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When I don’t draw on Paper

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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.

drop spindle whorls

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?

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River Eagle

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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 web

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?

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!

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

Tangled Spinning Wheel and Ewe web

 

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.

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!

Mr. Owl

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Mr. Owl is finished.  This was so much fun to do.  Thanks again to Ben Kwok for a wonderful Template.  I didn’t use the entire template, but I like to make these projects mine.

Tangled Owl 60814 001

Be sure to click on my new page up at the top,  “So you want to know more about Zentangle” it’s full of links and info to get you started!  Have fun!