Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday String Idea #6

 Welcome to Week 6 of the
Thursday String Idea!

I am sorry I missed posting last week.
Mark and I were in Maine looking at houses.
The Florida heat is really messing with me and we want to move to a cooler climate.
We did a lot of research before we went.
We knew exactly what we wanted.
And even though our 'dream' cabin turned out to be a dud,
the realtor pointed us towards a dream house we would have 
never looked at because of the price.
Fortunately, since we first saw that house online -
and the time we went to see it last week -
the seller dropped the price $30,000.00 
which made an unattainable house suddenly attainable.
Long story short - the seller accepted our offer and we should be closing on this beautiful home in a little over a month.
Blog post with tons of photos coming soon!
Anyway, I am back this week with string #6.
You can print the string out here - it is sized to fit a 3 1/2" tile. If you want additional size links, just let me know and I will make it happen.

The tangles I used are fiore and frost flower.
It reminds me of the Starship Enterprise for some reason. Hehehehe.

In case you missed the link above,
here it is again.
Print the string from this link and tangle away!


The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Narwal and Bublz

What a fun piece to make!
The color comes from Brushos Crystals,
you literally sprinkle them onto wet paper
and watch them work.
No science, no thought process,
just water wash the paper and sprinkle.

After the beautiful color is completely dry,
tangle with your favorite pen.
My current pen of preference is the Sharpie Fine Point.

Tangles in this beauty include:
bubble wrap,
bublz,
dandelion,
O'Cee, and
narwal.

If you would like to see a great video showing you how to draw narwal, 
check out Helen Williams' video at this link.
This video really defined to me the way narwal should be tangled.
Have fun!


The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Alcohol Ink Beauty

I need to start this post by apologizing for missing the
Thursday String Idea this week.
Mark and I flew to Maine to house hunt.
It was a fast-paced two days there,
and we spent two days in the air.
I totally didn't get the string drawn up for the week,
but we did find an absolutely perfect dream house!
A post with tons of photos is upcoming!

Today's piece of art is an alcohol ink fantasy!
I will be posting a tutorial on this pretty soon also.
Three colors. That is all I used. 
Reminds me of the northern lights!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Her Hands

Her Hands
by Maggie Pittman
Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
 Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.
 Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
Here hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn't always show. 
 Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.
 Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harms way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
 Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.
Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work.
Her hands now need my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
Her hands are the reason I am me. 

These are actually my hands, but this poem has given me the idea to trace my mother's hands, 
because she won't always be here.
The Creator's Leaf

Friday, August 14, 2015

Home For a Few Days

For the past week and a half I have been in Colorado,
visiting my daughter.
Meeting her friends - she has a great group of friends there!
So many young men and women I really, really liked!
And we went to her church.
A great music praise and worship time,
and a pastor that Kali really admires. 
She is at the perfect place for her.

And while I was there, I did a bit of tangling while she worked. 
Several small pieces.
This is on a 4.5" apprentice tile from Zentangle®.
I just drew some basic fan-shaped lines and
started filling the sections with tangles.
I used coral - my tangle, printemps, undling, and tipple.
Let me link you up to some of those patterns.
Remember, pink = link.

And my post title says 'home for a few days,'
pretty soon we leave for Maine.
Going to be looking at several houses with the
hopes of purchasing one in particular.
With my hashimotos - thyroid deal - the Florida heat
is really doing a number on me.
I am ready to get back to cooler temps.
We won't be moving any time soon, but we can at least
be making payments and getting an idea of
what our future will look like.
So. On the road once again.


The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday String Idea #5

Welcome to Week 5 of the
Thursday String Idea!
Please feel free to print the string and tangle your own work of art with it.
The string is sized to fit a 3.5" tile.
You can print it from this link
OR
there will be another link at the bottom of this post.
I liked the curvy nature of this string,
and opted to add some curvy lines in the 4 sides.

Tangles I used: diva dance - waltz and rock 'n roll.

If you would like to print this string,
just click this link.

I would love to see what you create with this string!


The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thursday String Idea #4

 Welcome to Week 4 of the
Thursday String Idea!
Please feel free to print the string and tangle your own work of art with it. 
The string is sized to fit a 3.5" tile.
You can print it from this link
OR
there will be another link at the bottom
of this post.
This is a basic blocked out string that leaves
you several spaces to tangle.
You might even carry tangles over
from space to space.
There are several ways you could interpret this string.

Tangles I used: printemps, frost flower, fiore, florez, and ta-da.

If you would like to print this string,
just click this link.

And if you think it would be a fun idea for me to add a link so you could post your finished string each week,
let me know in a comment and I will try to
figure it out. :)




The Creator's Leaf

Friday, July 31, 2015

Splattered Opus

I love these inks!
In case you hadn't already figured it out :).
Dylusions Ink Sprays on an Opus tile from Zentangle.
Lots of spatter and spray and color.
Can't wait to start tangling this one!

Tomorrow morning I fly to Colorado to visit Kali.
I have pre-scheduled the weekly string for next Thursday, 
other than that I won't be able to post till I get back home on the 10th.

If you follow my Instagram, there might be some photos there along the way.
Have a great weekend!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday String Idea #3

Welcome to Week 3 of the
Thursday String Idea!
Please feel free to print out the string and tangle your own work of art with it. 
The string is sized to fit a 3.5" tile.
You can print it from this link
OR 
there will be another link at the bottom
of the post. 
This is a nice geometric sting that you could interpret
in many ways.
Here is my take on String #3.
(Hahaha! I'm just noticing that it also stacked.)
From left to right, I used:
ta-da, frost flower, fiore, and flying geese.

If you would like to print out String #3,
just click this link.

And if you think it would be a fun idea for me to
add a link so you could post your finished string
each week, let me know in a comment
and I will try to figure it out :).


The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lolliz, a New Gel Pen

 Ok, so I will just say it.
I am fascinated with this new tangle narwal.
I keep drawing it over and over and over.
Here I wrapped it into a wreath and added some floral.
 This is my before-I-added-color-and-shading look.
Good crisp lines,
a little narwal mixed with my tangle floral.
 I added some whisps and zingers.
 Then I pulled out some new color.
I don't use gel pens a lot, but they seemed to be
perfect for this piece.
LolliZ, a new gel pen I just got in recently.
And they worked like a champ!
 I really like the packaging on these pens.
There are four trays of pens inside the case.
Some regular gel pens,
some metallic,
some sparkly,
some milky,
and something else I don't recall right now.
(And I'm too lazy to get up and go look.)
They drew and filled in the spaces smoothly and evenly.
 And the colors were great!
I think my favorite was that darker gold.
It is sparkly and shiny, 
though you can't see that too well here.
 You can see some of the shimmer and sparkle here.
 And here.
I love how the printemps centers look!
Finished version pre-shading.
Completed version post-shading.
I really like the way this narwal turned wreath
turned out and the lolliz pens were better
than I had hoped for!

Have you tried narwal yet?
It is really fun!

The Creator's Leaf