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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
    Index Card-a-Day runs through July 31st!
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    The April Link-Love Mission

    Kimba helping me photograph a page from my journal

    The idea behind the Link-Love Mission is simple. Save the world, one blog at a time. Help your favorite blogs by linking to them! 

    A Bunch of Tutorials that I Want to Try.

    1. Hanna inspires us to make an inspiration notebook; this would be useful for documenting decorating ideas that I collect for each room of the house. And never use. But at least it would look pretty.
    2. At Pink Penguin, a patchwork patterned wristlet. I have so much patchwork (I make random patches when not otherwise inspired) that could be used in this type of project. And while I'm at it, I'll make a market tote with the tutorial from Bijou Lovely.
    3. I'd like to make a bunch of String Blocks; examples at Stitched in Color and JaceyCraft.
    4. Dreaming of making journal covers using this tutorial from hello sandwich with the abundant papers my husband brought back from Tokyo.

    We'll post our link-love mission the last Friday of each month, so look for it on May 30 + June 27. Grab a LINK LOVE badge. Find the link-love at Daisy Yellow and CraftyPod the last Friday of each month, and then post your 5 links on the same theme to your blog in the week ahead. Add the URL to your link-round-up at CraftyPod!


    Experiments: Two Inks {Part 3}

    Let's review. experiment #1 + experiment #2


    This time, I drew on the watercolor paper in this journal, no extra water, two different inks. The dark ink is J. Herbin Perle Noire which has just a hint of rich elegant maroon. I used a dip pen with a Speedball calligraphy nib to draw the dark lines. An absolutely decadent almost-black ink. Highly recommended.

    The green lines were drawn with a Pilot Petit 1 fountain pen with green water-based ink. I bought it at Jet Pens along with some other playful pens for my daughter's birthday present. The ink is a bright green that is accurately named Apple Green. It is transparent and flows nicely from the pen. At 4 1/4" {about 11 cm}, the pen is short but with a wide body. It felt comfortable drawing mandalas and writing words. The green ink is super happy next to an intensely dark ink. This is a pretty little pen; fun to see the ink through the translucent body of the pen.

    Conclusion: I like the intensity of the dark ink with the playful ink accents. The paper was dry so the lines are crisp and precise and well-controlled.

    Here's more work from this journal. It is a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    Experiments: Gouache & Ink {Part 2}

    “You could guarantee a decent cup of coffee in Betty's, but it went beyond the decent coffee and the respectable girls (and women) who had been parcelled up some time in the 1930s and freshly unwrapped this morning. It was the way that everything was exactly right and fitting. And clean.”
    Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog

    A4 watercolor moleskine, gouache, ink

    If you've been reading Daisy Yellow for awhile you know that I talk a lot about experiments. A great deal of my art techniques grow from experimenting.... wondering what would happen if???

    This is the second of several posts about how experiments evolve. Continuing to play with variables {gouache and ink} in the watercolor moleskine journal. In the first experiment, I drew mandalas on top of gouache that was nice and dry. In this second take, I painted the page with gouache and then waited about 15 minutes so it was still wet. Then drew mandalas with ink directly on the background, using a few different Speedball nibs and J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir ink. It was so much fun that I went back in with a wet brush and embellished some of the lines. Conclusion: Super fun. Lines took their own quirky path as they were absorbed into the paint. I liked not knowing exactly what would happen as I drew each line! A fun mixture of crisp and soft lines as parts of the page were more wet than others. And the J. Herbin ink? Divine. Here's more work from this journal. It is a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.

    Editor's Note: Oops! I changed two variables at the same time - used a different ink AND painted while the page was wet. More on my findings in the days ahead.

    Here's the lineup if you want to see more: experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4.


    Experiments: Gouache & Ink {Part 1}

    A4 watercolor moleskine, gouache, ink

    Questions and curiosity lead to experiments... and new techniques. So the quandary this week... how will ink and gouache interact and work together? I like working with "permanent" ink and yet I like the way that impermanent inks react with water and paint. I like that the bleed might not be controllable. This is the first of several posts about how this particular experiment evolved; the concept can likely be extrapolated to other art experiments. So the key variables are obviously the gouache and the ink, right? Wet vs. dry gouache. Impermanent vs. permanent ink. I didn't think the nibs really mattered in terms of the actual experiment and this was a good chance to play with the nibs that I had. I actually ordered some new nibs this week - they are only a few dollars each. 

    Start with the basics and alter the variables! Like a scientist or chemist or maybe a chef. So I opened the Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal and painted the page with gouache. I let it dry for a full day. Then drew mandalas with ink directly on the background, using a small Speedball calligraphy nib and black Dr. Ph Martin's india ink. Conclusion: Excellent experience. Lines look crisp against the soft background.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. 

    Here's the lineup if you want to see more: experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4.


    Hello ICAD

    "I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”
    Henry David Thoreau

    Say it, shout it, carve it, stamp it, proclaim it, but the reality is that before you know it, index-card-a-day will be starting! You've got just enough time to sneak off to the office supply store and grab a stack of index cards. If you don't have a stash of art supplies grab a 36-pack of ultra-fine Sharpie markers or colored pencils and you'll be ready to roll on June 1st. 

    The video.... 

    For those of you looking for motivation to start the ICAD challenge on June 1st, I made a cute little introductory video this week. < 3 minutes. Pop over to one or the other to watch. 

    Vimeo https://vimeo.com/92257976
    YouTube http://youtu.be/lP__T_fLfBw

    Until then.... 

    Read the ICAD FAQ.
    Get an ICAD 2014 Badge.
    Join the {brand new} Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Facebook.
    Join the Daisy Yellow ICAD group at Flickr.


    Negatively Spaced Out

    Darkened the original marker lines of a mandala in Photoshop to take away the brush marks and make it look like a stencil or fabric. The original photo is shown further down the page.

    Reversed the black in Photoshop to create a white on black design. This is a pretty cool result from an ordinary mandala.

    This third photo is the original mandala in a 5x8" drawing moleskine journal. It's drawn with a Pitt Artist Big Brush, a marker with a huge nib that makes bold lines in india ink. Drawing with a marker like this completely changes my perspective and my thought process. It's good to throw yourself curveballs to keep the ideas flowing and keep your mind sharp. Drawn in the car over the course of two carpool sessions, about 35 minutes total drawing time. The focus here was making the most of the negative space created by the bold marker lines.

    Playing with shapes on the very last page of my 5x8" drawing moleskine journal. This journal has manilla-folder-like paper that is sturdy and great for drawing. Drawn in the car over the course of two carpool sessions, about 20 minutes total drawing time. 

    Reversed the black and white in Photoshop. As I was drawing I was trying to "see" the shape created around the marker. This takes some practice and patience. I think it has a sort of tribal look.

    If you "squint" while looking at the original mandala or the original symbol page... can you see the inverse?


    Two Days at The Arts Festival

    What a color combo! 

    Every spring since we moved to Texas in the early 1990s, we've visited the Arts Festival in Fort Worth. 

    Click to read more ...


    The Play Journal #4

    “There is no stability in this world. Who is to say what meaning there is in anything? Who is to foretell the flight of a word? It is a balloon that sails over tree-tops. To speak of knowledge is futile. All is experiment and adventure. We are forever mixing ourselves with unknown quantities. What is to come? I know not."
    Virginia Woolf

    Playing with frisket.

    This is on the reverse of the page below. I was going to paint within the lines, but thought it might be interesting to paint something that completely ignored the lines. It seems Dr. Seussical!

    This is quite within the stitched lines.

    Playing with masking off areas.

    handmade journal, strathmore watercolor paper, pencil, watercolor and gouache, 11"x7" pages, not yet bound

    I'm a mad scientist and each page feels like an experiment. This is my first experience in building a journal as I work. I like knowing that it will be bound together. Wanting to do something motivates me to figure stuff out, like binding. And even though I have a few books on binding, I still hesitate to actually get it done. I like that I can sew on the pages before or after painting without the limitations of a bound journal. Best of both worlds - that's my thought. More pix from the Play Journal