Cookie Bookie Notebook.

Zentangle 5 book- It's here!!!

Sue Jacobs reports on the new Zentangle 5 book- It's here!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bleedthrumanade Octave

AAnd we have the last bit of the bleedthrumande I created in my Scottish Journal.  I combined this with Laura Harms' weekly challenge #31-Fairyland.  Being a Harry Dresden (novel) fan, I view the Fey as being more martial than twinkly, and my challenge response reflects that, lol.

And here is the whole bleedthrumanade together.

Monday's Mis?Adventures in Watercolor

Spent most of my artistic day gessoing some stuff and practicing with my Koi watercolors.  

I did this exercise from 'Mastering the Watercolor Wash' by Joe Garcia.  This exercise was in creating a flat wash.  I didn't quite succeed, but I'm happy enough.  One thing I did discover. I found some 300 lb Fabriano Artistico Warm Press that I forgot I had.  This is NOT cheap paper, but oh my.... People--it isn't just the quality of your paint.  Paper matters!

I didn't have the colors suggested in the book, so I just used the colors closest in value in my Koi Field kit.  This is a good exercise.  I'll be doing it again.

After doing this exercise, I was again impressed with the fact that I need to get a feel for the concentration--the amount of water to the amount of paint--in my mixes.  I decided to play with that.  No exercises from anywhere, I just did a zentangle.  Each section was a different color, and I tried to get at least three values just by adding more water.  I had a lot of fun with this one.

Lastly, at about midnight, half asleep, lol, I decided to satisfy my curiousity about how well I could mix up flesh tones using the Koi colors in my kit.  Did a 15 minute sketch--poor girl.  She has different size eyes!  But it looks like I'll be able to do portraits with this kit if I wish.

First attempt & mini-review of Autodesk Sketchbook Copic Edition

Okay!  If I had a stylus, instead of a mouse that wrecks havoc with my wrist, I just might be tempted to give up my pens, markers & paints.  (Well, probably not.  Digital still hasn't captured that visceral 'something' that you get when you scrawl ink across the page or smell the paint, fresh from the tube,lol!)

But.  I've fallen in love with both Scribbler Too-a funky little drawing program, and this latest edition of Autodesk Sketchbook Copic Edition.  (I didn't review Scribbler Too--you have to try it.  There's just no explaining what it is or how it works.  You're up and running with it immediately though.  No real learning curve.)

But on to Sketchbook.

This new version of Sketchbook is easier to explain.  It's a free limited edition of Sketchbook Pro with 72 of the new Copic colors that have been added to the Pro version.  It's a digital program that allows you to draw or color using brushes that simulate (very nicely) Copic markers with tips of varying sizes.  It also has pen tips, a pencil tip and an eraser.

Even though this is version with limited capabilities, it's got the all the basic bells and whistles.  You can select portions, crop, rotate, and scale.  You can set your pen to draw circles and lines, connected lines, squares or free draw.  You can undo several times (I didn't hit the limit), aND you have layers!  You can keep your original pristine and create up to 5 additional layers.  The level of transparency can be adjusted within each layer so that your color can be anything from fully opaque to the merest whisper of color.   This is wonderful because you can have a layer for that flaming red firetruck, and one for the wisp of color across a child's cheek.  I love being able to dial down the color until it blends perfectly with the other colors.
You can move your toolbars around to place them where they are out of the way, and are able to hide the ones you don't want at the moment.

I have played with digital programs before and was up and running with the program in about 5 minutes.  A newbie to these sort of programs would probably have to hit the manual and possibly ask questions.  In the lower left portion of the screen there are images for each toolbar.  If you click and hold the mouse button down, pop-ups will appear.  You can move the mouse to each one to get the name of tool.  This will be enough explanation for many.

The colors are gorgeous!

Drawbacks?  Well, it is a limited edition.  I could only find 1 line width for the eraser and it was too wide for most of what I'd have done with it.  Like any program of this type, it's really meant to be used with a stylus.  Drawing is laborious with a mouse.  Coloring is easier, but still requires rigid control, which means my wrist aches after a few minutes.   I'd like more than 5 layers.

But that's all nitpicking, and at least half because I don't have the best tools, and possibly just haven't found the solution, so not the program's fault.  I've bought full-scale programs that didn't work half as well.

If you are new to such programs this would be an excellent one to learn with. And it has more than enough features -- the more advanced user can easily raise hell and paint the town red!  You can download it here.

I colored in one of the phantasm's that I drew in Scribbler Too.

Autodesk SketchBook Copic Edition - Free Digital Art program

Another digital art program!  I haven't had the chance to use this one yet.  I'm downloading it now!

Autodesk SketchBook News - News & Announcements - Team-up with Copic Markers.  

Announces the limited edition of Autodesk SketchBook EXPRESS with Too original function equipped 72 COPIC colors selected carefully out of COPIC color system in the design palette. Autodesk SketchBook Copic Edition may be used for free.

Autodesk SketchBook Copic Edition is a paint and drawing software for PC.

Video short promoting Sandy Steen Bartholomew's latest book

Sandy  has put out a short video promoting her newest book, 'Zentangle for Kids'.  She's also created a blog 'Zentangle for Kids'.

Three Pumpkin Fantasy Landscape Step-outs #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

It's a little early to be preparing for fall, but this time of the year the weeks go by quickly.  I thought I'd get these pumpkins ...