Saturday, August 12, 2017

Collage Art, Step by Step

 This week - over on Facebook - in the group
Zentangle All Around
the Journal It! prompt was collage art!
It took me stealing moments here and there all week,
but I finally finished.
And I am really happy with it!
Let me walk you through how I made this page.
 Collage art can mean a lot of things.
Think mixed media on steroids.
For this particular prompt, I asked the members to
use paper sources.
Magazines are great for collaging!
I used a Coldwater Creek catalog, a TOMS catalog,
and a fashion magazine.
I flipped through and picked out elements 
I might like  to put together. 
I specifically looked for clothes
that could go together - but from different sources.
Feet and shoes came from another source.
The two arms came from different pages in the
same catalog. 
I shifted all my pages around and started cutting
out the pieces I wanted to keep.
 I took the shirt and placed it under several faces -
trying to find the right 'fit.'
I just wasn't finding anything that made me smile.
 I liked most of these pieces and really,
really liked those flowers!
 I kept looking for faces and heads that could
go with that shirt - then I saw this face on 
the bottom. You know - the one with her
head lopped off.
And I thought . . . . flowers!
 So I put them together for a look-see . . . 
 . . . and boom! I had my head!
I trimmed up the sides of the flowers, lined
the edges up with the sides of the head and
glued the pieces together with a tape runner.
I realized right away that my girl was going to be too tall for the page I intended to glue her to.
So, I pulled out a taller journal and made a watercolor
background with my Fireworks! ink sprays. 
Dried it right up with a heat gun and I was ready to
proceed with the glueing. 
 Here's a close up of that head.
Isn't it pretty?
 One of the elements I found that I really liked
is this little white goose. 
In collage work, the pieces don't have to be
true to life.
So I paired that huge head up with the little
shirt I picked out, stuck the pants legs
and feet and boots underneath
and glued that whole piece together.
What a pain! 
I didn't think about it before hand,
but it would have been a lot easier to tape run
if I had mounted the whole thing on a piece
of cardstock first.
(And why, oh why does autocorrect INSIST on
changing "cardstock" to yardstick every single time I type it????)
 I tucked the other little arm in under the
side of the shirt - this would have been easier
on cardstock also.
Then I stepped back and enjoyed my little girl.
She didn't seem grounded. 
All she needed was a hot air balloon in her hand.
So I added some lines and started my tangle
All Boxed Up.
(Zentangle All Around requires some tangling
in everything we post in the group.)
 Here is All Boxed Up prior to shading.
 At this point, I totally got into the zone
and forgot all about photos. Sorry.
What I did was this:
* I added shading to All Boxed Up with 
Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks. 
* I stamped some black circles onto the page using old medicine bottles and a black StayzOn ink pad.
* In a couple of those circles I added the tangle kuke.
* I used stencils to add some numbers and some insects.
(Please don't tell me butterflies and dragonflies aren't insects. 
They are, aren't they?)
* I added color to the insects with dabbers and stamping ink. 
* Decorated them with Spica pens from Sakura.
* I used Ranger Texture Paste and some stencils
to add bricks to the top and fish to the side of the page. 
* And I glued a cute little Bijou snail to the bottom.
(My tribute to the official Zentangle® mascot Bijou.)
 Here is a close up of the tangling I started on the face
and flowers. 
I used a Sharpie fine liner, a white gel pen, a gold gel pen and just had fun. 
 Next I looked for ways to enhance the page.
I used that same gold gel pen for details on the
shirt and pants.
I used Color Box Chalk ink pads and dabbers to add
color to the fish. 
 I got a great deal on Liquid Pearls on Joggles recently, so I pulled several colors out and made cute little dots of color here and there all over the page. 
 Can you see all the liquid pearl dots everywhere?
 And still I wanted to do more. 
So I outlined and tangled those fish!
Probably ruined a copic multiliner doing it
but that's alright. I used one that was old anyway.
 I pulled out a Graphic 1 micron and started adding dots to draw attention to certain areas.
A green Spica pen went on those lips and I did not like it, so I made the eyes green to balance it out.
Let's see, what have I missed?
I added some basic blox texture to those
bricks behind her head. 
I added water bubbles around the fish
and some Spica color to those kukes. 
And I used a stencil and stamp pad to add
some circle textures to three areas of the page. 
I felt this still needed a little finish work,
so I added black circles around those stenciled
circles areas. 
I really think I love it now!
But I reserve the right to change my mind -
at any given time -
to go back and add more!

Collage It!
So much fun!
If you are interested, why don't you join
us on Facebook at
Knock on the door and I'll let you in!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Just a Little Getting Sketchy

 Time for Getting Sketchy again in 
Zentangle All Around!
It's a Facebook challenge to show what we
worked on this week. 
Above is a piece I started some time ago,
for the Frankles' new bedroom.
I actually added some color to the letters this week.
And ordered a frame for it.
 Yeah, this is totally blurry.
But there is a reason for that.
It's a bit of something I'm working on for later.
A secret project - so to speak.
This was something I tried that did not work.
(And I totally threw all these markers in the trash.)
Looks like a major mess.
It totally does.
But -
I am going to do something with it anyway.
Sandra Strait has a new project where you turn
something crummy into something awesome.
This is a candidate for that program
if I ever saw one!
So - 
stay tuned for that!

And that's my Getting Sketchy for this week.
Not much done because I'm babysitting the
Frankles and she talks non-stop.
I am not even kidding.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

School Supplies - Art on a Shoe String

Do you have a couple minutes to check
out this post? Lots of photos, a little
bit of talking. 
It is so that time of year again.
Time for school supply shopping. 
At our house, we home schooled for
12 years. School supply shopping was a
never ending venture with so many
educational items on the market.
Eventually our home school career came to
a close and I started looking at school supplies
in a whole different light. 
 Now with the Frankles living in Maine,
school supplies will once again become
a staple in our summers.
Yep! The little Frankles starts Pre-K this year!
Where has the time flown?
She was pretty excited to get herself a new
And while us grown ups shopped,
she managed to slide a couple of her own
choices into my shopping cart unnoticed until
we got home and none of us knew why we
had those things. 
Let's talk art.
YouTube it if you'd like, you will find
several videos showing the use of hand sanitizer
with gelli plates. 
This is what our Walmart had today for hand sanitizer. Last year in Florida, I was able to get a bottle of glow-in-the-dark to use with my gelli plate.
Talk about cool effects!
The smaller bottle up top is more than enough
for your needs and at $1.98 it is cost
efficient as well. 
 For several years I did a whole lot of traveling.
A lot of time in the air and on the ground,
a lot of hotel rooms and lots of solo nights in front
of the computer watching Netflix while I tangled
under a hotel room lamp.
I needed a sturdy kit to travel with.
One that would withstand baggage handlers
literally throwing the bags on the carts
(I've watched them from the airports and from
the planes),
one that was large enough to carry all my needs
but not overly large and take up too much
luggage space.
These little pencils cases are metal, they cost a little
more than the other items you will see in this post,
but I have been using my Hello Kitty box for about
7 years now.
(No, this is not it - this one is new and is currently
located in Walmart on the school supply aisle.)
Well worth the money you will spend on it.
I promise. 

In my Hello Kitty box right now I have:
one circle template, one plastic 6" ruler,
various index cards, 3.5" tiles, and bijoux,
one eraser and one pencil sharpener,
one roll of washi tape, one zenstone,
18 various microns, copic multiliners, and 
assorted pens,
3 full size pencils,
4 gel pens, and 2 tortillions. 
It holds a bunch for just $4.97.
You know how much I love dragons!
I couldn't pass this case up.
 Maybe you don't travel as much as I did.
Maybe your needs are simpler and you just
want a tangle kit to carry to the sofa with
you each night.This little plastic box is actually 
a bit longer and taller than the metal cases.
Hard, sturdy plastic and it's just 97¢. 
Don't underestimate the pencil pouches.
At just 97¢, this hold both pens, pencils,
tiles, ruler, and whatever else flat-ish you
might want it to. 
And a perc is - it fits in a 3 ring binder for
travel if you want.
Or it could totally be a child's tangle kit. 
Need something solely for pencils?
Or pens? This pencil case is - wait for it -
Apparently a popular number this year in
school supplies.
 I get asked all the time for organizational
tips for your tangle patterns.
There are literally thousands of patterns out there
lurking around. How to save the ones you like best?
There are many, many ways but
here are a few economical ways to organize
up those tangles.
Above you see a brand new size of composition
book available this year.
(I apologize for it being backwards,
but some rocket scientist applied the labels wrong.)
This little book is 7" x 5".
It is a great place to draw your step outs for the
patterns you want to keep.
Should you want to use markers for adding some
pops of color here and there -
they will more than likely bleed through these
pages. Easy enough to fix. Take a glue stick
and glue each set of 2 pages together.
Makes your pages thicker to withstand markers.
Yes, you will get the benefit of only half the pages,
but at 67¢ a book - who cares?
And they come in about 5 different colors -
so everyone should be able to find 1 or 5 that
you like!
 These are called something like 
Pop Art Index Card Folders. 
Cute, cute, cute!
Draw those favored tangles on index cards
and store them in this awesome little pouch.
Carry it on the road, in the air,
or just to the couch at night.
 Not as cute, but at roughly half the price,
these little sturdy plastic cases might be
just what you need.
I believe the 2 cases will hold roughly about
the same number of cards.
 Want to keep this organization project affordable?
Use the white graphed index cards and the plain
colored plastic box and you have a tangle
organization system for 100 patterns at $1.36.
 Or live on the wild side and match these color
index cards with the pop art folders for a total of $2.59.
The Frankles endorses this path.
These cute little card files on a ring are
2 1/8" x 3 5/16".
You get 75 cards on a ring.
If you need readers like me - 
this might not be the way to go.
But if you like cute, stylish, and easy to carry
this could just be what you want.
For $1.88!
(Yes, I know you can read that in the photo,
but wow! that's a good price!)
 Need something a little larger for your
tangle organization?
Or to do your Getting Sketchy in each week?
Or to use as an art journal?
Here is a 100 sheet - that means 200 work
surfaces - book at roughly 9" x 7".
Just for 50¢.
 Not a whole lot of pretty patterns on the
covers this year, but they do come in several
colors. And though I didn't get a photo,
they also come in graph paper style.
I sometimes use those for art journals.
Just do the same trick -
glue each set of 2 pages together with a glue stick.
 If you are trying to encourage someone
younger to tangle and want a 'cool' way
to do it, check out the Frozen (Anna) comp
books - they had Elsa ones, too - for $1.96.
 Don't want to miss the Spiderman composition
books. They had several styles. And, if you
haven't seen that movie yet - 
what is wrong with you?
Get out there and go see it!
Here is another option.
Hard backed book, about 10" x 8".
Sorry I have no idea how many pages.
The paper is thicker and sturdier.
I have one from last year that I still
haven't broken out for use yet. 
It is really nice! 
Great choice for a journal.
 Thinking about adding some affordable
color to your art?
Here is 10 piece marker set for a mere
50¢. You are never going to beat that.
 Here is another 10 count set of markers -
apparently they are preferred by teachers!
Hahaha! I am guessing they are washable,
but I totally didn't think to look closer.
Sorry. 97¢ - that is still a great price.
 Let's look at 12 count packs of colored pencils.
And yes, you can shade with just 12 pencils.
You do not need a huge crazy box of colors
unless you feel you need to.
Here is a set at 97¢.
Or you could go with this set of 12 pencils
at 50¢.
 I've tried to gear this post towards making
affordable art on a shoe string budget 
and using Walmart as my host of choice.
If you still get a headache from all the choices,
hit the register where they had these cute
little 100 calorie size chocolate bars for 44¢ each.
Gotta love me some Walmart!
When we got home,
Frankles was quick to get to work in 
her art area at our house.
(Think Harry Potter's cupboard 
under the stairs.)
She's got a good set up there!

Art on a Shoe String?
But of course!
Hope you found this post helpful,
useful, and most of all -