In the bleakness of a January winter all you want is to feel a summer breeze and the warmth of the sun on your face. This is how I felt last January in the midst of all that snow and cold winds that whipped around me. Its those long winter days that make me dream of warmer weather and the wish for it to come sooner rather than later.
On the bright side, even now as I am writing this, spring is around the corner and warmer times are just around the bend. I can almost feel it! So let’s bring on the good cheer cause spring is almost here!
Till next post…
Materials used: Derwent Inktense, Koi Water Brush, and accidental splatter from another page 🙂
Here we are with only 7 days until Christmas and not a snowflake in sight – at least here in the Midwest. While I do not treasure shoveling snow like most folks, I do enjoy the beauty and wonder those crystalline flakes add to the season. They especially look most wondrous against the ‘twinkling of lights and a thousand other delights’ that only take place around the holidays. (quote is inspired from John Denver Muppet Christmas song…)
While we are practically devoid of snow so far this December, this was NOT the case last year (or the year before for that matter). On December 14th 2014 I experienced our time-honored tradition of driving to-and-fro looking at all the glorious Christmas light displays that happened last year. My husband is quite dedicated to finding all the best the Chicago suburbs have to offer in their lighted holiday displays. We saw many jaw-dropping sights as we cruised the suburbs that night. To document our journey I tried to capture the essence of the evening in my journal. Here is the results:
Materials used: Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks, Derwent Graphik Line Painters, Derwent Inktense Pencil, Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen, Niji Waterbrush
The process: I had the most fun working on this entry. I loved the way the inks blended together that made up the night sky. To start, I lightly sketched out what I wanted this page to look like. Next, using my Distress inks, starting with the lightest colors I began blending them together one layer at a time (first with yellow, then light blue, working my way to the deeper shades like purple and black). With my Derwent Graphik Line Painters, I started outlining the penciled details and ornaments. For a final touch, I used my Derwent Inktense pencils to color in the houses and added blue shadows under the snowbanks; I used a Niji waterbrush to activate the pencil colors.
Thanks for continuing to follow me and my antics over the past year. Historically, I am terrible at posting my entries regularly, but I feel for now that I am on the right track in posting ‘almost’ weekly. At least I am not waiting several months between posts like I was 🙂
Anywho – today’s entry is something I put together to help remember the day we celebrated my sister’s birthday. It was a small but delightful surprise party that was held at a local family restaurant. What’s there not to love about a surprise party? Food, family and love was plentiful and my sister certainly seemed to enjoy the event. As I look at this entry, I adore being able to capture events in my journal. It’s a lovely way to remember the events of the past year and gives me an excuse to create something creative and special to share.
In the spirit of sharing, I thought I would start giving a brief overview on my process of creating each journal entry and the materials I use. I am not one to keep ideas secret, so If you are ever curious about a particular technique or material I used, please feel free to comment and ask.
Materials used: Ranger Mini Distress Inks, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Sakura Pigma Micron Pen
The process: This journal page began with a simple sketch of an opened present and the words ‘surprise’ drawn lightly in pencil. Using mini Distress inks, I began applying color using a circular blender in the background starting with light yellows and then moving to robust oranges. I used a stencil to create the sun light rays coming out of the box and used paint dabbers to stamp the pink, red and orange dots. I then outlined the present and words with my Sakura Pigma pen. The present was colored using Derwent Inktense pencils, and Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. As a final touch I used a Sakura Pigma pen to scribble my thoughts about the day’s events.
I almost totally forgot to post my journal entries today! Well, the day is not over and we have plenty of sunshine left to the evening. For this post, I have two journal entries to share that happened around this time last year in August. First up is my little drawing of our favorite vacation spot in Michigan.
My father-in-law has a lovely cottage nestled in the heart of Bass Lake near Greenville, Michigan that we loving call “The Coasts of Gowen”. I remember that while the day was warm you could sense the oncoming of the fall season. This particular scene was drawn after a late afternoon of relaxing by the beach near the brand new fire pit that my father-in-law just put in. My father-in-law is a DIY whiz in case you were wondering…
I love that I have a nice way to remember our time spent at the cottage in Michigan. Our memories of our vacations here are always wonderful because of the quality time spent with our family. I look forward to going back real soon.
On a completely different note, the next entry shows off the more humorous side of my art. This particular drawing was done to prove to my husband that we watched the movie ‘Twister” on August 17, 2014. You see, my husband didn’t believe me when I said that it has been a while that we watched the film. At the time, I really wanted to watch it again but he was on the fence because we watched it ‘recently’. While I admit that we have watched the movie together several times, it had been a couple of years since we watched it last, but I had no way to prove it. So this time I decided I would record the event for ‘posterity’ a.k.a. prove my husband wrong the next time I want to watch the film.
So here is my little humorous drawing that pays homage to on of my favorite films.
Welcome back to my Flashback Friday Kick-off Week!
Now we are starting to get into the heart of my journal with the very start of my year – my birthday! The first entry highlights in an abstract way the elated feelings I have around my birthday. The drawing technique is a Zentangle inspired pattern “Tumbleweed” brought to you by my favorite artist Helen Williams from ‘a little lime‘ blog site. The drawing was colored using my favorite medium from Derwent – Inktense blocks and pencils!
My second journal entry for July 30th is also inspired by Helen’s amazing artwork is my version of her patterned flower found in her ebook “Flips, Folds, Ribbon and String“. Her book is amazing with very clear instructions on how to re-create the drawings within her book which also includes links to step-by-step videos.
While both entries are from inspirations rather than original artwork. They both allowed be to break the “blank page syndrome” that plagues the start of my journals. In general the journal is more about exploration of different techniques and found inspiration then trying to capture something original on my pages. This way I stop procrastinating and just practice having fun creating art. That is what art is all about – having fun!
Thanks for stopping by! Until tomorrow…
Okay gang! I finally made it to day forty! This little milestone is marks nearly the end of my 42 day journey from the book One Zentangle a Day. I definitely did not create a tile every single day, but I have for the most part drawn every day since starting this quest. The in between days of my journey have been filled with learning new tangles and created many practice journal pages. I also overcame many life-altering obstacles include home responsibilities, work stress and loss of loved ones.
Through it all, I have continued on this little voyage to make it to the end of the book. I am almost there.
Today’s challenge asked me to create a tile using letters as strings. How fun! As a refresher, a ‘string’ is lightly pencil-drawn intersecting shape, usually abstract, that you use as a guide to fill in with tangles. Letters are most definitely not abstract, so this creates a very different feeling when creating a tile.
I wanted to have an inspired short saying for my tile. After a brief search on the internet, I settled on the phrase “Be Happy”. After all, an overwhelming number of people, including myself, strive to make this their number one goal in life.
I filled in each letter with some favorite tangles like Tipple, Nekton, Zander, Knightsbridge and Printemps. To complete this tile, I wanted to add a simple but fun tangled border. I was recently asked to check out a cool tangle called “Riki Tiki” that was created by follow tangler Renee King . This is fantastic geometric style tangle that was a perfect complement to this tile. This tangle was very easy to learn and was fun to use. I encourage you to try this tangle yourself. The steps to create Riki Tiki can be found on TanglePatterns.com which is a great resource for everyone that tangles their days away!
As you can see, color was a must for this tile. I used colored Sakura ink pens and created color shading with my favorite Derwent Inktense pencils. For a final touch I used my new TomBow markers to add a splash of yellow with a blender marker. Overall, I liked working with letters, but I can tell I could more practice in experimenting with different style fonts and tangles. Perhaps I will try another lettered tile in the future, but for now, I need to make it to the last day of this journey.
Until next post…
What an awesome Zendala challenge this was! The last two Zendala creations focused on two very different template styles. The first one had an organic style and the second one was very geometric in nature. Today’s creation incorporated both organic curves and geometric shapes for one awesome combination.
To start this tile, I knew I wanted to use color, so I brought out my relatively new Gelly Roll Sakura pens and started tangling away. I began with a favorite tangle call Isochor and added Tipple to the smaller open areas. I then used my absolute favorite tangle Betweed for the center area. For shading I used my Derwent Inktense pencils and added water to each area to awaken the ink.
The colors I choose was in hopes that spring is around the corner and that this perpetual winter will soon end. I encourage you to create your own creation in honor of spring. Together we will put an end to winter! YAH!
Until next post…
The day has finally arrived. Today I will be posting my very first tangle I ever created! Without further ado…I would like to introduce my new tangle called “Lazy Eights”!
This fun new tangle was inspired by my One Zentangle a Day, Day Thirty challenge. For this day, I was asked to use my practice journal and start doodling different patterns and designs to come up with a new tangle. After a couple of weeks and several attempts, I finally came up with one that I am proud to call my own. By the way, I did research prior to posting this that my tangle does not duplicate any existing tangles already created that I am aware of. With that said, with all the numerous sites and creative tanglers out on the web, there is always a chance that someone else came up with a similar tangle. Please feel free to gently burst my bubble if you are aware of a similar tangle.
How did I go about creating this tangle you ask?
Lazy Eights is a very simple tangle that uses a simple figure eight drawn line repeated in two directions; one vertical and one horizontal. Doing this creates a little flower-like bloom. Lines are drawn from the center outward as an added flair to each of the open petals. As a final touch I added a dot in the center of each bloom to complete the look of a flower. Once you complete one bloom, you just simply keep repeating the Lazy Eights pattern to fill in the empty spaces. As you can see you can create very small blooms to very big blooms which gives a nice variation to this tangle. As the name implies I was inspired to create this tangle using the most basic number I learned as a child – the number eight! Hope you enjoy using this new tangle as much as I do.
Here is my day thirty creation that features my new tangle Lazy Eights! Accompanying my new tangle are some old favorites; Betweed and Tipple.
The tile background was created using a watercolor wash using yellow and greens. After the tile completely dried, I added my string and started filling in the spaces with my chosen tangles.
For the shadows I used a deep-green Derwent Inktense pencil followed by a light water brush to awaken the ink. I really ended up liking my new tangle a lot and look forward to using it again in future tiles. If you like this pattern as much as I do and would like to download the pattern card, please follow this link Lazy Eights Tangle Pattern which will take you to a new section of my site were I will begin posting any new patterns I create.
Thanks for waiting patiently while I worked on creating this tangle. Hope it was worth the wait!
Until next post…
Organic patterns and colors combine- oh my! I took a little break from posting, but now I am back and ready to share my latest creation.
After all these days I finally had a chance to play with color! Not just any color, but I was able to incorporate my new Derwent Intense pencils in this tile. If you haven’t heard about these awesome pencils, let me be the first to tell you that Derwent makes some of the best art materials around and these pencils are no exception!
Intense pencils are water-soluble ink which is very similar to watercolor pencils. What really makes these different from watercolor pencils is that lay down a very vibrant color that becomes even more alive when water is applied. Another difference is that unlike watercolor pencils the color is permanent after the color dries. The unique nature of these pencils allows you to layer color upon color letting you work with your color choices in a different way.
In this tile, I played with my Inktense pencils by combining three colors together to make a soft but colorful background for my tangle patterns. After the tile fully dried, I then added my string to guide my patterns around the tile. Finally, I began filling each area with my the suggested patterns for this day. I learned three new patterns for this creation, “Pepper” which are the zebra-like orbs, “Ynix” which is a leaf type pattern, and “Squid” which graceful tentacles curve around the tile.
Overall, I love how this tile came out and really enjoyed exploring color for the first time. Despite my earlier gushing over my Derwent pencils, I really do not have a lot of experience in working with color. Good thing for me, that these small little art tiles allow me to explore color without feeling overwhelmed or committed to some large art project that I could mess up.
As always, thanks for reading this post and I hope you “like” my creation.
Until next time…