All pens are not created equal. Nor are writing and/ or drawing and creative surfaces for that matter. I had not realized how spoiled I was using Micron pens almost exclusively the past few months until they all began to run dry at the same time. I then picked up a pack of Prismacolor pens that included a brush tip and a calligraphy tip in the set. I have several friends who are as partial to Prismas as I am to Microns but there is a difference.
Then my Prismas also went dry. Recovering from holiday spending left me lacking funds so I got desperate enough in looking for creative options to *gasp pick up a simple sketching pencil! This owl was done in pencil and overall I am pleased with the way he turned out....
I then decided to try an eagle also using pencil. I'm not as thrilled with the eagle as I am the owl. It may be that I am simply drawn to owls more as they, like myself are nocturnal by nature!
I also tried several brands of ball point pens for drawing options and am not thrilled with the results thus far but of course there are many different pen options and I've barely scratched the surface. The search continues to find 'the BEST' pen/pencil/combination for artistic purposes. Then again I am also still exploring surface options and as we all know different surfaces require different mediums.
The good part of this period of exploration is that I am spending more time working on my creative doodling options.
This week's Zendala decided a trip to the dark side was the order of the day. I really thought the template called for something light and airy then, as sometimes happens, this zendala decided to go a different direction entirely! So I guess maybe it is a reminder that sometimes things are a combination of black and white! I continue to go with the flow and add a outer border to fill the 5 1/2 inch diameter paper.
Last week I took the plunge and decided to start adding shading to my Zendalas and I am really enjoying the dept it brings to them!
Line work still ongoing and I've been getting a lot of creative time in working on several pen and ink projects including the commissioned pieces I talk about in the previous post and the Artist Trading Cards venture that is almost as addicting as Zendalas!
So, this post will be brief but of course the point is to show this week's creation!
Be sure to click on the Zendala Dare button to visit and see a more creative interpretations of this week's template!
Well - I picked up my phone to snap a picture of the desk and found I never charged it yesterday as planned so while my smart phone is recharging its brain cells, I'll fill you in on my very productive week!If you need to get a look at some GREAT work spaces, hurry on over to the Stamping Ground
you can get there easily by clicking the WOYWW button above!After a very busy week and weekend drawing, doodling and designing nearly non-stop...my desk is shockingly empty..... I mean totally except for the keyboard and monitor of course. LOL... So I guess it is a good week for my camera to be napping. Have no fear, I doubt it stays that way past noon today!I have gotten totally addicted to designing ATCs and so in between working on a couple larger projects, I've been taking breaks making and trading ATCs. ATCs are mini-works of art in any media done an a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch cards. Here are a few I've made and already traded this week! Do you make ATCs? If you are looking for a way to learn more and find others to trade with, check out the site ATCs For All you can sign up for free and post cards to your own gallery to start trading! There are a lot of great forums and great fun to be found there!Well until next week...keep on creating! I'm off to desk hop and see what some of YOU have been up to this week~~!
No doubt you picked up on the fact that there are a lot of feathers flying around hey?
Well that is because I am doing a set of (4) 8 x 10 inch pictures for a friend's new home. The first which has taken me over 20 hours .... I hope she does not read this so I can give you a sneak peek. She is busy packing up everything except her laptop so I don't think she has been blog hopping lately. Here is the first of her four pieces...shhhh don't tell!
Perhaps the better question is not What's on Your Work desk...but, What isn't?
It took me five minutes to find my phone under there so I could take a picture!
I've had a busy week/ weekend and in addition to the artwork even got in a writing assignment! The feathers and dreamcatcher is a 5 x 7 ordered to be delivered this weekend.
Micron pen done on watercolor paper ..
This is the very beginning of a 8 x 11 piece with feathers that will be done in the same style. For a different order.
Feathers seem to be popular lately which is good because they are fun to do and I've yet to do any exactly alike!
This started out black and white. However, a friend requested a feather in multicolor so I dug out the watercolor pencils and give this ink piece a color wash. ( I still am a black & white fan)
Mandalas, Zendalas, floral doodles, and doodle ideas in the journal are all under this mess somewhere... I'll pst some of those the next time! If you are curious about What's on other work desks...head on over to Julia's at the Stamping Ground!
Typical mess...I know I have something interesting finished around here....somewhere!
Well...It is about time that I am able to make this entry! I had full intentions to posting with the first 100 for today's desk visit but my blog host was not cooperating!So there's the usual mess...LOL. I told you my neat desk photo was not typical! But I was able to uncover a couple of the latest projects. The little gift box propped next to my cup is waiting to be finished. It got shoved to the side when my NEW PAPERS came in...of course I had to give these circular papers from Paper Source
These circular papers are perfect for mandalas and zendalas!!! They were available 'in limited supply'...I sure hope they means they will be reordering a new supply because I am loving how they work with the Micron pens!
After posting this page from my doodle journal...I got a request for a set of four-8x10 inch ink artwork with a Native American feel to it to go in a friend's new house. So I am excited about getting started! Have a blessed and crafty day friends!
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