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I Spy Art

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My friend Sandra is so good with what I am calling I Spy Art. I have tried it several times and have never been successful until this piece. Sandra probably does hers differently, for me I create a watercolor background of blobs here and there and start looking for anything that stands out. Like this 'blah! blah! blah!' guy. So. much. fun!!! Let me show you what I did.  I began with these supplies. Some Ecoline liquid watercolors from Royal Talens, a couple brushes including a black tulip brush from ZenART Supplies, and a sheet of watercolor paper - also from Ecoline. Any watercolor would work, I just really love these beautiful bright colors.  I used the mop brush to cover the whole page with water. A mop brush holds a lot of water and lets you work fast to cover a larger area quickly. And I started dropping in some color. The Ecoline liquids have an eye dropper inside to make it really easy. And everywhere I dropped color into the water - it started to bloom and spread.  I u

OCTangling Goes Into Week Three

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  OCTangling week three is underway and we are working together in Tangle All Around on Facebook. You should totally join us! Hahaha! Yes, you should! This is my giant 10.5" tile with all the tangles through week three. Looks kind of grungy, doesn't it? That was intentional. I made it happen with a spray bottle of water. Let me show you more about OCTangling.  Here is the list we are working with. The numbers represent the dates of October. The first word is the tangle for the day. The second is the prompt given by Jake. You can incorporate it into your drawing. Or you can do what I am doing and ignore it. Hahahahaha! Here are the seven tangles for the week:  And those are them. A decent variety of easy to a little harder. To challenge you and develop your skills. I would suggest if you draw these steps in your journal or sketchbook, that you include the pattern name AND the name of the designer. It is always good to give credit where credit is due.  Need a tangly place to ha

Making Textured Tags

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  What is a textured tag, you might ask. Think layers. Layers of various types. Creative Crafty Friends on Facebook is hosting a swap this month where we make a textured tag to send to another member. In return someone else will send me a tag they made. I thought 'tags' - I have tags, I can totally do this swap! Hahaha! So I signed right up!  I figured as long as I was making a tag I should make one for myself as well. I expect to use it in my daily journal one day. I used Tim Holtz' distress ink pads and a blending tool to rub all this beautiful color onto the tags. The underneath paper is my working trash page. Now you see how I get all the pretty color on my trash paper. Hahahaha! I don't know if it absolutely necessary but I heat set the color on both tags using my heat gun .  And I started thinking about what layers I could use to add texture. My first layer of texture was the color. And I have a whole bag full of little bits and pieces of scraps from various co

OCTangling Continues With Week Two

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  OCTangling, 2021 is off to a great start! Here we are in week two already! So many beautiful pieces of art are showing up on social media. And in my FB group Tangle All Around ! My group receives a week's worth of tangles from me each weekend and they tangle them up during the week. Some are working on templates like this one. Some are drawing a tile each day. Some are working in sketchbooks. And every single one of them are doing the project the right way. This is my tile with the tangles for the first two weeks already drawn.  Here is the list I put together for Tangle All Around . The numbers are the dates of the month. The first word is the tangle, the second word is a prompt provided by Jake and INKtober. Feel free to incorporate the prompts or not. I personally am not using them but many people are. And they are making some really cool pieces of art! Here are the seven tangles for the week. We call the step by step directions 'step-outs'. Typically the first step is

Background to Art in 4 Steps

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In today's short post we will see this piece of art develop from a simple background to this final stage. And this is something you can totally do yourself. Awhile back when I had some time and no idea what to do, I pulled out this journal and a set of watercolor paints. Just three simple colors swished back and forth till my page was filled. No blending. Nothing special. Just color. I did tape the edges first like I usually do. I had already removed the tape when I took this photo. I had no idea when I would actually draw on this page and the longer the tape stays on - the harder it is to remove without damaging the paper.  Well it was a good thing I took the tape off because it was a couple months before I got around to this step. Before drawing I put more painters tape on. I knew I would be painting more. And I didn't want those black pen  lines to cross over onto the white paper. So. Tape. And draw. Two same flowers on the orange band. Just dot around a circle for the cente

My Daily Journaling-ish

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Do you find it hard to spend a little time each day making art? I started daily journaling back in January, thinking it would help me focus and make a little art just for myself each day. For awhile I was doing really well. Then life hit a speed bump. More like a hole in the road. And I was struggling just to keep up with all life's obligations and found very little time to create just for myself. And that's alright. I know it will get better one day, but for now I just try to grab a few minutes here and there and eventually I get a finished project. This particular page is for September 15 and 16, 2021. That was a month ago. Yep. But it is done. I believe the little critter is a Chris Ryniak. The mermaid card is a Hannah Lynne piece of art from a few years ago.  This page has been my favorite for awhile now. That cat just gets me every time! Hahaha! The two flower blocks were made with Ecoline Liquid Watercolor inks. The little critter is a Chris Ryniak. I actually bought hi