Friday, November 20, 2015

Ringz, A New Tangle

Allow me to introduce you to a fun little tangle,
that is easy and joyful to make!
So named because of all the little rings I drew 
making this alien looking work of fun-ness.
I drew this in the Detroit airport during a layover flight.
I needed something easy to do as I balanced my sketchbook on my lap, along with my ipad and my earphones.
I had been obsessed with these little eyeballs and needed somewhere to use them,
and in the Detroit airport ringz was born.
Ringz is really very easy to tangle.
Start with a circle and start adding rings under that,
building one below the one before it.
I decided to make mine as arms extended from a central point.
Then I added the little wink of an eye at the end.
I began layering them with circles of various tangles.
And ringz just kind of took on a life of its own.
Hahaha! Another tangle I love right now is narwal.
Ringz, narwal, and printemps were made for each other!
Here I was going for some heavy contrast, so I pulled in another tangle of mine - 
patch - 
and filled those large circles with it.
Shading makes the big difference in this piece of art.
It's all about the details.
I would love to see what you do with ringz. 
Please give it a try and let me know what you think.

Also, I am going to be in Maine for the next nine days.
Hanging drapes and daydreaming in the new house.
I hope to have internet next week sometime, 
but blog posts may need to wait
till I get back home.
Have a great week!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday String Idea #16

 It has been one crazy, crazy week so far!
Trying to meet some deadlines, getting everything finished up,
so I can head to Maine on Saturday.
Day after tomorrow and I haven't even begun packing yet.
I wanted this week's string to be a little different.
Something other than the normal string.
Hahaha! Now that I look at this string,
it reminds me that it is hunting season.
So not what I had in mind.
Oh well.
(To download the string and print at the 3.5" tile size,
click here.)
And here is what I did with string #16.
I mixed up some of my own tangles and used them together.
Bow*petal, patch, and ringz.
Sadly I haven't posted any step outs to these patterns yet. 
Let me work on that.
I should be able to get in one more post before I head out of town. I'll make that be a post with step outs for one of these. Probably ringz. That's the crazy space alien looking one.
I love it. It's my favorite one to draw right now.

So, there you have string #16.
I hope you enjoy working with it.
Again, if you want to print out the string
at the 3.5" tile size, click here
Have fun!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Curlz - A New Tangle Pattern

 Over the past month or so, 
you may have seen this fun little tangle popping up in my artwork.
So much fun and easy to draw,
I would like to introduce you to curlz!
 Curlz is easy once you get that round, swooping line under control. 
It took me awhile, my hand isn't the steadiest,
just keep trying - it will get easier as you go.
If you work in single units, just be sure to close those tails
and to start the next curl underneath the one before it.
Of course, I prefer curlz in a line and attached.
Just a rolling swoop of curlz!
 Before you ask - the color behind Mr. Duck is Brushos Color Crystals. 
Dripped into a super wet sheet of watercolor paper.
Curlz has a lot of applications.
I want to show you just a few here,
then you can take curlz and make it your own.
So, curlz can be water.
(White caps on the ocean, clouds in the sky,
curlz would also make a great sun!)
 Curlz can be a connector, joining tangled sections.
It doesn't have to have those horizontal lines.
 I add the lines because I like the Seussical feel it gives to the piece of art.
Here you see curlz makes a great border/frame!
(This color came from Dylusions Ink Sprays!)
 I wanted to see if curlz could be turned into a flower.
Yes. It can.
 This one really reminds of Seuss drawings.
(Apparently curlz would make a great octopus, too!)
Here you see the whole coloring sheet I created,
and you can see those two bits of curlz
in their natural setting. 
You see there are many applications for curlz.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
So to speak.
Please take curlz and give it a whirl.
I would love to see what you do with it!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Quick Stacks

My life is consumed with books.
It is rare for me to sit and tangle just for myself.
This piece was just for me.
In a little journal I made, I intentionally did not shade this piece, 
so the graphite wouldn't ruin the adjacent page. 

From top to bottom:
flying geese, bits of TootsieMoon here and there,
florz, All Boxed Up, netz, and curlz.

Here's hoping you have a great weekend, 
and that you make some time for yourself!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, November 12, 2015

String #15 and Diva #243 Combined

Welcome to Thursday String Idea #15.
 Yes, I still owe you a step out for ringz, but first
here is Thursday String Idea #15,
also posing as The Diva's challenge #243 - Just a Tiny Taste.
A simple string on the surface.
Deciding where to go with those sections is another thing.
If you would like to print the string out at the 3.5" square size, 
click here and print.
Then just pick a section and start tangling.
For me, when I looked at this string I had
crescent moon screaming out my name. 
I draw my crescent moon a little different than most,
but this is what consistently works for me. 

The Diva's Challenge was to consider white space. 
More specifically to leave a majority of the tile blank.
I didn't quite hit the mark on the "majority"
but this is still a major step for me. 
Like the Diva - I tend to tangle everything in site,
every bit of the paper is filled when I am done.
So this was a bit of a challenge for me,
and isn't that what the Diva Challenge is all about anyway?
Stretching us to be better tanglers.

If you would like to see all the artwork posting this Diva Challenge, click here.
If you would like to print the string out, click here
I would love to see what you do.

AND if you are new to my blog,
wherever you see pink in the post, that means it is a link, because
Pink = Link.

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Little More Ringz

Busy, busy, busy here!
More surprises coming soon. Hopefully in the next week or so. It is an amazing amount of work to make wonderful surprises be so special!
(How is that for a teaser?)

In the interim, here is a tangle I introduced in the Tangle It! Journal which sat as the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon for 30 days. (They only let you hold that spot for 30 days.)
It is called ringz and I will give you a step out for it tomorrow, along with more art to show you what ringz can do.
It is one of those fun tangles that you can draw and just focus on little line after little line.
More tomorrow.

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thursday String Idea #14

 It's another Thursday String Idea!
On Friday because I have too much happening in my life.
It's time to start weeding out some of the unimportant stuff,
if there is such a thing, 
and focus on what's important.
Right now what is important is getting ready to make the move to Maine. That's all I think about when I'm not drawing, and usually while I am drawing, too. Hahaha!
BUT, back to the string idea. 

Here is my new string for the week, a day late.
This string can be interpreted in a lot of ways. 
I chose to go with some tangles in the foreground,
then use my blox as the background,
tangled in a small handmade journal I have.
I used scrapbook paper, watercolor paper, mixed media paper, and pages I pre-colored with dylusions ink sprays and Brushos.
For tangles I used paradox, ceedarr and blox in the first square.
The second square has corn rows, golden, arrowhead, patch, and part of dayz eaze.
All are my own patterns with the exception of paradox.
Fun times stacking squares!

If you would like to print out the string as a standard 3.5" square, click here.
Have fun!
Happy Thursday a day late!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Playing With Flowers

Working with flowers again.
There are so many ways to tangle flowers.
I think my favorites here are the ones with curlz
and the ones with mooka.
What about you? 
Which flower tangles do you like to use?

(And I just realized I've never posted the steps for curlz. I need to fix that soon. In the meantime, here are steps for you to get started.)

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Take Your Coloring Page to the Next Level

 Unless you've been living under a rock lately,
you already know that adult coloring books are all the rage!
There are so many flooding the market now, 
which can be a good thing because
it gives you a lot of variety.
There are even a few tangled coloring books out there.
(But seriously, about the only one I would personally invest money in is Jane Monk's Tangled Treasures and any of the four others she has coming up.)

So I got to thinking about ways to use my existing coloring books in tangled ways.
Hence this project.

Pick a coloring page that has a lot of open areas. 
Such was the case with this page up above from Selina Fenech's book Mermaids.
I liked this page because there were open spaces on the mermaid, on the turtle, and in the waters.
From there I took my sharpie fine point and my copic multiliner pens and began tangling the open areas. 
I worked on the mermaid first, getting into the process a little at a time.
I started small by tangling her tail.
From there I moved to her hair.
I liked the results I was getting - I wished the paper was a little thicker - but I liked how it was looking.
So, I moved on to the turtle and to the waterways.

I am happy with the finished product.
I didn't tangle everything on the page,
just the major elements.
The places that would draw the eye.

Actually, I like to click on the first picture, let it enlarge then click to the next picture.
By doing this you can go back and forth between the two and see what a drastic difference a little tangling makes.

My next step in this process will be to color it.
No, I don't need to.
It looks great in black and white,
but I'd really like to continue the process and see how my copics work on this paper.
You will probably be seeing that soon.

So. Get brave. Take a page out of your favorite coloring book and get to tangling!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday String Idea #13

 Welcome to Thursday String Idea #13.
Sorry I missed the past two weeks,
I was in Maine with no internet.
This week's string is a kind of a 
loopedy-loop kind of string.
To print the string out at 3.5", click here.

As for myself, I am going to start moving
away from the 3.5" tangling tile.
As I get older I find that little tile is too small.
I need a larger work area. 
In my tangling string #13, I opted for some white space in my work. 
I like the contrast and the way the string of 
TootsieMoon holds the gnarly tangle in place.

Want to try string #13 for yourself?
Just go here and print out the string.
To use this same string on a larger work area like I did, 
just extend the ends of the lines.
My tile is 4" x 6".
Have fun!

The Creator's Leaf