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

Alphabet Textures Fantasy Landscape Step-wisely #FantasyLandscape #DrawingTutorial #Step-wisely

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When you think of alphabetical characters, you probably think of writing or calligraphy, but the letters of the alphabet are simply line marks that we've assigned special meaning to.

If you ignore the meaning, and make a letter of the alphabet the motif - a string of the same letter clumped together - why then it becomes a pattern, and patterns make excellent texture!

Such patterns tend to draw the eye, as well, because we pay attention to words, and our brain will look for some meaning.  It figures out the trick soon enough - but what a way add some subtle interest to your drawing.


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

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

Re-purposed Game Tin #Watercolor #DIYWatercolorPalette #PaintedTin

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While browsing through a yard sale, I found a kid's game of Hangman that came in a tin.  It's a nice size for a watercolor palette, but I decided to give it as a gift instead.


After lightly sanding the outside of the lid, I painted it with black acrylic.  Once that dried I dabbed on Cobalt Tea and Juniper, leaving areas of the black showing through.  I glued down some mixed media findings (metal reproductions of gears and wheels) using a granular-textured gel medium.

While it was still wet, I sprinkled on some shiny nail glitter.

I added a bit more black acrylic for accent, and once I was sure the gel medium was completely cured, I painted over all of it with clear soft gel medium to make sure the findings were thoroughly glued down and that the glitter wouldn't come off.

Not including the drying times, it probably took about 20 minutes.


Digital Girl Saved in Negative #MixedMedia #Rhodiarama #ArtJournal

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Lately, I've been posting some of my 'save's.  These are journal pages that I've used for practice and to make them nicer, I work over them.  As often as not, I use the negative space method.  This was done on a 5.5 x 8.3 inch page, so I had room to do a fairly complicated shape.

This is the page I had, one where I was practicing with some new colors


I tangled over everything, using a Graphic Micron, which has a 1.0 nib size, so the linework was quite bold.  Then I used colored pencil to color around the shape of a woman.  I didn't use a stencil or reference - I just made up the shape out of my head.

One of the dangers with this method, especially if you tangle is that it gets all too dark and confusing.

There are two options for something like this.  One is to paint around the shape with a light acrylic paint.  That can actually work quite well, but I didn't think it would with all the yellow in this drawing.

So I grabbed my Sharpie white water-based paint pe…

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

Ugly #MixedMedia #ArtJournal #Rhodiarama

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I really wasn't in an ugly mood when I drew this, and it doesn't really reflect my feelings at all.  Though I suppose it does say something about my views on human nature.

This was a 'save' in my Rhodiarama soft cover where I had experimented with some Tombow Dual Brush, Fudenosuke and Mono pens.  I didn't have any real idea of what I wanted, other than that I was going to create the negative shape of a woman.

As so often happens, once I was part of the way done, I saw something.  In this case, I was creating the outline of the woman, but the white streaks made me think of a skeleton.  That made me see this woman, and the strange doggerel popped into my head after that.  My brain just works this way.  It was the art that was feeling ugly - not me.  Honest.

I'll be posting a step-by-step challenge for the Zentangle All Around Facebook group using this method on August 2.


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

I ♡ Cat Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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This cat's expression changes with even minute differences in the eyes and the shapes so every one you draw will be unique.
Note the similarities between the steps for this cat and those of the sheep in the Use step-out.  It is pretty easy to create many different animals through small alterations in the head shape, ears and eyes.
The possibilities for variations on your cat are endless.  Make the body spiky or add wavy lines for long fur.  Add tiger stripes or spots.  Move the tail or make it thin and wiggly.  It's your fantasy landscape - have fun creating your own cat!


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

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

Emulating Eyvind Earle #Watercolor #EyvindEarle #StillmanAndBirn

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If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here. Ends tonight!

You are probably familiar with the work of Eyvind Earle, even if you don't recognize his name.  He painted the backgrounds for several Disney films including 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Peter Pan' and 'Lady and the Tramp'.

He painted in oil, thus was able to paint light over dark.  That doesn't work with watercolor.  His simple sweeps of color are hard for me - I like to fuss.  So I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to handle either of those things.  I also wanted to keep some of my own style.  Ah well.  Thinking things out is not my forte.  I do much better by just doing, making my mistakes and learning from them.

So  here's my first attempt.  I used three different techniques for the little flowery patterns in the trees so I could compare.  I used masking fluid, lifting paint, and u…

Ecosystems in Urban Greenways #Zentangle #PenAndInk #ZentangleInspiredArt

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If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

I'd like to say I observed a beautiful urban greenway and was inspired to draw this work, but...nah.

I was just waiting to get my hair cut and this was what happened.  It did remind me of the some of the beautiful greenway paths around Portland, Oregon, though.


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

Here Comes the Daybreak #Watercolor #LegionPaper #WorldWatercolorMonth

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If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

It's literally been months since I've done a watercolor painting.  Not that I haven't been creative - between my Fantasy Landscapes step-outs and tutorials and doing product reviews there just hasn't been time for watercolor.

I've missed it.

To get back in the flow I did a quick study landscape for an entry into Angela Fehr July 5-10 Summer Skies World Watercolor Month challenge. I didn't use a reference photo, just played with color.

Mijello Mission Gold Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue (which is actually Phthalo Blue) and a shadow mix of Crimson Lake, Prussian Blue and Viridian.  Silver Black Velvet 1 inch flat and size 6 round on Arches paper. I used one of the sample sheets that I got from Legion Paper.






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

Diamond-Leaf Plant Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

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If you are here for the BD Comics Manga Storypad paper giveaway, (it's great for drawing, tracing and transferring as well as Manga!), you can find it here.

This is a fairly simple plant, and as always, variations can include the shape of the foliage, and different motif for the pattern besides diamonds and a completely different trunk.

Explore, experiment and have fun with your fantasy landscape!

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

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

BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad Review & Heron Step-out #Manga #Giveaway #BDComics

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If you are here for the Heron step-out, it scroll to the Performance section.

Giveaway is closed.

Today I'm hosting a giveaway for Exaclair, USA and they are giving away FOUR of these BD Comics Manga Paper pads.  It's been a long time since I drew cartoons or comics, but I have to admit my heart always gives a thump, and I think 'cool' whenever I see one of these storyboard pads.


A storypad (whether Manga or not) has specialized paper with pre-printed guides, numbered ruling all the way around and paper meant for tracing, so that you can trace figures for animation to keep them in the exact same place, and only making slight changes.  The paper is formulated for pen and marker.  Usually, I try all sorts of different mediums, but I think that would defeat the purpose here so I'm going to focus on pen and marker, and how you might use this paper.

Specs
Paper: 55g Clairefontaine paper with high transparency, allows for nice tracing
Format: Pre-printed non-reproductible sc…

Review - Clairefontaine Goldline Multi-techniques Sketchbook #Review #Sketchbooks #Goldline

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NEWS: Tomorrow (7/14/17),  I'll be reviewing another one of Exaclair USA's Clairefontaine products, the BD Comics Manga Storyboard Pad and I'll be giving away four of them!

Today I'm reviewing the Goldline Multi-Techniques Sketchbook. Recently, I was lucky enough to receive one to try out.  Exaclair, USA will be adding this book to their 2018 catalog and it's something to watch for.


Specs
Size: A6 / 14.8 x 21 cm / 6.8 x 8.3 in
No. Pages: 64 sheets/128 pages
Weight: 140 gm / 65 lb
Binding:Sewn
Cover: Hardcover

Look & Feel
As with many of Clairefontaine's journals and sketchbooks, the Goldline won't shout at you across the room. It may not be flashy, but once you get closer, you may be drawn to its linen-textured cover and its neat and tidy look. It reminds me of old library books, without the paper slip cover, and when I work it in, I feel a bit as though I am creating a book of my own.

The cover seems black in some light, and dark grey in others.  I woul…

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