Thursday, October 31, 2013

A first look at the Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen #Pilot #Jetpens #BrushPens

My latest order from Jetpens.com included a Pilot Fude-Makase Color Brush Pen - Extra Fine tip in Sepia.  I haven't had the time to really test it out, but so far I like it.

The tip is a hard rubber with a little flex to it.  In my Rhodiarama, on smooth, fountain-pen friendly paper, it gives a consistent bold line, but wasn't good for getting the wispier lines that I like for my shading.

The ink is water-based, dye-based, and the pen comes in several colors.  The Sepia has more of a red-tone than I expected, but it's a pretty color, nonetheless.

The barrel of the pen is an off-white with Japanese characters.  If I buy more, I'll need to label the colors.  There is a see-through section so you can tell how much ink is left, which is nice.  I wish the pen were refillable, though.


Time will tell how sturdy the tip is.  One of the problems I often encounter with the fabric-tipped pens such as the Micron, is that portions of the tip will flatten and obstruct ink flow.  I'm interested to see if this tip is better.

I'll also be doing some experiments with washes, and writing on toothier papers.  I don't intend to do a full review, but I'll share my findings along the way.

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Tangle Patterns: How to draw PANTHE

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Sweet Pea Halloween Card using Pumpkin Light digi stamp
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Watercoloured Cyclamen Card
Art Journal Video for beginner #15 (Texture)
Donna Downey's inspiration wednesday + video

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Copy of Stencilgirl book
Why Not Win Wednesday with Bo Bunny


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rusted Book Cover How-To




I've had a few people ask me how I achieved this rusted effect for my book cover.  Unfortunately, I didn't take photos while I was doing.  Fortunately, there are several ways to get a similar effect and other people have made videos. 

You could probably achieve this look with water-based products, but the steps would be different.  The techniques here are based around acrylic paints.

I'll write down the exact steps I took and products I used, but you can get to a similar look if you have:
a dark surface--for instance, black cardstock or paper covered with black gesso or black paint
Yellowy Green OR Teal paint
Orange, Yellow, and Brown Paint  OR reddish-brown and yellow paint
Optional: Something to add pebbly texture and something to add glimmer or sheen
Optional: Ephemera and embellishments, such as chipboard, resin, stickers, etc.

Links to various method tutorials:

Cheap & Easy
Dave Lowe Design Faux Rust Painting -Quick, Easy and Cheap video
Creating Faux Rust ~ DIY with Iron paint and cinnamon

More complicated, but cooler
Terri Sproul's Rusty Metal Technique video
Shoshiplatypus Rust Effect video
 

My Supplies
Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook Hardbound (5.5x8.5in/14.0x21.6 cm)
UmWow Chipboard: Layered Squares, Layered Clouds
Transparent Gesso
Golden Fluid Acrylics:
     Iridescent Micaceous Iron Oxide
     Teal
     Quinacridone Burnt Orange
     Hansa Yellow medium
Golden Coarse Pumice Gel
Polymer Medium gloss
Paper clock cut-out
Pattern paper flower with resin center
Resin ship
Make-up sponges
Palette knife

I used make-up sponges to apply the paint and a palette knife to apply the coarse pumice gel.

Process
My Stillman&Birn sketchbook has a black cover, but a hatched texture so I primed it with clear gesso. 

Once that dried I painted the cover with Micaceous Iron Oxide.  I like it because it has some tooth, and also a metallic glitter.

Once the Oxide paint was dry, I painted on the teal.  The teal is pretty opaque, so I left small areas bare, and spread it thinly in other areas.  This I also let dry.

I used Polymer gel to glue down the chipboard, flower, and resin embellishments, and then spread Coarse Pumice gel at random.  I layered it around and partially over the embellishments, and let it set for a couple of hours.

For the last step, I sponged on quite a bit of Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and small areas of Hansa Yellow medium (which I worked into the Quin Burnt Orange).  I left lots of the teal and some of the Micaceous Oxide showing.

For the back, I repeated these steps, except that I didn't add any embellishments or coarse pumice gel. (The back isn't quite done.  I ran out of Quin Burnt Orange.)

I also repeated the process on a two-page spread in the book, sans embellishments or coarse pumice gel.

 

So that's it! Have fun rusting your bright and shiny new stuff, lol!



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

Zentangle
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 142
Zen of Tangling-Chance to win various Zentangly prizes.  Can enter daily.

Tutorials
Creating Backgound for Cards using Gelatos & Paper Crafter Crayons
Eroded Stamping, Gears & Bones…Spooky!
Gesso & Smooch Spritz technique
Watercolor Painting for Beginners

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ArtistcellarBlog Hop- giving away stencil sets to two winners
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Big Craft Sponsership giveaway (Facebook)
Spool Tree Kit (facebook)
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff--limited edition Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set (Facebook)

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Fountain Pen Day 2013 Contest

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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

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TanglePattern Tire Treads (and 'The Beauty of Zentangle' coming soon in German)
How to draw tanglepattern 8's Parte Dos

 
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How to make a simple latticein Silhouette Studio - video
TuesdayTips, Floating with Acrylics
inspirationwednesday (the story behind the journal)
{Project}Wednesday: Distress Stain Resist


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Submit artwork to RubberStampMadness!

MUSIC is one of the themes for the Summer 2014 issue of RSM. We'd love to see what you stamp on this topic. Perhaps include your favorite song or musical instrument, singer, band or orchestra in your artwork. JEWELRY is the second themeWe will publish a variety of stamped jewelry. Click here for details: http://www.rsmadness.com/submissions.html. Note: If it's easier to send in a jpg of the jewelry, rather than the original piece, send that to images@rsmadness.com.  Dec.10 is the final postmark date or e-mail date for artwork submissions. 

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Ghost Waves

There's a blanket of low-lying fog along the Oregon Coast. From our room you can see frosty sky above and, from out of the mist, ghost waves crashing along the shore.  I keep expecting the Flying Dutchman to emerge, sails drooping, with the moans of the condemned wafting above the sound of the waves!

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FEATURE FRIDAY: THE ART OF BONNIE JEAN WOOLGER

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hi-Tec-C Maica Giveaway ends Sunday Noon PST

My giveaway for a Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens is almost over!  It ends Sunday at Noon PST! 

I decided to squeeze in one more drawing before then.   Usually I see some image in my work, but I had trouble deciding what this one was.  I finally decided it was a bird's view looking down from a telephone pole, lol!


Nega-tree-ve

I know I've been focusing on the watercolor-like wash I get when using Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens, but I love using them as good old gel pens too!  This drawing was done in a Whitelines notebook.  Even though the paper has a grayish tone, the colors came out vibrant.

My giveaway for a Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens ends Sunday at Noon PST! Good luck!


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Coelho Vineyards Chicken Coop

This is what I was doing yesterday instead of looking up links for you.

I went plein air painting with a group of people.  The day was glorious.  Sunny, no-coat weather with just a hint of chill in the morning.  It was a long drive there so we didn't have as much time to paint as I'd hoped, but it was worth it driving through Oregon wine country admiring the fall colors.

At the vineyard, there were goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs and rows upon rows of beautiful grapevines.  So what did I paint?  The chicken coop! In my defense, the lesson being taught was in perspective and I liked the perspective here.  I also thought I'd have time to do a second painting.  But there was  a wine-tasting in the afternoon, I'd forgotten about.  Ah well, I got to taste some fabulous wines!  All in all a wonderful day.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pumpkins in Apricot and Orange

Have you entered the giveaway I'm hosting for Jetpens?

You could win a set of the Hi-Tec-C Maica pens I used to create this piece..  This time I used a 4"x6" sample piece of Stillman & Birn's Gamma paper.

I made a wash with the  Apricot Orange and Orange pens, and then carved out the shapes with Brown, Blue and Blue Black pens.


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There will be no link list for Thursday because I'll be out Plein Air painting!

 Zentangle
Creative Art Class with Nita Leland (may take a while to load up)
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Young White Poplar

I picked up an old book on the anatomy of trees in art.  I want to improve my knowledge of how trees are.  The way they branch.  They way they stand.  The shape and textures of their leaves.

Since I'm hosting a giveaway this week for a Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens, I thought I'd use them to do a sketch.  This was done in a Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook using the Blue-Black, Brown and Baby Pink Maica pens.



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Zentangle
Tangle Patterns: How to draw POZER


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Review of SoHo Urban Artist Professional Colored Pencils Tin Set of 12

Recently I won a set of 12 Soho Urban Artis Professional Colored Pencils from Colored Pencil Magazine.  Well, not so recently!  I was working on this review when my PC went belly-up, and by the time I was up and running again, I forgot that I hadn't posted it.  That's the trouble with working on more than one review at a time.

I just happened to notice the draft yesterday, and remembered the picture I was working on.  Rather than wait to do more work and take photos, I decided to write a very quick review.


The Soho Urban is Jerry's Artarama's brand.  I received the set of 12 which comes in a tin box.  The colors are Permanent White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Crimson, Sanguine, Light Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Violet, Cobalt Violet, Permanent Green Deep, Permanent Green Light, and Ivory Black.

These pencils sharpen well, without breaking.  They are soft. Not as soft as Coloursoft, but softer than Prismacolor.  They're less waxy than Prismacolor, and I find it easier to build layers without hazing.  These are labeled 'Professional' and are definitely more color-intense than any student brand I've used.  However, I would put them on the less intense end.

Overall, these would be a good brand for someone looking to step up to a Professional color pencil but find price to be an issue.  I won't be using them to replace my Lyra Rembrandts, but I'll be using them on a regular basis.

I want to thank Colored Pencil Magazine for their giveaway, which gave me the chance to share this product with you!  You can find out about the Magazine at:

Colored Pencil Magazine blog                                  

Colored Pencil Magazine Facebook                         

Colored Pencil Magazine Website                      

Disclaimer:  I received these pencils as part of a giveaway.  Colored Pencil magazine did not ask me to write a review, and all opinion expressed are mine.

And speaking of giveaways, have you entered my Jetpens Giveaway for a chance to win a set of Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens?

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

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Weekly Zentangle Challenge #140
http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/
Tangle Pattern Radiate

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Watercolor ash effect with Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink pens
Working on Black
Coloring Tutorial
The Frugal Crafter-Easy Watercolor Tutorial-Goldfinch
Re-usable Nature Journal Tutorial

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Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens
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Sin City Stamps Halloween Blog Hop
Stampin' Up Inspiration Saturday and a giveaway

Miscellaneous
Link Love October Missions #2--let bloggers know that what they blog matters

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gel Wash How-To #Jetpens #artTutorial #zentangle

 The Jetpens giveaway is now closed.
Winner will be chosen, and prize delivered by Jetpens.  I'll let you know who it is as soon as I know!
 
For more information on these pens, please read my review of Hi-Tec-C Maica.

Since Jetpens did all the work for the giveaway, I thought I'd share a 'how-to' for the occasion. I've been getting some questions about how I get my Gel wash watercolor-look, so I thought this would be a good time to share the technique.


First: Not all Gel pens work for this method.  The Hi-Tec-C Maica isn't the only gel pen that will.  If not using the Hi-Tec-C Maica, you'll need to test before using a gel pen on something you want to keep.

Second: The key to success is lots of water.  Even with the Hi-Tec-C Maica a gentle swipe with a wet brush won't produce the wash.  This technique isn't difficult, but you do need more water than you do with water-soluble colored pencils or crayons.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I've used a waterbrush, because I can get drops that are easier to photograph.  I actually prefer a round brush that holds lots of water, finding it easier to control the flow.


Step 1: Squirkle some color around the area.

TIPS:
For best results, you need at least a dime-sized area with at least 75% coverage of ink.  The more ink, the more intense the color, and the farther you can spread it.

Move to the next step as soon as possible.  If the ink dries completely, you will get less movement of the color.

How far you can spread the color will vary by the paper and amount of water.  Rule of thumb: plan for about an inch of coverage.

Note: Squirkling is a sort of deliberate scribbling.  See how the lines are circular?  Straight lines will also work, but aren't as pretty.


Step 2:  If using a water-brush, squeeze out drops of water at regular intervals.  If using a regular brush, gently lay down enough water so it creates a thin puddle.

TIPS:
Let the water sit for at least a count of 5.

The length of time the water needs to sit will vary according to paper and pen.  Test before trying on something you want to keep.


Step 3:  Start spreading the water where you want it to go.  Push the water--you don't really have to touch the paper at all.

TIPS:  This wash occurs because the water is now dyed and carries the color.  If your color isn't as intense as you'd like, and you used lots of ink, try letting the water sit longer.




That's it really.  My cautions and explanations make it sound harder than it is, but I'm trying to answer questions that have come up and anticipate any possible problems.  Most of you will sit down, and 1,2,3, have a beautiful wash.

Answers to other questions:

Pilling:  See those little red dots?
Whenever you work with wet media, you have the possibility of tearing up bits of the fiber.  This is called pilling.

You can cause it by scrubbing wet paper too long or too hard.  Some papers are worse than others.  Good papers to avoid it are watercolor paper, mixed-media papers or fountain pen friendly papers.   I used Stillman & Birn's Zeta paper and had to scrub hard to get the little bit of pilling you see in this photo.

With this gel wash method, you shouldn't have too much pilling if you push the water instead of scrubbing the ink.  If you want more intense color, let the paper dry, draw more lines with the pen and wash again.  Don't add more ink to the wet paper, because that will increase chances of pilling and even tearing.

If your washes are ending up too light, then you need to start with more ink to begin with.  Fill in your colors more solidly, or cover a larger area so you don't spread the color as far.

Lines: I've noticed that with the Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens that with some of the colors the pen lines dissolve almost completely (the Oranges) and that some colors leave more distinct lines (the Blues are most distinct).

Color:  Since you are actually coloring some of the page with dyed water, colors change to tints, so you won't get a wash of one solid color, but rather a gentle blend of dark to light.  Red goes pink, Orange goes yellow, Black goes gray.  Blue and Green go from dark to light.  Great for ombre effects.

Control:  As with any watercolor wet-into-wet technique, you want to do a wash in one section, and then let it dry before doing another wash right next to it.  As long as an area is wet, the color will run over into other wet areas.  Rule of thumb: always let a wash dry before doing anything else with it or next to it.





Your brush can make a difference.  Although I used a waterbrush that leaves drops of water for my tutorial, those large drops can spill over where you don't want them.  I find it easier to use a regular brush that covers the entire inked area with a thin puddle of standing water.

Because of the amount of water used, it will be difficult to color small detailed areas with this method.  You might consider masking small detail areas and inking in afterwards by picking up color from a wet area elsewhere (even use a palette where you watered down some ink).

Sealing:  I haven't played with this yet, so I'm not sure of the best method for sealing.  I suspect anything that would seal a dry gel pen work would seal a wash.  If you get a finished work wet, it will run, but less I think than a dry gel piece because you've already thin out the ink.

Feel free to ask any questions I haven't answered or to clarify anything I've written here.

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Jetpens generously offered to giveway a 6-color set of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pens--Sorry, but the giveaway is now closed ).

To Enter:  You must be signed up for the Jetpens newsletter.

  1. Jet on over the giveaway page, sign up for their newsletter, and enter your email (if you already get their newsletter, you are still eligible to win).
Comments on this page are nice, but will not enter you into the giveaway.

Starts: October 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM PDT
Ends:  October 20, 2013 at 12:00 Noon PDT

Jetpens will choose the winner and send out the prize package.  You can only enter from the link above!

Good luck to all of you, and THANK YOU to Jetpens!

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

Zentangle
How to draw ONA
How to draw three types of grids for your Zentangles
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 074
New Tangle Faid
New Tangle Telis
New Tangle Borbz


Tutorials
Watercolor wash effect with Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink pens
How to Paint on Fabric with Inktense Pencils
Acrylics the Easy Way

Giveaways
Copic Marker Spooktacular Giveaway October-Each day in October, 3 winners will each receive one Anniversary Edition Copic Sketch marker. Enter once per day for a new chance to win!
Hi-Tec-C Maica Set of 6 colors from Jetpens -starts at noon


Miscellaneous
Free Downloadable Art Business eBook from Artist Daily

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

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