I have something new in the shop starting today. These are masks made of sturdy 0.007 mylar that can be used in your art in a variety of ways. These are the silhouettes, you get all six in a package.
They can be used in a variety of ways in monoprinting on a Gelli Plate, or to make cutout collage elements. Here are some of the samples I made (click the image for a larger view):
The lovely and talented Joanna Grant has been playing with a set and you can see her work on her blog.
The sets come in two sizes. In the large set, the masks range in size from 5-1/2 to 7-1/2 inches high (14 to 19 cm). In the small set (half the size of the large set), the masks range in size from 2-3/4 to 3-3/4 inches high (7 to 9.5 cm). (Note that these images are not to scale.)
Click here to order the silhouettes in my ArtFire shop.
Starting today until November 27, 2014, you can use the coupon code SILHOUETTES1 for 10% off your entire order from my store. (Note, this discount cannot be combined with the bulk discount.)
I have always been fascinated by Celtic knot designs. A few years ago I took a class, but didn't pursue it at the time. Recently, I discovered David Nicholls' YouTube series on drawing Celtic knots, and I've been drawing ever since.
These first three drawings are the ones I did while watching the videos.
With this one, I used colour to highlight the different strands.
In this next one, I started doing some colour shading.
This is my first full-page drawing in my sketchbook, again using colour to show the different strands.
With this one, I tried the graphite shading that David Nicholls showed in his samples.
This next one is especially cool. I actually used my Mandala Stencils to lay out the circular grid. Then I shaded using the Prismacolor Cool Grays. I see a lot of possibilities to integrate designs like this with my mandalas.
Most people have never encountered a bingo bag in their lives, and you can’t really blame them. After all, dedicated bingo players are a dying breed, with revenues declining from $250 million a year to about $50 million a year in Ontario alone.
The bingo bag is also yet another one of those things rendered obsolete by technology. Many of the world’s brick and mortar bingo halls have given way to their online counterparts, which attract more people because of their convenience and rewards system. Free Bingo Hunter reports that online bingo portals offer everything from dancing lessons with the acclaimed Louie Spence to shopping vouchers, and bingo players of old seem to have lost their need for the bingo bag, opting instead for online games they can play from home.
But while the bingo bag has all but lost its use in the bingo community, its economical design makes it perfect for those in the art industry. With various pockets for daubers and other bingo essentials, the bingo bag is great for carrying art supplies like markers, pens, pencils, rulers, and other materials. It’s also surprisingly easy to make, and Tanaria Carey has already launched a website that teaches how to make one on www.FreeBingoBag.com.
As you can see from the pattern, and the video above, it’s extremely easy to customize the bingo bag and create something that reflects your unique style. You can use a plain fabric that you can tangle, either before or after you sew it together.
Before starting your bingo bag project, you can take the time to create a Zentangle pattern that you can use for the bag, or use any of these tangles. The project presents a great opportunity for practice, however, and it’s a fun way to learn how to sew as well.
[This is a guest post.]
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