Monday, February 24, 2014

A Zentangle® Challenge, an Inchie, and Copic Marker News

I am very pleased to let you know that I completed my Copic Training, am now a Copic Certified Designer, and will soon receive a button to place on the side of my blog to prove it :) It was so much fun, and very informative. I learned so a lot and can hardly wait to share some techniques with my ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) students. I won't make you look at everything that I do, but I thought I would share just one piece that I did. (Can't you just see this with tangled leaves?)

Laura, the Diva, challenged us to to try grid-based patterns on curvy or uneven grids. I started off, more predictably, and tosses that tile aside undone, and went back and got a bit more "wild" with my lines. Now, that was fun!
Bales, Florz, Strircles with Grid
The Inchie for today, Every Inchie Monday, was "Dark".  I couldn't make up my mind, so I did a flashlight, lightbulb, and fireworks on black paper.


And, finally, a tile that uses a "string" made with glitter glue, background in Gellatos:
nzepple, Fescu, Tipple, Verve
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you so much for all your encouraging comments!

47 comments:

  1. I am overwhelmed with admiration and envy for your beautiful colour picture of lilac, Jean. I'm hopeless with colour and wish I could come to you for lessons...this is just what I'd love to learn how to do!
    All the others are gorgeous too - love the lightbulb!! Oh and those wild grids!!
    Axxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Annie. I wish, really wish, you could come here too. I used to use crayons all the time before I found Copics. You can really learn a lot by blending crayons too.

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  2. Congratulations. Wonderful artwork and colouring and a great inchie

    Chrissie x

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  3. Congratulations. Your sample is very nice.
    Love your dark inchies.

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  4. This is all good stuff, but your Copic coloring knocks my socks off!

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    1. I appreciate your comment, but I think you do great Copic coloring too. You just NEED more colors HAHA!

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  5. Your Lilacs are gorgeous! and your Diva's Challenge is great, too.

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  6. Great Diva tile, and I'm so glad you shared your lilacs. I can almost smell them!
    Spring can't get here soon enough!

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    1. Oh,Kathy, I so agree, although it is in the high 70's and low 80's here, I prefer HOT weather. When I was a child, in New Jersey, I had a lilac bush right outside of my bedroom window. Oh, the scent was heavenly!

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  7. What a very cool idea to depict "dark" by using light! A juxtaposition that is PERFECT. Really nice.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. That's just the place my mind took me. Maybe because I don't like the dark?

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  8. Congratulations and that lilac is stunning. Love your inchies, great thinking - especially the idea of a lightbulb, very clever.

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    1. Thank you, Lisette. Yes, if it is dark, turn on a light HAHA!

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  9. Awesome news about the Copic training. Love all of your work & think it is awesome that you came up with so many ideas for Dark

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    1. Thanks. I always appreciate your comments.

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  10. Oh my goodness I really love your Copic art! I would love to try those markers but they are so dog gone expensive!!Inchies are awesome and so is your tangled tile! Sometimes those Inchies just pull you in and want to keep on going!! Looks like the Inchie bug bit you! I'm glad you're having fun with them! I like all of the ones you've done! :0) Share Humanity

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    1. Yes, soooo expensive. However, I have found a source online that, if you join their site, sells them for $4.99. (http://www.oozak.com/copic.php) They are refillable and the refill sells for $5.60 and you get 12 refills in that. So, if my math is correct, the end total is only 82 cents each. But, you really must be dedicated :)

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  11. I love how your tile has so much movement and I am thinking curvy will be fun to use in mostly straight grids just to liven them up a bit. I too love you lilac!

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    1. Thanks, LeeAnn, I think I may have to really rethink grids. I never liked them much, but now maybe so.

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  12. looks like you had an awesome time with your training! Your tile is fun too!

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    1. I had so much fun at the training, Kate, that I have signed up for two more classes in April :)

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  13. Love that lilac! And those dark inchies - oh! Honestly, just love the whole post! Congratulations on the Copic achievement! Maybe, some day over the rainbow, i will get to do this too.

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    1. Thank you, Zoe. I never thought I would be able to do this either until I saw that they were offering a class less than an hour away from where I live. That's the real expense is having to drive or fly and stay in hotels and such. Lucky for me :)

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  14. WOW, this lilac is so very beautiful!!! Congratulations Jean.
    The curvy grid tile has been a lot of fun, I can tell.

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    1. Thank you, Annemarie. Yes, I did enjoy playing with the curves. I actually did more of them just for fun.

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  15. Lovely curvy gridlock tile and inchies! But you lilac is stunning! Wonderful colours ... these refillable copic markers are really great... so many colours!.
    Congratulations for the "CCD"!

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    1. Thank you, Lonetta. Yes, the Copics are just wonderful. I can't wait to explore their uses more.

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  16. Love the wild grid and the lilac! I too enjoy colouring, find it very therapeutic x

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    1. Thank you. I have always loved coloring. Remember the thrill of a new box of Crayola's? And the smell? Heavenly :)

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  17. The lilacs are gorgeous. Congratulations on completing your training. Like the curves in your tile.

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    1. Thanks, Donald. I may change all my grids to curvy ones. I think I really like the look better.

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  18. All of them are beautiful and the challenge turned out curvy.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carmela, and thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  19. They are all lovely!! I love your inchie and of course your diva entry is cool. Your other images are engaging too!! ~ Diane Clancy

    http://DianeClancy.com/blog

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I appreciate your kind words :)

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  20. Beautiful! Everything!! It was fun to read about your Copic classes... I am looking forward to taking the classes this weekend. I hope I am able to create something even half as gorgeous as yours... Lovely art, Jean!

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    1. You will be so amazed at the beautiful work you will do. I can't wait to see some of your work. (I have been coloring all day HAHA!) it's as addictive as Zentangle :)

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  21. All your work is gorgeous. I especially love the lilacs. I wish I could learn how to use Copic markers. Wow!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Copic are not hard to use simply. They get more complicated for skin, hair and such, but for use with Inchies or Zentangle Inspired Art, they are easy. Just purchase two or three that are similar (they sell them in sets that go together too) in color and watch a few YouTube videos and you will be loving them!

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    2. Nice tiles. I especially like those inchies. They are very decorative.

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