Winging It

I spend a lot of my art time doing things in prep. I have been straightening up the studio, both at home and the shop. I have been diligently keeping up with an online journalling class, calligraphy project class, and a watercolor journaling class. I watch a lot of paint (and ink) dry.

A lot of what I do is pretty experimental for me. I spend a lot of time “winging it.” I try new tangles, especially from Zentangle HQ. Some I take to pretty well…some I put off because they intimidate me. Drawings is one of the ones I took to pretty well. You may remember when I demonstrated it for my Tangle Journal class, it came to life!

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I was happy to see that pop up on this weeks Diva Challenge (#299). But, I have used this quite a bit, in different forms…

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So I wanted to try at least a different color for this one. As luck would have it, I discovered I have an overabundance of Renaissance Tan tiles at home. This could be partially to my aversion to them (I have seriously oily skin and tend to stain them.) But…I decided to “wing it” and grabbed one. I am not entirely unhappy with the result.

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Shaded with black and Van Dyke brown chalk pastels.


I have another “pen test” for you this week. I tangled a tile for the Square One group using a Pentel Hybrid Technica pen this week. I am pleased with the “blackness” and like the overall feel of the pen, but not so much on Zentangle tiles. The tiles are pretty soft, and the ball points on these tend to “dig in” a bit. I do,  however, find them useful for tangling on top of paints that normally clog the Micron tips. They come in several tip sizes (03, 04, 05, & 06.)  I tend to prefer the 04, it flows pretty well. We are using the 06 in my watercolor class. I see from the website they no longer offer the 08, which is good, because it skipped a lot.

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And…last but not least, a “sneak peek” at the February special (February 11th) “Quill You Be My Valentine!”  Some quilling, accented by tangles.

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The February schedule will be up in the next few days. We are adding a special class – Painting Medieval Boxed Capitals with Risa Gettler on the 2nd…perfect little Valentine gifts!

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Aren’t those cool?

Make stuff to keep the crazies away! See ya later!

 

Welcome to 2017

Ok…I know…I did not really need to take a few weeks off from blogging. Not good for business, etc. But sometimes, you have to refocus your intentions and get some things done. Get through the holidays. Spend time with loved ones. Make art.

I set some pretty lofty goals for myself this year. All measurable and attainable, though, so I know I can do it. The first one is to get my blog posts in on Monday. So, I think I did that! (1 down, 51 to go!)

What better way to start off the New Year than with a new Use My Tangle (UMT)  Diva Challenge! Challenge #298 comes to us in the form of the tangle Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam. It is a nice filler tangle, and has a few cute variations. I decided to use it on a tile where I was testing the Sakura Micron against the Copic Multi-Liner SP. I wanted to see if I could tell the difference, so I divided the tile in half and tangled the same tangle on both halves.

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Honestly, there isn’t a lot of difference. To the naked eye, the Copic looks slightly different when next to the Micron, but if you used just the Copic, that difference wouldn’t matter. I think the deal here is the price points more than anything else. They are both pigment inks, archival, etc. But I think my real love of the Copic is that it is more economical in the long run, not to mention more environmentally friendly. It is refillable, and has replaceable nibs. The refills last longer than a Micron, and the nibs stay juicier a lot longer. So instead of carrying extra pens when I travel, I only need refills. The con side to this is the starter price of the Copic. I sell the Microns for $2.25 US…the Copics are $11 US. But…the refills are the price of a Micron….and last at least twice as long.

And…as luck would have it for you, my readers, I can supply these lovely pens for you! (Leave me a note below.)


So you know that I have not been slacking over the holidays, I shall produce proof!

First up, I participated in the 12 Days of 3Zs Challenge from Zentangle®. Although I got my tiles late and did not finish them in time for the actual contest, I did, in fact, finish them before Christmas! They make a pretty mosaic star:

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And individually:

These tiles are a lot of fun, and take a little less time when  you only have a short time to tangle. And the pre-strung set take the stress out too!


At our December Friendship group meeting, we had a nice gift exchange, and I was the lucky recipient of a handmade latka book, from my friend and fellow CZT Hiroko Hashimoto. She tangled on the covers:

And I realized that I have a huge stack of these really cool journals and books, and I do not use many of them. I have yet to make one pen stroke in the journal I received at CZT training. So, I decided now was the time to start! The paper in this one is really interesting…it has a lot of texture and character. It also pills excessively when shading (hint: use a lint roller prior to spraying fixative.)

I have been trying to do a page or 2 a week. Seems like a good place to try out some new things.


I noodled around with my Scan ‘n Cut 2 some more and came up with these snowflakes:

The paper is an Astrobrights Metallic card stock, and I used Sakura Glaze pens on them. It is a fairly non-porous surface, although they say you can print on them with an ink jet printer. I have tangled on this paper with a regular Gelly Roll pen, but I find the Micron does not show up well.

Also came up with this cute little ornament from 3 Bijou tiles.

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I did an end of the year recap on my FitBit…I walked over 1,300 miles! The chart was interesting. I started playing PokemonGo in July (my FitBit broke in August, so I was without it for 10 days, and I was sick a good part of December.)

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This year, I am setting a goal of 1,500 miles. That is attainable, if it ever stops raining. The rain is a conundrum for me. We need it badly here in California, but it is severely cramping my walking! But…the rain also gives us beautiful rainbows.

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That was the most magnificent one I have ever seen, and it was right from my home studio window.

I am not going to tell you to stay crazy anymore.

I am going to tell you to make art. It will keep the crazy away!