Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Cards - It's A Square Thing!

Getting ready to head to the airport. The mail came in today and I just had to post this before I leave. Moo has some new business cards - cute little square ones! A little larger than the twinchie and a little smaller than the official zentangle® tile. Here is my new card! All my own artwork. I love it!
They even sent some cute little cards to share! I'm thinking they've heard about my pink hair? Or maybe my blue hair? Or maybe my pink and blue hair? Nah! Probably not. Hahaha!

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ghosty Postie #3

Similar to the past two days' posts, so I won't go into a lot of detail. Other than my eyes are almost shut and I'm about to fall off my chair. Ugh. I hate flying.
Started with wet paper and added some spritzes (?) of bubblegum pink - Dylusions Ink Spray. I did this totally backwards. I sprayed the pink first, then added some Lemon Zest. Apparently that make bits of ugly green. Who knew???
Time to salvage some paper. So I added water and some more color. Let it run, and bleed, and move. Then I blotted it.
And I was happy. Finally. This one was a bit more work than I like to get involved in. I like these projects to just come together because they are more fun that way. 
I think this is what I drew on this piece of paper. If you cut off the top inch of paper. Which I would have when I took it out of the sketchbook. If this isn't what I drew - too bad, you get to enjoy it anyway :). It was so much fun to do! And sadly I think I am out of ghost posts to make. Oh well. Thanks for checking in with me as you read my crazy posts. I'll be back home soon and everything will return to normal. I think.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ghost Post #2

Yet another ghost posting from cyberspace. In case you missed yesterday's post (or today's still - depending on the use of flight meds and patches) I have flown north to help Kali pack up and come back south. So I am providing you with some pre-planned posts. Ghost posts, so to speak.
Of course, everything good starts with a Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook. It's the only way to fly. So to speak. (My eyes are blurry. Hope my spelling and typing are working.) Stillman & Birn and some awesome Dylusions Ink Sprays. Now all I need are some jelly bellies.
One little tip I would offer when working in a journal, place a larger sheet of paper under the one you're working on to catch the overspray. Spritz that page with a bit of water. You can find a little spritz/sprayer bottle at your local dollar store. Or Michael's where they cost a little more than a dollar. But not much more.
For this page I used lemon zest and calypso teal. Spritz your colors on right over the water. Let them blend for about 15-20 seconds. When I am making a page such as this I try to use at least two colors. I stayed with just two as this is a smaller page. If my base page was a larger one - say an 8" x 10" or larger - I would use three colors. 
You could add a little more water at this point if you feel you need the colors to move more. I was happy with the way they looked, so I rolled the page with a paper towel and it looked like this above.
I ended up with bald spots - which I felt left the page incomplete. So I added more color but not in the way you would think I'd add it. I just spritzed water around the edges and it picked up the fine droplets of color that the original spraying left on the paper. Dylusions ink sprays are not water fast, so if you add wet product - more ink or water - the colors reactivate and you can move them around some more. Or blot and lift some color off the page.
Getting closer. Yay!!!
I felt like it needed a bit more contrast, so I added more lemon zest. Love that color! And I dried the whole thing with a heat gun.
I am not sure where I'll end up with this piece. I added another layer with a couple stamps. And some staz-on ink, which doesn't run or mess up the Dylusions color. Hopefully you are able to make sense out of my post. The meds are really kicking in and I feel like I'm fading. The good news is that I should be in Maryland with Kali at this point - packing ourselves into oblivion. Whoa.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ghost Post

For the next few days I will be on the road traveling. Actually in the air. Flying. Yes, I am wearing my patch and about to fall asleep. Hahaha! And, yes, I have my medicine ready to prevent panic attacks on the plane. Suffice it to say - I don't travel well.
It is time to bring Kali back to Florida. Yay!!!!!!! And in preparation for the no-blogging-time-allowed due to packing Kali up, I am pre-posting a couple easy posts. Awhile back (should that be one word? or two? Awhile or a while) I prepped some pages in my Stillman & Birns Zeta sketchbook. Of course I used my Dylusions Ink Sprays! For this particular page I spritzed the whole page with water first, then spritzed a little bubblegum pink and fresh lime. You can see where I just sprayed them right onto the page.
Then I spritzed more water right over the top of everything. If you let it sit for about 15 seconds, the colors will start blending and mixing. If you hold the page up - tilt it - the colors will move and make drips - or runs - down the page. You have to be careful of mud. Watch for it. Muddy colors you might get if watching you do not. (That's my Yoda impersonation for the day. Thank you so much flying medicine!)
Where you get too much color (and you will), just roll some paper towels over it to pick up the excess. Or you can blot with the towels. If you roll you may get the awesome pattern that the towel has on it - transferred to your paper. You can see that in the above photo. Look in shadow portion. See it? (Come to the shadow side. We have cookies. Or jelly beans. Which are almost the same thing.)
Sometimes the blotting or rolling will take away too much color. If you are a color freak like I am - that will be a problem. Easily fixed. Just spray more color. And water if you need it. 
Here is an example of blotting. Just use a tip or a fold and pick up the color you want to get rid of. If you work in a journal the color may pile up in the binding. You can blot there as well. Yay!!! I may have done that a time or fifty along the way.
You will know when your page is complete. You will just look at it and go  . . . wow! that's pretty cool! You can either let your page air dry, or if you are satisfied with where the color is at this point - dry it with a heat gun. Or a hairdryer. Either works fine. Of course you could always huff and puff over it, but you might get into a hyperventilation issue. So. Do not try this at home alone. Enough said.
This is what I eventually tangled on it :).
The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Well, sort of at least.
Heading to Maryland tomorrow to help Kali
finish packing and to bring her 
back to Florida. Yay!!!!!

Posts will be non-existent - probably -
until I get back home.
The iPad is not a favorite when it 
comes to blogging.
But . . . you never know!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quib - Square One

A couple posts back I mentioned a facebook group I am a member of. It's called Square One: Purely Zentangle. The focus of the group is to go back to square one and enjoy the beauty of true zentangle. 

This week Square One is challenging us to use the tangle quib. You can see the step out here. Quib is not a personal favorite, but it is interesting to draw. I filled my quib with tipple, a staple tangle for me. 

Why don't you give quib a try - then you can post your work on the facebook group Square One: Purely Zentangle. It's a good practice - returning to your roots. 
The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Build a Basic Art Journal Page

New to art journaling? Afraid to get started? Unsure of where to go with your page? Not sure what product to use? 

Today let's start with a basic two page art journal spread. If you don't have the specific products I use, just remember - these aren't rules, they are more like guidelines. (To quote an old pirate or two.) So grab whatever product you do have and jump right in.
Facebook has a new group for all of us die-hard Dylusions Ink Spray people! Check out the group - The Dylusions Facebook Challenge. This month's challenge was to use turquoise, pink, leaves, and as many Dylusions products as you could. Here are two pages in my art journal.
I am working in my 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" Strathmore watercolor journal. The dylusions colors I used are - bubblegum pink, calypso teal, fresh lime, and vibrant turquoise. Remember the colors blend and bleed better when you spritz on some water. Once I got the colors the way I wanted them to be, I used a stencil from Joggles called Endless to make the curling bits of water. Next I randomly added white acrylic water bubbles using the Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil. 
With a StazOn ink pad, I stamped a school of fish using the Ocean Backgrounds Dylusions stamp set, and at the bottom I stamped some waving bits of seaweedy stuff from the Dylusions set Doodle Parts. 
These little sea critters are the Dylusions Under the Sea stamp set. I stamped them onto some cardstock and colored them with Pitt Artist Pens. 
I cut out all the little guys and started arranging my elements on the pages. Several different washi tapes called my name - and they had leaves! Even better!
Then I started attaching it all with score tape and some tape runner adhesive. 
Here are some fun details.
Left side page.
Right side page. 

 So much fun! Again, the Facebook group is called The Dylusions Facebook Challenge. Check it out - you know who you are. Please don't be shy about starting an art journal - if you don't already have one. Just jump in with both feet and get started. You'll be glad you did!

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stringing Some Skinz

 Naming these posts keeps getting harder and harder. You want to name it something that will make your readers want to actually look at the post. "String 111" just doesn't do that. Hmmmm. 
This is Linda Farmer's string challenge. String #111 was shared by CZT Maria Vennekens on Tangle Patterns. I sketched the string onto my 3 1/2" tile, then used a tangle that I named skinz for the main part. Then I added a little flux and shaded. Ta-da! I am trying to catch up some of the strings, only a whole lot more to go!

The Creator's Leaf