Posts Tagged ‘zentangle

15
Feb
11

Fave Crafts Blog Hop- February 15th , already???

Finished on the 15th, Fave Crafts Blog hop happens on the 15th of every month. Like clock work.

Click to go to all the other Hoppers.

I was not prepared for it all to happen on the 15th of this month, I mean everything that is happening is happening on this day!! LOL.

Not quite, but it seems like it to me right now.

So I have really finished nothing this month.

SO……….. I decided to show you a quick acrylic paint wash easy background for a collage.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great time crafting.

Clean canvas- I used a stretch canvas

Lumiere gold-true gold #550

Ne-Opaque Brown-#592

flat soft 1/2″ brush

Cotton printable paper

Silk printable paper

Flowable extender- just ask Howard for it, we have it.

This was for a friend for Christmas. It is my friend Jodi’s hubby, he is something of a wild west fan and historian.

He tells great stories and studies profusely.

I had the chance to blow this every step of the way (finding the wrong information or pictures) and I am making this on the 23rd of December.

I look for trivia and anything I could find on Wyatt Earp and Nelson Story two of his favorites in old west history.

Now this was fun and I took a chance with the stuff I used it could have all big propaganda and lies, but I went with it and I loved reading about these guys the myth, legend, and the lies. I wasn’t there, it is all propaganda to me. I know how stories get twisted in families. Everybody does it.

I printed the pictures I was going to use on the cotton paper. It is sheet of paper with fabric attached to it so you can run it through your Ink Jet Printer (I am having so much fun with this stuff).

I printed the dates and words on a sheet of the silk paper. I used the silk for this because when I used the flowable extender the silk tends to fade away and the words are just left. This works with encaustic collage too!

I do these first to give the ink a chance to dry before I use it. Otherwise it gets on my hands and comes off in my brush too!

Flowable extender is a gel medium and if you want a thicker one you can use the Jacquard Silk screen flowable extender. The one for the Lumiere and the Ne-opaque is thinner and is nice for thinning the Ne-opaque and Lumiere and for using as a standalone product too. I like this as a thinner more than water, even though water does work also.

I took the canvas and thinned the Brown Ne-opaque with the flowable extender and slapped it haphazardly on to the canvas. That means quickly and with no deliberation, Just do it.

Roughly looks best and you can scrub it on in places and add it on like painting a coat of paint too.

I even painted the sides of the canvas too!

That way they can be hung right away while looking for the perfect frames.

Some one should really clean up my area. LOL!

While the brown was still wet and workable and added the Gold Lumiere. In patches according to taste. I did not want the whole thing goldy, but for it to have highlights of gold in different light.

I took these pictures about midnight. Sorry for the bad lighting. You kind of see the gold in there. It is really yummy though.

Can you see it yet?

How about now?

I messed around with the placement of the pictures before I started “gluing” them on with the flowable extender. 

Here is another look at it.

You can see he was a very good-looking man. I am getting a pretty good idea of what I want to go where now.

I had some scraps of the fabric paper left over so I thought I would use a fine point Tee-juice pen and see if I could draw on the paper fairly well and you can and I am probably going to pursue this one later on.

Just think Zentangle quilts, wall hangings, or fabric collage!!! I am thinking too I could draw my own stuff, heat set it, and then use it in the encaustic. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

It was so easy because of the paper backing and the tee-juice pen is juicy and keeps on flowing, I loved that. It was just like drawing on a piece of paper. Sorry, side tracked. Pretty, shiny thing.

First thing you want to do when starting to use the paper is get the backing off of the fabric.

I use my scissors for this and stick the end under the fabric and pull it back from the paper. Sorry for the black nails ;-D

I lift it up around it and then get a big piece of it and pull away! If your scissors are really sharp be careful of cutting yourself and the fabric. 

I paint the back and the front of the fabric with flowable extender and then paint the canvas where I want my fabric to go. I then lay the fabric picture on the canvas. I then brush more extender on and brush out any air bubbles underneath the fabric picture.

Add more pictures overlapping them, this same way.

I don’t have the finished piece pictures I will have to get you one next time I am up at Jodi’s. I did a good job on these and when I gave them to her husband I found out that I didn’t do too bad in my choice of pictures.

I added the dates of his birth and death and Wyatt’s name in a great font and also added some more scrolly painting and highlighting with the gold paint, I have to admit I really like them and may even do some more of these.

I can also see how some of the techniques I used here could carry over in to other aspects of my art play.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great blog hop!

My friend Anne at El Milagro studios has just done a bang up series in Gel mediums and I think you would really enjoy them you can find them here.

1. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/gel-mediums-secret-desire-of-artists-or.html

2. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/are-you-gellin-uuuuuuuggghhhh.html

3. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/shiny-happy-gelling-with-my-apologies.html

4. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/more-art-making-on-distant-shores.html

5. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/one-last-splash-of-glitter.html

6. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/divas-and-their-stories.html

7. http://elmilagrostudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentine-unlike-convential-hearts.html

For January’s Fave Crafts Blog Hop: video’s with complete tutorial for Cernit polymer clay hearts 

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/01/fave-crafts-blog-hop-i-heart-you.html

For December’s Fave Crafts Blog Hop: there are some great links here if you are interested and a complete tutorial.

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2010/12/fave-crafts-blog-hop-today-december.html

30
Nov
10

Marie-tangle beads part 3 spacers

This is continued from part 2

This tutorial will be for the little black spacer beads in this photo.

you can make these of any color. They are pretty much mindless work, so you can do lots in front of the TV.

I like to have something like that for in the evenings when I am not sitting at my desk and working. Idle hands and all that!

This is definitely the zen part of the whole thing.

Chop wood, carry water kind of work.

You will need:

Cernit Black

Clay machine

5/16″ Round Kemper cutter

Knitting needle

Condition and roll out black clay on the thickest setting in the clay machine.

Fold the sheet of clay in half for double the thickness.

Press them together.

Using the 5/16″ round cutter cut out rounds.

When you have a bunch cut out, roll the cut outs in to balls. 

When you have a bunch of balls, pinch flat. Try to use the same pressure and pinch flat evenly.

They should not be much bigger than the end diameter of the Marie-tangle tube bead.

When you have a bunch of flat pieces, use the knitting needle point to press into the middle of each flat bead.

You can then pick it up and press it in a little further. Just a little, so you can see the end of the needle.

 

 

You then take the bead off the needle and put the point through the hole you just made on the opposite side or in the out hole.

This will keep the holes nice.

 

 

 

Do this with the rest of the flats and bake on a piece of card stock or card board, grunge board or chip board.

I use a piece of a box top from a cardboard box we get products in, like I used for the ultra fancy back ground in my necklace shot above and below!!

I love baking on cardboard in my baking trays.

These also make very good beads for children to make.

You can also use different sizes of  round cutters for different size beads.

By using a single sheet of clay you get bead sizes in between.

Gotta love that!!

 Keeps everything the same size, yet hand rolled and made.

28
Nov
10

Marie-tangle beads part 2

This introduction is from part 1 continue below for the rest of the instructions.

I like these, they remind me of Zentangles, but I thought I would call them Marie-tangles, because they are not drawn on, but stamped.

Also, I am anything but Zen most of the time, especially when I am writing the tutorials. When I am creating new stuff, I am all over the place, trying a million things at once.

This is a very old technique for me, using black ink and off white clay, but now, including a stamp that probably was a Zentangle before there were Zentagles, is how these came about.

From part 1

You will need:

Cernit in Caramel, black, and Opaque white

Pearl-ex stamp pad– black

Stamps- Jumbo Miro Background

hand 150-002K

Fantasy Flower 2 – lg 260-001L

The stamp I am using is a very old molding mat from Color Box. It looks just like a busy doodle! The other stamps will work as well.

Or you can find your own stamps, with lots lines for this.

Clay Machine

Clay Slicing blade-SB

knitting needle pointed on both ends

5/16″ round kemper cutter


Ink up the stamp with the stamp pad. I stamp the pad on to the stamp several times to build up the ink and make sure I have covered all of the lines.

Here is the pad all inked up. I have a small thin piece of packing foam under the stamp here. You can also use a folded old towel if can not find this sheet foam.

This way when you roll the clay tube rod over the stamp, the stamp is flexible and will stamp and mark the whole tube.

Place the rod or knitting needle with the clay on it on top of the edge of the stamp.

If you are using something smaller than these molding mats, then you only want to work with smaller sections of clay tube.

Roll the tube forward by holding the ends of the knitting needle.

You only have to roll forward an inch or inch and a quarter to cover the whole bead.

Do not pick up the bead to check and try to get it back on the stamp in the right place. This is one time deal.

If you screw it up, mash up all the clay and start over again.

It will color the clay, but you can use it for scrap or bead cores.

Here it is covered.

You can see how the ink is pulled of the stamp better here.

Here you can see the slight over stamped area.

I use this ink because it dries on the surface of raw clay. When the ink is dry I take the bead gently off  the knitting needle, cut them to the size I want. I cut the long one about 2 1/2″ long and bend it gently in to a curve.

The others are 3/4″ sections and 1/4″ sections. The straight beads can be cut after they are baked while the clay is still warm with the clay slicing blade.

Stay tuned for part 3

25
Nov
10

Marie-tangle beads

I like these, they remind me of Zentangles, but I thought I would call them Marie-tangles, because they are not drawn on, but stamped.

Also, I am anything but Zen most of the time, especially when I am writing the tutorials. When I am creating new stuff, I am all over the place, trying a million things at once.

This is a very old technique for me, using black ink and off white clay, but now, including a stamp that probably was a Zentangle before there were Zentagles, is how these came about.

You will need:

Cernit in Caramel, black, and Opaque white

Pearl-ex stamp pad– black

Stamps- Jumbo Miro Background

hand 150-002K

Fantasy Flower 2 – lg 260-001L

The stamp I am using is a very old molding mat from Color Box. It looks just like a busy doodle! The other stamps will work as well.

Or you can find your own stamps, with lots lines for this.

Clay Machine

Clay Slicing blade-SB

knitting needle pointed on both ends

Mix 1/6 of a block of caramel with one whole block of opaque white until it is one color.

Roll out the clay in the clay machine.

Double for thickness and press together the two sheets.

Cut the one end closest to you at an angle that leans in towards the surface,

Leave about a 1″ on the surface of the doubled sheet and cut down leaning out at the bottom.

Trim off each of the ends of the strip of clay.

Notice the trapezoid shape of the sheet.

Top edges are angled towards each other and the bottom edges are angled away from each other.

Press the edges together around the rod or knitting needle.

Match the seams together.

Pinch the edges together and smooth out the seam with your fingers.

I also knock the clay loose from the metal rod by twisting the clay the opposite way from the rod.

I do not grab with just my fingers, but I use my palm clenched gently around the clay to do this.

The clay will break loose from the metal and then you can roll the rod and clay on the table to smooth and elongate the rod of clay.

Stay tuned for part 2…




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