Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Diva Challenge #345 and other drawin's

Diva Challenge #345
Happy Holidays

This is the last Diva Challenge of the year and Laura posed two options: a Zendala or something holiday inspired. I was in a bit of a quandary as I don't have any zendala tiles and I'm a bit of a holiday theme curmudgeon when it comes to Zentangle.
I went rogue because I really wanted to finish this one up with my eco-print Cosmic Garden series.
I was inspired by Joey's use of a snowflake string for her challenge this week and though I didn't follow her challenge guidelines at all, I think it's as close as I'm gonna get to anything holiday. I'm using Phroz or Fasset (can't remember which is which) on the snowflake.
I would like wish all of you a joyous holiday season and thank you for all of the inspiring feedback you've given me.
For the next 3 weeks, I've issued myself a little challenge inspired by this video from my favorite You Tube art teacher Alphonso Dunn. He's got two videos of 7 simple tips for drawing everyday. I'll post some things  on Instagram, michelewynne9 as well as here. I suspect most of you are directed here by the Diva's linky so if you want to see what I'm doing for the next 3 weeks you can use the email thingy at the bottom of the sidebar to be notified when I post.
Here are a few things I've been working on:

Little Pieces of Art series
Tree Frog
pen and ink

The idea is to draw some thing every day, from drills and texture practice to abstract to finished illustrations.

More tree frogs
I love them

In my handmade journal
Simple Pleasures Cafe

I started this over a week ago and though I bit off more than I could chew in terms of complexity I was determined to finish it today.

Gifts in progress

These resulted from several water color practice sheets I had laying around. I cut them down into 4 x 6 pieces. When I want to noodle around with my dip pen I'll grab one of these cards and do what comes organically. I've had them sitting in a box for months. Yesterday I had the brilliant idea to cut them all down to 2" squares and now I'm going to laminate them and glue magnets to the back and distribute them as stocking stuffers to the baristas at Simple Pleasures.

"Trainwreck Sketchbook"
one side shaded


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Diva Challenge #344 and sketchbooks

"Use my Tangle" Monday
featuring After-glo by Carole Ohl
additionally: Aquafleur, Bunzo and Sandswirl

Eco-print tile start

I was happy to see Afterglo turn up on this weeks challenge. It's one of those patterns I thoroughly enjoyed when it first came on my radar awhile ago and then I forgot about it. It's a great fit for my Cosmic Garden series too. 
Laura noted that Vonnie, a member of the Zentangle community recently passed away. Vonnie was an active member of one of my swap groups as well as in the Diva's chat room when Laura was live streaming videos of the challenges. This is for Vonnie.

Here are a few things I did in my DIY art journal this past week;

A trip to Japan Town to Maido my favorite pen store
 and Daiso for a haul of cheap art supplies

This store is Bananas!

Butternut Squash Soup

The kitchen has been sadly inactive of late. In an attempt to get myself motivated for my annual Christmas cookie baking marathon, I spent a day cleaning, re-organizing and cooking.

Simple Pleasures Cafe

Noodling around and feeling the Zen

Aimee sunnin' herself

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Diva Challenge #343 and Sketchbooks


The eco-print I started with

I had a feeling this one would appear sooner rather than later. I played around with Dewd a bit when the video first appeared a few weeks back. It's not as easy as it looks. I figured Dewd would be a great addition to my eco-printed series. I also had another go at Paradox. This was really fun to draw. After the first row of Dewd, I thought it might be better to just do straight up stalks, but I was already invested. 

Sketchbook stuff:

After days of deliberating how to start the new DIY sketchbook I shared last week, pondering themes and whatnot, I just dove in with a prompt I saw on Draw Tip Tuesday earlier this week. It seemed like a bit of a train wreck as I moved through it and that was the intent. It took the pressure off of any thoughts of perfection. In the end the black background really pulled it together.

The first page of my new sketchbook
Gratitude with Attitude

I'm working through my first attempt at a handmade bound book:

Little Zen Menu November prompt mash-up
Zendala string #103, Less is More (in my world) and a little Betweed

This is the Fearless, Fun & Funky sketchbook. It's a hot mess. The pages are all wonky because my punched holes are off-alignment, the spine is too wide so the whole thing lies crookedly and the thread work was really clumsy (hence the washi tape)...but, it's all good. I decided to really have fun with it because there is nothing I can do to mess it up any more than it is.
First I threw a bunch of watercolor at it, using some cheap paint I got at Daiso for $1.50 for 8 tubes. I had fun swirling around the colors and then closing the page to get a mirror imprint. Then noodled around with lettering and using various black liner pens. I had a bit of a scare when I clogged up my new Lamy fountain pen. I should have known better because the cheap paint was very chalky. I did have great success with a really inexpensive Pentel Stylo.
I'm getting back into the Little Zen Menu prompts from the Facebook group Tangled & Journaled Too.
LZM: FeatherFall/Mooka

LZM: It starts with one small circle  within another circle

This was a mash-up of several prompts including:
watercolor, Zendala String #116, Huggins and Printemps, Joki, Cruffle and Dark


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Diva Challenge #342 and other stuff...

Diva Challenge #342 
Duo Tangle featuring "Paradox" and "Bunzo"

I had this idea early on in the season to do a series on eco-printed tiles and they've been looking a bit like cosmic gardens. "Paradox" was a challenge to this idea but after taking a  peek at Margaret Bremner's blog post on Paradox, I was determined to make it work. I always have trouble shading Paradox to my satisfaction and I can't say I'm all that crazy about the results but, true to Zen form, I enjoyed drawing this.

One Travelling Tangle this week:

My finish... this fun start by Annmarie Slaby

I finished my concertina sketchbook:

I'm really proud of myself for attempting and sticking through this. This type of drawing was so far out of my wheel house but as with anything you just gotta make the time and practice, practice, practice. I really liked this format and I'm gonna do one of these again, but next time use it to it's full potential of seamlessness and more panorama drawings. I really had a good time with this and learned so much.
Today I've been home nursing a cold and I made my next sketchbook, trying Coptic binding (following this tutorial on the Sea Lemon You Tube channel). This is my second attempt making a  bound sketchbook and I have to say I've impressed myself with the improvement.

This is a 4 x 6 inch book
bound in a landscape format

I used pages from a Crate and Barrel holiday catalog
to cover the cardboard covers
I really loved these photographs
and there was no text in the way;-)

the catalog pages were pretty thin 
so the paper wrinkled from the gluing process

Inside the covers
I used a sheet of paper from a Disneyland Hotel notepad

I like how flat the pages lay

Aimee's not impressed

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Diva Challenge #341, Travelling Tangles and thisclose to finishing my Inktober sketchbook...

Diva Challenge #341
"Go Big or Go Home"

This week's challenge is to work big. Bigger tile, bigger pattern, bigger tools. Any or all of the above.

I had previously prepared some eco printed tiles and happened to have one 4" square tile, not a big leap, but it's what I had with me. I used 08 gelly rolls, a .60 technical pen and Kuratake brush pen. Much much larger than my usual 01 and 005.
I liked the slightly larger format and the boldness of the larger nibs.

Travelling Tangles completed this week:

My finish... this sweet start by Veena Arun

My finish... another lovely start by Veena Arun

My finish... this cute little  Bijou start by Kim Aarts Bruins

My finish... this beauty by Susan Rink Olsen

Whew!!! Just two more to go and I'm caught up. I was already more behind than I'm comfortable with and then Inktober started and I was derailed.
I've almost completed the concertina sketchbook I made for Inktober and now pondering where to go next. I just ordered a Lamy Safari fountain pen on Amazon which seems to be the sketchbook artists pen of choice.

My home away from home;-)

My window seat

Late addition:

My Lamy Safari fountain pen just came in the mail!;-)

I spent my whole day off yesterday noodling around with my new pen. It came with a blue cartridge that I wanted to use up so I could fill it with the black Carbon ink (I got a converter too).
I've been working through some pen and ink drawing exercises from Alphonso Dunn's You Tube tutorials focusing on shadow and texture
When Joey's challenge first appeared I honestly didn't know how I was going to make this work and decided to take a pass this week. This morning I was inspired:


The Cat of Judgement
turns out I'm not my own worst critic

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