Thursday, January 12, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
It is week 2 in our
Tangle It! Journal book study!
Over on Facebook in my group called
Zentangle All Around,
we are working our way through
this book that I co-authored and illustrated.
Above is my entry for today.
Trace and tangle your hand.
To join us in our journey, get your book here.
Then head over to Facebook and join
Zentangle All Around.
I'll meet you there!
Monday, January 2, 2017
So. Our study of the
Tangle It! Journal
has started over on Facebook in the group
Zentangle All Around.
I am one of the author/illustrators
for this best-selling book
the admin for Zentangle All Around.
Want to join us for the study?
Head on over to Zentangle All Around,
knock on our door,
and I will let you in!
Here's a link to check out the
Tangle It! Journal on Amazon.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Happy New Year!!!
In my Facebook group -
Zentangle All Around -
we are starting a year long adventure!
You should come on over and join us.
One of the features I'm adding to the blog
this year that we will incorporate into
the 2017 extravaganza is
Art on a Shoestring!
Art on a Budget!
Also known as Walmart school supplies!
On Facebook, and here on the internet,
I am often called the Queen of Color.
And I have to admit I love it!
Bright, vivid, lovely color!
Can you get that on a budget, you ask.
Yes! You can!
In the top photo you see a simple pan watercolor set that came
from the school supply aisle at Walmart.
I paid $1.29 for it a long time ago.
It's one of my favorite.
a watercolor/mixed media journal - or similar paper,
some water, and a big brush.
Start by slopping a bunch of water all over
I usually put splash guards (computer paper)
under the edges so the color doesn't get
on the rest of my journal.
Once your page is wet, load some color onto your paint brush.
Then just drag the color - swish it back and forth - through the water.
If you have enough water on the page
you will notice the color start to move.
Movement is good.
Then start dropping in some other colors.
Load that brush with water and have fun!
I know there are lots of studies on the
color wheel and which colors go with each other.
I don't worry myself about any of that.
I know what colors I like and those are
the ones I use.
Add as many colors as you want.
I usually go with anywhere from 3-5.
Depending on the size of my paper.
Keep adding water as you need to.
If your paper gets too dry
just mop some more water onto it.
Or spray some with a spritz bottle.
At some point you may get too much
water in one place.
Did I mention I keep a 45 gallon trashcan
and a 12 pack of paper towels in my
studio at all times?
And I usually fill that trashcan up each week.
When you have too much water you can
dab or blot it with a paper towel
you can even roll the paper towels right across
the top of the whole page.
That's going to pick up a lot of the color.
So you add water and layer more color on.
There's going to be a test later
Keep adding back the colors you were using before.
As you add the color back, it will pick up
some of the color that was left behind
and you start to get beautiful combinations
that you didn't have the first time.
I didn't even use yellow the first time
but it just seemed right at this point.
And any time you keep adding water
you are going to get a puddle.
There are other ways to handle that puddle
but for the sake of this post,
dab it up with a paper towel.
I just dabbed.
I didn't roll.
So most of the color is still showing.
You can use a heat gun
(or a hair dryer - budget tip!)
to dry your page.
You could let it air dry
but I am just that impatient.
You have a beautiful background
to tangle on,
or to use as a base for an art journal page.
And it was affordable.
*** Notice I made this page directly
in my art journal. ***
Sometimes it is more fun to work on
individual sheets of mixed media paper.
I like to keep a stash of them to use
for collage, or to tangle on - they travel well,
to make journals out of (we will do that later.)
And while I'm thinking about it -
never throw your scraps away.
Get a ziplock bag or envelope and stash those
beauties away for later.
This particular watercolor set runs about
$3.99 at Walmart.
And I added in a spritz bottle of water.
An old plant mister
or an empty and washed out hairspray bottle
will work just as well.
This little page is going to be a tip-in
page for my art journal.
(That will be another post.)
Cover it with water.
Load your brush with your favorite color . . .
. . . and drizzle it across your page.
Start adding more color.
For this page I went with larger sections
of color to start with.
My paper was getting too dry
so I just dropped more water onto the page
with the brush.
No fancy technique here.
I didn't used to use yellow
but I noticed it brightens up any page.
We will work more on this in 2017,
here when I added too much water
I tipped the page and let the color run.
And I didn't blot up the color this time.
I used the heat gun to push the color
and to dry it.
Well, that was fun.
There's another side to this paper
and I still have water in my cup.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
From our winter wonderland that we call home,
our very own land of Narnia in Maine,
we say goodbye to 2016.
There were may negative things that happened
Many people we loved are now gone.
We will miss them and we will carry on.
Because that is what you do.
You remember the good times
and you carry on.
We did bring some dragons with us from Florida.
Actually five dragons and I've added to the
herd while we've been here.
This baby dragon was carved from a pine tree
with a chain saw by a very talented artist
The baby stands guard over our home.
Night before last we got about a foot of snow
and this little guy even got blasted on the porch
under the roofline.
I love how his little eyes are peeking out.
Hahahaha! Poor baby!
So you add that foot of snow to what we already had
and this is what you get.
A back yard buried in snow but soooo beautiful!
I love Maine!
Behind those trees is where Mark hunted this year.
We have plenty of land for hunting.
And hopefully for one of our children to relocate
in 2017 and live up here next door to us.
Fingers crossed and praying.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,
"Do not be afraid. I bring good news that will cause great joy for all people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
~ Luke 2:1-20 New International Version ~