I do have favorites…..and this is probably my Favorite Whorl of the batch I just made…
You can find it Here, at This Little Bird Told Me…
I have another batch of 7 to do….one of which is a larger whorl so it will be even more fun for me to design.
I have two more pumpkins to finish…one is almost done and then I’ll post pictures. This one is Black with White designs on it. I may make the next one with Gold Pens – we’ll see how that works out. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the pens are going to “stick” to the surface you’re working on. Then I have a set of three nice Gourds – they are Martin house gourds that just arrived yesterday – I’m forming a plan….one might become a treasure box, as I think it would be really neat to make a cut in the top and have a sort of “lid”….I can’t wait to try these. Lastly, there is that juried show I’m applying to for early December. This will be my first “solo” show as hubby will be there to help, but not to sell. So I have a huge amount of work to prepare for that….lot’s of ornaments and New Sheeps in the Series…..
I’m really excited about what’s happening around here!
I’ve finally had a good chunk of time to just do it. And it is done….I have listed all the things.
New Tangled Whorls.….these sold out at the NJ Sheep Breeders Fiber Festival and I’ve finally been able to restock….but there are only six. I’m hoping my woodworker will be getting some more to me soon 😉
And then there are some cards – two types right now…but I’ll be printing out more of my originals to make into cards.
And finally, I’ve uploaded my own Prints. These are 8 x 10 prints of my Original Sheep Series, printed on quality card stock with Fade Resistant Inks.
For those of you who don’t want a Redbubble account, Now you can find pretty much everything I make in my etsy shop. I also have some originals still for sale, but I’m doing an Art Show soon, so I haven’t listed them.
I still have to get my jewelry up there…..but I’m takin’ a break! Thanks for looking!
I’ll pretty much draw on anything. One of the first things I doodled on besides paper was wood. And these are destined to become some new Drop Spindles for the Sheep and Wool show in September. My DH does the woodturning.
I’ve also taken to doodling on wood boxes, french ivory…..canvas bags…..I’m thinking no blank surface is safe. What do you doodle on?
My intent was to use my new, Big Box of 64 Gelly Rolls to color this in. But while I was sorting the new, Big Box of 64 Gelly Rolls and making the color chart they conveniently give you……I saw how maybe I wouldn’t be able to control the amount of color I was putting down.
So I chickened out.
I decided to still use color, but dug into my Irotijen colored pencils and my little jar of mineral spirits instead.
When I tell you the colors are “off” believe me. There is more coral in that then is showing and for the life of me I cannot edit it to have it show. Sigh. The original is so much richer and not as neony. I’m not sure if I will regularly be adding color to my work, but this was a nice change. And it really is more time consuming….before I knew it, 4 o’clock had rolled around.
So I have a few editing programs – inkscape, gimp, paintshop pro…….any recommendation, tips, techniques, out and out yelling at me to do this or do that??? I’ll take it. This was so frustrating to try to get an accurate representation of, I gave up. pfffft! Obviously I don’t know how to use any of the programs I have to do what I want. Very different for me from editing photos.
Have a Wonderful Weekend and Happy Doodling!
We were close to Glacier National Park and the road followed a river on the way into the Going to the Sun Road – my husband noticed an Eagle flying along the river – I wish I could have been fast enough to get a photo of it, but it turned out we saw a few Eagles on our trip and most of them were flying along the rivers. I’m trying to cormemmorate our trip in my drawings and this is the latest….
River Eagle available on Redbubble
Another fun template to work on from Ben Kwok. I really enjoyed this, and I can’t recommend his templates enough, in case you haven’t noticed.
I’m preparing some of my work for a show we are doing in September – I’m so new to selling my work, and I would really appreciate any tips you have for packaging, mounting etc. Some I plan to frame and other’s I have archival plastic sleeves to put them in, but they need something to beef them up so the work doesn’t bend. Help?
I’m almost through the Derwent Academy Master Class…..
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….
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.
I’ve a friend who asked for a feather…..I love birds, and I love feathers so this was fun…..
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.
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.
There’s a new Spinner in the Flock
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.
Someone said “if you make a sheep with a peace sign, I’m so buying that”….
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…..
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!
Thursday’s Sheep is a little “Zen”…..
Tangled Yoga Ewe, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014
This one came to me on our motorcycle ride on Sunday….I don’t know why I think of things like this.
Hard to believe we are almost celebrating the 4th of July! The humidity is oppressive and thunderstorms were all around us yesterday. Today’s weather is supposed to be much of the same. There is Hurricane Arthur making his way up the coast towards North Carolina – be safe!