Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: Rhodiarama Large Notebook & New Pattern Nagapushpam #Exaclair #Zentangle #Giveaway


Exaclair, Inc. has sent me a large, turquoise Rhodiarama for review, and offered to give away five (5!) of them to my readers.  The giveaway is now closed.  Many thanks to Exaclair, Inc. for their generosity.


Look & Feel

Specs: 
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in / 14 x 21 mm / A5
Format: Blank (also comes in squared, lined and dot)
Paper: Clairefontaine Brushed Vellum, 90 gsm, ivory, acid-free 
Extras: Interior back pocket; Sewn in cloth bookmark; Sewn Binding, Elastic Closure, Rounded corners
Comes in 15 colors: Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Beige, Anise, Turquoise, Sapphire, Iris, Purple, Lilac, Raspberry, Poppy, Tangerine, Orange & Yellow.  

Rhodia Notebooks come in several varieties, yet have many features in common.  Clairefontaine fountain-pen-friendly paper, Sturdy bindings. Hard-back leatherette covers.  Rounded corners.  Color-coordinated ribbon and binding.

So what is different about the Rhodiarama?  Traditionally, Rhodia notebooks have come in black or orange.  The Rhodiama comes in 15 different colors (see Specs above).  But what is really different is the interior covers!


I love these guys, although I realize they might be too flashy for some people.  I realize, but really have trouble empathizing.  How could you not love zebras? Especially ones in rainbow colors.  


Even the back pocket has its own zebra.


The book lies flat.  I've been struggling with another brand of book, which has a slope due to the number of pages.  You get a little bit of that kind of slope in the middle of Rhodia book, but I've never had it interfere with my writing or drawing.  

The cover is leatherette, plain, except for the Rhodia logo embossed on front.  From years of experience with other Rhodia covers I can tell you it resists ripping.  I carry mine around in purses and art cases, and I won't lie.  They can pick up scratches and dirt and can eventually look dingy.  On the other hand, those I've kept on the shelf have stayed pristine.  I find them to be fairly average in this respect.  

The covers are a bit larger than the paper within, with rounded corners. 

The ivory-colored paper is smooth, but not slick.  It's thin (90 gsm), but sturdy and does not tear, curl or wrinkle easily.  In the case of curling or wrinkling, you can usually weight them out.

The binding is signature-sewn, sturdy but flexible enough that you can bend the book in half so it can be held in one hand, while drawing with the other. 


Performance
I've done several reviews of Rhodia notebooks, and I like to try and bring something new to each review.  At the time I received this book, it happened that I had a lot of doctors and dentist visits scheduled (not all mine--both my mother and husband's as well).  I decided that I would do my examples during these visits, aiming at showing what can be done in these boooks even if you are using them under less than perfect circumstances.

Calligraphy Practice
I used two different fountain pens and two inks for my calligraphy practice.  J. Herbin's 1670 Bleu Ocean in a Lamy Safari with medium nib, and Diamine's Chocolate Brown in a FPR Dilli with a flex nib.

This Clairefontaine paper is probably as fountain pen friendly as you will get.  On the back of the page there is slight show-through and where I added the serifs there is an occasional dot of bleed-through.  I was not able to scan or photograph either. 

Drying time can be an issue.  I'm so used to it that it's hard for me to smear without doing it deliberately, but I do remember having to be careful in the beginning.  This seems to be a trade-off with fountain-pen friendly paper.  Slower drying ink usually means less bleed-through to the back.


Ink Pen: Pigma Micron

What can I say.  The thing that I use most of my Rhodia notebooks for is Zentangle©-Inspired Artwork.  The smooth paper is friendly to fabric nibs and your pens tend to slide nicely across the page.


I had already done one example, when the inspiration hit for a new pattern.  So you get two examples of pen and ink this time.



About the tangle pattern.  Ever so often, on the internet, you'll find a beautiful photo of the Naga Pushpa plant that supposedly flowers only every 36 years.  It's a hoax, and the photo is of a species of coral called a Sea Pin.  I was inspired by the photo, and liked the name - only I accidentally added on an 'm' at the end.  Such are tangle patterns born, lol!

Mixed Media: Color Pencil & Watercolor Marker & Pigma Micron
Color pencil is probably the least successful medium for this Clairefontaine paper.  It is too hard and smooth to properly pull the pigment from the pencil.  That said, you can get two or three layers of blending, and I often use it with other mediums, such as markers to get a softer look.  The brand of color pencil can make a difference.  I've found Soho to work better than the Coloursoft that I used for this example. I also used water-soluble Distress Markers to deepen the color in some areas (I used them dry).


Pencil Sketches
Again, the smoothness of the paper means you have to work hard to get dark values with a pencil.  On the other hand, the graphite lifts beautifully so the extractive technique, where you lift color with an eraser, works nicely.  This isn't the book I would buy for pencil work, but when the desire strikes, I don't hesitate to use pencil.

If you want to preserve pencil work on this paper, fixative is absolutely necessary.


Mixed Media - Acrylic Paint , Gel Ink Pens and Brush Pen
While drawing my Nagapushpam pattern, I screwed up and had to start over on another page.  I hate having a page like that in my books, and usually cover it up.  In this case, I painted the sky and moon with acrylic paint, at home, and then later used Gellyroll pens and my J. Herbin Creapen Brush pen to add the writing, shadows and detail.

The paper did curl at the corners from the acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dry, I wrapped the corners around a pencil, going the opposite direction and voila! No more curl. There was some slight rippling in the paper.  From experience, I know some of the ripples will flatten out from the weight of the book, but a few will remain.  Nonetheless, this book would work quite well for art journal style acrylic work.  It would work as an art journal, as long as you avoided 3D effects.  The binding wouldn't expand enough for that.


For more examples, you can find my review of the Pocket-size Rhodiarama here.

Overall
The Rhodiarama performs as you would expect from any Rhodia notebook. It is great for fountain pen, pen and ink, and surprisingly, acrylic paint.  It is less successful with pencil and colored pencil, but you'd expect that with smooth paper.  It's excellent for Calligraphy, everyday journaling and pen-oriented drawing.  If you art journal, it works well enough with light washes of watercolor, acrylic and small amounts of collage.

The look is fantastic.  I've always liked the traditional orange and black, but have to admit I love the new colors too.  I adore those zebras, but they might be too flashy for those who want a strictly business look.

But I hope one day, Rhodia will come out with a notebook featuring the zebras on the outer covers.

The giveaway is now closed

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION  
What Will They Win?  
Five winners will each receive a Turquoise Rhodiarama blank notebook like the one reviewed here.

How to Enter?
Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win a Turquoise Rhodiarama Notebook' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.  

When is the giveaway over?
The giveaway starts on Sunday, Jan, 31, 2016 at 06:00 AM PST and ends Sunday, February 07, 2016 at 11:59 PST.  I'll notify the winners by email on Monday, February 08.

Who can enter?
I do apologize, this giveaway is U.S. only.



Disclaimer:  I received this Rhodiarama Notebook 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.




Friday, January 29, 2016

Color Theory Goes to the Birds - #Watercolor #Shizen #ColorTheory

Nope. This time the birds aren't for the '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' event.  They were done in my watercolor class.

Color theory is a main focus in Kathy Delumpa Allegri's Winter 2016 Watercolor session. In the second class, we practiced Color Harmony and Color Mixing.

I was so proud of myself.  The night before class, I mixed all my secondary colors (Orange, Violet & Green) using three primaries (Aureolin Yellow, Cobalt Blue & Quinacridone Rose).  I made the mixes nice and juicy, figuring they would solidify overnight.  Except they didn't.

No problem, I thought.  I'll just lay them flat in the case and be careful.  Only I forgot and when I got to the studio, I pulled my case out of the car by one corner, and started heaving it into class.  I remembered a moment later, but....  well, you can see what happened.


So the class plan was to do three paintings of the same bird, using three different color schemes of our choice.  

My plan was to use up some of the spilled paint.  

My blue was totally wiped out, and the main color spilled and mingled was a reddish-orange.  I didn't quite see the makings of Primary *Triad. but I was close to one. To get an actual Primary Triad, I should have used Cobalt Blue, but  Cobalt Teal just seemed more right to me.The other two colors were Aureolin Modern and Quinacridone Rose.  

* Using the color wheel for my explanation, a triad is any three colors that form an equilateral triangle on the wheel.  Primary colors are Yellow, Red & Blue, so a Primary Triad would be one using those three colors.  A Secondary Triad would be made of an Orange, Green, and Violet and so on, around the wheel. 


Next up I tried a Split Complementary.  Complementary colors are any two colors that are directly across from one another on the color wheel.  The color to the left of Orange is Orange Red.  To the right is Orange Yellow.  So I used Phthalo Blue, Orange Red and Orange Yellow.


For my last painting, I was aiming for a *semi-triad of Violet, Yellow-Orange and Blue-Green.  My colors got muddy very quickly.  I was using mixes I had made, so I think my mixes were off, thus making the semi-triad not so much a triad.

*With a semi-triad, you shift over two positions on the color wheel for two of your colors.  Starting with Violet: for a secondary triad, I would choose Orange and Green.  Since I want a semi-triad, I moved two colors to the right from Orange to get Yellow Orange.  Instead of Green, I go to the right and choose Blue-Green.



All of these paintings were done using a mix of Qor, Daniel Smith and M Graham paints.  I used a 3/4 inch Silver Black Velvet Oval Cat's Eye brush on Shizen Hot Press watercolor paper.



Shizen watercolor paper is a handmade rag paper from Nepal.  It has an interesting texture, and it's very easy to lift color.  It comes in both a professional and a student grade, as well as in a rough (cold-press) and smooth (hot-press) surface.  I always use the professional grade, and the smooth version here.  And even though it's the smooth version, it is still pretty rough.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wood Pigeon - 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

There! All caught up with '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'.  I'm not sure what Mitsib's schedule is for posting the new birds, but I'm ready for the next one.

For some reason, my scanner really picks up the Magenta color.  Far more so than it looks in the actual painting.  I'm also finding that the Fluid Watercolor paper in my journal doesn't always let you blend as much as the paper I'm used to.  That's to the good--practice makes perfect and the more kinds of paper I use, the more versatile I'll be!


I used a mix of Qor and Quiller colors: Qor Indigo, Venetian Red, Naples Yellow.  Quiller Magenta, Phthalo Turquoise, and Phthalo Green.  I used Daniel Smith Hansa Yellow Light as a glaze to unify some areas.

I'm painting my birds in a 7" x 10" Hand*Book Field Watercolor Journal made with Fluid Watercolor Paper.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Goldfinch - 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

I started my birds for the FREE year-long event, '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' a bit late.  Three birds had already been done.  I've got the jay and now the goldfinch done, and hope to have the wood pigeon finished before the next bird is up (which will have happened by the time I have posted this painting).

Would you help me out? After I painted this and let the paint dry, I felt it was done and scanned it, but was unhappy with the flow of the pine needles and clouds.  Being me, I started fussing, and was happy with some changes, but felt I messed up other areas.   Would you tell me which of these three you prefer? It would be helpful to know if I was fighting phantoms or actually seeing flaws and addressing them, lol.






I'm painting my birds in a 7" x 10" Hand*Book Field Watercolor Journal made with Fluid Watercolor Paper that I received for Christmas (yes! Santa and friends were very kind to me!).  However, as I mentioned with my first bird, in order to get all 52 weeks in this book, I had to use the inside covers.  For this bird, I glued a piece of Arches watercolor paper on the front inside.

One of my other Christmas presents was a 6-color set of Qor watercolors, the Earth colors tin containing Indigo, Venetian Red, Naples Yellow, Sap Green, Transparent Brown Oxide and Raw Umber.It's a very muted, dark palette.  I felt the colors would work for the Goldfinch, so, with the addition of Cobalt Blue for the sky, and a little Hansa Yellow Medium (both Daniel Smith brand), I was ready to go.

No special techniques used -- a touch of wet-in-wet and some lifting (the clouds in the sky mostly, and to lighten the head of the bird).

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Blue Jay - 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Acrylic #WatercolorBirds

I decided I'd take the challenge to paint a watercolor bird each week.

Mitsib has created a FREE year-long event, 52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds. Each week she paints a species of bird, posting reference photos and a video of her process.  Members are challenged to paint the same species.

You know me, I immediately have to deviate.  For the first week the bird chosen was a European Jay.  But I already had a photo reference of a blue jay that I wanted to paint, and so I did.

The biggest change, though, is that my watercolor bird was done in acrylic, lol!  I decided to do my birds in a 7 x 11 inch Global watercolor book.  It only has 48 pages though, so I have to use the outside cover as well as the front and back inside to fit all 52 birds.  Going with acrylic for the outside cover just seemed practical.  The remaining 51 birds will be done with watercolor.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Roses in a Vase Monoprint #Monoprinting #Watercolor #Grafix

I decided to try monoprinting on Grafix Impress Monoprint Plates, a thick acetate of the type you use for overheads, etc (for those who remember back in the days where we used such things).  I wanted to see how they differed from plexiglass.

Not a whole lot. They are much lighter and you can impress designs into them which you can't with the plexi (such impressions are permanent).  But Plexiglass is cheaper, and easier to find.  Both work better if lightly sanded.  I'd favor these plates if I wanted to do the impressions (I'm going to try one) or if I were going to be carrying them around.

Anyhoo, I did my watercolor painting.  This was before I sanded, just to see, so the paint beaded up in places.


I've since learned a trick - spreading a small amount of dishwashing liquid or gum arabic on the surface to make it easier to lift the paint.  I wish I had done that here, but the results weren't too bad. The first pull was on Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook paper.


And the second pull was Clairefontaine Kalligraphie Japon paper. Even though it's light, I like the effect on this one best.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Can See Clearly Now - Journal52 Week 3: Favorite Song Lyrics #Journal52, #ArtJournaling #Gellyrols

The two prompts for Journal52 this week were “Favourite David Bowie song/lyric” OR “Favourite Song/Lyric”.

My OLP this year was Protuberance - as in the opposite of depression.  I can't think of any David Bowie song that fits with that.  In fact, for me, the whole idea of a favorite song or lyrics is fairly meaningless.  I love so many kinds of music and what I like at any given time is totally down to my mood.

However, there is one song that often pops up in my head.  It's rather relentlessly cheery, but it always makes me smile, so I decided to go with the lyrics, 'I Can See Clearly Now'.


Since lyrics were the main challenge I decided to just focus on the words and let them dominate the page.  I may go ahead and do the David Bowie version of the challenge too.  I always liked Ziggy Stardust.

I used fluorescent Gellyroll pens in a Midnight Sketch Pentalic Traveler, 8 x 6 inches.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tangled Yarn on a Red-brick Wall #Zentangle #Gellyroll #Pentalic

Recently, Margaret Bremner, CZT, posted some examples of a 'string' she uses for her tangles. (see the post: "Rope" string idea).  I love her work.  Her linework is so good, and she has such an excellent sense of negative and positive space, so her Zentangle always seem so balanced.

I loved her idea, but at the time I saw the post I was enamored with Gellyroll pen on black paper, and I immediately wanted to draw ropes of color.  I can't call this a Zentangle by any means, and I didn't quite follow Margaret's idea.  This was definitely a result of her inspiration, though.


Monday, January 18, 2016

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
joey's weekly tangle challenge #97
Ben Kwok Template

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Craft Barn Weekly Challenge

Tutorials
How to Paint Rocks
How to Draw a Crowd of People in 3 Easy Steps
6 Ways to Use Your Old Brushes

Giveaways

Pen & Ink
Pen Review: Delta Dolcevita Federico Stantuffo

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

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

Zentangle
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Weekly Zentangle Challenge 251
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 192
"It's a String Thing" #127
How to draw croissant tangle pattern 

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Bevy of Art Journal Backgrounds: Water Wash Blending

Tutorials
Watercolor Drybrush Techniques
Intaglio-Inspired Gelli Printing
Card crafting: Tools of the trade

Giveaways
Office Supply Geek:Field Notes Snowblind 3 Pack Giveaway
Sakura Color Products of America National Handwriting Day Lettering Tools giveaway
THE TON ANNIVERSARY RELEASE BLOG HOP WITH GIVEAWAYS

Pen & Ink
Stipula Sapphron with Faber-Castell Loom Metallic Orange: Monday Matchup #77

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Silence of Paintings #Clairefontaine #Sennelier #ArtJournaling

Shortly before the end of the year, I received an Ultramarine Blue sample of Sennelier's new abstract acrylic paint.  Abstract as in a new foil packaging.  Otherwise, it's just good acrylic paint.  I didn't care for the packaging of the sample--for one thing, there was no way to seal it, so it pretty much needed to be used all at once.

It was a generous sample so I created several backgrounds in my art journals.  Note, that the new packaging does have a lid, so I'm sure it's better than the sample. The paint itself was smooth and creamy with a deep, rich color.  I'll buy at least one, so I can better judge the packaging.



This double spread was done in my handmade Clairefontaine Kalligraphie journal.  Unfortunately, as I was scrabbling through my art journals for blank pages to paint, this one got knocked shut.  I didn't see it, and by the time I opened it, the paint had dried enough to be tacky, and several areas had stuck. The snow and clouds on this page are actually ripped paper.

The ripped areas looked like snow to me, so I made this simple page by drawing a few trees and their reflections with a flourescent Moonlight Gellyroll pen, and then glazing some pearl acrylic paint on the water and around the clouds.

Since this page was obviously about reflections, I looked up quotes about reflections.  This one seemed apt to me.

One of the best things about paintings is their silence -
which prompts reflection and random reverie.
- Mark Stevens

Friday, January 15, 2016

Shaping the Page #SakuraOfAmerica #Gellyrolls #StillmanAndBirn

Yesterday, I mentioned the art journal background pages that I did using a sample of Sennelier's new abstract acrylic paint.  That deep, rich Ultramarine Blue you see here is the result of that.

The dark paint seemed perfect for fluorescent Moonlight Gellyroll pen (which you might rightly believe that I am in love with), and one evening, while (semi) watching TV with my hubby, I decided I wanted to do some practice with circles.

Circles don't have to be a perfect round or exactly the same on both sides.  It's nice if the beginning and end meet exactly, though and there is a rhythm to drawing them.  I know many people avoid them, and that's a shame.  Practice makes perfect enough, after all!


The next page was a bit lighter since I hadn't applied the paint as heavily, but it still worked nicely with the Moonlight Gellyrolls, so I played with triangles, squares and rectangles.

Things shaped up nicely, lol!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Journal52 2016 Week 2-Saying Yes; Saying No #Journal52 #Pentalic #Gellyrolls

This year, under Effy Wild's management, there are two Journal52 prompts each week.  Both are related, but different, because people are different and different things appeal to each.

This week was to examine what we are 'Saying Yes to in 2016' or alternatively what we are 'Saying No to in 2016.  I decided to go with both, lol, because while the two aren't totally inverse to one another, doing one can definitely help with the other.

So I'm saying 'No!' to winter blues and 'Yes!' to unlocking the sunshine within.


Sakura of America's Gellyroll pens in a Pentalic Traveler Midnight sketchbook.  It's getting harder and harder to get a good photograph in this book because it doesn't lie flat and the pages curl after you've used the pens on them.  There is so much curve in different directions I end up with strange angles.  Oh well.  The book is great to actually work in with these pens.  It's just photographing later that's a pain.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Amazing 3D Postcard Painting #AmazingCastingProducts #AmazingClearCast #3DResinPainting

I've really been into the 3D resin painting lately, and I decided to try it for a more traditional landscape painting for my latest Amazing Casting Products project.

For more information, see my post at the Amazing Casting Products blog.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

'USE'd for monoprinting #Monoprinting #Watercolor #Zentangle

I've been playing around with the technique of watercolor monoprinting--that's where you paint a watercolor picture on acrylic plexiglass (or glass or any smooth glossy surface) and let it dry, then press a wet sheet of paper over top of the painting.  In essence, you 'print' the watercolor onto the sheet of paper.  Why? Well, the texture of the 'printed' piece is different, varying considerably according to the paper used, and the way you painted onto the plexiglass.

This was the print I pulled using a piece of Canson Montval watercolor paper.  It's interesting, but the cold-press paper is a bit toothy, and I don't think I had the paper wet enough.  That's why I'm playing around, so I can better predict what I might get.  And what does Zentangle have to do with this?


Those of you who saw my USE painting a few weeks ago, will recognize my non-traditional tangle pattern, the Use (ewes) for drawing my sheep.  And, yep, this one is just as ba-a-a-ad. (Sorry, a good pun is ba-a-a-a-d thing to waste).



The process goes like this.  I draw the outline of my painting, and place it under the plexiglass.  The plexiglass has been lightly sanded so the paint will stick better.


Then I paint my picture just as I would on paper.  Because the plexiglass is slick, you can't glaze and if the paint is too wet it beads up.  Sometimes, you like the beading for effect on your prints, but to avoid it, the sanding helps, and you use a thicker paint than is normal for watercolor.

And...yeah. I like the original painting more than I like the print.  But this was a pretty easy painting, and I'll just redo it on watercolor paper later.


There was enough color left on the plexiglass so that I was able to pull a second print.  It isn't good enough to stand on it's own, but it will be good for a mixed media or art journal piece in the future.


For those familiar with GelliArts printing plates, these technique would work, but they are coated with mineral oil, and you'll get a different result because of that.  If using one of these I'd recommend using different brushes, so you don't get the oil on your good watercolor brushes.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Feeling Foxy with Gellyrolls #SakuraOfAmerica #Pentalic #Gellyrolls

Not sure what got me onto foxes, especially ones in flourescent colors, but this is a pages I did while watching TV with Hubby.


And while taking the photo, my arm slipped and I got this blurred version, which I think is cooler than the actual drawing.  Probably wouldn't have been able to do this on purpose!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Journal52 Prompt #1 - Strange Word: Protuberance #Journal52 #Gellyroll #Pentalic

Those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time may have already figured out that I'm a bit of a left-handed monkey wrench when it comes to humor.  You never know what will tickle my fancy.

There were two choices for first Journal52 prompt for 2016 - 'One Little Word' or 'Strange Word'.  I love weird, obsolete or seldom used words so I immediately knew I'd go with Strange Word.

During the winter, as so many do, I tend to get a bit depressed from the lack of light, with insomnia and lethargy and lack of creativity.  I always work through it, but it took the joy out of art journaling in particular, in 2015, and I kept mostly to my watercolors.  So I thought for 2016, I'd choose to focus on the opposite of depression (even when I'm not).  I went looking for strange antonyms to the word depression.

I was thinking of the mental variety of depression -- not the physical version meaning a dent in something.  However, I saw the word 'Protuberance', meaning something that sticks out.  Protrudes.

Now I think it's a funny word.  When we think of things as a protuberance, we are usually thinking of them in a humorous light - elephant trunks, noses, other...ahem...body parts...ahem. So, I thought that would be a funny one little word for the year.  Not really meaning it.  And then I laughed.

Isn't funny- laughing - sort of the opposite of depression?  So if I get depressed, and art journal about a protuberance, I suspect I'll laugh every time.

So I decided that's my word for the year...PROTUBERANCE.  The opposite of depression.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Girl With Blue Hair #Pentalic #SakuraOfAmerica #Gellyroll

One of the gifts that I received for Christmas was a Pentallic Traveler notebook with black paper, so I've been going mad with my flourescent Moonlight Gellyroll pens.

I happened to be looking through a book by Lee Hammond 'Drawing Realistic Clothing and People' and thought it might be fun to try and adapt one of the lessons into a drawing with these gel ink pens.  I like the result (though Lee Hammond's pencil drawings are far superior.  The book is part of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited, so if you belong you can read the book without buying it).


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Layse - a New Tangle Pattern for 2016 #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #SakuraOfAmerica

I was looking at some lace, and was inspired to create a pattern with a lacy look.  The piece I was looking at was far more intricate.  A bit too much so for Zentangle-Inspired Art, so I tried to keep to the spirit, but come up with something simpler that's my own.

This pattern works better as a grid, but I did one as a single with more steps, so it would be easier to see what is happening.

As always, if I've come up with something that's already been done, please let me know so I can give credit.


There are a lot of other variations that you could use, especially if you give yourself plenty of space.


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...