Monday, April 23, 2018

Day 19 of The 100 Day Project #the100dayproject #zentangleallaround #ledaartsupply

completed collage about time in my Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook, Alice Hendon
For Day #19 of
and looked at what collage elements I could put together -
I had been collecting cutouts of clocks and lamps.
For the challenge in our Facebook group,
I set a 15 minute time frame for drawing -
and I've had people complaining because
I set a time limit. 
(I also told them in the instructions they should
tangle for as long as they wished.)
Oh well.
Hence the wording in my finished piece.
And that would be why there are a bunch
of collaged clock faces, too.
Hehehehe!
I always use Dina Wakley's Clear Gesso for my collage pages, Alice Hendon
 Collage art is fun and it really is
anything goes!
This time at least I remembered to prime my
pages first with some of the awesomest
clear gesso on the market - Dina Wakley's.
Clear is not necessary if it is your first layer,
I just use clear on everything so I only need
to buy one type of gesso.
(If you don't count the black, and gold, and blue
in my drawer.)
To prevent streaks, I spread the gesso with an
old Christmas gift card that was already spent.
Thank you, Sis!
after gesso I add some color - affordable color from Walmart, Alice hendon
 A good collage needs some funky color happening
so I pulled out a couple bottles of neon
cheapo craft paint that came from WalMart . . .
after gesso I add some color - affordable color from Walmart, Alice hendon
 . . . squirted some dots on the pages . . .
after gesso I add some color - affordable color from Walmart, Alice hendon - scraped on with a credit card
 . . . and spread it up and down
and back and forth.
And I added some more dots along the way,
til I had enough coverage mixed with
some white space.
Cause who doesn't love white space?
collage elements in place, adding mermaid markers, Alice hendon
 And once again because I am impatient,
I used my Martha Stewart heat gun to dry
the whole mess quick.

So please forgive me, I forgot to take a photo
of my collage pieces before I glued them down.
But this is what I did -
I took all the pieces I wanted to use and figured out 
how I wanted to arrange them on the pages.
Then I put some more clear gesso on a paper plate
and took my elements one at a time and with an old
paintbrush I spread gesso over the backs.
I placed the element on the page where I wanted it,
smoothed it down with my fingertip,
then painted gesso over the top and around the edges
to adhere it and seal those edges.
I did this same procedure until all collage pieces
were adhered and I set it aside to dry.
(Who am I kidding. I totally grabbed that heat gun.)
closeup of collage element with added color, Alice hendon
Things needed a little spicing up.
So, I reached for my Jane Davenport 
Mermaid Markers that I got at Michael's
and started adding some color here and there.
They work just like a water brush and I used a
kleenex to blot some color off the page
so the colors would have a somewhat
mottled look.
In the above photo you can see that really
well on the yellow clock face and on the
silver number-faced clock.
starting to add more color and some tangles, Alice hendon
 For the most part I was happy with the colors.
But it needed some tangling so I could post it
starting to add more color and some tangles, Alice hendon
 I wanted to put the wording
Time to Tangle on that red clock . . .
starting to add more color and some tangles, Alice hendon
 . . . so I tried with a white gel pen.
Looked awful, so I went over it with a
super thin brush and some white paint
and basically gobbed it all up.
completed collage about time in my Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook, Alice Hendon
 So I let that dry, then went over it with
a Zebra Technical Drawing pen and I
like it much better.
I did add more layers along the way.
I did a little tangling,
I added the word blob, 
and I pulled out some stencils and an ink pad.
Posca Paint Pens finished out my collage piece
and I am really, really happy with it! 

If you are looking for a place to get involved
with The 100 Day Project,
you can join us at Zentangle All Around.
The 100 Day Project is basically a global
challenge to make art for 100 days in a row.
It started April 3rd and will run through July 11th.
It is a great way to get involved in art -
or for some to get re-involved.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Catching Up on the Project #the100dayproject #ledaartsupply #zentangleallaround

day 17 of The 100 Day Project from Alice Hendon, The Creator's Leaf
 Still keeping up with
I'm just a little behind on blog posts.
So I'm catching up :) .
Above is Day 17.
Most of the project I am doing in my
Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook,
but this particular piece is done on a sheet of
Cézanne Hot Pressed Watercolour paper
from Hahnemühle
It is going to be part of a much larger work.
Tangle is rock 'n roll Diva Dance
day 18 of The 100 Day Project from Alice Hendon, the creator's leaf
 For Day 18, I was back to my 
These pages are just 3.5 x 5.5 inches.
Small surface, perfect for quick work.
The tangles are punzel and printemps
day 19 of The 100 Day Project from Alice Hendon, the creator's leaf, tutorial to follow in next post
Day 19 was a super fun one!
This is also in my Baby Leda sketchbook,
with the smaller pages. 
Think about 5.5" tall by 7" wide.
I was able to pack a whole lot of punch 
into a small amount of room.
The comment in the bubble is in reference
to the challenge as we are doing it in my
Facebook group Zentangle All Around.
We are setting aside 15 minutes a day to tangle.
No, that isn't a lot of time.
I just had hopes that people who normally
would not tangle each day would commit to
setting aside 15 minutes.
And thus, get back into drawing.

Want to join us?
It is not too late.
Head on over to our group here
and I'll join you in the door.
Start with today or tomorrow,
don't worry about the days we have 
already done.
Seriously.
Just have fun. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Giveaway Courtesy of Hahnemühle and Zebra Pen #hahnemühle #zentangleallaround #zebrapen #giveaway

Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
If you are a tangle artist looking for a way
to organize your patterns,
please read all the way through to the end
for an awesome GIVEAWAY!
But first, let me show you how I am storing
my favorite tangle patterns.
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
 Is this cool or what?
Does it look like something you might be
interested in?
Let me explain it to you step by step.
I began with this fabulous watercolor book
I am currently using some of the Hahnemühle
product line and posting tutorials showing
various ways to use them. 
I will be posting more about this book
in the near future but for now let me show you 
this project and tell you how the book performed. 
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
I will include links further in the post in case
you'd like more information about the watercolour  book,
or if you'd like to purchase one for yourself. 
For this project, I chose the landscape format in 
a book I purchased myself on Amazon.com. 
Hahnemühle has graciously given
me a copy for this giveaway.
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
I began by sketching out 1.25" boxes on a couple
of the pages. I did the boxes differently on each
page because I couldn't decide which format I
wanted to try. So I tried them both and liked them
both.
The Watercolour Book has 30 sheets with 60 work surfaces. 
If you set up your boxes the way I have - 
you can store 540 total tangle patterns in this book.
If you set up all your pages like my first one with 10 boxes, 
you can store 600 patterns.
If you set up all your pages like my second with 8 patterns, 
you can store 480 patterns.
No matter which way you go - that is a whole
lot of tangle patterns at your fingertips!
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
 Then I started adding some watercolor.
These first two pages were made using a set of
regular school aisle kids' watercolors from WalMart.
I like to show that you can use affordable
product to make beautiful art,
as well as the more expensive watercolor sets
available on the market. 
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
I tend to splash watercolors on with lots of water.
For this project though - I needed more control.
I used a 1/2" flat brush to stroke lines of water
between and around the rows.
Then I used a small round brush to just drop dots
of color into the wet places
and let the color run and bleed. 
I added more color where I thought I needed it.
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
 I even got a little crazy adding more than 
one color to a page. 
Notice that I have the edges of the pages
held in place with small binder clips.
If you don't have binder clips, paper clips would
work also. 
You work with what you have.
And notice I stayed away from painting in the
boxes as much as possible.
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
Kind of rough looking but I like it.
Binder clips - the reason you use these is to hold
your paper flat,
to help work against wet curling page edges
or dimpling.
I didn't have a lot of that happen with this book.
It worked pretty well with the amount of water
I used. 
And the book comes with an attached elastic band
that secures the book closed.
That will help smooth your pages back out.
I used a heat gun to dry the color faster -
because I am impatient -
and then I used the elastic band over night.
The next morning, my pages were flattened and
smoothed back down and now they are are
as flat as they were when I purchased the book. 
how I set up my watercolor book to keep track of tangle patterns, Alice hendon
 I watercolored several sets of pages but I think
this one is my absolute favorite.
And now that I think about it -
that is probably because of the colors I used
as opposed to how it looks. 
Hahahaha!
Yep!
setting the boxes in my watercolor book to store my tangle patterns, Alice hendon
 I also used the WalMart school watercolors on this
set of pages. 
$1.98 or something similar.
Once your color is totally dry, 
use a paper towel to lightly buff over the pages
to remove any residue of color that might
want to clog your pens.
To draw around my boxes, I used a
I am an Artist Ambassador for Zebra
and received the pens free.
They gave me a full set of pens to use in this
giveaway.
setting the boxes in my watercolor book to store my tangle patterns, Alice hendon
 I found that setting each box apart with that thin
black line really emphasizes the pattern you
draw within.
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
Hahaha!
Love my little Zen!
Zen is the Zebra Pen mascot!
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
 I began drawing by thinking about which tangle
patterns I am most likely to use again.
Which are my favorites,
the ones that make me happy.
And the ones that keep me challenged.
And I started filling them into the boxes.
Super important point:
label each box with the name of the tangle pattern
AND
the name of the designer - if you know it.
It is always right to give credit where credit is due.
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
 Notice I also used the color space to document 
some of the flowing, larger tangles. 
Ones that really wouldn't work well in
a 1.25" box.
 Now when I sit down to tangle
I don't have to wonder . . . 
do I actually know any tangles???
Hahahaha!
It happens to all of us at one time or another.
Our brain shuts down and we think we have
been replaced with a mindless robot.
Grab your tangle organizer and start looking.
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
 Here is that set of pages I started this post with.
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
Love me some bright beautiful color.
You will notice nothing in this book is shaded.
Personal choice.
I do shade my artwork,
I just made the decision not to shade
in this book. 
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
 For the last set of pages I am showing you -
I used my favorite Schmincke watercolors
For some extra color, I decided to add a pop here
and there on my tangles themselves.
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
were handy and easy to use for a little color.
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
 I really love the Schmincke watercolors.
Pricey but such beautiful results!
Zebra and Hahnemühle work well to make my tangle patterns pretty and convenient, Alice Hendon
So.
How did the Hahnemühle Watercolour Book
hold up to my test of water?
Fantastic!
The pages are flat with no bleed through,
no dimpling,
and any slight curling I had is now gone.
I am even working on a piece of watercolored
Zentangle Inspired Art on a couple of the pages.
No one said you had to strictly use this book to organize tangle patterns. 
You can "art" in the book, too!
But that will be part of another post. 
Hahnemühle Watercolour Book and a giveaway, Alice Hendon
So let's get down to business.
The GIVEAWAY business. 
Of course, if you want to get your hands on this
great little book now - check out the links at the
bottom of this post.
awesome GIVEAWAY Alice Hendon
 So thankful to Carol Boss at Hahnemühle
for donating this A5 landscape Watercolour Book
for our giveaway!
The waterbrush and the Kassa paint set
are donated by myself.
zebra pen set for my awesome giveaway, Alice Hendon
And the wonderful people at Zebra Pen
have donated this set of six 
Technical Drawing Pens in various nib sizes. 
One person will win all these items. 

Important Details:
Giveaway starts now!
It's International!
Giveaway will close at 10:00 PM EST
on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
I will contact the winner by email.

To Enter:
send an email to me at
kenoly2000@hotmail.com
Copy and paste (or type) these words into
the subject line:
I want to win the Hahnemühle and Zebra package.

That's it, easy peasy!
Good luck!




Hahnemühle Watercolour Book to purchase:





Thursday, April 19, 2018

Playing in My Zeus XL Leda Sketchbook #ledaartsupply #collageart

completed collage spread in my XL Leda Sketchbook, mixed media fun, Alice Hendon
 Many of you already know that I am an Ambassador for
As such I am using and reviewing their product line.
Yesterday, I pulled out their big gun -
and had a wonderful time!
They call it the Zeus.
The pages are 8.5" x 12".
That's plenty of room (and then some) to 
create marvelous art and collage work!
mixed media work with Golden High Flow Acrylics, Alice Hendon
 The paper is a dense 81 pounds - perfect for
"pencil, ink, pen, pastel, charcoal and even light water-color wash." 
Well, you know how I am with a challenge. 
Push it to the max and see what happens.
And all-in-all, the XL Leda worked beautifully!
I should have prepped my pages with gesso,
but I was so excited to get started that I
absolutely forgot to do that.

I started with two colors of
Golden High Flow Acrylics 
and just rolled some color here and there. 
Vertically. Horizontally.
This paper took the color really well. 
The pages are a cream color that I was able
to work with easily.
mixed media work with Pébéo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics, Alice Hendon, Leda
 Those Golden didn't really roll as well as I wanted,
so I pulled out some 
Pébéo High Viscosity Acrylics
and added some more color.
More and more of that cream color was getting covered up 
and I was good with that. 
I am all about bright, bold, wonderful color!
mixed media fun in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon
 And I really, really liked the color at this point.
 Balance-wise, I kept some of the cream for
negative space. Of course, it probably got
covered with something else along the way.
Hahahaha!
a little bleed through, XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon
 So.
How did the pages hold up to all this
wet media I poured and rolled on them?
Not too bad, actually.
What you see showing through is the Golden
acrylics, and if I had prepped the pages first -
you wouldn't see a thing.
And for the way I plan on working in this book,
this won't be a problem.
This back side of the page will soon be turned into
a collage, bold, bright and beautiful page all on its own.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
What's next?
Design elements.
Before getting started, I opened my collage drawer and
pulled out a collection of magazine pages,
napkins, tissue paper, sheet music, book pages, 
and pre-printed collage art details (butterflies).
Hand tearing is my way to go whenever possible.
The edges are easier to seal.
I played with placement, then when I was 
happy I adhered the pieces with
Then I sealed the edges with the same gesso.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
Off to a good start but there still needed to be 
lots of color!
Cause that's how I do it!
These little bottles of FolkArt acrylic paint come from
WalMart or Michaels or Hobby Lobby and are cheap
and affordable, which is good since I use a lot of them.
I used my finger and smeared sections of watered
down blue acrylic in various places on the
two-page spread. 
And added some fingerprints of color here and there.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
But it still needed more.
Out came my Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers.
If you are familiar with Jane's work you will
understand the name. 
Little water brushes filled with lovely color
that I just painted and brushed in various places.
Most noticeably on the face and butterflies.
A wadded up Kleenex helped to blot and lift
color where I didn't want it.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
So far I had various paints and inks mixed with paper products. 
And I was really liking the mix so far.
But it didn't feel done. 
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
Joggles has all these wonderful little stencils
that are perfect for adding some zing to your
work.
StayzOn ink pads work great when you 
want permanent color that you can add
wet media over without smearing.
I typically use StayzOn whenever I ink
through stencils. Just in case.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
I have StayzOn in various colors.
I used at least 5 of the Itty Bitty Stencils to add some pop.
Previous to this I had used a white UniBall Signo gel pen to add some scribble writing around that circular piece on the left hand page. It didn't stand out enough, 
so I added even more scribble writing with a black Sharpie and that made me happy with that element.
So much so that I added more black sharpie detail in random places.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
I am totally liking this face!
Mark said it was strange.
Yep! 
And I like strange!
I used the Mermaid markers and the white
gel pen to bring out the lovely in those
eyes a bit more.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
Oh yeah!
I also used Posca Paint Pens to add some dotted
details and marks to draw the eye to certain points
of the page. 
A little more sharpie detail with tangles
and I was really happy with the collage spread!
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
Been reading my blog for awhile?
You already know that I love dragons!
So much that I have two 8 foot tall metal dragons
in the front yard, plus seven other dragons located
in various places around the front yard and porch.
Dragons are my thing.
This dragon rider is probably my favorite part
of the spread.
She was actually in a sale flyer from
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
I guess this strange face is my next favorite part.
mixed media collage work in my XL Leda Sketchbook, Alice Hendon in progress
Closely followed by this scribble written around
circle tear out of a woman that looks very much
like my grandmother as a young woman.
(But isn't.)
completed collage spread in my XL Leda Sketchbook, mixed media fun, Alice Hendon
And I'm calling it done!
I love the way the X Large Leda Sketchbook
held and accepted my work. 
All told there are around 12 layers of wet media
plus all the design elements and the 3-4 layers of
wet media they needed.
The pages had little warp
and I am sure the little they have will straighten
out as I use the elastic band that comes attached
to the sketchbook. 
A little page prep - 
which I should have done regardless what book I use - 
would have prevented that
bit of ghosting. 
And a page of collage work on the back will totally take care of that anyway.
This book is the perfect size for working larger.
The perfect book for working in collage art.
Thank you Leda for placing your trust in me.

I did purchase this book for myself on Amazon.
And I already have ideas for the next collage pages.
I would love to see what you make in your
Leda!