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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Smooshing Bubbles

I am always looking for new ways to add color to my art. Bright, beautiful, in your face color. Hahaha! Yep! It’s true! Yesterday I tried smooshing bubbles and it worked like a charm – let me show you!

Supplies are very basic. I work on a non-stick surface. For me that means a craft mat. I found out recently that a teflon non-stick pressing sheet used in baking is the same thing as the Ranger craft mat I have, except – for the two dollars less my Shovan non-stick pressing sheets came in a set of ten. Now I have a nice pretty, clean looking sheet to work on and nine in a holding pattern. My journal is one I made myself using a Bind It All machine and Pen and Ink Drawing Paper from Hahnemühle. You will notice that I use neither pen nor straight up ink in this technique. Cause that is how I am. Hahahaha! The bubble wrap came in the mail stuffing a box of something I probably ordered from Joggles. I cut any bubble wrap I get down into 6″ x 8″ pieces and stack them on a shelf in my closet. Any water based marker will work, I am using Ecoline Brush Pens from Royal Talens. The only thing I don’t have in this photo is a spray bottle filled with water.

This technique goes like many others you have seen me do. Scribble some color right onto your non-porous surface. This is the magenta color.

Then spray some water right on top of the color. I love those little beads, they look like gems!

And here comes the fun part! Place the bubble wrap right on top of the color and smoosh it. You don’t have to smoosh hard, just tap the bubbles down into the color and lift.

Lay the wrap with the color on top of your paper. Just look at the texture! You can either lightly lay it down and lift, leaving color behind OR you can smoosh it down with your hand and smoosh that color right out onto the paper. That’s what I did. Smoosh!!! Jules, you paying attention?

And this is how it turns out. I like the feathering, smooshing away from the main dot part you get when you smoosh. Looks like little splashes of color. Because the bubble wrap is plastic – you are going to have a bit more water than with some of the other techniques I have used. And this paper really wasn’t meant for much water but it handled it great!

I noticed I still had color on the mat and I don’t waste product. For the most part. So I placed my bubble wrap back down and picked up some more of that lovely magenta.

And stamped it down onto the paper. Not smooshing quite as much and the color coverage wasn’t as great since it was residual color. And a little softer in brightness as well. And again, I didn’t worry about the water on the paper. I knew it would eventually blend with the other colors I was going to add.

Next I brought in some sky blue color and smooshed it on the right and stamped it on the left.

There really is no wrong way to do this technique. You can see in the places where I had water on the paper it served to lighten and blend the new colors. And where the blue overlaid the pink I got purple. Basic color theory.

Can you reuse the bubble wrap? Absolutely. I have this roll of shop towels that I just rolled over the wrap and it cleaned right up. No scrubbing needed.

Another nice thing about using bubble wrap is you can see where you place the color.

If you feel like you need a little color in that lower right section – you can add it in the lower right section. Exactly where you want it.

And you just keep smooshing and adding where you need to. Or want to. I stayed with four colors – magenta, sky blue, green and deep yellow. And because of the water and the overlaying of colors – I got even more colors. Like that yummy purple.

And then I had another idea.

What if I didn’t add water? What I just scribbled on the mat and lifted the color right up?

Can you see a difference? The color is much darker because it isn’t watered down. And it doesn’t spread as much since there is no water for movement. But I got some nice texture and a hope that it would work.

And it worked but I didn’t like it. Way too dark for my taste. I did like the texture of the bubble innards. Hahahaha! Is that a word? But the color was too dark for me. Again . . . because there was no water to lighten it up.

So I added water. I sprayed a little right onto that area and let it blend a bit.

When I liked the results, I used my towel roll to blot up the rest of the water and sat it aside to dry. This paper handled the bit of water I used very well. It dried completely flat.

And the bubble wrap? Just a roll over with my shop towels and it is ready to go again. All that color came right off!

And here is my page completely dry and flat. Hahahaha! Look at the individual cells of color and how they work with each other to make even more colors. Next up with this piece? Maybe some neurotangling because that seems to be all I can wrap my head around lately. Hahahahaha!

Glamour Additions, Week Eight!

We have two great techniques to play with this week in our Glamour Additions journey. And, just two more weeks to go! The trek has gone by fast! Let me show you what we have for week eight.

Let’s begin with my pages for the week. I admin a group on Facebook called Tangle All Around. It’s a fun bunch of tanglers, learning and working together. In my project called Glamour Additions we are learning techniques to take our tangling up a notch. This week we are working on Tangles Within a Tangle and Zentwining. I always wonder if I spelled that one right. Haha! Anyway, on this page I used my tangling within a tangle by adding various patterns to the overall tangle called Narwal. And yes, I did adhere it on the page wrong. It should be one turn to the left. Sorry, I am really bad about doing that. And thank you for not bringing it to my attention in the past posts. But it is definitely there.

Zentwining has always eluded me. I get discouraged with it quickly, but it looks so cool when done the right way. I grabbed six of the little 2″ squares and drew out the step by steps and glued them right into my Bristol journal. Now when I get stuck I can open my book to this page and remember what to do.

I love my journal! I made it using Bristol Illustration paper from Hahnemühle. It is a spiral book that I punched and bound with a machine called a Bind It All. Really easy to do once you have all the supplies. Now . . . straight into the lesson for the week.

Tangle within a tangle is really as simple as it sounds. Honest. The trick is to start with a tangle that has large enough spaces for you to add tangles into. Like Huggins. Many people start with huggins for this technique. For myself I used narwal this week to tangle inside the sections. Several of the tangles this week would work well for this idea. I also have a Pinterest board set up with some examples to help you get started:

Yes, I know I already showed you all these on my page two, but some people will need to read this post with a translator and you can not translate photo instructions.

Zentwining is another technique developed by CZT Lynn Mead. It begins with overlapping lines and ends up with amazing tangled ribbons. I’ll walk you through the steps, then leave you with a link to Lynn’s tutorial. You begin with some overlapping lines drawn in pencil. 

With your pen, begin drawing ribbons that wrap across and around your overlapping lines. The easiest way for me to do this is to think about the narwal tangle. That’s just how my brain works. 

Ribbons can go in all directions, overlap, extend off the page, or go under other ribbons like hollibaugh. 

Once you are happy with the placement of ribbons, take your pen and trace over the leftover pencil lines. Make sure to stop when you come to the edge of a ribbon and re-start on the other side of the ribbon. 

Start adding tangles inside the ribbons. This technique actually works well with our other technique of tangling within a tangle this week. 

Add shading.

These examples are taken straight from Lynn’s website. Here is a link to Lynn’s tutorial: where you can read even more about Zentwining.

Here are the seven step outs for the week.

And last is the string for the week. Feel free to add more sections to it if you wish. What are we going to cover in week nine? I guess you will have to check back to find out. Or you could click here and join us at Tangle All Around.

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