Wednesday, April 27, 2011
…it’s another from my drawing-tablet. Colour inspiration for the background came from mixed-media-artist, Ann Baldwin.
Utilized paint, pencil and charcoal, with various textural effects.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Not only do I enjoy Diana's The Hub Bub blog, but I'm also really enjoying this excellent book. It's easy reading, with tons of colourful step-by-step pictures and helpful information.
With 'colour spilling' Diana suggests to "work quickly" ... and to "not think". I get the idea, you just push yourself right into it and JUST DO IT!
Well tonight, after dinner I drifted to the computer; the washing up is still waiting for me. I "just did this" painting (forgive me, but right here at my keyboard, i.e. digitally). I just wanted to see what would become of it, and I hope it's ... brightened your day.
Monday, April 25, 2011
In Australia on the 25th April each year since 1915, this day is known as Anzac Day (Australian, New Zealand, Army Corps). Commencing at dawn, attendees of various services, will traditionally be seen wearing a sprig of rosemary in memory of those who have served their country.
My Dad, Allan Thomas Aylward (1922 - 1966), was a soldier during WWII, serving in Borneo and New Guinea.
It wasn't until I started exploring genealogy just several years ago only, that I enquired of our Dept. of Defence, if I could attain replicas of his service medals. In follow-up correspondence I was informed that the originals still remained unclaimed, and in safe custody for retrieval. What a wonderful surprise!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Centre is Margaret Bremners, Lilypads; you can see how to draw these at Enthusiastic Artist here.
Top left is another from Margaret; Lotus Pods
Top right is Florez by Cookie here.
Lower left is Lukiline by Mary Masi of Mary Tangles, find Mary's pattern here.
Lower right is Optus a design from Maria Thomas at Zentangle; see Maria's tutorial here.
Shattuck/Zentangle. For Sandy Bartholemew's tutorial, go to Beez in the Belfry here.
Fern, look to Jane Monk's Studio here.
Wist, is from Michelle Beauchamps blog here.
Carres' is from Genevieve Crabe at Zentangle Harmony here.
Flutter Pie can be found on Carole Ohl's Open Seed Arts blog here.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I love this background, although at first, my intention for making it was to tangle the 'brown eggs' on it and cut them as separate eggs, for a plain white background.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
When I'd first started tangling in February, I posted this link to a design I conjured up.
Tangle Patterns, there was Facets, by Nancy Pinke, CZT. It jumped out at me; my own design is then, a variation as it happens, of Nancy's own original.
See how to draw Facets on the official zentangle site here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
- Make a paper cutout that fits inside the panel, for your pattern template
- Lay it on chosen fabric, adding turn-under allowances. cut
- Pin fabric onto bag
- Remove plastic base from inside bag if it has one
- THEN turn the bag inside out
- Machine stitch top side of panel all around
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Adding a little watercolour to the flowers.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Since Easter is just around the corner now, I chose to try this design.
Off to go make a cup of caffeine to celebrate the nearing of the end in sight (it can be a little tedious trimming at length, inside tight corners). I also cut with the blade knife because I find using scissors in tiny spaces, awkward to handle.
Monday, April 11, 2011
To my practice piece then; and I love being able to sit in the garden doing this, making out I'm an 'artist'. Made this mistake (again), by using my visual-journal to work in; and it isn't watercolour paper. I perhaps should have done 'something' in the background first, but had just jumped in and worked on my subject, which is these potted ifafa lilies, not yet in flower.
When I got to reading some on the net about these lilies before writing this, I came to believe I must've been in some warped-head mode, when it came to printing inside the label on my drawing. I hadn't realized that they're actually spelt with a single "f", and that the plural of lily is also spelt with a single "l". So I'm out to show myself up in more ways than one now.
A wonderful tutorial from Jane LaFazio , and Laure Ferlita has "it" happening too.
It might look easy, but I know it isn't...
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Look to Stamp Owl's Studio here for the pattern.
We had taken a holiday break to Victoria, and at Mt. Beauty, in the foothills of Falls Creek snow country, we came across Clover arboretum, to the side of the road. From memory I believe a sign had suggested this had been the site of a colonial settlement. A lovely spot to pull over and enjoy the crisp air, and scenery. ...another beautiful surprise to find this birds nest hidden under the canopy. I'd placed some leaves inside my diary, which are now ... z.i.a. ginkgo girls (maybe ballerinas), with black lilium seed eyes.