Saturday, February 28, 2015

Daily Twinchies, Week Six

Here is my week six in the daily twinchies quest
for 2015.
Hahaha! 
Not bad, considering there have been eight weeks
in 2015 already.
This week I seemed to be leaning more towards
organic tangles.
I tend to be doing that more and more lately.

The real news is - - - I am in Colorado!
Visiting Kali, my pastry chef.
Up to our eyeballs in snow. Good grief!
(And if you read yesterday's post, 
you know I am typing these posts out ahead of time.
I just know they are buried in snow right now,
and it's still snowing.)
Hahahaha!

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, February 27, 2015

Taking to the Skies

I almost named this post On the Road Again,
but I remembered that - - -
oh, yeah! I'm flying, not driving!
And I have my iPad all ready with the
Mockingjay, Part I
loaded to watch while I'm trying not to throw up!

I haven't posted in a couple days because the Frankles
was here, and it's hard to get around to that
when there is so much playing to be done :).

Tomorrow I will be flying to Colorado to spend a week with Kali.
Kind of scary honestly. 
I didn't do well with the altitude the one other time
I was in Colorado. So I'm worried about that.
I have medicine that I start taking tonight
to help. Praying that it works.
So, between now and then I am going to pre-blog
several posts of drawings I haven't blogged yet.
If you've seen these pictures on Instagram already,
sorry.

This isn't really any tangle that I know of.
I just call it Just Lines,
cause that's all it is.
Just a bunch of lines!
Here is just a random bit of cuteness to finish
out this post.
I put this picture of my granddaughter with her
pink guitar on Instagram this morning with the note:
Getting ready for her concert.
Where is Taylor when you need her?
In the hashtags I included #taylorswift.
I just got a notification that Taylor Swift is now following my instagram account.
Hahahahahaha!
The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Skyward

 I'm having so much with this art journaling
Facebook group I'm in!
I'm trying new things,
but still the hardest part for me is the
"journaling' part of art journaling.
 And of course, I'm running behind.
The prompt was birds.
I struggled with this for a week,
wondering what to do.
Then I was cleaning out my stamping drawers,
trying to get organized once again,
and I came across this little steampunk bird stamp.
And I knew that was the bird I would use.
I mixed that with a couple other stamps,
did some tangling, and came up with a suitable
quote from Leonardo Da Vinci.
And called it done.
I will probably add more to this spread,
but for now I am happy with it.
And I got to use a bunch of product
that I don't use very often.

This was built in my Strathmore Mixed Media journal.
Background color is a variety of Golden Fluid Acrylic paints, 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, metallic rub-on color, regular Pitt Artist Pens, and metallic Pitt Artist Pens.
Stamps are from a company called Deep Red.
I also used: Derwent Inktense Pencils, microns, Sharpie fine point pens, Uni-ball Signo pens, gelly roll pens, and Copic alcohol markers.


The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Remember Your Roots

Way back when I first started mixing color with zentangle -
about 2 years ago -
the only watercolors I had were in our home school supplies.
Basic little watercolor pans from the school row at WalMart.
And though I've since advanced to some pretty nifty watercolors 
from big name art suppliers,
I still like to go back on occasion
and try my hand with those basic little home school supplies.
Such is the case here.

I covered the paper with a good layer of water first,
then I used two colors- blue and purple.
If you have enough water on the paper,
the colors go down as a good wash.
That's how I did the blue.
I was a little more controlled with the purple,
just drizzling it here and there.
Tangling was added after the color dried well.

You see, even though I now have nicer -
more sophisticated -
supplies, I can still get a nice attractive
artwork even with the more basic art supplies.
It is always good to go back and remember your roots.
No matter what you're doing.


The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Proverbs 3:5 Completed, I Think

 In my last post I introduced you to Bible Journaling.
I have to tell you I was really uncomfortable
drawing in my Bible.
Hahaha! I've taken notes in my Bible for years, 
so it shouldn't have bothered me.
But it did.
This is what I showed you last post.
It was my very first attempt - 
the bare minimums but I was loving it!
So I plucked up the courage to continue.

The words are from a sticker sheet I purchased
on the scrapbook aisle at Hobby Lobby.
Everything else you see was drawn by hand with
a Sharpie fine point pen.
Color was added with a sparkly gelly roll pen,  Derwent Inktense Pencils and 
a waterbrush.
Highlights on the heart are from a white General's Charcoal pencil.


The Creator's Leaf

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bible Journaling

You may remember that a couple weeks ago
I went to Stamp Fest and learned a lot of new things.
One lady asked me if I had ever heard of Bible journaling.
I had not, but I tucked the term away to pull out later.
Earlier this week, a really nice lady started following
my Instagram :
That nice lady is a Bible journaler.
So I researched the same way I normally do.
I stalked pinterest boards.
She also told me about a facebook group called
Documented Faith,
where a lot of people are Bible journaling every day.
And did you know - they make special Bibles to journal in.
Mine came in the mail yesterday.
$28.00 or so on Amazon.
This is the first little thing I did.
(And I just realize I forgot to crop the pic. 
Oh well.)
I stayed little because I am seriously afraid
of messing the whole thing up.
As you can obviously see, I used a sticker
because my hand writing is not wonderful.
I will probably need to get over that and 
just do it√.

So last night I reorganized my stamps.
Wondering why I ever bought some of them,
getting rid of those,
keeping most of them.
Wondering where I can go with this today. 
I may go back and add more to this one.
Add a little shading and more tangling.
Hmmmm. 

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make straight your way.
The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Garlic and Joey

I've been playing with this shape a lot lately.
(I'm so cold I'm having trouble typing.
Back space, correct, go forward, repeat.)
Playing with different ways to fill this shape -
that totally looks like a bulb of garlic to me,
for some reason.
That background is a 5" x 7" pull from a gelli plate.
Joey's Challenge this week was called 
The Polka Dot Tangle.
Randomly drawn circles, 
each filled with a different tangle.
It's really good practice for quick tangles.
For this 5" x 7" piece, I used my new 
Prima Color Bloom Spray Mists.
I've used them before and my pens worked great over the color, but for some reason this time
my pens did not work so great. 
I used a sharpie fine point and had
trouble filling in the dark areas.
I tried shading, but the color wouldn't hold
the graphite. So. Here it is.
Unshaded but that's ok.
To participate in Joey's Challenge,
just go here and check it out. 

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Zendala Dare #96 - Back in the Game

So glad that Erin is back with the Zendala Dare!
Erin has actually posted three since she's come
back, I'm just now getting around to
completing them. 
She's been busy with nursing school and a career,
but now Erin is back with a template:
This is what she gave us to work with.
I had no idea what I would do with it,
all those lines,
the linear feel as opposed to roundness
and fullness.
 So I just grabbed my Sharpie fine point and started.
I began by transferring the zendala over to my tile,
then started in that center section.
No specific tangle that I'm aware  of -
I just started drawing.
Reminiscent of Katy Abbott's kuke.
And I just kept adding until I reached a finish point.
Add a little shading and here is what I came up with:
I really love the way it turned out!
You can see all the other zendalas for this challenge
on Erin's blog - The Bright Owl - here.
The Bright Owl


The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A New Venture

Last week, Mark and I went to the Bass Pro store
for their annual fishing blowout.
So, of course, while Mark shopped Bass Pro,
I shopped the mall attached to it.
In an attempt to revitalize the mall,
they have added a huge art display and shopping district.
 Of the 40-50 artist's booths set up,
I went into one -
because she had some zentangley-style paintings 
and I loved the bright colors.
Her name is Michele Dobbs and she was so wonderful to me.
Michele was tangling on a ceramic cat and I started 
asking her what pens she was using.
Of course. Isn't that the first question we all ask -
what pens are you using. Hahahaha!
Michele was so nice, so helpful,
and one question led to another 
and the next thing I knew, 
we were talking about selling my art online.
Whoa!
I've never really wanted to part with any of my art before.
I keep it all in notebooks, or folders,
or drawers of the desk,
whatever and wherever I can find a place.
She seemed convinced that there is a market
for what I do.
I hope I can find it.
That's what I'm working on now.
Putting into place some of the things Michele
explained to me.
And this is the first piece.
It's in my Etsy store.
And . . . someone has favorited it already.
Now someone just needs to buy it :).
Scary.


The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Beckah's New Book - And I'm In It!

I know my post title may sound a bit presumptuous,
but I am so excited that Beckah Krahula
decided to include my art in her new book!

500 Tangled Artworks, A Showcase of
Inspired Illustrated Designs
does just that.
It showcases the creative work of many exceptional
artists - worldwide.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this new book,
which you can purchase here
No shame. 
There are ten pieces of my work in the book.
Here are a few of them.
This was drawn on Strathmore's Toned Grey paper.
I drew this awhile back for Erin Koetz Olson's
Zendala Dare.
There are so many beautiful pieces of art.
You could just sit for hours and admire the pages,
study how the pieces were created,
drool over the beautiful colors,
be amazed by the collective creative genius,
well. 
You get the picture.
And I know you could - - - because I have!

I just want to thank Beckah Krahula publicly,
here on my blog.
Thank you for curating this awesomely,
fantastical, inspiring, so much fun! book.
You pretty much rock!

Now, go order your copy.
You'll be glad you did!

The Creator's Leaf