Feel Goods, Secret Garden, Woodware stamps

Tangling our Zen class

I must start this post with a disclaimer … I am not trained in the art of Zentangle … Nor an expert on it. But I do find it fun to doodle and have a few Zentangle type books from which I pick up ideas. I am also not the most precise doodler! Having given my disclaimer what hereby follows is about the Zentangle class I hosted for my friends who accept me as I am and my inabilities!

Basically this came about because I have been doodling more and more recently and spotted this Woodware Happy Birthday stamp that was crying out to be zentangled in the Inkyfingeredcat way! I suggested it to the gang and before I knew it they had signed up for me to do a class based on what I knew!

So what did I prep for the class? Well I started with the stamp that had inspired me and made this bright and colourful card…

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All of the doodles are drawn in by hand using a black fine liner pen (SU ones work fine but think of what you will use to colour in the image after as you don’t want the black to run!) I think I used a permanent ink pen and left it to dry a while before I used the SU inks to watercolour the letters in and provide the grey outline to the letters that makes them pop. You could use a SU pen and then maybe Promarkers … But the drying time is important … Do not try and colour images when the zen tangling is wet … You will just ruin the doodling and get very frustrated. For the class I intend for us to do this backwards and colour the letters pre-tangling so that there isn’t as issue of smudging!

Now at the same time as I did this, I had actually stamped it twice … And this is the card I made with that image …

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I decided to go with neutral tones and water coloured it with a mix of Crumb cake, Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip. Because I made a bit of a mess of the colouring I ended up cutting out the word, and then as I had this ready made background to hand (from a class on brayering about four months ago) I decided to stick it on that as a different way of using the stamp as a sample, but not as a card for class!

Now these were my prototypes shall we say … But to do the full blown Happy Birthday from scratch probably isn’t wise … So I instead decided on a couple of warm up projects!

Firstly I decided I wanted to keep costs to a minimum, because everyone is getting a pen, so I decided A6 card blanks and a sheet of whisper white were the way forward!

So card number one… Using Secret Garden stamps and some masking to create three blooms and some leaves (stamped in Gumball Green). The blooms were then coloured in using Primrose Petals SU marker. Then I added the doodling marks to the flowers. I then edged the card with the Gumball Green marker and here is the topper ready to go! Probably about 15 minute job. Just needs a sentiment and the card blank and done!

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Warm up one completed… Warm up two …
More Secret Garden stamps and this time kept it to black and white. This time … Slightly more precision required for the doodling.

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Again I finished the topper off with a black outline, and then it is ready for mounting on a card blank with a sentiment.

Right back to the Happy Birthday stamp… This time I learnt from my lesson and stamped and coloured before doodling!

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Edged this one with the Tempting Turqouise. I also didn’t watercolour them, just used the markers as I wanted a bright finish to this.

Now this left me with another piece of whisper white so I thought I would do an all over Zentangle to use as a background… And this is what I ended up with!

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Not likely to do this in the class … But at least it gives people an idea of what can be done… And hey it was so relaxing to create!

So finished items for the class samples are …

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I have some more doodling efforts to share with you tomorrow … Couldn’t quite contain myself and hopefully will be able to share with you everyone else’s finished cards too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Feel Goods, Indigo Blu, Lavinia, Masks/Stencils, Serene Silhouettes, Summer Silhouettes, Swallowtail

Finishing off the gelli plate class!

Can’t get to sleep so thought I would write up a blog post instead!

Last Wednesday as part of the class I demonstrated how to use the gelli plate and so ended up with a little stash of prints. I then got to play along with the lovelies in the class deciding what to do with them. The great news about this was I got to play with some stamps they brought with them too! Here are the prints I made and stamped up…

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I heat embossed this Swallowtail with white detail powder. Missed a bit of the stamping but don’t think it matters really!

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I do love this Indigo Blu stamp! Could use it time and time again. Not 100% convinced by the gelli print though … Strange how it doesn’t sing to me!

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This is a mixture of Serene Silhouettes and the Lindsay Mason fairy stamps Karen brought. Lovely! Nice funky card this one!

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Julie brought Summer Silhouettes with her … I now need this set if inly for these fab leaves! Also love using the Feel Goods sentiments … Such nice statements!

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My favourite last! Lavinia stamps which Julie brought just seem to work perfectly with the print. Really love this one!

So this is how they were at the end of the night. I didn’t get round to mounting them on anything, partly because I was really supposed to be teaching but also because all my stuff was spread over many rooms as we were still in the midst of moving things into the spare room which is now my craft room. Regardless of them not being finished, I am still pretty pleased with them … Especially the last three!

Now going to switch off the iPad for the second time since coming to bed and attempt sleep again!

Happy crafting!

Catherine