I’m not much of a doodler, but when I am stressed, I find myself turning to Zentangles. It’s just so calming to put on some music and focus on creating intricate patterns.
When I think of plein air painting, I think of the impressionists and my absolute favorite artist in the whole wide world, Claude Monet.Plein air is nothing but the act of painting outdoors. Artists would typically scope out the landscape, find an area of interest, set up their easels and start painting what was in front of their eyes. The colors, quality of light, interplay of shadows, everything was as true to the time of day and season in which they were painting.Continue reading
There’s a current of magic that flows through our life.
I’m not talking about the Harry Potter kind of magic. I’m talking about the magic that shows up in our life – through synchronicity. Which is simply being in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people at the right time, hearing a message or a piece of music at the right time.
It’s not necessarily earth shattering magic.
“I love coloring! The other day, when my niece was over, I started coloring along with her in her coloring book, and I really enjoyed it. I think I’m going to order some adult coloring books soon,” declared a friend recently.
“Adult coloring book? Really?” I asked, somewhat aghast. “Why don’t you try painting instead? Keep it abstract if you like. I can teach you the basics and you’re good to go!”
“No darling, I’m not good at all that.”
And this, right here, is why I believe adult coloring books have become such a huge fad.
I’ve long been drawn to mandalas – to their symmetry, their beauty and, most of all, to the calmness that they evoke. But I’ve always been afraid of trying to draw them. This year, though, I finally took the plunge.
And it was so hard! Whoever said dividing a circle into 12 equal pies is easy, is lying! I wish I could show you how many pieces of paper I crumpled up and threw and how many tears I shed just trying to draw those 12 symmetrical pies. By the end of it, I’d much rather have been eating apple pie, and I’m not even that fond of it! And when I finally did manage to get it divided up, drawing symmetrical shapes in that circle gave me nightmares!
Another month, another blogging challenge. This time, it’s a 15-day daily blogging challenge. What can you expect over these 15 days? Gorgeous eye-candy from my art table! I hope you love these glimpses of my work as much as I love creating them.
Kick your Zentangles up a notch by drawing them on a painted background. Add some shading around the image (in my case a butterfly) to make it pop up and out of the page.
I created this piece using acrylics on watercolor paper. I used a Derwent Inktense pencil for the shading, and sketched a spiral fly path with a white pen to use as a journaling block.
This is an easy way to create coasters, greeting cards, or a small art piece for friends or loved ones. Just put on some music, and Zentangle away!
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I’m so excited to share my debut eBook with you – Art Journaling 101.
It’s the guide I wish I had when I started art journaling!
Art Journaling 101 is designed especially with the beginner in mind. The eBook is geared towards those who have or prefer to work with limited supplies – or are suffering from art supply overwhelm and want to simplify their stash, if only for a while!
What the Art Journaling ebook is about:
Yes, it’s a real thing! The Zentangle® method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction, and an increased sense of personal well being. And all you need to get started is paper, pencil and a black pen.
I introduced you to layers in the lesson on backgrounds. But I know I didn’t give you enough information on just how to layer. For a long time even I was confused about the how and why of layering. After all, why would someone create a beautiful background and then cover it up? Isn’t it a waste of paint? And that beautiful stencil pattern and all those collage elements that will just get hidden?
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As you start to enjoy working on your art journal and experiment with building up layers, the paper you use plays a big role in just how far you can push your materials. To my mind, there are 2 key things you need to look out for when choosing a journal – the binding and the paper.
Let’s talk about binding