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

Wonderland Picnic #Zentangle #ZentangleInspired Art #TanglePatterns

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Another tile inspired by a landscape photo.  It's fun to see how close you can get without actually drawing the landscape.

Ohto and Micron pen on Strathmore Artist Tile.


Look What Came in the Mail #Exaclair #Brause #Calligraphy

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I received a set of Brause Introduction to Calligraphy Lettering Cards from Exaclair, Inc.

That means a giveaway will be coming up as soon as I have a chance to draw up a couple of examples, and write the reivew.   Keep your eye out.  I'm thinking the giveaway will launch around May 8, but it could be earlier!


The Road Well-Tangled #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #

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Lately, I've been using landscape photos as inspiration for my strings.  It keeps me from repeating the same strings over and over.

Otho and Micron pen on Strathmore tile.


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

Underground Market #Zentangle #ZentangleInspiredArt #PenAndInk

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I almost forgot to set up a post for this morning.  I've been so involved with a project that I'm losing track of the days!


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

Dropped Stitch #Zentangle #Zentangle-InspiredArt #Zendoodle

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I love tangle patterns that are like woven fabric!  Patterns used are Nolashrim, EyeWa, Pindo, Skepherling, Yoohoo Border, and Reel.


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

Dinosaur in the Mist #Gellyroll #Clairefontaine #ArtJournal

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Gellyroll over Acrylic in a handmade journal using Clairefontaine Kalligraphie paper.  This paper has proven to up to just about anything.


Blackbird-Week 12 of #52WeekOfWatercolorBirds #Watercolor #ValueStudy

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The bird chosen for Week 12 of the  '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds'  was the blackbird.

I'm in the middle of a big project, so I decided to make this a fast one and did a value study
using the black, gray and white pigments that came in the  Prima Confections 'Classics' pan set.  Just to add a pop of color, I used the yellow and darker blue on the bird only.  I kind of did this in bits and pieces, but overall it probably took about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.

I have to say that I am more and more enthralled with the atmospheric feel you get with a monochromatic palette.  Not just black, gray, and white.  I got the same feeling when using brown, black and white.  It's the simplicity, I think.  Color is wonderful, but with a monochromatic (or mostly monochromatic) painting the shapes take on more importance, even the abstract ones in the background.  And I know my color work is going to improve for doing these, as well.


This bird was done in the Global Art Materials …

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

Starling-Week 11 of '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #Watercolor #Lukas

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The official Week 11 bird (as opposed to the birds I choose to keep the flow going) for the '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' event was Starling.

I really wish I had some iridescent watercolors when painting birds like this.  It's almost impossible to capture that sheen Starlings have without them.



This bird was painted using Lukas watercolors 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'.

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

Review - Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set #Sennelier #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds

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For some reason, possibly insanity, I've obsessed with small watercolor pan sets lately.  I need them like I need the proverbial hole in the head, but they're so cute! I decided to treat myself to another one.

I decided to see what one of the older and professional companies would come up with in the $15-$20 range of mini watercolor sets and bought myself a Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set.


Specs Size: 4 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches Weight: 2.4 ounces No of Pigments: 8 Colors: PY74-Primary Yellow; PR242-French Vermillion; PB15, PW4-Cinereous Blue; PB29, PV15-French Ultramarine Blue; Pg7, PY155-Phthalo Green Light; PB29, PY153-Sap Green; PBk7-Burnt Umber; PV19, PB15, PBk7-Payne's Gray

Quick Overview
Pros Pigments are rich, easy to moisten, blend well and create great washes.Pigments are made with honey (some people wouldn't like this).Set comes with a small brush.Container is metal.Container fits in your hand.Package gives pigment index numbers, lightfastness and opacity informat…

Traditional Jewelry #Zentangle #Gellyroll #Pentalic

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Fluorescent Moonlight and Metallic Gellyroll pens in Pentalic Traveler Black Paper, 8 x 6.


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

Day 7 of Steampunk Week at Pattern-Collections #Steampunk #tangle #Zentangle

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Pattern-Collections.com is going full steam with Steampunk week.

It's Day 7! The time flies when you're having Steampunk!


Day 6 of Steampunk Week at Pattern-Collections #Steampunk #tangle #Zentangle

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Pattern-Collections.com is going full steam with Steampunk week.

It's Day 6 and the site is EXPLODING with all things Steampunk!


Day 5 of Steampunk Week at Pattern-Collections #Steampunk #tangle #Zentangle

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Pattern-Collections.com is going full steam with Steampunk week.

It's Day 5!

New patterns, old patterns, fanciful strings,
The site is full of Steampunk things!


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

It's Steampunk Week at Pattern-Collections #Steampunk #tangle #Zentangle

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Pattern-Collections.com is going full steam with Steampunk week.

Several of my old steampunk patterns have been resurfaced, but even better -- there are brand new patterns to fit the theme, along with tips and techniques for drawing your tangles with a distinct Steampunk flair!


Steampunk Week at Pattern Collections And an Explanation #Steampunk #Zentangle #Pattern

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It's Steampunk Week at the new Pattern Collections website, a site devoted to pattern step-outs, and the exploration of what patterns are, how to understand them and how to draw them.

This week the site is devoted to sharing patterns with a Steampunk theme, and I thought I should add an explanation here to people who have been using my patterns for a while.

Back in 2011, I created step-outs for a series of patterns that I labeled as my Steampunk series.  I named them in a numbered seqence according to the sort of inspiration I got them from: i.e. Background #1, Background #1, Klok #1, Klok #2, Geer #1 and so on.

Some of the patterns being posted at Pattern Collections this week are new, but many are existing patterns, such as mine, that fit the Steampunk theme, gathered all together for you.  However, since other people would be posting Gear-like, clock-like and other patterns similar to mine, it was felt my original naming didn't make a lot of sense.  I agreed, and we decide…

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

Tornado & Railroad #Zentangle #ZIA #ZentangleInspiredArt

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Pigma Micron over Watercolor.


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

Rainbow Finch #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolourBirds #WatercolorBirds

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Mitsib doesn't seem to be issuing the weekly challenges for '52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds' on a regular basis.  I like to keep up the flow so I decided that I'll paint a bird a week in the book I have designated for this challenge.  I'll incorporate her challenges as they come up, and decide what to do if I run out of pages, when and if that comes.

I've wanted to paint a Lady Gouldian's Finch (aka the Gouldian Finch or Rainbow Finch) for a while- they're so colorful! However, my favorite resource the Morguefile failed me, so I had to use more than one photo reference and combine them.

I made things more difficult by choosing to do this at 2:30 AM.  I've had a bronchial thing going on where coughing keeps me up (it's getting better) and I decided if I couldn't sleep, I'd something other than staring at walls.  It also turned that there was something on the paper, so I got a weird triangle thing in a ring on the wing.  The best part about…

Brown Study #Watercolor #ValueStudy # Prima

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Just to shake things up a bit, I decided to do this value study using the White, Black and Brown (instead of gray) pigments from my Prima Confections 'Classics' pan set.  I rather like the effect.

Of course, I lost the white from the paper which would have given me a real glow.  I rather tend to do that.  I'll give myself the excuse that I'm painting small (8"x8") and wanted to avoid the use of masking fluid, but that excuse only goes so far.

Still, that's why I'm doing these value studies isn't it?  If I were already doing things perfectly, I wouldn't need the study, and wouldn't have nearly the fun.  Viva la imperfección!  Or something like that, lol.


I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

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

Value Study of a House Sparrow #Watercolor #ValueStudy #Prima

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I enjoyed painting my Nuthatch value study using the black, gray and white pigments that came in the  Prima Confections 'Classics' pan set that I reviewed last week.  I decided to do more of the same.

I switched to some watercolor paper that I've had for a while.  It's Saunders Waterford.  I've heard fantastic things about it.  It's 100% cotton, both externally and internally sized (that means gelatin or another product is applied during the making and/or after to strengthen the paper).

However, I fin the paper difficult to work on.  Often with sized paper, the pigment stays on top of the paper and thus is brighter when it finally dries.  In this case, the paint soaks in quickly.  That would be nice if there was a need for quick drying time.  Whatever -- knowing how to use the tool is always the answer, so I decided I'd use the Waterford for my value studies.

A surprising amount of drama is created by only using the these three pigments.  I shouldn't b…

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

Over 300 Words for Love #Stillman&Birn #Zentangle #ArtJournal

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The last page of my Stillman & Birn Delta has picked up some smudges from previous works, so I decided to do a mixed media page.

I have this neat wrapping paper full of dog breeds and words relating to dogs.  I took a scrap of it and cut out a few pictures, gluing them down on the page.  Then I used acrylic paint on a Gelli® plate, stamping it with bubble wrap and creating streaks with a comb, and pulled a monoprint on the page.

I used a Pigma Micron to write my saying, "Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine? ~ Gabrielle Zevin

What better way to finish an Art Journal?


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

More Poured Paint #Watercolor #KDAllegriClasses #Strathmore

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I wasn't able to take Kathy Delumpa Allegri's Spring Watercolor session, but she allowed me to sit in on the first day of class.  It was one of those serendipity things--I'd just started playing with pouring paint, and realized that was the subject of her class that day.

She introduced the idea of using eyedroppers to drop rather than actually pouring the paint in smaller areas.  Much less messy and it gives you more control.

This piece started as a value study in pen, and then I poured the paint, wetting the area I wanted, drying it with a hair dryer, and then moving to the next area.  I did finish it up with a brush in a few areas.  The white is areas of the paper left unpainted, and in a couple of places, punched up with white gel pen.