Saturday, February 21, 2015

Getting Kozy with Inaura

This week's It's a String Thing challenge included two patterns.
Inaura by CZT Bunny Wright and Kozy by Maricke van Nimwegen.  You may click on the names to see the tangles and step out instructions.

I really had fun drawing Inaura, but had difficulty with Kozy.  The step outs look simple enough, but I just couldn't seem to get it to flow like the example.  I tried a couple of different drawings.  This is the tile I submitted.

Enjoy your week and Happy Tangling!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Art Journaling

I have joined a group to do art journaling throughout the year.  A new prompt to address is given weekly.

I am new to Art Journaling and Mixed Media so this is not only challenging for me, but a great learning experience.  My bank account is suffering though!  I love art supplies and have to try everything out there.  I am learning there is a lot more to mixed media art work than it looks.  For one thing, many of the artists in the group will sometimes have 2 and 3 layers of paint, paper, etc to make just the background!

I have published 2 of my journal entries already..
Here is another.
The prompt was to represent an artist whose work you like and relate to.  Then include a quote that resonates with you.   I chose the artist, Joan Miro.  I love his use of primary colors, black and white designs, and whimsical characters he created.  I drew a Miro inspired page  (of which I saw something similar somewhere).

The quote I chose comes from a Simon and Garfunkel oldies, "The 59th Street Bridge Song" written by Paul Simon.  The lyrics, "Slow down, you move too fast. Got to make the morning last."  are my favorites.  I have very fond memories of singing this song with my girlfriends when we were 16 skipping down Lombardi Street in San Francisco while we were on a Young Life trip out west.  Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I hum these lines to myself and take a deep breath!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hearts, again!

I drew a couple more tiles and a zendala based on the heart theme.
The first one is drawn on watercolor paper that has been painted with H2O water colors using the saran wrap technique to give it the texture.  I love using these water colors with saran wrap.  Although you can't really tell here, when saran wrap is placed on the red paint and allowed to dry, it picks up the red and leaves the gold mica.  
I tried shading with pencil, but I don't really like the way the paper piled when I used the blending stump.  Maybe shading with a color pencil would have worked better.

In this week's " It's a String Thing,"  I drew two tiles.  I really varied the patterns this week, but I like the results.

 Finally, I drew a Zendala with a heart theme.  I used a prestrung Zendala tile loosely.  In other words, I didn't draw inside the string.  I really enjoy drawing mandalas.

 Happy Valentine's day everyone!