Showing posts from March, 2013

Easter Garden in All-Purpose Inks

Oh, you know me!  I can't resist a new product!  I came across this Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink Workstation on sale, and immediately bought it. 
The inks come in bottles and you dip the Fantastix blending tools into them, and use the blending tools as though they were pens.  I decided to use the inks alone without any added line work.  
No dripping.  You do have to dip your Fanastix fairly often, but not so often as to be annoying, though I believe I'll work smaller in the future.  I think these would be good for coloring rubber stamps or zentangle tiles.

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly roundup

European Paper Company announces new affiliate program

European Paper Company announces new affiliate Program. Details can be found here-

I've signed up!

Link to Inspiration Week Day 5

Thursday links to tangles, tutorials and giveaways

Thursday links

Weben tangle pattern --

Quiet Places – Altered Book Spread --

Review: J. Herbin Pearlescent Ink Sampler Set --

FUN GIVEAWAY! Colored Pencil Display & Carry Case --

Letraset Easter Egg Competition 2013 --

A Ladies Diary & Retro Cafe Art + A Give-Away --

Of Fountain Pens and Dinosaurs --

My giveaway: Review & Giveaway of the Clairefontaine Large Vintage 1951 Notebook --…

Link to Inspiration Week Day 4

Wednesday links to tangles, tutorials and giveaways

Wednesday's links
NEW! BEGINNER’S GUIDE To Zentangle® (US $12) --

Yamit Fridman's tangle pattern Z-trik has been posted at --

Zipclurve pattern step out from Cindy Angiel.

Grilled tangle pattern from Linda Rea.

Family Portrait tutorial --

My giveaway: Review & Giveaway of the Clairefontaine Large Vintage 1951 Notebook --

Link to Inspiration Week Day 3

Tuesday's links

Tuesday's links
Graphic 45 blog --

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #111 -- (sorry I didn't get this in yesterday's links)

Craftaholics Anonymous: Silhouette Sketch Pens Discount + GIVEAWAY --

Free PanPastel Marathon Class with Johannes Vloothuis --

My giveaway: Review & Giveaway of the Clairefontaine Large Vintage 1951 Notebook --

Link to Inspiration Week Day 2

Monday links

How to draw CORNERZ --

Dion Dior's Review of the new Zeta sketchbook --

Clearsnap giveaway: Creating with Viva las Vegas Stamps! DAY ONE

Viva las VegaStamps! Giveaway: Clearsnap + VLVS! Day #1-

My giveaway: Review & Giveaway of the Clairefontaine Large Vintage 1951 Notebook --

Link to Inspiration Week Day 1

Review & Giveaway of the Clairefontaine Large Vintage 1951 Notebook

The 1951 is a portable sized, staple-bound notebook with the snazzy vintage look of the original Clairefontaine notebook.  Last week, I received two of them from Exaclair.  I'm keeping one for myself and giving the other away to one of my readers.  Giveaway information is at the end of the page.

Size: 5.75 by 8.25 in/14,8 x 21 cm (also comes in a 3.5 x 5.5 in size)
Cover: textured cardboard
No. Pages: 48 sheets/96 pages
Paper: Clairefontaine
Paper weight: 90 gsm
Format: Lined
Binding: Stapled
Colors available: black, blue, green, pink, purple, red,turquoise

Look and feel:
The paper in the 1951 is satiny smooth.  The lines are a purplish-gray that guides the eye but won't compete with your writing.  

From photos I'd seen, I thought the 1951 was cloth-bound, so I was a little surprised to find the covers are cardboard.  The design is a classic hatched diamond pattern, with a cream-colored box that has plenty of room for labeling with names, dates or themes.

The binding is stapled.…

Zendala Dare #50

Saturday links

Zendala dare #50--

Faux Patina on Canvas Mixed Media With Terri Sproul Mixers
Best Chick in Show with VLVS!


Hero Arts Giveaway-stamps
TGIF-Handmade Card Giveaway
The Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards is here ... and a giveaway!
Giveaway #7- signed and numbered 8x10 print from me from Melonheads

I'll be traveling this week and using my android Galaxy.  It's much harder to do posts with, so my linky posts may not be done daily.

Link to TanglePatterns String 045

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly roundup

Friday Tutorials, Tangles and Giveaways

Thursday Giveaways

Link to tangle pattern Snugz

Wednesday Giveaway Links

Link to Fiber Paste & Acrylic Tutorial

Backgrounds in a Creative Journal

Yesterday I posted a finished drawing that I did in my Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal.  I soon found though that 'wet' mediums had a tendency to soak through at the seam.  After my accidental elephant picked up a streak of washed out color, I decided to do all the backgrounds in the book before finishing anything else.

I decided to share these with you a couple at a time.

Most of these backgrounds take about 10-15 minutes to do.  In some cases I go back 2 or 3 times to lift off a bit more color or add some more--so these may or may not be the completed background.

What's nice about doing the art this way, is that I can break away from less pleasant work for just a few minutes, throw, spray, dab, pound and muck about with paints and sprays and then go back to what I was doing.  It makes me think a little bit of hand-painting back in my early school days.  It's very freeing and relaxing.

What will I do with these backgrounds?  No idea.

Elephant Art Journal

Warning! This project is grungy.  Perfection need not apply.  It took about 45 minutes of actual crafting time (not counting letting ink sprays dry overnight) and most of that was taken up drawing the patterns. All that beautiful color took about 10 minutes!

Viva Las VegaStamps! used: Elephant And Mountain 2 x 4 1/4 and Elephant On Bike 2 3/4 x 5
Dylusions Creative Blank Journal Dylusions Ink Sprays-Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange, Melted Chocolate  CraftersWorkshop 6x6 Stencils- Mini Cubist and Mini Harlequin StazOn Inkpad-Jet black Pentel White Gel pen Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Gel Pen-Sky Blue, Rose Pink, Gray Micron Pigma Pen .05-Black, Sepia Roll of Paper Towels Water Mister Heat gun (optional) Wet Coffee Cup (optional)

The Dylusions journal has a mix of white and manila cardstock pages and I wanted to test both so I did a two-page spread where the left side was the white paper and the right was the manila (the results were about the same on both sides).
The ink …

Link to winner of Laura Harms contest

Link to tangle pattern Flowevine

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #110

Castles in the Waiting Room

I started this while my mother was taking a hearing test, and finished it bit by bit over the past week.  Pentel needs to put out a yellow ink Energel pen.  Just sayin'.

Giveaway links for Monday

Giveaway links:

The Stamp Addicton Facebook for a chance to win a Tombow Craft Storage Bag.
DesignMemCraft: Our biggest giveaway of the year is up on our blog!
BlitsyCrafts: RT & Follow @BlitsyCrafts to win A Compendium of Curiosities by Tim Holtz! At 1K followers we'll pick a random winner.
Pentel of America: Celebrate the birthday of our very own Pentel Sign Pen:  You could win 1 for free! #SignPen50

Quo Vadis Blog: Contest of the Month: St. Patrick’s Day giveaway.  Chance to win a Rhodia #12 and cartridges of green ink!

 Check back because this list may grow throughout the day!

Zendala Dare #49

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly roundup

Link to tangle pattern Lucky

Link to Mixed Media with Repeat Pattern Doodles

Link to Upcycled Vintage Travel Booklet with Tags by Leigh S-B

Upcycled Vintage Travel Booklet with Tags by Leigh S-B.  Learn how to make  Vintage travel booklet with shipping tag journal pages, using upcycled paper towel cardboard tubes.

Link to CardMaker Favorite Things GIVEAWAY!

CardMaker Favorite Things GIVEAWAY!  Chance to win Faber Castell Mixed Media Sampler, AND some Gelatos!

Link to Daycraft's new website

Daycraft has upgraded their website.  Check out the new products--ipad covers, Handy Picks Cookie Bookie notebooks!  Love the Cookie Bookie notebooks!

Link to New patterns Ying & Yang, Ragged Rays, Pods and Peeps

Judy West has posted the distructions to her patterns: Ying & Yang, Ragged Rays, Pods and Peeps.

New plates available for pre-order at Viva Las VegaStamps!

New plates available for pre-order at Viva Las VegaStamps.  There are even a couple based on my artwork!
Check out the details on the blog--you can enter to win one of the plates of your choice!

Link to tangle pattern Snorr

Link to Derwent Coloursoft Pencil Giveaway

Link to Sweet Serenity Collection giveaway

Like and Share! Four lucky crafters will win the entire Sweet Serenity Collection (die, stamps and papers) valued at $135. Enter the random drawing now:

Link to tangle pattern Sammon

Link to tangle pattern Lamar

Weekly Challenge #109

Zendala Dare #48

Zendala Dare #48--

TanglePatterns String 043

Link to Nabu – tangle pattern

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly roundup

Link to Tangle Refresher 46

Link to Paperblanks Journals Giveaway!

Link to Concertina Card Tutorial

I know I've been bad.

When time gets crunchy, it's so much easier to post links on Facebook and Twitter than on my blog, and I know I've got a large number of readers who follow me on those networks as well.  But I'm going to try and post them here more often.

Have you ever wanted to make a concertina card? Here's one way to do it!

Link to Mindful Creations-New Zentangle challenge

Tangling while the car gets fixed

I drive my mother's car--it's the proverbial little old lady's car.  A 1993 Dodge Spirit with about 75,000 miles on it.  Most of which I put on after she stopped driving.  She kept it maintenanced meticulously, but still--it's feeling its age.

Which is why a routine checkup has resulted in a two-day stay and over $1000 dollars worth of fixin' up.  Ah well.  It's a lot cheaper than buying a new car!

I was given a drive home once it was determined that the visit would be more than just a check-up, but I had to wait a while.

Oh my, what could I do while waiting???

Heh.  You know the answer to that one.  I'd gone in prepared with paper and pen(s).

I did two B&W with a .005 Micron pigma on Croquis paper.

And in my Rhodia Swap Journal, I used some colored Pentel Energel pens I received as part of my last Shoplet review package.

Sale on Genevieve Crabe's Tangle Organizers

4:10pm via Tweetbot for Mac 20% off  Genevieve Crabe's Tangle Organizers and Journals for #Zentangle artists. Use code SPARK.

Review of the Pentel Energel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen #shopletreviews

Shoplet and Pentel sent me a package for review last week.  It included a:

·PENBL110A - Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen 1.0 mm
·PENBL107A - Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen 0.7 mm
·PENBLN105C - Pentel EnerGel X Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen 0.5 mm ·PENPL107C - Pentel EnerGize X Mechanical Pencil  0.7 mm

Overall the pens are the same except for point size.  I found them to be comfortable in the hand. I have a small hand but I suspect they will be comfortable for most.

Having a selection of point sizes is nice because sometimes I like to write large, and other times (more usually) I like to write small.  And, as Goldilocks would say--the middle size is just right.

The ink glides nicely across the page, without feathering or bleeding. They will smear, but I had to practically do it two-handed, really laying down the ink while writing with one hand and smearing as the pen moved.  The amount of smearing was minimal, as you can see from the scan.

The week'…

Link to the March Carnival of Pen, Pencil & Paper

Link to tangle pattern N-Meshed

Chance to win a seat in '21 Secrets' workshop

Weekly Zentangle Challenge #108

Review of Stillman & Birn's Zeta Paper

Sometime this month, Stillman & Birn will be releasing the Zeta  multi-media sketchbook, the latest in their series of fine quality art journals.  I was sent a few of the unbound sheets to try out.
The Zeta has a multi-media paper that is about the weight you'd expect of good photo paper, without the slick glossy surface. While the surface is smooth, it accepts most mediums well.
I'm going to write this review differently than I have in the past.  I've found that every medium has its problems.  A multi-media paper must be formulated to deal with as many mediums as possible.  So I'm going to list problems I've encountered in the past, and then tell how you the Zeta does.
I used ink sprays, stamp pads, fabric markers, granular gel medium, watercolor, acrylics, art pen, water-soluble wax pastels, decoupaged napkins, and shaving cream on this paper and was happy with the results in all cases. 
Mine is a tale of woe--comprised of family reunions, dead computers, and lug…