Whole lotta prepping going on…

Its been a busy week, with more to come.

I am in the process of finalizing my paperwork for my new studio over at the Coleman’s Artist Studios in Phoenixville, PA. This is very exciting stuff, but a lot of work to come to get the studio set up and running. Keep an eye out for classes to be scheduled there, as well as details on the open studio that all the artists onsite are hosting on November 21st.

ColemanSign

Did a quick tile for Its A String Thing #114 last week (but not in time to send it in to Adele). I went Renaissance on this one and used a sienna colored pencil for shading instead of regular graphite. Really pleased with the affect.

IATS#114 Teenos, Ta-da, Ahhh

IATS#114 Teenos, Ta-da, Ahhh

And I have been busy working on water color backgrounds for my next series of work. Here’s a sneak of some of them in my current work space – the kitchen table. I can’t wait until I can share new work in progress with you from the studio!

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Last, but not least, for today. This week my Zentangle for Beginners had their card making class. We learned the brand new release from Zentangle HQ – Gourdgeous. We did a few rounds on apprentice tiles before beginning the final tile for the card, as gourdgeous can be a bit tricky to get a handle on. Overall the class did great, and we have a little happy mascot from one of the students! 🙂

Our Gourdgeous mascot

Our Gourdgeous mascot

Gourdgeous, Zander, and Sampson, with Zenith borders

Gourdgeous, Zander, and Sampson, with Zenith borders

Diva Challenge #239 and Black Tiles

This week the Diva has challenged us to use Munchin and confessed her dislike of black tiles. She offered up using white on black as an optional portion. I happen to love black tiles, so that aspect of the challenge was a no brainer for me. I have been playing with shiny things lately, so I went gold with Munchin with some white accents.

Munchin, Tipple, Flux

Munchin, Tipple, Flux

I recently order the new Tints on Tan kit from Jenny Peruzzi and Marty Deckel. They do a fantastic job putting these together, and provide very clear instructions so it feels like you are taking a class with them.

 

Tints on Tan - Autumn Splendor

Tints on Tan – Autumn Splendor

Autumn Splendor detail

Autumn Splendor detail

I enjoyed the tinting techniques so much, that I tried my hand at a tinted black tile, with a psuedo snowflake theme.

Snowflake with Printemps, Hypnotize, Paradox, and Finery

Snowflake Zendala with Printemps, Hypnotize, Paradox, and Finery

In addition to the white pen, I had to go back back in with the Starlight gel pen to give it a little extra winter sparkle. (I know it is not winter yet, but I sooo love when the snow starts falling.)

Sparkly!

Sparkly!

Don’t forget to check out the other tiles submitted for the Diva’s challenge.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

New Tangle – Maddie

Maddie is our scruffy, old lady cat. At this point, we are not sure how much longer she will be with us. We help her onto the bed, give her treats whenever she wants them, and laugh as she still holds her own against our other cat, Emmet.

Sweet Little Maddie

Sweet Little Maddie

The scruffy tail of inspiration

The scruffy tail of inspiration

One morning she was waking me up, and the sun silhouetted her tail as it flicked back and forth. That is where this pattern was born. It is an easy pattern to draw (all straight lines) and has a couple variations. Here are the step outs and a few sample tiles:

Maddie Step-out

Maddie Step-out

I’d love to see what you do with it! Let me know in the comments if you give it a try.

 

Fall is here!

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I know Spring is considered the season of rebirth and fresh starts, but for me, this really happens in the fall. I think it all goes back to the start of the new school year and the excitement that comes with that. Temperatures have also taken a dip this week, so it feels like fall. And there is candy corn at the grocery store! (Unfortunately, there is also pumpkin spice everything. No offense to those who are fans, but I am not. No pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving either, thank you very much.)

This week I actually managed to get the Its A String Thing challenge completed by the deadline. Adele challenged us to use Hamail as part of our tile and continue with one of our favorite patterns. I had to go with Narwal as I am enamored with it these days.

Hamail and Narwal for IATS#111

Hamail and Narwal for IATS#111

I was also able to wrap up a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a mail-in swap and got those sent off in the mail. The theme for this swap was ABC, so we had to create cards with mono-tangles of patterns that started with either A, B, or C – 3 cards of each.

Artist Trading Cards ready for the swap.

Artist Trading Cards ready for the swap.

This was a lot of fun – can’t wait to see what I get back in the mail. I’ll definitely share them here once they arrive.

Printing practice

I’ve been doing some experimenting with creating colored backgrounds for some of my artwork. I am not sure exactly how I am going to use these yet, but am having a blast just playing with color and seeing what happens.

These first pages were done with Dylusion ink sprays. My daughter and I took the sprays and a bunch of paper into the backyard (so we could be really messy) and started spraying. We used the ink as well as plain water to really get the colors running together.

Because we were just playing we got a little carried away and ended up with some really wet pages. I decided to experiment a little more and make a print from the sheet on another piece of tinted water color paper. These came out pretty cool too, and I can’t wait to start some drawings on them.

Originals on the bottom, pulled prints on the top.

Originals on the bottom, pulled prints on the top.

Fully blended background

Fully blended background

Print from the above original that is calling out for a  landscape drawing.

Print from the above original that is calling out for a landscape drawing.

We have also been starting to work with Gelli plate printing. These used a very lightweight drawing paper that tended to buckle as we were printing. I now know not to use this paper with any kind of liquid medium, but it did give us some interesting results.

Trial 1 - let my daughter take the lead on this one

Trial 1 – let my daughter take the lead on this one

Trial 2 - needs more contrast

Trial 2 – needs more contrast

Trial 3 - Love this one! Diamond pattern is from the bottom of a styrofoam tray. Re-use is the best!

Trial 3 – Love this one! Diamond pattern is from the bottom of a styrofoam tray. Re-use is the best!

Trial 4 - paper buckled on the red pull, but love the giraffe/ Eiffel tower that resulted.

Trial 4 – paper buckled on the red pull, but love the giraffe/ Eiffel tower that resulted.

Trial 5 - daughter jumping back in with the bubble wrap.

Trial 5 – daughter jumping back in with the bubble wrap.

Trial 6 - One last pull to clean the plate. Should have spritzed with water first to get a little more off.

Trial 6 – One last pull to clean the plate. Should have spritzed with water first to get a little more off.

What creative things have you been experimenting with lately?