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

Purk, Cyme, Diva Dance, Opus, Yin Cut and Another Painting

I almost just took the easy way out and posted about my Bob Ross painting this week. I did the Ebony Sunset from season 1 episode 3.

I had so much trouble with it though! You’re supposed paint it black and let it dry. Then you are supposed to put some red and brown on as the wet base. I really struggled a lot with this one. I need to try it again. I may try it on a smaller paper; the large paper leaves me a bit unbalanced with the overall picture. Oh well, here it is . . .

Well on to this week’s tangling. I decided to to the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic. I forgot to snap a picture of the string but here it is after I did some tangling.

Here it is after shading.

I used a some of Cyme in one section, then Yin Cut in a big section, Diva Dance, Purk, and Opus.  I followed Rick’s lead and did some sproings in the Diva Dance. Well, that’s it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my art. Have you tried painting with Bob Ross? All his PBS shows are on youtube. Have you tried the sproings in diva dance? Rick did them on the rock and roll version but I don’t see why they couldn’t be done in any version.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Following Bob Ross’ Painting Tutorials

Years ago I watched Bob Ross paint on PBS. He made it look so easy that I felt that I could actually do it. Unfortunately the supplies were not in my price range, especially since you needed a standing easel and those were really expensive.

Years later I saw Donna Dewberry and her One Stroke Painting technique. I was able to obtain her recommended supplies because they were much more frugal. Although I didn’t do a lot with it because she mostly showed painting on things instead of paper. I wasn’t very creative back then and didn’t think to just do the painting on paper, except for some practicing. :p

Recently Tiffany and I have seen several people that have done paintings following Bob Ross Tutorials. I thought I might attempt it too. I found an incredible deal on ebay for one of his sets and it looked like I was going to win the bid and at the last second I was outbid from out of nowhere. (I learned a lot about ebay and bids from that one I can assure you.) So I decided that maybe I could find another way to try it.

Apple Barrel paints are MUCH cheaper than oil paints but they are acrylic paints. Donna used Folk Art paints but I used some Apple Barrel ones when I did One Stroke Painting. So I decided to see if I could find the right colors to match Bob’s. I found this  webpage that has the hex color codes, I figured it would be the best way to try to match the colors without actually having a sample of them.

Here is what I decided on . . .

I actually forgot Phthalo green, so I used my Folk Art Thicket in its place. It’s darker than the sap green for which I picked Arbor Green so it added some contrast but phthalo green seems to have a bit more blue in it. I’ll try to pick one up this week when we go into town.

I think most of the colors are a bit off but it’s good enough for learning. The bottle on the end is the floating medium that I learned to use with One Stroke Painting. It helps thin out the paint a bit and get it to glide on the project a bit easier.

I bought some mixed media paper to practice on but it is very dry and my paint did not go on very smoothly. I’ll talk more about that in a moment. I think the paper I got was 11×17 whereas the canvases that he uses are like 18×24 or more. He uses a big 2.5″ natural bristle brush but since my “canvas” is so much smaller, I decided that I would try using just a 1″ brush. Unfortunately my brush is not a natural hair brush. I may end up getting some other brushes later. I do have quite a few One Stroke brushes, so I’m trying to use what I have–I just didn’t have a one inch brush or bigger.

I found Bob’s painting tutorials on youtube for free. I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through them. I’ll post more as I get my supplies figured out better. This time I made do with some cheap little palette knives that really were not up to the task. I’ll be picking up a real one this week, as I know he uses it a lot and I do not like how mine handled. ;)

I found that my One Stroke scruffy brush worked better for adding in some of the foliage than the one inch brush, which had a bit too much flexibility to it. When I went to take this picture I found that I have a smaller sized scruffy brush too, which will come in handy I think. I also liked using my fan brush for adding some of the highlighted “leaves”. I used the smaller, red handled one, but realized that I have a larger one as well.

Well, I guess it is time to show you my first attempt with make-shift equipment. ;)

The third tree was the first done and thus the highlight messiness as I was just learning to use the brush. The rocks/dirt up front was another mess because of the improper palette knife. At the end I went back in and smoothed out some of the paint making it more like large rocks or dirt piles. :D

The tree in the front had its issues as well. That same palette knife was used and I ended up making a much larger tree with way too muddy for the initial leaves and thus the highlight is not seen as easily. To cover up more of the palette knife struggles, I added some greenery in the front with the fan brush.

Now, I will have to admit that I loved the “sticks” that were scraped in throughout the painting. It truly does add a lot of depth. If you look closely, you can just barely see them.

So, overall, not horrible and cringe worthy. :) But definitely a learning experience.  Here it is from a slight angle, which I think makes it look a bit better. ;)

To begin the painting, I mixed a bit of the floating medium with the white and brushed it all around, like Bob did. But mine, since it was acrylic, seemed to dry a lot faster than his oils did, which is how I think it is supposed to work. But I’m wondering if I should just spritz my paper with water or put more floating medium on or what. If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments below.

I just laid this paper down flat on the table and since it is just paper, it kept moving around on me as I was coating it and getting the initial background painted in. I’ve put an adjustable (and easily transportable) easel on my Christmas wish list this year. I’ll just have to figure out how to put my paper on it–maybe with a board and clips?

One other reason I’m trying to use acrylics instead of oils is because they clean with water instead of thinner, so it’s much cheaper and smells a lot better. ;)

Well, that’s it for me today. Until next time,

MicheleºÜº

Loop-de-loop

Well, I think I’ve given up on Inktober. :D Considering there’s only one day left and I haven’t done any drawing in a week, so I basically did half of Inktober. ;)

I decided to see what the prompt was at Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic. That prompt was a very simple one: draw some connected loops.

I went with ‘Nzepple, Shattuck, and Florz for fill tangles.

I didn’t actually get a picture in natural light but I did take a picture.

I went for some simple shading.

Here it is a bit smaller, which doesn’t amplify the shading I didn’t get smoothed out so well. ;)

Here is the picture I took of it.

I like how it turned out. It was an easy tile to draw and stress free. I didn’t feel any pressure doing it. Of course all the tangles I used are easy ones or ones I’ve used before, so that may be a part of the lightness and ease of tangling this one.

I appreciate the simple prompts!

Thanks for stopping by. What are the tangles that are stress free for you?

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober Continued

I haven’t done very well catching up with Inktober. At the rate I’m going it will turn into Inkvember. I did manage to get five days done this week.

On Day 18 I did both the prompts for the 16th and the 18th and did them on the wrong days. :D

Day 18 (drawn on the 16th space)

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Sindoo

Day 16 (drawn on the 18th space)

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Trentwith
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Ribbon Rose
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Karoflo

Sindoo was nice. I didn’t make my “rice” shapes quite big enough but I like it. :) On the other I liked all three tangles. I enjoyed drawing Ribbon Rose but struggled with making it look rose-like. Karoflo really looks like a rose. :)

Day 19

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Diva Dance
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Singapore Sling
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Zett-Heart

Then when I did the 20th and 21st, I mixed them up too. :D

Day 20 (drawn on the 21st space)

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Antidots
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Treads
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Accolades

Day 21 (drawn on the 20th space)

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Batumber
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Pearlz
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Tourmaline

I like most of the 19th’s, especially how Diva Dance and Zett-Heart. Unfortunately I don’t think I did Singapore Sling justice, but that is expected because I am not great friends with Auranot either. ;)

The Anitdots filling the 21 kind of remind me of balloons within balloons. I don’t really like my drawing of Treads or Accolade.

I liked Pearlz in the sample drawings online but mine are less than stellar. ;) I liked Tourmaline and did not do it justice either. I may try that one again sometime soon. I do like Batumber, which I have drawn before, although I don’t really like my shading of it.

Well, that’s all I have for today. Which is your favorite day or tangle? I think I like Sindoo (or maybe Zett-Heart) the best out of the tangles new to me. Of the rest, I prefer Diva Dance. I like how the Waltz variation looks behind the Rock and Roll one.

I hope you are having a successful Inktober,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober 2019 Progress

Well, I was doing good keeping up with Inktober 2019 through the first part of the week. Thursday was a full day and after service we attended a gathering. We didn’t get home until nearly 9pm and I still had my blog post to get done. By the time I finished that I was too tired to enjoy doing any art.

Then Friday after the morning service was over, we ate some lunch and grabbed a few needed groceries. I don’t remember what time it was when we got home but I was completely done. I spent the weekend staying off my feet but I also did no art.

I figure I usually only share one tile with you each week, so I’ll just share the two I have finished and the one I have started today.

On Tuesday the 8th, the official Inktober prompt was Frail. I don’t know how the ladies picked tangles to go with that but here they are:

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Bales
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Praa
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Quad Eclipse

Day 9

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Lola
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  My Swing
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Wrapping
  • Official Inktober:  Swing

(Tangles listed at the bottom are drawn from the bottom of the section up to the number.) My Swing, which is the bottom tangle on the right, was a bit difficult for me to draw. I think it looks pretty good after shading but it was definitely one of those “high focus” tangles. I’m guessing that once the pattern is familiar, it should flow pretty well. The wrapping on the nine wasn’t the best either. ;) Lola on the other hand, was simple and fun to draw. :)

Day 10

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Cubine
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Windmill
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Pressure
  • Official Inktober:  Pattern

Well, that’s all I have for today. I’ll share the shaded  version of this last one next week, along with any others I get done for the next week. :)

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober Days 2-7

I shared Inktober Day 1 with you last week. At the time that I am writing this post I have not yet done Day 8. Since we have conference this week and we are volunteering, I’m not sure I’m going to get each day’s tangling done on that day (although I have so far) and this post has priority over my tangling. ;) So I’ll share day 8 next week.

I have been sharing my work each day on my Instagram account (links at the bottom of each post) but scanned them to include here today.

For two years in a row I requested, and received, the Tangle*A*Day calendar by Carole Ohl. Last year when I decided to do Inktober I pulled out the one for 2015 and tangled in October for Inktober. :) This year I flipped through to see if I could find a month with 31 days that was both empty and the days happened to be on the right date. I was surprised to see that December started on a Tuesday. So I’m tangling Inktober there; I didn’t think I wanted to have 31 tiles to deal with. You may remember that I tangled Festina Lente in a sketchbook that is about 6″ square, one page for a week of tangles; I considered doing this again but liked the idea of using the calendar space better. :)

Day 2

  • Everything is Art Prompt:  Tunnel Vizion
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Line Dance
  • Official Inktober:  Mindless

Day 3

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Toodles
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Worm Hole Spiral
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Lada
  • Official Inktober:  Bait
  • DoodlewashOctober2019: Fish

 

I think the Toodles look kind of like fish with the worm hole spiral being the bait on day 3. All but Toodles were new to me and I have only used that one a couple of times. It was fun learning to draw these. :)

Day 4

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Zonked
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Snow Flower
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Paradox
  • Official Inktober:  Freeze
  • DoodlewashOctober2019: Ice

Day 5

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Jalousie
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Pezino
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Bud Head 1
  • Official Inktober:  Build
  • DoodlewashOctober2019: Barn

Day 6

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Flukes
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  Kuba
  • Pattern-Collections.com: Ur-Chen

I have to say that Pezino seemed much more like drawing than tangling and Kuba on day 6 took a lot of concentration. I think I probably needed a bit more space to make it look as intended.

I’ve always liked tangling inside the day’s numeral, but usually more like I did on day 2. However, I think I like how days 4 and 5 turned out. :)

Day 7

  • Everything is Art Prompt: Huggins
  • Tangle All Around (fb):  King’s Crown
  • Official Inktober:  Enchanted
  • DoodlewashOctober2019: Apple

I considered blackening in all of King’s Crown or just leaving all open but I really like the contrast with some blackened. I decided I needed to straighten up some lines and it grew into blackening some of it in. :D

Well, that’s it for today. I’m enjoying my daily tangling and hope I manage to get today’s done this this evening but it’ll be okay if it doesn’t get done. I’ll catch up this weekend. ;)

Until next time, happy inking,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober, Chop, Printemps

I am participating with Inktober again this year. I’m excited about it. It was good for me last year and I’m eager to see what I accomplish this year. I think I’m going to be asking for some inks for Christmas this year. I found a nice set of 12 with shimmer. :) I’m also considering a calligraphy set with about 8 nibs and 4 regular inks in the main colors.

The prompt for Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic was to use our signature chop as the string. So that’s what I did but apparently I forgot to get a picture. :)

I’ve got several Inktober prompts I’m referencing this month. The one I picked today was the one that I’d used last year as well from Everything is Art. The suggested tangle is Printemps, which also happened to be on the list of tangles to choose from on Today’s Tangles. The official Inktober prompt today is ring, so Printemps goes with that nicely. Here is the scan of the pre-shaded tile.

Here is the picture of the pre-shaded tile.

I’ve never been very good at Printemps. By the way, I heard Rick pronounce this tangle and was completely surprised–what is it? French? I definitely give it the southern US pronunciation :D. Any way, I know Maria puts a sparkle on hers when she draws it but I tried that with the first one and it looked really bad. I think I like the large ones best.

As far as shading goes, I struggled with that as well. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to blacken in behind the printemps or shade with graphite or what. I’ve liked the look when others do a graphite printemps in the background but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pull that off.

So here is how my tile turned out once shaded . . . scan first and then the picture (which was taken indoors because I didn’t get this done until after dark but with as much light as I’ve been getting anyway, it seems comparable ;) ).

I really love that angle; it adds to the three-dimensional look to it. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Are you participating in Inktober? Pattern-collections.com has some Inktober tangle prompts, as does the Tangle All Around facebook group (I don’t think I can link it but you can search for it on facebook). I’ll be sharing my tiles on Instagram as we go, if your interested. :)

Until next time,

MicheleºÜº

Tangleations: Knightsbridge, Echoism, Msst, and Stricles

This week Sandy talked about tangleations. I decided I’d try my hand at some since the number of sections on the suggested string lended itself to that. (#TTKICPrompt091619) Here is my string.

Here is the tile after tangling with Knightsbridge, Msst, Echoism, and Stricles.

After finishing the tile, I wish that I had just used squares in Stricles for the tangleation because I got lost and had to think very carefully and still blew it. ;) The others were not much better. I did like the msst-knightsbridge combo though. :)

Here it is outside in natural light.

I’ve decided that Stricles is best with simple shapes; it just looses something with the more complex patterns.

Here is the finished tile. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about the shading, so I went pretty basic.

And in natural light . . .

I think I would have liked the tangleation of echoism and msst more, if I’d have had a bigger section to draw in.

Well, that’s my tile for the Today’s Tangle: Keeping it Classic prompt this week. Thanks for stopping by. Which is your favorite?

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

 

Pepper Betweed

I can’t believe I’m already thinking about October! In a lot of ways! We have a conference at our church at the beginning of the month, for which I volunteer to help. Of course I started thinking about that a lot a few weeks ago but I hadn’t really contemplated Inktober and yet I have started seeing Inktober prompts. :) I’m looking forward to it now too.

Well, for this week’s tile I am once again following the prompt from Today’s Tangle: Keeping it Classic #TTKICPrompt090919. My string didn’t look exactly like the one Sandy drew but it is close. Here is my string.

I looked over the pool of tangles to choose from and wasn’t real thrilled with them. I noticed that several sections were triangular and would thus lend themselves to Betweed. So that’s where I started. In the scan above I marked the sections as I filled them. I started with the red ones. That four-sided section didn’t end up getting filled in completely, so after I did the cyan sections, I filled in that bit that was left over and the other green section. Then I added Pepper into the sections marked with yellow.

Here is what my tile looked like before shading.

I’ve always liked Pepper but I’ve just never used it much. Prior to this year Betweed and I were not very good friends but now, I enjoy tangling it. I generally only use it if I find a triangular section already available. I think that was my problem with Betweed before–creating triangular shapes to fill.

Here’s the tile in natural lighting before shading.

Here is the scanned finished tile.

And here it is in natural, but dim light.

So what do you think? Do you use Betweed or Pepper? (Pepper is the peppermint looking one.) Do you plan to participate in Inktober?

Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

PS. I now have a youtube channel and a patreon. I hope you’ll check them out.

Crazy Huggins with Knightsbridge

This week I did the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic (#TTKICPrompt090219) which was to use Crazy Huggins as the string.

I started to think about how I would fill Huggins. I considered just some lines and then maybe making it Striping. Then I considered Shattuck and maybe some Tipple. Then I thought maybe I’d use some Nipa or Stricles because I like both of those tangles and haven’t used them much.

I have never tangled Crazy Huggins before so I watched the video from Zentangle Project Pack #1. Molly did an excellent job explaining how to tangle Crazy Huggins. I really enjoyed it and had no trouble tangling it. :) I even drew the orbs in varying sizes like she did in the video but tried to get a little different outcome. Of course she was using white on black and I used black on white, so it looks majorly different. ;)

I ended up using Knightsbridge in all the horizontal Huggins. I had one wonky Huggins and it kind of messed up the flow but it is what it is. After filling in the horizontal pieces I wasn’t sure what to do with the others but felt that the drama of all those black squares needed something light and ended up just doing some shading on the vertical Huggins.

I grabbed my camera and attempted to get a decent shot of the tile before I did too much blackening of those squares. Because of the angles, I couldn’t see in the viewfinder while taking the shot, so this is the best of about eight that I took. This is the best I have as a before shading shot, as I think the blackened squares of Knightsbridge is like shading.

I use dots to help me get the checkerboard right (and still I managed to mess up in one place ;) ).

Here is the scan of the tile after filling the Knightsbridge squares. OH! I didn’t have an 005 micron pen, so I went back over all the Crazy Huggins lines to make them thicker/bolder so that the filler lines would have a variation in size. I guess I could have used a thicker nibbed pen for Crazy Huggins but I didn’t . ;)

Here’s the picture taken in natural light.

It kind of looks like mushrooms. :D I should probably also mention that I decided to add an aura around the outer lines. Then I decided to thicken that line considerably.

For shading I opted to use my standard pencil under all the “c” shapes. Here is the scan of the finished tile.

Here is the picture in natural light.

I may try it again and use other filler tangles but not today. :D

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº