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    Sunday
    Oct122014

    Inktober Numero Two

    More ink-work for the Inktober Challenge. 

    J. Herbin Perle Noire ink, gouache.

    J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir ink, gouache.

    Gouache, PITT pen.

    J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir ink.

    J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir ink, gouache.

    J. Herbin Perle Noire ink, gouache, all but the 2nd image are in a square Clairefontaine watercolor journal that I forgot I had in my stash! The first and the last are of the same mandala.

    Currently quite absorbed with ink. Pun intended. Playing with the blurs, the bleeds. There are actually more inky pages to share, so stay tuned. You can find a little video of me drawing and painting one of these soft, dreamy mandalas in Tangent #09: Mandala Love.

    Some days I literally want to use every single art material at the exact same time. There's an adrenalin rush as I flitter through a box of maps and hand-painted papers or playfully arrange shapes and colors on a journal page. I thrive on jumping from thing to thing, making incremental progress on all of the things. And sometimes I just want to draw.

    Saturday
    Oct112014

    Inktober Numero Uno

    Without realizing it, I'm doing the Inktober Challenge! 

    5x8" writing journal, gelly rolls

    Drawing is so very relaxing.

    Friday
    Oct102014

    Tangent № 09: Mandala Love

    The Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series continues! The series includes videos and blog posts that are like sessions of an art journaling workshop, with the goal of prompting you to get out your art materials and play. You can join in at any time. Here's the introduction and links to Tangents #01 through #08.

    This week, a short video prompt to "nudge" you to draw a mandala in pencil, pen, ink, crayon, watercolor, colored pencil... anything! Any mandala. I usually draw in pen or ink, rarely in pencil, but here I used a pencil to first create a "secondary" mandala that was almost the same as the ink version. My plan was for both the pencil and the ink to bleed but it turns out the was not water-soluble! The mandala is painted with a dip pen with J Herbin Perle Noire Ink, embellished with water and a tiny bit of gouache. The surface is an 8x8" Clairefontaine watercolor journal.

    To draw this sort of playful mandala, draw a circle on your page. Keep going around and around until it looks fairly round. Then draw some sort of petals around the circle. Between those petals draw shapes or another petal of a different type. You can add patterns and details inside the petals and in between any of the shapes of your mandala. Add the same thing in symmetrical fashion, all the way around. Keep adding something around the circle until you don't wish to add anything else! If your circle is off-center, part of your mandala will be imaginary and be invisible {off the page} and that is completely fine. 

    To accompany this post, I created a video of drawing this mandala.

    You can watch it here or at Vimeo. {2 minutes, music but no words}

    Have a lovely week ahead, full of vermillion and indigo and lots of time for art. And even if you have just a little time for art, it's always a good choice!

    If you are finding value and enjoying the Art Journaling Tangents & Tactics Series, please consider adding a tip via the button below. I appreciate your contribution and your positive feedback for this project!

    Link-Love for Tangent № 09: Mandala Love.

    Create your own hand-drawn or hand-created mandala {it doesn't need to be in dip pen or ink!} in pencil, pen, ink, crayon, watercolor, water-soluble colored pencil, Neocolor, stitched, or by arranging acorns & shells & petals in the garden... Pop back to this post and share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. You can also share your work on instagram or twitter with hashtag #dyajt.

    Monday
    Oct062014

    Spotted Photo Theme: Nature

    This month, the theme for Hanna's monthly Spotted Photo Theme Challenge is nature. So that was my "focus" when I searched through gazillions of digital photos looking for nature, hidden or on display.

    Florence, Italy.

    One of the larger trees I've seen in Texas.

    These beauties now reside on the back porch.

    Knock-Out roses in the morning light.

    Flowermarket, Ghent, Belgium.

    Sunflower, Texas.

    Loropetalum, one of my favorite plants in Texas.

    More Knock-Out roses in our side garden.

    Faerie house in one of our japanese maple trees, morning sun streaming in through the fence.

    After a long day with the kids planting a container garden.

    Bruges, Belgium.

     

    I'm playing along with Hanna's monthly Spotted Photo Theme Challenge and each month the topic will change... check Hanna's blog to learn the themes for the next several months.

    The idea is to search through your gazillion photographs to "spot" photos that fit into a particular category. I love the treasure hunt for photographs.

    Links:

    Spotted Photo Theme: Floors
    Spotted Photo Theme: Kimba
    Spotted Photo Theme: Animals
    Spotted Photo Theme: Color

    Monday
    Oct062014

    The Daily Paper Prompt Update

    Do you know that there are now 67 Daily Paper Prompts? For those keeping stats, that's a whoppping 10% increase in prompt-value. The DPPs are a series of a gazillion prompts to work through, prompts that focus on techniques and ideas that you can add to your creative repetoire. Open-ended ideas to explore in any way you wish. I've decided to add fresh prompts to the DPPs gradually over the month of October. They can be found in the Creative Prompts section of the blog. You can use any type of paper to do the DPPs - loose paper, a bound journal, index cards, etc.

    But. Actually. You can do them in whatever way you wish. What works in your life?

    One of the contributors to the Daisy Yellow Group at Facebook is Tasha Freeman. I love the whimsical & witty way that Tasha interpreted each of the DPPs on her August & September calendars! How fun is that? So DPP #1 is rainbow, see? DPP #2 is window, how cute is that?

    I love this inside-the-calendar thinking which is quite outside the box, allowing Tasha to work on her art in small increments like inchies. So witty and fun, all of it. 

    Which leads me to this. To explain why the challenges & prompts at Daisy Yellow are open-ended and flexible. I want you to build your creaive muscles rather than follow instructions or imaginary rules. 

    Playing & ideas & juggling & possiblities.

    Constraints add a bit of spice to a prompt. They might limit the size, the surface, the colors or the topic. Thinking and strategizing are GOOD for you! They are part of the creative process, mental exercise. It's not a pre-made, one-size-fits-all kit. There's no rulebook. The pieces don't fit nicely together all of the time. There is no #winning or #failure. Art journaling is not something that someone else designs and manages for you. In my experience, actively participating in the creative design and decision process improves creative thinking skills. 

    This & That

    PS. Tangents Series: Bad news - skipped the Tangent last week. Good news - filmed an art journal page in-process, so I'll edit & post later this week. 

    PSS. The ever-fun Mary of Uncustomary shares 70 ways to celebrate autumn including "Come up with pun based costume ideas."

    Tuesday
    Sep302014

    Doodle Update

    “Colour is a power
    which directly influences
    the soul.”
    Wassily Kandinsky

    Overlapping mandalas. I love the texture and fluid movement of glaze pens.

    Overlapping mappy lines.

    A southwestern feel to these squarish quasi-mandalas drawn just before bed. 

    Flying mandalas in bold lines... including a black blob.

    Talk about mindless doodles? What about drawing when you can't see your work? I drew these lines|doodles|scribbles while watching a movie, in the dark. It seems that your hand {brain} remembers the movements required to draw letters and shapes, and the movement of the hand that allows space between one letter and the next. These things fascinate me.

    Collecting in one post a bunch of pages that I've drawn in my Art Doodle Love journal using Sakura Gelly Rolls and Glaze pens. Finished over the course of a few weeks. I like the fact that there are abstract backgrounds on each page of this book/journal, allowing me to pretty much do anything I wish. The backgrounds provide a contrast or balance to whatever I feel like drawing. I'm not really a good prompt-responder, as you can see. So the words add texture to the abstract work.

    Friday
    Sep262014

    Tangent № 08: Paradise

    “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards,
    for they are subtle and quick to anger.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

    We continue our Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series with a new video showing how an art journal page might bloom and grow. It's not really a tutorial, but rather a peek into what can happen when creating an art journal page, when you let the page flow without planning ahead. 

    Click to read more ...

    Tuesday
    Sep232014

    Discomfort-Driven-Doodles

    3x5" index cards, gelly rolls and glaze pens galore

    Last Friday I was the lucky recipient of dental surgery with a round of bonus anesthesia. My family has been taking good care of me as I indulge in sorbet, yogurt, fresh mozzarella, pudding, bananas & polenta. Along with antibiotics & pain & nausea meds & resulting intersections of naps & insomnia... I'm catching up on creative reading, doodling, and lettering quotes from the books on my bedside table. 

    I drew these wacky mandala doodles sitting up in bed on lots of pillows... between naps and movies. And until I looked at them all together I didn't realize that most followed a sort of sunburst template of sorts. 

    Now it's Tuesday and I'm off the pain meds and back to regular kid-commute and life stuff. Between naps, I'm working on the next issue of the Daisy Yellow Zine.