Category Archives: Wonder Wednesday

Because wonder means to be filled with adoration, amazement, or awe and I’m always amazed at the things I create

NOT Inktober: Waybop

When I started Inktober, I wondered if I should do on piece sectioned into 31 different pieces. I talked with Tiffany about it and thought I’d like individual tiles better. Some of my best tiles (on display) are ones I did in daily challenges, so I envisioned some of these being as good and replacing them in the display frame.

But then things fell apart and I realized that I’d made the wrong decision. Daily inking is not happening for me this year.

Yesterday I did some Christmas shopping with my sister and daughter. I was gone most of the day. By the time we returned, I was exhausted! I’d intended to take some pictures at Ross for my blog post but was so tired by the time we got there that I didn’t remember to do so.

Consequently, when we got home I had to figure out what to do for my blog today. I glanced through the tangles and saw Waybop. I really like this tangle so I decided to tangle it on one of my stained tiles. But I was so tired that I was unable to even pick a tile. :D I had Tiffany pick one.

She picked one, then another, and then a third one. Finally she settled on the third one.

These are all the same tile. I made them back in August with my friend as we played with my Lindy’s Magicals powders (see that post here).

I decided that I wanted to have a Waybop centered around some of that lovely shimmer. So I opted to draw several waybops on the tile. Eight seeds is my preferred number but I also did one with just six and then in the corner I used just three.

I took a few pictures so you could see the lovely shimmer, as well as the tangling.

I opted not to do any shading because I’m just too tired, which is also why there are no scans. (I don’t know, I might feel up to scanning it later today and adding it.)

Well, I hope your inktober is going better than mine. :D Happy inking!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober Week 2 Doodah and Cadent

Well, my Inktober is not going well! It’s more of a Movietober. ;) We’ve been watching a lot of chick flicks and very little art has been done. But I did get one piece done using two of the week’s tangles: Doodah and Cadent.

I’d originally planned to use some of my inks and my calligraphy pen. I started with a bristol vellum tile but then decided to just use a black inkpen.

Here’s the scan of my tile before shading.

Here is the picture I took of it in natural light. :)

Here’s the scan of the tile after shading.

The sun had gone down by the time I got it shaded. So I had to take this picture the best I could.

I liked both the process of doing this tile and how it turned out.

I hope your Inktober is going better than mine. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober 1-6 2020

Well, I didn’t exactly do some art every day. :( But I did create three pieces.

The first is day had the prompt tangles of Flux and Jester from my first two lists and then #doodlewashoctober2020 had the prompt of night. So I decided to use a black tile and a white gelly roll pen.

Day two I incorporated all three tangle prompts: Jackstripes, Snelly, and Ondalina. I wanted to try out my shimmery inks I got for Christmas last year and my dip pen too. I chose a blue one because Ondalina looks like waves.

This is my first ever attempt with this pen, so the tile isn’t that great. AND I didn’t feel like doing any shading that day. I am very happy with the pen and nib. The letter “class” I took at the beginning of the year was very helpful in using it. :)

I loved the weighted lines on the downstrokes of the waves. :) I may go back and add some shading with something later because I’m not liking how it looks very much. That might also be why I didn’t do another tile over the weekend. ;)

Here’s the scan. You can see I struggled with using the ink a bit but that’s okay.

Here’s a picture taken in natural light.

Over the weekend I did not do any art, nor on Monday. So yesterday I decided to combine the tangle prompts from Everything is Art (the first list I found) for days 3-6. So the tangles included are Anthem, Unbirthday, Pepper, and Henna Drum. Unbirthday was the new tangle for me on this day. I really like how this tile turned out. :)

Here’s the scan before shading.

Here is a picture I took outside while the sun was shining nicely, before I shaded it.

It was nice to go back to my comfort zone of black ink on white tile and pencil shading. :)

Here is the scan of the tile after shading and the picture taken outside.

I enjoyed shading with a regular pencil once again. :)

Looking forward to continuing with inktober.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Two Ratoon Tiles and Inktober

This week I chose to tangle Ratoon on two different distress stained tiles. I tangled with a black uniball pen so as not to harm the nib of my microns.

I wasn’t feeling very creative in the shading and color department, so It is pretty much just some lineart on stained papers.

Here are the scans of the tiles.

Wait, they look better a bit smaller. ;)

I just kind of went with the flow for both tiles, adding more lines and auras and even loops where desired. It didn’t work out so well on the first tile. :D

Here are the pictures I took outside in the good old sunshine.

You know, looking at them now, I think I might be able to shade them a bit. We’ll see. If I do, I’ll add in my finished pieces later.

Tomorrow is the first of October and Inktober starts. :) I understand there is some major controversy surrounding the official inktober but I usually follow the tangle prompts. :)

Here is the link I followed to the tangle prompts for this year.

My goal is to do the prompts each day but I may combine some. I’ll share the week’s tiles with you each week throughout the month.

Until next time, God bless,
Michele ºÜº

Bob Ross Season 1 Episode 4

This week Tiffany and I decided to do the next Bob Ross video. It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these and I must say, I’ve really missed it.

I bought some retarder with birthday money, to use with the acrylic paints and the Bob Ross method. This was the first time to use it as well.

Here’s our start.

We taped down our paper, spritzed it with water, and spread retarder on it. You can see the retarder in the picture below. It is the tall wide jar to the right of the blue water spritzer.

Then we realized he had his canvas turned different than ours. Thankfully we rotated our paper before we started. :)

I have decided not to use the wells on my pallet again; it was a bear to use because the brushes I’m using are too big. :D

The first step was to do some clouds. I forgot to get a picture of that. It was a bit touchy and I don’t feel I did it justice. :) Next up was to add some distant mountains. Then we followed that with more clouds and more mountains.

That blue was laid down, according to Bob, to provide some shadows as we go.

Here’s Tiff’s at this point.

After that there were trees, now drifts, bushes, more snow, more trees,  and more bushes.

Bob has you blending paints to make your own shades. This is why Tiffany’s and mine look sooo different. (Well, it’s one of the reasons. ;) )

We had to pause around this time because I had two pre-scheduled phone calls. So when we got back to it, I spread some retarder over the parts I thought we’d be working on next and proceeded. I think it muddied it up a bit.

After the trees, bushes, and snow, Bob surprised us and added in a cabin. Now I really didn’t have room for this cabin, so this is where we differ pretty much from Bob. But we kept going all the same.

After the cabin, then he added a fence. By this time, I was using rather thick paint but knew it would eventually dry.

Somewhere along the line I smeared some of the paint. I thought it happened later but this picture proves it happened early. I pulled the tape and will be getting some better tape for this because it ripped part of my paper. :(

We took our paintings outside and the sun decided to peek out at just the right time.

Not too bad!

Here’s Tiffany’s.

Oh, I just realized looking at Tiff’s that I didn’t put the highlight on the trunks of my trees! That would have made a huge difference. I like the icy look to Tiff’s version. Mine looks a bit stormy. :D

In case you are wondering, they really are that dark. We used mostly gray, created by brown, blue, and a bit of white and a lighter gray. :D

Well, that’s our attempt at Winter Mist. Have you tried this one? I hope you enjoyed this; we enjoyed doing it. We’ll be doing them more frequently.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Purk Monotangle

This week I decided to go back to basics with my tile. Color stresses me a bit, so I wanted to keep it simple.

I started with one of my blank artist tiles, put down my four dots, borders, and a string. Then I checked the prompt over on Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic on facebook. Turns out they are keeping it simple this week too.

The prompt was to do a monotangle with your own choice of string. Of the tangles suggested, I chose Purk. It’s a tangle I like and I haven’t used it in a while.

Here’s the tile with my dots, borders, and string.

I added Purk in most of the sections, leaving only the middle and border empty. I should have added a bit of a border between the sections but it is what it is. ;)

Here is the scan and natural light picture of the tile before shading.

I just kept the shading simple too. I had considered using my gray copic markers to do some shading but really just wanted the simplicity of pencil. ;)

Here are the scan and the natural light pictures of the finished tile. Unfortunately the sun went behind a humongous cloud, so it isn’t as bright as I’d like.

It was a fun little tile to do and it felt good to do some art. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Color Tile with Annie, Echo Lines, and Quabog

This week I decided to use another of the tiles that I made from the practice of my distress stains. The colors are a bit dark, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.I used Ian McDowell’s Tangle Library app based on Sandy Bartholomew’s tangle cards to decide what tangles to use. I picked Annee, the middle tangle, from it.

Then I remembered I had Eni Oken’s Art Raffle app too. So I opened it and raffled away. Echo Lines showed up on one raffle and Quabog on another. ;) I’d already thought about using Quabog and then it came up on the raffle, so I went with it (or at least part of it, as I didn’t do the upside down part).

Here is the tile after tangling, first the scan and then the picture out in natural light.

At this point I wasn’t sure what to do. I got out my prismacolors and used them to add some shading. I ended up adding a brownish red color too, other than the yellows and greens. All I did to Quabog was add some white ink for highlight, although I did thicken the right side of each one just a bit, as Maria had mentioned in a project pack (spinner). I also added some white pencil to the echo lines but I think I did it too early and too scratchy but it is what it is. ;)

Here is the finished tile, first the scan and then the one taken outside in the natural but overcast light. :)

I’d love any pointers you can give me for working with color and “shading”.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bullet Journal September and Habit Trackers

Well, we started yet another month this week. I decided I wanted a pretty page for the month even if I don’t have new goals to note.

I searched through my washi tape and stickers to decide which ones to use. I liked the green floral first. Then went with the pastel green to go with it.

I had some letter stickers to use for the month at the top. Then I decided to put another light floral tape along the right side and add some stickers.

I do have a few things I want to accomplish this month, so I did note them with a little sticker at the top. I then chose a scripture sticker and more accent stickers.

I like how it turned out. :) It is pretty and has both the cool and warm colors that I like right now. It’s funny that I’m not drawn to glitter right now.

In the past, the six week from the first of September through the middle of October is a time I’m usually successful with “diets.” So, I’ve decided to be extra diligent over this next six weeks and thought a few habit trackers may be beneficial.

I chose to use some of the same tapes that I used on the monthly page.

I’ve left the center area for some journaling. I have habit trackers for exercise, water intake, eating fruit, and eating vegetables. I also made one for eating a fuel pull snack or meal in the day. I also have one for staying away from eating fatty cheese, tostadas, tortillas, Dreamfields, and other such items. I have a tendency to snack on cheese and lunch meat; since I found the lime treated tostadas, I’ve been snacking on them a bit, which isn’t a good idea for weight loss. :p

I’m hoping these habit trackers will help keep me motivated. ;) I hope this gives you some ideas.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Ratoon on Colored Tile

Remember those papers that I shared last week? Well, I cut them into 3.5″x3.5″ tiles and some ATC. I decided to use one of the cut pieces for a tile today.

I wasn’t quite sure what to do but finally settled on tangling Ratoon. It’s a favorite of mine and I hoped htis paper would make it look nice.

You can see the sparkly bits from the Lindy’s Magicals. It’s hard to see in the picture but is subtly sparkly and pretty.

Because of the mica in the Magicals, I thought it would be best to keep from using one of my good pens with a nib. I went for one of my Uniball pens. :)

Here is the scan and picture I took of my line drawing.

The clouds had come out, so it isn’t a very bright picture.

I felt like it looked a bit  drab. So I decided to add a bit of colored pencil for shading or added depth.

I picked some greens but wish I’d have picked some blues . . . I’m not very good with color yet.

Here’s how it ended up, both scan and picture in natural light.

I really like the shimmer but using this method is unpredictable. ;)

I am going to have to try the other method, of using the magicals when shading and coloring a piece instead of before. But for now, I have all these tiles, so I’m going to have to figure out how to use them.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Playing with Distress Stains and Lindy’s Magicals

While Stephanie was here, I got out my Tim Holtz Distress spray stains for us to play with a bit. Since she is into all the paper crafting/card making, she is familiar with products that I’m just dabbling in. ;)

I got the three little bottles together in one package a couple of years ago when I was a part of Eni Oken’s facebook group. She’d mentioned them and I found a good deal on some (40% off too). The colors looked like a red, a blue (my favorite shade of blue), and a green. Unfortunately when I used them the first time, although they were lovely colors, they were not what I was wanting. So for Christmas one year I got the bigger bottles of stain, hoping to get the shades I wanted.

You can see my first uses with the stains here (and distress markers here and here). For reference, here is a scan from that first use.

The smaller green is more of a minty green and the pink is coral, as is its name. I was very happy with the candy apple red and mowed lawn colors I got for Christmas last year. :)

Here’s a picture of the one I did with Stephanie.

They are brighter. :) I like it. I do have to be careful about overlapping colors. I just used plain cardstock for the paper. I’ll use a black unibal pen when I tangle on it. Oh and I will cut this down into smaller pieces before tangling. :)

I also got some Lindy’s Magicals that we played with too.

I’m told you only need a few grains of the powder for it to work its magic. So we tried several things.

I love the sparkle! I also like the fireworks-like burst of color that you can see in some of the colors.I tried different amounts of the powders. I’m interested to see how this looks after I tangle over it. Next time I’ll tangle first and then use magicals afterwards.

I’m really pleased with my supplies. :) I’m looking forward to using them more and earning just how to use them efficiently.

I do have to say that the colors are much more vibrant in person though.

I hope this encourages you to try your hand at some new art supplies. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº