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

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

Crok book Giraffe #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZIA

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I've got so many sketchbooks and journals that I've started for reviews, and never come back to.  I've been making an effort lately to finish some of them.  The smaller thinner ones are prime for this, so I've been working in my Clairefontaine Crok book lately.


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

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

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-14 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

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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 Aquarel Elegance, Medium Fine Grain/Cold-Pressed, 300 gm2/140 lbs

100% Cellulose, acid-free.

During these tests, I'm often overdoing to see what happens.  In this case, with my second painting, I overdid the lifting of color, repainting and relifting in fairly rapid succession.  While the color lifted easily, I quickly came to the point where the painting was overworked.  I wasn't surprised--lifting this way does damage the paper.  I felt the results were about what I'd expect from a paper of this weight and texture.  No surprises.

But I did want to save the work, so I used gel ink pens over the dried watercolor paint, squirkling and smearing it in places.  I used Moonlight Gellyrolls, which are made for working over dark colors, but they don't scan or photo well, so my finished piece lo…

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

I Want Candy! #Clairefontaine #CrokBook #PenWatercolor

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It isn't always just people that suddenly appear to me while I'm drawing, lol.  Even though this guy's a little monstrous, he seems friendly to me.  I'd give him candy! Pigma Micron over Watercolor in Crok Book


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

Lady in the Woods #Pentel #Crokbook #BrushPen

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I don't often do figural art, and it wasn't my intention this time around.  But as I playing with my Pentel pigment brush pen, all of sudden this lady appeared.  Guess she wanted to see what I was doing, lol!


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

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

Overgrown #Qor #Watercolors #Zentangle #Brushpen

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Another attempt to use up paint left on the palette.  Qor watercolors are so intense that I always think I'll need more than I do, and I end with lots leftover.  Good thing too, because then I get to do stuff like this, lol.

I was also playing around with loading up my paint brush with two or three colors at once, and then laying down variegated strokes of color.

After the watercolor dried, I used a Pentel Pigment Ink Brush pen to do the linework.


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

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

Zentangle 
Tangle Refresher 91
Ditto tangleations

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Morning Pages

Tutorials
How to Paint Mist in Watercolour
Shadow box ornament
Art Journal: Shiny New Journals - video

Giveaways
Retro Café Art Gallery giveaway-$25 Retro Café Art Gallery Gift Certificate (Facebook)
25 Days of Christmas Tags (a chance to win every day through Nov 27)
10 Giveaways-a new chance to win every day-“Drawing Lab Kit” Release Blog Celebration
Carolyn Dube Stencil Giveaway-new stencil, new giveaway every day thru 11/26
Giveaway for a spot in Online Class-Extreme Composition

Pen & Ink
Review Baron Fig Apprentice notebooks

Miscellaneous
Unruly Paper Arts Blogozine- Amazing Crafting Products

Godzilla 3D-The King of Monster Paintings!!! #Godzilla #AmazingCraftingProducts #AmazingMoldPutty

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My hubby's getting a 3D painting of Godzilla for Christmas.  To see the process I followed in creating this, please check out today's post at the Amazing Mold Putty blog.



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

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-13 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor #Zentangle

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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 Paper, medium fine grain, 180 gm2/83 lbs

PH Neutral, Acid-free, ISO 9706.

I was impressed with how well this sketchpaper held up as a watercolor paper, given its weight.

The outcome of my tests:

The Paper:can be folded almost edge to edge without crease or cracking, and it retains little memory of the foldseems heavier than 180 gm2/83 lbsfairly stiff--warbles brightly when you flap the paperhas enough tooth to feel slightly gritty to the touchWatercolor:washes move wellpencil lines don't soften into paintcolor lifts wellhard lines form easilyno bucklingno curlingvery slight dimpling along edges onlytakes scraping wellFountain Pen friendly--no bleed-through no  featheringno indentation from nib pressure.  Show-through only if held up to light.


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

Still Life with Grapefruit and Cherries #Watercolor #Stillman&Birn #Qor

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I was using up some left over paint.  Qor watercolors in a Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook.


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

Watching TV on the Couch #Fabriano #Tiziano #PenAndInk

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I've been doing way too much TV lately.  Do you think the TV watches me?


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

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

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

Coastal Sunset #watercolor

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I was trying to capture one of the sunsets that I saw on my last visit to the Oregon Coast.  I didn't get the colors right.  But that just means I'll have to try again! Win-win, right?


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

Unicorns in the Garden #Fabriano #Zentangle #Zendoodle

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On Monday I had Elephants in the Attic.  Today I have Unicorns in the Garden!

Fountain Pen ink on Aqua Fabriano Tiziano.


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

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-12 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor

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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 Aquarelbloc Paper, Medium Fine Grain/Cold-Pressed, 300 gm2/140 lbs

100% Cellulose, acid-free, ph-Neutral.

Although the cover said 300 gm2/140 lbs, the paper seems much heavier, more like a 300 lb.  You can see the texture in the photo below.  It is almost rough, but the paint was easier to control than it is with many rough papers. You do easily get a granulated look of sorts, but the indents are wider, leaving more white than you normally get with *granulation.  It is something that will appeal to some, but not to others.




The outcome of my tests:
The tooth of the paper is rougher than most cold-press. The paper is heavy for a 140 lb paperPaint lifts, but some granulation may remain.  Very little rippling occurred, even with very wet washes.No dimpling at all.Doesn't scrape well.  It's hard …

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

Cat and Bat #Frixion #Zentangle #Rhodia

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Frixion Gel Pens, Acrylic & Pigma Micron in a Rhodia DotGrid.


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

Elephant in the Attic #CrokBook #Exaclair #Clairfontaine

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Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen in my Clairefontaine Crok Book.



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

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

Sorry, I've had a sick hubby home interfering with my PC time, so I haven't been able to spend much time looking for links.  There will be no link list on Saturday or Sunday, but things should be back to normal on Monday.

Zentangle 
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #197 - usually posted on Friday afternoon.
Tangle Patterns: Tangle Refresher 90--this isn't a sure thing, but Linda usually posts a tangle refresher or something on Thursday afternoon.

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Unofficial Guide to Creative Prompts

Tutorials
Painting Alcohol watercolor textures 
Christmas Daily Tutorial
Maritime Landscapes in Mixed Media

Giveaways
The Best Easel Extravaganza Giveaway
Epiphany Crafts and Heidi Swapp Giveaway
Gourmet Pens Giveaway-Marlen Aleph steel flex nib fountain pen, ink & more
Jetpens Giveaway-J. Herbin Glass Dip Pen & Inks and Kyokuto French Classic Notebook


More Music to Inspire Artists, Writers and Lovers W/ Craig Bidondo and Tim Gilson #Inspire #Taborspace

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Earlier this week I posted about the wonderful musical performance I attended on Saturday night, where we were invited to make art while the musicians played.

This is a drawing I started that night, but wasn't able to finish before the performance was over.  Truly a fantastic night!


Squirkling the Day Away! #Squirkling #Fabriano #PilotPenUSA

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Squirkling with Hi-Tec-C Maica gel ink pens on Fabriano Tiziano Aqua paper.


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

Watercolor Wednesday with Schut-10 #Exaclair #Schut #Watercolor #Zentangle

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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 Papier Salland Printmaking Paper, Warm White, 50% cotton,50% cellulose,300 gm2/140 lbs

PH Neutral, Acid-free, chlorine-free.  Good for printmaking--copperplate, etching, silk screen printing and lithography, but also good for watercolor and drawing.

I don't do much in the way of printmaking, so I decided to try fountain pen and watercolor for my tests.

The paper has a fairly smooth surface, more like a hot pressed paper than a cold pressed. The tooth feels somewhat gritty to the touch.  Although the weight is 140 lb, it felt more like a 200 lb to me, due to the stiffness of the paper.

The outcome of my tests:

The Paper:can be folded almost edge to edge with crease or cracking, but does retain curvewhen creased, gets slight radiating lines (not bad for a paper this stiff and heavy)Fountain Pen friendly-…

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

Journal52 Prompt Week 43: Stencil It!! #Journal52 #ArtJournal #ArtJournaling

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This weeks prompt called for Stenciling!


Supplies:
Rubbing Alcohol & dropper
Distress Ink pads :Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn
TCW 6x6 Stencil-Mini Cell Theory
Dragonfly stencil (sorry.  Not sure who makes the one I have)
Dreamweaver Metallic Gold Embossing Paste
Daler-Rowney Graduate Metallic Green Acrylic Paint
Classic white Gellyroll pen
Pigma Sakura pen, black .05
Paint brush
Palette knife

Step 1: Drag the ink pad across part the page, leaving lots of white space.  Repeat with the other two color ink pads, blending colors in some areas, until the page is covered.


2. Suck up some of the rubbing alcohol into the dropper, and drip across page at random.  Let dry.

3. Drop some more alcohol into some of the drops from last steps, so that you get a wider variety of  colors.

4. Place the Mini-Cell Theory stencil on the page and tape down.

5.  Brush metallic green paint over entire stencil.  This is a very transparent paint so in some lights you barely see it, but in others …

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

The Winners of the GraF it dot grid pad have been notified via email

I've sent emails to all four winners of my GraF it dot grid sketchpad giveaway, so if you entered, please check your inbox!

Music to Inspire Artists, Writers and Lovers W/ Craig Bidondo and Tim Gilson #Inspire #Taborspace

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I had a wonderful time on Saturday night.  I attended a concert performance in piano and bass at Taborspace, a coffee shop located inside a church.  The fun part was that the audience was part of the performance.  And to top it off, the proceeds went to local charity.

You were encouraged to bring sketch pad, pencils, colors, journal or clay and write or draw as the music inspired you.  Or to dance or just to listen if that was your preference.  For the 1st half of evening, Craig Bidondo and Tim Gilson played a medley of tunes for us and we all created art.

The music was a fusion of mellow jazz and other styles with songs from various genres.  I recognized many of them, though 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails (later, covered by Johnny Cash) was the only one I could name. Craig and Tim made it all their own.

During the break, the two musicians walked among the audience and chose some of their works for the second half.  They, then improvised music based off of the artwork.  They improv…

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

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

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

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