Week 12 is Now Complete

I know I just posted week 11 two days ago, I am that far behind in catching up. Hahahahaha! But, as of today I am officially up to date with The 100 Day Project. Until tomorrow. Hahahahahaha!

Each day this year (most days anyway) I am using a YouTangle.art Tile from Hahnemühle and Technical Drawing Pens from Zebra Pen. This week every tile and drawing was done with those two tools. And they work so wonderfully well together! Day 78 incorporates the tangles curlz2 with gooberz! Such fun patterns to draw!

For day 79 I removed a tile from my Treasured Bits of Tangles book from this post and tangled up a bunch of dayz eaze. That color? Ken Oliver’s Color Burst Powders. Not as effective as Brusho Color Crystals but still pretty amazing.

For day 80 I opted for ease. Hahahaha! Too much on my plate so I went with easy to tangle. Kuke is a really fun pattern and it goes down sweet every time.

Here is another page from my Treasured Bits of Tangles Hahnemühle book. Cee-a-mosa and printemps. The color in this piece is Brea Reese Liquid Watercolor inks. And important note here *** I just found out she also does acrylics. I probably didn’t need to know that. Hahahahaha!

Day 82 has color derived from Ecoline Brush Pens used as a watercolor. I love this particular technique! Here I tangled some wings, kuke and stack.

The color for day 83 was made with Kelly Creates Aqua Brushes used as a watercolor. Also from my Treasured Bits of Tangles book. For patterns I used 4 stroke, ringz and printemps.

And that brings us to day 84. The end of week 12. Just 16 more days in the project. Hallelujah! Hahahahaha! Basic straight up black and white Zentangle style tile. All my own patterns – hached, patch and Crete.

These tiles and pens are perfect for tangling. In case you didn’t already know – the tiles are 3.5″ square. That means each of these drawings are just 3.5″ square. Small size art that can be done in a short amount of time. And the pens come in a variety of nib sizes so there is a pen perfect for your need. A great combination – Hahnemühle and Zebra Pen!

YouTangle.art Tiles and other Hahnemühle product with purchase links
Technical Drawing Pens from Zebra Pen
The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project – One Year Ago

With the end of The 100 Day Project, 2019, getting closer and closer, I thought I’d pull out a post from last year. From July 11, 2018, the day I wrapped up my 100 days of tangling. It was a small celebration for sure! Hahaha!

Last year I used the Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook from Leda Art Supply to complete the project in. Above you see my 100 pieces of art for last year’s project. A friend pointed me to TurboCollage.com and I used the free section to make this collage showing all 100 pieces. A little blurry, but they are all there. 100 days in a nutshell, so to speak. I will probably do this again in a couple weeks when this year’s project is complete.

This piece was for the last two days of 2018’s project. Part of it was day 99 and the finished piece was day 100. I just tried to tangle some each day. I tried to be realistic with my expectations. I tried to tangle 5 – 15 minutes each day. Some days were harder than others, but I figured anything was better than nothing. Overall The 100 Day Project is a great idea, a great motivator to get us into a routine of making art every day. But it is really hard to stay focused for 100 days and keep going with it. After awhile you just want your life back. Last year I specifically said I would not do this project again. That I would cheer on those who wanted to do it. This year I tried to discourage my group from participating but there were so many who wanted to that I caved. Hahahaha! And I felt obligated, like I had to participate. Next year I will try to remember that the world won’t stop turning if I don’t join in. I can just cheer from the sidelines.

I made this last year to celebrate and several members of my group Tangle All Around posted this on their pages. I will probably make one for this year as well. I am truly proud of each person working their way through this journey. It isn’t for the faint of heart. It is a huge undertaking and commitment. Kudos to those still trucking along on day #84. We are almost there. And if you are one of the ones that has given up or life has stepped in and taken over – that is ok. Be proud of what you accomplished. It is alright. I promise.

Week 11 is Done √

I am closing in on the end of The 100 Day Project. Next year when my group Tangle All Around starts asking about this project, remind me that I do not want to do this again. I will support them and cheer them on, but I need to keep doing my regular routine. I am missing too many things that need to be done. As much as I am enjoying the project, I will be thrilled when it is over. Please remind me that it is ok to feel this way. Because it is. With that said – let’s start with day 71.

Built in the Procreate app on my iPad. I never remember about shading until I post here and I see it hasn’t been done. Then I’m like . . . well it’s too late now! Hahahahaha! Patterns include betweed and copada.

You’ve seen this background before. In fact, you may have seen it right here on this very page before. It is one of my alcohol ink backgrounds and it rotates through the toppers for this website. It also makes up the cover for my book Tangle Starts Strings. I uploaded the artwork into the procreate app and tangled with my Apple Pencil. Stack is the primary pattern for day 72.

Day 73 is another iPad piece. The background was made with Brusho Color Crystals. Fun piece – I’m not really sure if there are specific patterns here or not. This could also be titled It’s 11:00 At Night, Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

I promised you more tiles this week and here we go. Days 74 – 77 are all tangled with Technical Drawing Pens from Zebra Pen on a YouTangle.art Tile from Hahnemühle. My go-to killer-combo when it comes to easy and just-right tangling tools! Tangles? I’m thinking that abukas-looking one could look like Kilroy if we gave that big long nose some eyeballs. Hahahaha!

These tangles are just my cup of tea when I’m tired and don’t want to think about what I’m drawing. I made a big X on the tile and filled two sections with printemps like an hourglass and filled the sides with diva dance foxtrot. And that was day 75.

For day 76 I pulled out some new product from Zebra Pen with my YouTangle.art Tile. The Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable pens come in a set of 20 and I used as many of the colors as I could in tangling this 3.5″ piece of narwal. So much fun! And the pens worked great! You will be seeing more about these pens very soon.

Barquillos and floral are the patterns. The background is Kelly Creates Aqua Brush Pens used as a watercolor. Easy peasy! And week 11 is history! I have so many ideas of projects I want to work on as soon as these 100 days are done. I have a few in the works already and hope to be able to tell you more soon! So stay tuned!

YouTangle.art Tiles and other Hahnemühle product with purchase links
Technical Drawing Pens from Zebra Pen
Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens from zebra Pen

Organized Color System

I often get asked how I keep track of the product and colors I have on hand. You should see my studio! It is a small room with a never ending job of organizing and maintaining and stashing and storing. One day I’ll give you a real tour, but for today let’s talk about an easy way to remember what colors you have. You know, so you don’t double purchase.

Yesterday I showed you this photo. It is the stash I purchased at Hobby Lobby on our anniversary day trip! Those colors needed to be documented somewhere so I don’t double purchase when I could spend my cash on new colors. You know – ones I do not already have!

This is an example of two of the pages in my color book. Years ago, I was taking a class on Twinkling H2O’s with Dion Dior and these pages were made for the class. Yes, those pages are rippled and I will address that at the end of the post.

Here is an example for the Daniel Smith watercolors. And no, I do not have all those colors. Daniel Smith sells dot cards that give you a small dot of color for each of the colors they sell. I made a color chart using those dots so I could see what the colors actually look like. You know, the color swatches you see online may or may not be accurate, but this method works for me. Once I purchase a color, I put a black dot in the corner to indicate I have this one already. It works for me. And I can daydream a wish list for later purchase.

For the Twinkling H2O section in my book, I went to their website and got a list of all the colors they make. I set up my boxes and went ahead and wrote the names in underneath. Then I made color swatches of the ones I actually have. They are prettier and shinier than this photo gives them credit for. When I am making a piece of art I can flip through my book and get some help in figuring out what colors I want to use for the project.

For my current new supplies – I began with the Brea Reese Liquid Watercolors and painted them into my book. I don’t have a lot of them. But I swatched what I have. And speaking of swatches . . .

. . . Christine was interested in the colors so I made swatches for her. First time I’ve done it this way but it works. I used watercolor paper and punched a one inch circle for each of the colors I have. Please excuse my hurried scribbles of the names, I didn’t want to get them mixed up. I just wet the circle, then dropped a bit of color onto the circle and let it spread out. When they were dry, I wrote the color name on the back of each circle and put them in a bag to mail to Christine.

If you are interested in the Brea Reese Liquid Watercolors – I do want you to notice this. These are four different colors and although they shouldn’t look the same, they are pretty similar in appearance. Want to know what colors they are?

Here you go. Hopefully you can get both photos on your screen at the same time. I am not happy with these four colors. At all. The orange is the only one that look like it should – at least to me. That pink is clearly not pink. The medium magenta is clearly not magenta at all. And the red – well it is red but a kind of washed out red. Just be aware of this if you purchase these colors.

Then I grabbed all the Brea Reese Alcohol Inks I had and I actually made two sets of these swatches. One for Christine and for me. These inks work best on paper designed for them. Yupo Paper or Alcohol Ink Card Stock or the new Craft Plastic. Not the pages in my book, but I wanted them to be in my book. So this was the next best thing! I punched circles of alcohol ink card stock and dropped one little dot of color onto each circle. Some spread further than others but they all worked great.

Here is a good photo to give you a pretty accurate representation of the colors. Now let me show you how I used my set.

I used a little bit of tape runner on the back of each circle and adhered them to a page. All I had to do then was write down their names. And I have alcohol ink in my color book on the right kind of paper. Boom!

I mentioned my studio is a never ending organizational nightmare. Well, maybe I didn’t go that far in describing it. But it is never ending. Hahahaha! I have these little baskets I purchased at Walmart. I think they are meant to be used for silverware in your kitchen.

They work great in the closet here in the art room and they both hold a decent amount of color. I wanted one to be alcohol ink and one to be liquid watercolor, but I have more of one than the other. BUT they do all fit within these two baskets and they fit nicely on a shelf in my closet. I am really loving the Brea Reese colors for the most part. Definitely the alcohol inks. I do think she needs to work on differentiating her colors in the liquid watercolor set some more. But overall very happy. What’s that you ask? What about my book? Let me show you what I use. It works for me. It may work for you.

I currently use the Stillman & Birn Alpha Series wire bound sketchbook. The paper is 150 gsm, or 100 lbs. That isn’t very heavy for wet media. I didn’t know much about that kind of thing when I started this. It works but the pages do ripple a bit in places. Even after being closed and stuffed on a bookshelf for several years. Hahahaha! So that trick doesn’t always work!

If I was doing this over again, I would stay with Stillman & Birn, but change to their Zeta Series wire bound sketchbook. Its pages are 270 gsm, which according to Google is a little over 170 lbs. Much better weight paper for wet media. And the Stillman & Birn website shows the Zeta can handle dry and wet media, watercolor and ink. Perfect for a color system of your very own!

Stillman & Bin Zeta Series Wirebound
Brea Reese Liquid Watercolors
Brea Reese Alcohol Inks