Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm visiting Kali for a week,
And posting has proven to be almost 
Impossible from my iPad. 
More to follow when I get
Back home. 

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Germany v. Argentina, World Cup, 2014

World Cup, 2014, has come down to these two teams, 
Germany and Argentina.
There have been a few highlights along the way, 
this being one of them :)

Now, on to the final match!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Star Unraveled

 This is what I've been playing with lately. Not an idea that I came up with, but based on a piece of artwork created by my friend and fellow CZT - artist Sharon Payne . . .
. . . that I saw and loved! Sharon calls this piece Dreaming at Sunset. You can see this - and more of Sharon's beautiful art - on her blog Jazztangled. I was really drawn to the leaf shapes and the little pieces dangling and swirling out the ends of them. 
So I picked up a pen and a sheet of 9" x 12" bristol smooth surface and started drawing. I sat in my chair and drew for two hours. That is pretty intense for me. I can play with paints and inks for two hours, but drawing for two hours is a completely different story. I toyed with the idea of the almond shapes with the tendrils flowing out the ends. And somehow they ended up in a star-ish shape - I think someone else may have drawn them in this shape first, but I couldn't remember who. (So, sorry if I miss giving credit to someone for the idea.) I love all the loops, and swirls, and curls, and furls. Kind of like a star just unraveling and spilling everything right out there.
Then I moved on to a smaller version. I had some scraps leftover from a book project - with dylusions ink spray colors already on them - and I used one of those. This piece is about 4" squared. There are a couple background pieces on the right that you haven't seen yet. I'm still working on those.
And of course I had to play around some with the settings on my iPad when I took this picture. This filter is called process. Apparently some rocket scientist named the filters. Who knew. 
Anyhoo, here she is - Star Unraveled - in all her beautiful, bright, wild and crazy unedited color! Keep in mind she's about 4 inches across and compare that with the size you see on your computer screen and you'll know about how big this piece truly is. And please go check out Sharon's blog here. You'll love visiting her! (And just read her posts with a soft, southern drawl and y'all will feel right at home.) (And I can say that cause I'm from the south, too!)

New in my studio? A brand new product from that we will be releasing to the public in a couple weeks. Until then I get to play with it all by myself - bwahahahaha! 

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One of My Favorite Times of the Year

You are probably going to think I'm crazy, but I'm going to persevere and make this post anyway! Hahaha! One of my favorite times of the year? Heck, yeah! School supplies now at your local WalMart (and a bunch of other places, but these photos happen to be from WalMart.)
OK, little know facts about Alice: after retiring from my real job I homeschooled my daughter from grade one through grade twelve. School supplies got to be a way of life. Now that I'm retired (again) and am on this wonderful journey through the art world, school supplies take on a whole new life and purpose. I went into WalMart yesterday to pick up some cat food for the outside herd of kitties and shortly I was singing "Hallelujah!" in the school aisle section, much to the consternation of the 18 year old working those aisles.
After watching me walk up and down the aisles several times, she happened to ask if she could help me find anything. I told her no, that I was enjoying all the new school supplies. She looked at me like I was crazy. (Point taken. I probably was a bit crazed looking.) Then after a few more passes up and down one of the rows, she said, "You know, you should come back tomorrow. We are going to get new items in every day."
I laughed to myself. Kali and I have a friend named Katrina who stocked and maintained this section a couple years ago. After awhile the section looks like a train or a tornado went through it, and that was when it looked its best. Yesterday it looked great. Even today when I did go back (and yes, they did have new items, thank you!) it was still looking pretty good. But - I know that in a few days it is going to look like a bomb went off in one of the aisles and it will look that way till the end of the first week of school. 
So. What do I do with all these supplies now that I don't homeschool any longer? Other than drool on them. Well, in those first few photos you see a wide variety of spiral notebooks. You actually see some as low as 50¢, today I saw a whole section of spiral bound, one subject notebooks for 25¢ each. I use these to keep track of notes I take during online classes, as well as notes from tutorials, and how-to articles I read on blogs and on pinterest. I keep track of youtube videos (I use pinterest a lot for this also.) I sketch out art journal ideas, tangle pattern ideas, and practice drawing ideas.
This journal is a little pricier than most - but in my opinion (that and $3.75 will get you a tall strawberries and cream frappuccino at Starbucks) it is worth every penny. This is a full size, 8 1/2" x 11" thick journal. Nice sturdy cover, sturdy pages. I like to use this one to keep track of art journal and painting ideas. I love paints, inks, crayons, watercolors, and I think I own stock in . This is where I keep track of all the cool little tips and tricks for making awesomeness happen in the wild color department!
Obviously these would be - far and away - some of my favorite notebooks. You just can't get any better than minions and Hello Kitty. I mean . . . really! (And did you notice, they are the exact same notebook? The only exception being you have to pay 97¢ more to get a cover with minions on it.)
I did come home with a new 3-ring binder. Two inch thick variety in teal :D happy dance!!! I love teal!!! As you can see they have a load of variety here, too. Organization central. For you CZTs, a notebook will keep your Zenthology nice and safe. They even have page protectors conveniently located. Or tangle artists in general - just sayin' a binder may be the way to go.
I took a picture of this just because it is sooooo cute! And isn't that saying awesome? And only 97¢ for a two-pocket folder. Pretty cool! I keep all my receipts for tax time stashed in folders. I use an accordian file because of my etsy store, it's just easier, but if you didn't need a separate file for each month - this might be the way to go.
Need an economical way to keep track of all those tangle patterns? Or a place to layout art journal page ideas? This might be your thing. (No idea why this box is so mangled up, they had literally just placed it on the shelf.) Graph paper works well for design, it works well for keeping track of patterns, and I even use it on occasion for blocking out art journal pages.
Inside. Ta-da!
WARNING. Serious cuteness to follow. Pencil boxes. All sizes, all shapes. Traveling zentangle kits. Portable watercolor kits. Convenient art journaling stash organizers. 
These were a little pricier, but oh my goodness! Isn't that butterfly gorgeous? And you can almost see the hanging pencil/pen/marker/paintbrush pouches just behind these cases.
These I am going to keep an eye on. Right now they are $3.97. That's a little steep. Once school starts, these will drop to at least half price, if not more. They will make great kit boxes for zentangle supplies to sell in my etsy store :).
So here is what I came home with yesterday. A new pencil box to travel with. It will have microns, markers, pencils, a ruler, an eraser (shhh! don't tell), a waterbrush, and some zentangle tiles and ATCs. Last year I had a Tinkerbell pencil box, but I think that trip to Ontario did it in. Hahaha! Baggage handlers got a little rough on that return trip. Got some new notebooks and a composition book. I didn't get into those - but they make great lettering books. And some spiffy colored pens! Today I picked up some fine Sharpies. I use those a lot! I could get two for $4.00, or I could get four plus a sharpie marker for $5.00. Tell me that makes sense. 

So. School supplies? It's totally where it's happening right now! I need to go look again - before they get all picked over, and before that tornado hits!

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


 Some time back, my friend Sandy Hunter did some experimenting with taking two tangle patterns and turning them into one. Kind of a mash-up, if you will. Last night I was drawing Michele Beauchamp's blooming-butter and thought it would really mix it up well with the TootsieMoon that I've been working on.
This is a drawing of blooming-butter that I posted a couple months ago.
And here is the step-out for TootsieMoon. I took those arms of the blooming-butter flowers and turned those into arms of TootsieMoon. What shall I call it? I think I'll call this drawing . . . TootsieButter!

Linking up to the Artist's Play Room

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

TootsieMoon and Color

 Last week I posted the step-out for my tangle TootsieMoon and gave some examples of it in use. Below is the tile in straight black and white. I have since come back and added color by way of Prismacolor Pencils. And I added that cute little snail. He (or she) is fresh from CZT training in Rhode Island and will begin popping up all over the zentangle pages you follow very soon. Meet Bijou.
As much as I love the color - it's hard to beat the plain ol' black and white version.
If you haven't tried out TootsieMoon yet, here is a link to the step out. Have fun!

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, July 4, 2014

Chiyogami Tile Folder, Yay!!!

In early May I had opportunity to be in Toronto, Ontario, and with the help of fellow artist Cherryl Moote I was able to visit the Japanese Paper Place. Taken from their website, their mission is to encourage artists and creative people everywhere to learn about the unique qualities of traditional Japanese papers. We spent a couple hours looking at, and touching, and studying, and asking questions about hundreds of different pieces of paper. And I was fortunate enough to be able to come home with some beautiful works of art in the form of chiyogami Japanese paper. 
Here it is almost two months later and I have just gotten up enough nerve to actually cut into one - or two - of these beautiful papers! Cherryl is a book and paper artist, and she has authored several wonderful books, including All Tangled Up. In this book she details ways to organize and display zentangle tiles and art. I used her directions to make the Tile Folder you see in the first photo. And I used pieces of two of the papers from the Japanese Paper Place that you see above.
These imported Japanese papers are truly beautiful. They are hand-silkscreened and the colors and patterns are wonderful! This is the outside of the tile folder just prior to completion.
Here is a shot of the inside.
Then I used a bit of the second paper to cover the spine  . . . 
. . . and to line the interior. I can fit tiles into both sides. Cherryl also details the steps for making an ATC folder. Cherryl has written several books about bookbinding, paper folding, and tangling. You can visit Moote Points here. Look for All Tangled Up.
Here are a few of my favorite papers I brought home.

Aren't they wonderful? Now I just need to decide what to work on next. Hmmmm, Cherryl?

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Diva Challenge, #174

It has been quite some time since I've taken one of Laura's Diva Challenges! I got too bogged down in swaps and they were taking up too much of my time. So for now I am holding off on swaps and trying to reconnect. This was Laura's 174th challenge, wow! that's hard to believe! The challenge was to superimpose one string on top of another. To do that, I went to Linda Farmer's string page on Tangle Patterns.
I started with string 089, lightly marking those circles with pencil in the corners. I filled those in with some Diva Dance Rock 'n Roll.
Next, I took string 094 and lightly marked those lines onto the same tile. I used those basic lines as an additional string - and added a couple more - then ran them like hollibaugh, and tangled cheesecloth in the middle sections. 
Add some shading and it's all done! This was a fun challenge presented to us by Aimee Belair, CZT. You can head on over to I Am the Diva's page and check out all the superimposed string renderings and perhaps post one of your own!

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