Monday, September 1, 2014

Making a Mess Is So Much Fun!

It has been a fun and productive afternoon! Jason and Bobbie are working on a project for Frankie's room and asked me to make some canvas backgrounds. I made a total of six this afternoon. All bright colors - pinks, purples, teals, lime greens, yellows, and a touch of orange. Fun, fun, fun!
And now my hand looks lovely. And this is after scrubbing and washing and even clorox wiping. Good times! Hahahaha! 

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Simple Watercolor Flowers

Let me just say this, if I can do it so can you!
A couple weeks ago I was getting ready to go on a road trip.
I knew I couldn't take a lot of art supplies,
so I decided to prep a watercolor page before I left.
What you see above is all the prep I did.
I took a decent size paint brush and spread some
generic flower shapes onto a piece of
watercolor paper using my Grumbacher watercolor pans.
 Not a lot of attention to detail.
Just got some color slapped onto the page with
the focus being a couple flowers and what could pass
for a sunny area.
Next I started adding some lines.
I drew around the petals and stamin of the main flower,
and detailed the stem.
I outlined the petals of the flower bud,
and started turning those orange arms into something -
maybe some aloe, or cactus arms.
I finished the cactus-aloe-octopus arms,
and detailed the green leaves.
The flower bud didn't really have any way to
anchor it to the rest of the picture,
so I added a stem leading up to it.
Did a little more details on that stem and those leaves.
Then I started filling in a sun. 
Basic flower design for the sun - 
a center and some petals.
That makes an awesome and easy sun.
I completed the sun with some loose 'nzeppel tangles, 
and some rays in those petals.

And I was done. 
Seriously, the drying of the watercolor paint
almost took longer than the drawing.

All in all I have probably 15 minutes 
worth of work in this drawing.
Simple and direct.
Sweet and easy.
The clock is running.

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bijou. It's What's New in Zentangle®

Bijou. A two inch square tile - commonly known as a twinchie. In the realm of all things zentangle, these are Bijou tiles. Bijou is a little snail that came home from Paris with Rick and Maria several years ago. They named these tiles after Bijou. You can see a drawing of him - or her - on the back of each tile. The nice thing about a twinchie is you can tangle one up in a short amount of time. And as I soon found out - they also handle color very well. These are the first four I tangled.

Frankie is over for a few days so posting may be sporadic until next week. Just so you know. 
The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My First Completed Face :)

So much fun I had today! I'm taking a year long class called Life Book and I am really just now getting into some of the lessons. (Now that the year is coming to a close soon.) This is the very first face I've ever completed! I tried one other earlier, but never finished it. So . . . yay, me!!!!
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love these Dylusions Ink Sprays from Dyan Reaveley! I have no idea why this photo is so dark on the left side, but don't you just love those bright colors? At this point I noticed that dark green spot in the middle, and I knew it was going to be a problem. I needed to tone it down. Dylusions are very cool because you can reactivate them with water, which is what I did. I sprayed some water right on that dark spot, and lifted some of the color with a paper towel.
Then I had this, but needed to do more. So. More water . . . 
. . . and I was happy with this. I knew I'd be adding more water and it would probably lighten up some more. So I just kept on working. Layering and layering.
Next I started laying in some more color in that top section. This will eventually be hair, flowing and colorful.
A little bit of color here and there came from Golden fluid acrylics and water, just to add a pop and fill in some areas. And I used a couple stencils to add some texture.
And the scary part began!
Add a little color and keep on building.
So I missed a whole lot of steps in the photographing. Hahaha! Sorry. I just kept filling in color and 'protecting the face.' I wish I knew how many times Tamara Laporte said 'protect the face' in the class video. Haha! and she is so right!
Layer and build and detail. So much fun! Tam said it was like thoughts flowing from her mind. All the cool, imagination and creativity. I love it!
So much fun! Frankie is coming tomorrow, so the art-making will come to a halt for a few days. I kept a few projects held back so I would have something to post. Then I want to get back to making pretty colors and awesome ladies! Hahahaha!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, August 25, 2014

String 119, and More TootsieMoon

 Time for another string challenge. Each week, Linda Farmer posts a string challenge on Tangle This week's string came from CZT Linda Fine.
This is what Linda gave us. I took the string, drew it lightly on my 3 1/2" tile in pencil, then began with the basic steps of TootsieMoon along the string. Then I just kept auraing the Tootsie filled string. Last? Shading. What a difference shading makes with TootsieMoon! Love the way it turned out!

Seriously, check out Tangle Patterns for all the newest tangles, some looks back at what we were drawing a year ago, and some pretty fun strings!
The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bronx Cheer and APR 120

Today's post is going to be short. And to the point. My left wrist is killing me. Lots of pain around the bottom joint of the thumb. I have my hand in a brace and from experience I know the pain should subside by tomorrow. Starting to think I need this looked at by a doctor. 

Anyway, on the facebook group Square One: Purely Zentangle® where we are challenged to get back to the basics in zentangle, the prompt this week was bronx cheer. That would be all those little blackberry looking bits above. Maria Thomas came up with this tangle as a way to cover up mistake areas, blotched areas in our drawings. Our prompt here was simply to make the bronx cheer part of the drawing. I left the stems off and buried them within the printemps. Added a little waving flux and some beadlines and am calling it done. 
Linking up to the Artist's Play Room for the week. There is a whole week's worth of time for you to add some art of your own!
The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Zonked? Yeah, Pretty Much

 Zonked? Yes, maybe a little.
Summer colds have a way of doing that to you.
It's best to get plenty of rest,
take a little meds now and then,
and relax when you can.
A couple weeks ago, tangler Barbara Finwall shared
her new tangle - zonked - with us on tangle patterns.
You can find the step-out to zonked here.
This is definitely a fun tangle,
and it looks different depending on the width 
and curve of your grid.
And if you take enough cold meds, 
zonked will take on its own special meaning
and special look. 
(As evidenced in this second tile.)
Bless me!
Linking up to the Artist's Play Room.
Check it out here
The Creator's Leaf

Friday, August 22, 2014

Spill Ink on Your Project?

I have had a request for more tutorials here on The Creator's Leaf, but I have to tell this tutorial was not a planned one. This is a post of necessity.
Off and on for the past week I have been drawing - and adding to - this 8" x 8" tangle. A little here, a little there, as I had the time. Last night I was happy with where the drawing had arrived and pulled out my copics to start some coloring.
I was rolling along fairly well until this happened. Do you see it, just there? (I sound like Hermione to Ron, "you have dirt on your nose. Just there. Did you know?") My pinkish copic was working very well as I colored parts of those zingers, then all of a sudden a big blob of color popped right out and onto my paper. I had no chance to even react. The marker just spit that color right out onto my drawing I've been working on for a week. Needless to say I was not happy.
So not happy. I grabbed my blender and tried to salvage some of the area, this was the best I could get the blob reduced to. I was so not happy. I can't even tell you how not happy. I shut everything down for the night and went to sleep.
My original thought last night was to throw the whole project in the trash, thankfully I didn't do that. I've told my kids over the years something I learned from my dad - that typically nothing is broken so badly that it can't be fixed, or mended, or altered in a workable manner. So. I woke up this morning with the thought that  - shoot! I can totally camouflage that blob! So out came my trusty little circle template. I had circles spaced around the project already, I just decided to add another. If I  hadn't already had circles figured into the drawing, I could have certainly added them at this point. I just needed to figure out a way to salvage what I already had - by adding something else. Pulling out an existing element and making it work in this blobby area.
In my haste - and probably partially due to all the cold medicines I'm taking - I didn't even realize I drew right over the top of the zinger stem. I also drew into the leaf - which I did realize. Ugh. So I grabbed a small tip pen and drew hash lines along the edges of some of the leaves to camouflage the error. 
To cover up the line through the stem - I added lines to all the zinger stems. Not a big deal, an easy fix. Then I drew another circle to go around that pink blob.
Finished coloring the circle, added some hashlines to a few other leaves to balance the drawing out, and I had my pink blob repaired and good to go.
Then I finished up the coloring with some other copics, At You Spica glitter pens, and my Wink of Stella glitter markers. Love those pens!

So, if you need to cover up a blob of ink - or a portion of your drawing that didn't turn out like you expected - look for an element that is already present in your drawing. Perhaps you will find one that you can replicate in the problem area to camouflage/fix it. And have fun!

(The idea for this drawing came from artwork of my friend Marizaan Van Beek. Marizaan is a fellow CZT who lives in South Africa.)
The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Live in Florida?

Today I had to ask the question one more time:
why do I live in Florida?????
This photo was taken with my phone 
at almost 4:00 PM.
PM. As in afternoon.
Day almost done time.
And it actually got as high as 104° F,
but I was driving and couldn't take a photo.
I am wiped out.
 Might not get another post out today,
so this might be it.
Stay inside, drink something icy and cold,
prop your feet up in front of a fan,
and draw!
(And don't even consider moving to Florida!)

The Creator's Leaf