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Mt Hood Tangles

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Last year when family was visiting here in Oregon, we went up the lodge at Mt Hood.  I took a few photographs.  Pretty so-so stuff.  Photography is not my thing, but they were okay.



Lately, though, I've been using landscapes as strings to tangle in.  (Feel free to use this string, or make your own from the photo.


I did two zentangles, one that's pretty abstract....


...and one that captures the feel of a landscape.


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Journal52: Prompt 04 - Building Character #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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I've joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  My goal is to keep it quick and easy, no planning, no fretting, no criticizing, just exploration and fun.

I indulged myself a bit for this round, both because it was complex and I should have been working on something else.  But I've wanted to play around with *toilet paper mache for a while, and I knew my heart wouldn't be in the other projects until I finished this.

Working on this over a period of days would have kept it simple.  Ah, but sometimes, you just can't wait.


It was difficult to scan or get a photo that shows the girl in her 3D glory.  I took this close-up but I still couldn't get her toes to show well.



My process:
1. I tore up strips of toilet paper and put them in a plastic bag with PVA glue (Elmer's or any white glue would work) to make *toilet paper mache.  I kneaded the bag until the toilet paper was thoroughly mixed and broken down, then set the bag aside whi…

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Journal52: Prompt 03 - You always make me smile

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I've joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  My goal is to keep it quick and easy, no planning, no fretting, no criticizing, just exploration and fun.

This week, the prompt was 'You Always Make Me Smile'.  I was stumped for a few minutes, but with Valentines coming up, I decided to use hearts and after a few minutes of thought, I knew who always made me smile.  I hope you can read the writing on the page, because it's meant for you.



I did some layering, starting by sticking down strips of washi tape.  I did this before I even knew what the prompt was.  Then I covered both pages with Golden's Primary Red and Martha Stewarts's Canteloupe acrylic paint, wiping it away from the tape, and scrubbing a few areas to get a variation of color.

I tried a gel medium transfer of one of my zentangle drawings, which failed, so I just worked over it.  But it added a little extra interest to the area behind the heart.

I cut a heart shape …

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Review of the Clairefontaine Fine Grain Cold Pressed Watercolor Pad #Exaclair, #Watercolor #MixedMedia

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 Review of the Clairefontaine Fine Grain Cold Pressed Watercolor Pad

Last September I reviewed a Clairefontaine 8x8 watercolor pad.  I also received an  4 7/8" x 9 1/2" version of this pad, and that's what I'm reviewing today.


Specs
-designed for watercolor, gouache, or wash drawing.
-top wire bound pad    
-20 sheets
-300 g
-acid free paper
-cold pressed surface; fine grain
-Clear polypro front & back cover
-rigid backboard, lightweight
-Size:  4 7/8" x 9 1/2" (120 x 240 mm)


Look & Feel
The description of paper says that it is 'fine-grained', or 'grain fin' if you want the original French.  It means that this is a surprisingly smooth watercolor paper.  That means you can use pen or even marker, without the fraying that most watercolor paper would cause.

The paper is heavy enough that you could use it for a journal cover, or glue on embellishments if you want to use it for mixed media.

The clear polypro covers and the thicker cardboar…

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Journal52: Prompt 02 - A Simple Place

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I've joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  My goal is to keep it quick and easy, no planning, no fretting, no criticizing, just exploration and fun.

This week I also decided that I'm going to use collaged pieces from the same songbook as a sort of unifying thread for each page.  That is kind of planning, but it goes toward keeping the pages quick and easy.  I'm also using the same alphabet stamp set to stamp the prompt.

Prompt 02 was 'A Simple Place'.

And I really managed to keep it this week!


Immediately, I had a vision of a white house on a hill and an idea for a mixed media background.  With a make-up sponge, I daubed acrylic paint in titanium buff, cantaloupe, and burnt umber, applying it thickly in some places and less so in others.

I cut out the house shape from the songbook, and used Zinc White (it's more transparent), Transparent Red Oxide and Payne's Gray for the house.  I used an olive green for the hillsi…

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Zentangle
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 089
Fancy a book of tangle patterns? Neil Burley wants to know if he should publish his.
From Tile to ZIA

Tutorials
Frog Dog Studio-Molding with PVA Glue
DIY Japanese New Year's Postcards
Mixed-Media Jewelry: 5 Free Found Object, Steampunk, and Resin Jewelry Ideas-free download
Tutorial--An Altered Box

Giveaways
Samsung Galaxy Giveaway at Bella Crafts Quarterly
Walnut Hollow and Ice Resin team up for a Blog Hop
Friday Giveaway: 3-month OHDEERME Embellishment Kit subscription

Miscellaneous
Free Vintage Images: Wildlife - Deer and Chalkboard Fox

Journal52: Week 4 Prompt: Building Character

It isn't too late to join the group.  You can use the prompts & techniques and journal privately, just for yourself, or join the groups on Facebook and Flickr and share.  No pressure to keep up, and best of all it's FREE!

The Tangle Library App for iOS is out! Today starts a two-week launch promotion of 60% off the normal price. For US customers the app…

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Time And Relative Dimension In Space with Frog Dog Studio (aka T.A.R.D.I.S)

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Oh, I'm a Doctor Who fan, don't ya know.  So, I was really excited when I was asked to do a guest post for Frog Dog Studio, and discovered a wooden mini-album in my kit.  It was shaped...just like a old-time English phone booth!
Check out today's Frog Dog Studio blog to see how I decorated my very own T.A.R.D.I.S!

Journal52: Prompt 01 - Up, Up, and Away!

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I've joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  Even as I joined it, I cringed a bit because I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up.  It's already been a busy year, and it doesn't look like it is going to ease up anytime soon.

But that's a problem we all have, isn't it? So I decided on some ground rules.

Rule 1:  No fretting.  Even if I can't keep up with the weekly prompts and even if I break my own rules.
Rule 2:  K.I.S.S. --Keep It Simple, Stupid.  Not necessarily a simple result, but simple techniques that are quick and easy to do.
Rule 3:  No planning.  This is going to be a slapdash, take 5 minutes to glue down some collage or doodle some lines.
Rule 4:  No inner critic allowed.  What I get is what I get.  I'm not competing with myself or anyone else. This journal is to be an exploration and fun. Period.
Rule 5:  Remember Rule 2 and quit making rules!

Prompt 01 was 'Up, Up and Away!'  My page was done over a …

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Zentangle
The Bug Ball [ZENTANGLE STOP MOTION]-video
How to draw tanglepattern Yin Cut

The Tangle Library App for iOS is out! Today starts a two-week launch promotion of 60% off the normal price. For US customers the app will cost $1.99 instead of the normal $4.99.  For more information, check out the app's Facebook page and website.

Tangle Library Demo Part 1

Tutorial
Paper Bug Tutorial with DecoArt
Liquitex Acrylic ink How to- Video
Secret to painting draped fabric
{Project} Wednesday: Embossing Paste & Stencils

Giveaways
Stencil Giveaway Day 5
Jetpens giveaway-Tomoe River Paper, Sailor Reglus Fountain Pen & Pack of 12 Ink Cartridges
Silhouette Tote Promo + Portrait Giveaway
Art Journal Collage Sheet Giveaway and New Workshop Giveaway
Enter to Win a PenChalet Gift Card


Review of the Pèlerin Samarkand Rom Travel Journal #LamaLi #TravelJournal

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Lamali Carnet de voyage Pèlerin Samarkand Rom
Wow! That name is a mouthful, but this is a beautiful journal deserving of a grand name.  According to my browser's translator, the English name for this would be the Pilgrim Travel journal.

A friend of mine, Robin, recently visited France, and she brought this to me as a Christmas gift.  Various things have kept us apart and only yesterday did we have a chance to exchange gifts.

This is possibly the most amazing journal I have (and that's saying something), so I decided to sneak in a quick review, although I haven't had the chance to do much with the journal yet.

The bad thing is that I believe it is not available in the U.S. or Canada.  Possibly it can only be found in France.  Everything I found on the internet was French.

Look & Feel
I couldn't find much information, and everything is in French, so I'm relying on translators--always a tricky thing.  I can't confirm it, but I know that most, if not all Lama L…

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