Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Gift Options

 If you are interested in a giveaway for a copy of my book
Tangle Starts,
my friend Jennifer McLean is hosting a giveaway on her blog 
You can read the post and enter by going to this link
There is one more day in the giveaway.
You can read more about my book on Amazon.
This particular piece of art is not in the book,
but there are similar pages.
Backgrounds without the tangling, I added that part.
This is an example of one way you can use the book.
Christmas will be here before you know it.
I have 137 items in the Christmas Gift section
of my Etsy store TheCreatorsLeaf. 
With priority shipping you can have them in your hands within a couple days. 
Above you see one example of a kit I have listed here
This is one of my favorite items in the shop.
A set of 23 unique substrates for you to draw or tangle on. 
The color work has already been done for you. 
You can see this set here

Christmas shopping can be as easy as checking out
these two links:
find my book Tangle Starts here and
Gift Sets for the artist in you life can be found here
And remember - there is one day left in Jennifer's giveaway here

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Tangle Starts Background #zebrapen

 My copy of Tangle Starts arrived and I've been drooling over the pages! 
So many beautiful pages to pick from.
I am super happy with the quality and the colors.
I personally made all the backgrounds found in this book.
This page above is one I made with a gelli plate,
a stencil, and some green acrylic paint. 
I took my book, found this page, and grabbed a black
Sarasa Fineliner from Zebra Pen.
These floral tangles are all creations of my own, too.
You will be reading more about them very soon.
 I really love the way the Sarasa Fineliner glides across these pages. 
The page surface is smooth and the Sarasas are the perfect choice. 
For the next page I am going to try their Technical Pens.
If you are interested in the Sarasa Fineliners,
you can tell from this photo that they come in various colors. 
They are all beautiful! 
You can check them out in the Zebra store here.
I'll be doing a complete review soon. 

And if you are interested in grabbing a copy of
you will find that here.
All the mystery of color has been taken care of for you.
All you need to do is grab a pen and tangle. 

Have a great rest of your week!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tangle Starts Backgrounds

 I love making backgrounds!
Colorful, textured, fluid and flowing -
it's all beautiful and it's all fun!
For the one above, I used 
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks
and lots of water. 
A heat gun pushed those colors into circles
and lots of runny drips!
Love it!
And believe it or not - I only used three colors!
This background again came from
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks.
This time I flicked a splatter brush of water
across the surface just before the colors were dry,
then lifted color off the paper with a paper towel.
Love the way this one turned out!

Both these backgrounds are in my new book
If you love colored backgrounds but don't have
the supplies, or the knowledge, or the time -
this book might be your answer.
You can tangle on the pages,
you can paint or used wet media if you follow
the instructions on Pages 3 and 5,
you can tear the pages out and cut them up to
use as collage art - there are so may ways to
use these backgrounds!

You can see some ways I am using my copy 
here and here.
And you see some of the inside pages
by clicking on "See all 2 images."

Have a great week creating!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Huge Christmas Sale in My Etsy Store

 The Creator's Leaf on Etsy 
is where I am trying to make Christmas happen!
(You can just click that pink link and go straight
to the store, if you wish.)
In fact, I just reduced the price on almost every item in the store,
and I added about 10 more gift sets.
Such as this one here for the horse lover in your life.
 Nice sturdy metal tin houses all the supplies you
need to get your tangle on - 
a variety of tiles and the pens
you need to make the magic happen. 
It's all in this tin for just $19.99.
That's less than half the total value.
I want it to go to someone who will love it!
 This kids' set has been very popular the past couple years, 
and I have 2 sets left.
My resource for getting these books at cost has dried up,
so when these are gone - that's it.
That instruction book is the same one I refer to 
over and over again.
The supply bag holds tiles and the tools to draw with.
Reduced to $14.99.
 I have a lot of gift sets ready to stuff a stocking
or to be gifted. This is just a sampling.
$12.99
$7.99
 $9.99
You need pens to tangle with or to art journal with
and I have a lot of them in the store.
Here is a new item recently released from Tombow,
just $12.99.
 Lolliz are wonderful!
Four trays of pens - neon, sparkly, metallic, milky.
Just $7.99.
 Been wanting to try some paint pens?
Just $7.99.
 Staedtler pens are cutting edge and this deal is a steal.
Just $15.99.
 Anyone who has priced Copic Markers knows this is a great deal.
Skin tone set and jewel tone set -
just $34.99.
Less than half price.
$12.99
 I have a lot of journals in the store.
Both purchased and handmade. 
Above is one that I put together myself.
Love these clear covers!
I have 7 or 8 different ones listed.
$9.99
Hand book journals!
What a deal!
Just $12.99
Strathmore Watercolor journals are one of my favorites.
I got a great deal on these with a store that was
clearing out art supplies.
Just $15.99 each.
 Strathmore Mixed Media journals.
I use these a lot!
Just $17.99 each.
 These next few sets of photos are of journals that
I bound together. 
The inner pages include heavy scrapbook paper, watercolor paper, mixed media paper. 
Pages from gelli plate pulls, watercolors, and brushos that I made.
Unique one of a kind journals.
Size 4" x 6".
Smaller pages mean quicker works of art.
Just $7.99 each.
Some of the inside pages are shown in the next photo.
 $7.99
the photo below shows some of the pages.
 Baby journals. I actually made a couple of these.
For all of these I say "journals" which could also
translate into "scrapbooks."
Here are a few of the inside pages.
Just $7.99
Peerless transparent watercolors.
You literally touch the wet tip of a brush to these little
swatches of paper and it picks up the color.
Then you just watercolor away with it.
Seriously. It's that easy.
This is the last set I have.
Just $9.99 - 
these swatches will last you a long time!
 I've added some art journaling books into the mix.
Ready to have these books out of my closet
and off the shelves.
$12.99 total.
 Just $12.99 for all four books.
This set just $12.99 -
that's a legit deal right there!
(And I have art in two of these books.)
 I love playing with color and making tiles to tangle on .
Here is a set of 12 pre-colored tiles waiting for you to add your art.
Just $9.99
 I also have digital art in the store.
Purchase and download.
Just $6.99
 I have 15 of these sets and will probably never make
sets this large again.
All pre-colored, you get an assortment of 23 different tiles, ready for you to just add the art.
$12.99
These are 2" square tiles - a set of 9 that make a
larger piece of art, if you want.
You can tangle them in this configuration
or you can use them individually.
A great stocking stuffer idea!
Just $7.99.

I don't make pitches like this often -
I bet you're glad!
I just really wanted to show a sampling of what
I have in my store.
All total there are 146 active listings for art items
such as what you see in this post.
Most items ship priority, which means they can be
to you in just a few days.

Prices seem too high?
Just ask.
And if you don't see what you want -
just ask. I might have it in the closet.

Merry Christmas, all!
from

In case you are new to my blog,
pink = link. 
Wherever you see pink, just click and you will be taken
to that page. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

One String, Two Tiles #zebrapen

 The challenge here is to draw a string.
That would be the pencil lines that you lay out on the tile.
You will use those lines to place your tangle
patterns in.
Take that one string and repeat it on a second tile.
Now you have one string drawn on two separate tiles.
 Take the two tiles with the same string and start placing your tangles.
Each of the two tiles should be different.
Above you see the first tile I did. 
You can still follow the string,
although you don't have to strictly adhere to the string.
The tangles I used are:
over and under (a new tangle of my own),
 Then I took the second tile and tangled it.
Totally different patterns, totally different look. 
I think this is my favorite one.
I used: coral (my own pattern), MySwing, tipple and showgirl
As usual I used my Sarasa Fineliner from Zebra Pen on both tiles.
It's pretty much all I use these days. 
I like seeing them side by side.
Shading really brings out the best parts
and makes our tiles more 3Dish,
they have more texture and depth.
Such a great challenge.
I'd love to see what you do with it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Getting Sketchy Saturday A Day Late








I must apologize.
I have no idea why this post popped up here,
and I have no idea when it was originally posted.

I have been "cleaning" my blog some today,
deleting all those nasty little Photobucket boxes
telling me I have to give them $400 a year or all
my pictures I have stored with them are going to disappear in May. 
Anyway, I was going through the most recent 200 posts,
deleting boxes and now I see this popped in here.
I guess I should be glad only one post did that.
I think.