Who doesn't love auras?
My Monday morning cafe set up
This page in my DIY journal seemed like a good candidate for the task at hand. Instead of actually aura-ing sections, I chose some patterns built by aura. I was watching some YouTube this morning and caught this video. I love how she was drawing "Pepper" and decided this could be considered an aura pattern. That's my story and I'm sticking to it;-) Then of course, one of my mac 'n cheese patterns, Sandswirl and then Pixioze.
Then I moved on to this
The Weekly Duo-Challenge
Now and again, I'll tweak Joey's front & center placement slightly to give myself the option to carry it over to the other side later if I want..
Adele's challenge was to do a Zen Button. I've seen so many of these all over the internet and I love them but I've never made one. Adele linked to this great tutorial from Marguerite Samama. I chose not to do the white charcoal pencil highlight thinking it might throw off the balance of the two sides. I know it's the key to getting the 3-D effect and I may go back and do it later. maybe. I can see some 3D potential in the Joey side, but frankly, I'm wiped out. I've been home sick with a cold for a couple of days. It hit me quick and hard, so I've been home drinking turmeric almond milk tea for two days and arting between naps.
I'm headed off to Cheese Camp Sunday thru Tuesday and I can not be sick! I won't be able to go if I'm still sick. Even if I'm mobile and feeling ok, it's a sanitation thing because we're actually going to be touring several cheese making farms and the production rooms so I can't be coughing and hacking all over the place. The cough is what always lingers when I'm recovering from a cold. So, fingers crossed.
My most recent hand bound watercolor journal
I followed this SeaLemon coptic stitch bookbinding tutorial.
a page inspired by this video at CeeCee Creations
another CeeCee inspired water color page
a page of watercolored and brush pen butterflies
inspired by Maremi Small Art
I liked the idea of adding butterflies to my art journal pages and wanted to make my own. I've been working on this page for a couple of weeks. I printed a layout of butterflies from the internet and traced the silhouettes onto watercolor paper. Then using a wet on wet technique, I wet within the silhouette with clean water, picked up a bit of paint on the the tip of the brush and dripped the pigment into the wet shape and let it spread and feather. When the paint was all dry I used a black brush pen to do all the line work, using a variety of images from the internet to inspire the different details.
I color copied them and did a couple of reductions as well. I'll cut them out and use them in my art journals and perhaps some envelope art.
Travelling Tangles I completed this past week:
...to Heidi Whitney's gorgeous start
...to this cool start by Angie Lorandos
...to Angies start
to these gorgeous starts by Megan White
travelling from Kentucky
I'm happily overwhelmed by the generous starts I've been receiving in the mail. Some of my swap buddies are sending me 4, 5 or 6 pieces. I'm having a lot of fun with them 'cuz now I start seeing the art journal potential with so many of them, especially those that are not traditional Zentangle.
I always work through all of the pieces in the order that I receive them rather than pick and choose what speaks to me. It's so much more fun (the more out of my comfort zone the better) but mostly out of respect to the senders that were quick with their part of the exchange. What's that saying? "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to chase it down with a stick".
She's ready for her close up
and she looks so wise doesn't she?
Thanks so much for stopping by. Your thoughtful and generous comments delight and inspire me;-)