Friday, December 25, 2015

Wishing you...

.....a happy holiday, whatever holiday you may celebrate! And if you don't celebrate...then have a great week!
QuicKutz Snowflake die DC0020 as stencil with air brushed Copic. Tangled with Blue Micron, colored pencil and graphite

Friday, December 18, 2015

Polished Stone

My first attempt at a gem. There are gorgeous examples popping up everywhere. I also was inspired to finally add tangles to my phone case thanks to this Sakura video. I think this is the post that started the gem fad. Awesome! After my phone case attempt at a gem, I reviewed the Dew Drop tutorial by Lynn Mead. Her technique seems to work better for me. I was also very inspired by this post. What drew me in was Melkota's look of the polished pebbles in her first examples. I decided to attempt my own. Really happy I did! Wouldn't that be a cool 'Nzeppel patio? Enjoy your week!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Chapter 2 of a ZIA afforestation

The Diva may have moved on, but I'm still enjoying last week's challenge, 246. I hope you enjoy Diva Dance and Michele Beauchamp's Blooming-butter. I used sepia and brown Sakura Microns as well as a metallic blue Gelly Roll, General's charcoal white, Faber Castel Polychromos 283 burnt sienna and 2B Cretacolor monolith on Strathmore's toned tan 400 series paper.
And this has got to be the sexiest Aquafleur tree ever! Sakura black micron 01, 2B & 6B Cretacolor monolith and Zenstone on Strathmore's toned gray series 400 paper.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Friday, December 4, 2015

ZIA afforestation

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another." Chris Maser

Dilip Patel, CZT 09, posed this week's guest Diva Challenge suggesting Zentangle has the potential to positively impact society. So as world leaders in Paris deliberate action plans to combat climate change, he enticed us to work on some Zentangle afforestation in addition to other socially responsible measures.

Check out some awesome trees at the Diva's challenge #246.

Here is how mine evolved: I started with a piece of Fabriano Studio watercolor hot press (hot press tends to work better with stamping) which was 140 lbs.
Stampscapes rubber stamp with Ranger Distress Ink
I used a rubber stamp by Stampscapes to stamp an image of a tree branch using Ranger Distress Ink. (I used Tea Dye and Iced Spruce colors.) Then I started tangling. I used a Sepia Sakura micron to tangle the bark with Sayantika Ray's pattern Organic. Then my Skwim/Flux with a green micron. I added Cretacolor watercolor pencils and tried to activate both the pencils and the distress ink with water. In the end I had lost some of the distinct lines and drew back over the "foliage" with green and blue microns. I did some additional shading with pencil (Cretacolor monolith) then mounted it on standard A2 sized cardstock.
Adding tangles
And more color
Enjoy your week!