Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Diva Challenge #337, IAST#215, Inktober...


This week, The Diva's young son "Artoo" turned 7 so to celebrate we're to use the pattern Laura created in his honor shortly after he was born (introduced in weekly challenge #9).
This was an experiment and there were two points in this process I almost gave it the boot, but I'm glad I stuck to it. I used a tile colored with art tissue. I'll re-use the strips of tissue until I've bled out the last dregs of color that I can. At the final stage, I usually just wad up a bunch of damp strips and smoosh them down onto a tile, saturate some more and using a piece of acetate press the wad flat and let it sit for a bit. I end up with just hints of color, which I really love.
I just bought a light grey Staetdler Triplus Fineliner and had an idea to play around with some layers and a bit of a monochromatic color scheme. I started with the darker of the two purples, then the lighter purple and finally the light grey. I thought the line work looked a bit clumsy and thought about ditching it at that point, but I had to keep reminding myself that the purpose was practice and play, NOT about a finished Instagram-worthy piece. Then I spritzed it with water to get some diffusion going, noodled around with a grey Tombow brush pen and then, "what the heck" let's see what a final stem in black on top of everything will look like. Love it! if I do say so myself;-)

Rope String
featuring: "Clob" & "Delys"

I've had a lot lapses with It's a String Thing challenges. Many of them mental. I completed this challenge very early in the week because I gelled with it right from the get-go (usually my first lapse if I don't feel the challenge right away) Rope String? One of my absolute Faves! The creator of "Clob", none other than Jem Miller aka "The Ragged Ray", another Fave! She and I have had several Travelling Tangles collaborations and I'm a huge fan of her work. "Delys"? gorgeous and new to me. I was super inspired by this challenge and got right to it.  Then, I completely forgot (a frequent lapse) to email it to Adele;-(
<<<heavy sigh>>> Story of my life;-)

Moving on... I'm quite pleased with myself for sticking to my Inktober guns. Last year I bailed after the first week. Here's my concertina sketchbook. I'm one page away from finishing the first side:

Day 11

Day 12:

Day 13:

Days 14, 15 & 16

Aimee Baby!
guess who just celebrated her 6th birthday
Isn't she just adorbs?!?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Diva Challenge #336, Joey's Weekly Challenge #186 and Inktober

"Striping" Monotangle

Laura's challenge was to get to know "Striping". Whenever I have used Striping, it's usually been as small filler or in some cases as a framing device. I've never had any inclination to put it front and center. I found a tile left over from my guest blogger appearance on Joey's challenge earlier this Summer where I used Margaret Bremner's "Rope String".
I can't say I'm all too happy with this. Those skinny stripes on the top are a little weird, but they can't all be winners. I did enjoy drawing this though.
If you don't already know, The Diva has a YouTube channel now where she's been posting her daily Inktober challenges as well this weeks "Striping" challenge. Very inspiring. 
I had originally decided to take a pass on the Zentangle Inktober challenges because I wanted to focus on the official prompts, but after watching Laura's videos I chose to follow her lead using Bijou tiles and dip pen & ink. I have a box full of "Twinchies" I made from tile trimmings and watercolor sheets made to test out watercolor sets. I'm also adding color by layering and blending out colored pencils.


9 piece ensemble series
ATC #9
featuring: Pokeleaf
additionally: Striping, Caviar and a spiral thingy

This ATC brings me to the end of my ensemble. The spiral was originally going to be Marasu but for some reason I started drawing scallops instead of stripes. Gotta follow my muse:-) 
This series has been my most favorite challenge to date!


It's been a bit problematic getting decent photographs today. The atmosphere here in San Francisco is quite murky from all of the smoke from the Napa/Sonoma fires.

The start

I began with two different (but similar) sets of ATC's using the art tissue paper coloring technique. The darker set was the first pass with the tissue and the lighter set was the second pass. At the time I made the sheets, it was a test to see what happened with each re-use of the tissue. I was going to use them for Travelling Tangles but I felt the colors were way too saturated and might be problematic for others to attempt to complete, so I stashed them away. Then this series began and I figured this would be a good challenge for me to see what I could do on a background this dark.
I've been really pleased with how this project progressed. I purposely chose not to carry patterns from one tile to the next so that each piece was its own composition. I just made sure the string was continuing to line up and that patterns were similar but different moving onto the adjoining piece.
The best part was that I taught myself more about highlight and shadow and overcoming the darkness of the colorful base. The white gel pen was the star of this show;-)

I've also challenged myself with participating in the official Inktober prompts and attempting illustration of actual stuff using only black ink (for now). I'll probably go back and add a bit of color at some point. I made a concertina sketchbook (accordian) to create a journal of my days.

Day 5: "Long"

Day 6: "Sword"

Day 7: "Shy"

Day 8: "Crooked"

Day 9: "Screech"
Day 10: "Gigantic"

My muse

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Diva Challenge #335, Joey's Weekly Challenge #185 and Inktober begins...

Use My Tangle Monday: "Tint"
by Henrike Bratz

Over at I am the Diva, the first Monday of the month focuses on a pattern submitted by one of the Diva's many fans and followers. I'm slightly familiar with "Tint". I've seen it before, used it and enjoyed it, but as is far too common, I move on and forget.
I'm happy to get re-aquainted with "Tint" because I love scallopy patterns. I chose to play around on a recycled tile I'd made ages ago out of a cat litter box. I had fun with this one.

9 Piece Ensemble Series
ATC #8 featuring: Printemps
additionally: Hibred, Florz and Fescu

I can't remember the name of the pattern I used in the framing bit. Anyhoo, we're almost done with this. I'm anticipating the final final. I've had so much fun with this. I tried a squishy version of Printemps ( I think I was still in 'nzeppel mode). It reminded me of cinnamon rolls.

My handmade concertina sketchbook for Inktober 2017
"Home is Where the Art is"
I love this page from Trader Joe's newsletter

I spend waaaayyyyy too much time on youtube watching art related videos. One of my faves is Sketchbook Skool and Koosje Koene's "Draw Tip Tuesday". I've always wanted to make a concertina  (accordian) book since seeing one on her channel and the story it told. As Inktober crept up I decided this was the time find a story to tell.
Inktober challenges us to do one pen and ink drawing every day for 31 days.  There are daily prompts that one can choose to follow (or not). There are Zentangle related prompts as well.
I decided to challenge myself and sketch from life. I might still do the Zentangle prompts but illustration is so far out of my comfort zone that I knew I needed to do this.
I'm following the official prompts, using my apartment as the theme.

Day 1
my table, 90% of the time I spend drawing there;-)

Day 2
I divided my drawing time between home and the cafe

Day 3
This was a hard one, trying to find an image within my apartment
and then drawing this glass dish and the deep morning shadow
I made a fruit fly trap 

Day 4
This is what I came home to this morning after the cafe.
Aimee has a thing for rubber bands and hair ties 
and dropping them in her water glass

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Diva Challenge #334, Joey's Challenge #184 and more...

"Crazy 'Nzeppel"
additionally: Pixioze, Beadlines and fanning Fescu

Earlier this week, Sakura published a video of Molly drawing Crazy 'Nzeppel. I'm crazy about 'Nzeppel so awaaaayyyyy we go!
I'm also in a back-to-basics mode after making myself a nice stack of white tiles.

9 piece ensemble series: tile #7
Featuring: whaaat?!?..."Nzeppel"
additionally: Baton, Striping, Flux & Tripoli

More Crazy 'Nzeppel. Love it! I think this is one of everyone's Mac 'n Cheese patterns. I could keep drawing it all week.
We're two weeks short of completing this ensemble. I'm so anxious to see everyone's finished creation. Mine included.
I've been deliberate about NOT showing the group until it's done, only because I'm trying hard not to make it look like an Opus that's been divided into 9 sections.
This is what I started with. It's 2 different sets of ATC's colored with art tissue. My goal was to make 9 individual and self-contained pieces tied together with a string and a color story. With the exception of checking to make sure the string is still lining up, I don't cross tiles with the same pattern. I honestly don't know how it's all gonna relate in the end.

beginning another play with 'Nzeppel.

I figured this week was the perfect opportunity to focus on one of my faves. This one started with the crossing line work using my Rapidograph technical pen (waterproof) and water-soluble Staedtler Triplus Fineliner for the orbs, then...

...a few sprays of water....

A couple of weeks ago, Adele Bruno's "It's a String Thing" Challenge was Ampersand inspired. I Googled images of ampersand's and was fascinated by what cool strings they'd be, so I made a few. I never ended up creating anything for the challenge but these are fun to play with.
This was my string for this week's Diva Challenge:

...another ampersand start...

...using Eni Oken's Echo-lines
I love Echo lines

I haven't shaded this one yet, but here's another one that I did:

There's an ampersand in there somewhere.

For Square One: Purely Zentangle
African Artist and Pixioze

For the FB group Tangled and Journaled: Too!
The Little Zen Menu weekly prompts
Zendala #66, "Ta-da", Spirals and red/violet

Aimee talking to a crow

She was making a sound I've never heard from her before. When ever the crow cawed, she'd respond with a sort of a staccato meow. It made me think of a baby velociraptor;-) She is such a trip!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Diva Challenge #333, Joey's Weekly Challenge #183 etc....

Guest Post: TanglePod's Juliette Feissinger and Kellie Fellinge

This weeks challenge is to choose a tangle or two that feel cozy. My initial thought was, of course, to go to my mac 'n cheese patterns, those friendly no-brainers I've collected in my 20 Patterns arsenal.
I didn't do that. I chose "Verve". I love to aura. Auras are cozy. Coffee is cozy. Cat is cozy.
I recently created a couple of sets of tiles/atc's using a new and very budget friendly watercolor palette. This is my first test of how pen friendly the surface is. It feels a little dusty but so far it's not clogging up the pens. My go-to black fine-liner is a .35 Rapidograph technical pen. I also used gelli rolls (blue and dark red) and the purple Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.

9 piece ensemble series
ATC #6 featuring: Ginili
additionally: Prestwood, echo lined Mooka, Striping, Opus, Tipple

Moving right along with my ensemble piece.

Travelling Tangles:

My finish...

...to this lovely start by Margaret Blank
travelling all the way from the UK

My finish...

... another of Margaret's starts

It's a String Thing Challenge #212
spiral string
featuring:  Wrapped and Danzer

This is a late addition. I seem to have difficulties getting the IAST challenges done. This week we were to use the pattern Ok-rah as well but I could not figure out how to fit it in. I love "Wrapped". I'll definitely add to my arsenal;-)

"Aimee gets Cozy"

I've taken to keeping my masonite art clip board handy for when my work table is commandeered...
note to self: get a smaller clip board😉🐾💞

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Diva Challenge # 332, Joey Challenge #182 etc...

"2 Squared"
Ha-krall, Abukas and Printemps

The Diva is back from her Summer hiatus. The challenge is to create a string using 2 squares.

9 piece ensemble series
ATC #5 
Featuring: "Muscari"
Additionally: Pixioze, Batumber, Striping, Paisley Boa and Fescu

The "92 Days" Summer prompts are complete and now we're moving on to a series of prompts called  "The Little Zen Menu" from the Facebook group Tangled and Journaled Too! 5 or 6 prompts are posted every Saturday to choose from. I have one last pocket journal to complete so I decided to start with the weekly zendala template (selected from Erin Olsen's "Weekly Zendala Dare challenge  from her blog "The Bright Owl") and incorporate as many of the other prompts as makes sense.

Zendala template #43

Zendala Template #58
inkidoodles.com (Melinda Barlow's Echo-lined Mooka)

Travelling Tangles completed this week:

my finish...

...to this inspiring start by Deb Huff

my finish...

...to this start by Stephanie Jennifer

I came home from work last night to some lovely Travelling Tangles in my mailbox. Aimee commandeered them;-)
"Why you needs happy mail? you got me!"

My nieces had given me and my sister gift certificates to this art studio a couple of Christmas's ago and we finally got it done;-)

Drinking wine and making art with the family. Good times🍻❤😀

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