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Review-Denik Layflat Notebook #Denik #Notebooks #ZebraPenUS

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If you are looking for the Hahnemühle YouTangle.art Tile giveaway, you can find it here.

A few weeks ago, I won a copy of a Denik Notebook from the Notebook Stories blog.  If you are into notebooks, it's a great place for reviews, and of course, the occasional giveaway.

Denik is a company with a cause.  A portion of the proceeds go directly to building schools and to support the artist that designed it. Learn more about their mission, and the artists who design the covers, here.

It will soon be the Season of giving, so I thought it would be a good time to review this notebook - a gift you can give that will give in more ways than one.


Specs
Size: 5.25 x 8.25
No. of Pages: 144 pages/72 sheets
Paper: 100 gsm text, white, blank
Cover: 250 gsm Soft touch laminated cover stock with Artwork by Liesl Cannon.  Learn more about the artist here.
Binding: Smythe-Sewn and glued, layflat, special glue resists cold and heat
Price: $9.99 USD

Look & Feel
I received the Denik Softcover Layflat n…

The Winner of the Hahnemühle William Turner Watercolor Block has been notified...

If you entered to the Hahnemühle William Turner Watercolor Block, please check to see if I have responded to your email entry letting you know that you're the winner.

Although, I won't be giving away any more Watercolor blocks this year, I still have two tins of  Hahnemühle YouTangle.art Tiles to give away. You can find the current giveaway here.  Good luck!


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

Giveaway No. Seven-Hahnemühle YouTangle.art Tiles for Tangling #Zentangle #Hahnemühle #YouTangle

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One giveaway ended and another begins!  

I'm doing this a little differently because both the seventh and eighth giveaways are for YouTangle.Art tiles. When this giveaway ends, everyone except the winner will be automatically entered into the next giveaway, so entering now gives you two chances to win.

A quick review of these paper tiles - they are made of high quality smooth surfaced paper that takes pen, pencil, marker and colored pencil well.  Although not formulated for watercolor, the paper accepts light washes with just a little dimpling, and most of that straightens out as the paper dries.  These tiles are great the for Zentangle® artist and others, who enjoy working at a 3.5 x 3.5 (9 x 9 cm) size.
You get 25 tiles in a nice, hinged tin that you can use to store your drawings or other odds'n'ends.  If you are into watercolor, the tins make a nice DIY palette.  For a more thorough review, go here.
Hahnemühle was founded in 1584 and has continuously made high-quality fin…

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

If you are here for the Hahnemühle YouTangle.Art giveaway, you can enter here.
To join my Facebook group, 'Life Imitates Doodles Fun & Easy Landscapes' gohere

Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Zentangle All Around Facebook Challenge
Shading & Exploring Zentangle Facebook Challenge
Friday Fun & Easy Landscape Challenge

Pattern Videos
Crazy Huggins Tangle Pattern Lesson #229
Daily Tangle - WHY-O-WHY
Daily Tangle - Alabastro
Daily Tangle - DecoLoop Echo

New Patterns How to draw IRRADIAL
How to draw OOFS-A-DAISY

Other
The Ultimate Weekly Roundup Link Collection eBook now for sale-The Weekly Roundup has ended!  If you've used Genevieve's roundup to help locate all your tangle patterns, please consider stopping by and thanking for all the work she's put into it over the past years.

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
How do You Create Movement in a Painting?
Using Gel Prints to Make Quick Cards
Draw a Cute Cat with a Pen…

Turkey Fun and Easy Landscape Step-out #FunAndEasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial @ZebraPenUS

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With the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday coming up, it was mandatory that I create a turkey step-out.  It was hard!  Turkeys are a complexly (don't know if that was a word before, but it is now) built creature and deciding what was essential and what wasn't took me a while.

And push come to shove, even simplified you may have trouble with this one.  Birds are all about proportion and even boiled down to simple shapes, you will probably be unhappy until you feel the proportions are right.

I came up with a chart that gives you a few tips on what to think about as you draw your turkey.  Remember - these proportions don't have to be exact.  There's an old saying that 'close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades,' meaning you have to get things exactly right unless the rules or explosive force allow otherwise.  Well, in art both the rules and the explosive force of your expression DO allow otherwise.



Fun & Easy Landscapes step-outs, step-wiselys or step-by-steps…

Review-Zebra Zensations Brush Pens #Zensations @ZebraPenUS #FountainPen

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I'm an Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens and received a selection of their new Zensations products.  Their Zebra Zensations Brush Pens are a Fude-style, flexible plastic-nibbed pen with waterproof ink.  I've been using them a while now and decided it was high-time for a review.


Specs
Nib: Fude style flexible plastic nib
Point Sizes: Fine, Medium, Super Fine & Double Ended with both Fine & Medium
Ink: Black Pigment Ink,  Water Resistant, Acid Free, Archival, AP Non-Toxic (Note: I find the ink to be waterproof once it has dried for 1/2 hour or so. This may differ according to temperature or humidity)
Body: Plastic
Cap: Plastic
Clip: Plastic
Weight:.40 lbs
Dimensions: .60 x 2.80 x 7.50 in

Look & Feel
There are two styles of the Zensations Brush pen.  While both are Fude brush nib - a flexible, plastic tip, three are the standard brush pen in different nib sizes - Medium, Fine and Super-fine. The second style is a double-ended version with a Fine point on one end, and Medium on t…