I’m so lost I struggle to write. The thoughts in my head are jumbled, confused, sporadic. Plenty to say but I’m completely unable to form cogent thoughts. I still seem to be able to create, but not well. So I’m trying to stick with watercolor but needed some zenspiration.
This pattern/ tangle is called ribbon petals and was created (or deconstructed) by an artist from Australia named Helen Williams. Check out some amazing art as well as her wonderful tangle patterns here: Helen Williams site alittlelime.blogspot.com
I can’t continue so I will see you tomorrow. Happy #worldwatercolormonth
It’s so important to me to remember the significance of this day. I have lived in other countries and it helped me to understand that although I don’t agree with my country’s politics and I despair over our choices for the next presidential election, I still am so grateful to live in this country where I can disagree and try to reach my full potential as a woman. There may be other places in the world where this can happen but nowhere else do women have the opportunity to act and speak and succeed based on our own drive and intelligence. No, our country isn’t even close to perfect, but I’m still SO thankful to live here in the United States of America! Happy Independence Day!
OK so I cheated a bit on this painting. I used a Sharpie Poster Paint marker for white accents (hey! It’s water based!). And I used blue and red glitter pens to make it sparkle, unfortunately I’m the only one that can see the glitter 😃.
See everyone tomorrow, when hopefully it will be a better try!
Today was harder. I tried going red with the flowers and ended with a gloppy brown mess! (Yes, now gloppy is a word, you’ll find many new words here, I need to inform Dictionary.com!) So, I’ve decided to work on a small scale and be simple today. I decided to sketch in a flower instead of just glopping (see? It’s a verb!) paint on the page as I did yesterday.
And once again I am surprised by the end. Not so bad for a 2nd try!
According to fellow blogger Laura at createarteveryday.com, July is official World Watercolor Month! Check out her blog for great watercolor tips and ideas. In keeping with this I’m going to take a shaking step into the watercolor media. I’ve always wanted to learn, I have a bargain set of 12 Daler Rowney tubes (if you even call them that) but I’m saving for a set with a few more color choices.
Yesterday I watched about 10 YouTube tutorials and got some really great tips. So today I used the back of my test page yesterday. I didn’t expect to like what came out so I wasn’t worried about it showing through. As with all things art, expect the unexpected. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome even with the limited palette choice. I don’t know if I will get a watercolor every day this month done but I will certainly be doing more. Thanks for the encouragement Laura!
Hello Everyone 🙂 happy Thursday! I needed a project today that would consume me for a few hours as letting go of my anger from yesterday has proven difficult. So today I chose a project I’ve been wanting to try out. I’ve seen a couple of tutorials on illuminated letters and it didn’t look too hard (😁 not so easy). I played with different styles and finally decided to just do my own version. My biggest concern is that no one will recognize which letters they are!
My supplies today:
Black card stock (A4) 8.5 x Prismacolor Premier Soft-core colored pencils :pale sage, Apple green, peacock green, cloud blue, China blue, ultramarine, blue indigo and white.
Sakura stardust dark blue
Pen-touch silver pen
Gamsol blending solution
Tiny paper stump
Hb graphite pencil
The design is 5 inches tall by 8.5″ wide. After penciling in the letters, I used the cloud blue pencil to outline the design and then fill all ribbon parts with cloud blue and the straight legs with pale sage. When working on black, layering over white or a light color helps bring out the color of each subsequent layer.
Next I layered apple green over the pale save and China blue over the cloud blue. Then added my first layer of silver with my Pen-touch.
At this time I take the peacock green and give the green parts a nice outline for some depth. Then I used my ultramarine to deepen the blue of the ribbon. Leaving it off any part that will be highlighted. I used my white pencil to give a good light layer over the parts of blue that are highlighted.
The last steps involved using the indigo blue to shade the blue ribbon, then outlining the part of the blue that is NOT outlined in silver with the Sakura Stardust (glitter pen that uses ground glass in the ink instead of glitter. I did the partial silver outline to bring out the bar of the h. Now I’m hoping you know that’s an H!
The last thing I did is to use the silver Pen-touch to cover the outline again as I frequently make a mess in the lines. (this is an accommodation for my shaky hands and not required.) And I used my hb pencil to shade the silver where 2 silver parts meet to show some contrast.
One fold later and spray with workable fixatif and call it done.
My question to you, dear readers, is if the letters are recognizable or not? (okay, it’s an L and H 😁)
Leave me a comment on this because i want honest opinions!
So I really was unhappy with my diva challenge submission this week so I decided to go through my tiles and try to get it right. The result was interesting to say the least for several reasons. Here’s my before and after tiles:
This is a white tile with a burnt ochre watercolor wash. I started with my Sakura micron brown pen and was disappointed in the contrast but this made a perfect tile for #273.
I have several sets of Sakura pens that I’ve never used so this ended up being a bit of an experiment. I used my set of Sakura glaze pens for the colored in sections of the aquafleur and what is supposed to be Veezy I believe. So what I learned is that the glaze Pens have a large nib I’m assuming to allow the ink to flow smoothly which it certainly does. It goes on extremely smoothly and when it dries it leaves an upraised glossy look to what’s underneath to give it a 3D look. Unfortunately this means that fine lines and drawing with them can become rather a gloppy mess so having tried those, I really liked the dark brown aquafleur but the other was a mess! But in keeping with the Zentangle® Method I kept working and finished the rest of it. I used a burnt ochre, a dark brown and a terracotta prismacolor soft core pencil for shading which, as always, helped a lot. This tangle includes #opus #aquafleur #mookah #veezy and #fescue. (I’m terrible at remembering the tangle names so forgive me if I don’t list everything.)
See everyone next week for diva challenge 274! As always you can find a link to Diva’s blog in my top menu.
I completely forgot to upload my diva challenge this week, sorry to everyone who stopped by to see nothing! But diligence should be rewarded so here it is! I’m not sure I shouldn’t have left it as it was! I swear I took a picture of my tile before starting but now I can’t find it so here’s the finished product and if I can locate the before pic I will post it.