Sunday, August 30, 2015

Journal prompt 35 and the Diva's challenge

The journal prompt this week was thinking about those things that just bring you joy.  I am so lucky that there about 400 of those things I could think of.  I decided to combine the journal prompt with the Diva's challenge and did (Level A) prompt. 

Now for the moment of writing I have a senior moment and have  lost the name of this tangle…arrgh.  But it'll come back to me.  It's done on a 2" Bejou tile.  The design behind it is an iStencil stencil done with a foam roller in oranges and red acrylics.  I laid down a square paper mask before I rolled it so I'd have a "window" for my tile.  

Getting ready to teach a Zentangle class this Wed so it's on my mind again!  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Using Gelli printed papers to make coasters

I wanted to share a small project I completed yesterday using mono-printed deli paper.
Any paper would work but I find the deli has a translucent look that mimics stained glass well.
I found 4 of these cork back coasters at the Dollar Depot in Woodruff, WI (4 for $1).  
They had a design on them and I coated them with one coat of opaque off-white acrylic paint before I started.

I used mat medium as the adhesive for the papers and used a paint pen for the lines.
If you use a water soluble paint pen you should spray them with a coat of clear acrylic before you add any other coating to avoid any smearing.  When dry I covered it with two coats of gloss medium and varnish to add shine and waterproofing.

So don't through those scraps away!
Wouldn't 4 of these make a lovely gift for someone?
I should probably have signed them before the final coating.
The project only took about an hour.  
I used abstract shapes but if you had a cat lover or bird lover, why not cut out a silhouette to include, etc.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Flip Books for Zentangle Organization

door prises for Zentangle Classes

These little flip books make great door prizes for my Zentangle classes.  You "can" buy these pre-made for about $5 plus shipping.  But I can make these in about half an hour with office supplies.  I decorate them with acrylic paint (some on my Gelli plate) and then cut paper to fit.  Hole punch the paper.  Voila.
That way tangles can be included in alphabetic order!  And it's very portable.  I have a class this Wednesday in Manitowish Waters, WI.  (I also trimmed some in Washi tape).  You can buy Washi tape pre-printed or like me, print your own.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tiny Zentangle Mural: Wonky Houses revisited.

3.5 x 11.5 on Canson Montval 140# wc paper

I had some fun on a rainy afternoon here in the north woods doing a mini mural of "Wonky Houses".  It's a term that Margaret Bremner coined and she's been having a lot of fun with them too.

I have played with these fanciful little houses a little before but doing this piece, which is the equivalent of doing 3 regular 3.5" Zentangle tiles, took me far longer than expected.  

It is the "decision making" that slows you down.  How to balance the patterns with some restful areas so as not to be totally out of control.  How to balance dark and light areas, gridded and organic elements, and keep the composition true to the "wonky" nature of the piece. 

It took me the better part of two afternoons…maybe 4 hours all together to complete the tiny mural.  I love the "frost flower" tree near the center of the piece and the "narwol" tree off toward the left.  

You wonder WHO lives in these hobbit houses?  Why are some of the doors open?  Where IS everybody?  :-)

We are praying that the wind, cold, and rain which hung over Lac du Flambeau ALL day long today will soon move off and give us some nicer weather as the week begins.  We are looking forward to a friend's visit Tues-Thursday and it's her first time up to the north woods cabin.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Gelli Plate workshop in Minocqua today

The Gelli Plate workshop today!
The workshop was sponsored by Lakeland Art League of Woodruff-Minocqua.  AND co-sponsored by
Thanks to iStencil for demo stencils AND for door prizes.
Special thanks to

Using iStencils

One of the lucky folks who won an iStencil (Patti Parrish stencil)  Door prize!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tangle A Day calendar

I am trying hard to keep up here…with all my company this summer the challenge to do this AND keep up with my weekly journal prompt is about all I can handle with "challenges".  I've dropped Diva challenges for a few weeks until things settle again.  
Of course one can always do Diva challenges IN one's calendar!

Rain has come to the cabin in the north woods and this is unfortunate since we have company again.  But never fear as we have DVD movies, popcorn and lots of games!  

Am teaching the Gelli Plate mono-printing tomorrow in Minocqua so am glad I packed the car up after lunch.  Not fun loading in the rain!  I do hope it'll let up tomorrow for folks driving up from Wausau.  

Photos to follow.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Merit Award

What a nice surprise I had at the awards ceremony tonight at Howard Young Hospital exhibit in Woodruff, WI.  I won a merit award!!!  This is my first piece that is non-objective art that has won an award!  
The piece is called "The Power of One" and is dedicated to the people who ignore the odds and power on to make a difference in this world. 
And it utilizes hand painted papers done on my Gelli Plate!

It's been a nice year for me winning best of show at the Manito Art League show and two merit awards in two different shows at Howard Young this summer.  Sometimes things seem to come together!!!  All 3 were very different…one a Zentangle pen and ink, one a watercolor, and one an acrylic collage.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Gelli mono printed surpise

Some Gelli Arts before breakfast…
Okay Greg and I got these "tags" when we visited the Duluth Train and Art Museum a week or two ago. I know you can "buy" these nice tags at Michaels and JoAnns, etc. but darn, they are kind of expensive.  I know I should make my own…how hard would that be?  BUT anyway I painted up the tags, mono printed them and added some stencils.  I can use them in journals or as gift tags.  Other ideas?

The antique kitchen timer came with our old cabin when we inherited it.  I am sure Greg's mom must have found it at a garage sale many moons ago.  I have actually never seen one like it.  Maybe someone made it? It was wood.  But not very attractive wood..just some varnished plywood.  So I decided to make it a little more attractive. Now I looks like a small bomb wrapped as gift.  Hahaha.  No taking this on a plane!!!

I use it in my classes to set times so I remember to do this or that or so students know they have 20 minutes to complete something and then we'll get back together or as a reminder that I have 15 minutes to wrap things up…whatever.  I have probably just ruined an antique that would have brought $1,500 at Antiques Roadshow.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Circles of Zentangles

I needed a quick way to get caught up after lots of interruptions.
So when this came off my Gelli plate as a mono print the other day it seems destined to have some tangling added to it!  I actually could have gone on and on with this.  I got to thinking that some tangling could actually be done in the white spaces too!  The paper is Deli paper (now pretty much available only at Sam's Club). But it can be ordered through Amazon.  

Acorns are falling here and we are on the cusp of autumn.
There are "signs".  Days are getting shorter again.  
We see a young buck drinking at the lake at dusk with a new rack of antlers emerging.  Birds seems hungrier than they did in July…are they thinking of the long trips ahead already?

Lots of company this week and weather man seems hopeful we will get some "summery" weather yet.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Gelli printed papers used to collage a clear glass plate

Salad plate size clear glass plate collaged on the back side

Here's a fun little project.  This is a salad plate sized plate I found in a thrift shop for 50 cents.  On the back side I applied a coat of Modge Podge.  When dry I collaged bit of Gelli plate printed paper (using more Modge Podge).  It took about an hour for this smaller plate.  I saw this done on a Gelli Arts video which you can find on You Tube.  But that artist used carefully but triangles that had to be matched up.  Yikes.  

After the collage was done and dry I coated it again with a layer of Modge Podge.  So the front surface of the plate is still clear glass…everything is on the back shining through.  And the glass somewhat magnifies the textures.  Very cool.  

You cannot immerse this plate in water…but it would make a nice candy dish or some little serving dish that just needs wiping off afterwards.  I think it would be pretty under a plant too.  
This is a little "craftier" than I usually get, but it was fun and a good example of the many many ways to use your papers!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dedicating a journal prompt/drawing to Coralee

5 x 7 journal page
Art work on Zentangle tile 3.5 x 3.5

Prompt #32" Thoughts about water:
"We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us, that they may see their own images and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even freer life, because of our quiet" William Butler Yeats
When you live by a clear lake, with amazing and beautiful stones, the meaning of still water…the beauty of quiet water becomes real. I love the quote about the "reflective" quality of water. 
For this prompt I used a "tile" (3.5 " square) and a version of Hollibaugh that I saw somewhere recently that touched me. The "watery greens and blues" were created with Brusho powders and a spritz of water. Then tangled on top. Stones, sticks and vines hold the beautiful stones quiet beneath the surface. Quiet.

I dedicate this prompt to my friend Coralee who has her 4th chemo treatment tomorrow.

Monday, August 3, 2015

A tribute to Margaret Bremner's Wonky Houses

Tangle a Day Calendar for July 31- 2 x 6"

Just a little extra fun today closing out July (a few days behind). The page had some extra room so as a tribute to Margaret Bremner I tried a few "wonky" houses, as she likes to call them.
NOTHING like what she does but I can see they are addicting.
I love the bird house and the round windows in the house at the far right.  Repunzel?   Now to get to the first 3 days in August quickly!!!

Adding Zentangle to the Gelli Prints

4 x 6" Greeting cards and envelope

These two cards (with envelope below) were done in Gelli print.
The top one is done on CD/DVD labels and was posted before but now I've added some "tangles" to it.  The other is just a print cut to size and glued on the card with YES glue.  I like putting a little decoration on the envelope too.  

Does anyone know the name of the tangle I used for the half round shape?  I know it came on zentangle blog recently but I forgot to put down the name!  I love it.  So lacy but easy to do.
I'm going to have to go back to see if I can find it!!!  

Had a great weekend of company here at the lake house in northern WI.  We had lots of wild storms come and go, but in between the 3 grandsons (all in high school) got in some tubing, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and a big campfire with s'mores!  While it rained we played cards and did jig saw puzzles. We did not have to resort to movies once!  (always a stand by for rainy afternoons).  The boys helped Grandpa with log splitting too.  Big help…those logs are heavy to load up and stack!  They are all so young and strong!!!

Partly cloudy this morning and just 65 degrees at 10:30 am.  So it's not going to be a warm one today.  Windy down at the lake shore again too.  I'd like to get to some watercolor paintings today.   Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Creative Plagiarism

5 x 8 journal page

This week's prompt is a head's up to the many ideas that we "share" amongst ourselves as artists.  Often we do not even remember where we saw a particular idea or possibility but then we creatively plagiarize the idea or medium or color combination and make it "our own" as we conceive of the idea in a new way.
Happens to most of us quite often.

The idea of "weaving paper" is surely not new but I have never gotten around to trying it and I know there are tons of variations on how to do this.  Terri Young did a sample a few weeks ago on the Journal Prompt Facebook group that I belong to.  So when the prompt came up to go ahead an "borrow" an idea…her weaving came to my mind.  These are Gelli print strips.  I know now that I should have used more contrast for either the warp or the woof or probably changed the width of the strips.  Lots of variations on this.  So here's to gently borrowing ideas and making them unique!  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Portable Light Saves the Day

3 x 6" DP LED Foldable Desk Lamp

For those of us who demo to large groups in poor lighting, or who attend workshops in less than desirable lighting, this is a really handy thing to have.  So small it fits in a purse or small art bag, it runs on batteries and has a large LED light that is quite amazing.
It is supposed to hold it's charge for 5 hours of continuous use (I have yet to test that).  Runs about $10 at Amazon.  (It has a little gray Apple on the top but has NOTHING to do with Apple products.) 

 No more long extension cords! (Except for hair dryers.) Sigh.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tangle a Day calendar

I am really fond of this version of Hollibaugh!
(See July 22)
I think it's very dynamic and yet so easy I could teach it to beginners!  

Srewolf is a nice organic tangle too.  
Believe it or not I am actually just about caught up and need to finish July 31 and will be on top of my calendar!

I am talking to email friends today about the "untimely" arrival of August!  Hahaha.  But it always seems that way.  School stuff is all out at WalMart already, of course, and I am just getting really comfortable on the pier!  Sigh.  Stores like Ben Franklin and Michaels are moving their stock around to make room for Christmas already.  Whatever happened to Halloween?  

Sigh.  I am still hoping for some SUMMER…as I have a ton of company coming up in August.  I am okay with flannel shirts but they are hoping for swimming in the lake!  Uh oh weather whining again.  

Gelli plate printing fun with Stickers and Rollers

Self stick Gelli plate prints

I have been finding these CD/DVD labels at garage sales for cheap lately.  They make fun self stick prints for putting on stationary or bags or collages.  Very cool.  Pulling them off creates little gems of color/design!  I am thinking they will be totally fun to Zentangle around as well!  Buying round labels at Office Depot is expensive.  Keep your eye out at thrift shops and garage sales for them.  

Roller prints for all your printing needs!

This little plastic rolling pin was $1 find at the Dollar Store this past week.  I think I am going back to pick up a few more!  I am using self stick foam (from Michaels or WalMart) to cut designs to put on the pin and then you roll out your print/design either on paper or right on the Gelli plate!  (You can see I've been using a turquoise paint.)  Cynthia showed me how to do this last year on her home made rolling pins…but this is easier!  

The circles are from a "sink drainer" also from the Dollar Store.  I still have the rest of the roller to decorate but have not had time to get back to it yet.  I am using fun scissors with blade designs for cutting the foam and hole punches.  

I applied double stick carpet tape on the roller first to adhere the plastic circles.  Then covered the sticky part of the tape still showing with a little mat medium.  Seems to be working just fine.  
That double sided carpet tape is VERY tacky and useful to making all kinds of stamps.  And not expensive!  

Just got back from 4 day trip to MN and we had a lovely time.
Cool here in the north woods again…low 70s and the issue lately has not been rain but rather WIND.  Seems so windy every day and that makes for discomfort on the lake and pier even though the temps are not bad.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gelli paper for a frame...

6 x 8" picture frame

So on the Gelli Arts Facebook page (with over 3,000 members by the way) I found reference to someone doing a frame for a bulletin board in a similar way to this.  

These are Gelli printed deli paper strips put on with mat medium.  Then when totally dry I coated it with gloss varnish.  

Would be darling for a mirror I think.  Using the frame with a painting would be trickier, but you could use deli paper in colors that complimented the painting?
Doing the mitered corners was a little tricky but you get the hang of it after doing one.  Just a reminder of some of the "craftier" sides of Gelli paper.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Aluminum Foil Embossing

5 x 7 journal cover with foil

I cannot remember where I read about someone covering their journal cover with heavy duty aluminum foil.  I sure wish I could find the reference again.  But hubby and I were sitting on the screen porch yesterday listening to the PBS "story a day" and I brought out a piece and using a small clockmaker's tool I picked up for 25 cents, I did some Zentangle® patterns on the foil.  (With a soft magazine underneath).  Probably an old ball point pen would work too.  

The thing I couldn't remember was what the technique called to do next…somehow color was added to the foil that highlighted the design.  I "think" they used alcohol inks which I don't have.  So I will need to experiment more with this.  I ended up sprinkling the foil with "Brusho" which is fine paint powder that explodes into action when you spritz it with water.  Then when dry I sprayed it with clear acrylic to hopefully waterproof it.  Added some of my home made "washi" tape just for a little more pizzaz.  

I need a tutorial on Brusho.  Anyone know where to find one?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Power of One (framed)

original painting is about 11 x 14, Collage of hand painted paper and paint.

I have posted this image before, but now it is framed and going into a show.  The title is "The Power of One" and it is inspired by the courage of people who take a stand... who know that one person CAN make a difference and are not deterred by the thought of "what can one person do?" Instead they set out to do what they can.  

The composition reflects what Gerald Brommer calls "opposing forces".  I originally started it out as a simple project in working with a "non objective composition" series.  I used my hand-painted Gelli print papers, ink and and paint.  Ended up I resonated with the piece.  Don't know if it will resonate with others but it will be one of the paintings in the newest Howard Young Hospital Art Show in Woodruff, WI starting next week.
I will have a total of 4 in the show.  Stop by if you are in the north woods.