Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mini-review of J. Herbin's Lierre Sauvage Fountain Pen Ink #JHerbin #Exaclair #Zentangle

Earlier this week, I briefly reviewed J. Herbin's Vert Olive, and today I'm doing the same for Lierre Sauvage (Wild Ivy).  

For some reason, I always hesitate to use green, and then when I do, I always wonder why I don't use it more often.  I find myself drawn more to the olives than to the 'grass' greens, but nonetheless, I like Lierre Sauvage.


I didn't notice any shading on either the Roadbook or the GraF it dot grid paper.  Since I'm left-handed, I decided to try using my right hand for the second writing example, just to see if holding the nib at a different angle would make a difference.  I didn't seem to.  I'm more heavy-handed with that hand, so the writing was darker over all, but still no shading.  I do know that other's have had shading with this ink (hence my experiment), so it was either the weather or my pen that made a difference.

This ink is very readable.  Where Vert Olive would be too light for extensive writing, Lierre Sauvage is dark enough even for long correspondence.




It's a good ink for drawing with black & white values (with green substituted for black, of course.)  It's not as good for more subtle shading. I had difficulty getting a range of value.  I had to saturate with several layers to get a distinct difference--to the point where the paper was starting to pill.  To get my lights I had to rely on hatching with the white of the paper showing through.  



I'll say that this ink is in the 'wet' range, with a nice flow that makes filling in spaces easy, and provides a nice writing experience.  I know I'll use it for drawing, because that's mostly what I do with my fountain pens.  However, if I were going to choose a green ink for writing, this is the one I'd pick.

I think I'm starting to go 'green'!

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

Zentangle
Another Dutch Diamond Tangle
How to draw tanglepattern Festune
Diva challenge #191 and a new tangle pattern
Tangle Patterns: How to draw REFLECTIONS

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
A few prompts

Tutorials
Let’s Paint a Peony in Watercolor Pencils
Remaking Maps
3 Tips for Choosing the Best Leaves for Monoprinting

Giveaways
Exaclair Giveway--Clairefontaine GraF it Dotgrid Sketchpad
It's an enQoRe Giveaway - free seat in online watercolor class
Cecilia Swatton Kaleidoscope Stencils Blog Hop and Giveaway
Jetpens Giveaway-Rhodia Collection prize
BLOG GIVEAWAY! WIN A STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS' STAMP

Pen & Ink

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-09 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Watercolor Paper, Medium Fine Grain/Cold-Pressed, 250 gm2/115 lbs

Acid-free, ph-Neutral. As you may have noticed, Schut has a variety of watercolor papers.  This particular variety has no name beyond 'Schut Watercolor Paper' and the pad/block cover doesn't give information on its composition.  I wasn't able to find further information that was in English, so I'm not sure if the paper is cotton, cellulose or something else.  It is stiff, more like Schut's Terschelling than their Noblesse, so I suspect cellulose.

Although the cover labels the paper medium fine grain, I found it rougher than most cold-pressed but not as rough as most papers labeled 'rough'.  Rough grain paper can be difficult to work with but satisfying once you get the hang of it.  This might be a good paper for a someone unfamiliar with rough grain to start out with.

The outcome of my tests:
  • The texture of the paper is rough enough that you can get *granulation, even with paints that don't normally granulate. 
  • Washes moved well, but the color shift** is more dramatic, because of granulation.
  • Paint lifts, but some granulation may remain.  
  • The paper is rough enough that masking tape and liquid frisket must be removed with care.
  • No problem with backruns.
  • Pencil marks wash into paint without smearing.
  • Scraping works without excess fuzz or pills.  
  • You can gently fold the paper over until the edges meet.  The paper 'remembers' the fold, but will straighten completely if weighted down.
  • Folds crease cleanly without radiating or cracking.
  • There was no dimpling, buckling or curling.  
*Granulation--the speckled effect you get when watercolor pigments separate by weight.  The heavier pigments settle into the indentations, the 'tooth' of the paper leaving darker spots. Some people love granulation and some people hate it.
**Color shift is the term used to describe the difference in a color when it is wet and when it has dried. Watercolor goes on darker and lightens as it dries. 
  
'Buddies' Done in my watercolor class taught by Kathy Delumpa Allegri 
I combined bits from several exercises for this painting.  They all came from James TooGood's 'Incredible Light & Texture in Watercolor'

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

Zentangle
joey's weekly tangle challenge #32
Tanglepatterns: How to draw YNY
How to draw tanglepattern Scena
FLOWER OUTLINE 2

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Documented Life Project-Week 44 Challenge:  Incorporate leaves onto your page
Prompt #1189 Visual Prompt of the Week – Needlework

Tutorials
How to Paint Leaves in Watercolour
Funky Flower tutorial
Adapting What You See...It's Your Artistic Prerogative

Giveaways
Exaclair Giveway--Clairefontaine GraF it Dotgrid Sketchpad
We R Memory Keepers Giveaway (Facebook)
Graphic 45 Scrapbook prize pack worth $28
Pen Chalet Fountain Pen Day giveaway

Pen & Ink
Serious Nibbage 7: Pelikan Souverän M600 Red Stripe fountain pen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mini-review of J. Herbin's Vert Olive Fountain Pen Ink #JHerbin #Exaclair #Zentangle

I decided I didn't have enough GREEN in my mess of fountain pen inks so I bought some of J. Herbin's Vert Olive, and Lierre Sauvage (to be reviewed later this week).

Since I hadn't tried it before, I bought a 10 ml bottle, but it also comes in a 30 ml, which I'll buy next time.  It also come in cartridges designed for the J. Herbin roller ball pen.


Vert Olive is a light color, but it shades nicely.  The scan of the writing example below came out a bit yellower than the true color, but it show the shading very well.  This writing example above was written in a Clairefontaine Roadbook and the on below was done on Clairefontaine GraF it dot grid paper.  The shading occurred more readily on the GraF it, so paper may make a big difference.




The drawing below was drawn and colored using only Vert Olive.  The range of color comes from lightness of touch, plus the ink darkens quickly when you layer over previously applied color. 

The weather here has been windy, and I've noticed that all my inks seem dryer than usual.  Still both my Lierre Sauvage and Vert Empire seemed wetter, and I know the Vert Empire is 'wet', so I believe Vert Olive is middle of the road--neither a 'wet' or a 'dry' ink.

Personally, I like the color.  You can often get an olive by mixing yellow and black, and it shows in Vert Olive.  At its lightest, it is a yellowy green.  When you go darker with it, you see the hints of black.  I have no idea what colors J. Herbin actually used in the formulation, but they certainly convince my eye that both colors are here.



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

Zentangle
Ben Kwok template - Frog  (must be a member of Facebook Group Ornation Creation)
Zentangle pattern SPUPA

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal Exercises

Tutorials
How to Paint a Basic Leaf with Watercolors
How to Make an Envelope Journal
How to Draw Perfect Freehand Circles

Giveaways
Clairefontaine GraF it Dot Grid pad - 4 winners
ArtistCellar Kaleidoscope Stencil Blog hop & Giveaway Day 1

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review of the Clairefontaine GraF it Dotgrid Sketchpad #Clairefontaine #Zentangle #Exaclair

I'm here today to review one of Clairefontaine's GraF it dot grid pads.  Exaclair, Inc has kindly agreed to give away four of these pads, so be sure to check the giveaway information at the end of this post  (Giveaway is over).



GraF it dot grid pad
Specs
Binding: Glued & Top Stapled; Microperfed sheets
Paper Weight: 90g/41lb 
4 Sizes: A4/8.27 in × 11.69 /21x29,7 cm 
Paper Color: transparent
Texture: Matte
Rule: dot grid -pale violet dots with 5 mm interval
No. Sheets: 80
Covers: Cardstock front &amp back with third heavy Cardboard backing-several colors available
Acid-free

Overall Look and Feel
When you see the GraF it, your first thought might be, "Hmmm. Another sketchpad."  The pale color and unassuming drawing on the cover aren't flashy.  But then you notice those huge staples.



And, although the cover front and back is a light, but stiff cardboard, you realize there is also a heavier cardboard, to provide a sturdy backing.  




There are three creases in the front cover, so it will easily fold to the back.  The paper is micro-perfed for easy removal, but there's a lot of 'stub', the paper left behind, to hold the sheets in the pad until you 'want' to remove them.




If you are like me, the word 'workhorse' comes to mind.  You know, that tablet that lies around, stacked on top of things, or under things, is carried from room to room, gets shoved into drawers and pulled out for any and every purpose when paper is needed.  

The paper looked as though it would be soft.  It is not. It has a hard surface for non-cardstock, but it is not stiff.  It is smooth but not slick.  It folds and takes creases well.  When you hold the paper to the light you can see the threads running through it, so there is a degree of translucence. It doesn't have much tooth that you can feel when you run your fingers across the page, but when you paint on it, you discover there is a grain.  More on that later.

What I've just written applies to the GraF it sketchpad of all sizes and formats.  Formerly, the GraF it was only available in a blank page format.  As you have probably guessed from the title of this review, it now comes in a dot grid format as well.



The dots are a very light violet/gray color.  Perfect for those who want just the hint of a guide.  A little less perfect for those with weaker eyesight, or who want a darker guide.  As with most dot grids, the dots tend to fade from notice, once you've written or otherwise used the paper.  I love them for anything but the most formal of artworks.

Performance

Fountain Pen
The paper is definitely fountain pen friendly.  When I wrote, using several inks and pens, there was no feathering, skipping or bleed-through to the back.  Drying time is fairly long and some inks may look a bit different on this paper than on others.  The difference isn't so much a matter of the color shade, but in the intensity.  Some colors are more muted, though I noticed this more with other media then I did with fountain pen ink.


When I used fountain pens to draw, I did get some tiny dots of color, where I added wet ink over wet ink.  Getting a full saturation of color was a bit more difficult than I expected, though that may partly have been the weather.  I've noticed the same thing on papers that I've used in the past without problem.
Alcohol Markers
The difference in color was very marked with my Copics.  Usually, the colors would have been brilliant and smooth and translucent.  On this paper, they were paler, more muted and almost seemed to granulate.

Here you can see a close-up of the paper grain that shows through.  I don't find this a bad thing.  I like the texture, and muted colors are great for certain kinds of work. But I would definitely plan a different kind of art when using the GraF it and alcohol markers.



Alcohol marker always bleeds through to the back unless a paper is very heavy or specially coated.  I like to color one side, and then use the same color base to draw something different on both sides (I call this a bleedthrumanade).

This is the front and the back of the sheet before I added line work.  The bleed through wasn't too bad for the weight of the paper.  To get darker values with alcohol marker, you lay down one coat of color, then color over it in layers until you get the darkness you wanted.  The first layers bled through, but subsequent layers did not, for the most part.


I then used a Pentel pigment ink brush pen to add my line work.  The brush pen really likes this paper, lol!  I ended up going a little darker than I meant to, because it was so much fun playing with the pen.


A good deal of my work, especially my Zentangle®-Inspired Art, is done with Pigma Micron pens of varying sizes.  The dot grid is excellent for this, because you can use the dots to help you with a pattern, or just ignore them if they aren't needed.



I always like to try watercolor or some very 'wet' medium on paper because it tells me how sturdy it is.  The 41 lb paper in this pad is thicker and stiffer than the weight might indicate, but it's still a thin paper.  So, I wasn't surprised when I got some buckling and curling.  Much of it disappeared on its own once the paint dried.  I weighted it down after, and only a few dimples remained.  

I worked fairly wet on that sky, wetting the paper first, and dropping wet paint into wet.  I used a paper towel to lift some paint for the clouds, scrubbing harder than I normally would, but never got any pilling.  There was a slight texture change, but didn't seem any different as they had with the alcohol markers.

Watercolor isn't recommended because of the buckling and curling, which makes the painting itself more difficult to do.  But the result is fine for quick studies, so you might want to use for them on occasion.


The last thing I tried was a mixed media experiment.  I painted the background with acrylic paint. Then I cut one of my quick study watercolor paintings into two pieces and glued it down with gel medium.  I applied three kinds of self-adhesive drywall tape and painted them with more acrylic paint.  The black comes from bits of string paper that I tore up and glued down.  Lastly, I melted sealing wax and dripped on the copper bits.

The method to my madness was to collage varying weights of paper and other mediums.  The watercolor paper  was 140 lbs--much heavier, stiffer and thicker than the GraF it paper.

Overall, the paper performed well.  You can see some wrinkling on the back where the edges of the watercolor paper is.  I couldn't find my brayer, and I might have been able to push some of those wrinkles out if I had used it.

All in all, though,  I consider this piece a success.  I'd have no qualms about using the paper for an art journal.  I would just avoid adding heavy items, or use the wrinkles for texture when working on the back.



Overall
My first impression of the GraF it was of sturdiness, and after working with it for a while, I still have that impression. It is a workhorse.  You can use it for almost anything.  It is a pad, and you are as likely to tear pages out and use them, as to work in the pad itself.  

Even if you are familiar with the media you choose, your results may be slightly different than with other papers.

The paper is great for pen work.  It's fountain pen friendly, though dots will bleed through it you really saturate the paper.  The dot grids are very helpful for learning and drawing patterns such as find with Zentangle or Celtic knots.

Some watercolors may bleed through to the back of the page, but the paper holds it's integrity well with little to no dimpling or curling.

The GraF it would be fantastic for art journaling, quick sketches, or detailed artwork. 

You can find a list of stores that carry Clairefontaine GraF-it Sketchpads, as well as other Clairefontaine products, at the Exaclair catalog

And check up on all things journal related @ the Rhodia Drive blog and on their facebook page.


Disclaimer:  I received the Clairefontaine GraF It dot grid pad from Exaclair Inc. specifically for this review and giveaway.  I was allowed to choose the item to be given away.  I'm excited about hosting this giveaway, but tried not to let it influence my opinion, and all opinions are my own.  I received no other compensation.

Other Reviews
Notebookstories

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

Zentangle
Weekly Zentangle Challenge #191
Tangle Patterns: How to tangle on glass Christmas ornaments

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
No Excuses Art Journaling Weekly Sprout #30-Pumpkin

Tutorials
How to Paint a Glowing Effect With Watercolors
The Joy of Scratchboard
The Tale of a Halloween Oops Card

Giveaways
Clairefontaine GraF it Dot Grid pad - 4 winners
Daily Marker Giveaway-Simon Says Stamp Novemeber Card Kit
Steampunk Blog Hop and a Giveaway



Friday, October 24, 2014

The Door to Watercolor #Watercolor

As with yesterday's watercolor painting, this is an exercise from a library book, that I did a few months ago.  I forgot to write down the title or author, but I think it was 'Watercolor for the Fun of It: Getting Started' by John Lovett.

The book had some definite printing errors--pages where the paragraphs started in the middle of a sentence, but the exercises themselves were good, and you could usually figure out what you needed to do.

This was done on a watercolor postcard.


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

Zentangle 
The evolution of C-RCHN
How to draw tanglepattern Dex
Tips for Tangling Quandary

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Art Journaling Prompt: Drawing from Photos

Tutorials
Mixed Mediums: Modifying Acrylic Paint With Mediums
Blending simple skin colours with Promarker Markers - tutorial
Brush Techniques for Great Color with oil painting

Giveaways
Manila folder journal tutorial and giveaway
Gourmet Pens Giveaway-Leatherback Writer 2 journal Cover
Make it Yours with Krylon® Grand Prize Giveaway


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Painting the House -- Somebody's House #Watercolor

This is exercise I did from a watercolor tutorial in a book I took out of the library a few months back.  I feel bad, because I can't remember what book it was or the author.  I think it might have been 'Watercolor for the Fun of It: Getting Started' by John Lovett, but I'm not sure.

It was a good tutorial though!


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

Zentangle
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Gnarly

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
ART JOURNAL EVERY DAY: A WEEKLY PLAN

Tutorials
Painting From Memory
How to Make Fabric Paper (keep scrolling, down past buy now stuff, to get to tutorial)
5 Acrylic Paint Application Techniques   

Giveaways
Smoothfoam Holiday Giveaway
The Divide Pen & Notebook Holder GIVEAWAY
Jetpens Giveaway - Engineers & Designers Sketch Kit 

Miscellaneous
Get Spray Paint Off Of Your Skin Without Using Chemicals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-08 #Exaclair #Schut #Zentangle

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Artist Drawing Paper, Light Grain, Extra White,180 gm2/83 lbs

PH Neutral, Acid-free, for pen, pencil, charcoal, crayon & pastel.

For this example I used a Pentel Color Brush in Black with a Fabrico™ Dual Tip Fabric Marker - Light Gray, for shading, on the first drawing and a Pigma Micron .01 & .005 tips for the second drawing.

The paper has a fairly smooth surface, but you can feel a slight tooth.

The outcome of my tests:

  • Both brush-tip & fabric-tip friendly--
    • no bleed-through 
    • no show-through
    • no  feathering
  • the paper texture--
    • gave crisp lines
    • ink dried quickly
    • ink flowed easily
    • didn't seem to fray fabric tips
Earlier, in this series I reviewed the 225 gm2/152 lb version of the Schut Artist Drawing Paper, using other mediums.




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

Zentangle
joey's weekly tangle challenge #31

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Prompt #1182 Visual Prompt of the Week – Sunday Drive

Tutorials
How to Make Paper
Paint a Crystal Vase | Step-by-Step 
Mail Art Envelope Tutorial-video

Giveaways
Pinwheel Punchboard Giveaway (Facebook)
Graphic45 Come Away with Me prize pack
GIVEAWAY: DISTRESS INK MINI KIT #3

Miscellaneous
Serious Nibbage Part 7 - video

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Journal52 Prompt - Week 42: Magic #Journal52 #ArtJournal #Gellyroll

Well, I did what I always tell myself not to do.

It had been a while since I did a page of words in my Journal52 journal.  My brain didn't immediately pop up with ideas for the prompt 'Magic', and I wasn't feeling all that creative, so Words it was.

But, I hated the page I came up with.  I know--I try not to judge, but I just didn't like it.  I did like what I was doing on a page of Clearprint Vellum, though, so I decided to paste it over my first try and continue with it.  I scanned in the first page, though, and this morning, I wish I hadn't glued over it.

I still don't like it, but I don't hate it the way I did last night.

Ah well.  I like the backgrounds on both, so I wrote up the process for them after the photos. Once the backgrounds were done, it was just a process of using Sakura Gellyrolls pens to write the words and color around them (And I colored the horses on the vellum page).




Supplies
Sakura Gellyroll pens-Stardust: Purple Star, Blue Star, Marine Star; Moonlight-Green, Pink, Fluorescent Orange; Classic-White
Distress Inkpads-Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean
Alchol
Dropper
Pentel Pigment Ink brush pen
Art Journal with Watercolor Paper (first page shown above)
Art Journal with Clearprint Vellum Paper (second page shown above)

1.  For the vellum page, I drew the horses with a Pentel Pigment Ink brush pen.

2. I dragged and dabbed the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink Pad at random across the page, leaving lots of the paper untouched.  For the second page above, with the horses, I stopped here.

3. I repeated this with the other colors of the ink pads, blending in some places, on the first example. (NOTE: this does muddy up your ink pads.  Scrubbing the pad on scrap paper will restore the color, but it will still be stained).  I did both pages of the journal, so I've got a background for the next prompt too.


4. I sucked up alcohol into a pipette dropper and squeezed out drops at random across the page.





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

Zentangle
CHARLOTTE - a new tangle
Ben Kwok template -  skull (must be a member of Facebook Group Ornation Creation)
Tangle Patterns: How to draw BEANIOUS

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Art Journaling Prompt: Sketching a Map

Tutorials
Painting Flowers Step by Step: White Tulips
Copic Cleaning Tutorial
Create Your Own Font

Giveaway
No Excuses Art giveaway-copy of Mary Oliver's 'Blue Horses'
StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop and Giveaway
Wow Embossing Powder Blog Hop and Giveaway


Monday, October 20, 2014

Still Life with Garlic and Tomato #Watercolor #Pentel #ZentangleInspiredArt

I was using up some watercolor paint off my palette, and then I used the background it provided for this piece done with a black Pentel Colorbrush and Sakura Gellyrolls for added color and highlights.

Neither scan nor photo got the colors right--that's the bad thing about shiny gel pen ink. But even the watercolor background came out more yellow and washed out. *sigh*


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

Zentangle
Weekly Zentangle Challenge #190

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
No Excuses Art Journaling Weekly Sprout #29-Mary Oliver's Poetry

Tutorials
How-to: Painting or Drawing Lips
Got UFOs (Un Finished Objects)?
Carving a Repeating Stamp

Giveaways
How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs Book Giveaway
DoCrafts giveaway - Xcut Owl Die Set (Facebook)
Silhouette Portrait Giveaway + New Freebies + SALE

Miscellaneous
Carnival of Creativity 10/19/14

Friday, October 17, 2014

Journal52-Prompt 41: Mosaic Inspired #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

When I saw the prompt 'Mosaic Inspired', my first thought was to go through my old drawings and paintings, find one that was so-so, cut it up and then glue the pieces down into a mosaic.

About a second later, my second thought was 'Nah!'

So I just drew this with a Pigma Micron and then colored it in with Gellyroll pens.


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

Zentangle 
Twiggee, a nature-inspired tangle / tangleation

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Journal Project 2014 – Week 40 – Art Camp for Women
The Journal Project 2014 – Week 41 – Art Camp for Women

Tutorials
The Perfect Petal: 4 Tips for Painting Flower Petals in Acrylics
Art Recipe Wednesday: Autumn Landscape 
Same stamp- three ways (and one extra)

Giveaways
Jetpens Giveaway-5 notebook pack
Spectrum Noir October Monthly Challenge
Create and Craft Giveaway-win a gift bag worth $50....filled with dies, paper and some other goodies (must subscribe to email list to enter)
Mid-Month #Inktober Update – Enter to win a 4-pc Multiliner Set each week or a grand prize of an Ink Pro Set


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Journal52-Prompt 40: Experimentation #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling


Note: If you want to skip the philosophical stuff and just see how I made this page, skip until you're past the photo down below.

I've had problems with my internet lately, and, at first, I thought "oh well.  Extra time for arts and crafting!"  However, it's that time of year.

The days are getting shorter.  And grayer.  And wet.  My sleep patterns are disrupted.  I'm dreading the end of daylight savings because I know it will be worse.  And as often happens during this season my creative energies have wandered off.  I must push myself to create, and I'm seldom happy with what I come up with.

Sound familiar?  I think it happens to many, if not all of us.  And knowing it's coming, recognizing it and finding ways to deal with the seasonal funk is something we all need to do.

I'll give myself 2 or 3 days off, but then I create whether I want to or not.  Put simply, I find it's the best way to get out of the funk.  I do lots of practice work and quick studies, and each time I tell myself firmly that what I'm doing doesn't count.  I may come back later and make judgments on what I do, but I do not do so now.

Another thing I don't do at this time is experiment (unless the idea really excites me--that means the funk is lifting).  It's an added layer of something I don't want to do, and I'm too likely to abandon something that actually has promise. So when I saw this week's prompt I was a little stumped.

Then I remembered--with art journaling you are free to interpret the prompt in any way you want.  I decided to play with someone else's experiment while using an experiment of my own.

My recent project for the Amazing Mold Putty design team was to build a mummy prototype from bits and pieces that I had in my craft stash, and then cast it in resin.  (You can find this how-to at the Amazing Mold Putty blog.)  I experimented heavily in the making, plus raising a mummy is a popular experiment in old horror movies.  So I deciced to use this mummy as the experiment for my journal page.


To get my journal page, I:


  • printed out one of the photos I'd taken
  • cut out the mummy
  • colored the journal page with Montana Markers
  • tore holes at random in a sheet of Clearprint Vellum paper
  • pasted the photo into my page with gel medium and let dry
  • glued down the vellum sheet with the gel medium and let dry
  • outlined the mummy and his wrappings with a Pigma Micron pen
  • colored with the purple Gellyroll pens, smearing with my finger to add shadows and help blend the torn areas
  • colored with the white Gellyroll pen to add highlights and ragged ends of the wrappings flapping in the mist


Supplies:
photo of my cast-resin mummy
art journal page (watercolor paper)
gel medium
Clearprint vellum sheet same size as journal page
Montana Acrylic Paint Markers-Shock Blue Dark, Shock Kent Blood Red, Shock Orange
Sakura Gellyroll Pens- Metallic Purple, Stardust Purple-star, Classic White
Sakura Pigma Micron pen, black, .05

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

Zentangle
Tangle Patterns: How to draw ZNZU
Ben Kwok Template-Owl

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Prompt #1168 Visual Prompt of the Week – Crosswalk
Weekly Sprout #28: Autumn Leaves

Tutorials
Vampire Teeth Pumpkins
DIY Mummy
Art Recipe Wednesday: Autumn Landscape 

Giveaways
Review & Giveaway: Grandluxe Monologue Notebook
Daily Marker Giveaway-MAMA ELEPHANT’S BOOTASTIC STAMP SET
Frosty Festivities 2014 Announcement and Giveaway-A limited-edition holiday-themed Smash Book

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-07 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Serene Watercolor Paper, Medium Fine Grain/Cold-Pressed, 200 gm2/95 lbs

Acid-free, Cellulose.

The outcome of my tests:


  • Washes move well.
  • Pencil marks wash into paint without smearing.
  • Paint only lifts so-so.  It is easy to cause damage that will show if area is painted over.
  • Both masking tape and liquid frisket remove easily.
  • I didn't have problem with backruns..
  • Scraping works without excess fuzz or pills.  
  • You can gently fold the paper over until the edges meet.  The paper 'remembers' the fold, but will straighten completely if weighted down.
  • You can fold the paper, without creasing, until edges touch and it springs back without memory.  It creases cleanly without radiating or cracking.
  • There was no dimpling, buckling or curling.  

''Daylilies & Lavender'
Adapted from an exercise in 'Florals & Botanicals' by Joan Hansen

'Owl Butterfly' done with Watercolor and Brush Pen

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

I think my internet woes have been fixed, and starting tomorrow my daily list should be running as usual.  In looking over my sources, I discovered-WOW!- so many Zentangle related posts that I thought, for today, I would have a list of Zentangle only links.

 I recommend checking out the last two Weekly Roundups at Tangle Harmony to catch any zentangle-related posts I may have missed here.

Zentangle
Weekly Challenge #189: UMT "Yuma"

joey's weekly tangle challenge #29
joey's weekly tangle challenge #30

How to draw tanglepattern Opus
How to draw tanglepattern Braids
How to draw tanglepattern Stazzle

Tangle Patterns: How to draw ROXI
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 126
Tangle Patterns: How to draw TAMI
Tangle Patterns: How to draw ONION DROPS

WEEKLY ALPHABET PATTERN SERIES-Letter D
MANDALA OUTLINE 1

Zentangle pattern -TOFUBE
Zentangle pattern -WANDW
Zentangle pattern -ZNZU

New Pattern - Loop de Loop

Tips for Tangling Meringue

STEPS pattern

Tangle Patterns Railwayz, Geerandola, Pin-Wheel & Drakon

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Mummy Gets Moldy #AmazingMoldPutty #AmazingMoldRubber #AmazingCastingResin

         It's ALIVE!!! My mummy experiment has worked and the ancient Egyptian Mold RubberRa has                  risen. I  can hear the slither of his ragged feet as he approaches. He comes for me!! 

        What have I done!  

MUSIC CUE: Horror Music

To find out how I created this Halloween Horror, please visit today's Amazing Mold Putty blog for the monstrous How-TO!!!




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-06 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

Each Wednesday for 22 weeks, I'll be sharing artwork that was done on paper from a Schut Papier sampler.  I'll be giving you a little information about each of the papers.

Schut Sketchpad, Medium Fine Grain, 125 gm2/57 lbs

PH Neutral, Acid-free, ISO 9706.

The outcome of my tests:

  • Fountain Pen friendly--
    • no bleed-through 
    • no  feathering
    • indentation from nib pressure.  Show-through only if held up to light.
    • some colors seemed on the muted side because of the paper's texture
  • the linen-like texture--
    • gave a wide range of effects
    • made it harder to get dark, clean solids
    • might be rough on fabric pen tips (though I didn't use one to verify this)


 This Kente-cloth inspired piece was done with fountain pen inks 

This drawing was done with a Pentel Colorbrush in black ink

Friday, October 3, 2014

Still-Life with Melon #Watercolor #KDAllegri #Shizen

This is a painting I did in my first watercolor with Kathy Delumpa Allegri.  I'm not sure why I haven't posted it before now, lol.

On the last day of class we have a potluck.  I brought in ... wait for it .... melons!  I put out half for everyone to eat, and set up the rest as a still life.  The painting was done on Shizen paper, a rough hand-made paper from India, that I really like working on!


Should I change the name of my 'Fantasy Landscapes/Step-Outs'?

A few people have asked if my Fantasy Landscape/Step-Outs will have dragons and fairies, and that isn't what I have in mind (at least fo...