Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hex 9 Fragments...and more!

Foxy's been building away and wanted to show off a few more reticula and fragment examples.

So simple...I see twisted rope.  

And here I see Static.

A Meer fragment that creates a triangle.

Some Striping or side by side Meer.

And yet another hexagon, sort of a gem quality to it.

Perhaps Foxy is done for awhile with these alternating triangles?  (For more about Foxy see my last post. For more hexagon fun, check out the hexagons label to the right or click here.)

I also thought I'd share my BuJo calendar featuring Organza Again.

And then, in honor of MoFins being included at Tanglepatterns.com (woohoo!) I had fun with this.  

First I had fun with a dirty stencil.  I had been playing around with my Distress Oxide ink pads and one of my favorite stencils from Crafter's Workshop, cosmic swirl.   It pays not to clean your stencil sometimes.  All I had to do was mist the stencil with water and then apply paper to it.  These 3 were done on Bristol smooth.  They are roughly the size of ATCs.  

But this larger one (about 4 1/2" x 6")....this one I claimed for MoFins!

I added the first step of MoFins, but then Maryhill wanted to play, so it would've been a duotangle...

Until I realized that Mooka had been there all along, it just needed a little coaxing with colored pencil.

And then I decided to be brave and do this...
Yup, I cut it!  But I had a plan.  After stacking several layers of letters (bold alpha dies by Altenew) and outlining in marker, I returned them to the piece

I'm calling Dream Big! Shown here on a card base that's 5" by 6 1/2"
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hex 8 Fragments

A little friend helped show me just how simple a fragment could (should?) be.  This fox is a die cut set from Karen Burniston that is cut from white watercolor paper, water colored then assembled.  Adorable isn't he?  And I'm still using my Papertrey Ink hexagon cover plate die.  This time I cut from Strathmore mixed media paper.
Reticula and fragments from a different perspective!

I saw some extremely basic geometric inspiration on Pinterest.  Wow, I have grown accustomed to seeing triangles within the hexagon, but this made me look at things quite differently.  

I put the hexies on the back of a piece of post-it tape to keep them corralled while I drew.  

I started putting the puzzle pieces together and went for a pattern that radiates out from the center.  
I tried them out in the honeycomb frame.

Paradox and Maryhill alternating.
Did you notice the large hexagon created by the 6 triangles?  Too cool!
I  temporarily adhered them to some cardstock for watercoloring.

Now for some watercolor ( I used Derwent Inktense pencils) 

I decided to emboss the coverplate on a card with the design (I die cut copper card and then hand cut around the honeycomb Reticula to just frame my design) and add a little stamping ( stamp by Momenta) and embossing powder.  

The fox thinks it's a little busy, so I think I'll try again.....

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Visual texture

My contribution to The Weekend In Black and White.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Be Kind To Elephants meets Go Big or Go Home

After viewing Ellen's YouTube I knew I needed to use it as a drawing string.  It was just calling out to me.  And what's bigger than an elephant for Laura's Go Big or Go Home Challenge?
After tracing on the graphic

Please check out the video, (link above) and if you're on Twitter, retweet.  As I'm not on Twitter, I'm hoping posting my version of her graphic here will get some attention to the cause.  
Ha, the ink covered up my outline :-0

I used a circle die cutting a large Zendala (about 7 1/4 inches diameter) from Bristol vellum. After printing out this article I found on the Ellen's campaign (I think I printed the page with the graphic at 175%?) I decided then to try this stencil technique to add some color and texture.  I probably would have started out with watercolor paper or mixed media, had I realized I was going to do this technique from the beginning.  In the end, the Bristol worked ok with the stencils and it was lovely to draw on later.  I transferred the drawing to the paper using graphite on the back of the printed page and tracing it out (old school). I used Sakura PN microns and a 5.0 Graphik Line maker, graphite and colored pencils to tangle Enyshou, Fife, Nipa and Shattuck. I let the stencil dictate some of the lines and tangles.  
After tracing the design (again :-)
Enyshou got me started

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