January 4, 2017
The Spring 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2017 Catalogs went live this morning and it must have created quite a commotion! I woke up to a message from our lovely CEO Sara Douglas on FB Live explaining that they had everyone hard at work fixing the online problem. No worries. I am sure things will be up and running soon. In the meantime…here is a glimpse of what is on my worktable this morning.
The Beautiful You Stamp Set (143637 clear block and 143004 wood block) is sure to be a huge favorite this Spring! I need to narrow down some of the ideas I’ve already pinned to my Pinterest board for the Beautiful You Stamp Set because I just don’t have enough hours in the day to make them all if I want to use my other Spring stamp sets. And I DO want to use them!!!
I have one card made from the Everyday Hero stamp set 143080. It will surely be another favorite.
To see more fun ideas from the Spring catties, check out my Pinterest Boards. https://www.pinterest.com/klspeer1/ or see the catalogs at http://kristyspeer.stampinup.net. “like” me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stampinupkristyspeer/
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.
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.
The assignment was to create a triptych, a piece of art that spans three canvases. At least one tangle had to go across all three ATC‘s. It was nice to work on a larger palette for a change. Limiting myself to ATC size; 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches. This work is 3 1/2 high and 71/2 inches long. It is cut into 3 regular size ATCS. I also made one ATC in the regular size for the host gift. I am extremely happy with this work. I used Stampin Up markers for most of the work. I like the color combinations, and the shading. This time the scans were pretty accurate. I would like to do more work in these colors. Usually I spend lots of time sweating over my work before I complete it. This one went quickly. I just liked everything about it. Maybe it was the freedom of having more space!
- Single aTC inspired by Triptych
Since blue is my favorite color, this swap was appealing to me. It seems that I am enjoying other colors more and more. Its funny when I think about deciding on a favorite color when I was younger. I picked blue because I liked it, and red seemed too obvious. I am drawn to blue, especially cobalt blue, but now other colors catch my attention. I’ve seen blue rooms that look boring, so I am a little afraid to go “too blue.”
I wanted to make some drawings influenced by the Blue Willow china pattern. My Great Aunt Gail, love the Blue Willow pattern. As I went over images of Blue Willow designs, I found many interesting patterns that work well for tangling. The main problem was fitting designs on the small pennants. I will have to revisit the designs on a larger canvas. I wanted to do one design that was not Blue Willow at all. I used plenty of chalks on that one. I enjoyed using the iridescent chalks. In part I used chalks because my blender pens were wearing out. The chalk expands the fibers in the blender pens, so when I go to use them on other inks, it is difficult to get a sharp line. I finally ordered new blender pens, so my upcoming work might be easier.
I enjoyed working on this one so much! I wish I had time to make more owls. I use Bing images for inspiration and then try to make the work my own. I found a “How to Drawn an Owl” and used that as a basis for the owl with the turned head. The owl with its eyes closed came from a picture of 4 different owls. I used the basic outline and changed it, then tangled it. The paisley owl is the one with which I had the most difficulty. I thought I would like it more. I made five of them before I found one that I felt was acceptable. I like it, but thought it could be better. I gave one of the paisley owls to my daughter Joni, because she really liked it. Part of the problem might be that I need new blender pens and aqua pens. I can get more accurate shading and coloring with them.
I forgot to scan it in first. The originals look much better than the scans. Sometimes I scan in my work and the scans look great. I haven’t figured out if there is something I can do to make the scans more accurate every time.