Sunday, August 19, 2018

Reorganizing My Studio #whatamess #mystudio #whereiwork

Reorganizing once again because I can't find something.
It is hard to find certain things because I keep
thinking about where they were in Florida. 
Every inch of this room is utilized for storage.
And it does get a bit out of control from time to time. 
Recently, I have had several people ask about 
my studio, so I thought I'd show you some photos.
The above shot was taken from the doorway. 
No, I did not paint the pictures over the TV.
They are the art of Jasmine Becket Griffith.
I got them at Disney Springs.
Of course Tinker Bell is my favorite!
Mostly I use the TV to listen to the radio.
Hahahahah!
Those white cabinets came from IKEA.
Of course.
The boxes on the shelves are filled with various paints and inks.  
I am working on a system to get them out in the open where I can actually see what I have. 
The white enclosed cabinet is the shipping station for my store. 
That next chest with the colored drawers came from
Hobby Lobby. They still carry this cabinet. 
That's just part of my lunchbox collection up top.
Down the right-hand side is where I actually work.
The two tall black cabinets came from Hobby Lobby
and the rolling carts full of ink sprays are
from IKEA. 
I have carpet on half the floor.
That way if I have a mishap with color -
it doesn't get on the hard wood floors.
Wow! I'm just noticing how cluttered things were
in these photos. It looks better now. Honest.
 My store is located in the closet. All the shelves are full. 
In both directions - left and right and out of sight. 
I have been pulling things out in order to downsize. 
I'd really like to get out of the shipping part of the store and go all digital.
I have a rack coming that will hang on the inside of the closet door. 
I am going to put as much of my color as will fit 
on the shelves so I can actually see and 
grab without having to move a lot of things.
Some more of my lunchboxes, Funko Pop figures
and my Zen the Zebra from Zebra Pen where
I am an Artist Ambassador. 
 I've put together and published three books
from that desktop, using that computer
and all these supplies.
Tangle Starts has all full color pages - 
similar to what you see on the cover -
ready for you to just add your line work to.
Or use as an art journal or for collage work.
 Tangle Starts Planner is set up in the style
of a bullet journal with heavy focus on the
tangler and tangling art.
It has 106 new tangle patterns and plenty
of places to store your favorite patterns and
for you to draw and tangle away the days.
Tangle Starts Strings is my most recent book.
There are 378 pre-drawn strings so all you have
to do is add the drawing.
That hard first step of setting up your string
has already been done for you.

I am currently working in stages on four more
books for the tangle artist.
They will round out my Artangleology Series
More info on those later.
This concludes my studio tour.
Hahaha!
I hope you enjoyed it.
And I promise, 
it is cleaner and more picked up now. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

My Tangle Starts Strings This Week #tanglestartsstrings

Alice Hendon, Tangle Starts Strings https://www.amazon.com/Tangle-Starts-Strings-String-Every/dp/1719180806/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534510947&sr=8-1&keywords=tangle+starts+strings
is my most recent book.
The cover states there is a string for
every day of the year, when in fact there
are some bonus strings.
You get a total of 378 strings already drawn
for you in this book. 
And it is so easy to use!
Alice Hendon, a page completed in my Tangle Starts Strings book available on Amazon.com
There are four strings per page,
at 3.25" square they have plenty of space
for you to add your tangles. 
You can easily complete a square in one
sitting. I worked on these over the past
week and I just noticed I did not add
printemps to the first tile.
Weird. Cause I always use printemps.
Hahaha!
I gave you space under each tile to record
the names of the patterns you used.
Or to make any notations you wish.

I used the heavier full-color paper for this
book, even though the bulk of it is black and
white. This will allow you to work without
worrying about bleed through on your pages.
You can read more about the book here

What are you working on?
We are headed into the weekend, 
we will probably be doing some ATV riding.
Have fun!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Disc Bound Journaling #hahnemühle #hahnemühleharmony #peerlesswatercolor

I made a disc bound journal!
Awesome!
In a post you can see here, I show you in 
great detail what I did with the journal. 
The paper I started with was 140 lb. hot pressed
watercolor paper called Harmony, and it is
made by Hahnemühle Fine Art. 
The pages were roughly 9" x 12".
I cut each page into 4 sections of 4.5" x 6".
The reason this is called a "disc bound" journal is
because the pages are held together with special
little plastic discs that allow for easy page
turning. They also allow for easy removal of
pages to work on one at a time.
You can move the pages around and change the
order, which I did many times.
I even changed the size of the discs because
those pink ones were too large for this project.
I am going to walk you through my favorite
page in the journal and show you how to make it. 
I removed one page from my book.
Those scraps of colored paper are actually 
bits of highly concentrated water color. 
These were bits I cut off other sheets in the past,
and kept because even a little 1/2" x 2" scrap
will give me lots of color to work with.
To that add one water brush filled with water. 
I am no watercolor wonder, but anyone can use
these swatches - I promise!
It is as easy as rubbing your water brush across
a bit of the peerless swatch.
That immediately picks up the color that
you then 'paint' onto your page. 
There is seriously no rhyme or reason to the way
I work, I just use the colors I like and put it
down in patches.
They can blend into each other if I want.
Or they can stay in their little areas if that
is what I want.
I let this dry for a couple hours.
I could have sped the time up with a heat gun
but really - I had 31 other pages to work with.
When I came back to this - I used a 
and started tangling in sections.
I filled the darker pink sections with printemps.
A couple of the blue sections, too, apparently.
Hahaha!
And I just continued adding tangle patterns.
I try to stay with specific color blocks and let
the shape of the color block act as my 'string.'
You can see I did this with crescent moon and 
Then I looked to identify places where colors side
by side could use a cross-over type of tangle
like arukas
That is the one with the small black circles and the
lines that reach across colors and join with
other circles. 
Once I was happy with the tangle patterns I added,
I went back with a white gelly roll pen and added
highlights to sparkle the printemps.
Adding this page back to the disc bound journal
was as easy as laying it top of the other pages
and popping the slotted holes back over
the discs.
Easy peasy and done with one page! 

The Hahnemühle Harmony 
Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper can be 
purchased here

Have fun playing! If you make a disc
bound journal, I would love to see it!

Hahnemühle Harmony Watercolor Journal Flip Through

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The 100 Day Project in the Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook Flip Through

This was the first year I did 
The 100 Day Project.
Probably my last, too, it got really
intense trying to keep up. 
But I'm glad I participated.
Most of my days were completed in
the Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook
This sketchbook was perfect for the project,
worked great and I could finish a page
in one sitting - most of the time.
Pages worked great for all types of media,
collage, gesso, watercolor, ink.
Can't say enough good about the
Baby Leda!

Here is a silent flip through,
silent so you can concentrate on the art.
An silent because I haven't figured out
how to add music yet.
Still working on that point.
Hahaha!
Enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A Hahnemühle Harmony Product Review Kind of Journal #hahnemuhle #hahnemühle #hahnemühleharmony

Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 For the past week and a half I have been 
working on a special project.
A super fun one that involves some product from
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 More specifically, I have been playing . . . 
uh, working . . . 
with one of Hahnemühle's new papers
called Harmony!
I used the hot pressed watercolour block for this project.
The Harmony is a natural white paper designed to
work with all wet-painting techniques.
Acid-free, light-resistant, extreme longevity,
excellent colors, natural brilliance -
these are just some of the words used to 
describe Harmony. 
I'd love to show you what I worked on
and tell you what I think about this paper. 
And yes, this is going to be a super duper
photo-loaded art-a-palooza kind of post!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I began by removing four sheets from the block
and cutting them down into 4.5" x 6" sections.
This gave me a total of 16 sheets to work with.
Then I used my trusty little hole puncher from 
Create 365 The Happy Planner and punched
holes along one side.
Those cool little pink circlets are called
discs
and they serve to hold the book together. 
In artsy terms this is called a disc-bound journal.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I used a piece of tangled acetate for the cover and
sacrificed one page of the Harmony to undercoat
the design, then I added the other 15 pages behind that. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I used so much product in this book. 
I will do a separate tutorial for how I built this
particular page - since it's probably my favorite.
They are little swatches of highly concentrated color
and you literally just use a water brush to pick up
the color and transfer it to the paper. 
Once it was dry, I added the tangles and the white
highlights. You can see the punched holes along that
left side. The discs sit inside the larger portion.
This was the only page I used peerless on and they
worked exceptionally well.
I did not use a lot of water. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I pulled out my favorite Schmincke watercolor pans
and made color backgrounds on three surfaces.
Here you can get an idea of the pages and
how they interact with the discs.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
For this particular page, I worked mostly wet onto dry.
I put the color on, then blended it around with the
water brush and let the edges of color flow into each other. 
Tangling worked great. 
The paper surface stayed smooth and I had
literally no warping or dimpling of the paper itself. 
Harmony is 140 lbs. and it can handle the wet. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 These next 2 pages were done with the 
wet into wet technique alaAlice
That means: slop a ton of water onto the page
and swirl some beautiful colors into it. 
That may also mean spraying and spritzing more
water here and there to help push color where I
want it to go. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Both pages handled loads of 'wet' with no problem.
I had a little bend to the paper, but an overnight under 
my iPad took care of that completely.
No pilling, no issues, and smooth tangling!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 This particular type of journal makes the pages
really easy to work on.
You just pull them off those discs,
work on them, then pop them back in.
Easy peasy.
And the Harmony handled all that off and on
stuff very well!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
I used Winsor Newton watercolor tubes on
this one page. They worked very well. 
I just don't have many colors in that brand.
Tangling still to come.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Continuing to work wet into wet,
I pulled out some QoR Watercolor tubes and
made a couple backgrounds.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 And once they were dry,
I added tangles and highlights and shading.
All worked super duper on the Harmony. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I won't show you the before and after
on all the pieces, I just thought these
were pretty both ways!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Still using the QoR tubes here. 
Lots and lots of water and using a water brush
and spray bottle in addition, 
and the Harmony held up great! 
I did have a little warping, but again -
a night under the weight of my iPad and it
was all wonderful the next morning. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 A different type of watercolor on these two -
from Joggles.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
These pigment watercolor cakes have bits of mica
to give shimmery highlights.
Hard to photograph but they are there!
Mostly I sprayed the paper first, then used a
water brush to pick up and dispense the cosmic color.
So pretty! And absolutely no warping of page,
no pilling, no issues.
On the pages where I used graphite to add shading -
I had no problems with the paper.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I shaded and 
blended on top of color, on top of paper
But it all worked fine!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Watercolor worked great!
And it should because the Harmony was
made for watercolor.
So I thought, let's try something else.
Because that is what I do.
I pulled out some bottles of
Still wet media.
I tend to use these just like watercolors, 
so I started with a layer of water . . . 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 . . . that I added the liquid acrylics to with
an eyedropper. 
I used a heat gun to push the color
and dry. These colors are so bright and beautiful!
For this little page, I went with a mixed media
idea. Bits of magazine collage were added
with Dina Wakley's clear gesso.
I also used Jane Davenport's mermaid markers
for some extra color,
some stencils from Joggles, Posca Paint Pens
and a couple gelly roll pens.
There is a lot more that could be done with this
mixed media page, at a later time. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Still using the Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylics
with a whole lot!!! of water!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I liked the results so much I had to make
a couple more pages. 
For this one I just sprayed the page first,
then added the color . . .
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 . . . and then the tangles. 
Love, love, love how this one turned out!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
And one last Daler Rowney page.
I mostly put color along one horizontal edge,
and tilted the page and let the color run down.
Awesome!
Harmony and Daler Rowney -
a match made in heaven!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
This is one sheet - front and back.
I haven't drawn on these yet.
Not sure what pens to use because the surface
feels strange.
That would be because of what this product is.
Also from Cosmic Shimmer, 
these are called Chalk Cloud Blending Ink.
They do have a chalky feel to them.
And I love the smoothness they have.
I used a blending tool to rub these colors on 
in a circular motion. A whole lot of rubbing 
with a felt pad to get the color on and 
blended. The colors are not as vibrant as I
normally work with and I guess I'm ok with that. 
Hahahaha!
They worked very well on the Harmony.
Easy to spread, and since there was very little
'wet' I did not have any change in the paper.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Moving on, I changed to 
I put down a layer of water first, then mixed
the Golden color into the water and moved
it around by tilting and tipping.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 Fun to tangle on and I promise -
I can't tell a bit of change in this page
texture-wise or surface-wise.
Feels just like it did before I added color. 
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Here is the back side. 
I haven't drawn on this one yet. 
I may just enjoy it like it is for now.
I used Golden Fluid Acrylics on this one.
Not as much water was involved, but
basically the same techniques.
Win/win all around.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
While I was working on this little journal,
I received some new pens in the mail.
So I had to try them out.
No wet media, sorry, but just because the
Harmony is a watercolour paper
doesn't mean that is all you can use it for. 
And honestly, 
I don't recall where I got these pens.
They just showed up one day and I was like "what???"
From Pilot, they are called 
0.3 mm tips. 
12 beautiful colors!
This photo doesn't do them justice.
And of course they worked well on the paper,
the nibs caught a little in the texture 
but hey! this is watercolour paper.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 This last group of pages are all related.
I used Tombow dual brush pens and basically
used them as watercolor.
Such a fun technique.
I have a quick YouTube tutorial here
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
This technique rends such beautiful results . . .
every single time!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 And I guess you get an idea of which colors
I like best. Hehehehe!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
Here are a couple more I haven't tangled on yet.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
 I started by saying I had 16 pages - 
that is 32 work surfaces. 
Honestly, I could have kept on tangling -
and I will -
but I wanted to get this review posted.
Alice Hendon, Hahnemühle Harmony hot pressed watercolor paper journal review
So.
What did I think of the
Harmony Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper
I love it!

The block came with 12 sheets.
Just 4 pages gave me this 16 page book
with 32 work surfaces.
That's a lot of bang for your buck!

If you are not familiar with these blocks,
they are glued on all four sides.
The purpose of that is so your paper dries flat.
If you use a load of water like I do,
that is a really wonderful feature.
I just let the page totally dry, then slip
a metal palette knife inside the one little
open slot they give you, and gently slide the edge
around all four surfaces which removes the page
from the block.
Easy peasy. 
Just be sure it's totally dry first.

This paper took all the media I threw at it.
Like a boss!
No problems at all.
What little warping I got with the wettest pages
was easily remedied with an iPad.
And if you have an iPad, you know it isn't
very heavy.
All these pages have flattened out easily.
With all the water, rubbing, scrubbing,
heating, blowing, pushing and pulling -
I had no pilling anywhere, no feathering,
no damage of any kind to the paper.

So do I want you to have some awesome
Hahnemühle Harmony Hot Pressed
Watercolour Paper?
Of course I do!
Where can you get some?
You can get it at Art Materials
And even better - it's on sale at
Art Materials!

Want to see a flip through of my project?
Maybe this will work.
Fingers crossed.