Sunday, December 29, 2013

What Do You Do With All That Artwork? -- Day Four

This is the last of my incorporated pieces.

It's another piece I did for a review of the Hi-Tec-C Maica gel pen.  These were all postcard sized pieces that I knew would get lost if I didn't secure them somehow.

Usually I don't alter the original work other than to glue it in.  However, I had a lot of white space on this drawing so I decided to cut that out.

I had used a very thing layer of black gesso (yes! I use lots of black gesso, lol) to partially cover over some painted stripes.  After gluing down the drawing, I used a white gel pen to tangle some flowers.

Happy New Year Everyone!  See you next year!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Nice gift from Pentel of America

Do you use Pentel products in your artwork?  Do you follow @PentelofAmerica on Twitter?

Pentel of America has been looking for artists to feature on their blog.  Don't hesitate to share your work with them.  They are friendly and interested in what you are doing.

I was recently one of the fortunate artists to be featured.  Not only did I get the fantastic pleasure of seeing my work posted on their blog, yesterday I received a 'thank you' package in the mail.  How awesome is that!

Thank you, Pentel!

What Do You Do With All That Artwork? -- Day Three

I'm sharing some art that I did on single sheets, and then incorporated into sketchbooks or notebooks.

Yesterday, I showed how I created a new page in this sketchbook by added a sheet of deli-wrap paper.

Both of the smaller works I glued half to the gesso'd sketchbook page and half to the deli-wrap paper.

As I look at this now, I think I need to add something to the black space here.  That's another thing I love about art journaling--you never know when a page is really done.  You can walk away, knowing that you can come back and add more.  You don't get chances like that very often, in life.

You can find out more about the original piece here.

Friday, December 27, 2013

What Do You Do with All that Artwork?--Day Two

I'm ending off the year by sharing some artwork that I did on single sheets, and then incorporated into a journal or sketchbook.  You may have seen the single sheet work before, as it's been posted here on my blog.  But I thought it might interest you to see how it ended up.

The original piece was one I did for a review of the Hi-Tec-C Maica gel pen.

I often use sheets of deli-wrap (the kind used to line baskets in burger joints) to blot up paint or even use it like a brush to smear paint on a page.

I liked the effect that black gesso left on this sheet of deli paper and wanted to add it into my journal.  I glued the original piece of art so that it was half attached to the book and half-attached to deli paper.

I did the same thing on the other side of the deli-wrap, with another piece of art, in essence making the deli sheet a new page in the journal.

Here you can see the abstract that the deli-wrap sheet makes when it's open.  Tomorrow, I'll show you the other side of the wrap.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day after Christmas Links to Tangles, Tutorials and (sorry, no) Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

I've had more time to surf than I thought I would, so here are some sites you might want to research while winding down after the Christmas festivities!

TanglePatterns String 084
Zendala Dare #84 
OPTICAL DESIGN-step by step
How to draw HOLLY
Tangling with Debbie Prewitt video #5
Auskelis tangle pattern
Sunny Grid Pattern and Tangley Tips-video
Paris Tangle Pattern
Kurrajong Tangle Pattern
Go-tee Tangle Pattern
Zuko Tangle Pattern

Color Harmonies - Basic techniques for combining colors
Shadow Shape Drawings-Creating Values
Lines and Stitches Art Journaling Collage Technique
Create Mixed Media-Guest Post by Carolyn Dube: Oops!
Backlit Watercolor Landscape 
Creative Copic Color-Coloring Faces
Notes on Character Design
all about molding pastes...
Multi-masking on Fabric
Color Foundation 6 with Stephen Quiller: Triad Color -video
Color of the Day 131-Advanced Skin Tone

Free Strathmore Online Classes for 2014
Art Swap #22, Steampunk Theme
Free Downloadable Valentine ATC collage sheet

What Do You Do With All That Artwork?--Day One

It's no secret that I prefer to work in a journal or sketchbook over single sheets or canvas.  Partly because a book gives you a built-in support so you can draw on your lap.  Partly it's a matter of storage--single sheet work tends to go all over the place when you try to stack them, while a sketchbook fits neatly, out of the way, on the shelf.

Most of all, though, I just like being able to flip through a book later.

For this reason, even when I do work on a single sheet, I often find a way to incorporate that piece into a sketchbook.   I try to fit it onto a larger work, using textures or colors or even other paper to frame it.

Over the next few days, I thought I'd share some artwork that you may have seen on my blog before--only now it's been incorporated.

To begin with, I'll share what I did with a piece done for one of my Viva Las VegaStamps! design team posts.

I had page that I covered with black gesso.  I had experimented with adding strokes of acrylic paint and shutting the book to smear it.  I planned to build on this, but I really liked the result, and didn't want to cover it up.

After I'd done the Alice in Wonderland piece, I realized the colors in the corner of the page coordinated nicely.  Hmmm, I thought.  If I glue down the drawing, that background looks like it might be the tunnel that Alice fell through.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Everything Tries to Be Round

What did I use to create this page?  Good question, lol!

The memory, she ain't what she used to be.  If I don't write it down, I don't remember.  I did this piece a while ago, got distracted, and forgot about it.  When I found it while looking for something else, I can't remember what I used.

I can tell that I used my Montana Markers--tubes with a matte, fluid acrylic paint, and probably gel ink pens, though I'm not sure which ones.  It's an exercise in squirkling, and I looked up a bunch of quotes that had a theme of circles.

My favorite is one from Black Elk--'The Power of the World always works in circles and everything tries to be round'.

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

I'm going to take a break for the holidays.  My hubby is off and family will be bunking here until after the 1st, so there will be no link lists until the 2nd.  I have some artwork posts scheduled, so check in, once in a while!


Tangle Patterns: How to draw KNOT RICKZ
Weekly Zentangle Roundup

Sentimental Adventure Tag
Techniques Today: Variety of Art Journal Techniques
Free Christmas Stocking Pattern and Tutorial

Gelli Art Print plate technique and GIVEAWAY
Pen Projects: Spruce Up Your Gift Wrapping Style Using Paper Bags...Plus Giveaway
Giveaway Round Up @matteson @ClickyPost @ZellerWritingCo @FieldNotesBrand @FieldNuts
TEXTures Tutorial and stencil giveaway
Canadian Scrapbooker 12 days of Giving-end 12/23
Amazing Crafting Products Blog- Ends 12/23. Amazing Mold Putty, Rubber & Resin Kit
Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 
PENTEL’S 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS-ends 12/24. Winners announced daily
Northridge Publishing-30 Days of Giveaways-ends 12/26 (you may need to scroll down to find)
Jerry's Artarama Holiday Giveaway-ends 12/27. (May need to scroll down to find info)

The Strange Story of William Faulkner’s Only Children’s Book
Free Download: 40+ Paper Snowflake Templates

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review of the Daycraft bRead Notebook

Last week I ran a giveaway (now closed) for two of the new bRead notebook from Daycraft.  I had just received the package and wanted to have the giveaway as soon as possible because of the holidays.  That didn't give me time to do a very thorough review, so I thought I'd write one up now, even though the giveaway is over.

There are three versions of the bRead notebook, White, Wheat and Whole Wheat.  I kept the Whole Wheat for myself, and all the examples below were done in that book.

The only real difference between the three is in the cover, each being a different color, with a slight  difference in the look of the texture.  The edging on the outside is different

White bRead edging

Wheat bRead edging

Whole Wheat bRead edging

 All three covers are pebbly to the touch and all three have the same cream colored paper inside.

Look & Feel

Size: 120 x 120 mm (approx 4 2/3 x 4 2/3 inches)
Cover: Softcover
Paper color: Cream with brown-gray lines
Weight: 100 gsm (approx 67 lb)
Binding: Sewn
No of Pages: 296
Line Ruling: 5.5 mm
Inkjet printed edges

Daycraft makes the cutest notebooks!  Usually, I associate cute with poor quality notebooks, but with Daycraft I've found I can have my cute and enjoy quality too.

While the cover might be too cute for some, the paper inside is an elegant cream color with gray-brown lines that are easy to see, but easy on the eyes. It's smooth without being slick, fairly hard and crisp to the touch.  The paper is thin but substantial.

At almost 300 pages, the book has some heft, feeling solid in the hand, but not overly heavy.  While the cover and binding would hold up to being carried in purse or briefcase, I think the paper would crease and dent easily.  An elastic band would have helped, but I can see why they didn't add one because it would have taken away from the sliced bread look.  Maybe one that resembled a wire tie?

The binding allows the books to lie flat, but it's so thick that eventually the slope causes some spring in the paper.  But even toward the middle where the pages are thickest, it lies flat.  Surprisingly, the book folds back rather well, without creasing the spine very much.



The bRead notebook has a nice paper to write on.  I had no smearing and found the drying times to be reasonable.  There was no feathering, not even with the fountain pen inks.

The paper isn't bad for fountain pen ink.  Show-through is minimal, and I had no bleed-through except where I deliberately let my pen sit for a few seconds.  It was with the Rouge Hematite, and if you look close, you can see the red spot (the slight dark mark about midway is something stuck on my scanner).

Even the alcohol marker only had about 50% show-through, and I was using a brand new nice and juicy Tria.  There was no feathering or smearing with this marker, with regular writing speed.

Drawing with Fountain Pen Inks

While there is no feathering while drawing with fountain pen ink, the heavy application of wet on wet ink did result in more show-through, and quite a bit of bleed-through.  There was no pilling of the paper or tearing.  You can feel a slight embossed effect from the fine-point nib, but it doesn't show, and there was no dimpling.

I did find that the printed ink used for the ruling is slightly resistant to the fountain pen inks, leaving faint white lines across the page.  The eye still tends to ignore them in the finished work, but they are more noticeable than I've found in other ruled notebooks.

Colored with Dye-based Ink sprays (wet medium)

I used Dylusions spray inks for the background of this drawing, and did the linework with gel ink pens.  The spray inks are highly saturated and very wet, so I wasn't surprised that the bleed-through was almost 100% in some areas.

The paper held up well to the wetness though.  There was only the slightest curl at the corners, and no dimpling to speak of.  The texture of the paper softened, just a little, rather than becoming crisp and crinkly as most thin papers do.

The line resistance wasn't a problem this time, and they are very difficult to see unless you look very closely (they show up more in the scan than they do in real life).

Painted with Acrylic Paint and Glued Ephemera (Mixed Media)

I was interested to find out how this paper would do for mixed media, so I covered the page with Montana Markers (water-based Acrylic paint markers) for a base, glued on some paper ephemera using Polymer medium, and then did linework with Moonlight gel pens.

There was almost no curl or dimpling, and no show-through or bleed-through.  The page became a bit heavier and stiffer, which you would expect with paint and glue.  Overall, this paper handled the mediums very well.

Drawing with Gel Ink Pens

Truthfully, this drawing doesn't really test the paper anymore than the work I'd already done--I was just having too much fun to stop!


Yes.  The bRead notebook is another cute notebook.  It is also surprisingly sturdy and versatile.  I've had more fountain pen friendly paper, but not by much.  I'd recommend it for mixed media, if it weren't for the number of pages, which would make adding items cumbersome.  I suppose you could tear pages out, but I don't think they would tear easily.  What a cool, chunky book this would make though!

The resistance to ink that the ruling showed might be a problem if you wanted to sketch in this book, and possibly for those that write large enough to span lines.  It is faint, and wouldn't bother most.

The bRead goes toward the top of my list of favorites, right next to the Cookie Bookie!

Daycraft bRead notebooks, and a wide selection of both fun, and elegant journals, planners and sketchbooks can be ordered from their online site.

Of Note
By default on the site, prices are listed in Hong Kong Dollars.  At the top of the screen, you can change to the prices to U.S. dollars by hitting the HKS arrow in the upper right and selecting USD$.

DISCLOSURE: Other than the three Daycraft bRead notebooks, I did not receive any compensation from Daycraft.  They did not ask me to have a giveaway or do a review, and all opinions are my own.  

I want to thank Daycraft for sending me these fantastic items.  It is always a pleasure to review their products!

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

Sandy Steen Bartholomew's new ebook! Inspiration Sketchbook #3 - The Bauble Tree (Read the blog post for a discount code)

Using ballpoint for sketches-San Juan Capistrano Arches
Glue gun texture
Color of the Day 124
Ruffled Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial
Vintage Styled Ornament

Canadian Scrapbooker 12 days of Giving-end 12/23
Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 
Northridge Publishing-30 Days of Giveaways (you may need to scroll down to find)-ends 12/26
12 Days of Giving from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine - ends 12/24
PENTEL’S 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS-ends 12/24. Winners announced daily
Amazing Crafting Products Blog-Enter to win Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber Kit; Amazing Casting Resin Kit; Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit

Review of four J. Herbin fountain pen inks
Party Hat free downloadable images
Free Illustration: Vintage Snow Scene

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Just to let people know--Blogger is eating up my comments

Lately Blogger has been rather rude to me.  It won't let me stay signed in, and when I reply to comments, my replies never show up (at least that I can see).

I haven't had time to really sit down and investigate, so please accept my apologies if you comment and don't receive a reply to a question.  Hopefully, I'll be able to resolve the problem in the near future.  Or it will fix itself, as Blogger problems often do.

Review-'The Bauble Tree' A New E-Book by Sandra Steen Bartholomew

First off--here's a link to Sandy's post introducing her new ebook and her incredible deal.  You can get this $8.50 ebook for $1.00 until 12/25 with a discount code!  Of course, I bought it!

Sorry for the lack of images.  Sandy's post just came out last night, so I haven't had the chance to do any artwork based off of it, but if I don't do the review now, it won't get done before Christmas, and I wanted to let you all know what the book is about.

Ebook - electronic format only
35 pages

In the years that I've been doing Zentangle, there are several questions that come up consistently.  How do I shade? How do I decide which tangles to use?  Traditional Zentangle recommends that you don't worry and do what you can to avoid thinking about process, so you can 'zen' as you draw.

Still, the questions arise.  They aren't always easy to answer, because each artist approaches such things in different ways.  Sandy's solution is to show you her way, step-by-step, breaking down the process into images.  Her instructions are spiced with her trademark humor.  You won't be able to tense up while trying her techniques because she'll have you laughing.

Her explanations are brief but clear, with lots of images to show you exactly what she's talking about.

The book doesn't have chapters, but is broken into two sections--drawing a Zentangle-inspired piece and coloring one.  The subject of the drawing is a tangled Christmas tree--the Bauble tree.

The content:
Steps to Bauble tangle
A Note on Materials
Let's Start--describes how to draw the tree, step-by-step, and shares some thoughts about why she chose the tangles she did.
Now It's Finished--describes how to make ribbons look shiny
Working with Sheer Heaven--introduction to Sheer Heaven Inkjet transfer film (I'm going to get some of this!) and how to print and transfer your work to another piece of paper so you can keep your B&W version and color it too.

The section on color isn't broken down with titles as the first section is but discusses the materials used for color, the colors chosen and why, and briefly touches on how to keep washes easy, how to create dimension with color, and shading for roundness.

The Bauble Tree is fun, easy and helpful.  It's more of a workbook than a text book, but you'll learn some theory by doing and having fun while doing so.

Tuesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

CHRISTMAS DARE Zentangle challenge (with prize!)
Ben Kwok Giraffe template ( Facebook)
Tangle Patterns: How to draw TIPS

Turning ordinary supplies into extraordinary art

Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Giveaway
Scor-pal Facebook Fan Page Giveaway
Canadian Scrapbooker 12 days of Giving-end 12/23
Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 
Northridge Publishing-30 Days of Giveaways (you may need to scroll down to find)-ends 12/26
12 Days of Giving from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine - ends 12/24
Artists Network Annual Holiday Sweepstakes-1 prize given each day for 17 days. Enter daily. 
Amazing Crafting Products Blog-Enter to win Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber Kit; Amazing Casting Resin Kit; Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit

Review of 4 J Herbin Inks
Free downloadable coloring pages-Secret Garden: colouring in for all
Free online magazine 'Inspired'

My Last Post for #VLVS #VivaLasVegaStamps

Check out my last post as a member of the Viva Las VegaStamps! Design Team post and see how I incorporate Zentangle-Inspired stamped images.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Winners of the Clairefontaine Sketchbook and Daycraft bRead contests

The winners of last week's giveaways:

Clairefontaine Sketchbook and Basics Life Unplugged Notebook Winner-Jean Rossman

DayCraft Wheat bRead Notebook-Loretta Kirner 

DayCraft White bRead Notebook-Barbara Sartain

Winners have been notified and responded.  I want to thank everyone who entered!

Review- Four J Herbin Fountain Pen Inks

 Today, I'm reviewing J. Herbin's Eclat de Saphir, Blue Pervenche, 1670 Bleu Ocean and in a contrast from blues- 1670 Rouge Hematite Fountain Pen inks (herein referred to as FP inks).  I'm going to keep each review fairly brief, mostly letting my drawings do the talking, because I know this is a busy season.  I've added links to other reviews, so you can easily find more information, if desired.  

Example for J. Herbin Inks



Eclat de Saphir (Sapphire blue)

Eclat de Saphir is a beautiful color, very similar to J Herbin's Bleu Myosotis.  It has a nice glow, tends to the cool, and tips toward the purple in some lights.  While I didn't notice too much shading in the pen strokes, I found that even a second layer of ink darkened it considerably, making it easy to get nice shadows in your drawing.
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Other reviews:

Bleu Pervenche (periwinkle blue)

Bleu Pervenche is lovely blue that leans toward the warm and teal/aqua  side of things.  I noticed very little shading, but I only had rollerball cartridges, so shading might be more apparent when using this ink with fountain pens.  It's a fairly wet ink.  Not as wet as Vert Empire or Orange Indien, but enough so it  will feather if you hold the pen in place for long.  It has a lovely glow and is one of my new favorites.  
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Other reviews:

1670 Bleu Ocean

Bleu Ocean is a fairly dry ink, but wetter than the Eclat de Saphir.  In some lights and on some papers, it appears almost a navy blue, and in others a dark purple.   I didn't notice much shading in the strokes, but it layers nicely allowing for a wide range of shadows and depth.  While I'm drawn to the Blue Pervenche for it's color, I found that I achieved the widest expression of line with this ink.
Other reviews:
Goulet Pens -video

1670 Rouge Hematite

Rouge Hematite is a glorious color, but it's a chameleon.  It shimmers and glows but more discreetly than gel ink or glitter.  In some lights and on some paper, it can look anywhere between a cool violet-tinged red to a greenish red-gold or a warm terracotta.  The color often changes once it dries,  so you might want to test it on your paper, with any other inks you intend to use it with.  
It's just about in-between wet and dry, and almost makes me think of gel ink in the way it glides onto the paper.
Although, I've had no trouble with the ink in either my rollerball pen or my fountain pen, the particles that give that gold sheen can clog your nib, so this ink may take a little work in cleaning.
Entrance to TangleLand-Rouge Hematite
Other reviews:
I hope my reviews were helpful, and I want to thank Exaclair for giving me the chance to try out these inks.
Disclaimer: I received samples of Eclat de Saphir, 1670 Bleu Ocean & Bleu Pervenche from Exaclair, but was not asked to review them.  I received no other compensation.  I bought the Rouge Hematite on my own.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

Tangle Patterns: STORIES: Zentangle helps heal a broken heart
Weekly Challenge  - off for the Holidays.  Will be back on 1/16


Melted Backgrounds and Accents with Paper Crafter Crayons™ 
Artsy Fartsy Play with a Stencil


Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 (enter once & you are entered for all remaining days.
Artists Network Annual Holiday Sweepstakes-1 prize given each day for 17 days. Enter daily. 
Amazing Crafting Products Blog-Enter to win Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber Kit; Amazing Casting Resin Kit; Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Creative Destruction Day Twelve-Dragon in the Shadows

This is my last page of Creative Destruction from my Stillman & Birn Zeta (except for the VLVS! design team post coming up on the 17th).  It's also the last spread in the book, and I thought I'd bring it around full circle by using the same quote I used on the first page.

While completely different, both spreads have a similar feel, random, chaotic, with fiery colors.  I feel both exemplify the theme of my recent posts, which is the destruction of one piece of art or a practice page, so that it can be used to create something new.

I hope you've enjoyed the series.  I know I enjoyed destroying and creating these pages.

Sunday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

How I did it: a tangled tree
Zendala Dare #83 - Baby, it's cold out there
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 083

Art Journal - No Fussy Cutting your stamps
Free Santa Quilling Card downloadable pattern
How To Make a Burlap Wreath - video

Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 (enter once & you are entered for all remaining days.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Creative Destruction Day Eleven-Snowline

I had originally tested out some inks on this page in my Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook, blending them to see what colors they'd make.

My shock-light blue Montana marker (which are tube pens with an enormous tip, that are filled with acrylic paint) was used to cover the page.  This particular color is semi-transparent, and I usually like the look I get.  This time however, the ink colors beneath just went muddy, except for a few spots of teal.

I used Distress markers for the ground, and discovered that the teal still showed through, even where I didn't want it.  I switched to gellyrolls ink pens-metallics, stardust and glaze.  The teal still shows through in places, though it's more apparent in this scan than in real life.

For the snow, Elmer's paint pen (another acrylic paint marker) was used, but it still didn't cover all the teal.  To get a really opaque white, I dabbed color from Ranger Inkssentials Enamel Accents (a thick paint that comes in nail polish bottle style and dries 3D).

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

Tangle Patterns: Tangle Refresher 66
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #153
Tangle pattern Wild Lettuce

Winter Wonderland Scene (good for any paint medium)
Confetti Peacock--Alcohol Inks video
Color of the Day 119-Copic Marker

Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 (enter once & you are entered for all remaining days.

Friday, December 13, 2013

WINNERs chosen for my Daycraft bRead and Clairefontaine Sketchbook giveaways

All three winners for my giveaways have been chosen and notified.  If you entered please check your email.

I'll announce the names once I get all three responses.

Creative Destruction Day Ten-Wild Goose Caught

I was trying out some TAP transfer paper.  You print out your page on this paper and then iron it to transfer what you've printed.  It's really designed for transferring images to cloth, and I don't think my craft iron was hot enough, because after an hour of ironing, the transfer was still incomplete.

I was trying to transfer a copy of one of my Zentangle-Inspired Artworks, and that kind of work always makes for a wonderfully-textured background.  I covered it all with one of my Montana Markers, which has semi-transparent paint.  Then I slapped on some strips of adhesive paper drywall tape, and proceeded to tangle patterns using a Extra Fine tip Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen in Sepia.

Friday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

Tangle Patterns: How to draw BOO*KEE
Spoolz: Tangle Pattern

Color of the Day 118
Designing Doll Dresses With Handmade Paper
Spectrum Noir Pens and Acetate
Technique Tuesday: Collage - videos
Mixed-Media Tissue Canvas Tutorial
Tree in a Bottle
inspiration Wednesday + video

Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 (enter once & you are entered for all remaining days.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Creative Destruction Day Nine-Birth of a Nebula

Usually when I destroy a page, I strive to keep some of the original work.  Black gesso makes a nice surface, but the kind I have now is in a tube, and I find it hard to judge how much to add to the page.  It dries fairly quickly, so if I don't plan ahead and have something to wipe it off I end up with solid black.

And that's okay.  I prefer the subtle hints of color and fantastic textures you get by keeping some of the original, but black gesso makes a beautiful surface for using metallic, glaze and souffle gel ink pens.  They're so beautiful, you can do almost anything and it looks good!

Thursday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #Lifeimitatesdoodles

How to draw tanglepattern Frosty - video

Creating a Red Cardinal with Copic Markers
12 Tags of 2013 for December Viva Las VegaStamps! Style
More on Choosing Your Art Journal
Quick and Easy Holiday Cards
Let’s Draw a Reindeer - video

Giveaway - Two Daycraft bRead notebooks - ends tonight at 11:59 pm PST
Giveaway and mini-reviews-Clairefontaine Sketchpad and Life Unplugged Pocket Notebook - ends tonight at 11:59 pm PST
Daycraft Christmas Advent Giveaway-ends 12/24 (enter once & you are entered for all remaining days.
Northridge Publishing-30 Days of Giveaways (you may need to scroll down to find)

Ginger Horse #ZentangleInspiredArt #FountainPen #PenAndInk

You know how sometimes a work just fights you while you're trying to draw it?  I had an idea tickling my brain, a desire to combine styl...