Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tangle Folks

In my Facebook group 
Zentangle All Around
it is 
I Dare You! Thursday.

On each Thursday in 2017, I will provide 
the group with a challenge that I dare
them to complete.
This week I dare them to try
Billie Lauder's tangle folks.
If you click that pink link,
it will magically take you to the
instructions for this one line drawing
of Tangle Folks.
You don't lift your pen.
You draw the whole thing with 
one pen stroke.
I have tried Billie's little guys several times
in the past with no success.
So don't give up on these guys.
They are awesome!
This time I went slow and was able to
complete three cute little people - 
with no faces because that's the way
Billie draws them!
(Thank goodness!)

Color came from a set of Kaisercraft Gel Pens
that I absolutely love! 
Metallics, pastel, neon, glitter -
Kaisercraft has it all!

Want to receive all the I Dare You!s in 2017?
And - I offer something different to do six days
 of the week.
You pick and choose the ones you want to do.
Kind of like a tangled up salad bar!
You choose the calories you want to use.
Come join us on Facebook at
Zentangle All Around.

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tangle Time With My Swing

Crazy title, right?
Actually the name of this tangle is
My Swing.
It is a new one to me.
Thankfully with one good eye I am
able to start drawing again.
I am really liking this pattern
and the possibilities it presents!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tangle It! Journal Study Week 2

It is week 2 in our
Tangle It! Journal book study!

Over on Facebook in my group called
Zentangle All Around,
we are working our way through
this book that I co-authored and illustrated. 
Above is my entry for today.
Trace and tangle your hand.
To join us in our journey, get your book here.
Then head over to Facebook and join
Zentangle All Around. 
I'll meet you there!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tangle It! Journal Study

So. Our study of the
Tangle It! Journal
has started over on Facebook in the group
Zentangle All Around.

I am one of the author/illustrators
for this best-selling book
the admin for Zentangle All Around.

Want to join us for the study?
Head on over to Zentangle All Around,
knock on our door,
and I will let you in!

Here's a link to check out the
Tangle It! Journal on Amazon.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year, 2017!

 Happy New Year!!!
In my Facebook group -
Zentangle All Around -
we are starting a year long adventure!
You should come on over and join us.
One of the features I'm adding to the blog
this year that we will incorporate into
the 2017 extravaganza is
Art on a Shoestring!
Art 101.
Art on a Budget!
Also known as Walmart school supplies!
 On Facebook, and here on the internet,
I am often called the Queen of Color.
And I have to admit I love it!
Bright, vivid, lovely color!
Can you get that on a budget, you ask.
Yes! You can!

In the top photo you see a simple pan watercolor set that came 
from the school supply aisle at Walmart. 
I paid $1.29 for it a long time ago.
It's one of my favorite.
Gather that, 
a watercolor/mixed media journal - or similar paper, 
some water, and a big brush.
Start by slopping a bunch of water all over
that paper.
I usually put splash guards (computer paper)
under the edges so the color doesn't get
on the rest of my journal.
 Once your page is wet, load some color onto your paint brush. 
Then just drag the color - swish it back and forth - through the water.
 If you have enough water on the page
you will notice the color start to move.
Movement is good.
 Then start dropping in some other colors.
Load that brush with water and have fun!
 I know there are lots of studies on the
color wheel and which colors go with each other.
I don't worry myself about any of that.
I know what colors I like and those are
the ones I use. 
 Add as many colors as you want.
I usually go with anywhere from 3-5.
Or so.
Depending on the size of my paper.
 Keep adding water as you need to.
If your paper gets too dry
just mop some more water onto it.
Or spray some with a spritz bottle.
At some point you may get too much
water in one place.
 Did I mention I keep a 45 gallon trashcan
and a 12 pack of paper towels in my
studio at all times?
And I usually fill that trashcan up each week.
When you have too much water you can
dab or blot it with a paper towel
you can even roll the paper towels right across
the top of the whole page.
 That's going to pick up a lot of the color.
 So you add water and layer more color on.
There's going to be a test later
 Keep adding back the colors you were using before.
Seem wasteful?
Not really.
As you add the color back, it will pick up
some of the color that was left behind
and you start to get beautiful combinations
that you didn't have the first time.
 I didn't even use yellow the first time
but it just seemed right at this point.
 And any time you keep adding water
you are going to get a puddle.
There are other ways to handle that puddle
but for the sake of this post,
dab it up with a paper towel.
 I just dabbed.
I didn't roll.
So most of the color is still showing.
 You can use a heat gun
(or a hair dryer - budget tip!)
to dry your page.
You could let it air dry
but I am just that impatient.
You have a beautiful background 
to tangle on,
or to use as a base for an art journal page.
And it was affordable.
*** Notice I made this page directly
in my art journal. ***
 Sometimes it is more fun to work on 
individual sheets of mixed media paper.
I like to keep a stash of them to use
for collage, or to tangle on - they travel well,
to make journals out of (we will do that later.)
And while I'm thinking about it -
never throw your scraps away.
Get a ziplock bag or envelope and stash those
beauties away for later.
This particular watercolor set runs about
$3.99 at Walmart.
And I added in a spritz bottle of water.
An old plant mister
or an empty and washed out hairspray bottle
will work just as well.
 This little page is going to be a tip-in
page for my art journal.
(That will be another post.)
Cover it with water.
 Load your brush with your favorite color . . .
 . . . and drizzle it across your page.
 Start adding more color.
For this page I went with larger sections
of color to start with.
 My paper was getting too dry
so I just dropped more water onto the page
with the brush.
No fancy technique here.
 I didn't used to use yellow
but I noticed it brightens up any page.
 We will work more on this in 2017,
here when I added too much water
I tipped the page and let the color run.
Love it!
 And I didn't blot up the color this time.
I used the heat gun to push the color
and to dry it.
Well, that was fun.
But wait.
There's another side to this paper
and I still have water in my cup.
There you have it!
What I did on the reverse side.
A second background of beautiful color,
interesting texture, cost effective, and super 
easy to make.
And since I will use it as a tip-in
I will be able to use both sides of the paper.

Added after post was made:
I was asked on Facebook what kind of pen works on top of these watercolor papers.
Any pen you use to tangle with will work.
I have never had a problem with
microns, Pitt pens, Sharpie Fine Liner, copic multiliner, Staedtler fineliner - 
I've pretty much tried them all.
before you tangle, 
feel the surface of the watercolor.
If it feels rough or gritty or dusty -
buff it with a paper towel before you draw.

Art on a Shoestring
is where it's at in 2017.
Check it out in Zentangle All Around
on Facebook.
Knock on our door and I'll
let you in.
The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

 From our winter wonderland that we call home,
our very own land of Narnia in Maine,
we say goodbye to 2016.
There were may negative things that happened
in 2016.
Many people we loved are now gone.
We will miss them and we will carry on.
Because that is what you do.
You remember the good times
and you carry on.
2016 had some saving points, too.
Mark and I left everything behind in Florida
and relocated our home base of operations
to Maine.
Isn't our new home beautiful?

Two of our three children have been here to check
out Maine. I told each of them, this is your new 'home'.
Florida was good to us, but for health reasons
I had to leave it.
So now our permanent home is in Maine.
That was the best decision we made
in 2016.
 We did bring some dragons with us from Florida.
Actually five dragons and I've added to the
herd while we've been here.
This baby dragon was carved from a pine tree
with a chain saw by a very talented artist
in Florida. 
The baby stands guard over our home.
Night before last we got about a foot of snow
and this little guy even got blasted on the porch
under the roofline.
I love how his little eyes are peeking out.
Hahahaha! Poor baby!
 So you add that foot of snow to what we already had
and this is what you get. 
A back yard buried in snow but soooo beautiful!
I love Maine!
Behind those trees is where Mark hunted this year.
We have plenty of land for hunting.
And hopefully for one of our children to relocate
in 2017 and live up here next door to us.
Fingers crossed and praying.
Poor Belle.
She could hear Mark and Mike out back
with the snow plow truck
and she wanted to go out there.
Or at least see them.
But we are buried in snow.

2016 - you will only be missed a tiny little bit.
2017 - here's hoping to be a great year!

A year filled with family
and love
and good health
and God's blessings!

Happy New Year to you and your family.
May God richly bless you in the coming year!
Thank you for your support and comments
during 2016.
You are why I continue.
You are loved and appreciated.

*** If you should feel inclined to pray for me I would appreciate it.
Art has been hard to do lately. I am having my first cataract surgery
this coming Thursday, January 5th. The second surgery is
tentatively scheduled for February 9th. I should be able to see
much better then and be able to get back to arting. I miss it. 
Thank you. ***

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cityscape With Collaged Papers

Quite awhile ago I was working on a class
offered by Robin Mead.
Along the way I got sidetracked :).
Today I finished up my second of four
cityscapes - this one is
made in the collage style.
All the buildings are bits of colored paper
from earlier projects I made.
I never throw anything away.
Then I added a lot of tangling and extra color.

Looking towards 2017 I am choosing the word
H O P E 
because I need a lot of that right now
in my life. 
In this cityscape collage I have a
tower of HOPE.

What word would you choose for this
coming year?

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, December 24, 2016

How Christmas Came To Be

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
And everyone went to their own town to register.
 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 
 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. 
 She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 
 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 
"Do not be afraid. I bring good news that will cause great joy for all people.
 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 
 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 
 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
~ Luke 2:1-20 New International Version ~ 
Much has changed for us this past year,
beginning with a massive, major move 
from Florida to Maine.
From one end of the country to the other.
From one extreme to the other.
We are so happy, content, and blessed 
to be in Maine.

We have made wonderful friends with our neighbors
Mike and Katie - God blessed us with them
close to day one.

And we have new family at 
Grammy's Country Inn - every worker there
is like family now.

Jason, Bobbie, the Frankles, Kali and Richie
have all been here to visit us.
And they all loved it here!
We are hoping Nicole and her family
will come see us soon.

We have snow on the ground and
more falling from the sky.
Big fluffy wonderful white flakes. 
We can't even begin to tell you how much
we love it here! 

From Mark and I - we wish you a Merry Christmas!
May God richly bless you and your family
in the New Year!

As a side note, I have my first cataract surgery
on January 5th. That should make a huge
improvement with my vision.
Hopefully artifying will commence shortly after. 
Second eye is scheduled for February 9th. 
The macular degeneration stuff will be
handled one day at a time
and with lots of prayers.
Love you all!
You are the reason I post.

The Creator's Leaf