Tuesday, October 21, 2014

So Far Behind

So far behind in posting.
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.
Kali and I spent the past few days in Orlando
visiting Disney World and
the new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios.
Photos coming soon :). Yay!!! 

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tutorial Coming Soon

Life has been a little busy with Kali back home.
Tutorial to come about - 
filling those wide open spaces.
Now. To the mall we must go!
The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mandala-ish, APR #126

Here's another piece of art I worked on at Kali's - prior to moving her back south. Almost like a mandala, but missing the precision of a mandala. I started with that radiating spiral in the middle and just kept adding. 

It has taken me probably close to five minutes to find my chop - signature - in there. I try to always include it in every work I draw - or paint. Can you find it? My initials A and H, with a leaf - for the blog title: The Creator's Leaf.

I'm still trying to catch up here at home. So many things that need to be done and only so much energy. I'd rather sit in my chair and draw than clean house any day. Nothing new there. Ha!

Thanks to Debbie Nolan for following The Creator's Leaf this week! Welcome!

Linking up to Artist's Play Room this week. You can check it out here

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

My First Collage Mermaid is Done

As I mentioned a couple days ago, I am taking an online class called Mermaid Circus. It's taught by Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore. Our first assignment was to make a mermaid using collage art. I had never done anything with collage before. You literally cut all these bits and pieces out of magazines and glue them together to make something. In this case - a mermaid.
 I finished my first collage mermaid just a little while ago. There are litereally 78 cut pieces of paper in that mermaid you see right there! If you click on the photo - it should enlarge on your screen so you can see more detail. I also used ribbon, stickers, jewels, a photograph, gel pens, microns, a poster paint marker (which I may never use again - like ever), and some pan pastels. I am thrilled with the way it turned out. Pretty scary, but so much fun.
 It isn't necessary to work in a certain theme, but I am. The theme idea came to me yesterday and my brain hasn't slowed down yet. I have ideas for about 9 other mermaids at this point. I may forego that whole 'circus' aspect and just concentrate on mermaids and mermans/mer-men?
Regardless, I know it's going to be fun and I'm going to learn a lot! I already have and I just completed week one of the class! 

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I Can Draw That With My Eyes Shut Tight!

Draw with your eyes shut?
Strange question?
Perhaps, but that is exactly what the Diva
asked us to do this week in her
The Diva Challenge.
I always love this challenge.
I've gotten away from using a string when I tangle.
I like the freeness that comes from not using a string.
But sometimes we just need to go back to our roots.
Back to where it all began and start over.
That is what Laura asked us to do in this week's
Diva Challenge

I took a 3 1/2" zentangle tile and used a pencil
to lay down a dot in each corner,
then connected the dots with lines
forming a box.
With my eyes open :).

Then I closed my eyes,
kept one hand on the tile so I would know where it was,
and I drew a string.
I like loopy-di-loops, so it kind of
went in that direction.

Then I opened my eyes and went
whoa! not such a great string!
But I had decided beforehand
that I would go wherever my blind string
took me . . .
. . . and this is what I drew.
I am forcing myself to leave some white space
(negative space)
in my tangling lately. 
And also lately - I am having trouble remembering
what tangles I actually know.
I have 4 or 5 basic ones that I use all the time.
Talk about being stuck in a rut.
So, I have started working on something
that I learned from Cherryl Moote that I
will share with you soon. 
An ongoing work in progress.
Coming soon.

For now, head on over to the Diva's page here
and check out all the blind string offerings.
You could even close your eyes and try your
hand at a blind string. 
I'd love to see how it turns out!

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mermaid Journal

Got my journal cut out and sewn together today. And looking at this photo, I see that I need to take it apart and resew it. This time in the correct order. That would be a tail you see right behind that cover. It is supposed to be a place for a mermaid face to peek out. Oops! But I am going to post these photos anyway. Cause I already took them :).
A closer look at the pages.
This seahorse is one of my favorite parts so far. And the glimmery, shimmery, oceany look in these paints. Studio acrylics from PeBeo, the iridescent colors. I actually used a gold, a teal, and a green on this page and scraped them across with an old Disney World room key card.
Here is the reverse side of that seahorse page. You can see (almost) the full mermaid here. Or at least what will be a mermaid when I get to that part of the class. 
Hopefully this octopus will make some awesome hair for one mermaid. I have to tell you I've never done anything like this journal before. I have done a couple of Jane's classes (not Teesha's) and Jane really explains things well, so I have great expectations for my little mermaid circus book!
Linking up to the Artist's Play Room today. You can check it out here.

The Creator's Leaf

The Mermaid Circus

Step right up!
The Mermaid Circus is now in town!
Actually, the mermaid circus got to town 4 weeks ago.
I'm just running behind schedule.
As always.
Mermaid Circus is a fun art journal class taught by
Jane Davenport
and Teesha Moore.
And I've been wanting to take this class forever!

Today I was working hard:
cutting out pages for the journal,
painting pages,
spraying inks, and
slapping paints.
And my hands look like a mess.
Nothing new there!
Let the fun begin!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, September 29, 2014

When Is Enough - Enough?

Sometimes I have the tendency to overdo things. To take things one step too far. It is hard to know when to stop. So, how do you know when enough is just that - enough? In the drawing above you see a lot of negative space. Some people call it white space, except in this case it would  be green, yellow, and blue space. Hehehe!
Let me walk you through what I did here. I started with a scrap of watercolor paper - about 4" x 6". (I'm too tired to actually get up and go look for a ruler. Sorry.) I made a watercolor background with my Dylusions Ink Sprays - lemon zest and london blue. Then I made some ghosted dots with a stencil and some water. I liked the gridwork look of the dots, so I started with those and began filling in some of the dots with printemps.
I just kept adding them where it seemed appropriate. Then I added double lines - making the resemblance to tinker toys kind of the thing here. When I felt like I had "enough", I stopped. Notice that it does not cover the entire block. Not even a whole corner. I filled in a section that was irregular in shape, to give a comfortable feel to the page so far, then I left it at that and moved on.
I added some clusters of printemps out near three of the corners. Similar in origin to my tinker toys, but really quite different in appearance. Next I added some clusters of holes. A little here and there. Not overwhelming the page, just a highlight - so to speak.
I wanted to keep the number of tangles to a minimum. I am liking that whole minimalistic approach lately and you can really see it here. I connected some of the areas with tipple - those little, tiny circles. You can really do amazing things with tipple. Notice how they draw your eye into different portions of the drawing. 

I considered stopping at that point, but felt the drawing needed a bit more. So, I added more printemps in that upper right corner, as well as a segment of them in the lower right. 

It still needed a bit more, so I filled in some of the tinker toys with cheesecloth - which looks pretty much like screen! I love using it and it is such a forgiving tangle to draw. A white gelly roll pen added some highlights.

Then I stopped and looked. I left the drawing until the next day, and again looked and analyzed. The drawing felt complete to me, like it was e n o u g h. So, I stopped. Fun tangles, lovely negative space, and some warm, inviting color. When your drawing speaks to you and you are happy with it - that is when you know that enough is enough.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Kali's Home, Well . . . Sort Of

You read that post title correctly - Kali is back in the hometown. Mostly. Actually she's in Colorado getting ready to make her first wedding cakes for her best friend who gets married in a couple days. No pressure. First cakes = first altitude baking = a little stress, but nothing she can't handle. Kali has done the research and is ready to create some awesomeness! Can't wait to see pictures!

Some time back I made several tiles of beautiful color using - what else? - Dylusions Ink Sprays. (Yes. I know I'm in a rut, but it's such a beautiful rut.) I took some basic art supplies to Maryland - but didn't get a lot of drawing time in. Too much packing to do. Hahaha! This is one of the tiles I drew. Actually the only tile. The other things I worked on were larger scale and I will show them to you over the next couple days. 

To make the background for this tile, I sprayed a light mist of water over the whole square. Then I liberally spritzed on some Crushed Grape Dylusions ink and let it run in the water. After about 10 seconds I lightly sprayed a bit of London Blue Dylusions ink in just a couple spots. Again, I let the water move and blend the colors until I got a look that I liked. A heat gun quickly dried the ink and maintained the beautiful colors. When I tangled the design, I just followed the flow of the colors. I started with the big swatch of spiral printemps, then filled in with the urchin. Lastly, a couple swimming indy-rellas appeared. What fun!

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Cards - It's A Square Thing!

Getting ready to head to the airport. The mail came in today and I just had to post this before I leave. Moo has some new business cards - cute little square ones! A little larger than the twinchie and a little smaller than the official zentangle® tile. Here is my new card! All my own artwork. I love it!
They even sent some cute little cards to share! I'm thinking they've heard about my pink hair? Or maybe my blue hair? Or maybe my pink and blue hair? Nah! Probably not. Hahaha!

The Creator's Leaf