Showing posts from August, 2013

Bird Stamps, Bicycle Chains and Watercolor Paintings

What do postage stamps with birds, bicycle chains and watercolor paintings have in common?  Nothing.  Unless you have some Amazing Mold Putty and Clear Cast resin!

Check out my Amazing Mold Putty Design Team Post to learn how I embedded stamps, saved a damaged watercolor painting and created a shadowbox ensemble!

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

Zentangle Weekly Zentangle Roundup #138 How to draw CRUSADE How to draw tanglepattern Swarm Free Handing a Mandala Tipple
Results of Tangle Card Challenge #7 - Gewgle
How to use stamps with your Gelli plate Artful Readers Club (starts with short book review, then goes into very nice art journal tutorial) Vellum Candle Cover Tutorial
StencilGirl Blog Hop stop 1 (giving away a Houses stencil) The ULTIMATE Paper Trimmer Giveaway Design Memory Craft blog-chande to win 2 packs of Gelatos ($9.95), a Blue Art GRIP Aquarelle ($11.95), a Mini Journal Board
($4.95), a Gelatos Tool Kit ($11.95), a pack of Essential PITT Artist Pens ($11.95)
JetPens Interview: Marker Curator Allister Lee Discusses the Beauty of Black

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

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

Tangle Patterns: How to draw SPYZ
Spirals plus
Embracing the Tomato-pencil drawing
Paper gift bag and box tutorials
Messenger Bag Tutorial
How to Draw a Complex Knot in 29 Easy Steps
How-to make Embossing Powder Beads
Happy Summer Background Tutorial
Dye Ink Techniques
Painting with Paper Crafter Crayons™
Painting on glass...
Ballpoint Pen Demo
No Mess Stenciling 101-comment on post for a chance to win blog candy
Maja Design-A glimpse of Vintage Autumn Basics and a giveaway
Graphic 45-chance to win a Mother Goose and Typography 8x8 paper pad, Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts, Mother Goose Banners, Typography Tags & Pockets, Large Tag Album Staples and Metal Brad Staples
Artista Fountain Pen Giveaway
incite 2: color passions Competition-Create Mixed Media is looking for entriesin a variety of categories from fiber arts to encaustic, painting to art journaling, 
Zentangle® to collage to assemblage and more
Hybrid mini-Album-free tem…

Bees Singing in Lavender-Viva Las VegaStamps! Design Team Post

This summer I visited a lavender farm and was inspired to create this oil pastel painting. Check out my design team post for more details...

For more of my work with Viva Las VegaStamps!, Amazing Mold Putty, zentangle-inspired art, and daily links to tangles, tutorials, and giveaways please visit my "Life Imitates Doodles" blog.   ~ Sandra Strait

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

Review of the Daycraft Signature Inspiro Notebook

Daycraft Signature Inspiro Notebook

I received one of the Signature Inspiro Notebooks from Daycraft  for review.  It's one of the Signature series, noted for the two-tone look, a cover in one color and pages edged with a contrasting color. The Inspiro comes in three different versions, each with a different saying on the front.

This is my favorite saying, and something I need to do!

Specs Size: A5 (5.83 x 8.27 inches) No. of pages: 176 pages (88 sheets) Cover: Fine Italian PU, caramel color Extras: Duo-tone Caramel cover/Purple-Edged Pages, Purple ribbon page-marker  6.5 mm (0.26 inches) lined cream color paper Other Sayings: Great Ideas Have to Start Somewhere (cover color-Applesauce);  Today is My Day (cover color-Ash Grey)

Look & Feel

All of the Signature notebook/sketchbooks are snazzy lookers, and the Inspiro is no exception, with its caramel cover and purple-edged pages.  The front and end pages are a matching purple. The marker ribbon is a lighter purple.  Overall, it's a…

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

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

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Raining...Cat and Dog

I have a lot of catch-paint pages in my journals.  You know, those pages where you add the leftover blobs of paint, ink, scraps or whatever you have left over from another project.

Frankly, those pages can get pret-ty ugly.  You just keep layering on stuff hoping that if you collage over and repaint, you'll figure out a good way to save the page.

I had one like that in my Dyan Reaveley Creative journal and I thought it was time to try out a save.  I'm pretty good at picking out figures from among the blobs, and I found a dog and a cat.

To get this, I took a Montana Marker (big clear tubes filled with acrylic paint and with huge chisel shaped tips) with light blue ink, and colored, leaving only the negative shapes of the cat and dog.  The paint in the marker is transparent enough that it allowed the colors and textures below to show through.

I liked what was happening-it made me think of seeing figures through a haze of heavy rain.  I felt drawing or adding more color would dis…

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

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

Weekly Challenge #132

Tangle pattern Ameeba

Inkpad, Re-inkers and Compressed Air

Touchdrawing Tutorial videos  part 1,   part 2

Molding Frozen Charlotte Fairies

Using Spray Mists with Stamps-video

Original art giveaway

ePure Trolley Bag

Let your Imagination Fall into a Fairy Fantasy for Anything But a Card Challenges No. 26

New Free Craft Ezine-Inspiration Monthly

Press Release Kit for The Beauty of Zentangle #Zentangle #BeautyOfZentangle

The contributors the are included in the upcoming 'The Beauty of Zentangle' (including me! Huzzah!) were sent a digital press release kit! How cool is that?

Curious about the book? Yeah.  Me too! Here's a chance to leaf through a few pages.

We were informed that there will be a special liimited edition of the book as well.

Review of the ePure Trolley Bag

I am the luckiest person in the world when it comes to art and craft giveaways.  Recently, I won an ePure Trolley Bag from a giveaway (now closed) on Rhodia Drive, and waited eagerly for its arrival.  I had high expectations and I..was...not...disappointed!

It looks gray in the photo, but it is actually a black felt with black leather accents.

It has a handle that extends for pulling the bag on its wheels.  When not using it, the handle can be shortened to fit in a little zippered pocket.

The bag opens wide like a hippos mouth, jaws gaping to grab all your journals and paraphenalia! No teeth--just two sections in a beautiful orange nylon fabric.  This section is wide and roomy, with a zippered pocket on one side, and on the other side a pocket that is secured by a flap.  There are also two smaller mesh pockets.

The second inside section has two more zippered pockets.  One zips lengthwise and opens where the handle is stored.  You could carry more there if you aren't going to use …

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

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

Lucky Buffalo Nickel--Inspiration for Amazing Mold Putty

I decided to make some good luck to take with me where-ever I go!

Check out my Amazing Mold Putty Design Team Post to see how created this Lucky Buffalo Nickel keychain.

And have you seen the new products from Amazing Crafting Products?  New Fluorescent dyes and Amazing Mold Rubber!

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

Scor-Pal/VLVS! Blog hop

Check out the VLVS! blog and the Scor-Pal® blog to see the other inspirational posts.  Be sure to comment for a chance to win a LB of rubber from VLVS! or a Scor-Pal board!

The schedule for the week is:
Mon 12DeeDee
Tue 13Susan Brownand Amy Lassiter
Wed 14  Sandra (you are here!) and Lea Cioci
Thur 15Glenda Tkalacand Karen Knight
Fri 16Hermine Kosterand Natasha Serova

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

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

Halloween Candy Box--Viva Las VegaStamps/Scor-Pal® Blog Hop

I know! It's still summer so what's with Halloween stuff already?  Well, Viva Las VegaStamps has this fantastic new plate full of cool Halloween images, and I've been dying to use them. When I learned I'd be doing a blog hop/Inspiration week with VLVS! and Scor-Pal®, I decided a create a Halloween Candy Box.  I couldn't help myself!

Supplies:  VLVS! Stamps used:  Kids With Giant Jack-o-Lantern Item 19209 Plate 951 May Contain Human Flesh Item 18954 Plate 827 Full Moon Item 18911 Plate 1429 Radioactive Item 18958 Plate 827 Skeleton Turtle Item 19207 Plate 951 Scor-Pal® Miracle Tape Kromecote Cardstock Sakura of America Gelly Roll®: Stardust® Glitter Pens-Green, Purple,Sky Blue, Gold, Red; Metallic - Gold; Standard-White Faber-Castell Gelatos-Mango, Tangerine, Buttercream Silk Tissue Paper Golden Soft Gel Medium StazOn Inkpad-Jet Black, Saddle Brown, Sunflower Wax Paper Burlap fabric 300lb watercolor paper Kraft Iron Punchinella
I colored two 7x7 pieces of heacy watercolor p…