Sunday, February 28, 2016

Giveaway Closed - Black tile Zentangle® Tool Set, Pigma Microns & Pen Pouch #SakuraOfAmerica #Zentangle #Giveaway

Recently, Sakura of America asked to share some of my artwork, and as a thank you for doing so,
sent me a package of art supply goodies.  As usual in these cases, I like to share the wealth, and I am giving away three of the items:

-a black tile Zentangle® tool set
-a set of 6 Pigma Micron pens in assorted colors, size .05
-a Sakura pen pouch

  This giveaway is (now closed) international.   



Usually I review the items I giveaway, but in this case, I don't have extras that I can use for review purposes.  I will be reviewing the Renaissance Zentangle later this week.  It is similar but not exactly the same, though.

The set consists of 2 white Gelly Roll® pens, 1 white pencil, a tortillon (paper stump for smoothing pencil lines), 1 black Pigma Micron pen .05, and 5 black Zentangle tiles (tiles are paper).  This set will be handy for anyone who likes drawing on black paper - whether a Zentangle enthusiast or not.



The Pigma Micron set consists of one of each color: black, blue, green red, purple and brown.




The pouch has a textured black leather-like surface with the Sakura logo debossed on one side.



 The inside is lined with fabric.



I managed to get 30 pens into it and still zip it up with ease.  I could probably have squeezed in more, but might have had problems zipping it in that case.

Over the next week or so I'll be reviewing (but not giving away, sorry!) these other Sakura of America products: Renaissance Zentangle Tool Set, Glaze 3D pens, Souffle 3D pens, Koi Watercolor Brush pens, Koi 30 color Watercolor set (this is a brand new product!).

And now, for the giveaway....

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION  - Closed

What Will They Win?  
One winner received:

-black tile Zentangle® tool set
-set of 6 Pigma Micron pens in assorted colors, size .05
-Sakura pen pouch

How to Enter?  Giveaway is Over
Cut and paste these words: 'I want to win Pigma Microns & Zentangle Tool Set' into the subject line of an email, and send it to me at  LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.  

One entry per person.

When is the giveaway over?

The giveaway starts on Sunday, February, 28, 2016 at 06:00 AM PST and ends Sunday, March 06, 2016 at 11:59 PST.  I'll notify the winners by email on Monday, March 07.

Who can enter?


This giveaway is open internationally.  

Disclaimer: I received this Zentangle Tool Set as part of a thank you for artwork that Sakura of America shared.  I was not asked to do this review, and received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Woodcock #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

While waiting for a new prompt for '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' I decided to choose birds of my own, so that I didn't lose my momentum.

I knew this woodcock was going to be a challenge.  I combined two different photos (both from the Morguefile archive).  And there are so many bars on the feathers and so many layers of feathers!

But hey! What's fun is it  always choosing something you feel comfortable with?  I'm not entirely happy with my finished bird, but I did better than I thought I would.  Hopefully after 52 weeks of bird painting, I'll be able to retry this with more success.  That's the whole point of doing the 52 weeks.


Besides the challenge, I also chose this bird because I was able to use the same colors that I mixed for the squirrel I painted earlier this week.  The palette is one based off of the palette that'Domenic DiStefano used in Painting Dynamic Watercolors'.  The paints I used for my mixes  were M. Graham: Anthraquinone Blue; Daniel Smith: Hansa Yellow Light; Qor: French Cerulean Blue, Naples Yellow, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

I went back to my go to brushes, Silver Black Velvets (I'll do a review on these one of these days).  I used a Script Liner Size 1, and Rounds 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, February 25, 2016

Robin - Week 6 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

I was trying really hard to stay loose with this painting, but as usual I couldn't resist playing around with it, mostly because I didn't like the tree limb.  I think I got the effect of a photo where the camera isn't held perfectly still, lol.

That said, I'm not unhappy.  I was combining reference photos again, which means I have 'see' how things go together, in my head.  I give myself a bit more leeway in these cases, considering it practice and waiting patiently for practice to make nearer to perfect.

The biggest disappointment? After I painted this, I realized I was holding my journal upside-down.  *sigh*  I swear I have at least one upside-down piece in every single journal I've done.


Once again I used the palette based off of the palette that'Domenic DiStefano used in Painting Dynamic Watercolors', adding Qor Quinacridone Gold to the mix.  This has proved to be a nice palette for animal and nature paintings. The other paints used for my mixes were M. Graham: Anthraquinone Blue; Daniel Smith: Hansa Yellow Light; Qor: French Cerulean Blue, Naples Yellow, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

The brushes used were my Silver Black Velvets  Script Liner Size 1, and Round size 16.  I did my color lifting with a  Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin 5880 Size 10,  I've found the stiffer bristles in this brush do a better job of removing color, though it also damages the paper a bit more.

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'.

I used a combination of reference photos that I found at the the Morguefile archive.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lilac Breasted Roller #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

Mitsib was a couple of weeks late posting prompts 6 or 7 for '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds'. She has since posted her choices, but I didn't want to lose my momentum, and decided to paint birds of my own choosing, meanwhile.

I chose the Lilac-Breasted Roller because I love the Lilacs and Blues.



I only used one brush - a Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin 5880 Size 10 and I used a Tom Lynch Juice color palette of Holbein's Opera, Peacock Blue, Permanent Green No 1 and Permanent Yellow Lemon. I think these colors have been renamed and/or obsoleted.  I picked up all four colors for like $3 on clearance.  They're very nice colors but not very light-fast.

I'm did this bird 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 found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ooh! Ooh! I Got Fabulous Mail from Sakura of America @SakuraOfAmerica #PigmaMicron #Zentangle

I just received a package of goodies from Sakura of America.

Now my first reaction when I get one of these packages is to think, "MINE! All Mine!"

That's a bad thing for the soul, so I always give something away.  I've wanted to do an international giveaway for a while now, and so I'm going to give away two of the items from this haul.

Haven't decided which two yet, though.  I'll be doing reviews on the rest of it.

Be sure to check back at my blog in a week or so.


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
 Zentangle Challenge 256
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 197
How to draw tanglepattern Boze

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
7 Things you can do right now to create a daily journaling habit

Tutorials
Salmon Lily in Watercolor
Layer Cake Art Journal Tutorial Revisited
HOW TO WRITE CALLIGRAPHY WITH A NORMAL PEN

Giveaways
Andy Skinner Challenge - Prizes to be Won
50k Subscriber Sakura of America  Gellyrolls Giveaway! 3 Winners
EACH DAY IN FEBRUARY: WIN A SET OF 3 COLORING BOOKS

Pen & Ink
Review: Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne Fountain Pen - Soft-Fine
Carnival of Creativity 2/21/16

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Schoolyard Snack #Waterolor #Strathmore #DaVinci

My husband has been bugging me to paint him another critter, so I looked at photos on the Morguefile, and found a cutie to use as reference.



Colors used were M. Graham: Anthraquinone Blue; Daniel Smith: Hansa Yellow Light; Qor: French Cerulean Blue, Naples Yellow, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson.  The idea for this palette came from a book called 'Painting Dynamic Watercolors' by Domenic DiStefano, though I substituted a couple of different colors.  None of the colors were used straight from the tube, but instead I made various mixes (the scan is a little too yellow on my screen).

The Brushes I used were Da Vinci Cosmotop Mix B 5530 - size 4 for the squirrel and Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin 5880 Size 10, (I've provided Amazon links so you can see what these brushes look like, but note that if you are interested in actually buying, you can often get a better deal buying sets of brushes in more than one size.  I'd also recommend checking prizes at Cheap Joes, JerrysArtarama, and Blicks.  Watch out for shipping costs!)

The paper used was Strathmore Aquarius II.  This has become my go to paper.  It only comes in 80 lb, but it is a paper made with a mix of synthetic and cotton that doesn't buckle or warp even with very wet washes.  This makes it fantastic for watercolor, art journaling or painting on the go because you don't have to tape it down.  It will curl sometimes, as you paint, but then flattens out afterward.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Paint It with Flowers #StillmanAndBirn #Escoda #Watercolor

I received some Escoda Versatil travel brushes for Christmas and this is a line and wash I did to help myself get used to them.  Done in a Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Eternal Night in the Forest of Flame #Gellyrolls #SakuraOfAmerica #Pentalic

With this drawing I just sort of let myself go for texture, enjoying the drama that the bright metallic and Moonlight Gellyroll pens create on black paper.  The colors seemed soooo dramatic that I had to come up with a grandiose title.


Moonlight & Metallic Gellyrolls in a Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Moonlight Stallion #Gellyrolls #Pentalic #SakuraOfAmerica

I decided to try some pointilism with my Gellyroll pens.  I think they work very well for this technique.

I rested often while working since the dot...dot...dot technique is a strain on the wrist.  I started around 01:00 in the afternoon and finished around 07:00.  If you took out the resting times, it was probably about 3 hours work.

The title 'Moonlight Stallion' is a bit of a play on words, since not only does the drawing look like a horse bathed in moonlight, I also use Moonlight Gellyroll pens.  Most of of it was drawn with a Classic White Gellyroll, though. Done in a Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Struttin' the Blues #Gellyrolls #ArtJournal #Pentalic

I didn't get around to drawing a Valentine's Day picture, but it's a day for dressing up in fine feathers, so I thought it would be a good time to share this peacock drawing.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Moonlight Gellyroll pens in Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6

Friday, February 12, 2016

Into the Abyss #GellyRoll #ArtJournal #Stillman&Birn

This is a mixed media piece done in my Stillman & Birn Delta journal.  I used Gellyroll gel ink pens over water-soluble Distress markers (the yellow and red earth tones) and Ultramarine Blue acrylic paint (a sample from Sennelier).

It all came out far more dramatic than I had expected!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Disaster Movie #StillmanAndBirn #Acrylic #ArtJournal

This was a page in my Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook that I had started using a GelliArts printing plate and stencils.  I didn't like it, and left it for the longest time.  Then the other day, I had some left over acrylic paint to use up.

I started applying it at random, but rapidly saw some skyscrapers appearing.  It wasn't long before I realized I was in the middle of a collapsing city.  Obviously, this was a scene from a disaster movie!

This is how my brain works.  All. The. Time.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Magpie - 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

This week's bird for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' was the magpie.

Confession time.  I screwed up.  First I made the bad choice to use up paint on my palette.  It was from the Qor Landscape set - Transparent Brown Oxide, Venetian Red, Indigo, Naples Yellow, Raw Umber and Sap Green.

It's such a muted set of colors.  I used it for the Goldfinch, but added Hansa Yellow Medium to brighten it up.  This time though I put too much paint down, and felt adding the yellow would just muddy things.

I also tried making these birds into white-throated magpies where the white is in quite different areas. But compositionally this just wasn't working.  I'd already painted the white areas for a common magpie, so I ... *cue horror music* ... used white acrylic paint to cover the Indigo.

I'm not totally unhappy with the results, but I'll definitely think twice about using this particular palette again.


I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Winners Contacted and What's the Next Giveaway #Exaclair #Rhodiarama #Winners

I have replied to the five winning Rhodiarama Notebook email entries that were sent to me, so if you entered the giveaway please look for an email with 'I want to win a Turquoise Rhodiarama Notebook' in the subject line.

I want to thank everyone who entered.

If you didn't win this time, don't despair.  I'll be giving out more goodies from the Exaclair, Inc. product line. Here's a line-up of the giveaways coming this year:

Brause Calligraphy Lettering Cards 
J. Herbin Fountain Pen & Blue Pervenche Ink Cartridges
Clairefontaine Trophee Sketchpad 8 1/4 x 8 1/4
Rhodiarama Pad Holder & Pad
Clairefontaine 'Nature' Coloring Book & Colored Pencils


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 254
Zentangle All Around Challenge #26
A String Symphony #11
Tangle Patterns: TanglePatterns String 195
Tangle pattern Cirquare

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Suzi Blue Paint, Plan & Chronicle Week 7
The Daily Paper Prompts: Index

Tutorials
Chinese Flower Painting-Chrysanthemum Watercolor Art Lesson
Hand Lettering for Beginners: Easy Accents
Winter Critters Card How-To

Giveaways
Scrapbook & Cards Today Life in Pockets kit giveaway
Graphic45 giveaway-Mon Amour prize pack
Tombow USA & Stampendous! Blog Hop & Giveaway

Pen & Ink
Fountain Pen Review: Kaweco Student Transparent Blue

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Night in the Garden #Watercolor #KDAllegriWatercolor Class #Shizen

We're still working on color theory in class.  I stuck with the cool primary triad of Aureolin Modern (Qor), Cobalt Blue (Daniel Smith) and Quinacridone Rose (M. Graham).


I've finished off the tube of Qor Aureolin Modern, and I'm going back to the M. Graham Azo Yellow (Aureolin).  I think it is a richer color, and price wise it's much cheaper because you get a bigger tube.

I used a Silver Black Velvet Round - size 16 brush on Shizen Hot Press watercolor paper.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Tangle Pattern Cirquare #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #Rhodiarama

If you are here looking for the Rhodiarama Notebook giveaway, please go here.  (It ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM PST)

As always, if you know of an existing tangle pattern that is the same, please let me know so I can give credt.

Enjoy!



Saturday 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
"It's a String Thing" #130
How to Draw Gems for Zentangling
Ben Kwok Template: Chinese Dragon
Tangle Patterns: Tangle Refresher 121
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern - W3
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern -W4
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern -3D-Room
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern -Xadent
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern - Ponio
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern - POKEROOTY
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern - XO
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern -0800
禪繞畫圖案設計Zentangle pattern -YAYA
Heart Offset PATTERN
Baubles, a Fun Little Tangle
How to draw CAMELİA tangle pattern
How to draw ELVEN tangle pattern
How to draw HAMADOX tangle pattern
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #258

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration
Journal52 Prompt #6: Beneath your Feet OR Above your Head
Gratitude52 Weekly Prompt #5: Books

Tutorials
Watercolor Painting - Bird Demo
Using Gesso in your Art Journal
Beautiful, Easy Background Washes

Giveaways
Life Imitates Doodles & Exaclair Giveaway: 5 Large Turquoise Rhodiarama Notebooks
Carta Bella Giveaway - "Amour" Ephemera pack
Test drive a pocket Habana notebook
Jetpens Coloring Book Giveaway-Laurence King Secret Garden or Enchanted Forest Coloring Book

Pen & Ink
Review: TWSBI Vac Mini Fountain Pen - Broad

Miscellaneous
Coloring Books from Libraries & Museums for #ColorOurCollections Week

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sandy River Study in Contour Drawing & Values #Watercolor #KDAllegriClass #PrimaryTriad

You may have noticed that I'm really into painting birds at the moment.  This kind of thing happens to me a lot--I sort of obsess over something, and it's like my brain doesn't want to focus on anything else.

Our first day of class, we did contour line drawings and value studies of a photograph that the teacher, Kathy Delumpa Allegri, had taken along the Sandy River, and then did a quick painting.


But I had bird brain.  This should have been an easy little sketch for me to paint.  I've done lots of
paintings like this.  But no.  I struggled and did three versions before coming up with one that I'm even marginally happy with.


It's all in my head and just goes to show.  No matter how much you paint and how often you try not to judge your work, there are just times when you your brain and your muse don't get along, lol!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Journal52 2016 Week 5-Psychedlic #Journal52, #ArtJournaling #Gellyrolls

I've always admired the brilliant splashes of color that you see in the oil paintings of Leonid Afremov.  And when I saw that the alternate week 5 prompt from Journal52 was Psychedelic, I thought I'd try to emulate the look using Gellyroll pens in my Pentalic Traveler Midnight Sketchbook.

Not too bad.  I wasn't sure how to handle the reflections in the wet pavement though so I'll have to work on that.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Long Tailed Tit - 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal

If you are here looking for the Rhodiarama Notebook giveaway, please go here.

Busy week, last week.  I decided to keep things simple, and do more of a watercolor sketch for my '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' entry.

Colors used: Quiller Ultramarine Blue, Magenta, Permanent Green Light with a light glaze of Cadmium Yellow.  Brush: Silver Black Velvet Round Size 6.  Done in a Global Art Materials Watercolor Hand*Book.


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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays Zentangle Challenges The Daily New Tangle ...