Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Iron Craft Challenge #13 - homemade marbled paper

The Iron Craft Challenge #13, {Red, White, and Blue} was to create something with at least two of these colors. We did a homemade marbled technique on paper. It was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be. I love the look of special marbled paper that is often used inside book covers. We have several sheets now to use for bookmarks, cards, scrap-booking, or notebooks.

The inspiration came from here which lead to some instructions here! Some genius person came up with this easy method of using liquid starch. The layer of starch is so thick the paint can be swirled on the top. It's a bit tricky to get the right consistency of craft paint. Too watered down and it spreads too quickly, not watered down enough and your paint just sinks to the bottom of the starch. It's critical your pan is big enough for the paper to lay flat. I ended up cutting sheets in half to fit. Just lay the paper on top of the paint and starch for a few seconds, try not to move it too much, just make sure the underside of the paper is in the paint even around the edges. Then lift it out and rinse it in a pan with fresh water, gently shaking the paper to remove all the starch. It's like magic and very cool. My boys stopped their nerf gun battle to participate.

We tried all kinds of paper and even food snack boxes with white and brown on the inside. A black piece of construction paper made a huge mess. The black dye from the paper bled everywhere, but it ended up looking pretty cool when it dried.

You'll want to change your rinse water occasionally. There's really no need to change the starch. Just put a fresh layer of paint on the surface each time, swirl the way you want, and print the next sheet of paper.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Zentangle challenge #76

Click here to see more information about this weeks' challenge which is all about home. We could represent it any way we wanted. I chose to represent the location where I currently live - about 50 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

I guess Nashville is most famous for country music, so I used a guitar for my zentangle "string".

I'm not really a huge fan of country music, per se, but I do love any kind of music with a guitar played well. I just love the sound of an acoustic guitar.

And I do love the Tennessee landscape. We are in a more rural area with rolling hills, old barns, and horses grazing in green pastures. (Well, not so green this summer since it is so hot and dry!) Here's a quick rough little sketch.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Zentangle weekly challenge #75

Click on the link to learn more about Zentangle.

Click on the link to learn more about the Diva's Weekly challenges.

This week we were to use the pattern called cadent and even try different variations of it. I didn't come up with any new variations but did have fun with it. It's a great pattern to use.

Here's my first tile. The square cadets are falling out of formation!

And here's just a fun zentangle inspired tile filled in with colored pencils.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #74

Finally have something ready to post for the Diva's challenge this week. More info is found here. This was not the first tile I started. My first one had so many eccentric layers it got too detailed and I didn't think it looked very good. I'm much happier with this one. Another great challenge.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #73

Click here to view more about the Diva's weekly challenge #73. We were to use the pattern called Bridgen. It is a fun free-form pattern that's all about the process; and very relaxing. I can't wait to see every body's results.

Woo hoo! I also got a new set of pens this week and now have a sepia pen!

Thanks for all of your continued encouragement. I really enjoy our little space of the Internet each week!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Zentangle challenge #72

Here's my tile for the Zentangle Challenge #72. Information about the challenge is found here: http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/2012/05/weekly-challenge-72.html

Update: OK, just had a minute to check out the other 39 entries before mine! Wish I had time to comment on everyone's artwork each week. So fantastic and all different. It's amazing to see how different one pattern can be represented. Really loved the use of color this week too that several have used! I'm inspired to practice some more.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #71 - A stitched notebook

Go here to view more information about this week's challenge: http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/2012/05/weekly-challenge-71.html . I was able to try something this week I have wanted to do for a while, and that is to combine several hobbies into one project. I love to stitch, make craft items, draw Zentangles, and re-purpose common items. I've had some time this week to work on it and here is the result: a stitched Zentangle inspired notebook!

Lately, I have been keeping sturdy food packaging boxes that have a nice color or texture on the inside. This package of drink pouches has a great brown color on the inside which becomes the cover to my notebook. And the pages of the notebook are made from paper at work from the recycle bin. I can almost always find some scrap paper with very little printing on it. You may also be interested in the notebook I made for the Iron Craft challenge as seen here: http://rebeccamadeit.blogspot.com/2012/05/iron-craft-challenge-10-in-stitches.html .

Here's several pictures of how it was made. I love how it ended up with a simple and modern look.

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