This was the November swap. I did these all at one time, then cur them apart. I added some little birds to these. I think in the next bunch, I want to try using more colors like I did in the “E” in an earlier post.
The swap challenge is to create three letters of the alphabet each month. In return, I receive letters from three different artists each month. We have to leave 3/4 of an inch at the top, so we can put a ring through the 26 letters to form a kind of flip book. The idea is to have a sampler of different styles.
Again, I’m using Joann Fink’s book Zenspirations for ideas. I used water color markers, and ink pads and tried layers of color. I am happy with all of them, but I love the colors in the “E” Some people in the swap are using different designs each time, and some are using similar designs. I plan to make a poster once I get all 26 letters. I wouldn’t mind having a whole collection fo my own lettering, but I don’t think I will ever get that done. I am always a few projects behind.
Part of the ongoing alphabet swaps-J,K,L -I have been using Strathmore 500 series 100% cotton 140lb hotpress watercolor paper. I love it for mixed media. i put some color in the backgrounds now, let it dry, then draw with the micron pens. Because of the texture and absorbency of this paper, I can get nice details using an 02, 03, or 05 micron pen. I have been experimenting with color more. I have some pan watercolors and a small set of cheap watercolor in tubes, but I still love using markers and ink from Stampin‘ Up. I am using blender pens for much of the coloring, especially fine areas. In larger areas, I have also been using a paint brush. Directly applying color leads to a very deep color. I think it is due to the absorbency of the paper. I’ve also been trying out ideas from the book Zenspirations by Joann Fink. I’ve been lightly adding a little sparkle gel pen for highlights, but that doesn’t show up well on the scans.
I get the paper from Amazon. I usually add it to my wish list, and if the price goes down, which it usually does, if I wait, I order several packages. i try to get the free shipping, but it isn’t always available on the paper. If the price is low enough, it is worth paying for the shipping.
so far, I have purchased all of my Zentangle, doodle, and other books from Amazon using the Super Saver Shipping. I did the 30 day trial for Amazon prime, and it is a great deal if you order frequently, or if you use a Kindle or other e reader. I have to wait on getting the year-long membership, but I did the trial over the holiday season, and it saved a fortune. I can order almost anything from Amazon, and I usually get great deals. I do most of my shopping online because I am medically retired, so My brick and mortar shopping is limited. I’m looking into getting a mobility scooter this year.