Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

Ben Kwok Template: Nautilus
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
My Diane & Carolien’s P-W-Z Challenge Entry
X is for Xenodochial, Day 24 of the A to Z of Zentangle
Y is for You, Day 25 of the A to Z of Zentangle Challenge
"It's a String Thing" #142
Tangle Patterns: How to draw CATHEDRAL
Tangle Patterns: Tangle Refresher 127
Pattern-Collections: Swag
Pattern-Collections: Tsetse
Pattern-Collections: Heart and Flower
Pattern-Collections: Nia-Kay
Pattern-Collection: The difference between tangling and doodling
Pattern-Collections: Author focus - Dorothy Allison
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #270

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #16: Prince Tribute OR Purple
Gratitude52 Weekly Prompt #17: Eyesight

John Muir Laws Watercolor-Simplifying Bird Plumage
So what do you do with that coloring book when your done
30 Days to Better Brush Calligraphy

Creative Revolution Pre-order Givaway-Free spot in online course, painting, art supplies & more
Favecraft Product Spotlight: Sakura & a HOT Giveaway-Coloring Prize Pack
Postman's Knock Giveaway - Calligraphy starter kit

Pen & Ink
 Ink Shot Review: Lamy Dark Lilac 2016 Special Edition 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wonderland Picnic #Zentangle #ZentangleInspired Art #TanglePatterns

Another tile inspired by a landscape photo.  It's fun to see how close you can get without actually drawing the landscape.

Ohto and Micron pen on Strathmore Artist Tile.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Look What Came in the Mail #Exaclair #Brause #Calligraphy

I received a set of Brause Introduction to Calligraphy Lettering Cards from Exaclair, Inc.

That means a giveaway will be coming up as soon as I have a chance to draw up a couple of examples, and write the reivew.   Keep your eye out.  I'm thinking the giveaway will launch around May 8, but it could be earlier!

The Road Well-Tangled #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #

Lately, I've been using landscape photos as inspiration for my strings.  It keeps me from repeating the same strings over and over.

Otho and Micron pen on Strathmore tile.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Underground Market #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #PenAndInk

I almost forgot to set up a post for this morning.  I've been so involved with a project that I'm losing track of the days!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dropped Stitch #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #Zendoodle

I love tangle patterns that are like woven fabric!  Patterns used are Nolashrim, EyeWa, Pindo, Skepherling, Yoohoo Border, and Reel.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Q is for Quick, Day 17 of the A to Z of Zentangle Challenge
R is for Ritual, Day 18 of the A to Z of Zentangle Challenge
My Diane & Carolien’s J-X-T Challenge Entry
How to draw ANGEL LINE
Pattern-Collections: Carpet Daisy
Pattern-Collections: Doozaly
Pattern-Collections: Danza
Pattern-Collections: Cloie
Pattern-Collections: Buddy
Pattern-Collections: Leaf Explosion
Pattern-Collections: Cadent Variation
Tips for Tangling a Royal Tangle
Tangle Patterns: How to draw ALOHA
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #269

Pattern Collections is now on Google+.  New patterns will be posted there daily!

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #15: Rise or Fall
Gratitude52 Weekly Prompt #16:Bills

Acrylic Painting for Beginners | Rainbow Tree's
Video: How to get perfect (and no so perfect!) SPLATTERS on your page

Quo Vadis Giveaway: Cloth-bound journals
Carta Bella Paper Giveaway-win a "Yacht Club" Collection Kit
Win a Gelli® Printing Party Pack Prize 
The Postman's Knock Facebook Exclusive Giveaway-Three bottles of ink

Pen & Ink
Review: Pelikan Tradition Series M200 Green Marble Fountain Pen 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Dinosaur in the Mist #Gellyroll #Clairefontaine #ArtJournal

Gellyroll over Acrylic in a handmade journal using Clairefontaine Kalligraphie paper.  This paper has proven to up to just about anything.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blackbird-Week 12 of #52WeekOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor #ValueStudy

The bird chosen for Week 12 of the  '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'  was the blackbird.

I'm in the middle of a big project, so I decided to make this a fast one and did a value study
using the black, gray and white pigments that came in the  Prima Confections 'Classics' pan set.  Just to add a pop of color, I used the yellow and darker blue on the bird only.  I kind of did this in bits and pieces, but overall it probably took about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.

I have to say that I am more and more enthralled with the atmospheric feel you get with a monochromatic palette.  Not just black, gray, and white.  I got the same feeling when using brown, black and white.  It's the simplicity, I think.  Color is wonderful, but with a monochromatic (or mostly monochromatic) painting the shapes take on more importance, even the abstract ones in the background.  And I know my color work is going to improve for doing these, as well.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for this challenge.

I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Starling-Week 11 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #Lukas

The official Week 11 bird (as opposed to the birds I choose to keep the flow going) for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' event was Starling.

I really wish I had some iridescent watercolors when painting birds like this.  It's almost impossible to capture that sheen Starlings have without them.

This bird was painted using Lukas watercolors in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Review - Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set #Sennelier #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

For some reason, possibly insanity, I've obsessed with small watercolor pan sets lately.  I need them like I need the proverbial hole in the head, but they're so cute! I decided to treat myself to another one.

I decided to see what one of the older and professional companies would come up with in the $15-$20 range of mini watercolor sets and bought myself a Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set.

Size: 4 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 2.4 ounces
No of Pigments: 8
Colors: PY74-Primary Yellow; PR242-French Vermillion; PB15, PW4-Cinereous Blue; PB29, PV15-French Ultramarine Blue; Pg7, PY155-Phthalo Green Light; PB29, PY153-Sap Green; PBk7-Burnt Umber; PV19, PB15, PBk7-Payne's Gray

Quick Overview

  • Pigments are rich, easy to moisten, blend well and create great washes.
  • Pigments are made with honey (some people wouldn't like this).
  • Set comes with a small brush.
  • Container is metal.
  • Container fits in your hand.
  • Package gives pigment index numbers, lightfastness and opacity information

  • There are only eight colors.
  • Pigments are in molded plastic rather than pans.
  • Brush is so small that use is very limited.
  • There is a plastic film window in lid of tin that is breakable.
  • The pigment cakes are of different size.
  • There is no mixing space.
  • All the colors lean to warm.

Look and Feel

While I feel the pigments are well worth the price, the packaging and brush are disappointing.

In the watercolor industry, each pigment color is assigned an index number designed to give you information about that pigment.  PB means a pigment is blue, PR green, PY yellow, etc.  Most professional brands will label their colors with the pigment index (mixed colors may have more than one index number) as well as information about lightfastness (how quickly the color might fade) and opacity (how much you might see through the color once it is on the paper).

Sennelier has included all this information on the box.  However, since the box is small, the print is very small. I had trouble reading the index numbers. 

All the colors have a lightfastness of I or II, which is very good.  A rating of one means the color should stay true indefinitely, while II means it should stay true for a long, long time. 

The colors that are opaque are colors that I would expect to be opaque in nearly any brand.  It's hard to explain, but there is a difference in how colors are opaque as well.  Opaque colors can be chalky or just opaque no matter how light a wash you use.  These are opaque in the good way.

There are only eight colors, where most comparable sets this size and price range have twelve.  I feel the quality of the paint offsets this, and the color choices are good.  The only rider to that, is that all the colors are of a warm temperature (leaning toward red and yellow).  If you need of prefer a cool palette, this won't be the set for you.

I only had to add the slightest amount of water for the pigments to become moist. 

The set is about the size of an altoids tin, easy to fit in the palm of your hand or in a pocket.

There's no ring on the bottom to help you hold onto the tin while painting in the field. In this case, the set is so small, I don't think you would need it.  Personally, I never use those rings, and prefer not to have them, but that's a matter of taste.

The set does come with a brush.  It's is so small!  I won't say it is useless, but I could barely do a color chart with it.  The brush is decent in the amount of water and color it will hold, and keeps its point.  It is good for drawing fine lines, but will in no way be versatile enough to be the only brush you need.

The set comes in a sturdy metal tin -- except -- for some unknowable reason, Sennelier decided to put a window in the lid.  It is made of plastic film that will be easily punctured or pulled free of the tin.  It also makes the lid unusable for mixing.

The paints themselves are set in a molded plastic package, sort of like you might get cookies in. 

The cakes are easily dislodged.

The other oddity is that the pigment cakes are of different size.  I'm not sure if this reflects the cost of the pigments themselves or was simply carelessness when the paints were poured.

The tin is deep enough that you'd be able to add more paints and/or a small brush underneath the plastic molding.

Both these paintings were done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

I only used the brush that came with this set to do the eyes, and beak of the birds.  It does work nicely for that.

For this first painting, I used my go-to Silver Black Velvet brushes.  I was able to get vibrant colors, and washes thick enough that is was easy to use the scraping technique in the background. 

I used a cheaper brush - a Lukas size 8 for this painting.  I was also experimenting with a Silver Scrubber brush, using it to lift color for a softer look.  I shouldn't have done that on this paper.  That red blot on the throat is a result of overworked paper.

Still, even with my lack of technique, and a cheap brush, I was able to get a nice blend of color, and the soft misty look I was going for.

While the packaging disappoints, the pigments don't. 

If you are looking for starter/travel set that is all you need in the field this is not the set for you.  If you are a casual painter,  doing watercolor sketches or using the paints to color things in, then you might want a more complete set, but would be happy with these colors. If you are looking for a set with excellent pigments, and don't mind carrying a brush/mixing palette separately then it would be a good set for you. 

I'm still mulling over ideas, but I'll figure out a way to fix that window, or just move the paints into a different tin, and I have a good set of travel brushes.  If I could only have one travel palette, this would probably be my choice because of the quality of the paint.  That's my focus. 

Disclaimer: I bought this Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set on my own dime.  Sennelier did not ask for a review or send me anything, and probably won't even take notice of this review.  I was curious about the set, and thought my readers probably were too, so I reviewed it.

Traditional Jewelry #Zentangle #Gellyroll #Pentalic

Fluorescent Moonlight and Metallic Gellyroll pens in Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Day 5 of Steampunk Week at Pattern-Collections #Steampunk #tangle #Zentangle is going full steam with Steampunk week.

It's Day 5!

New patterns, old patterns, fanciful strings,
The site is full of Steampunk things!

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
joey's weekly tangle challenge #108
Eni Oken's Watercolor challenge 7
It's a String Thing #141
Mandala Monday Challenge
Pattern-Collections Steampunk Tangling – Part 3
Ben Kwok Template
New Tangle: Knightstar
Tangle Patterns: How to draw LTD
Pattern-Collections: Corz
Pattern-Collections: Corz 2
Pattern-Collections: Hooks
Pattern-Collections: Mozza
Pattern-Collections: Barullo
Pattern-Collections: Industrial Pipes
Pattern-Collections: Wood Planks
Pattern-Collections: Leather Belt
Pattern-Collections: Diamond Metal Plate
Pattern-Collections: Metal Plating
Pattern-Collections: Mekana

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
The Craft Barn Two Week Challenge - April Showers

Abstracted Flowers
DIY Fabric Invitations
Making Art a Practice: In and Out of the Sketchbook

Win an Original Print by Melanie Douthit-8“ x 10” print of “Indian Summer
Mixed Media Step-By-Step Online Class Giveaway
Test Your Blick Knowledge and Win a $105 Blick gift card
Review and Giveaway: Archer Planner

Pen & Ink
 Lanbo 008 fountain pen with retractable nib-cleaning mechanism

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Steampunk Week at Pattern-Collections #Steampunk #tangle #Zentangle is going full steam with Steampunk week.

Several of my old steampunk patterns have been resurfaced, but even better -- there are brand new patterns to fit the theme, along with tips and techniques for drawing your tangles with a distinct Steampunk flair!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Steampunk Week at Pattern Collections And an Explanation #Steampunk #Zentangle #Pattern

It's Steampunk Week at the new Pattern Collections website, a site devoted to pattern step-outs, and the exploration of what patterns are, how to understand them and how to draw them.

This week the site is devoted to sharing patterns with a Steampunk theme, and I thought I should add an explanation here to people who have been using my patterns for a while.

Back in 2011, I created step-outs for a series of patterns that I labeled as my Steampunk series.  I named them in a numbered seqence according to the sort of inspiration I got them from: i.e. Background #1, Background #1, Klok #1, Klok #2, Geer #1 and so on.

Some of the patterns being posted at Pattern Collections this week are new, but many are existing patterns, such as mine, that fit the Steampunk theme, gathered all together for you.  However, since other people would be posting Gear-like, clock-like and other patterns similar to mine, it was felt my original naming didn't make a lot of sense.  I agreed, and we decided to rename them.

I know this might be confusing to those who added my patterns to their own collections, and I apologize. I also wanted to assure people we weren't trying to pass off old patterns as new ones. And for the record, Sandra Strait = molossus.  I don't use that name much anymore, but it made sense at the time.

Anyhoo, here is a list of patterns with both old names and new, which will hopefully help people keep things straight.

Old Name - New Name
Klok #1 - Klok
Klok #2 - Klokwork
Background #1 - X-Tile
Background #2 - Slabs
Background #3 - Discus
Background #4 was an extension of Geer #5, so I didn't include it
Background #5 - Framework
Background #6 - Steam Flower
Background #7 - Barber
Geer #1 - Geared
Geer #2 - Triangear
Geer #3 - Gear Flower
Geer #4- X-Gear
Geer #5 - X-Procket
Geer #6 - Rotate
Orb #1 - Brisco
Hinger #1 - Hinge
Roller stays as Roller

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 263
Diane & Carolien’s Challenge Entry
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 204
Diagonal2 Tangle Pattern
Steampunk Tangling Part 2
Pattern Collections: Grez Pattern Step-out
Pattern Collections: Storybrooke Step-out
Pattern Collections: F-Tyled Step-out
Pattern Collections: Amy Step-out
Pattern Collections: Steam Gear  Step-out
Pattern Collections: Nuts & Bolts  Step-out
Pattern Collections: Zero-In  Step-out

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Art Journal With Me: Paint & Lace

How to Draw a Mountain Lion: anatomy
7 Amazing Ways to Craft with Adult Coloring Books
Positive & Negative Space

Wire Wrangling and a Giveaway
Scrapbook & Cards Today Giveaway-win Creative Cards Vol. 1 & CardMaps Vol. 4
Enter to win online painting class Mixed Media Step by Step with Lindsay Weirich

Pen & Ink
Ink Shot Review: Graf Von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Weekly Challenge #51: Tangle with Q-E-R
Tangle Patterns: How to draw BEP
Pattern Collections: How to CREATE a tangle pattern step-out
Pattern Collections Pattern Added: Viral
Pattern Collections Pattern Added: Bleeding Heart
Pattern Collections Pattern Added: Alegre
How to Draw Tangle Pattern F O F Lesson #25
Tips for Tangling TAGH
Tangle Patterns: How to draw ANDO
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #267
Steampunk Week at Pattern Collections

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #13: Humble and Noble
Gratitude52 Weekly Prompt #14: Food on the Table  

Let’s Draw a Mason Jar & Poppy in Watercolor Pencils
Get the Look of Gold-Dipped Paper with this Pigment Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique
Alligator Coloring Tutorial

Bo Bunny Secret Garden Giveaway
Postman's Knock Giveaway - Finetec Pearl Colors palette
Jetpens Friday Giveaway-Pencils and Notebook

Pen & Ink
Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint Refillable Rollerball

Friday, April 8, 2016

Rainbow Finch #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #WatercolorBirds

Mitsib doesn't seem to be issuing the weekly challenges for '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' on a regular basis.  I like to keep up the flow so I decided that I'll paint a bird a week in the book I have designated for this challenge.  I'll incorporate her challenges as they come up, and decide what to do if I run out of pages, when and if that comes.

I've wanted to paint a Lady Gouldian's Finch (aka the Gouldian Finch or Rainbow Finch) for a while- they're so colorful! However, my favorite resource the Morguefile failed me, so I had to use more than one photo reference and combine them.

I made things more difficult by choosing to do this at 2:30 AM.  I've had a bronchial thing going on where coughing keeps me up (it's getting better) and I decided if I couldn't sleep, I'd something other than staring at walls.  It also turned that there was something on the paper, so I got a weird triangle thing in a ring on the wing.  The best part about that was making it rhyme, lol.

All told, not bad for the difficulty rating.  This will be a good one to do again, because it has lots of room for improvement, making it a good exercise.

Many of the paints I used I had already mixed, and it was late at night, so I'm not sure exactly what pigments were used.  

I used a Silver Black Velvet Round size 6 and size 16.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I'm using for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Brown Study #Watercolor #ValueStudy # Prima

Just to shake things up a bit, I decided to do this value study using the White, Black and Brown (instead of gray) pigments from my Prima Confections 'Classics' pan set.  I rather like the effect.

Of course, I lost the white from the paper which would have given me a real glow.  I rather tend to do that.  I'll give myself the excuse that I'm painting small (8"x8") and wanted to avoid the use of masking fluid, but that excuse only goes so far.

Still, that's why I'm doing these value studies isn't it?  If I were already doing things perfectly, I wouldn't need the study, and wouldn't have nearly the fun.  Viva la imperfección!  Or something like that, lol.

I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Value Study of a House Sparrow #Watercolor #ValueStudy #Prima

I enjoyed painting my Nuthatch value study using the black, gray and white pigments that came in the  Prima Confections 'Classics' pan set that I reviewed last week.  I decided to do more of the same.

I switched to some watercolor paper that I've had for a while.  It's Saunders Waterford.  I've heard fantastic things about it.  It's 100% cotton, both externally and internally sized (that means gelatin or another product is applied during the making and/or after to strengthen the paper).

However, I fin the paper difficult to work on.  Often with sized paper, the pigment stays on top of the paper and thus is brighter when it finally dries.  In this case, the paint soaks in quickly.  That would be nice if there was a need for quick drying time.  Whatever -- knowing how to use the tool is always the answer, so I decided I'd use the Waterford for my value studies.

A surprising amount of drama is created by only using the these three pigments.  I shouldn't be surprised, Zentangle artist that I am, but I was.  I'm quite enjoying this experiment.

I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Over 300 Words for Love #Stillman&Birn #Zentangle #ArtJournal

The last page of my Stillman & Birn Delta has picked up some smudges from previous works, so I decided to do a mixed media page.

I have this neat wrapping paper full of dog breeds and words relating to dogs.  I took a scrap of it and cut out a few pictures, gluing them down on the page.  Then I used acrylic paint on a Gelli® plate, stamping it with bubble wrap and creating streaks with a comb, and pulled a monoprint on the page.

I used a Pigma Micron to write my saying, "Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine? ~ Gabrielle Zevin

What better way to finish an Art Journal?

Friday, April 1, 2016

More Poured Paint #Watercolor #KDAllegriClasses #Strathmore

I wasn't able to take Kathy Delumpa Allegri's Spring Watercolor session, but she allowed me to sit in on the first day of class.  It was one of those serendipity things--I'd just started playing with pouring paint, and realized that was the subject of her class that day.

She introduced the idea of using eyedroppers to drop rather than actually pouring the paint in smaller areas.  Much less messy and it gives you more control.

This piece started as a value study in pen, and then I poured the paint, wetting the area I wanted, drying it with a hair dryer, and then moving to the next area.  I did finish it up with a brush in a few areas.  The white is areas of the paper left unpainted, and in a couple of places, punched up with white gel pen.

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

Zentangle Challenges The Daily New Tangle Challenge Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus Zentangle All Around-Taking it to the Next L...