Saturday, April 13, 2024

Slip Knot Binding - Celtic Key Patterns

The challenge for our next Art Of The Fold Group (May 2024) had us making a slip knot bound booklet. I've done several of them and still love them... Since I've started doing Celtic Key Patterns I decided to make the booklet to hold them. I went in a VERY COLORFUL direction...

size: 8.5"w x 9.5"h x 1"thk

Raided my cardstock stash and assembled 14 different colors plus the white covers. Added a strip of 1"w yellow cardstock on both sides of each piece of cardstock to reinforce the binding edge. Punched 3 holes approx 1/2" away from my edge.

Bound it a little differently than usual. I started the binding from the back edge but stopped at the halfway point. Then started from the front page working towards the center of my pages. Attached both sections by tying a double knot bow.

I like this way a lot better because I think it's a lot neater...

Then added the different colored strips of cardstock and the title.

You do have to pay attention to the orientation of your pages, otherwise they may end up upside down... ROFL



Friday, April 12, 2024

Abstract Doodle with Alpha

Size: 3.5"w x 5.5"h

I finished this several days ago but finally scanned it... It's just one of those abstract linear/circular design doodles and then colored with Mattehop pens and doodled with Juice Up pen and then decided to add the alphabet letters in the open spaces...

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Art Nouveau & Chase Zen Paris Font

I came across this style of lettering (top image) on and had to try lettering it. The 2nd image is a bit of an alteration to it... My twist...

the 3rd image is one I created from a class I'm taking.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Play Day - Apr 3, 2024

Since I had no direction again while playing with the gals, I just started doodling... 

Juice Up pen, Posca colored pencils, graphite, on Canson Pro Layout Marker paper.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Lace 8 Point Design in Circle

I expanded on the 4 point design and created it with 8 points. I really like the results...
size: 4.5"sq
On Canson Mi-Tientes paper using Juice Up pens and Gelly Roll pen along with colored pencils. Added the gems on the points.

I love the results of the lace done with the white Juice Up pen and then dotted with the white Gelly Roll pen and lightly shaded with a white pencil.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - A & E - AE Housman

I thought I'd do an "e" and when I was playing with it... there was the "a" as well. ROFL
Again I created a template of the letter from some cardstock and then just twisted and turned it to create the design.
size: 8"h x 5"w
On Canson Pro Layout Marker paper using a Staedtler Lumocolor F pen inked over my pencil design. (I ran out of my Zig Writer...) Colored with Posca colored pencils ("e" in green and yellow blended and the "a" in aqua & yellow). I drew gems in the small rectangular areas (emerald & sapphire). Applied variegated leaf to the long rectangles.

Still practicing my Art Nouveau lettering... with a Juice Up pen.

Lie you easy, dream you light,
and sleep you fast for aye;
and luckier may you find the night
than ever you found the day.
AE Housman

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Art Noueau - Optimist

size: 6"sq

On Canson Pro Layout marker paper using Posca colored pencils (red, green & brown) in Art Nouveau pressure release lettering.
words: The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose. Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2024 Wk 14 - Edna St Vincent Millay - What Lips

I'm taking an Art Nouveau class with Violet Smythe (3 days in April). Day 1 was wonderful... so thought I'd play with it.

ID: wk 14 - Edna St Vincent Millay - What Lips
Size: 8.5"w x 11"h
On Canson Pro Layout marker paper using a Zig Writer in Art Nouveau style lettering. Drew in the Deco roses with Juice Up pens and colored with Posca colored pencils.

words: What lips my lips have kissed, and where and why I have forgotten, and what arms have lain under my head till morning. Edna St Vincent Millay

Friday, April 5, 2024

Lace 4 Point Design & Leaves

I was strolling thru Instagram and found these various types of doodle designs and wanted to jot them down for future reference...

Lace Design 3"sq
On Canson Mi-Tientes paper using Juice Up pens and Gelly Roll pen along with colored pencils.

I love the results of the lace done with the white Juice Up pen and then dotted with the white Gelly Roll pen and lightly shaded with a white pencil. 


Thursday, April 4, 2024

Magnolia - Hello My Friend

A friend recently made a couple cards using these beautiful blooms from Memory Box (you can see them HERE). I told her I was going to draw/paint them...
Size: 5"w x 7"h
On Canson Mixed Media paper drew out the circle and floral design with Juice Up pens. Colored the flowers with Derwent w/c pencils and a wet paint brush. Wrote in the words, trimmed down and adhered to a green textured cardstock then onto my white card base.

I think I'll do them again but maybe on a black cardstock...

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Relax & Stay A Bit

There's usually something on Instagram that sparks me at just the right moment and I'm off on a tangent. A friend dropped by and the words just popped into my head... and then it just evolved.
size: 4"sq
On Strathmore 140# w/c paper created my main words using Koi Colouring Brush pens and a wet paint brush. Then added the "relax and" using a Juice Up pen. White Gelly Roll for the highlights. Graphite and paper stump shading.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Multi Ovals - Friendship Quotes

And since I did a circular piece which you can see HERE I thought I'd do an oval one with 1/2" increments...

size: 4.75"w x 6"h
On Canson Mixed Media paper very lightly penciled in my ovals. Painted with Derwent regular w/c pencils and a wet paintbrush. When dry wrote in the various quotes using Juice Up pen.

Words: Don't walk in front of me I may not follow. Don't walk behind I may not lead. Walk beside me and by my friend. Albert Camus

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience, this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

There is nothing better than a friend unless it's one with chocolate. Linda Grayson

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light. Helen Keller

Monday, April 1, 2024

Multi Circle - Circle Quotes

Every once in a while this calligrapher pops in with beautiful circular art/words of blended letters with circles into my Instagram feed. I can't remember his name. But I thought I'd try something similar and this is a WAAAYS different than his... sigh!!
size: 5"sq
On Strathmore 140# w/c paper, using the smoother side very lightly penciled in my circles (2/10" increments). Painted with Derwent Inktense w/c pencils and a wet paintbrush. When dry wrote in the various quotes using Juice Up pens in colors similar to my painted circles. Put a flower to fill the empty center circle.

Words: A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it, but first, while moving in a circle, it hits its target. So does gossip. Vera Nazarain

Life is a full circle widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite. Anais Nin

There are patterns which emerge in ones life circling and returning anew. an endless variation of a theme. Jacqueline Carey

The more we love the more we lose. The more we lose the more we learn. The more we learn the more we love. It comes full circle.  Life is the school, love is the lesson. We cannot lose.Kate McGhan

We are all joined in a circle of stories. Linda Joy Myers

Geometry - a small circle of people put the whole world on the line. Ljupka Cvetanova

When your circle of compassion embraces the entire world then you will find enlightenment. Laurence Overmire

Time is really a circle. I can see that now. We are trapped between a past we can't return to and a future that is uncertain. Kate Bowler

Start your own circle. Richie Norton

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Black & White Prism

Something similar came on my Pinterest feed and I was in a doodling mood... I put more circles, added text and eliminated some elements.
Size: 3.5"w x 5"h
On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper drew out my design using a Juice Up pen and a Zig Writer. Added graphite shading and blended with a paper stump. Added the quote in monoline style.

words: Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - B - Blue Bird

I had fun doing the "S" key frame which have since words added... you can see HERE or HERE for the basic frame with details

While I had it standing on my desk and looking at it I saw this funky "B" and I was off on a tangent... I can see me doing another alphabet series since I now have 2 letters done...
size:7.25"h x 5"w
On Staples 110# cardstock drew out the key design. I cut out the "B" shape from some misc cardstock and just drew around it, twisting and turning where needed... I added various blue colored glitter on the long narrow triangle shapes. The gold borders are Gansai Tambi "Blue Gold" paint. The dark blue small inner triangles are done with blue Mattehop pen, the black lines are Zig Writer. Lettering with a Frixion blue pen and outlined with a Juice Up pen.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Scribbled Lives 2024 - Wk 13 - Dorothy Parker - Creativity

Size: 7.5"w x 6"h
On Canson Mixed Media paper the Celtic key pattern was created from a funky letter "S". you can see more about that on my blog HERE
Text written with a Speedball Elegant Writer 2.5mm pen in an unknown funky style of lettering.
words: Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. Dorothy Parker

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Celtic Key Pattern - Painted Frame

Well our Celtic Group are starting with Key Patterns.. They're supposedly all straight lines. I have no idea if I'm doing it right or not... but I love the way it turned out. Now to find a quote to calligraph inside the frame.

size:7.5"h x 6"w

On Canson Mixed Media paper drew out the key design. See below for the steps I took. Since it's basically all straight lines I drew a funky "S" shape. Then put a border around the shape. Transferred the idea to graph paper... although that didn't really help so I just winged it... then cut it out of cardstock and used it as my guide. 

I then inked it with a ZIG Writer, added the inner border with a Juice Up pen and water colored my "S" shapes using (WN Cad Yel, Winsor Blue Red and Holbien Opera) blending the paints with water to merge them. Then inked the black areas with a Pentel Brush Pen.

only painted... 


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Abstract Floral Mandela

Something similar came on my Pinterest feed and I was in a doodling mood... My doodles are a little bit different and I colored mine...
Size: 4"sq
On Genoa Bond calligraphy paper divided my large circle with 6 equidistant points and created the inner petal design. Doodled and then colored with Koi Calligraphy Brush Pens, adding a touch of gold with a Posca gold metallic .7mm bullet shaped pen. Then added the outer petals. Doodled with a Juice Up pen and a Zig Writer.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Priceless Gem Card

Size: 4.5"w x 6.75"h

On Canson Mixed Media paper created my w/c gems. Trimmed down and adhered to several layers of colored cardstock then onto my white card base,

words: You're a gem and you're priceless!

Monday, March 25, 2024

BVCG Play Day - Mar 16/24

Since I didn't have any direction I wanted to go in... I just wrote and doodled what crossed my mind... Since I had brought one of my glass pens with me I started with that.

Except for the alphabet piece done on Bee Super Deluxe paper, the rest were done on our Genoa Bond practice paper.

As written testing my glass pen using Sumi ink and then using gouache. Since I'm notorious for spell or leaving letters out... this was no different. Forgot the "u" in gouache so added it under the handle of the "a" and repeated with the "h" to make it like it all belonged...
Then was doodling the bottom area and testing another nib and then felt like writing the word "Happiness"

Black ZIG calligraphy 3.0 pen

continuing with the Black ZIG calligraphy 3.0 pen

Then I started with that curvy line, creating it on each turn of the paper. I love the look of this. Put initials in them and some colored pencil. 

Then I was playing with gouache trying to get the effect that Loredana Zega does - nope didn't work but still had paint on my brush so created the linear design. Then wrote the funky alphabet and the text below... and of course another mistake... yourself should be one word but put the "e" after the "r" instead of the "s"... so created a little doodle... Ha Ha

Sunday, March 24, 2024

BVCG Env Exchange - Mar 2024 - Alma Taylor

I was in a very graphic and doodling mood...

Envelope on Columbia Mills LBS End paper drew my floral design as well as her name with a Zig Writer. Colored with Prisma colored pencils.

The card was the doodling mood... again with the Zig Writer and the colored pencils.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

ZenDoodle Flower Hello card

Size: 5"w x 6"h
On Canson Mi-Tientes paper created my floral doodle design using a Juice Up pen and colored pencils. Trimmed down and adhered to a light green paper then to the red card base.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Wk 12 - Guidelines - Work Straight

wk 12 - Guidelines - Work Straight
Size: 5.5"w x 3.75"h (artwork only)
On Canson Mixed Media paper sprinkled with Bister powders (yellow, red & blue). Used a 2.4 Parallel pen dipped in water to activate the powder. When dry outlined the rectangular shapes with a Juice Up pen.

Image is superimposed on a bunch of guidelines I've made. I don't normally put guidelines onto my good paper. I use an (A5 I-Pad) light box. actually I have 4 light box/pads of different sizes... but love the A5 one the best 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

ECS Envelope Exchange Mar 2024 - Donna Bereska

5" x 7"

Env: Misc unknown heavy weight paper. I was in the mood for something a little abstract with flowers... and the fuchsias evolved. Name done in Blue Ridge Typeface using a combo of Zig Writer and Juice up pen and Prisma colored pencils.

Card: was a fun play with a tangle I saw and some geli print background.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

ECS Envelope Exchange - Mar 2024 - Joyce Steeby

5" x 7"
Env: unknown heavy weight paper. I drew the tulips and colored with Prisma colored pencils. The name done in Vanitie Romans using  Pentel Mattehop gel pens. Added a piece of geli print on the edge.

The card was a fun play with one of my IG feeds.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

CCG - Carrie Imai - Akim Cursive

This was from a 1.5 hour ZOOM class hosted by the Colorado Calligraphy Guild on March 13, 2024. I wasn't able to attend so watched the replay.
After practicing the basic letterforms Carrie had us do a few pieces with multiple words.
I used a glass pen for the 1st 2 and for the bottom 2 a Speedball C-2 nib all with Ecoline ink.
On the 3rd words, I added a shadow line with a Juice Up pen and on the bottom image graphite shading and paper stump. I like the bottom one...

I liked the top one so played with it - see below for details.

Artistic Endeavors
size: 6"w x 1.75"h
On Canson mixed Media paper wrote out the words using the glass pens and 3 colors of Ecoline ink (Sky Blue - Cyan, Magenta and Deep Yellow) allowing the ink to merge with the previous color.
Below you can see one of the word pieces and then working my way down to full black background using a Zig Writer.

Pic 1) Original
Pic 2) Outlined
Pic 3) Partial black background (not sure if I wanted to stop here...
Pic 4) finished piece

I kinda like all 4 variations. I guess it's my mood that will choose each time I look at this pic...

Monday, March 18, 2024

Celtic Interlock - Doodled

size: 5"h x 3.5"w
I found this knot design
really liked it then did something similar and added the doodling...

On Fabriano 1264 Mixed Media paper drew out the knot design using Zig Writer, inked with Zig Writer and painted with misc w/c. Doodled witn a Juice Up pen

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Circles Eureka

size: 4.5"w x 7.5"h
I've been meaning to play with creating circular art with jars and toilet rolls etc... Finally did!!

On Fabriano 140# w/c paper taped my lines with Washi tape, drew the circles with a  circle template and painted with various brands of w/c. Wrote the word "Eureka" with a Pentel Mattehop pen.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Turkish Map Fold - Ha Ha Ha

size: 3"w x 6"h
The challenge for our next Art Of The Fold Group (April 2024) had us making Turkish Map Fold. I had these funnies I created a little while back and wasn't sure which style booklet to put them in... problem solved...

All the pages were done on gelli prints made on Columbia Mills LBS End paper using various styles of calligraphy.

Booklet made with an orangey/tan colored cardstock. I adhered covers to each of the Turkish Map folds and then adhered them together and to the cover. Added some orangey gauze ribbon and gelli print covering. Wrote out the words Ha Ha Ha with a Zig Writer.

Since I put the title on the backside again... I added the words "back side" under the title. ROFL. Then put the title on the right side.

Don't ask how many times I do something like this...  Too many times to remember...