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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Link to Cadent Tangleation

Patty Meijer has posted steps to her Cadent Tangleation.

Link to tangle patterns DripDrop & Triangle

ArjadL has posted steps to tangle patterns:

Dripdrop
Dripdrop Variation
Tri-angle
Tri-angle Variation

Petunia and new ideas for another Rhodia Journal Swap :: Rhodia Drive

Petunia and new ideas for another Rhodia Swap :: Rhodia Drive

Review & Bleedthrumanades in the Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook

This is the first post of my review for the Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook.

I was in North Carolina last week helping my brother with a seminar and giving a presentation on Social Marketing.  The seminar, a Writer's Camp, was held on his farm, and the people who stay there bunk down in pretty rough & rustic cabins, making it a bit like camping.  I wanted to travel light because I wasn't sure how much room I'd have.

The only art supplies I carried were my Epsilon Sketchbook, a Pentel White Sunburst gel pen and one of the Zentangle® Micron Pen sets made by Sakura.

I precolored a few pages in this Sketchbook, with Spectrum Noir markers, so I could do some Bleedthrumanades (Got lemons? Make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru? Make Bleedthrumanade.)
I'll have at least one more post with the Epsilon that will feature work done with other media.

The Specs:
Color: Natural White
Weight-100 lb (150 gsm)
Surface-Plate surface for Pen & Ink (very smooth)

Look & Feel:
I received the 6x8 in (15.2 x 20.3 cm) size.  Stillman & Birn, sent me four of the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks shortly before I was due to leave (you can see the Comparison here).  I had reviewed the Delta Series Sketchbook a few weeks ago and chose the Epsilon to take, because the paper was the most different from that of the Delta.

The paper borders on look and feel of cardstock.  It is smooth and bright but not glossy. Alcohol marker color is brilliant in it.  The paper color--natural white--is the same as for the Alpha and the Beta series, but it seems whiter too me, probably because the other books have a rough texture.

As with all the series, the cover is a textured black over extra heavy weight binders board.  I received one of the double wire-coil formats.  The holes for the coil are a bit large.  If the sketchbook is carried in a purse or bag, I think the paper around the coils might eventually rip.

Performance:
Because I used the Pentel White Sunburst gel pen heavily on the front (to the left) and went so heavy with the black on the back, the color appears almost as solid on both sides.  In fact, color bleed-through is only about 75%-80%.  There is some feathering when the alcohol marker is applied, but you can get a crisp line if you move quickly.  I like to let my colors blend so I don't worry about it.

I experimented quite a bit with this one.  I only used shades of gray Spectrum Noirs, and then used the blender marker.  I really like the effect, and haven't done anything further on the front.  I intend to add color to this with other media, but thought you might like to see it before I do (plus I worry I might ruin it!).  

On the back, I used one of the stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! that was created using my artwork.  I used the steps to my tangle pattern 'Sabal'.  I loaded the stamp with ink, and stamped three times without adding more ink.  The bottom has the darkest ink, and the top barely shows the design.  

Since the ink color is a little different than my pen color, I darkened some of the bottom image with the pen so it would blend.  I added details to the second image that changed the pattern altogether (and blended to the two colors of ink).  Then I added various patterns and shading along the sides and top. I think it looks like an underground grotto reflecting in a lake, lol!



Alcohol marker color is bright but not brilliant. The linework from the Microns was crisp, but not as bold as I thought it might be.  It is bold enough, and a good solid black is possible, but I had to work a little harder than I thought I would.  I actually prefer that, because I like lots of tone variation for shading.

Part II of this review (and a new tangle pattern too!) can be found here.

Link-Call for Entries: Moleskine Grand Central Terminal Sketchbook

Grand Central Station will be 100 years old in 2013.  They are looking for artwork submissions-read more at:

Notebook Stories: A Blog About Notebooks, Journals, Moleskines, Blank Books, Sketchbooks, Diaries and More

Pennyb's Creative Adventures: New Tangle!

Another response to the New Tangle challenge.
Pennyb's Creative Adventures: New Tangle!

Studio ML: New Tangle

Mariët's response to Rick's & Maria's  challenge to figure out the steps to their new tangle pattern.

Studio ML: New Tangle

Paddling Down the River



Supplies:
1 oz Creative Paperclay's Delight
Terri Sproul Mixer-Tanzanite Pearl (Blue Pearl)
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Black Matte board 6x7 in.
Letraset Promarkers
Brilliance Stamp pad ink-Starlight Silver
Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint-Antique White
Black cardstock
Colorbök Scrapbook paper
Paint Brush
Scissors

PVA Glue
3D foam dots
Black sharpie marker


Viva Las Vegastamps! used:
Tree Background
Steampunk Swan Ship
Life is Beautiful

I stamped my Steampunk Swan Ship image onto a piece of Delight clay that was left over from another project.  It was about 1/8 of an inch thick and already dried.  I cut the image out with a pair of scissors and colored it with my Promarkers.


I stamped the Trees background onto the black cardstock with Brilliance Starlight Silver and cut it out.   I cut out small areas for the background to show through.  (Sorry for the blurred image-that's my camera, not the stamped image!).

Turning to the matte board, I covered about 2/3 of it with a piece of Scrapbook paper.


Then I glued the trees over the background.

After mixing the Terri Sproul Mixer with the 3D lacquer, I painted the remaining portion of the matte board with a thin layer.  It dries almost instantly, so then I picked up a very small amount of Antique White acrylic paint and dabbed online the bottom of the trees.   Using a bit more paint, I spread it across the board to simulate icy water, leaving a darker area to imply depths.  

I applied 3D foam dots to the Swan ship and stuck it onto the matte board.  

I discovered something in this process.  Originally, I stamped 'Life is Beautiful' with the Silver Starlight ink over the Terri Sproul Mixer.  To my surprise,  I got a holographic effect.  If you held the matte board one way, you would see the text, but if you moved it even slightly, the text disappeared.  It was rather cool!

Unfortunately, I couldn't get the text to scan or get it with my camera, so I stamped the text onto some left over Delight and painted over the holographic text.  One of these days though, I'm going to play with that technique.

Viva Las Vegastamps! has a wide variety of rubber stamps--just about anything you might want for any occasion.  New projects are posted every day at the VLVS! blog and you can find the entire product range at VLVS! online store.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Link to UmWowStudio: 310 followers!! Lets do a giveaway!!

UmWowStudio: 310 followers!! Lets do a giveaway!!

How to draw FLOURISH « TanglePatterns.com

How to draw FLOURISH « TanglePatterns.com

Zentangle: New Tangle "_____"


Rick and Maria Thomas have posted the latest issue of the Zentangle Newsletter.  New tangle with a prompt and a challenge to name it!

Roundup of Tangle Patterns

I am back from my seminar in North Carolina but still playing catch-up.  I found a few patterns and posts of interest while I was gone, but I know I missed a lot.

Fortunately for you, Genevieve is on the ball, so I'll send you to her site to catch some of what I missed:


Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Round-up


I don't think the following are on her list:


At Tangle Patterns.com-STORIES: Overcoming panic attacks 
How to draw CACK by Adele Bruno

By Margaret Bremner, CZT:Dentri,
CADOX 
FUNLSA cool Paradox variation


And hey!  While I was gone I reached 1,002,079 views at my Flickr account!  Wee hah!  Thank you everyone that follows my Flickr account!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Stamping and other crafting tips from Susan M Brown

Susan M Brown has posted a video with some fantastic tips about:


...labeling and storing unmounted Viva Las Vegastamps! rubber; cleaning stamps, stamping on my secret weapon or mousepad; cheap and easy watercolor, making a mist using Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers.

New Tangle Pattern Swatch/Round 6 Page 3 of the Rhodia Journal Swap


For every round of the Rhodia Journal Swap, 12 journal-ers are sharing their 'Favorite Thing's.  This round I'm sharing my Zentangle®-inspired pattern steps. Because the swap is done in a Rhodia dotWebbie, I'm taking advantage of its grid of light gray dots and sharing patterns that are difficult to draw freehand.  Any of these patterns can be done without grid paper but are much easier to do with some guide for the eye.

This has been fun!  I may do the same thing for the next round.



You can see my patterns PywakitProwReel , Wormhole, Circle-In and Fortified in earlier posts. See what others are doing in their Rhodias for the swap on Tumblr.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Tangle Pattern Fortified/Rhodia Journal Swap


For every round of the Rhodia Journal Swap, 12 journal-ers are sharing their 'Favorite Thing's.  This round I'm sharing my Zentangle®-inspired pattern steps. Because the swap is done in a Rhodia dotWebbie, I'm taking advantage of its grid of light gray dots and sharing patterns that are difficult to draw freehand.  Any of these patterns can be done without grid paper but are much easier to do with some guide for the eye.




You can see my patterns PywakitProwReel , Wormhole and Circle-In in earlier posts. See what others are doing in their Rhodias for the swap on Tumblr.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Tangle Pattern Circle-In/Rhodia Journal Swap

For every round of the Rhodia Journal Swap, 12 journal-ers are sharing their 'Favorite Thing's.  This round I'm sharing my Zentangle®-inspired pattern steps. Because the swap is done in a Rhodia dotWebbie, I'm taking advantage of its grid of light gray dots and sharing patterns that are difficult to draw freehand.  Any of these patterns can be done without grid paper but are much easier to do with some guide for the eye.




You can see my patterns PywakitProwReel , and Wormhole in earlier posts. See what others are doing in their Rhodias for the swap on Tumblr.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Comparison of the Stillman & Birn Sketchbook Series


Last Friday, I received a package of Stillman & Birn sketchbooks.

  • hardbound Alpha Series 8.5x11 in (21.6x27.9 cm); 
  • wire-coil Beta Series 7x10 in (17.8x25.4 cm); 
  • hardbound Gamma Series 5.5x8.5 in (14.0x21.6 cm)
  • wire-coil Epsilon Series 6x8 in (15.2x20.3 cm)


I already had a wire-coil Delta series 7x7 in (17.8x17.8 cm).  I reviewed this sketchbook a couple of weeks ago.

You can see that the sketchbooks come in many sizes and I was very excited to receive a couple of the hardbacks to review.  These are new

I'm at Writer's Camp in North Carolina to give a presentation and help out so I didn't really have time to do much artwork this weekend.  However, I wanted to post something, and I've seen many questions about the differences between these various sketchbooks.  So I decided to write up a quick post (quick for me--it's pretty long for you, lol) that highlighted the differences.

I did a test page with swatches of different media that will hopefully help you determine the differences in paper.  I won't go into much detail--over the next few weeks I'll post a review on each in the series.  For now, it's just the facts, ma'am.  Just the facts.

I didn't include the number of sheets because I think that has more to do with size than series.  I'll add that in the separate reviews.

Paper weights are not standardized, and I found all of these sketchbooks to be at the heavy end of the spectrum.



ALPHA
BETA
GAMMA
DELTA
EPSILON(pen& ink)
Paper shade
Natural White
Natural White
Ivory
Ivory
Natural White
Surface
Vellum
Rough
Vellum
Rough
Plate Surface
Weight
100 lb/150 gsm
180lb/270 gsm
100 lb/150 gsm
180lb/270 gsm
100 lb/150 gsm


I was interrupted while doing my test pages and did the Beta last.  I picked up the wrong colors on a couple of the tests.  The difference in color is me, not the Beta series book,lol.  All of the books curled and dimpled a little bit when I used water, but all of them flattened out after the book was closed a while.
The only color that bled through was with the alcohol markers.

I'm looking forward to reviewing these books individually, and hope you look forward to seeing them.  And with that, I'll leave you with a bleedthrumanade (got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru? Make bleedthrumanade) done with Spectrum Noirs in the Epsilon Pen & Ink Series Sketchbook.

Monday, June 18, 2012

New Tangle Pattern Wormhole/Rhodia Journal Swap

For every round of the Rhodia Journal Swap, 12 journal-ers are sharing their 'Favorite Thing's.  This round I'm sharing my Zentangle®-inspired pattern steps. Because the swap is done in a Rhodia dotWebbie, I'm taking advantage of its grid of light gray dots and sharing patterns that are difficult to draw freehand.  Any of these patterns can be done without grid paper but are much easier to do with some guide for the eye.




You can see my patterns PywakitProw and Reel in earlier posts.  See what others are doing in their Rhodias for the swap on Tumblr.

I won a really cool Elmer's & X-Acto prize package!

If the earth seems to be shaking, it's because I'm dancing a jig! 


I won Joe Rotella's 'Under the Sea' Elmer's & X-Acto giveaway! It's too late for you to enter, but you can still watch Joe's fantastic party invitation tutorial and video that shows what I won. Elmer's has some wonderful products--they aren't just about glue!

I am the diva - Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT®): Weekly Challenge #75

I am the diva - Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT®): Weekly Challenge #75

Monday Morning Review Round-up | The European Paper Company

Monday Morning Review Round-up | The European Paper Company

Viva Las Vegastamps!: Tropical Toucans with a "Tangled" Resist Background

The first set of stamps based on my artwork have shipped out from Viva Las Vegastamps! and people are starting to use them.  Today's post from Susan M. Brown is a wonderful example of  using a couple of them as resist backgrounds.  

Viva Las Vegastamps!: Tropical Toucans with a "Tangled" Resist Background

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Daycraft Cookie Bookie Review « No Pen Intended

Daycraft Cookie Bookie « No Pen Intended

Shoplet & Esselte Product Review

This month's office supplies review package from Shoplet and Esselte was a handy one.  You can never have enough File Folders or File Jackets and even though I have other Daily Planners, the one included in this package has a great layout--just in time for me to use it for a trip to North Carolina.


The package included:

Ampad Project Planner

Esselte Copysafe File Jacket

Pendaflex Divide it Up File Folder   

Pendaflex Ready-Tab Lift Tab Reinforced Hanging Folders

We're asked to review three of the items, and I chose the Project Planner, the Copysafe File Jacket and the Divide It Up File Folder.

Ampad Project Planner

The Ampad Project Planner comes with a double front cover (pink, because a portion of the profits go to benefit breast cancer research), and a sturdy cardboard back.  The page is a bright white with Teal and Rose print.  The pages are a thin, but the planner weighs more than I expected it to. 



The layout has headers for identifying and dating the subject and the page is broken into two areas, one labled Action and one labeled Planning.  I ignored that-both my lists are action, but one is To Do before leaving on Monday and one is a list of what to pack.  

I like the split layout because I often do need to take notes on more than one aspect of one subject--for instance, when doing artwork in sketchbook for review, I would take notes of the products I'm using, but I also take notes of the techniques and ideas I want to share.

I think the holes for the wire coil are a bit too large.  They allow the pages to turn easily.  Combined with the weight of the planner and the thin pages, I believe pages will easily be torn out just from the wear and tear of carrying it around.

Each page is microperfed, 20 lb paper and there are 24 sheets in all.  The planner is 7.25" x 9.50" in size, not too big, not too small--Goldilocks would approve!  


This is a clear poly sheet protector embedded with a dotted design that makes a B&W document impossible to read.  It's sealed on the side and the bottom to keep documents secure, but easily removable. It has a finger-sized cutout that makes it easy to grab the document and pull it free.  
I like that the poly material is thick, yet it is still flexible.  I don't think it will crack or tear easily.  However, I did notice that colored text is readable through the dot design.  Not easily readable, but if someone were interested, they could read it.  Sometimes, the most important wording is in color!

The jacket is tear- and moisture-resistant and holds up to 8.5" x 11" size documents.  Honestly, I don't have any materials I want to keep private, but I'm eyeing this with the intention of using it to get interesting effects in some artwork.  It will probably end up being an art journal cover!

The Divide It Up File Folder was my favorite product in the package.  It looks like a pretty standard manila folder, until you open it and see the three pockets--all the better for organizing your files!  


It's made of a sturdy 11 pt. Manila, and the pockets are two-toned making it really easy to tell where the pockets start and end.  I love this idea.  


The pockets are open-ended on the side, which allows for larger documents, and ease in getting the documents in and out.  But it will also allow for said documents to fall out.  No different from the usual file folder, but I think I would have preferred the sides to be secured.  The pockets are actually strips cut from one piece and attached by a smaller strip at top. It doesn't look sturdy to me, I think if you overload the file, the pockets may come loose.


Despite this I do like the folder, and wish I'd received more.  I know my next purchase of manila folders will be Divide It Ups.  I'll be using them for filing my bills!


The folders are sold in packs of 12. The pockets have an expansion of 3/4 inch and can hold up to 175 sheets of paper.  They are Acid Free SFI certified.



Links to 5 new patterns from Simone Bischoff


Simone Bischoff has posted the steps to her tangle patterns:

Schwarm/Flock (Honeycomb pattern 08) http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/neues-muster-schwarm-wabenmuster-08/

Vita (Honeycomb pattern 09) http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/neues-muster-vita-wabenmuster-09/

Wabenspiralen/Spirals honeycomb (honeycomb pattern 10) http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/neues-muster-wabenspiralen-wabenmuster-10/

KasCade/Cascade (honeycomb pattern 11) http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/neues-muster-kaskade-wabenmuster-11/

Netzwerk /Network (Honeycomb pattern 13) http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/neues-muster-netzwerk-wabenmuster-12/

Splitter (Honeycomb pattern 13) http://kunstkramkiste.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/neues-muster-splitter-wabenmuster-13/

TanglePatterns String 005 « TanglePatterns.com

TanglePatterns String 005 « TanglePatterns.com

Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekly Zentangle Roundup | Tangle Harmony

Weekly Zentangle Roundup | Tangle Harmony

Links to six new tangle patterns by Simone Bischoff


Simone Bischoff has posted steps to:

Erntedank/Thanksgiving (honeycomb pattern 02)
Sonnenkristall/Sun Crystal (honeycomb pattern 03)
Triomino (honeycomb pattern 04)
Pinie/Pine (honeycomb pattern 05)
Ananas/Pineapple (honeycomb pattern 06)
Wabenwelle/Honeycomb wave (honeycomb pattern 07)

Link to Tangle pattern Leashed Hart

Linda Rea has posted steps to her tangle pattern Leashed Hart.

Tangle Refresher 27 « TanglePatterns.com

Tangle Refresher 27 « TanglePatterns.com

The Bright Owl: Zendala Dare #10

The Bright Owl: Zendala Dare #10.

Link to tangle pattern Leashed Hart

Linda Rea has posted steps to her tangle pattern Leashed Hart.

Tips on How to Use Your Academic Planner for Travel | The European Paper Company

Tips on How to Use Your Academic Planner for Travel | The European Paper Company

New Tangle Pattern Reel/Round 6 Page 3 of the Rhodia Journal Swap

For every round of the Rhodia Journal Swap, 12 journal-ers are sharing their 'Favorite Thing's.  This round I'm sharing my Zentangle®-inspired pattern steps. Because the swap is done in a Rhodia dotWebbie, I'm taking advantage of its grid of light gray dots and sharing patterns that are difficult to draw freehand.  Any of these patterns can be done without grid paper but are much easier to do with some guide for the eye.



You can see my patterns Pywakit and Prow in earlier posts.


See what others are doing in their Rhodias for the swap on Tumblr.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shelly Beauch: A ZIA Spiralation Celebration


CZT Michele Beauchamp is having a giveaway to celebrate 200,000 views on her site!

BLOG.SUZANNEMCNEILL.COM: Zentangle® Peek-a-Boo Card

The steps to Suzanne's tangle pattern Nails have been posted.


BLOG.SUZANNEMCNEILL.COM: Zentangle® Peek-a-Boo Card

Link to tangle patterns Trailin,Slapdash, Zangwill & Alpz


Linda Rea has posted steps to her tangle patterns:

Trailin 
slapdash
Zangwill 
Alpz 

Viva Las Vegastamps June Newsletter


Free shipping code!  30% off Terri Sproul Mixers! and more...

New steampunk tangle pattern & Children's book

Currently I'm part of a DotWebbie journal swap that is being hosted by Rhodia.  There are 12 of us and the overall theme is  'Favorite things'.  Each month, I've chosen a different Favorite Thing.  I currently belong to the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team, and of course, sooner or later I had to visit the subject of rubber stamping!



For this month's round I decided to recreate a little book I'd done for a friend's child, using my stamps, Zentangle®-Inspired patterns and bad poetry.  Some stamp pad inks do go through on Rhodia paper (which is strange, because even fountain pen ink doesn't!) and we're in the middle of our journals, so the curve of the paper made stamping more difficult.  Normally, I work with this rather than avoid it, but I had something specific in mind this time.  So I stamped my images on a Rhodia 'R' pad, colored them with Verithin colored pencil, and cut them out.  I used Miracle tape to adhere the cut-outs to the dotWebbie pages.

I used various pens to color the backgrounds and draw the patterns.  Where I used specific tangle patterns I identify them, but a lot of them were patterns I'm working on or that just came to mind, and I'm not sure which ones they are. (The steps to my new tangle pattern Background #6 are at the bottom of the post.

Hope you enjoy my little children's book!

Supplies:
Rhodia DotWebbie journal
Rhodia 'R' Pad
Ranger Archival Ink pad-black
Miracle Tape
Prismacolor Verithin Color Pencils-Process Red, Peacock Blue, Canary Yellow, Apple Green, Parma Violet, Deco Pink, Ultramarine, Dark Brown, Orange Warm Grey, Poppy Red, Light Peach
Tim Holtz Distress Markers-Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass
Faber-Castell Big Brush pens-Cold Grey III, Sanquine, Medium Flesh, Sky Blue, Dark Sepia
Micron Pigma pens black.02,.03, .08, Sepia .03, .08
American Craft Precision Pen .03, .08
Pentel White Sunburst gel pen
Viva Las Vegastamps! Stamps identified with each page

Info for the page at top of post: Translation: "I see like me, You both have a top hat.  Don't think that makes you big dog!  'I' am still Top Cat!'
Stamps Used: Dog Head In Steampunk Crown -18664,  Dog Head In Steampunk TopHat-18665Steampunk Cat -17720.  Background done with Big Brush pens. Linework done with Microns & Pentel Sunburst.
Tangle patterns: Striping


Translation: "Oh look!  A purple rhino!  How did he get purple? How should I know?" "Oh my! What a surprise!  Another purple rhino!  Should I believe my eyes?"
Stamps Used: Steampunk Rhino-15988,  Steampunk Rhino-17239.  Background done with Big Brush pens. Linework done with Microns. Tangle patterns: Chambray variation, Crescent Moon variations.

Translation: "Here is a lady who looked in mirror.  And what do you think she saw? a lady in a bird mask, Dressed up for Mardi Gras!"
Stamps Used:  Mardi Gras Lady-584,Steampunk Giraffe-15980Pug Looking Up-8411.  Background done with Big Brush pens. Linework done with Sepia Microns & Pentel Sunburst. Tangle patterns: Striping & Bales.

Translation: "Here are two funny little chickens, And a really funny fish.  And three little mice in a cup in a dish."  "What a pretty elephant! He's covered in sprockets and gears.  He has tincaps for his knees, And metal in his ears.  And look--the silly elephant, Is wearing a silly hat!  So tell me, dear child, What do you think of that?"
Stamps Used:  Steampunk Gear Chick-18439Steampunk Chick-18438, Steampunk Fish-18447, TeaCup O' Mice-10769Steampunk Elephant-15984.  Background and linework done with Tim Holtz Distress markers. Tangle patterns: Koolapopper, Pipkins, Hibred.

Translation: "Turn this page upside down, to turn this poor lady around." "Why is this lady pointing? What is that she said?  She's pointing at the other lady, Who is standing on her head!"
Stamps Used:  Lady With Mirror-18132Horseless Carriage Rescue-18158.
Background and linework done with Tim Holtz Distress markers. Tangle patterns: Crescent Moon variations. Lots of in progress tangles.



Translation: "When the Ferris Wheel goes round, Those who are up do down. Those below roll to the top, And round they go 'til the Ferris Wheel stops." "The balloon is in the sky. The flowers are on the ground.  Do you think the flowers will fly up, When the balloon comes down?"
Stamps Used:  Ferris Wheel-16038Victorian Balloon-6302, Steampunk Flowers-17501.  Background and linework done with Tim Holtz Distress markers. Tangle patterns:  Hibred, Beeline, Background #6 (see steps below).


Translation: "When you visit the coast, You watch the waves go crashing.  But when you take a bath--Please, dear child--NO splashing!" "Would you like to ride in a ballon, far up in the sky?  You would?!  Tell me why?"
Stamps Used:  SeaScape-16188, Balloon Airship-18157. Background done with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Linework done with American Precision pens & Pentel Sunburst. Tangle patterns: Crescent Moon variations. Lots of in progress tangles.


The notable elements of this tangle are the aura (the white border around each section) and the alternation of dark and light from tile to tile (one tile has dark background with light doodads, and the next has a light background with dark doodads).  Both of these elements can be used to spice up other patterns.  Give it a try.

Not sure what I'm talking about when I discuss Zentangle®, tangle patterns or Steampunk? Check out this post. Scroll to the bottom for brief explanations.

As you can see from my storybook, Viva Las Vegastamps! has a wide variety of rubber stamps--just about anything you might want for any occasion.  New projects are posted every day at the VLVS! blog and you can find the entire product range at VLVS! online store.




Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Giveaway: The Collage Workbook and an original signed collage by the author Randel Plowman · Recycled Crafts | CraftGossip.com

Giveaway: The Collage Workbook and an original signed collage by the author Randel Plowman · Recycled Crafts | CraftGossip.com

Link to Steampunk video and crafting downloadable Freebies

Like Steampunk? Not sure what it is? You have GOT to watch this video!
Lots of downloadable freebies at the site, too. 


1st FLOOR FLAT: Freebies

Link: Free Downloadable Vintage Bike images

My ARTistic Life: Let's Go on a Bike Ride!

New pattern with many variations: Honeycomb RELIEF "KunstKramKiste

New pattern with many variations: Honeycomb RELIEF "KunstKramKiste

Link to tangle pattern S wich Blade…. « Carol Ottaway

S wich Blade…. « Carol Ottaway

How to draw LINQ « TanglePatterns.com

How to draw LINQ « TanglePatterns.com

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New pattern Prow/Rhodia Journal swap

For the the sixth round of the Rhodia Journal Swap I decided to share my 'Favorite Thing' of creating steps that deconstruct designs and make them easier to draw.  My work is Zentangle®-inspired, but for the patterns I'm creating for this journal, I'm departing even further from the Zentangle method. (Tomorrow, you'll see the Children's book I did in the 5th round of the swap)

Because the swap is done in a Rhodia Webnotebook, which has a grid of light gray dots I decided to share patterns that are a bit difficult to draw freehand.  They can be done without grid paper but are much easier to do with squares.

Prow can be varied by the way it is shaded.


You can see my first pattern Pywakit in yesterday's post.