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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review & Bleedthrumanades in the Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook

This is the first post of my review for the Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook.

I was in North Carolina last week helping my brother with a seminar and giving a presentation on Social Marketing.  The seminar, a Writer's Camp, was held on his farm, and the people who stay there bunk down in pretty rough & rustic cabins, making it a bit like camping.  I wanted to travel light because I wasn't sure how much room I'd have.

The only art supplies I carried were my Epsilon Sketchbook, a Pentel White Sunburst gel pen and one of the Zentangle® Micron Pen sets made by Sakura.

I precolored a few pages in this Sketchbook, with Spectrum Noir markers, so I could do some Bleedthrumanades (Got lemons? Make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru? Make Bleedthrumanade.)
I'll have at least one more post with the Epsilon that will feature work done with other media.

The Specs:
Color: Natural White
Weight-100 lb (150 gsm)
Surface-Plate surface for Pen & Ink (very smooth)

Look & Feel:
I received the 6x8 in (15.2 x 20.3 cm) size.  Stillman & Birn, sent me four of the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks shortly before I was due to leave (you can see the Comparison here).  I had reviewed the Delta Series Sketchbook a few weeks ago and chose the Epsilon to take, because the paper was the most different from that of the Delta.

The paper borders on look and feel of cardstock.  It is smooth and bright but not glossy. Alcohol marker color is brilliant in it.  The paper color--natural white--is the same as for the Alpha and the Beta series, but it seems whiter too me, probably because the other books have a rough texture.

As with all the series, the cover is a textured black over extra heavy weight binders board.  I received one of the double wire-coil formats.  The holes for the coil are a bit large.  If the sketchbook is carried in a purse or bag, I think the paper around the coils might eventually rip.

Because I used the Pentel White Sunburst gel pen heavily on the front (to the left) and went so heavy with the black on the back, the color appears almost as solid on both sides.  In fact, color bleed-through is only about 75%-80%.  There is some feathering when the alcohol marker is applied, but you can get a crisp line if you move quickly.  I like to let my colors blend so I don't worry about it.

I experimented quite a bit with this one.  I only used shades of gray Spectrum Noirs, and then used the blender marker.  I really like the effect, and haven't done anything further on the front.  I intend to add color to this with other media, but thought you might like to see it before I do (plus I worry I might ruin it!).  

On the back, I used one of the stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! that was created using my artwork.  I used the steps to my tangle pattern 'Sabal'.  I loaded the stamp with ink, and stamped three times without adding more ink.  The bottom has the darkest ink, and the top barely shows the design.  

Since the ink color is a little different than my pen color, I darkened some of the bottom image with the pen so it would blend.  I added details to the second image that changed the pattern altogether (and blended to the two colors of ink).  Then I added various patterns and shading along the sides and top. I think it looks like an underground grotto reflecting in a lake, lol!

Alcohol marker color is bright but not brilliant. The linework from the Microns was crisp, but not as bold as I thought it might be.  It is bold enough, and a good solid black is possible, but I had to work a little harder than I thought I would.  I actually prefer that, because I like lots of tone variation for shading.

Part II of this review (and a new tangle pattern too!) can be found here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Tangle Pattern and Review of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook-Day 2

 Yesterday I began my review of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series sketchbook.  For the specs, and to see how this sketchbook performed with neopastels, please check out Day 1.

Today I am showing you a bleedthrumanade.  Many of you already know, but for those who don't, I decided a while back to take advantage of the color bleed-through that often occurs when using alcohol markers.  Instead of bemoaning the mess on the back, I turn the page and use whatever color shows through to create a second piece of art.  When life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade.  When it hands you marker bleed-through, you should make bleedthrumanades, lol.

I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers on the front of the page.  The color was bright, but not brilliant.  The color dried quickly, which makes it harder to avoid streaks.  There are methods to do that (circular motions, layers, etc), but I like the texture that streaks give, so I just left them.

There was very little color bleedthrough.  About 10% or less.  I was using brand new markers, very juicy, so this is very good.  Except for a bleedthrumanade, lol.  The challenge is to use whatever the paper gives you, so I had to think a bit for this one.

On the front, I used Micron Pigma Black .08 and .02 to add Zentangle®-Inspired patterns, including a new one--Background #7 of my Steampunk Series.  The pattern steps can be found at the bottom of this post.

I added additional color using Sakura Gellyroll pens in Copper, Gold, Silver and white Pentel Sunburst gel pen.

Suspension Bridge

For the back of the page, I switched to a Micron Pigma brush pen in Sepia.  I drew auras around the patches of color, and then added patterns in the spaces between.

Twilight Meadow

The tangle pattern Background #7 can be varied easily by spacing the circles differently or by changing the type of striping.

These tangle pattern steps were drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.

Tomorrow I'll show you some pages I've done with colored pencils; Pitt Big Brushes and metallic gellyrolls, and the back of another bleedthrumanade.

Day 1, Day 3, Day 4 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bleedthrumanade Recipe Tutorial

I've had a couple of requests lately for instructions for doing a bleedthrumanade.  I have done some steps in the past, but decided to use the opportunity to play around with the MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software (see my Giveaway!).

I think the bleedthrumanade process is simpler than people expect it to be, and I hope this makes it clearer--I'm simply taking advantage of the fact that color from alcohol markers shows up on the back of page, lol!

Here are the completed pages, so you can see them better.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review of Tim Holtz Papillon Stamp Set

A couple of weeks ago, I won a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  A marvelous stamp set.  A beautiful stamp set.  It has butterflies.  Really beautiful butterflies, and marvelous background stamps with the names of cities and words pertaining to butterflies.  Don't take my word for it--look at that beautiful set!  I've been stamping with joy since I received it!

The set is made of pink rubber with a foam backing, and the cut is deep, intricate and clean.  No more than you would expect from Tim Holtz!

They're large stamps (I've provided a picture of the set stamped on an 8x11 in sheet of paper to give an idea of size).  Large stamps can be a challenge.  It isn't always easy to determine how much pressure, or if you've applied pressure to the whole stamp.  I've been practising.  I don't always worry about a perfect image, since my style is pretty rough anyway.  But I want a perfect image when I want one, lol!

For the first bleedthrumanade I did with the stamps I used a new journal I found at Marshalls fro $5.  It's a Valentina, Made in Italy, 9x13 in light card stock sketchbook, and the paper is fantastic for about anything you want to do to it.

The drawback is the size.  There aren't too many pages, but it's still heavy and very hard to hold on to while drawing.  The stamps came out wonderfully.  I even cut out butterflies from another piece of paper and glued them on for a 3D effect, but I had a difficult time tangling in the book.  I also had a hard time getting a picture.  The sketchbook is too big for my scanner, and it was hard to prop up and get entirely into frame for a photo.  The paper was also pretty thick for a bleedthrumanade and not much color came through.

I didn't think this first example properly showed off the stamps in the photo, so I did a second example in my moleskine, which was much more manageable, and more properly shows why I'm so excited about my stamp set.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Blue Pearls in Rubber Cement

Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Micron Pigma & Graphic, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Rhodia 'R' Pad,

I stamped at random before I even layed down color, thinking I might get some interesting bubble transparency effects.  I don't think I did.  Don't think I'll do this again, lol.

The stamp ink bled through (it doesn't if you use the Promarkers first) and between that and the strong design I'd colored on the front, I had a hard time coming up with anything really different for the back.

Bleedthrumanade with Onion and Acorn

Blah, blah, blah, lol!  That's the weather, and whenever it turns that way, that's me.  I still haven't been able to find an art project that sparks a light for me. But I'll get over it.  Either the weather will change or I'll get used to the gray and gloom again.  That's Portland most of the time, after all!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ninja Puppy-the story continues!

Got Lemons, make Lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.  Ingredients: Daycraft Cookie Bookie notebook, Zentangle, Pentel sunburst gel pen, Micron pigma.

On Wednesday, I posted about Miss Muffet Puppy, who was frightened by a puppy.  The ink from the Gigi Love puppy stamp that I used bled thru the paper, but not so much the Promarkers.  I had to think this meant something.  Obviously Miss Muppet Puppy's story wasn't over.  I thought of how I might react in this situation and the story was decided. Lol!

the story continues....

Unable to forget her trauma, Miss Muffet Puppy dons her Ninja outfit and ventures into the night, searching for the spider that frightened her...with revenge on her mind!  *cue in dramatic horror music*

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Mermaid

Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Rhodia 'R' Pad, Unity Stamps, Brilliance Stamp Pads.

The Mermaid is Miss Elena Seaside, one of the stamp images from the Unity Stamp Company.  I scored her, as well as three Brilliance stamp pads in Moonlight White, Platinum Planet and Starlite Silver, during my insane Clearance Sale haul.  I had to use them immediately, didn't I?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rhodia 'R' Pad No 16: Review & Bleedthrumanade

You walk past a Rhodia 'R' Pad in the store, but it doesn't leap off the shelf and scream at you.  There are no sparkles, no fancy fabric, magnetic clasps or bungee cords.  It looks like a fairly standard notepad.  But you wonder about the scoring across the top, and it is orange, so you pick it up.

The minute you do, your perception changes.  It feels solid, and weighs more than you thought it would.  Checking the back you find the flexible thinner cover, but also a heavy cardboard in the back.  That scoring on the front allows you to completely fold the cover over so it won't flop around and get in your way, while you write or draw.

And the paper.  It's an ivory color, smooth, but more like silk than satin.  It's thin, but you can feel the weight in your hand, so you know this is quality paper.

A couple of weeks ago, I won one of these Rhodia 'R' Pads, the 6 x 8 1/4 in (14.8 x 21 cm) size, and last Tuesday it arrived.  So far my description has been subjective, but here are the hard facts:

  • Notepads with "Soft Touch" coated cover

  • 90g smooth ivory vellum paper

  • Blank or ruled

  • 70 sheets

  • The paper is perfed so it can be removed.  I don't generally care for this, because it looks ugly and unbalances the weight of notepad.  That's important to me.  I really didn't want to remove a sheet from my pad, but 'hey!' if you are going to review something, you have to put it through the paces.  I yanked out a sheet from the middle of the pad.  One sharp jerk and it came out with ease.  I pulled pages (gently) at random and got no sense that I'd lose sheets because the perf would give.

    The perforation is a microperf, and it's seated just behind the upmost scoring on the cover.  That means it has some protection, but can be folded easily to loosen it before tearing.  Time will tell, but I don't think I'll lose sheets, and people who do tear will probably love it.

    Next up, the writing test.  I grabbed one of every type pen I had within reach.  The Staedler Lumocolor bled through slightly, but none of the others even shadowed.

    Then I did my kind of testing. I tangled.  You can see how neatly the cover folds back and out of the way.

     Nothing bled through to the back.  That worried me just a bit.  How were my Letraset Promarkers going to do?

    They bled through, lol!

    My other concern was that the ivory of the Rhodia paper would dull the Promarker colors.  Maybe it was this worry, or maybe just my perception, but I'd swear the color is actually brighter.  I love the glow I got.

    So, I'm totally in love with Rhodia 'R' pad.  Rhodia has other paper products out there, and I want to visit them all!

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade from Both Sides Now

    What a mess.  Normally, a bleedthrumanade means I color one side of a journal page with my Letraset Promarkers. I tangle on that side of the page. Then I turn the page and tangle on whatever color bled through to the other side.  Sometimes, to spice things up, I'll add more color on one or both sides with a non-bleedthru pen like the Faber-Castell Big Brush.

    Well, I've been doing the insomnia thing again, my old friend Arthritis keeping me tossing and turning.  In the morning, I'd colored a journal page and then had to leave. That night, about 03:00 A.M., I gave up on sleep.  I knew I was too woozy to tangle, so I decided to color up a few pages in my journal.  Easy, right?  Just grab a Promarker and scrawl across the page.  Repeat with other Promarker colors until the page is done.  

    Let me say in my own defense that I had the lights on low.  Some of my Promarkers are running low on ink, and my new ones haven't arrived, so I grabbed colors that I don't often use.  Dark, opaque colors instead of the transparent, bright or pastel colors I use most.  Maybe that's why I didn't notice there was already color on the page.  Bleedthru from what I'd done earlier that day.  *sigh*

    About half way through the page, I noticed that something was off.  What an odd feeling it is when you realize you've missed the obvious.  How can you miss a page full of color?  Sleep-bleedthrumanading?  I can only say I have this power--this amazing power--that allows me to occasionally do strange and wonderful things.

    Only not so wonderful this time.  The dark blues, greens and reds didn't go so well with the lavendars and orchids I had on the front, and I ended up with a rather drab olive.

    There is little that bubbles can't save though--so bubbles it was.  Later, though.  After I'd managed to get some sleep.

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade with Tomatoes and Celery

    Got lemons, make lemonade. Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Moleskine Sketchbook.
    It's funny.  True Orange is probably my least favorite color.  Yet, alter it a little and turn it into pumpkin, peach, apricot or any of those not quite orange colors and they are my absolute faves.  I use those colors a lot.  Not so much with the true orange.  So I decided to use it, just because I don't so much.  Huh.  Can't say I like it any better, though it improves when I add other colors to it, lol!

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade with Pumpkins

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers,Ultrafine Nibs,Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Sharpie FinePoint pen, Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook

    I hadn't intended this to be a bleedthrumanade, but for some reason I did my tangling with Promarkers that were geared up with the Ultrafine nibs, so of course there was bleedthru.  The difference is that it is the tangles that bled thru because I didn't color in on the front--just tangled and added the white gel highlights.

    The back of the page was colored using Sharpie Finepoints in the new colors.

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade in Pinks and Greens

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell Big Brush.

    And I was able to scan in the before pictures!  Yay!

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade with Bubbles

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Sharpie Fine Point Pen, Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell Big Brush, Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

    I need to get some new gel pens.  Mine aren't entirely out of ink, but I can't get that nice juicy blob that I smear to get that transparent look.

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade with Pink Circles

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell Big Brush, Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

    Sorry-this is another of the three where I didn't get the before scanned in before I started tangling.  The front is all Promarker with just a hint of Pentel Sunburst white Gel Pen.  The back has 4 different Viva Las Vegas Stamps, and Faber-Castell Big Brush (and Pentel Sunburst white Gel Pen).

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade-Experimentation with Stamps

    Got lemons, make lemonade. Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Moleskine Sketchbook, Faber-Castell Big Brush, Various Stamps.
    Been busy this weekend! Sorry, I didn't get the before pictures scanned in.

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade in Mostly Yellows

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen, Moleskine Sketchbook, Sharpie Fine Point Pen.

    The back of this one got away from me a little bit.  Volcanoes will do that to you, lol!  I used a Penny Black stamp that I won a while back, and tried to get a little too fancy.  But there are parts I definitely like too, so I decided to post it anyway.

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Cookie Bookie Bleedthrumanade for a Sunday in Summer

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook, Sharpie Pen.

    Sorry.  I forgot to scan the front before I started tangling.  But the back is almost the same.

    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade In Shades of Pink

    Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.

    Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Paperblanks Journal, Viva Las Vegas stamp (check out their free stamps offer (http://vivalas.blogspot.com/).

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Bleedthrumanade for the last page of the book

    A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of an offer from Viva Las Vegastamps.  If you post a widget on the sidebar of your blog, using code they supply, and then send them an email, with a link, letting them know, they will send you a grab bag of 15 unmounted stamps.  I just checked, and as of this posting, the offer is still there (http://vivalas.blogspot.com/).

    What does that have to do with my bleedthrumanade?  Well, I wanted to do something totally different for the last page of my Paperblanks journal, so I used one of the stamps from my free grab bag.  It's my favorite, a dog with aviator glasses and scarf.  I wondered what such a dog might dream about.

    Got lemons?  Make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade. Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen,Paperblanks Journal, Viva Las Vegas stamp.