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The Leap #Zentangle #Clairefontaine #JHerbin

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Another piece that I did using tangles from the book, Das Grobe Zentangle®-Buch (The Large Zentangle Book)', that I reviewed on Tuesday.

I used a J. Herbin brush pen on Clairefontaine Calligraphie paper.  Lately, I've been obsessing on brush pens.  I love the way you can vary the thickness of your line so easily.

As happens so often with me, I started this with nothing in mind, and then I saw someone leaping.  The odd thing was that I could see three different versions of the body's shape, and they all seemed important, so I tried to keep all three.  I flashed on the quote from 'She' by Kobi Yamada - "She took the leap and built her wings on the way down."  I love that quote and feel as though it sums up the way I do these drawings.  I just start and build the drawing as I fall into it.

So there might be wings in this one.  It's up to you to decide, and there's no right or wrong of it.  If you see wings, there are wings. If you don't, there a…

Birds of Paradise #Watercolor #KDAllegri #BirdsOfParadise

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I'm taking another watercolor class with K.D. Allegri and thought I'd post the exercises from the last class.  We were exploring the difference between direct color and glazing, using Birds of Paradise flower as our model.

Three different versions of the same flower.

These were done using round brushes size 6 & 8 on Arches Bright White paper and a Yarka St. Petersburg watercolor pan set.






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Review of Das Grosse Zentangle®-Buch (translated the Great Zentangle® Book) #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZentangleInspiredArt

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Beate Winkler, CZT® has a new book that has just been published in Europe-- Das Grosse Zentangle®-Buch (The Large Zentangle Book). Currently it's only available in German, and will probably be difficult to get in the States or Canada.  Many CZTs and other tangle from both countries have work included in the book, so hopefully it will be translated and sold in an English version sooner or later.
None of my art work is included, but one of my Zentangle pattern steps-out was, so of course, I wanted to review it for you. 

 I debated about the best way to do so.  I don't speak German,  I thought about asking for more information about chapter titles and so forth, but then I decided not to.  I decided to give you the experience of a non-native speaker and what I was able to understand from the book.  Since I'm guessing in some cases, I might be incorrect.  Please feel free to correct me in the comments, if you see something wrong, and I'll update as needed.
Look & Feel
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Waterbottles #Zentangle #Zendoodle #ZIA

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This is actually a drawing I did quite a long time ago and never got around to posting for some reason.  I haven't got much art done recently, so now seemed a good time to share it. This was done with Hi-Tec-C Maica pens in a Schutzen notebook.


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Working In the Fields #Watercolor #FountainPen #KhadiPaper

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Been a busy week, but I managed to get in a little creative time.

I used up some left over watercolor paint on Khadi Paper (a rough hand-made paper) and did my tangles with J. Herbin Ocean Bleu fountain pen ink in a Lamy Safari fountain pen.


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The Five Winners of the Landscape Rhodia Webnotebook have been notified

If you entered my giveaway for a chance to win a Landscape Rhodia Webnotebook, please check for a email from LifeImitatesDoodles.

I'll post names once I've heard from all five winners.

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Journal52 2015 Week 5 - Television #Journal52 #SaveConstantine #ArtJournal

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You know how I'm always jabbering on about not planning my work?  Well, this week I did.  I also got more complex than usual. It just goes to show--you can't trust anyone, lol!

I've long been a fan of the Hellblazer graphic novels, and when the new show 'Constantine' (the title character of Hellblazer) premiered, it immediately became my favorite.  When I saw that this week's Journal52 prompt was television, I thought it would be fun to have graphic novel John watching himself.

A little about my process has been written below.


Even though I planned and went more complex I still did a couple of things to keep this project from getting out of hand.  Instead of painting the TV screen, I printed out a copy of it, rotated it to fit a bit closer to the correct angle and taped it to the page (my final step).  I also gave myself a limit of 45 minutes to paint.  I went over that a little, but not by much.
Supplies Stillman & Birn Wirebound Alpha 7 x 10 inches Waterco…

Review Day 5 - A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook #Rhodia #Exaclair #Zentangle

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This week I'm reviewing the A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook with a different example each day using different media.  Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me give away five of these notebooks, and you can find out how to enter at the Day 1 review post.

*Bleedthrumanade-Copic Marker bleed-thru, Coloursoft Colored Pencils, and J. Herbin Creapin brush pen

*Bleedthrumanade-Got lemons? Make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru? Make bleedthrumanade.  In other words, I color with alcohol markers (sharpies, Copics, Spectrum Noirs, etc.) on one side of the paper.  Then I do line work on that side.  Afterwards, I turn the page over, and using whatever color has bled through, I create a totally different drawing.



Yesterday I shared the front of my bleedthrumanade piece, along with the back, showing the marker bleed-through before I did anything else.



You would hardly believe the picture with the cat is the back of the same page would you?  I decided to go an entirely different route, using the marker b…

Review Day 4 - A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook #Rhodia #Exaclair #Zentangle

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This week I'm reviewing the A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook with a different example each day using different media.

Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me give away five of these notebooks, and you can find out how to enter at the Day 1 review post.  


*Bleedthrumanade-Copic Markers, Pigma Micron, Coloursoft Colored Pencils, and J. Herbin Creapin brush pen

*Bleedthrumanade-Got lemons? Make lemonade.  Got marker bleed-thru? Make bleedthrumanade.  In other words, I color with alcohol markers (sharpies, Copics, Spectrum Noirs, etc.) on one side of the paper.  Then I do line work on that side.  Afterwards, I turn the page over, and using whatever color has bled through, I create a totally different drawing.

My goal for this example was to show how beautiful alcohol marker is on the Webbie paper and to test out colored pencil coverage.


I forgot to scan the front of the page before adding my linework, but you can get a sense of the color.  The colors are intense, but have a matte, almost velv…

Giveaway at Notebookstories- Resketch Notebook @Notebookstories @Resketch

Here's the problem with not having my link list of Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways every day.  Sometimes, I come across something I really think you should know about, but it falls between postings.
Notebookstories is having a giveaway of a Resketch Sketchbook, which is a notebook made from reclaimed papers--maps, magazine pages, etc.  I think it looks really cool and would probably be fantastic for art journaling and mixed media projects.  
I hope to win it myself, lol.  Failing that, I'd love to see one of my readers win it.  The giveaway ends Friday 6, 11:59 PM EST, so if you are interested, click on the link below and enter soon!
Review and Giveaway: Resketch Sketchbook


Review Day 3 - A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook #Rhodia #Exaclair #Zentangle

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This week I'm reviewing the A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook with a different example each day using different media.

Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me give away five of these notebooks, and you can find out how to enter at the Day 1 review post.  


Mixed Media-Pilot Drawing pen, .005, Ohto Graphic Liner .01, Water-soluble Distress Marker and 
My goal for this example was to show how well art and technical pens work on this paper.  The landscape became a bit of a steampunk phantasmagoria, and I decided I wanted my bubbles to have more of steel marble look so I used some watercolor markers and Zinc White Acrylic paint to achieve that.


I use a lot of media, many different kinds of pens, markers and paints, in my Rhodia Webbies.  But I think the paper works especially well with fabric-tipped art or technical pens such as the Pigma Micron, or in this case a Pilot Drawing pen and Ohto Graphic Liner.

There is no feathering, skipping, spitting, show-through or bleed-through.  The smooth pape…

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Review Day 2 - A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook #Rhodia #Exaclair #Zentangle

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This week I'm reviewing the A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook with a different example each day using different media.

Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me give away five of these notebooks, and you can find out how to enter at the Day 1 review post.


Mixed Media-Watercolor, Brush Pen and Sealing Wax
My goal for this example was to see how wet I could get the page before causing damage, how well watercolor washes would move across the page, and how well the paper would hold up to the weight of the wax.

The paper in Rhodia's Webnotebooks is thin at 90g (24 lb), but it took heavy washes of watercolor, with wet paint dropped into wet paint reasonably well.  There was very little dimpling and most of that was along the edges.
The texture of the paper changed and it picked up that crinkly sound you often get with thin paper and wet media.
Even though the sealing wax  is heavy the paper didn't buckle around it, and did not deboss.  
The washes moved well, and the colors blended well, al…

Review Day 1 - A5 Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook #Rhodia #Exaclair #Zentangle

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Ah, the simplest things can be a cause for excitement.

When I saw that the Rhodia Webnotebook (Webbie) was coming out in a landscape orientation my heart went pitty-pat, and I was thrilled when I received one from Exaclair, Inc.  (Thank you, Exaclair, Inc.!).  Exaclair, Inc. is also letting me host a giveaway-now closed.


Specs
Cover: Italian leatherette with Round corners – orange (also comes in black)
Paper: Clairefontaine brushed Vellum, 90 g (24 bl) ivory paper, acid-free & pH neutral
Size: A5 - 21.0 cm x 14.5 - 8 ¼" x 5 ½"
No. Sheets: 96 sheets
Format: blank (also comes in ruled)
Binding: Sewn
Extras: Matching bookmark and elastic closure

So what exactly is actual difference between the landscape and the portrait webbies?

The logo is debossed for landscape readingthe elastic band and matching ribbon bookmark are sized for width not length If you wish to draw in portrait, the opposing page will be at the top, like a notepad The bound edge is shorter than the length of t…

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