Saturday, July 19, 2014

Challenge #176 and Stamp Carving: Quarter repeat

Challenge #176

This weeks' challenge was to Bring Your Own Beverage to your tangling session :).  So, spill your drink on your tile, or paint with it, or do whatever you want, then tangle over it.  Fun, fun!!  You can see the directions here.

I started with my morning tea and with the stirrer, made a few marks (the lighter ones.  Then once the tea had steeped, I made a few more marks with a corner of the teabag (the darker ones in the middle).  Then added some drops around with my afternoon tea :).

This tile was spilled on the same way (at the same time) as the one above.  I ironed both tiles today, and then chose the second one to tangle on.  Here is what I came up with.

 I decided to tangle only on the "tea painted" parts, and used the tea stains as my string.  It turned out really weird, but I really enjoyed the process.

Stamp Carving: Quarter Repeat
This is the next to the last lesson based on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's book Carve Stamp Play. :(  I enjoyed it too much!!

Here are the stamps I created for the quarter repeat.  Actually, these were just tests with a cheap eraser I got (that carved like butter!), but since our condo is up for sale all my art stuff was put away (even the little box I had separated to stay) and I have not had time or patience to go to the basement and look for it... these will have to do for now :).

I started out with a very simple one, all it has is a "leaf" shape from one corner to the opposing corner, with 2 squiggly things at each of the other corners.  When you stamp it several times, this is what you get:

Left: just the pattern printed over 5 times across and down
Right: the same piece, after being painted with H2Os and outlined in pen and ink

This pattern is also very simple: a squiggle at opposing corners joining at the center around a circle, and a V at each of the other 2 corners.
Left: stamped 5 times across and 5 times down
Right: after I played with it with H2O's and pen and ink

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Challenge #175 and Stamp Carving - Mirror repeat

Challenge #175

We're in the process of putting our condo up for sale this week, so all of a sudden (while I was at work) all my art supplies were gone and packed away, all I have left are a few tiles, and my pens.  So, I feel very lucky I had put them in a nice plarn crochet basket I had made and they survived the packing :).

The challenge was to use Crux by Henrike Bratz - you can see the step outs here and Diva's challenge here.

I was trying out this new tangle at work during lunch time.  I looked at the step outs, and though... "OK, got it!" and then grabbed my pad of paper and went for it.  Hmmm... that didn't work!  OK, back to the computer to review the steps again, then back to the paper.  I must have done this four or five times, I hate to admit, I was just not getting it that you do one X on 4 grids!!  Somehow I was missing that, and obviously it was not working.  Once I got it, it was easy-peasy, and a lot of fun :).  

Stamp Carving - Mirror repeat

Continuing on with Julie Fei-Fan's book - Carve, Stamp, Play...

Mirror repeat is a bit deceptive as you cannot really print the mirror image of a stamp, but the idea is that you rotate your stamp and print it next to the one you just printed.  So, I played around with a few designs, but ended up going with this one:

Print of mirror stamp
Ugly stage - after it has been painted with H2Os

Printed the stamp in a way such that
I created 4x4 squares of each side of the stamp -
unlike above where you had alternating (1x1) squares

Friday, July 4, 2014

Challenge 174 and More Stamp Carving

Challenge 174

The challenge this week was to use two superimposed strings (here).  It felt like going back to basics, which I loved doing.  To go with the "back to basics" idea, I sat in front of my tangle display (here) and chose tangles I had not used in a long time.  It was so much fun!  I have to do this more often :)

More Stamp Carving

Continuing on with the Carve Stamp Play book by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer...

Seamless Stamp

We were to carve a stamp that when printed would connect on all sides.  Instead of going for a square or rectangle, I decided to try a triangle.  It was really fun designing it; I'm sticking to simple designs.  
Triangle carving which will connect on all 3 sides to form a pattern
and... yes, I got rid of that little sliver on the top right corner

Printing your stamp for the first time and seeing how your design works is so much fun!!  No matter how many times I do this, I'm always amazed :)

I'm now working on this one, where I printed the triangle many, many times to create a seamless pattern.  I have outlined it with pen, and painted it with H2Os, but it still needs something - probably some pen and ink work on the blues or on the purples to set them apart a bit more.

Here are a couple more prints.  I cheated on these... only printed and painted a piece and then digitally duplicated to see the pattern with different colors.
Triangle stamp printed, outlined with pen, and painted with Inktense
Triangle stamp printed, outlined with pen, and painted with H2O's

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Challenge # 173 Redux, Remix, Revisit Your Comfort Tangle

The challenge this week was to revisit some of our old favorite tangles, and try different things with them. (OK, I'm way over simplifying the challenge, but you can see it here).
So... I started out with something different: a grid as my string - I had never done it.  Then used some tangles I'm not too comfortable with - Top left and center grids.  Then some old favorites that I had not used in a while: all the others :)

The shading was painted with Inktense bars.

I'm not sharing anything else this week as I have not had time for anything else and it seems I won't for the rest of the week, either.  So... at least I did enjoy this challenge.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Challenge and Carvings


This week's challenge was to use only the Mooka and the Auraknot tangles.  You can see the challenge and videos on how to tangle both of these here, in the Diva's blog.

This is what I created last night.  It's a bit crazy-looking with all the lines, but... it is what it is, and I'm not going to have time to do another one.  I must say, I have tried Mooka many times but I never know how they will turn out... they kind-a go crazy on me and I have no control over them... LOL


As I only usually have a few minutes in the evening to create, this week I concentrated on making cards with the leaf stamp I carved from a cheap eraser.  

Since it is such a simple design I played with pattern.  I will still go back to these next week and add more color and pen and ink work - we'll see how they will turn out in the end.

And then last night I made this card with my new fish (you can see others here).  I think I like the one I made last week better, but still... since the dark blue of the fish below was painted with H2Os (shimmering watercolors), it does give it a bit of life :)

This is what the hand-carved fish look like.  

Next week I will be working on a seamless carving and I'm sure I will have lots of fun designing it.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Carve, Stamp, Play Workshop

This week I did not manage to enter the challenge; with the new job and trying to get adjusted to getting up around 5 in the morning, the week just got away from me.

I did manage to create a few carvings and prints for the Carve Stamp Play Workshop based on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's book (her blog here):

The Flowers:

I think I mentioned here I wanted to create a coloring sheet with the flower carvings.  I did just that, and scanned it so I can print it in whatever paper I want and have fun painting or coloring it in.
Stamped flowers and leaves
Outlined flowers and leaves and added shapes to the background
It will be a lot of fun painting or coloring it in :)

Interlocking stamps - abstract shapes:

These are rather small stamps but I had a lot of fun with them.  The idea is to create two stamps to work together.  So, this is what I came up with:
Something simple:  background color (right) and shape outline (left)
I wanted to create them so I could use them together or separately
So, I tried printing them with different colors to practice aligning them, and to see which color combinations I liked.

Then I had fun :)
Both together in same cases, and then separately

... and even more fun!!
Same print after adding watercolors, pen and ink, and colored pencil
Patterns with a simple carving:

The idea was to use a simple carving and use it to create different patterns.  I decided to carve a leaf and created these patterns, although I could keep going :).  I haven't had the time to play with this leaf yet, but the little carved away spots inside of the leaf will be fun to paint or color, or even tangle in.

One Fish, Two Fish...

The purpose of this lesson was to carve a stamp that printed multiple times will create a continuous pattern.  I decided to do something different here... to create a tessellation Escher-like (or rather, the same type; his are amazing and fabulous!!).

So, I went online and created a tessellation, carved it, and added some designs inside.  I started with one fish, but it was really hard to print it and get everything aligned, so... I carved a second fish :)

Fish one (left) and fish two :)
Then, printed them together to form my tessellation:
The values are too close together so it is a bit hard on your eyes :)

And had some fun with a card:
All fish outlined
the darker ones had the carved away shapes painted with shimmering watercolors,
the lighter ones had the background lightly colored with coloring pencil
I think these are easier on the eyes.  I know I will have a lot of fun with these fish!  I'm already have an idea for a bigger piece.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Challenge #170 and Flower Stamps


This week's challenge (on the Diva's blog) was to use Bugles by Joyce Evans (step outs here).  That is the darker tangle below.  I had fun with it, as always :)

Flower Stamps

After playing with the house stamps (I've shown them here) with my 4-year-old niece, she said next time we needed to play with flower stamps.  So, I grabbed some cheap erasers, designed some simple flower centers, petals, and leaves, and carved them on the erasers (see them below on the left side).

Then, we played with them and had a lot of fun.  At one point, she grabbed one of the leaf stamps, and created a flower with it.  Go figure!!  I had not thought of doing that, but see below right how they can look pretty cool!

When I got home, it was time for me to play with them :).  I got some Bristol paper, and went at it with the flowers and the leaves.  I then doodled all over the background to fill the empty spaces, and then painted the flowers, leaves, and background shapes with H2Os (shimmering watercolors).  Oh what fun!!!

I'm now working on a 8.5 x 11 in piece; I stamped the flowers and leaves in grey, and have started outlining them with black ink.  Once done, I will add shaped to the background (as in the piece above), and hope it will turn out to be a really fun page to color, or paint, or tangle in.