Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Getting Toned (on Paper!)

If you follow Zentangle trends, you have been seeing a lot of posts about tangling on toned papers. Tan or gray are the most common. Sea shells, flowers... very nice. But I like to be a bit different - or weird, maybe? So I am going to share some behind the scenes pics for a large drawing I did about a year ago on Strathmore Toned Gray paper (see the end of the post for details on the paper).

My inspiration for the drawing was a stone wall pillar in the corner of my apartment. For some reason, as I was staring at the wall... I started to see creatures emerging from the rocks! 

(Go ahead and try it for yourself. I'll wait...)

So I sketched the creatures in my notebook.

...and then redrew them onto the gray paper using pencil and then, a Micron pen.

 Using different sizes of Microns, I added tangles to the entire background. I was thinking of deep-sea creatures, so the tangles are kind of sea-weedy and bubbly.

I added more pencil shading behind the creatures in order to push back the background and help the critters pop out a bit more.

Next - I used a white Prismacolor pencil to add some highlights on the backs, foreheads and noses...

Here's a close-up with some highlights...

I used a Prismacolor black pencil to add the darkest darks to the underbellies and crevices. And some details like eyeballs and mustaches!

And there we are. 

We used to carry these Toned Papers in the store (the BeeHive). Today, I took the remaining inventory and put it on my Etsy shop (Bumblebat) The paper is available in gray or tan - and then you can choose between hardcover, or spiral-bound sketch journals. And the hardcover journals come in 8.5 x 11 or 5.5 x 8.5 inch sizes! So many choices.

The one I use in my example is the larger, hardcover, gray paper journal.  The spiral bound sketchbooks are great if you want to remove pages (they have micro-perforations) to frame or to cut up for smaller artworks, or for use in classes.

And to thank you for reading all-the-way-to-the-end... here is a coupon code for my Etsy store: BLOGLOVE

Enter the coupon in the promo code box during check out, and you will get a 15% discount. It's good until the end of July, on purchases over $10.

Now go draw something!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fireworks Day!

Fireworks City - © Sandy Steen Bartholomew

Sitting in the dark, on the deck, watching the sparkly sky - in between the tree branches... very pretty. It's cool the way the lightning bugs looked like they were falling off the fireworks. But I don't think I will ever really enjoy the sounds of the explosions - especially as they ricochet off the mountains. Too creepy.

If I looked West, I could see the best colors from the fireworks one town over. If I looked South, I could see flashes of light and hear more of the sizzling kind of rockets.

There are still pops and bangs echoing around - some from even farther away, some from neighbor's driveways. The raucous party sounds have died down finally.

Although I am happy to celebrate my own Independence, I miss my kids and think of the 4th as a lonely holiday. With pretty lights.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Don't blink - you'll miss it!

I've got that crazy feeling like life is on the super-speed setting! Here are just a few of the events that took place in the last few minutes..

Lilah won Math League!

My brother, Dave, the Hollywood animator, married Amy in San Francisco.

Lilah flew out there to be a flower girl. And met her new BFF - who also loves iPads and Minecraft!

Alex had tons of concerts and got lots of awards and gave a speech and then graduated from High School!

This made him very happy!

And my peonies burst out overnight.

Phew. I don't usually disappear from my blog for more than a week or two - but I honestly didn't realize so much time had past.

What am I up to?

Well, I am working on an addition to the Tangle Library APP (YEAH!). I'm also in sketch/research phase for a new Inspiration Sketchbook. I have a few other projects in various states of disrepair, but I am trying to focus on those two in particular for the summer.

I also found an apartment to live in for cartoon school and I'm starting to get crazy nervous-excited to start school this fall! And trying to raise money to do it all. I'm playing with the idea of doing a Kickstarter project... or maybe going it on my own... and still selling off lots of stuff from my studio on Etsy and Amazon (20 pages of books and action figures!) I've been making boxes of art supplies and bundles of books. No matter how much I clean out and bundle up - my studio is like that Chinese rice pot in the fairy tale - it seems to keep refilling! I have been finding some intriguing "lost" artwork, childhood memories, family photos and other proof of my past lives.

I had this crazy idea that to pay for the room and board portion of my school adventure, I would rent out my studio! (The BeeHive, the public studio, not the one in my house.) So... now... I have to empty it out!

Starting this Saturday, we'll be having Studio Clear-out Sales! Every week there will be new things added to the mix as I empty the classroom, office, and storage room. There are a lot of new art supplies and books right now. I also have shopping bags, gift boxes and all that stuff. Displays - big and small. A kiln, mosaic supplies, wood objects to paint or tangle... A huge Accucut die cutter and a gazillion dies (it cuts paper, fabric, cardboard... even thin metal).

I'll just keep adding stuff as I can drag it out. Come by and take a look or email me. Feel free to make an offer. I have less than a month and I'm happy to find new homes for these old friends.

If you are interested in renting the space or know someone who might be, talk to me! The front shop room is bright and roomy, the classroom has lots of lights and a slop-sink, and it's own exterior door, there's a big bathroom too. The office space and storage room aren't included. But you could use the store fixtures if you like.

Here is the schedule for the Studio Sales...

The BeeHive will be open:

Saturday, June 27 from 10:00am-1:00pm
Friday, July 3 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, July 4 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, July 5 from Noon-5:00pm
Friday, July 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, July 11 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday, July 17 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, July 18 from 10:00am-Noon
Sunday, July 19 from Noon-5:00pm
Friday, July 24 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, July 25 from 10:00am-5:00pm

That's it - better be empty by the end of July! :-)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spring Into Warner Recap

It started off raining and dark, but dried out and brightened up. Lilah and I were really worried we wouldn't get to work on the mural, but as you can see, much painting was done!

Here are some close-ups of the murals. There are two - one is an ocean scene and the other is a forest. This time, we didn't end up with any narwhals in the treetops and tigers in the ocean. I think the colored backgrounds really helped.

 Next chance I get, I'll clean up some of the lines and scribbles and fill in some missing colors, but I was really impressed with all the mermaids who appeared today!

Inside, the book sale went really well. I still have a lot of books and other supplies so maybe I'll do another bigger sale this summer.

The best part was meeting new people who had just moved to Warner and best-est, was getting to see my college friend, Andy, and his family! It's been... a really long time.

When we got tired of selling books and painting, we closed up shop and visited with the other vendors, checked out more of the yarn-bombing - these chicks had appeared on our bench overnight! - and then got some ice cream at the Velvet Moose.

In the same building as the Moose, is a new/old shop. It's old because Country Cobwebs has been around for ages and was pretty much across the street from my house. And new, because it has new owners and a new location. I hadn't had a chance to go in the new shop because I always had the kid with me. I was impressed at how much they fit into the space and how it feels a lot like the original CC. I'm not really into "country" but I have always adored the jams and sauces. 

I was so happy to see some of my friends today - "Hello, Apricot Jam and where have you been Local Honey?!"

And as I was checking out I looked up and saw these adorable kitten earrings! I may have to go back for the red hightop sneaker earrings too. 

If you are in the area, be sure to take a look. The owners are the sweetest people - and did I mention they are right next to the ice cream place? (Try the Sweet and Salty Caramel ice cream!)

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 16 - Book Sale and Mural at Spring Into Warner

There is nothing like a little advance notice, eh?

Tomorrow is Spring Into Warner - a celebration of the Arts in our little town. It is low-key and a lot of fun. And a little bit odd. Everyone is preparing today and the yarn-bombers have been at work...

They decorated the trees in front of my studio too!!

Lilah can tell you which of the trees have the softest yarns...
and, yes, sweaters DO grow on trees!


They're everywhere - bike racks, fence posts... there are even knitted monster feet on the town hall's railings!

There are lots of great events going on, so here are the map and schedule (click to see the details).

From around 10am-2pm...
Inside The BeeHive Studio - we will be having a HUGE BOOK SALE! There are craft books, art-biz books, journaling books, Zentangle books, garden books, cookbooks, even some great novels and art books for kids too.

Every book is 20% off. BUT - if you buy 5 or more books - you get 40% off instead. The discount applies to the NEW books as well as to the already discounted books with the yellow bookmarks in them. I know - that is kind of crazy since many of those books are already marked down to less than $10. (I sound like a used car salesman!?) "CRAZY Prices!! Come on down!" But, seriously, I just got in some new books from Quarry - and they are on sale too.

This is part of my I-need-to-raise-money-for-cartoon-school-so-I'm-selling-off-everything campaign. There are three tables full of great books, and two bookcases, too.

If it doesn't rain (please don't RAIN!) - I'll be outside with Lilah working on the mural. We painted in the backgrounds and tidied up the art, so it's ready to have more characters drawn on. With all the color, it really stands out from down the street. The Velvet Moose is a good viewing spot. Ice cream cone in hand...

If you are brave enough, please join us - we could use the help. I have paint markers so it is easy and fun. If you aren't comfortable drawing, you can always pick a character to color or add some Zentangles.

Besides, how often to do you get the chance to draw on the walls?

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 21 - Creative Business Mastery

I just found out that my interview on the Creative Business Mastery Tele-summit - will be on the third day. That's May 21st. I'll be the first "Master" of the day. I still get such a kick out of it! Me - a Master! I hope we all still feel that way after the event... I'm sure you'll let me know what you thought of the interview. (Please?)

If you missed the first post about the tele-summit, you can read it HERE.
And if you haven't had a chance to sign up yet - it's free - so go ahead - click HERE or on the image above. There are really interesting women speaking on Money, Marketing and Mindset. All good stuff.

And feel free to share it with more of your friends!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Confessions of a Creative Business Master

(That title was written with a smirk and a wink.)

Confessions... I am absolutely terrified of speaking in front of people. Any number of people. And, I am easily distracted by shiny, new ideas. I love them. I have notebooks full of them. I create logos for businesses I want to create.

And yet - I have piles of unfinished projects that just make me feel guilty when I see them and I usually hide behind the excuse of "If I only had enough time..."

Sometimes, these flaws can be put to good use. The flip side of the idea thing, is that I believe that anything is possible. I used to read magazines like Somerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors and notice the same artists' names popping up - and they would do round robins together - and I wanted to be part of a group like that! And I listened to podcasts, and blog interviews and then tele summits where these amazing people would talk about their lives and ideas and problems they had overcome...  I wanted to be one of them too.

Guess what!?!

Turns out all my mistakes and ideas and fears - over time - fermented into something also known as "Experience". And I now qualify as one of those people I always wanted to be.  How cool is that?

Minette Riordan asked me to be one of her experts on her upcoming Creative Business Mastery Telesummit - and despite my number one fear (speaking in front of people) - I said "yes".

I guess my passion to be heard, is greater than my passion to hide!

Click the image or HERE to go to the site and register. This is a FREE Telesummit with some very cool ladies including Minette - (who is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher).

You'll love the info if you have ever felt unfocused, distracted by ideas, panic-ed about income, or overwhelmed by your own passions.  There will be 3 days with 16 speakers, broken into 3 topics: Money, Marketing, and Mindset.

What if you aren't Right-Brained and have no intention of listening to the interviews? That's fine too (although I have trouble believing that since you read my blog...) but be sure to click through anyway and then scroll dooooooowwwwwnnn to see my photo mixed in with all those other amazing women!!

I want to make a really big deal about this because it IS a big deal! I don't want this to be just another one of those cool things that I accomplish but allow to be lost in the sludge of other ongoing yuckiness. You know what I mean? Because THIS is where I want to put my energy and creativity. (I'm sure at least one of the speakers will cover that topic too).

I hope that you will join us online - May 19-21. I can't wait to hear all the wisdom - and great ideas - at the Tele-summit. And be sure to pass this info on to your other Right-Brain friends!


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