Monday, September 22, 2014

Zentangle® Some Leaves and a Salmon Inchie

Oh what fun this week's Challenge from the Diva was. Leaves! Well, I live in the Phoenix area. Our leaves stay on the trees until February and then grow back in February. But, I grew up in the East, so I do remember the glorious colors of fall.
I used my Copics with an airbrush for the background over a silk leaf. Turned it into Aquafleur with a Diva Dance stem. Added some simple Tipple and Meer. Highlights were added to the orange lines with a yellow marker and the shadows are a cream colored marker (Distress). Finally, a bit of Wink of Stella over the black and stem. Yes, a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art)!

Square One: Purely Zentangle on Facebook added DEX to the mix this week. The first one didn't really do it for me so I did a second where I added Pearlz, and Reef by Judy Lehman

And, finally, for this week's Inchie from Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was "salmon". I've never really liked that color for some reason. I was having trouble thinking of what to do and so I went grocery shopping. The salmon caught my eye. That's when I realized that the only ones who can afford to eat salmon, for $14.99 a pound, would be the bears!

56 comments:

  1. Love you bear eating the salmon - it is true about the price of salmon! Great drawing. Your leaf is really nice - very fall looking and aquafleur as the leaf is brilliant. I don't know Dex, but your second tile is lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Kia. I was pleasantly surprised at how much it looked like a bear :)

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  2. That leaf is soooo clever. Simple but not simple, bright yet subtle colours. Ooo I like it a lot.

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    1. Thanks so much, Margaret. Even my hubby like the leaf this week :)

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  3. I love your leaf! Simple but beautiful.

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    1. Thanks you, Ilse. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

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  4. Great tangles here, Jean! I love your lovely 'Aqualeaf' - works so well. I've enjoyed Dex too and you've worked it into a circle really well. And what can I say about your 'Salmon'! Lucky bear...how I love salmon!! Axxx

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    1. Gosh, Annie. You would be an expensive date! HAHA! Thanks for the kind words!

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  5. Fall and spring are the two seasons for which I tolerate our oppressive summers and icy winters here in Philadelphia so I understand why you miss the leaves, but judging by your response to the Diva's challenge, you have not forgotten the essence of the fall leaves.

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    1. No, I still remember every lovely part of fall. I do kind of like that I am still able to swim every day here even though we're getting close to October!

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  6. Loved hearing your process on the leaf.
    Barbara

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    1. Barbara, thank you, but I am a teacher so I almost HAVE to share my process :)

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  7. Love your inchies - so well drawn! Yes, sigh, the price of salmon, my favourite fish....... Love your leaf tangling. I don't have too much time to tangle at the moment, but will come back to it soon enough. I have to - I finally got my Derwent pastels! :)

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    1. We really need more hours in a day. Who do we talk to about that? I haven't even touched my Derwent Colorsoft Pencils yet :( Is it possible that we have made just too many commitments? Nah, we'll get to it all someday :)

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  8. Beautiful leaf - love the Aquafleur application. Pretty!

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  9. For awhile there, I envisioned your salmon inche to be just the fish but now, I absolutely love the idea with the bear included! They both look so real as well! I hope you have a good rest of the week Jean!

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    1. Thank you, Lexey. My hubby made me redo the fish because he thought it looked too cartoon like. So, I went online and actually looked at a salmon's tail and redid it so it would look more realistic. Sometimes we just have to look before we draw :)

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  10. That leaf is beyond beautiful. Wow. I love the colors and the pattern looks so perfect. I also love the inchie. Definitely envy those bears since I love salmon.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. This is the first time I used my airbrush on a Zentangle tile and I really like the vividness of the colors. I was going to do different tangles in sections but Aquafleur just jumped on the leaf! Sometimes it just happens that way.

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  11. Love the bear eatting salmon! what a great take on the theme!!!!

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  12. Your leaf is really beautiful and the inchie? It made me laugh!

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    1. I'm so glad I could make you laugh, Annemarie. That always makes ME smile :)

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  13. You used wonderful colors on your tile, very lovely

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    1. Thanks, I am doing the same thing in one of my journals too. I like how the airbrushing turned out.

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  14. yellow! What a pretty way to do a leaf, with aquafleur and such rich background colors...Well Done!

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    1. Thanks, HeidiSue. Unusual, but it worked.

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  15. As always your respond to the inchies is so unique, and yet so true.... I always smile when I open your post to see what you made this time. Your leaf has beautiful autumncolors, and what a great Idea to do aquafleur around the leaf... I love that tangle probably because I was at the seminar were it was launched... Great work.

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    1. HAHA, Diana! I DO try to find something a bit different if I can. Sometimes it's not that easy though. They launched Quib at my seminar and I see that as a squirming Hollibaugh, so it's not one of my favorites. I do love Aquafleur though. I think it is a beautiful tangle. And, thanks for always leaving such nice comments :)

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  16. So pretty, and your leaf is a very different take on the challenge! I love it!

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  17. Dear Jean, you made a beautiful rendition of a leaf for the Diva challenge this week and the Square one responses are just fine! The bear looks realistic, especially since they are a hungry sort. Great response to the EIM. Have a brilliant day! c

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    1. You have a brilliant day as well and thanks for stopping by :)

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  18. Beautiful Diva Challenge Tile, Jean. I love the way you used the Copic/Airbrush technique. So effective and unlimited potential. Love the overall design of your leaf and the patterns you used. Your Inchie is awesome. Great Post.

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    1. Thank you, David. I did some snowflakes in my journal yesterday but the color was much softer on that paper. The Zentangle tiles just soaked up that Copic goodness.

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  19. Beautifully colourful! I also love your second tile for square one: the movement you gave it is great.

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  20. Wonderful pieces this week again! Great your leaf with this colourful background ... I like your idea to use Aquafleur for the leaf. Also I like your inchie ... it made me smile!

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    1. Thank you, Lonetta. It is always nice to see you at my blog :)

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  21. Jean, as soon as I saw your leaf tile, I said to myself, "oh My, that background looks as thought were airbrushed!!" Awesome job!!! It is beautiful! I use to airbrush fingernails when I was a manicurist. Andnow your salmon Inchie, is to die for! (no pun intended) great idea. and actually at Costco I can buy a nice fillet of salmon and feed 8 people with healthy sized portions for $28 dollars! Much cheaper than taking them all out to dinner! Thank God for Costco!!! :0) Beautiful work!!! :0) Share humanity

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    1. Thanks, Annette. This is the first time I tried airbrushing on a real Zentangle tile and it seems to be softer and really soaks up that color. I suppose it's because it is really quality watercolor paper and it was meant to be used with color, not just a pen.
      When I first met my hubby, he asked me what my favorite restaurant was. I said MacDonald's. He said, no no, a real restaurant, I said, Costco. He didn't understand that I can make a nice meal at home. When I go out, I want JUNK! So, now that we are retired, we go to Costco to get the $1.50 hot dog and drink (never mind that we usually spend a couple of hundred on things we didn't go there to get HAHA)

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    2. Lovely Jean. Such a cute bear, too!

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  22. Really like the background on your tile. Nice use of Aquafleur.

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  23. Hi Jean!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first one - the leaf one ... it is glorious!! :) And I really like the 2nd purely zentangle - it is so pretty!!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2014/09/diva-string-theory-leaves-challenge-entry/

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  24. Beautiful colors on the leaf, and in the background. The Aquafleur complement the leaf shape nicely

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    1. Thanks, Omer. I really was compelled to use Aquafleur on this one. It happens sometimes :)

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  25. Love your tile for the Diva challenge. Your use of Aquafleur is exquisite. I like the second tile for your Square one work and the bear eating the salmon is great. I laughed at the reasoning behind your inchie, and then agreed whole-heartedly.

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    1. I know, JL. I have a heart attack each time I look at the price of things everywhere, not just the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment :)

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