New Tangle 'Audience' & Mary Vogel Lozinak/Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop!

This blog hop will run May 26 & May 27, and you are invited to join.  Go to (insert link) if you have a project that uses Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps and add your blog post URL to the linky setup.

There will be prizes!!!
7 - $10 coupons to be given away to random comments on seven different blogs.
1 - $25 coupon given randomly to one person who links a project up!
and 1 - $25 coupon to a random comment on the VLVS! blog 

So go enjoy the multitude of projects and comment on as many as you can to increase your chances of winning.  

Beautiful art, tips & techniques, and the chance to win prizes!  Ya know ya wanna hop!

My first project for the hop is an 8x8 drawing of a 3-Ring Circus with 3 Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps.

Clairefontaine Paper 8x8 (cut from Carnet de Voyage Travel album)
Micron Pigma in Black .01, .08 & Sepia .01
Memories Black inkpad
Viva Las Vegastamps!:
--Wheeley Cat-Item -18371 Plate 1401
--Wheeley Rabbit-Item 18377 Plate 1401
--Elephant on Ball-Item 18374 Plate 1401
Copic Sketch Markers:
--BG11 Cool Shadow
--BV20 Dull Lavender
--E33 Sand
--E11 Barely Beige
--E13 Light Suntan
--Y11 Pale Yellow
Blick Studio marker-- Light Maize
PrismaColor Verithin Color Pencils:
--Dahlia Purple
--Canary Yellow
--Warm Grey
--Poppy Red
--Parma Violet
Tangle patterns (patterns drawn step-by-step using some or all of the method called Zentangle®)
--Puf by Carole Ohl
--Keeko Official tangle pattern
--Striping Official tangle pattern
--ThisAWay (this has been submitted for Sandy Steen Bartholomew's next book and the steps are not yet available)
--Audience (see instructions below)

I stamped my images on the paper using Memories ink.

The Copics & Blick Studio markers were used to color the page.  Cool Shadow and Dull Lavender for the audience, the Pale Yellow & Light Maize for the spotlights and blended the other colors together for the floor and back wall.

I used the Black Micron for the patterns on the floor, going darkest at the bottom to try for the feel of shadows coming from the other side of the ring.  I used the sepia Micron on the audience to add to the feeling of dull shadows.  I also drew very faint lines through the entire audience for the same reason.

The stamped images were colored with the Verithins.  Ultramarine and Poppy Red were used on the outfits and vehicles for all three performers. The elephant was done in Dahlia Purple, Parma Violet and Ultramarine; Canary Yellow and Poppy Red for the cat and the rabbit was shaded with Ultramarine and Poppy Red for the ears.

I layered the walls and ring floor with Poppy Red and Ultramarine to dull some areas, and increase the sense of brightness in the spotlights.

Normally, with Zentangle® the patterns are the focus--the everything, and they are seldom used to represent a specific object.  Here I have used patterns for texture, and I used the Audience pattern to quickly create my background audience.  Definitely not traditional, but definitely Zentangle® Inspired.

My second project was the result of noodling around trying out a few things.

Viva Las Vegastamps!:
--Bird Background Item -18364 Plate 1400
--Flower Background-Item 18369 Plate 1401
--Ranger Archival Black
--Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo
PrismaColor Verithin Color Pencils:
--Canary Yellow
--Poppy Red
--Crimson Red
--Terra Cotta
--Peacock Blue
Tim Holtz Distress Markers:
--Spiced Marmalade
--Broken China
--Weathered Wood
Micron Pigma Black
Miracle Tape
Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook 7x7 inch
A copy of the 1945 issue of the Seabee's Carryall
A scanned copy from one page of the Carryall

Tangle patterns
--Pea-Nuckle by Molly Hollibaugh
--Bales Official tangle pattern
The other patterns I did without following any specific pattern steps.

This project came about because I found an old issue of a newsletter, The Carryall, that my father received while in the Seabee's in 1945.  All about Iwo Jima, it's an interesting document, but I eyed the discoloration and vintage typewritten print and wondered if it would work as a background (you know you're a crafter

After scanning a page and printing it on everyday printer paper, I chose the Bird & Flower background stamps to use because they had nice open spaces.  I cut the images out and colored them with the Verithin color pencils. I taped them into my Stillman & Birn sketchbook.

I colored the sketchbook page with the Distress Markers and added tangle patterns with the Micron pen.  As with the first project, the tangle patterns were used more for texture than as the focus of the piece.

My third project was the result of midnight madness.  I wasn't able to sleep one night and decided to create.  You never know what might happen in cases like these.
Viva Las Vegastamps!:
Memories Black Inkpad
M.Graham Watercolor Paints
--Azo Yellow
--Phthalo Blue
--Quinacridone Rose
Stillman & Birn Sketchbook
Pieces of plastic cling wrap
American Craft Precision Pen .08

I'd had previously prepared a watercolor background by placing enough pieces plastic cling wrap on the sketchbook page, and scrunching them so there were lots of folds.  Then I loaded my brush with very watery paint, inserted the brush tip at one of the openings and let the paint run down under the wrap.  I repeated this, changing color often until the whole page was colored.  

I squished the wrap to increase the folds, and as the paint dried it was darker where the wrap trapped the color.

When my insomnia hit, I use the Sun background in another journal, intending to color it.  There was a lot of ink on the stamp, and I decided to see what it would look like on my watercolor abstract.  

I stamped twice.  The second image was way too fuzzy, so I darkened areas with the Precision Pen, and then added some stripes, and squirkling  to integrate stamped image and background.

It's an odd piece, but I like it.  

I hope you've enjoyed the projects I made using Mary Vogel Lozinak's stamps.  I certainly enjoyed creating them.  Don't forget to leave a comment, and then please continue to hop!

You can find out who else is in the hop at the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog.