Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December Rainbow Escape


Tammy over at the Daisy Yellow website has been running a challenge for December which is to create 7 journal pages using a variety of colour combinations and Journalling techniques. You can see the challenge here.

I am fairly new to journaling and still trying out new techniques so it was interesting to push myself to work with specific combinations. Here are my 7 pages that I produced

December Rainbow Escape - Page 1
Prompts picked at random were Green/Turquoise and Lyrics/quote
I painted the background in a lime green acrylic and then used stencils with turquoise and a darker green. I painted the butterflies with turquoise acrylic and green iridescent paint. My words are lyrics from a Queen song.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 2
Prompts picked at random were Green/Yellow and Haiku.
I painted the flower in various shades of yellow acrylic with a green background outlined with Inktense pencil in black. I wrote the Haiku myself with a little help from my daughter.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 3
Prompts picked at random were Purple/Indigo and Top 10 list.
I made the circles with 2 Inktense Pencils, violet (I didn't have purple) and Dark Indigo. I then added water and smooshed the colour around to cover the white spaces. The journaling of my top 10 art supplies was done around the circles in Purple gel pen. I decided it was still a bit plain so added the stars, then hated them and wished I hadn't! Hmm..but it was too late by then.


December Rainbow Escape - Page 4
Prompts picked at random were Orange/Yellow and Mind Map/Brainstorm.
The background is Mr Huey sprays and then I doodled with Red/Orange pen to make my interpretation of a neural network and then I have a thought which is the journaling roaming around the brain in black. A bit of fun.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 5
Prompts picked at random were Scarlet/Magenta and Alphabet Stencil.
The background is scarlet acrylic paint and then I got out some of my new stencils that Santa brought me and added more paint through them and also added Magenta highlights with Derwent Aquatone pencils. No real structure to this, just a chance to play with new toys!! It looks better in real life, the scanner seems to have knocked out some of the contrast.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 6
 Prompts were Turquoise/indigo and fancy hand lettering
 The background is turquoise acrylic paint then I lettered using an Indigo Inktense Pencil. I added stencilling with gesso and more turquoise paint and some die cut cogs (not sure why!) Highlighted the lettering with black and white ink.
December Rainbow Escape - Page 7
 Prompts were Red/Orange and Patterns/ Doodling
I did a background wash with red and orange Inktense blocks, then doodled with Micron pens. I then tried to shade using a paintbrush and inktense blocks. My scanner seems to have made this all look red rather than a mix of red and orange.


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Diva Challenge #147 "UMT v. XXIII - Boo*Kee"

Laura's challenge to us this week is a Use My Tangle, and it's Laura's own tangle - BooKee. See the challenge here.

I had not tried this one before so I tried out a few practice variations before I did my tile.

Hubby's comment on this one was that it looked quite Science Fictiony, I think I can see where he is coming from. :-)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Diva Challenge #146 Duo-Tangle Pea-nuckle and Well

The challenge from Laura this week is to create a duo-tangle tile. That is a tile using only two tangles, pea-knuckle and well. You can see the challenge here.

The first time I met pea-knuckle was in Diva challenge #71, I found it really hard, until I practiced a bit  and got used to it. At that point I had only just started tangling so was much more of a perfectionist. I have learnt to let go a bit now and I am enjoying pea-knuckle more this time. I kept it quite simple.

Duo-Tangle Pea-knuckle and well.
 I am tangling in a journal with cream paper which is why the colour on this piece looks so different from the next one which was done on white card.

My tile from challenge #71

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Diva Challenge #145 Quib

The challenge this week from Laura was to use the new Official Tangle Pattern Quib. You can see the challenge here.

I like patterns like this one, it is fun just to play and try and get some depth with the interweaving lines.  I have decided to call this piece " Dancing Jellyfish " !

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Diva Challenge #144 A bugs life

The challenge from Laura this week was to be inspired by bugs, you can see the challenge here.
I decided to tangle a dragonfly template, this came from a Ken Kwok who set up a number of templates of animals.

This is the scan before I coloured it. I have then added cosmic shimmer paint, however when I tried to rescan it you can't really see the colour as it is iridescent , so I stuck with the before scan.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Diva Challenge #143 UMT - Cruze

The challenge from Laura this week is to use the tangle Cruze. I had not come across this tangle before. You can see the challenge HERE.

This was my first shot at this tangle and I did cheat and try it in pencil first to get the hang of it. Once you work out how it flows it is fun to do. I tried a wobbly variation and added a bit of Mooka to finish it off. Don't look too closely for the deliberate mistake.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Diva Challenge #141 and #140

The challenge from Laura this week is to produce a Duo-Tangle using Fengle and Quandry. These are both tangles that I quite like but have not used for a while. You can see the challenge HERE.

I did this piece last night while trying to take my mind off the pain I was in from having a tooth surgically removed yesterday. Not fun at all :-( 

It is a bit blurry at the side because I did it in my journal which is a bit tricky to scan.

Last week Laura's challenge was Pointillism style, ie do everything with dots, see the challenge here.
I didn't have much time last week so I am not that happy with what I produced because it takes AGES to do a piece with only dots and I was rushed, so it is pretty basic.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my last post, I really do appreciate your comments.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Diva Challenge #139: Use My Tangle 8s Parte Dos

The challenge this week from Laura is the use the Tangle "8s Parte Dos". You can see Laura's challenge here.

I love the tangle MI2 which is a similar style to this so I had a lot of fun with this one, rather than do a tile I did a page in my journal. I just love what a difference shading makes to these kinds of tangles, it gives a real 3d effect

Saturday, 5 October 2013

21 Secrets - Doodling our way

Back again after completing my second 21 secrets Art-journaling class. This class was from Cathy Bluteau and was about collage and doodling mixed together. I have always struggled with collage in the past as I could never get it to look cohesive. Cathy taught some good techniques and I am pleased with how the final product turned out.

I am off to continue with my 21 secrets journey...

Thursday, 3 October 2013

21 Secrets - Watercolour Playground

I recently signed up to 21 Secrets which is an online Art Journaling series of workshops, there are 21 workshops by 21 different artists. I thought this would be a good way to go as it gives a chance to try out lots of different styles and learn lots of new things. This year's registration is closed ( I got in on the last day).

My first workshop was by Tammy Garcia, Tammy has an amazing website called Daisy Yellow and hosts a number of challenges. I took part in the ICAD (Index Card a Day) challenge earlier this year.
See Tammy's website HERE, there is loads of interesting information on it.

The workshop was called Watercolour Playground and here are my pieces from it

First we learnt how to do stripes and wording

Then blending and bubbles

And finally put it all together in one fun piece.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Diva Challenge #138 and Repeating Stack challenge

This week I had a bit more time so I have done 2 challenges.

First the weekly challenge from Laura at I am the Diva, see here. The challenge was to look around you and see borders and use them in your tile. I took inspiration from boxes, a fireplace and picture frames and here is my tile, fairly simple but fun.

The other challenge I did this week was from Jusy West at Creative Doodling, I have not done one of Judy's challenges for ages, this was to do a Repeat Pattern Stack see here. Judy's examples are all organic but I kept mine more structured and used triangles and oblongs.

I have just signed up for 21 Secrets Art Journaling online classes so I am really looking forward to starting that and blogging about it. It will be something quite different from Zentangling and much more out of my comfort zone.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Diva Challenge #137 Tipple and Knightsbridge

The challenge this week from Laura is to produce a Duo-Tangle using only Tipple and Knightsbridge, you can see the challenge post here.

I enjoyed this challenge, I love using Tipple and a probably don't use Knightsbridge as much as I could so it was interesting to combine the two. Once I started on this I just kept on going it was so much fun, here are a couple of my attempts.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Diva Challenge #136 Colour

The challenge from Laura at I am the Diva this week was to use colour in our Tangle. You can see the challenge and all the other entries here.

I went about this challenge in 2 different ways, the first one was to colour my pages in my Art Journal with Pastels, one page in swirls, the other straight line. I then tangled in black.

For the second Zia, I used coloured pens. A local Tesco was having a sale and I picked up a set of 3 Pilot V5 pens in pink, lilac and teal which I probably would not have bought if they had not been in the sale. They are great free flowing pens with 0.5 nibs, I would definitely recommend them.

I had lots of fun with this challenge, thanks Laura.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Diva Challenge #135

It has been ages since I have managed to do any blogging or any of these challenges, just too much stuff going on this summer. However I am at home for the moment recuperating after an op so I have some time on my hands and a chance to do this week's challenge.

The challenge from Laura this week is to use the new official Tangle "well", you can see Laura's challenge here.

I decided that I would go with monotangles, I enjoy doing monotangles as it makes me try to use the pattern in different ways,  this is my favourite tile.I have a couple of structured patterns and a more organic version.

I like how the background turned out on this tile but I think the overall tile looks too busy
And finally I did a colour version, I love the pattern at the top and how this looks so different from the other versions of this pattern.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Border Tutorial

When I posted my last card in the Daisy Yellow ICAD group a couple of people asked how I did the 3D border, so here is a quick step by step guide

Friday, 19 July 2013

ICAD Week 7

Wow I can not believe that we have completed week 7 of ICAD and that I am still managing to keep up. There is great support in the FB group which keeps us all motivated and we get the chance to see so many great cards. You can find the challenge here.

When I started this challenge I pretty much stuck to the prompts, however I am now only sometimes doing that and the rest of the time I am trying out new techniques.

Card #43

This is my favourite card of the week. It is a really easy technique, just draw radiating lines then curves on each one and colour in. The trick is in leaving the highlights when colouring. It comes out really 3D

Card #44

This is my challenge piece for the Diva's weekly Zentangle challenge also using 2 tangles only, a Duotangle using Cirquital and Opus

Card #45
We spent the day at The Open watching practice rounds and so I had golf on my mind. There is a tangled olf ball.

Card #46
I was watching Alice in Wonderland when I started this and got my inspiration from the Red Queen who is a baddy and has a red heart on her lips. I tangled in the background to give it some depth.
Card #47
I am trying collage again. I have watched a few videos on Youtube and it looks so easy. I am still struggling. what kind of pulled this one together was the white pen. I got this a while ago but this was my first chance to use it. It is a UNI POSCA paint pen, fabulous.

Card #48

Watching more golf on TV today so I had to do something that wasn't messy (!). This was done using a couple of metallic markers.

Card #49

More golf, more doodling, this time with fineliners.


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Diva Challenge #127

The challenge from Laura this week was to produce a tile using 2 tangles only, a Duotangle using Cirquital and Opus.  You can see the challenge here.

I tried to do something different for this challenge. I kept it very open with lots of white space which was very difficult as I wanted to keep filling it in. I had to force myself to stop!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

ICAD Week 6

I am continuing my journey taking part in the ICAD (index Card a Day) challenge. Creating mini pieces of Art each day.
Card #36

For this card I started randomly doodling arrows and I had almost finished the card when I thought it would be good to have some words as well.  I have always been a fan of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and Go Your Own Way is one of my favourite tracks. It also seemed appropriate for the card! This one was done with Prismacolour pencils.

Card #37

I had arrows in my head (don't know why) so I ended up doing another arrow card, and another song. This time The only way is up - I remember the version by Yazz in the 90's. The colours turned out a bit more psychedelic than I had planned but I like it. I was practicing shading with acrylic paint.

Card #38 - Tangerine Dream

This was done with a bright orange fineliner pen. For some reason my scanner refused to make this orange and kept scanning it as red. I even tried to Photoshop it, but could not get the right colour.

Card #39

I had no plan when I started, I just got out some acrylic paints, a sharpie marker and a sakura gelly roll white pen. I an trying to do something a bit brighter. I tend to go for more muted colours, but I am seeing so many fantastic cards from others in the group that are bright and look great. My favourite part of this is the little Birdie Feet.
Card #40
I have seen lots of card where people have collaged and they look fabulous. So I thought I would give it a go. Oh dear this is so much harder than it looks. I found trying to pull it all together was hard. My colours don't really go, but Hey I gave it a try and next time I hope it will be easier.
Card #41
 This card was lots of fun. I started by drizzling glue on a plain white card. I then left it to dry overnight as it has to be completely dry. I tried it once before it was completely dry and ended up with a big mess!  The final part was to wash watercolour over the top and use a damp paper towel to remove the paint from the glue which resists.
Card #42
Final card of the week and I was lacking inspiration. I had seen that quote and wanted to do waves. I must admit that I do not like the finished article. I knew what I wanted to achieve and it wasn't quite right, however this is all about experimenting and giving things a go so I posted it anyway.
Looking forward to next week.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Diva Challenge #126

The challenge this week from Laura at I am the Diva is to use a stencil as your string. I do not have many stencils but I had recently bought one from Creative Expressions which was a steampunk style.

I am posting my final piece but I do not really like it. When I started I did not have a plan and I think that was a mistake, What I don't like is the balance of tangles, they just don't seem to go together. If I had to do it again I think I would use a different mix of patterns.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

ICAD Week 5

I am continuing my journey taking part in the ICAD (index Card a Day) challenge. Creating mini pieces of Art each day.

 This week I was on holiday so only had access to limited art supplies. I ended up doing more Tangle patters this week which is where I feel most comfortable.

Card #28
The prompt today was my name. I painted a pearlescent background and Tangles my name. I only used tangles that started with the letter I was Tangling,  Flying Geese, Inapod, Oof, Neuron and Ambler

Card #29

The prompt today was Harry Potter. inspiration came from Harry's scar.

Card #30
The prompt for today was Pattern and Monochrome. I love Auranot. It looks very complicated but is really easy if you follow the steps and you can get great effects with it.

Card #31
More tangles. This time a Monotangle using MI2 which is a really fun tangle and benefits from shading. See here on my blog for before and after shading. http://time-to-tangle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/shading.html
Card #32
Neutral prompt. I had dyed a couple of cards with tea coffee and was waiting for them to dry when I had a very strange conversation with my teenage son about a spaghetti yeti. I thought...why not. When I finished it and showed him, he said it was much more like a Tagliatelli yeti, but that doesn't rhyme so I am sticking with spaghetti. :-)
Card #33a and b
I was using these cards for 2 challenges. ICAD and I am the Diva weekly Zentangle challenge. The challenge was to use the Tangle Birdie Feet.
Card #34

This card was due on the 4th July so as a number of our US friends were celebrating that day I Tangled the US Flag. Some colour this week at last.

Card #35
The final card this week. While out for a walk along the banks of the River Tay I saw lots of Red Clover flowering. So I have drawn a couple of flowers in pastels. It's strange this is called Red Clover because it is really a pinky purple.