Welcome!

My Photo
Ontario, Canada
Life is working full time, being married for 35 years, being mom to a grown daughter, 2 15 yr old cats and a 7 year old Diva of a Boston Terrier. Becoming involved in the art community has changed my life, since I began to focus on Zentangle,in August of 2012. Since then, I've gained the courage to explore other kinds of art. I've added water soluble media, mixed media and a desire to start an artist's journal to the mix. You might find just about anything on my blog. I hope, whatever you find, you will enjoy. I love to hear from you. The most wonderful surprise in all of this , has been finding such a warm and wonderful community built around these art forms. Almost without exception, those I've met are warm, friendly and generous of spirit. I try to be the same way.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Art of "Liza'... My New Signature

I have been all over the place with my art. My first love, Zentangle(R), is still very prominent in my art, and even when I'm not thinking about it, it shows up in most of my pieces.

Then I got a really comprehensive intro to luminescent (and flat) watercolor, from Dion Dior's Mastering Twinks courses, parts 1 and 2 (still not finished 2).

Dion also gave us a taste of mixed media, which hooked me even further. Since I am an art supply junkie, I really had to take hold of myself.

I found that often when I sat down to my art table I wasted the time completely. Too many choices had me spinning in the middle. I also always pressured myself to make pieces that were presentable enough to post. I never just played, unless it was to practice.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a very traumatic experience, that left me with nightmares, and a terror of the dark. I remembered how my Dad used to come and comfort me as a child, after a nightmare. In moments like that, moments of closeness and affection, he called me Liza.

In my darkness, art was out of the question, until I got thinking about who I was and how I felt when I was "Liza". Liza knew how to play, knew how to have fun.

So, since I was feeling too challenged to play, I tried to get into the headset of "Liza", and let that child in me play. I explored gel sticks (Faber Castell's "kids" line of gelatos), and had an absolute ball.

From now on, you will see my art signed, "Liza", for that part of me is the fearless, try anything twice, growing artist.

When dealing with the fear of the dark, etc., these are two of the pieces that came out of my "Liza" mindset. You will see that they look somewhat juvenile, but I had a ball doing them. The nightmares slowed down after these:

Banishing the Darkness (Chasing away the black butterfly).

Night is not dark It's SPARKLY

So, now, when you see my art signed "Liza", you will know why. They may not be masterpieces, but they come from a happy, playful part of me, that I sincerely treasure.

Thanks for stopping by. Your comments are always appreciated.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Dion Dior is Offering a New Course in Watercolor Pencil

I am so excited. Dion is a great teacher, and I've taken online classes and workshops from her that have made my art journey more and more interesting.

Watercolor Pencil is a great way to add a touch of color to your tangles or sketches, or to create an entire work of art!

Are you like me. Do you already have these beauties and hardly ever use them because you're not sure how?

I can hardly wait to learn more.

I hope you'll follow the link and have a look.

Read about the class here

There's even a chance to win a FREE SPOT on the course.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Prismatic Painting: Fun With Twinkling H2Os (and other media)

First a word from our sponsor... 

Miss Roxie (our little drama queen Boston Terrier) says, "Cold weather is for  hibernating!"


Seriously Mom? You're going to make me go out?
Miss Roxie says, "But it's ok if I can go with Dad and wear my sparkly purple parka!"
The rear view always cracks me up.

As some of you know, I have been taking Mastering Twinks I with the amazing Dion Dior. It is with her permission that I share one of my favorite parts of the course. Dion introduced prismatic painting as a way to play with color and texture, and generally getting to know our materials better.

This form really appeals to me, and I've done a number of prismatics other than the two we did for the course. The piece of which I am most proud is a birthday painting for my daughter, and she had asked for a theme of feathers. I was very careful to take good "WIP" pics, so I thought I would use this project to share the process.\

Prismatics (in my mind, anyway) have two integral attributes. 

The first is the prisma lines... lines you draw on your paper, and every time you cross a line, you change your color. Think of the lines the way you would think of the leading in a stained glass window. 

The second is the grouping of warm and cold colors. If there is a subject, you might consider doing the subject in warm colors and the background in cool colors. If you have no subject, you try to group them in the shapes within your piece.

Our first piece had no subject, and this was my result:

First try, no subject
With the very sparkly twinks, you need something to tone them down and emphasize the shine, and in this example, I used color pencil.

Our second project involved a subject... daisies. When you add a subject, prisma lines crossing the subject also require a color change, so you try not to have too many intersecting your subject. Incidentally, this was also my introduction to making an art journal spread:

Subject: Daisies
Can you see how the colors change in the daisies and leaves as the prisma lines cross them?

So here is the process, demonstrated with my daughter's birthday present:

Twinkling Feathers, sketch

This shot is not the best, but the sketch began with the feathers, and then the prisma lines were drawn. Kate decided she would like the feathers in hot, parrot colors, and the background in cool, sky colors.

Feathers base coated.
In the above picture, you see just the feathers painted in. I darkened the prisma lines where they crossed the feathers, so that I would remember to change the color. You can see both the color of the feather, and its vein, change. To maintain cohesiveness in the subject despite the divisions, I used subtle tones of the same colors. With the subject, you have a color scheme in mind... mine was red at the base, to orange, yellow, green. Because of this, you will see color changes in the subject at the prisma lines, but you will also see them where I intended them to be, changing shades between the prisma lines.

Background color in.

You will see above, that the next step was to add the background colors... we ended up with a little pink and purple in there... Well, skies do have sunrises and sunsets. lol

Next step: Texture and detail

I detailed the feathers with gold metallic pen, added a few doodles to the background with silver pen.



In this final shot, you will see the prisma lines drawn in, more doodle details, and texturing and shading with pastel and pan pastel. In the course we have used matte watercolor paint, Caran D'Ache water soluble pastels, Derwent Inktense, colored pencil and pastel at various times, to tone down and in doing so, enhance, the twinks.

Here is the finished piece:

All finished... a little shading "popped" the feathers.
I hope you have enjoyed this little demonstration. I love painting these! In future, I think I will explore different ways of filling the "panes" in the background. Perhaps some tangles?

I would encourage you, if you enjoy water soluble art media, to check out the classes offered by Dion Dior at http://www.diondior.com/p/workshops.html . She is a very dedicated, gifted and effective instructor. She's done a beautiful job of constructing her online courses, and her warmth, knowledge, and sheer love of creating is really contagious.

If you have any questions or comments about this process, or my experiences in the course, please feel free to leave them in comments, below. I always love to hear from you!

Create because YOU CAN!

Beth





Monday, 18 November 2013

Art Adventure Give-away. Two Great Mini Courses (online) by Dion Dior

As some of you know, I'm just finishing the last project for "Mastering Twinks 1", a fantastic course with an amazing instructor... Dion Dior. 

Have to do this quickly... My office managers are keeping a close eye on me, today! lol

Dion is offering two of her mini-workshops beginning January 1, 2014, and once you are in, you have unlimited access (forever, from what I can see).

Sparkle-Arkle is about learning to add visual interest to your masterpieces and art journals with "all things sparkly".

Sacred Circles is about learning to create beautiful mandalas that have deep personal meaning for you. The starting point is a story based in Arthurian legend.

I can certainly vouch for Dion's talent in putting together really great teaching programs, and for her caring, compassionate nature and love for art, which makes her a really wonderful instructor.

Hop on over to her blog and have a look at the short videos she has put together to explain both. Then, if either or both workshops tickle your fancy, leave a comment at the bottom of her post, for a chance to win.

Good luck!

http://www.diondior.com/2013/11/new-class-offering-for-2014-giveaway.html?showComment=1384788269831#c47893545730387320

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Rant Alert

You know, I belong to a number of groups on FB. More often than I would like to see, someone makes a comment about Zentangle copyrighting what people have been doing for years, and how Rick and Maria must be "laughing all the way to the bank".

They make me see red.

I would bet my bottom dollar that none of them have even ever read about exactly what it is that Zentangle has under copyright.

This morning, I went on FB to find a picture circulating. A big, beautiful, colored doodle. Inevitably the comment comes below... "and before Zentangle was ever heard of."

Well, enough already. I've hit my limit. Although I am not exclusively (now) a Zentangle artist, I will be forever grateful for the process, and what it taught me about focus, relaxation, enjoying the process. I will be forever grateful for all the wonderful, welcoming people who make up the Zentangle community. I still tangle when I need to relax, and probably always will.

So get your facts straight, people. Take the time to learn about what you scoff at, before you write it down and make a fool of yourself.

Find the FACTS about what, actually has been copyrighted, so you understand the distinction.

Here are the legalities relating to Zentangle: http://www.zentangle.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=148

I wonder how many will bother to read this, or whether it's just more fun to blindly bash.

-end rant-


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Tangling with Frisket

This weeks Diva's Challenge combined nicely with some homework from my art course.

Part of the lesson was experimenting with frisket (masking fluid) on ATC's.

"Simple lines," my instructor said. "It will take practice to learn to control it." she said. Uh huh. I follow instructions so well.

Well, I just wouldn't be me if I didn't combine the lesson and the challenge, and go wild!

So, here is my craziness... tangling with frisket, coloring with Twinkling H2O's, and having a ball!

Frisket Cubine:




Frisket Hollibaugh

Fun Frisket Tangellation


Tangling with frisket is definitely not an "exact science", not for me, anyway... but was it ever fun to do!

I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you give it a try, please let me know how it goes!

Happy tangling!

Beth

Monday, 17 June 2013

Growth in Zentangle (R) Inspired Art (Part Two): A New FB Group Adventure

In my last blog posting, I talked about the idea that expanding our tangle "vocabulary", the number of tangles we know, expands our creativity, by giving our imaginations more possibilities. If we have a piece in mind, we have more to draw from, to express it. We can also let our minds wander over the tangles we know, for inspiration on a new piece. Our range is wider, and our confidence grows, in the fact that more and more, we can combine and manipulate tangles to bring our ideas to life. 

I talked about how I was beginning a journey myself, in which I would take a few new tangles a week, and practice them, and then produce a tile using some or all, and any of the newer tangles I wished to use. I would draw patterns from TanglePatterns.com, and from the blogs of artists who publish their own tangles. 

As a background to what I'm about to say, you might want to read Part One of  this post, http://arttangledup.blogspot.ca/2013/06/zentangle-growth-feeding-imagination-by.html

For the past few weeks, I have been doing sort of a private challenge. The first week, it was between Ninna Hellman and I, and the second week, Robin Jayne Buys joined in. Ninna set the challenge.

It was a doozy! The five  tangles were so diverse,  and some so difficult, that I despaired of ever pulling them together. The string she chose seemed the most difficult possible, for the patterns. At one point I actually wrote her and told her I couldn't continue. I was completely stressed out. Then I talked with Robin about it, and she had that "happily challenged" attitude and turned out a tile in about 20 minutes. So... I tried to take the same attitude and have another go. Inspiration struck, and this was the result.

PIA, Y-FUL POWER AND (CENTER) A TANGELLATION OF DELISH. OTHER TANGLES IN THE CHALLENGE WERE Y-POD AND PARA-SAILZ, WHICH I CHOSE TO LEAVE OUT.
I learned 3 tangles I will definitely use again, and a big lesson in persistence, and how to view a challenge that seems insurmountable. Pretty good life lessons too! I was really happy with this ZIA.

Now to the point of this post...

Robin Buys and I will be opening a group on Facebook, called Imagination Station. It is aimed at everyone who wants to expand their "tangle vocabulary". Beginners are as welcome as are those of us who are seasoned, and everyone in between. Often even the most experienced of Zentangle influenced artists fall back on the same favorite tangles, time after time!

Since I was on this journey anyway, I thought I would make it more fun, and invite you to join us along the way. We plan to name about 3 tangles for the week, point you to their source for step outs, and then, if you wish, at the end of the week, you can post your creation using at least 2 of the tangles from that week, and any others that make you happy!

You are free to post any work you have done, with the sole requirement being that you name the tangles and tangellations you used.

This is not boot camp. Take from it what you will. There will be no expectations of participating every week, or posting your pieces.. although that would be wonderful. Robin and I will choose the tangles, each week in the beginning... and as we go on, we will ask others to pick the tangles. That way, there should be lots of variety. The tangles will range from the most basic, to the more complex. Even the most complex can be drawn by anyone, with enough practice.

So, come on over to Facebook and find us, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/373493432752565/ . Join in the fun!