Derwent Academy Class Finished!

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I was able to complete the last two classes for the Derwent Academy Class and just received my Graduation email this morning – I’ve made my choice of 24 Inktense pencils!  This class is a great introduction to drawing, painting and pastels and well worth the time.  Of course, you may end up buying some Derwent supplies….but they are excellent products so it’s a win/win in my book.   There website is chock-full of information as well, so have a look around!

Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow, Copyright 2014 Christianne Gerstner

 

I’ve been working on some more organic tangles lately and having a lot of fun with that.  We had some wicked storms come through the last two nights and last night we lost power around 6pm.  It was back before 10, but imagine how upset I was trying to figure out a way to keep drawing  - I have a Mighty Bright Vusion and it clipped  nicely onto my sketching board.  To think I wasn’t too happy with that little light when I originally purchased it for my needlepoint frame.  We are supposed to be getting more storms today, so fingers crossed we don’t lose power again, but if we do at least I can keep busy with that little light in use.  It has a little stand as well, so if I wanted to be knitting I could have placed it on the arm of my chair and knit away!

I’ve Always Wanted to Make One of These….

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and I fnished it!

Messenger bag done messenger bag front flap

Two coats of Scotchguard and I’m ready to pack it up with my tangling supplies.  I ended up using two Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric pens.  They do run out pretty quickly.

I also finished this

 

Tangled Hummingbird web

Tangled Hummingbird

Template by Ben Kwok, I added the Bee Balm and Leaves.

My Derwent Watercolor Pan arrived today, so hopefully I’ll be able to get Class 5 done this weekend and submitted.  I’m learning so much and having a ton of fun, I highly recommend this Master Class to anyone.

Have a Great Weekend!

Derwent Academy Class

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I’m almost through the Derwent Academy Master Class…..

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This was my drawing for Class 4  with colored pencils.  Next up?  Watercolor Pan….I do love working with watercolors so this should be fun.  Then there is the last class on Oil Pastels and I’ll be done!

I’m also working on Tangling my messenger bag….

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I hate when I get Tangle-Block….but it’s coming along and I’ve gotten a little further than this photo shows.    Sometimes I think I get too many patterns in my head and then I just don’t know what to choose.  I may order a larger bag to do as well – this one isn’t very big and I had originally wanted it to tote all my tangling stuff when we go away….this will never fit it all, but it will make a nice everyday bag.  I’m using an Everest Messenger Bag in Khakhi and Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric which works really, really well on this.  Not my idea at all – I’ve seen two of them posted on the Zentanglers Mutual Inspiration Society on Facebook and they are just beautiful.

Happy Tangling!

More Tangled Art

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I’ve a friend who asked for a feather…..I love birds, and I love feathers so this was fun…..

Tangled Feather for KSD web Tangled Feather II web

So of course, now I’ll have to do more….Maybe a feather with more of a feathery feel?  Slimmer?  …the possibilities are endless.

I’ve been practicing with colored pencils as well….Kathy Long of Paper n Lace Princess has some wonderful youtube tutorials incorporating zia and color and how to do that blending that has eluded me in the past.  She’s even working on some video classes which I cannot wait to see.  If you’ve ever wanted to work with colored pencils but just couldn’t get that blended effect, just watch the videos – Kathy really explains everything so well, step by step and before you know it, you’re creating.  Also, she mentions “White Spirits” or artists solvent and after doing a little googling, I’ve found that here in the US the equivalent of White Spirits is Mineral Spirits - correct me if I’m wrong.  But that is what I’ve gotten, put some in a very small canning jar with a sponge.  Works like a dream. It is flammable, or at least what I could find was so caution.

1st colorwork

 

My first try and I really like how this method blends the pencil….I’ve really enjoyed Kathy’s videos and can’t wait to do more.   This has really encouraged me to try more color with my tangles.

 

 

A New Spinner in the Flock

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There’s a new Spinner in the Flock

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Tangled Spinner in the Flock, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

This is the twelfth sheep in this series…..I’m sure I will do more and probably work towards doing a calendar.  I would like to add some Holiday sheep in, and some occasions as well.  But I’ve done a sheep a day for the last little while, and I have some other commissioned work I want to get done, my Derwent Academy classes to finish and some tutorials on colorwork I want to study.  I’d like to add some colored pieces to the collection.  As it is, I have a decent amount of original work done for the show in September, so anything I add now will be a bonus.  As with anything you see here or on Redbubble, the originals are for sale.  Just contact me and we will work out the details.

Peace

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Someone said “if you make a sheep with a peace sign, I’m so buying that”….

Tangled Peaceful Sheep web

Tangled Peaceful Sheep, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

That was actually not even a thought in my mind, but once she mentioned it, I had to draw it out.  I was nervous about it, wondering if I had got it right for her and was thrilled when she liked it so much she purchased a few things from the redbubble shop with this design!  That really is a confidence boost for me.

We had a quiet Fourth – ran some errands, caught up on stuff around here, had a de-licious dinner together.  We are usually traveling by the time the Fourth of July rolls around, so this was different for us.

Just in case all you think I do is Sheep now…..

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Tangled Peacock, from a Ben Kwok Template.

I loved working on this as it was challenging and fun at the same time.  I might do another in color after I make my way through the Derwent Academy Master Class – there is a class on colored pencil that I think will unlock some doors for me.  By the way, if you take this free course, which consists of 6 classes, you get to pick your choice of Derwent pencils for FREE and a certificate.    Did I say this was all FREE….you submit your class work at the end of each class and then you’ll hear back from them when you can go on to the next.  I’m on the second class and I’m waiting to hear back – they seem to be fairly quick about it.   From their main page you click on the “Art Academy” circle at the top and go from there.

Enjoy the weekend!

Tangled Fourth Of July!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Tangled Patriotic Sheep web

Tangled Patriotic Sheep, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

I hope you have a wonderful day, whatever you may be doing.  Thank you to our Son and Daughter-in-law and  all the Brave, who keep this this Land of the Free.

We had some nasty weather yesterday, wicked thunderstorms and a tornado  passed by us and just a few minutes away from us, people are without power, trees down, property damage.  We had some good sized hail as it was going by, but other than our canopy moving a few feet,  and losing power for about 5 minutes, we were very lucky.  Stay safe out there!