Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Release: Colorful Backgrounds 2 for Drawing or Tangling


Yes!!!
Genevieve has a new book out
and
she has outdone herself with this one!
 This is Genevieve's second book in a series
of colorful backgrounds all ready for you
to tangle and draw on. 
And since Genevieve loves me -
she sent me a copy to preview and play with!

The book has a soft cover that opens almost perfectly flat so you can draw right up to that inside edge.
It measures 8.5" x 11" and has 40 full-color backgrounds. 
The pages are printed just on one side. I didn't have any trouble at all with bleed-through, but I would recommend placing a sheet of cardstock or thick paper behind your working page just in case.

Above you see a page of thumbnails showing 
you what some of the pages look like,
AND
Genevieve even included 8 of 
my backgrounds in the book!
So
if you are a fan of crazy color and lots of it - this is the book for you!
Links for purchase will be listed at the bottom 
OR
if you can't wait, here is direct link to 
Genevieve's page for ordering. 
Above you see the first page I worked on.
I did some basic tangling with a Sharpie fine point
and a Pitt Artist Pen but wanted to add a little something different.
So I grabbed a stencil, an ink dabber or pouncer, and a StazOn ink pad. Those black bricks you see were pounced on using the dabber and ink through the stencil. 
NO BLEED THROUGH.
I also used a gray pitt pen, a graphite pencil,
and colored pencils for shading.
Awesome sauce!!! Worked like a charm!
I moved on to this page next. 
You can see it in its untangled form
in the thumbnail shot above -
second row, second picture.
What drew me to this page was the divided
sections. They look like bits of torn wrapping 
paper tossed here and there -
waiting to be tangled.
I worked on a few sections and left
about half of it untangled -
so you could see what i did.
I simply outlined a section, then filled it with a tangle.
No rocket science here.
 Last page.
I must apologize right now - 
I didn't realize my lighting was bad where I was drawing.
Some of these photos show the true color
and
some are just horrible looking.
The color in the picture right above here is true.
In the thumbnail it is first row, second photo.
 I was trying to think of other art tools
we could incorporate -
 other than strictly tangling.
Of course this book was made to be tangled in -
but there are other ways to use it as well.
So I pulled out a brand new stencil I hadn't used yet
and placed it in the binding of the book.
 Here are my supplies. 
 I chose three colors of Tim Holtz' distress inks.
I began by pouncing one of the colors through
various leaves on the page . . .
 . . . then a second color . . . 
 . . . then a third. 
Looks like a big, whopping mess of ink,
doesn't it?
Hahaha!
(And here is where the bad lighting starts to show up.
Sorry, Genevieve. I didn't notice until this morning.
Too late to fix it.)
 With much apologies to Genevieve for the messed up color,
here is what I have after I lift away the stencil.
A wave of beautiful leaves across what should
be a beautiful fall colored page of orange.
 Now it is as simple as pick a leaf and tangle it.
I had no bleed through with my inks,
absolutely none at all.
I realize some will want to use alcohol markers -
those WILL bleed through.
Stay with gel pens, any pen you would usually
tangle with should be fine.
And just have fun.
 Just keep working, adding one leaf at a time.
And you will end up with a beautiful
fall colored page of leaves
that you can enjoy any time of year!
AND
this photo here is pretty true to color.
I have not completed the page,
so you could start getting some ideas of
your own of where you could take this page
from here.

Genevieve, thank you for letting me play
with your new book.
It is wonderful, beautiful, and fun!
I had a great time trying out some 
additional art supplies.
I expect my black pens and my colored pencils
will be my go-to's for this book
but the stencils and inks were fun, too!

So, now it's your turn!
Colorful Backgrounds 2 for Drawing and Tangling
is available in both print and electronic formats.
To purchase, check out these links:
Amazon in the US and 
Amazon in Canada for print copies,
and
ebooks here



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2 comments:

  1. You two together are the most "colorful and creatives ladies ever"! Guess I will have to get my Daughter to order both her books and maybe another one from you on Amazon as I do not have an account. You make it so hard to "not spend money"....:)Thanks for your beautiful work, it makes my day!

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  2. Thank you for showing your processes here - your way of tangling a section of colour has always intrigued me. I was mesmerised by the way you tangled the leaves & how you made those magical swathes of leafy colour dance across those backgrounds............

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