Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Working on a New Cityscape

A new cityscape I'm working on.
This class of Robin's is fun!
A lot of classes I've signed up for and started
were hard to follow,
didn't make sense,
didn't have enough explanation.
Robin's class isn't like that.
She gives us video of herself
making the same project we are,
step by step.
Out of all the dozens of classes
I've signed up for over the past couple years,
this might be the third one
I actually complete.

This cityscape has a long way to go.
I hope to work on it more today.
If you would like to check out Robin's classes,
here is a link to her online course list.

Most of the color above is made with Dylusions Ink Sprays
and brushos color crystals.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, October 15, 2016

So Much Fun to Tangle!

Trying out a fun new-to-me tangle this week.
My friend Sandy Hunter, a CZT from Texas, 
designed the tangle.
It's called lollywimple.
Doesn't that just sound like fun???
Here is my first shot at it.
Sometimes a tangle just hits home and works.
This one did.
That entire piece of art is the one tangle
Just drawn many times. 
And I love it.
I'm thinking about making a copy and
coloring the copy with gel pens.
Lots of bright crazy color.

You can find the step outs to lollywimple
by clicking on the pink.
Cause when you are on my blog
pink = link. 

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, October 14, 2016

You Never Know Where You'll End Up

Many times I sit down to tangle,
to draw,
and I have no idea where I'm going.
I just draw lines.
And sometimes it ends up looking like this
when I am finished. 
Like one crazy mixed up line critter.
 So let me show you how I arrived.
I began by laying down a bunch of curving,
rambling swervy lines and
joined the tails back to some touchpoint
in the drawing. 
Nothing is left open-ended on the outer edge.
(This idea came about from something 
saw on Pinterest.)
 I just picked a couple sections and
began filling the little worm shapes in
with curving lines.
Some curve under, some curve over.
 And I just kept going until all the worm shapes
were filled with lines.
 Some of those little 'tails' formed shapes which
I could blacken in with a white highlight . . .
 . . . and I noticed they were looking a bit like
eyes, so I connected some more lines
and made some more little eye shapes.
Some of those white spaces began to fill up
with more line work.
 And then it was complete.
Except two of those spaces called for gem stones.
With drop highlights underneath.
And my little crazy critter cried out for 
shading to bring him to life.
Comparison for you.
To shade or not to shade.
This was drawn in a beige colored
sketchbook as part of my
Getting Sketchy weekly series
in Facebook group 
Zentangle All Around.
Shade? Definitely!
And because you just never know where
you'll end up, I now have one cute little
crazy critter!

What can you do with this line idea?
I would love to see what you come up with!

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My First Cityscape

Yesterday I gave you a little sneak peek of what I had been working on. Here is the finished project.
I have long been a serious admirer of
Robin Mead's artwork.
She and I both love bright color -
the more the merrier.
A month or so ago, Robin sent out an
email announcing an online class she
was going to teach about . . . 
Crazy Colorful Cityscapes. 
You can find a link to her classes, including this one, 
on Robin's website by clicking here

NOTE: This is a paid for class, Robin makes a living
from her artwork. For that reason, I will not 
be showing you steps,
nor explaining what to do.
You can get more information on her site,
or better yet - take the class.
I will just be showing you some of my work.

Above is the linework art that I did 
for my first cityscape. 
I really loved it at that point and was hesitant
about adding color,
but honestly 'color' is why I signed up 
for the class! Hahahaha!
From there it was a quick jaunt to add some color!
 And to add some detail work!!
 I hope I remember to add the year
to each cityscape I make.
If you follow me, you already know that
Kneaders is a special place in our family.
Then I added some more little details. 
And . . .
. . . called it done. 

And now, it is on to lesson two!

(For color I used Lolliz gel pens,
gelly roll pens, Schmincke watercolors,
Daniel Smith ultrafine watercolors,
posca pens, an ultra-fine point Sharpie,
and a uni-ball Signo pen.)

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sneak Peek

It's been awhile since I posted.
Hurricane Matthew happened, I am sure you've 
seen the news and you may have lived
through part of the storm yourself.
It has been a tense last few days
and I am glad they are over.
At least for my Florida family.
Matthew is still straggling along causing
flooding and destruction. 

I wasn't completely non-artful while
it stormed. 
I started a class taught by Robin Mead.
She is a pretty fantastic artist
and teacher!
I love her sense of color and flair
and whimsy and boldness.
Robin has been one of my go-to artists
for quite some time now.
This is going to be a wonderful class!
I will tell you more about it tomorrow.
In the meantime, here is a sneak peek
of Lesson One.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Trying Something New

This was something totally new for me.
 I began with a Canson canvas board
which I placed on my non-stick craft sheet.
I gessoed the entire canvas in gold 
from The Crafter's Workshop.
For color I used a little yellow from the
Golden Fluid Acrylic line.
 Mostly I used a paintbrush to add layers
 of various Golden colors.
I used my fingers to blend in some areas.
 Once the background was suitable,
I added some other colors with a brush,
stamps, and I even used some medicine
bottles stamped into an inkpad
to add some texture and design to
the background.
Paint pens added a lot to this design.
My only problem is the white will not dry.
It is a Sharpie paint pen which should dry,
but it's been two weeks and that white is
still wet to the touch.
Other than that - - - this turned out great!

This week, try to think out of the box.
Try something that is totally different for you.
Be brave and go for it!
You may just be surprised!
Like I was!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Getting Sketchy

 I administer a Facebook zentangle group called
Zentangle All Around.
We work together to learn and grow our tangling skills 
through challenges, weekly sets of strings,
the occasional swap.
We share and we positively support and learn
from each other.

Last week I suggested something I am calling
Getting Sketchy.
(Which is kind of funny if you are familiar
with my law enforcement background.)

The thought is that we use a dedicated sketchbook
and during the week we practice tangles that are
new to us, we work on tangles we have trouble
with, we work with strings, and create
zentangle art. 
On the weekend I will post my pages, then 
anyone who wants to
can post their pages for that week.

Above is the sketchbook I chose to use.
I literally have more sketchbooks than I could
ever use in one lifetime.
This is mixed media paper which is important to me -
cause I like color and I use a lot of wet media.
 Here you see three pages of tangles I practiced
during the first week. Notice that they are not
perfect. Notice the notes I made about what was
not perfect and what I need to consider next time.
I found that I liked some of these tangles,
and some others I didn't like so much
and will probably never use.
But I tried them.
I learned about some new-to-me tangles.
 Above is a piece of art I drew using a string.
A string is drawn in pencil and it divides your
paper or tile into sections. 
Sections that you tangle.
Typically your pencil drawn string will
disappear into your artwork.

In this particular one I used amun from my 
practice pages. I really like this one a lot!
It looks hard, but it is really easy.
When you follow the steps and take your time.
I also used CC from my practice pages.

You will notice that I make note of the tangles
used over there on the left -
next to the spiral. 
There are so many tangles - it is unbelievable how many -
and I can not always remember their names.
 Then I just wanted to tangle with patterns I enjoy.
My fall-back-on and go-to patterns.
None of these are from my practice pages.
I seem to like round tangles and I
 usually fall back on those when I am thinking -
do I actually remember any tangles???
Hahahaha! I am sure none of you have ever had that problem.
 Week 2!

I mentioned earlier that I like to work with 
wet media. Last week I worked on a board.
A board that I painted and rolled more paint on,
and dripped and splattered and stamped
and stenciled on. As I was using the roller,
I thought - hey! get your sketchbook out
and Get Sketchy!!!
So after I rolled ink onto the board,
I rolled the excess on to a sketchbook page.
As much as this paint stuff costs -
you don't want to waste a drop of it!
 So I just kept rolling the excess and cleaning
my roller this way :).
 Then my week kind of fell apart as I got a phone
call that my mom was in distress 1500 miles away
and I needed to be there.
Onto an airplane I hopped and 
I was glad for this prepped page!
I like the textured look the rolled on paint gave.
I am not sure why it looks like this,
but I like the skips and spaces created with the paint.
Tangling just came naturally.
I usually start with a wad of printemps.
I have no idea why, but I do.
Then I tangle out from there.
(I hadn't started my practice pages for week 2 yet.)
 This was a great practice page for me. 
Hahahaha! I just realized I didn't name one of the tangles I tried. 
I need to go back to my book and fix that. 

I also like to name the creator when I know it.
The circles and leaves one in the lower right
is called Pixioze. 
It is a Margaret Bremner creation and I love it, 
although I have never been able to
draw that one very well. 
So it belongs in my practice pages for sure. 
I am happier with this attempt
than any I have done up till now. 
And I found that I really like mushnik by Erin Olson
a lot! If you were around back when there was a
weekly Zendala Dare - that is Erin Olson.
 I drew this in a hotel room in Florida.
I was watching reruns of the TV series 
The Musketeers 
and I needed something I could draw
while listening to my iPad and Hulu.
 The next night I was watching The Voice
and tangling something pretty just wasn't going
to be in the cards for me that night.
So I went back to making a practice page. 
Check out that O tangle by Adele Bruno.
Easy to draw and it sure makes your page pop!
Then there's that little spinning top one
at the lower right corner.
I have no idea what it's called.
I found it on pinterest.
Fun to draw!
 It was time to put O to use.
That one flower looks a little wop-sided.
I was trying to do a perspective thing there and
I got lost along the way.
But hey! this is my practice sketchbook
where I can Get Sketchy and no one judges me.
This was a seriously fun page to do.
That O is awesome!
Then it was finally time to fly back to Maine.
I drew this in the airport while I was waiting
for boarding time. 
As it was - I got so into what I was tangling -
that if my plane had boarded on time
I might have missed it.
So much fun!
And that is my Getting Sketchy report 
for week number two.

If you would care to join us,
click on this link for 
Zentangle All Around 
and ask to join up.
I'll open the door and let you in.
And . . . . . . 
it is alright if you don't post.
I just think this a really good way to learn.
And our little family at ZAA would love to 
have you join us as we 
Get Sketchy!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mandala Mashup

Mandala Mashup.
Basically you take four tiles and arrange them
as you see above.
Then you trace concentric circles
that cover all four tiles.

I started off with a couple empty medicine bottles, 
then a drinking glass, and a small plate.
You could use a compass but I have
never been good with those,
so I go simple with what is available.

Next I separated them into four tiles again.
I tangled them one at a time.
Tangle each one differently.
You will end up with four different 
little pieces of art.
When you put them back together
in this arrangement,
you have a mandala mashup.
I love it!

Perhaps you would love to give it a go.
If you don't have tiles,
just take a sheet of cardstock
(or white scrapbook paper)
and trace four squares the same size.
I used tiles that are 3.5" square.
Cut them out and follow the steps above.
Instant mandala mashup!

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

In Our Back Yard

 Let's play . . . What's In Your Back Yard?

Hahaha! Mark has hunting cameras set up in the
back and side yards. He checks them each week to
see what kind of animals we have passing through.
And let me tell you we have had it all.
These pictures are from this past Sunday morning.
In our back yard. 
I think it's cool he got such great pictures.
I don't think it's cool the bear is so close to our house.
Other than that . . . isn't he cute?

if you are wondering what Maine wildlife is
doing on my art page, well. 
I started a blog called
There Be Dragons Here
and apparently not very many people
are aware that it's there.
So I am going to drop it and combine photos of 
Maine, and my dragons, and our wildlife -
with my art work. 
I hope you don't mind.
On the other hand, 
this might mean daily postings again. 

The Creator's Leaf