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

Thank you, Fab, for the awesome gift!

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Thank you, Fab, for the awesome gift! My husband came running to see what I was squealing about when I opened the package.

Recently, I received the coolest gift from one of my Twitter/Facebook friends.

He sent me this beautiful handmade card (he makes the most fabulous cards!), ...


...and this List book ...




... and a novelty pen of the London Clock Tower (or is that the Elizabeth Tower now?)



The list book is coming in so handy for keeping track of all the step-outs and tutorials I'm doing up for my fantasy landscapes.

It contains two list pads, sticky notes and sticky tabs.  They are all a standard size, so you should be able to replace them once they run out.  Though I may turn the book panels into an art journal afterward. It's the cutest thing, and 'll be buying one or two to give as gifts myself.

The list book can be bought online at Paperchase USA or Paperchase UK.  I could only find the pen on the U.K. site though.

Fab posts a Twitter newspaper on crafting and all …

Use Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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I'm repurposing a step-outI created years ago to use in tangle drawings.  I redid the steps to show what's happening with the head, a little better.


For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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

Tiered Fantasy Landscape Step-by-Step #FantasyLandscapeStepOut #FantasyLandscape #FantasyLandscapeStepByStep

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The tools you'll need for this step-by-step:
A pencilAn eraser - a good plastic or kneadable eraser would be best.A pen - Any pen will work. If you intend to watercolor after drawing, use a waterproof inked pen.  I use Tombow's Fudenosuke hard tip brush pen or Pigma Micron.  Both are water-proof, but the Fudenosuke must dry a while first.   Paper.  I recommend at least 5 x 7 inch.  You may want to go larger depending on whether you intend to tangle or color it when you are done. Last week, I posted a step-by-step showing one way to use a Portrait Orientation to create a tall landscape.

The second reason to use portrait? To draw a tiered landscape, where there are sections separated by roads, rivers, fences or walls.  Tiered landscapes are great for people who like to draw rows of the same object.



As I sat down to write this step-by-step, I realized that I should have introduced roads first, but I'll do that later.  For today, we are using Striped Roads, which cut your lan…

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

Fountain Pen Fantasy Landscape #FantasyLandscape #FountainPen #PenAndInk

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Playing around with possible ideas for upcoming fantasy landscape step-outs.  I figured out a super, easy way to draw people!


Peek-A-Whoo! #Owl #BallpointPen #Z-Grip

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Done on Clairefontaine Paper with ballpoint pen over partial coffee wash.  Zebra Z-grip colors - Purple, Dk Green, Lt. Green, and Orange.


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

Tall Portrait Orientation Fantasy Landscape Step-by-Step #FantasyLandscapeStepOut #FantasyLandscape #FantasyLandscapeStepByStep

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Even though I'm posting this on a Tuesday, my plan is to post a Fantasy Landscape step-out or a step-by-step every Sunday, until I get tired of doing them, or all of you get tired of seeing them.

Starting out, I want to stress that I'm keeping it as simple as I can. I'll be sharing tips, techniques and ideas, but these are fantasy landscapes, so I'm making up the rules.  My rules will be influenced by the rules of drawing-composition, pattern, and perspective, but sometimes I'll break those rules. Gravity and science just aren't the same in a fantasy world - they are much kinder in mine.  Nobody ever grows old, either,  so you can keep on playing like a kid while you are drawing Fantasy Landscapes, lol.

Today, I'm starting with something very basic - the orientation of your piece of paper.  You probably know the two orientations, Portrait and Landscape.

Aha! You might think - and rightly - that the landscape orientation is better for landscapes.  It is. Exc…

Should I change the name of my 'Fantasy Landscapes/Step-Outs'?

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A few people have asked if my Fantasy Landscape/Step-Outs will have dragons and fairies, and that isn't what I have in mind (at least for now).

I just intend for the series to help people create landscapes from their imaginations, that they can then use to color or tangle patterns in. The 'fantasy' is that the landscapes aren't meant to look real, just fun. I'm wondering if I should change the name of the series to 'Simple, fun landscape/step-outs' or something else to help avoid confusion.

So I'm asking you. And a poll is born.


Should I change the name of my 'Fantasy Landscape/Step-Out' series?

Fat Pony and the Greenhouse Effect Bleedthrumanade #Bleedthrumanade #Zentangle #Clairefontaine

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For those of you new to my blog, I have a saying, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  When color bleeds through the page, make bleedthrumanade!"

When you use alcohol markers or other very wet media, the color often ends up soaking through the paper and coloring the back of the page as well as the front.  I decided this was an opportunity rather than a problem.

I colored a page, in this case with Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers.  As expected, there was almost as much color on the back of the paper as on the front.  Then I took a Fudenosuke brush pen and made Zentangle-Inspired art on the front...


...then turned the page over, and did an entirely different drawing on the back, using the color that had bled through.  Bleedthrumanade!  No sour lemons here!


Practice Pages #Rhodiarama #Dot-Grid #Ballpoint

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Practice makes perfect,
or so they say.
I doubt it does,
but I practice anyway.

I don't share these very often, but almost all my art journals have what I think of as practice pages. In essence, when I screw up a drawing, I start using it for practice.  And I layer one kind of practice over another.

For instance, this page was meant to be a step-out for my pattern Plain-Chain.  I messed up the steps and had to redo them on another page.  So when I received some Tombow pens, I used the page to practice my calligraphy, just writing right on over the pattern steps.  Then I bought some Zebra Z-grip colored ball point pens and used the page to try blending the different colors, and to practice my line work with them.

Then later, on hold on the phone, I practiced drawing circles with my Tombow Fudenosuke flexible-tip brush pen.

I kind of like the way this looks at the moment, so I may stop working on this page and move on to another mistake page (yeah.  there's always more than one…

Space Bunny #Clairefontaine #Zentangle #PenAndInk

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...Weird space goggles
...Designer bunny ears
...Rockin' space helmet
...Sharp, tiny killer teeth

Yep.  It's a space bunny!


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

Tall Trees Fantasy Step-Out #FantasyLandscape StepOut #FantasyLandscape #DrawingTutorial

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Next week, I'll start posting tutorials showing you how to draw fantasy landscapes.


For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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

Flowering Artyjoke Fantasy Step-Out #FantasyStepOut #FantasyPattern #Zentangle

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You can get really funky with this one!



For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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

Grass Tufts Fantasy Step-Out #FantasyStepOut #FantasyPattern #Zentangle

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Seems almost too simple to even do up a step-out, but it's a motif that will get used a lot in Fantasy landscapes.


For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Starbush Fantasy Step-Out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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I want to get enough of these fantasy step-outs out so people will be able to start drawing their own landscapes but I'm having trouble keeping up with my own self-imposed schedule and didn't have a chance to draw an example.   You can see this pattern in a drawing here though.


For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

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

Big Rocks Fantasy Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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Getting close, I think, to where I can start a landscape tutorial.  Maybe one or two more patterns.


For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Tangle Pattern HiRise #Zentangle #TanglePatterns #StepOuts

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This isn't one of my Fantasy patterns, nor is it a new tangle pattern.  Back in 2010, Sandy Steen Bartholomew published 'Totally Tangled' and HiRise was one of the patterns in the book.  I've never posted it online before.  Recently, I had someone asking where they could find it, so I decided it was time to put it on the net.

Here 'tis....