Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle:
How to draw CLOVE

New Zentangle newsletter (email just came out, may not show up in archive for a bit)


Tutorials:
One Sheet One Journal video

Animal Prints from old makeup and Elmer's Glue


Giveaways:
Zeta Series Giveaway- STILLMAN & BIRN Zeta sketchbook & FABER-CASTELL POLYCRHOMOS® PENCILS

Summer Reading Give-Away: “Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling” 

Pattern Petite Stickys Giveaway

GRAPHIC 45-Enter to win  French Country 8x8 paper pad, Banners, Cling Stamp Set, Place in Time 8x8 paper pad, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts and Stamped Metal Brad Staples


Miscellaneous:
Cheery Lynn Designs Design Team Call


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Viva Las VegaStamps!/Genuinely Jane Blog Hop

What do you get when the Viva Las VegaStamps! design team gets together with the Genuinely Jane design team?  A truly awesome blog hop! 
(and prizes: -GJS is giving away a $20 gift certificate for wooden albums, and VLVS! is giving away a lb. o rubber - two separate winners chosen randomly from all comments through the hop 



If you arrived here from Amy's blog, you are where you should be in the hop.  If you haven't been hopping, here is the list for today's inspiration.  (A list of all the hop stops for all 4 days is at the end of this post).
Sun 28 : 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Amy 
Sandra -YOU ARE HERE! 
Irit 
Karen 

Supplies:

VLVS! images used:
One Way Small-19180 Plate 927
Star Sneaker 19242 Plate 926
You Are Here-19178 Plate 927

Genuinely Jane:
Wood Tag

Sakura of America:
Gelly Roll Classic-White
Gellyroll Metallic-Blue

Used Teabag
StazOn Inkpad-Timber Brown
Speedball Composition Metal Leaf
Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint, Satin-CousCous, Canteloupe, Blue Sky
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink-Ginger, Terracotta,
Golden Soft Gel Matte
Judykins MicroGlaze
Babywipes



I know I'm a crafter!  I received this beautiful wooden tag from Genuinely Jane Studio, and promptly crafted it to look like old worn tile!

I borrowed from the ideas in Serena Barton's ''Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop' for this project.  I didn't have many of the art supplies she used so I used what I had on hand.  Serena was working large and I was working small.  The techniques are fantastic.  Completely suitable for either fine art or crafting.

Note that I used 'satin' finish paints and 'matte' gel medium.  I wanted a soft, weathered look for my tag, so I went for glimmer and gleam not shine and sparkle.

I sealed the Genuinely Jane tag with clear gesso, applying 3 coats, letting each dry in between.  I did several other wood pieces at the same time, and used clear in case I wanted to keep the wood showing on any of them.

Using a baby wipe, I painted the parts of the tag with Couscous acrylic paint.  After a few seconds, I used a clean baby-wipe to remove most of the paint.

Letting each layer dry in between, I repeated the process with the Canteloupe and then the Sky Blue paint, until both sides and the edges were painted.  I let parts of the different colors overlap, but kept areas of each color showing as well.

To add the metal leaf, I repeated this process over and over:

     I spread gel medium in the area where the metal leaf was to be applied.
     I tore off about 1/2 an inch of metal leaf from the sheet.
     I rubbed the metal leaf into the medium, hard enough so bits came off.
     I rubbed gel medium over top of the metal leaf.
     When done, bits of the paint layers showed through in places.

I did this process on both sides of the tag, lapping the metal leaf over the edge to the other side of the tag.

Once all the gel medium was dry, I stamped the shoe on one side in Timber Brown.  The surface of the tag was very uneven, so the stamping was rough.  I used a Micron pen to fill the largest gap, but didn't worry about covering completely.

I tore open a used tea bag, cleaned away all the tea, and stamped the shoe on it.  I cut it out and, reversing the image, used gel medium to glue it down so it covered part of the first shoe image.  I work the gel medium in thoroughly until the tea bag became transparent, and then let it dry.

I wanted the tea bag shoe to have a little depth and a little shine, so I used a white gellyroll pen to highlight the closest rounded point of the shoe, and a lace.  Before the ink had time to dry, I blotted most of it off with a tissue, to soften the color.

On the other side of the tag, I stamped 'You Are Here' and the arrow.  Again the image was rough.  This time I used the Blue metallic gellyroll to fill in areas, blotting the ink with a tissue before it dried.  I think this softened gellyroll color gives the look of a sunbeam glancing off the tag.

I let the tag sit overnight to be sure every layer was thoroughly dry, and then sealed by rubbing the Judikins Microglaze over the entire tag.  I buffed it with a rag to bring out the waxy shine.

NOTE: Microglaze or any cold wax may cause your gellyroll inks to smear.  In this case, it didn't matter and I wanted the soft, waxy sheen.  Because I'd blotted the color there was no smearing--but there could have been.

Complete Hop Information

Fri 26 :
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Lea (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com/)
Kimberly (http://www.scrapitgirl.net/)
Amy (http://sparklinggnome.com/)
Emily(http://www.emilyhammann.com/)
VLVS!  Blog

Sat 27
VLVS!  Blog
Susan
Ildiko 
Hermine 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog

Sun 28 : 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Amy 
Sandra -YOU ARE HERE! 
Irit 
Karen 

Mon 29:
VLVS!  Blog
Glenda 
Lori 
DeeDee
Natasha 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog




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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Winner of my 1,000,000 Hits Giveaway has been emailed

The winning number was 26..  The person who emailed me the 26th email has been notified and once she responds, I'll post her name.

I want to thank everyone who entered!  It's been so much fun.  Now to start gathering items for 2,000,000 Hits!

Friday, July 26, 2013

The 1,000,000 Hits giveaway has ended!

My blog has passed 1,000,000 hits and the giveaway is officially ended!

I'm hoping to get my PC back tomorrow, so I'm going to wait until then to use
Random.org to find the winning number.  I'll let you know the number, and will respond to the winning email--so if you entered keep an eye out for an email from LifeImitatesDoodles@yahoo.com.

Viva Las VegaStamps!/Genuinely Jane Blog Hop schedule

Fri 26 :
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Lea (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com/)
Kimberly (http://www.scrapitgirl.net/)
Amy (http://sparklinggnome.com/)
Emily(http://www.emilyhammann.com/)
VLVS!  Blog

Sat 27
VLVS!  Blog
Susan
Ildiko 
Hermine 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog

Sun 28 : 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog
Amy 
Sandra -YOU ARE HERE! 
Irit 
Karen 

Mon 29:
VLVS!  Blog
Glenda 
Lori 
DeeDee
Natasha 
Genuinely Jane Studios Blog














Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Computer problens. Links to Tangles,Tuutorials and Giveaways on hiatus

My PC is going to the Computer hospital,leaving me with only my tablet.  It doesn't like cutting and pasting very much, and refuses to create live-thru links so I won't be posting my daily list until my computer is fixed or replaced.

I can still receive email entries for my 1,000,000 Hits giveaway, but won't be responding to them as I have been.  I hope my problem is gone before the giveaway ends, but if not, I'll still be able to use random.org to find a winner.

I hope to be back up and running as usual, soon.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Review of the Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook

Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook







How can you not love a notebook with end pages that feature rainbow-colored zebras?


Front End Page



Back End Page with Pocket

Look & Feel
Specs: 
Size: 3 1/2 x 5/12 in (90 x 140 mm)
Format: Blank (also comes in squared, lined and dot)
Paper: Clairefontaine, 90 gsm vellum, ivory, acid-free 
Extras: Interior back pocket; Sewn in cloth bookmark; Sewn Binding, Elastic Closure, Rounded corners
Comes in 15 colors: Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Beige, Anise, Turquoise, Sapphire, Iris, Purple, Lilac, Raspberry, Poppy, Tangerine, Orange & Yellow.  

The notebook shown in this review is Chocolate.

If you've used any of the Rhodia Webnotebooks then you have a good idea of what the Rhodiarama is like.  It has the same lovely Clairefontaine fountain-pen-friendly paper, sturdy binding and subdued elegance.

The paper is smooth but not slick.  Some people prefer white, but I like the ivory.  To me, it seems easier on the eyes without taking away from the brilliance of ink colors.
It is stiff, almost enough to be a cardstock if it were thicker.  

The notebook is well-bound, and the pages lie flat with only a slight spring to them. Despite being a hard-cover, you can fold the book backwards cover-to-cover.  Doing so will eventually cause creases in the spine, though, so weight looks against convenience.



The notebook is medium weight for its size, not heavy, but it has a feeling of solidity to it.

Performance
Writing: 
I used a J. Herbin Roller Ball pen with the wettest ink I have--the J. Herbin Vert Empire.  There was no feathering or bleed-through. There was some show-through but I couldn't get it to show on a scan.  I wouldn't hesitate to write on the back of the page, even with this ink.




Example drawings

Bleedthrumanade with Marvy Alcohol Markers, J. Herbin fountain inks and color pencil.  Colors were bright but not brilliant.  Bleed-through was about 90%.  Usually I have a plastic sheet I put between the pages for protection.  I didn't have one with me when I colored this, and got spotting on page underneath.  

The amount of bleed-through was to be expected with alcohol markers, and they're perfect for my bleedthrumanades!  

I did my linework with the J. Herbin Rollerball and then softened some areas by using colored pencil.


Front of two-page spread

Then I turned the left page and drew on the back.


Back of the left page.


Lastly I turned the right page and drew on it.

Back of the right page.


Pentel Slicci & Energel X pens



I was playing with pen marks--hatching and squirkling, to see how the colors would blend.  I'm not entirely happy with the result, but learned much about the pens and now I want to use them in the future.  

There was no bleed-through, and surprisingly little show-through.  When you use a metal-tipped pen like the Slicci, you can get 'embossed' lines popping out on the back.  The Rhodiarama paper did dimple a little, but there was no 'embossing.'

Rubber Stamp & Pigma Micron pens




The worst show-through that I got came from stamping with StazOn solvent ink.  Even then I couldn't get it to show in a scan.  It was enough that some would hesitate to use the back of the page. 

I stamped the image in Timber Brown, then drew the border around it, and picked out some detail with black Microns to tie the two together.

Colored Pencils
Soho Urban Artist colored pencils were used for this drawing.  I drew the strings (and border along the sides) with Micron Pens, but everything else was down with the pencils.  I got up to four layers of pencil without any problem, but I don't think I'd be able to go much darker than this. 


For more examples that I've done using this paper, see my Review of the J. Herbin Roller Ball pen and my Wallbucket tangle pattern post.

Overall
The Rhodiarama Pocket Web Notebook is a sturdy book with quiet elegance.  I love the Rhodia Orange but am delighted that there is now a rainbow of covers to choose from.  
The quality is all I've come to expect from Clairefontaine paper and Rhodia products.  I can't wait for larger sizes to come out!

DISCLOSURE: Other than the products I'm reviewing, I did not receive any compensation from Exaclair, and all opinions are my own.  


I want to thank Exaclair for sending me this Rhodiarama Notebook.  It is always a pleasure to review their products!




Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sunday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle
Zendala Dare #66

TanglePatterns String 062

Geneviève's Zentangle Newsletter 

Tangle Patterns Glib and Half-Chain

What the Heck is Zentangle?


Tutorials
Creativity Workshop | Surprising Watercolor Techniques for Achieving Luminosity and Watercolor Texture

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TEXTURED 'RIBBON' BY TRINA

Giveaways
How many craft products can you identify? Take a guess and enter to win!


Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle
How to draw GRAANCIRKEL

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #133


Tutorials
Easy printmaking for all ages

Gel Medium & Glaze Techniques

Alchemical Collage by serenartful 


Giveaways
Get Inky with Splash of Color & May Arts Ribbon-Chance to win Twinkling H2O's and May Arts Ribbon


My 1,000,000 hits giveaway Entries-Initial (required) entry
Review of the J. Herbin Rollerball-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Tangle Pattern Wallbucket-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum - 2 Ways to Enter at the bottom of the page



Miscellaneous
Xyron Announces Their Summer 2013 Design Team Call!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle
How to draw BRAN

Stixnstonez Zentangle Patterns from The Zentangle® Untangled Workbook


Tutorials
inspiration wednesday + video

Watercoloring with Mists by Becki Adams

the soft effect which can be achieved by applying gesso&gelato

25 ways to use a stencil and 16 videos!


Giveaways
Retro Café Art Gallery Giveaway

This is Just to Say: Hand-Carved Stamps GIVEAWAY

My 1,000,000 hits giveaway  Initial (required) entry
Review of the J. Herbin Rollerball-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Tangle Pattern Wallbucket-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum - 3 Ways to Enter at the bottom of the page


Reviews
Daycraft Handy Pick Holder and Accessories


Freebies
Art Journaling Basics – Page Starter.  Free vintage women images


Promotion
Disclosure: I am an associate with the European Paper Company.  If you follow this link and then make a purchase, I may receive compensation.  

The European Paper Company is now carrying Arpa Artesanos del Papel : ARPA Handmade Artisanal Paper.  I haven't tried this out, but it looks awesome.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle
Tag—You're I T T T ! Head start...Tangle contest aimed at tanglers ages 18 and under


Tutorials
Stamping on Plastic + Introducing Surfacez!

New Multiliners! A Tutorial by Jayleen Weaver 

How to draw 8 types of fabric from the book Fashion Design Workshop

IDEAS ON HOW TO ADD MORE ROOM TO A MINI ALBUM


Giveaways
My 1,000,000 hits giveaway Entries-Initial (required) entry
Review of the J. Herbin Rollerball-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Tangle Pattern Wallbucket-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum - 3 Ways to Enter at the bottom of the page

Crafty Individuals--SOME BLOG CANDY FOR YOU, AND MORE ..

MY CRAFT CHANNEL 2013 CRAFT SURVEY + $650 GIVEAWAY

Win A Bag Of Zebra Supplies

Why Not Win Wednesday with DCWV-Canadian Scrapbooker magazine


Promotion
Disclosure: I am an associate with the European Paper Company.  If you follow this link and then make a purchase, I may receive compensation.

The European Paper Company is now carrying Arpa Artesanos del Papel : ARPA Handmade Artisanal Paper.  I haven't tried this out, but it looks awesome.

Review of the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover

 1,000,000 hits giveaway is now closed.  

Exacompta Basics Forum Journal and Nostalgie Cover





My take-along journal for a recent vacation was a Basics Forum. It was wonderful sitting beside the river and tangling away.  

The Forum was a nice size, and despite the number of pages (365) it is surprisingly light.  If I was worried that I might mess up the beautiful leatherette cover, I just slipped the journal out, and carried it without.

Look & Feel
Specs: Basics Forum Refill
Size: 5x7 (11.9 x 16.9 cm)
Format: Blank (comes in graph & ruled, as well)
365 pages/ 190 sheets
Smooth satin finish, pH neutral white 64 g paper-25% cotton, pH Neutral
Textured brown board cover
Rounded Corners
Easy Tear-Off Corners
White, 64 g Paper
Sewn Binding





Specs: Nostalgie Leatherette Cover
Decorated in 22 styles, plus plain. The cover reviewed here is the 'Swan' style.
Leather look; saddle-stitched
Fits the Basics Forum Refill Journal



The Basics Forum has a nice textured flexible cover that could easily be customized.  The leatherette cover, though, adds protection and undeniable elegance.  Both are pleasant to feel.  In fact, I found the Forum pleasant in many ways.  

Lots of pages, handsome styling for the Basics Forum refill, sturdy binding.  The cover is elegant to look at and pleasant to the touch.  I think if you were an avid journalist, a row of these sitting on the shelf would look awesome.


The first page of the journal has a two-sheet insert glued to it with information about Exacompta's history, philosophy and quality.
The second flap of the insert has some interesting information on Swans.  I assume that this information would differ according the leatherette cover you have, and is probably not included in the Basics Forum refill bought separately.

The paper is very thin and it creates a padded, pillowy effect that is comfortable to write on.  That has a down side.  The pillowy effect means there is a little give--you do need a stable surface underneath to ensure it doesn't give too much.



The journal lays fairly flat when open, with only a little spring towards the middle of the book, but with so many pages, you do get a slope in the middle. You can fold it back, but it is too thick to lie flat when you do.



There are no pockets, but the flaps where the journal slides in can be used as a pocket.



The journal is a good fit for the cover. It is held snugly, yet the cover has enough give so you can easily slide the Forum in and out.

The tear-away corners are nice if you are want to get to the most recent page immediately, as you might with a planner or daily journal, however, I don't like them.  When drawing the pen catches on the perforations and they disturb the look of the page.

Performance
The thin paper does mean that you'll have show-through and even some bleed-through if the ink is wet enough.  The amount of both varies according to the pen and ink used, of course, and was much more apparent when drawing than when writing. 



The above example was written with J. Herbin Blue Myosotis ink using a J. Herbin Rollerball.  I consider it to be of a medium wetness.  I wrote the left page while standing up, with no other support, and you can see how the ink gets lighter because the page gave a little.  I had better support when writing the right side.

Below you can see the back of the above spread.  I don't think the scan shows it well, but the show-through is definitely apparent.  However, I wouldn't hesitate to write over it.  With most of my drawings though, I would not use the back of the page.



The paper is reasonably fountain pen friendly in other ways.  As usual, with fountain-pen-friendly-paper drying times are longer, but I had no problem with feathering.

At the front of the journal, on the first couple of pages, I experienced some skipping with the ink.  It didn't occur after that, so I think it was probably residue of some kind, and I don't know if it would be common.

Colors are vivid, and it takes fairly wet medium with no pilling or tearing.  The smoothness and padded effect of the paper make for a comfortable writing and drawing surface.  It's great for pen and ink or marker work.

The paper is thin, and does dimple if the medium is wet, but not as much as I expected it would.

Example drawings

Bleedthrumanade with Marvy Alcohol Markers.  Colors are bright but not brilliant.  I used my J. Herbin roller ball pen and fountain pen inks for the line work, with some shading and texture done using color pencils.
Front of two-page spread


Back of the left page.


Back of the right page.

Pen and Ink:  Drat.  I can't find my notes, and durn if I remember what I used to draw this one. Getting old!  I do know I did the smudging on the Panda bear with my finger.

This second B&W was done using the J. Herbin Roller Ball pen with Pen&Ink cartridge.


Colored Pencil/Pitt Artist (India Ink) pens.  I used Soho Urban Artist watercolor pencils for the background and the Pitt pens for the line work.  The paper is smooth, so the pencils did not blend as well as they would with textured paper.  Pencil marks do show, but they blend enough that they add energy without distracting. I was able to build up to three layers of color before the pigment started sliding around.



Overall
The Exacompta Basics Forum journal is a good product in middle high end of the range. The Nostalgie leatherette cover adds elegance, but just the plain textured cover is nice.   While I feel the Rhodia Webbie or Quo Vadis Habana provide a better writing experience, most would be more than happy with the Forum.   I have a tendency to want to use my Webbie and Habanas for 'ART' and hate it when I mess up in them.  The Forum has a more casual feel.  It's nice enough to use for art, but I don't mind scribbling notes or just playing around with patterns that I'm developing.

The 365 pages will appeal to some as more bang for the buck, while some would prefer less pages and more ability to lay the journal flat or fold it in half.

DISCLOSURE: Other than the products I'm reviewing, I did not receive any compensation from Exaclair, and all opinions are my own.


I want to thank Exaclair for sending me this Basics Forum journal and Nostalgie cover.  It is always a pleasure to review their products!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle:
How to draw GEOS

Tangle pattern Framz

Tangle pattern Centerpeed


Tutorials:
masking stencil and layers in gelatin printing-video

how to make an art journal cover with lutradur

How to Make Acrylic Skin Image Transfers

Color Your Flowers-Spectrum Noir

Wanderlust-Oil Pastel Sgraffito


Giveaways:
My 1,000,000 hits giveaway Entries-Initial (required) entry
Review of the J. Herbin Rollerball-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page
Tangle Pattern Wallbucket-3 ways to enter giveaway at bottom of page 

Bastille Day giveaway-Habana and Clairefontaine notebooks

Win a handmade Guider Marala Fountain Pen

GRAPHIC 45 CHA SNEAK PEEKS (and giveaway) DAY 11: TYPOGRAPHY

Giveaway: Rowlux® Illusion Film and a copy of the book 20 Ways to Draw a Cat

Mosaic tiles on greeting cards with Rowlux Illusion Film plus a blog hop and giveaway

Pink Paislee-It's Sneak Peek Week! Pick Your Prize



Freebies:
 Streamlined Method for Quick and Deliberate Plein Air Painting Download

Daily Free Printable: Peony Note Cards (by Maddalee)





Wanderlust

I have to admit I was never a wild child.  
I always envied those who were.




So I decided to celebrate the spirit of Wanderlust!

To learn how I created this tile using VLVS! stamps, Gellyroll Pens and Cray-Pas® Expressionist® Oil Pastels from Sakura of America, check out my Design Team post at the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #tutorials #giveaways

Zentangle:
New tangle Wallbucket

Tips for using white ink on Black Zentangle® and Zendala Tiles

TanglePatterns String 061

Zendala Dare #65

Celtic Challenge 31


Tutorials:
Simply Gelatos Video 3: WET


Giveaways:
TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK GIVE-AWAY

My 1,000,000 hits giveaway
Three ways to get Extra Entries for 1,000,000 hits giveaway

Tangle Pattern WallBucket #Zentangle #TanglePattern #Giveaway

Sandy Hunter posted a photo of a wall with an interesting pattern at her Facebook TangleBucket Studio page and challenged people to deconstruct the pattern.  This breakdown immediately came to mind, so I decided to accept.



photo shown courtesy of Sandy Hunter

If you decide to accept the challenge and create a different deconstruction, please let her know (and post it on Facebook if you belong, and tag her)

The name for my pattern comes from combining part of her FB name with 'wall'.  There are other pattern steps out there that are similar, though I don't think I've seen any exactly the same.  I'll call this a tangleation, just in case.  If anyone has seen a pattern deconstructed in exactly the same way, please let me know, so I can send people to it.
Thank you.











Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lavender Fields En plein air

I spent a very pleasant day painting en plein air at the Helvetia Lavender Farm with Kathy Delumpa Allegri's watercolor class.

I challenged myself a little, trying to get a panoramic view.  I definitely need to do this more!

This was done with Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors in a Stillman & Birn 11x14 Alpha sketchbook.


52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No.11 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting #StillmanAndBirn

I'm so behind with my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Paintings'.  By more than a month!  I've been spending too much time with revi...