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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!

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.

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 o…

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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 pain…

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'.

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

Coloring a Portrait of Ellen Degeneres with Copic Markers
How to Prepare an Old Book for Altering or Art Journaling
DAYBOOK with melted wax crayons

Canadian Scrapbooker 12 days of Giving-end 12/23
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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 & FeelSpecs
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)

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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 …

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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.

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.  

***Eclat de Saphir (Sapphire blue)

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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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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