Moving to a New Website

Effective immediately I am moving to a different posting platform. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in following my artwork. I would ask you to please come to the new page and subscribe there. COVID has caused too many problems with this hosting site and email services and I just can not recover from them. So I am starting from scratch at this new location.

The new site is Alice Hendon, Artangleology and you can get there by just clicking here. To subscribe:

  • on a computer? In the left sidebar, at the top of the page and just under the photo of myself with one of my dragons you will see the subscribe block. Enter your email and post. You will receive an email confirmation you will need to respond to.
  • on a tablet, iPad or cell phone? At the top of the page you will see a full color block with the name of the website Alice Hendon, Artangleology. Just above those words and to the left you will find three little white lines one on top of the other. Click those and you will be taken to the sidebar I mentioned earlier.

Hope to see you there! Otherwise I will miss you!
Alice

Changes

Thinking about changes. Which changes to make and what to change over to.

I am not even sure this post will work. COVID has been a never ending issue for my website. I have been through two hosting sites and two email services and have made phone call after phone call. I am not going to tell you how much money I have spent overall. Christine has helped me. Yet, here I sit banging my head on the table – almost literally. I have a wonderful post that I haven’t been able to make go ‘live’ and a frustrating couple hours on the phone yesterday with GoDaddy did not fix the problem. They are working from home still – which isn’t the problem – the lady on the phone had no idea why I couldn’t make a post. She told me she couldn’t find the answer on Google. Duh. I paid them $710.00 to google something? She assured me the problem might be fixable for another $100.00. Yeah, that isn’t going to happen. So I am setting up yet another blog through Blogger. I did that once before and did great with it for several years. Anyway. Long story to short. I am working on setting up a new blog. You can find it at by clicking here. And there is even a subscribe by email FREE feature. Free for me, that is. And that’s a whole other story. Anyway, that is more than likely where I will be posting from now on. Sorry for the inconvenience. Adulting stinks.

But, leaves are changing in Maine! We have actually had the fireplace going the last couple nights. Brrrr. Our bears are stocking up on wild apples and Mark’s food plot – getting ready to go into the cave for the winter. And Mark shot a turkey in our back yard yesterday. That will make a fine meal for us. Can’t wait!

Other than banging my head on the table I am also working on a new pattern book. I have about 350 patterns stepped out already. Each pattern gets its own envelope. These aren’t even all of them! Hahahahaha! I have 575 patterns people have sent to me already, not all of them will make it to the book but everyone who sends me a pattern will be included. At least once if not more. Now, let me hit ‘publish’ and see what happens. That next sound you hear may be me tearing my hair out . . . or smacking my head right here on the desktop where I stand. Fingers crossed and loads of prayers going up.

Art Journaling the Leftovers

Art journaling using leftovers? Yep! Don’t throw those scraps away. You never know when they might come in handy. Yesterday I made two art journal pages for a swap – using items left from other projects. Let me show the first one and tell you how I made it.

As you might be aware – this past December I released a book of full color background pages that can be used in so many ways in your art projects. For this journal page I brought out a piece of art I made for the book More Tangle Starts to use as my base. Just a piece of the art really because I had used the other half of the page last month on a Christmas journal page you can see here. The paper is Harmony Hot Pressed watercolor paper from Hahnemühle, the color is Dylusions Ink Sprays. I chose these two blocks I had leftover from a page in Dina Wakley’s Collage Collective books to use for my main accent pieces.

The page is 5″ x 7″ which is really just a perfect size for swaps. I began by adding some splatters with a white Winsor & Newton ink and the Process Cyan blue from Daler Rowney. Easy to load your fan brush with ink and tap it against your finger to make splatter dots all over. You may notice some of the white dots are changing colors. That is because the Dylusions inks underneath are reactive when wet. I am ok with that.

From there I wanted to continue adding texture and this is what I used. Crazy looking, right? Punchinello. I always have to google how to spell that – or like the Frankles says “Google it up!” I have had people ask before what this is. Can you tell just by looking? It is the leftovers from cutting out sequins. And you can totally buy it on eBay. That’s where I got mine. All size holes. And they are reusable so you never have to throw it out. Unless you want to. I have this strip I cut to about 8 inches in length and I just grab it when I want to make some small dotted texture. The only thing you don’t see here are the finger dabbers I use for my dab and stab technique.

I began with the Fruit Punch color, picked up color from my ink pad with the dabber and stabbed it through the punchinello in various places. Even here you can see how the pink ink reacts with the underlying ink spray. I love it! All that texture was made with just the one fruit punch pad. But I wanted more.

So I added more texture using the Caribbean Dyestress Ink Pad in other areas. Lots of texture already created by the original layer of ink spray, then the splatters and now the punchinello.

I wanted to make some of the dots stand out. I used a technical drawing pen from Zebra Pen to circle scratch around some of the dots and I even added some gold gel pen dots in the centers of some.

I knew I wanted more texture but I figured I should add my elements first. Can you tell I was in the zone? I forgot to take photos along the way. But that’s ok because I can totally tell you instead. Hahahahaha! Leftovers. Scraps. The strip along the bottom and the strip at the top right are both from gelli prints I used to make ATCs and another art journal page in the past couple months. That tangled strip on the left is what was left over from some other ATCs I traded a long time ago. The legs? Hahahaha! They used to have full bodies, too. I sacrificed the legs to use the upper bodies and heads on ATCs in the past. The legs went into my little leftovers ziplock bag of weird stuff, waiting for an opportunity. Yesterday was that day. The collage paper music and date book pieces – also leftovers. Is left over one word or two???? The little stack of birds I made with the intention of using them in my Zen-untangled journal, but never did. So here they are – heading to Arizona on this leftover art journal page.

A lot happened to get to this point. I added the second Dina Wakley block at the top left and added some washi tape in a couple places. Mark making of various dots included Jane Davenport’s Paint Over Pens, Painters Pens, and those big white dots are from a huge Posca Paint Pen. The outer edges were inked with a black Archival ink pad.

I really wanted the white dots to stand out even more, so I added more dots with those same Paint Over Pens. They work great for stuff like this! I was really feeling like this was close to being finished at this point.

But words. Sentiments. You need words of sentiments. These particular ones are from a great new book I have from Studio Light. The book is called Jenine’s Mindful Art Collection. They are the perfect addition. And now my art journal page was complete. I showed it to Mark and I could tell he was struggling with something positive to say about it. Hahahahahaha! Men.

Our leaves are starting to change. Our yard seems to always be about the last place for it to happen. But it is happening. The high temp today is supposed to be 60. It was down in the 30’s last night. Fall is definitely here. It won’t be long now.

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Glamour Additions, Week Nine

Time has really flown past as we have been working on our glamour additions for tangling. Ways to take our tangle art up a notch, little details that make a huge difference. This week we will work on dingbatz and dingsplatz. Sound nuts? Hahahaha! It is ok to say yes. Want to find out what that means? Read on.

Let’s begin by looking at the pages I made for the week. I am working in a journal I made using Bristol Illustration paper from Hahnemühle. I cut the pages to the size I wanted, then punched the holes and spiral bound my book with a Bind It All machine. That background color was made using the smoosh technique with Ecoline Brush Pens. The little forest girl is an image from the internet that I colored with Copic markers.

I like using art from my friends in my journals when the opportunity arises. This gel print background came to me from Izzy Haase as part of a swap in Creative Crafty Friends. Perfect for this page of steps for the dingsplatz method. Let’s get right into the lesson for the week. We start with dingsplatz.

Dingsplatz: Maria Thomas came up with the idea of dingsplatz to rescue a pair of jeans. It’s a fun, forgiving concept that is easy to do. A dingsplatz begins with a large, roundish frame drawn using the tangle Eke for the looping line.

Aura the inside of the frame line. 

Coffer the corners of the inner aura, attaching it to the looping line. Remember coffering from week 2? 

Aura around the outside of the entire looping line you made in step 1. 

Coffer the corners of the outer aura, attaching it to the looping line.

Fill the inside of your dingsplatz with tangles.

And, here is the Kitchen Table Tangles video where dingsplatz was debuted:

Dingbatz: Our second technique ‘dingbatz’ was based on the typographic dingbat ornament. They are essentially tangles and frames. They might be partial frames, framed objects, or full frames. The drawing extends between, over and behind the lines. Think auras and hollibaugh. This is an example I made. Here are the steps:

  • In pencil, begin by sketching the double lined frame that you will work around. 
  • The inside should be divided into loose sections to tangle. To do that, carry a tangle like mooka or Eni’s Mooka 3D entirely across the frame – either from side to side, or top to bottom – being sure to carry the lines both inside and outside the frame.
  •  Where lines intersect, weight those intersections with rounded lines. Remember we covered rounding in week one?
  • Fill the inner sections you created with tangles. Add contrast by filling some areas with ink. Use highlights where possible. 
  • Incorporate auras.
  • Shade and enjoy. 

And a second example I made to give you an idea.

Tangle Trail: Patterns for this week were chosen with these techniques in mind. They are: Abundies, Barber pole, Mooka 3D, Ruutz, Sand Swirl, Scalloped Niuroda and Showgirl. We have some great ones from Eni Oken this week. 

And lastly, here are three strings to get you started on dingbatz.

Have fun! One more week to go. Want to join us as a group on Facebook? Click here to check out Tangle All Around.

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