Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Proverbs 4:23

 Bible Journaling. 
Getting back to the basics in life.
The foundation of my faith.
Getting back to where God wants me to be.
Taking that step to put acrylic paint . . .
onto a Bible page . . .
wow! it's a great big step!
But one I felt I had to do.

It starts with finding a verse that means
something special to you.
Or a verse that speaks to you in your
daily devotions.

I focused on Proverbs 4:23 -
to guard my heart!

I began by prepping my page with some clear gesso. 
I just spread it over the entire page.
I don't mind if a little of what I'm doing bleeds
through to the back of the page,
I just don't want it to be overwhelming.
So prep.
The verse focuses on the heart,
so I traced out a couple of hearts.
And since I'm a tangler - 
I tangled a little line of hearts, as well.
I used Jane Davenport ink water brushes
to add the color.
My handy-dandy tool to make the spreading lines?
A drinking straw :).
I made the heart area real soupy with water,
added the color one at a time,
and blew like crazy through the straw.
Aiming where the lines went.
I tangled a small line of perfs around the inner heart,
and wrote the word guard.
A super simple page. 
And I really like the way it turned out.
A beautiful reminder to . . .
"Guard your heart,
for from it flow the springs of life."
~ Proverbs 4:23 ~

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Meshing Tangles

To say I'm getting discouraged tangling
would be putting it mildly.
It took me three days to draw this simple tangle,
but at least I tangled something. 
 I frequently get asked how I decide which patterns to use
and how I make them work together.
One of the weekly prompts in my Facebook group
Zentangle All Around
was to use Julie Beland's tangle gooberz.
I love that tangle!
I knew that I needed something else to go with it,
so I went to Julie's Pinterest board and looked
at the other patterns she has designed.
Beauchamp is similar in style
and the roundness of each tangle works well together.
So Beauchamp became my second pattern.
I began by setting up a section of gooberz
to the left-hand side of my page.
Those thickened lines really make this
tangle special!
They also help cover up any boo-boos 
you may make.
 I needed to segue from one tangle to the next.
The obvious way to blend the two was to keep
the curvature of the line going.
I placed my first line of Beauchamp to the
right of an unfinished gooberz.
 Then I filled in the right-hand side of the page
with more curvy lines that were to
be filled with beauchamp.
 I connected gooberz to beauchamp with those
straight lines and began drawing in the orbs
for the beauchamp design.
 I felt like the drawing needed to begin and end
the same way, so I added one last
line of gooberz out to the right. 
Blackening in those fills between the
beauchamp blobs really made that tangle pop!
And it gave the bit of contrast I needed.
The last thing I did was to tangle up all 
those blobs. Any tangle works here for fills.
And the more tangles, the better.
I love variety.

In a couple months when my eyes are better
I will come back and shade this piece.
In the interim a couple people mentioned 
they wanted to color this one.
Go for it!
I'd love to see how it turns out!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rubbing Alcohol Makes It All Good

Here is a quickie project for you!

*** Protect your work surface! ***

I used three colors of liquid watercolor 
(mine came from Dick Blick,)
mixed media paper and some rubbing alcohol.

First I got the surface of the paper really wet with a mop brush,
then I used a pipette to drop watercolor into the water.
The color started moving around
and I added more drops here and there,
until I got a look I was happy with.
Next I used a paintbrush to flick drops
of rubbing alcohol onto various bodies of color.
The rubbing alcohol pushes the color away -
much like it does when you use blending solution
on alcohol inks.
Then I let the whole mess dry as it was.
And this is how it turned out!
I love it!
You can see where the rubbing alcohol
pushed the color out of the way,
leaving behind those white splotchy spaces.

The hope is to eventually draw on this.
My eyes are not progressing at the pace I had
hoped for. Still praying it happens,
but I am not really able to do any detail
drawing at this point.
At least playing with color is a lot of fun!
The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Loving These Florals!

I love these big bold floral designs!
They are such a surprising and pleasant experience!
 Like I've mentioned several times before,
I am taking some classes from Alisa Burke.
You can check out her entire website here.
Look for her classes and you can see what
I am up to these days.
 This page in my journal started with Schmincke watercolors.
I love their bright, intense pigments!
 Those little specks of lighter colors were made
by flicking droplets of water from a paintbrush
over the page. You could also flick water
from an old toothbrush.
(Or a new one that you use just for water flicking :) ).
I let the water sit about 30 seconds,
then tapped a paper towel down to pick up
the excess.
 Then I just looked for areas that looked like
flower shapes.
And if they didn't - I pretended they did!
I used a regular black sharpie for the drawing.
Sharpies are permanent when dry,
so you can paint over them.
Or add any wet media.
 Which I totally did here.
Again, I used my Schminckes and a size 0
round brush to add color.
Last came the white highlights.
I tried adding those with white acrylic,
but my hand wasn't steady enough.
So I used a Sakura gelly roll pen to highlight
and add color to a few flowers.
And I'm ready to move on to the next lesson now.

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, February 27, 2017

Amping Up the Backgrounds

 Yesterday I posted about an Alisa Burke class I'm taking.
I showed you various water color wash backgrounds
I worked on in the class.
Today we take it to the next level with some drawing.
Again - since classes are one way Alisa makes her living,
I can not give you the steps we followed to make
this background.
I can tell you this beautiful color comes from
Tombow markers.
 Here is the beautiful background I showed you yesterday.
My absolute, hands-down favorite from the class.
 I used a black sharpie for my line work.
Sharpies are permanent once dry,
so you can add more ink or paint if you want to
without messing up your line work.
 The white highlights came from a Sakura gelly roll pen.
You may notice my highlights are a bit messy in spots.
I still am not back to 100% great vision after
my surgeries . . .
. . . so I went back over some lines with my sharpie.
And this is my result.
Got to say this is one of my all time favorites.
Thank you, Alisa!

You can go to this link to check out her classes.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I'm Back Finally

 It has been quite some time since I posted last.
I started off doing cataract surgeries and my vision
was limited while healing took place.
Then the day after I had the last surgery,
I got a call from Florida that my mom was in the hospital.
The day after surgery, Mark and I were
in the air flying to Florida,
just barely ahead of a huge storm that grounded
all flights after ours at the Bangor airport.

Long story short - my mom didn't make it.
I've spent the past two weeks in Florida,
taking care of Mom, 
then planning a funeral,
then clearing out her room - emptying it of
furniture, clothes, everything she had collected
in the last eleven years of living there.
 Now that I am back home I am looking for some
motivation to art again.
I can't see well enough yet to do any detailed drawing.
I actually headed back to the eye doctor yesterday
to see if my retina had detached.
It had not, so now I just wait for continued healing.
For several years I have followed the art of 
Alisa Burke.
She uses beautiful, bright, bold colored backgrounds
which she fills with florals and designs. 
As I checked my email yesterday,
I had one from Alisa offering some of her
online classes for sale.
I may have signed up for five of them,
and she gave me an extra one for free.
 The first class I looked at was creating beautiful
water color backgrounds that can be used
to draw on, to cut into collage papers, to paint on.
There are many possibilities here. 
Alisa makes her living from teaching and arting.
It wouldn't be right for me to explain here how
I made these backgrounds from her class
but I did want to share them with you.
 I can tell you that I used some expensive watercolors
called Schmincke,
but I also used some cheapo watercolors
from the school aisle at WalMart.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get
beautiful color unless you just want to.
 A couple of the projects used water soluble markers
to create water color.
I used Tombow markers and had a lot of fun!
 So much fun!
And I loved the colors, and texture, and drips
and runs, and all the blending.
 If you'd like to check out Alisa's artwork
or her classes,
just click this link.
It will take you straight to her website.
Alisa uses some of her backgrounds
to make handmade art journals.
I'm thinking that is going to be a
happening thing here also.
Beautiful color.
Now if I could just see. 

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Moosestompers, 2017

 Mark and I have been waiting a long time for
Moosestompers Weekend!
Three days of fun plans for the family.
 When we got up for the day it was 5° outside.
And most of the events were scheduled outside.
So we layered up good and got ready.
Here is proof that I am now an official Mainer.
Plaid, flannel shirt.
Actually it's a pretty nifty plaid, flannel shirt -
it's lined with fuzzy, furry stuff inside.
 The Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Display.
There were some pretty cool sleds there!
That first one in the line there - the yellow one -
was my favorite!
 They had Snow Sled Rides.
This was our favorite - that sleigh in the back -
it's a jon boat dressed up like a moose.
 They got a really good ride around the park.
Sometimes at a pretty good clip, too!
 The Horse Pulled Sleigh Ride was more our speed.
Actually, I had so many clothes on -
I couldn't bend my knees to get
into the jon boat.
 We rode in the third seat.
The driver/owner said the next sleigh he had
was going to be pulled by some
Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. 
I should have told him we have a son-in-law
that works for them. 
 There were several sliding hills for the kids.
This one had at least three more places on the 
back side that kids were using.
 And a larger, more exciting hill.
 They actually held the 9th 
Annual Sliding Race
here on Derby Hill.
 Getting ready for another great event,
but first a little dancing with Morris the Moose.
 He totally saw me with my phone and
posed for a photo.
Lookin' good, Morris!
 Let the dancing begin.
Actually Morris is the master of the
'sway side to side' dance.
 I don't know who this dad is -
but he and his kid in the blue were having
a great time!
 There is that awesome jon boat sled.
Hahaha! It was really cool!
 OK, Florida friends, when we got up this morning
it was 5° outside.
I'm thinking it's not going to happen with a
port-a-potty when it's 5° outside.
 This was the highlight of the day for us.
The Half Dollar Scramble For Kids.
Five area banks donated 900 half dollars
for this event. 

The first group to go was 6 years old and under.
The man stood in the middle of the circle and
threw out a bunch of half dollars.
Then the little guys ran around trying to find them.

It's actually harder than it sounds.
The money slides down through the snow 
to the ground, then people run over it,
crawl over it, push it around with their
hands and shoes, and 
shove around through the mess
trying to find at least one coin for their child.
Hahaha! Good times!
 Aren't they cute?
 Next group, ages 7-9.
 The parents didn't really need to get involved
with this group. 
They did very well.
 Then they moved to the 10-13 year old group.
That man in the middle had the money.
He threw it out by handfuls in a circle.
There were coins thrown down right there
where you are looking.
Don't see any, do you?
Harder than it looks.
The snow is probably only 2-3" deep there.
 And the race was on.
After about half a minute the man threw
out more half dollars.
Mark and I were impressed by the behavior
of the children in this group.
We figured it would get brutal,
but the kids were so respectful.
Some even shared with the other kids who
didn't find coins.
It was pretty awesome.

This was so much fun!
We had a great time.
Didn't get to attend all three days,
but we had a ball.
Hopefully next year we will be able to
take the Frankles to Moosestompers
for a little down-home fun!
The Creator's Leaf