Friday, July 3, 2015

Mandala and a Template

I love working on mandalas.
And if you have some great templates to work with, 
they are really easy and fun to create.
My friend Genevieve Crabe has a group of templates on her blog that you can download and use -
for FREE!
Here is a link to her blog Tangle Harmony and the templates she has listed.
For this mandala, I used Genevieve's #39 template,
and a piece of paper I had used Dylusions Ink Sprays on.
I transferred the template to my paper, and started filling in the sections.
You will notice in the first inner ring,
I combined the sections she had drawn
and turned that into a ring of All Boxed Up.
Templates are meant to be used as a guide.
Feel free to combine sections or move the lines around.
Mandalas! So much fun!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Diva Dance and Dylusions

This was a quick and fun piece to create.
The background colors are the new Dylusions Paints.
They go on just like acrylic paints and are permanent when dry.
Their bright, vivid colors match the Dylusions Ink Sprays.
I used three colors - lemon zest, fresh lime, and calypso teal.
Then I added a little alternating diva dance rock 'n roll,
with some printemps. Easy peasy!

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Little Brusho Under the Sea

I love my brushos!
They give great, vivid color every time.
This was a 5" x 7" scrap with some brushos left
over from another project.
Don't ever throw out your scraps!
I just tangled up a little undersea adventure and fun!
I loved the way this turned out!

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Shnek and Hamail

 It is midway point of the week, so how is your week going?
I have a lot of tangle projects going on, staying consistently busy 
but not necessarily making a lot of progress.
 Let's see. I'm working on book submissions,
ATCs for a swap in one of our Facebook groups . . .
 . . . hoping to do some painting and tangling on a Mickey vinylmation,
and trying to adjust to this thyroid Hashimoto thing.
And I have a ton of Newfoundland pictures to edit,
but I just can't seem to wrap my head around them right now.
Hope your week is going better than mine.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My First Narwals

Narwal is this great new tangle from CZT Samantha Taylor.
You can see the step outs in the pink link.
Cause remember pink = link. hahahaha!
If you go here, you can see a video of Helen Williams
drawing narwal on her blog A Little Lime.
Her video made a lot more sense to me than the step outs. 
I understood the curving line - sort of - but I wanted to see if 
I could draw the tangle in a bigger curve.
Like a circle.
I couldn't stand those big empty spaces in the narwal,
so I aruared them and shaded.
Shading looks really cool in this tangle.
 I also like to fill spaces with printemps and make them fall out the side.
Here is a closer view of that shading.
I think I'm finally getting better at it.
It's only been three years.
I hear some of you saying that there might be hope for you.
Definitely. Keep it up. The shading will come.

I am predicting that narwal is going to be huge!
I'm seeing it pop up in literally every zentangle Facebook page I look at.
Why don't you check out the links at the very top of this post,
look at the step outs and watch the video,
then give narwal a try.
I am going to go do some more!
I love narwal!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, June 15, 2015

Floral Step Outs, A New Tangle

Here are step outs to another tangle I've been drawing for a couple years.
I've just named it Floral.
No fancy name. 
Floral is super easy to draw.
I've used it many times!
Either the full flower as you see it here.
Or . . . 
. . . a half flower like you see here.
Using color will change the way it looks.
I imagine it will look like different flowers depending on the colors you use.
I am not really up on my flower nomenclature.
Regardless how you tangle it,
regardless what color you make it, 
Floral looks spring-y and summery! 

Feel free to pin the step outs. 
I would love to see what you draw with Floral!

I just realized those steps in the first drawing are a bit tiny. Hahaha! You can see these better!

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sunz, New Step Outs

Sunz is a tangle I started drawing a couple years ago.
I have some step-outs on my pinterest board
and buried here in my blog,
but figured now that I know how to draw
better step-outs, I would give it another go.
This is the actual piece of art I designed sunz for three years ago.
It was one of the very first zentangle inspired
pieces I drew. 
That wall behind the sunz, is another tangle of mine called crete.
My drawing skills have developed a bit in three years, too. 
Here is a piece I tangled this afternoon,
featuring sunz!

Please feel free to pin these newer step-outs.
They look so much better!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Stepping Up the Game

I have been working on some ideas for my tangling,
some new patterns of my own design,
trying some patterns that are new to me,
trying to step up my game, so to speak.

In this stack of tangles, I started at the top with shattuck, 
then ballenchain - that dark one with the circles, 
then a variation of merryweather I've been working on,
printemps, and another one I'm working on that has no name as yet.

And I have been evaluating my shading.
I remember a friend telling me to shade more
than I thought I should and it would be perfect.
Did not do that here, I am just now remembering.
Hahaha! Story of my life!

How are you coming with your shading?
Is it time to step up your game?

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Little Teaser

Home, sweet home.
I mentioned in the last post that we were back in the states.
We had a great trip!
And this lady pictured above with me was a huge part of our wonderful going home visit!

I met Christy on facebook. 
She runs a group for people who were stationed at the naval base I grew up on. 
Her group is called
Naval Facility Argentia, Newfoundland.
We currently have 1,841 members! Wow!

Anyway, I met Christy through that page and we began an online friendship.
When Mark and I decided to visit the rock, Christy offered to tour guide for us 
and 'tour guide' she did!
Here we are on our first full day there, 
getting ready to head out on the O'Brien's Boat Tour 
to look for whales, ice bergs, and a half a million puffins. 
No joke. That will be a post all by itself.
 Mark set up on the front of the boat so he could use his camera to video the trip. The water is deceptive here. We were in a sheltered harbor where the wind did not reach. It was a whole different story once we got out of the harbor. 
White caps, winds, rough water and weather. 
Thankfully I had on a seasick patch and had taken a prescribed pill to help, otherwise it would have been an awful trip for me.
I told Mark I'd have to wear a patch just to watch the video.
 Most of what we saw on this boat ride looked like this.
This is part of an island where thousands and thousands of birds live.
Seagulls, murre, and puffins.
And they live on solid rock, and in some places patchy grass.
It has been said that Newfoundland is all rock and water, 
and that is a fairly accurate statement.
On a rare occasion you will find some grass. 
And dirt. Occasionally.
This coastline is pretty standard fare there.
This beach is what I think of when I think of 'the beach.'
Living here in Florida the beaches are totally different,
but when I think of home, this is what comes to mind.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Back Home From Newfoundland

I am back home from our ten day trip to 
Newfoundland, Canada!
It was a wonderful trip, we saw pretty much all of the Avalon Peninsula as we searched for 
icebergs, moose, caribou, beautiful fishing harbours and boats. 
It was just a beautiful time - and now I have close to 3,000 photos to look through before I start posting.
I grew up on the naval base at Argentia, Newfoundland.
The base has since closed down and very little of what I remember is still physically there.
The memories never die, though.

This sunset photo was taken on our second day.
It was shot over the single remaining runway on the base.
What you see in the background is Red Island.
Looking forward to showing you more soon.

The Creator's Leaf