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
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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Few More Dropz

Dropz is a super fun tangle to work with!
Here you see the regular version on the left,
and the reversed version on the right.
To see the step out go here

I also used another my tangles - All Boxed Up -
the step out for it is here.
And I included printemps, 
a loose version of onamato,
and atorm.

Background is a leftover piece of scrapbook paper.
My go-to paper recently.
You should look around your area for a cool
piece of paper you can tangle on!
I'd love to see what you do. 

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tangling on Scraps

This was a fun project!
I took a leftover piece of scrapbook paper and
trimmed it down to 5"x 7".
 I trimmed one edge with a bit of washi tape.
At first glance, this section reminded me of an underwater cavern.
Of course, most things remind me of underwater scenes.
So I started sectioning off what I thought might be 
a big piece of coral.
 I finished tracing it out and used my tangle
coral for the main part,
then started stacking in some tipple at the base.
 That tipple slowly evolved into my signature printemps, 
forming the base in the shape of a hill.
 I really liked the orange band across the center and thought it would be a lovely place for a school of little fishies to be swimming past!
 And underwater you are going to have a little bit of current flowing, 
especially with those swimming fish - so I added some movement with beadlines. 
Perhaps that could be some algae or reeds growing along the bottom, moving in the water.
Then I added more beadlines, 
and a few more swimmers.
All in all, about 15 minutes time invested in this
really simple to make 
leftover scrap of paper project!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I Just Love Narwal!

I just can not make myself stop drawing narwal!
I see it every day on facebook, on pinterest,
on blogs, everyone loves a good narwal.
I have been experimenting.
Tangling in different directions.
Tangling in curves.
Mixing it with other tangles.
I can not stop!
I may need an intervention.
The Creator's Leaf

Friday, July 24, 2015

Scrap Tangling

I love my Dylusions Ink Sprays.
I use them all the time.
I love lots of bright, wonderful, vivid color.
Can you tell?
 And I never throw any of it away.
I have scraps that are 1" x 3".
Occasionally I will pick up a scrap 
and start tangling on it.
I try to tangle within the color.
Find a patch of color and start there,
then just go with whatever direction
it takes me in. 
My heart tells me when it is finished.
And this piece?
Is finished.
No up or down,
no right way for it to be positioned.
Just lots of yummy, colorful, tangled up fun!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday String Idea #2

 Welcome to Week 2 of
Thursday String Idea!
Hopefully the string will work a little better this week.
I will go back and fix last week's string if this works.
There will be a link provided below where you can
print out the string at the correct size.
you can click here.
Thanks to Erin, host and creator of the Zendala Dare!
This is what I came up with using string 2.
I do not typically tangle on the 3.5" tiles.
I am trying to get back into that habit.
Tangles I used from top to center:
printemps, zander, All Boxed Up, and flux.

If you would like to print out String 2,
just click this link and hopefully it will work.
If it doesn't, please let me know so I can try it again.

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper

These are so much fun to do!
Alcohol inks come in a wide variety of colors now,
not like when they first came out years ago.
And the yupo paper is non-porous so it is exactly 
what you need for this technique to work.
I love the way the colors are unpredictable.
They work differently every time you use them.
I made about twenty backgrounds and have been
slowly tangling on them.
I use an XS Pitt pen, works great gliding across the yupo! 
So much yumminess!
I love it!

Alcohol inks are a product of Ranger.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fortune Cookie Tangle

Love this tangle I found called
Fortune Cookie!
Developed by Traci Scott,
this is a keeper!!!!
The Creator's Leaf