Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Flow of Aquafleur

Just a short post today.
Having some semi-major eye pain 
and am doing eye-drops like crazy.
Aquafleur is an official zentangle® tangle.
You can see step-outs here.
It's one of those tangles I had so much trouble
drawing - I disliked this tangle immensely.
Then I went to a workshop called
Retreat to Paradise
where Meredith Yuhas taught some classes.
One of the things Meredith taught us was
how to make the tangle aquafleur
work for us. 
It's been awhile since I used aquafleur and
thought I'd pull it back out and give it
 a test-drive.
Why don't you check out the step-outs 
and give her a whirl.

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tangle Reference Guide

Lately when I've been 'trying' to tangle, I have a lot of . . . do I know any tangles??? What do I know? I can't remember a thing! Has this ever happened to you? I am probably not the only person who has so many things going on in my life that my brain is just bogged down by the end of the day and I am left with - - - do I know any tangles???
Now. Rewind to May. I flew to Toronto to surprise a friend I had never really met in person - just online - who is really as close as a sister. While I was visiting Cindy, my CZT friend Cherryl Moote invited us to spend a little time in her home - and studio - and we did some fun shopping that I talked about here. One of the things Cherri showed us was a tangle book she was  building in a moleskine storyboard journal. I loved what she showed us so much that I ordered my own journal from Moleskine and got started.
This is what one page looks like. This journal can be ordered from or for around $15-20.00. It measures 5" x 8.25" and closes with an attached elastic band. Each of the 108 pages has four story blocks already drawn on the page like you see in the photo above.
From the first photo in this post you can see that I started by keeping primarily to the blocks. That extra space in the middle can be used to make notes about the tangles, or to sketch out the steps, or to say "hey! this is my absolute favorite!" By the time I got to this page I was regretting losing that space in the center and began filling it with tangles that needed more room than one box.
For me - this book isn't intended to show step-outs. This book is all about being something I can grab when I hit a brick wall and can't remember anything. It is a reference. A refresher. A reminder.
Being such, I want to fill it with my favorite tangles to draw. Not ones that I don't want to use, or ones that I can never get to look right. It isn't a place where I 'practice' - I do that in a different sketchbook. I want these pages to look pretty. I want to be able to flip through and have the tangles bring up good memories in my mind. 

When I look at cat-kin I remember how I could never get that to look right until Meredith Yuhas taught us the steps in a Retreat to Paradise class. 

When I look at verdigogh I remember that it is a cool, versatile tangle that adds a little spice wherever I can use it. 

When I look at copada by Margaret Bremner - it reminds me of her little wonky houses - even though there isn't a single house in the tangle. 

Anything by Michele Beauchamp reminds me of her beautiful spirals and I find myself trying to fit one in - even if there isn't enough space - just because I love them so much! 

And when I see those awesome little Lilah Beans I just smile from ear to ear! I love those little beans! 

And thanks, Cherri, for letting me take your idea and make my own book!

As a quick reference guide of tangles I am comfortable with drawing - this moleskine journal is awesome! Except for that whole quick part. Any time I sit down with this journal is good for at least 30 minutes because I just get lost in remembering!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Another Dutch Diamond Tangle

A short time ago, I posted about a tangle I designed called Dutch Diamonds. Well, I pulled it out again and drew this recently. This is in my square Stillman & Birns sketchbook. I love that book so much I recently bought three more of them! What are you working on today? or this week?

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Prayers For Canada

Praying for my Canadian family and friends 
today as they mourn the loss of 
Corporal Nathan Cirillo,
killed yesterday in Ottawa.

Terrorism is leaving no country untouched
or unscathed.

Praying for Corporal Cirillo's family,
and for the proud people of Canada.

I remember sitting in tears,
watching the television when the United States
was under attack in 2001.
That feeling of helplessness,
the feeling of uncertainty,
it's a scary place to be.
Hold on to the faith that all will be well.
Hold on to God.
And hold onto each other.

Photo: May, 2014, in Midland, Ontario. Alice Hendon 
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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

The Creator's Leaf

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