Saturday, July 23, 2016

Punzel Pops

Love working with copics!
They are an alcohol based marker,
they blend well,
they are bright and crisp,
so easy to work with.

This is a blend of the official tangle punzel
and Ina's bubble love.
Both are fairly easy to draw
and they work well together. 

Winter will be here before we know it
and I have been telling Mark I need
a snow mobile. 
Teal or pink.
(Hahaha! Apparently these are my go-to colors.)

I talked with a salesman yesterday.
He didn't think he could get me a snow
mobile in either of those colors.
Why not???
But he did say he could order a wrap -
custom designed - to go over the sled.
(I learned a new term - sled.)
To me that sounds like a zentangle challenge!
I repeat . . . hahahaha!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quandu 2

Eni Oken has come out with a fun new tangle called
It is fun to draw and I just can't stop mixing
it with zingers and springkles.
What a great way to spend a few minutes!
I will be back home from Florida
in a few days and life will get back to normal.
Most likely.

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Tangle Pattern Airways

 I like to use flowers in my tangling,
but not strictly for the floral aspect.
Sometimes I want my work to be
"representative" of something specific.
Say a dragon.
Most of the time I don't want it to be representative
of anything specific, but a floral design
would work well with the other tangles.
 And even when I design something that looks
I like it to be comprised of legit tangles.
The center of airways is called ripped screen.
Circling that is a band of tagh.
The outer arms are a more organized version of
an original zentangle pattern called mysteria.
 There are plenty of ways to switch up airways.
And plenty of ways to use it.
Not to mention plenty of places to tangle it up.
This is a wall in my studio.
Still have a long way to go on it,
but airways is making a real difference with it
so far. 
And then there were all those Valentine's Day
ATCs I made and swapped. 
Have fun and give it a try.
I'd love to see what you do with it.
The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, July 14, 2016

More Blending Solution on an Alcohol Ink ATC

 Here is a completed ATC.
Again - made with alcohol ink on Yupo paper.
Kind of dark for me, but I thought I
liked it anyway.
 Finally, I was like, No!
Too dark for me!
So I used a lighter color of ink and
dropped a few more spots of ink
right onto the top of the darker areas.
It lightened up the colors,
but I started getting mud in that top section.
No bueno.
 So I pulled out the Copic blending solution.
(I just realized I say so and then and next 
and again a lot.)
I used the solution to squirt a wormy line
across the ATC.
I really expected I'd be throwing this one
into the trash can, then I wondered what
would happen if I blotted up those gobs of color.
I grabbed a paper towel -
didn't know if it would work or not -
and placed it down over the top of the
ATC. Gently blotted, and lifted.
And this is what I got. 
A beautiful, soft alcohol inked ATC.
I didn't even know you could do soft with
these inks. 

Remember, I'm in Florida doing doctor visits
with my mom.
She will be 92 in a couple weeks.
Still going strong.
But I'm not going to kid you,
 it's going to be a challenging couple
days for me.
I am going to break it up by spending
a few relaxing - I hope - days 
at the House of Mouse.
And visiting my son, and Bobbie, 
and the Frankles.
Photos to come.
I promise.
Even if you don't want to see them.

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution

 Here is the ATC we worked on yesterday.
I mentioned that I was going to do a bit
more work on it. Here is what I did:
 I explained this technique in a post a couple days ago.
Basically I have Copic Blending Solution in a
fine-gauged tip bottle that I purchased at
I felt the yellow got a little spread out and
disconnected on the ATC.
I dropped one little spot of blending solution on the yellow, 
it spread onto the turquoise and 
I just let it go and watched the magic.
 Eventually the solution spread onto both the turquoise and pink. You can see where it changed the top turquoise to a green color, but not so on the lower turquoise. 
Alcohol inks have a life of their own.
They do what they want.
And I love how it turned out.
Next I will tangle the ATC with a Copic multiliner.
Pitt artist pens also work well.
Here is a little sampling of some ATCs I made with the inks. 
So much fun, great results, 
and I was finished in about ten minutes.

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, July 11, 2016

Basic Alcohol Ink How-To

 Several people (more than two)
have asked my how to use alcohol ink.
So, let us start with a simple ATC.
Ranger and Tim Holtz distribute alcohol inks,
you can get them at Michael's, Hobby Lobby,
or haha! of course you can.
Amazon sells everything.
Except maybe goats.

Alcohol ink works best on Yupo paper.
This was a little sample pad of ATC sized
yupo paper that came in my Art Snack box this month.
It comes in all sizes - seriously - and can be found
on Amazon,, and Michael's. 
 When you use alcohol ink, work on a protected surface.
Craft sheets are perfect.
Here I worked on a large, thick sheet
of cardboard that I had left over.
 Alcohol inks also stain your fingers,
so if you aren't a lover of brightly colored
fingers, I'd recommend some type of glove.
I can't give you a recommendation
because I use the messy, pretty fingers
technique myself.
Makes me feel accomplished. 
(Emoticon smiley face.) 
 Sorry I talked through that last photo.
Take your first color and squirt a couple
drops in random locations.
Some people prefer working in odd numbers,
but since these ATCs are small,
I didn't worry about that.
As you can see, I began with pink,
then switched to a couple drops of yellow.
 Then be patient and wait.
The colors will spread and push each other 
where the edges touch.
Sometimes you get cool colors where this happens,
sometimes just a darker edge with its own
(Did you notice how that lower pink circle's
edges closed around and left that white hole?)
At this point I felt the ATC needed a little
more color, so I added a couple spots of
turquoise. And I love how it turned out.
This is the perfect place to stop for today.
(It isn't where I stopped with the ATC, 
but it is a good stopping point.)

Once dry, this ATC will be ready for a little
tangling with my Copic multiliner.
I hope to inspire you to work with these inks.
Such beautiful, rich colors they make!
The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fix An Alcohol Ink Hot Mess

Yesterday's post gave you this sneak peek.
The color comes from Tim Holtz and Ranger's
alcohol inks. The paper that seems to work
best is Yupo paper. 
Here is a look at the supplies I used.
I have been using these inks for close to 
ten years and they always deliver.
 Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the before on this project, 
but . . . think hot mess.
Here are two examples. Hahaha!
Actually I used a piece of yupo paper to test my
Just squirting a drop here, a drop there.
All different colors with no regards to the
color circle Bible. 
And I had a piece of hot mess, nasty dark colors,
wasted sheet of paper.
So I got to thinking . . .
how could I save this sheet?
(You know. The one I don't have a picture of.)
 I remembered a video where someone used
copic blending solution to remove color.
So I took this fine gauge tipped bottle that
I bought from and put some
blending solution in it. 
Here you can see what just one little drop can do.
But, back to my hot mess project.
This IS the sheet of yupo I was working on.
You can a general idea of the background
with splotches of various color here and there.
I took the fine gauged bottle of blending solution
and started at that lower left corner
and squirted a continual line of solution
to the upper right corner. 
You can see how it lightened the colors,
ran them together,
mixed and blended a bit.
But not enough yet.
I felt it needed more help,
so I started at the upper right corner and 
basically drew a curved line of blending solution 
around the outside of the project,
to the lower right corner.
You can visually follow the line.
Then I left it sitting till it was dry.
Alcohol inks don't take long to 'dry'.
Really, the alcohol evaporates, leaving the
beautiful color behind.

Now I have a piece of art I can tangle.
A few people on Facebook asked me
to explain this project.
Thanks, Sandy and Sandy!
Hopefully a few more people will enjoy this
little explanation and put it to use.

I am getting ready to head back to Florida in a few days. Mom has two doctor's appointments and I will be there for almost a week. I am going to pre-program some posts so you aren't lonely while I'm gone. Hahahaha!
I hope you find them helpful.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Alcohol Ink Sneak Peek

Have I mentioned how much I love alcohol inks?
They are bright, they smell weird, they evaporate
quickly so you have to shoot photos fast,
they spread, they mix, they blend,
they are unpredictable and never the same twice.
Bright, bold, beautiful!
And there's a whole lot more where this came from.

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, July 4, 2016


 There is little playtime for me as we continue
to work on other projects. 
I did manage to fit in a few minutes to try out
Eni Oken's new tangle quandu and it was fun!
I finished it off with some normal zingers.
The background was made on Bristol Smooth paper.
The colors come from Schmincke watercolors.
I love their vibrant colors.
All in all, an hour well spent.

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Grow A Little Each Day

 Art journaling has been pushed to the very back of the plate 
as we work on books.
I miss it.
So this week I decided to check out one of the
weekly art journal groups I am in
and do a prompt.
Jane posted the weekly prompt about gardens
and what they mean to us.
This pastel-ish piece of art is one I have
long admired on pinterest.
You can check out the original post by the
artist that created it here
I wanted to recreate the feel of this art
without copying the original artist.
Cause that isn't cool.
 I started with this watercolored background in 
my art journal. I made it with a simple kids'
watercolor pan set from the school row
at Wal-Mart.
 I used Tim Holtz's Distress Stains and a 
couple stencils to start my framework.
The stains were a little more soupy than I
recalled and didn't play great with the
stencil, but that's alright.
It adds to the rustic feel. 
 When I started outlining for definition,
I was greatly disappointed to find that my
microns and other fine liners would not
work over the distress stains.
So much so that I ruined three pens before I decided
to throw in the towel and resort to gel pens.
 What you see here is the result of about
5-6 different types of gel pens and markers.
Not real happy that it was so hard to draw on top
of these stains.
I finished everything off by 'sacrificing if
necessary' a graphic 3 micron. 
Thankfully I was able to fill in those
borders without killing another pen.

A great prompt from Jane.
And I learned and will 'grow' from doing the project.
It was still fun anyway!

The Creator's Leaf