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Sunday, January 22, 2017

52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting 2017 No. 3 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPainting @StillmanAndBirn

I decided to do a quick study and keep it very abstract this week for two reasons.  Time was an issue and because there are only 50 pages in my Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook,  I have to do four 1/2 page paintings.  I thought I'd do two in this first month, and the other 1/2 pages will be done for December.

My reference photo was of a very simple fern and a bokeh (that unfocused lights look) background.  I've been wanting to play around with the bokeh effect, and made that my main goal.  I gave myself about 20 minutes to play.

I didn't get quite the look I wanted, but did get some interesting textures, partly from the dagger brush I was using, and partly by lifting color.

My reference photo came from Pixabay.

Pigments used were Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Qor's Green Gold.  Brushes used were a Silver Black Velvet 3/4 inch cat's tongue, and a Fabart Dagger Brush (size unidentified but probably size 6).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
My Diane & Carolien’s N-D-U Challenge Entry

Sandswirly Up 'n Down Tangle
Heartthrob Tangle Lesson Pattern #137
Daily Tangle - Flips-c
Daily Tangle - Salo
Chicken Gods Tangle Pattern
Akia Pods Tangle Pattern
How to draw Surf's up šŸŒŠ Tanglepattern - Lesson 13
Pomcoco - a fun little tangle
Daily Tangle - Marigolden

New Patterns
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Knightspeek
TanglePatterns: How to Draw Achy-Breaky
Pattern-Collections New: Firabel
Pattern-Collections New: Eleven
Pattern-Collections New: Chicken Feet
Pattern-Collections New: Plyng
Pattern-Collections New: Binghua
Pattern-Collections New: Zen Gordia
Pattern-Collections New: Quark

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #306
Intentions, Orbs-la-Dee, and another Zentangle® Audio Meditation
Tips for Tangling Paradox

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts

Vintage Rose Painting Tutorial & How to Adapt Tutorials to YOUR Favorite Media
Breezy Hand-Lettering Tutorial
How to Illustrate Teapots & Cups
2017 Planner Guide!! DIY Stickers, Covers, and Organizational Tips
Drawing Lesson Orange Wedges in One Point Perspective Tutorial 2
32 FREE Downloadable Art Tutorials: Painting, Drawing and more


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Agate Wall Distressed #DistressInk #Stillman&Birn #ZentangleInspiredArt

A few days ago, Facebook sent me a reminder of a drawing I'd posted a few years ago.  It was done using Distress Ink Pads and markers.

Seeing it reminded of the cool effects you can get with those products, so I promptly set down and did a similar page in my Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook.

I started with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Shabby Shutters and some foam blenders that I have.  I dragged the ink pad directly on the page, and then used the foam blenders to smooth out some of the color, while leaving other areas with some of the paper color showing through.

Afterwards, I drew and colored my patterns with Distress markers in the same colors, adding Aged Mahogany and Weathered Wood.    I think Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade together make a cool tortoise-shell look, and the Weathered Wood is great for subtle shading.

I finished with a metallic Gold Gellyroll pen to color the jewelry settings, and used a white Sharpie Acrylic paint pen to add highlights.

Goldie #Watercolor #LegionPaper #Goldfish

This is my first painting in the watercolor journal I made using the Legion Watercolor sampler sheets I bought.  (I apologize to those who already saw this post.  I accidentally posted it when I first wrote it up).

Oddly enough, this particular paper wasn't listed in the samples and the tag simply said 'India Smooth 270 gsm'.  There is more info at the Legion site though, so I discovered about this paper:

  • Handmade in India
  • 100% Cotton
  • Neutral pH 
  • 4 natural deckles
  • Internally & externally sized
The page goes on to say: "...totally produced with a composition comprised of actual cotton rags that are either remnants from the garment industry or medical supply sectors."

India is a handmade paper so 'smooth' isn't all that smooth.  The paper is soft, absorbent and has knots and texture.  It's a fun paper to use, but you'll be disappointed if you expect it to behave like Arches or Fabriano.  Color is a more opaque because of the absorbency, and you may get hard edges that you didn't expect.

You will get a painting with lots of character.

My reference photo came from Pixabay.

I used Qor Transparent Pyrrole Orange (P071), M Graham Cobalt Teal (PB28), Sennelier Phthalo Green Deep (PB15:3/PG7) and Daniel Smith New Gamboge (PY97/PY110).  Brushes used were Silver Black Velvet rounds size 6 and 16.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

And the winner is....

The winner of the Stillman & Birn Delta sketchbook is....

                            Kathy Rock

Thank you all for entering.  I wish I could give prizes to you all.  One of these days when I win several million dollars from the lottery, I will!

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

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays

The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
joey's weekly tangle challenge #148
"It's a String Thing" #179 Tiles
"It's a String Thing" #180
Zentangle All Around Tangle It! Week 15-21
Monotangle Adventures Beginner's Challenge #41: Yula
Duotangle Adventures Beginner's Challenge #19: Yula & Caviar

How To Make A Heart Shaped Background for Your Zentangles video
Daily Tangle Video - Eddyper
How to Draw January Birthstone Garnet Doodlegem with Pearls Tutorial ep 42 video
Heartrope Tangle Lesson Pattern #136 video
Daily Tangle - Mooka video
Bee Sting Tangle Video
Daily Tangle Video - Crescent Moon

TanglePatterns: How to Draw Soluna
New Tangle - Teia

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
How to Paint a Late Autumn Steam Train Real Time Acrylic Painting tutorial
Essential Colour Pencil Techniques
Painting Mixed Media Patterns
Creating a Watercolor Mixing Chart PLUS a Printable
Three Faux Woodcut Art Printable Envelope Templates

Totally-Tiffany 2017 Craft Space Clean Up Sweepstakes
Kimber Dawn & Co. WE LOVE SILHOUETTE + YOU GIVEAWAY-win a Silhouette Cameo 3
Carta Bella Paper giveaway - "Space Academy" collection kit
Sakura of America Instagram giveaway-Pens, Markers, Pen Case, Notebook
Stampendous Giveaway
Rhodia Giveaway - ColoR Treasure Box of Your Choice: 3 notepads and 2 Rhodia pencils