Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I Have a New Friend! #happymail #mailart

Alice Hendon, mail art from a new friend, Pam McVay
 Let me just tell you -
I am not the least bit bashful!
Hahaha!
I saw in one of my Facebook groups
that someone had received some lovely
mail art! I loved it! And commented
that I wanted to receive some lovely mail art, too!
The artist asked me to send her my address.
And I did!
Then this came in the mail today!
Alice Hendon, mail art from a new friend, Pam McVay
 Now I have a wonderful new friend on Facebook
and
she is an amazing artist!
She sent me this card she tangled and
colored herself.
I love that little hummingbird!
We have been watching them here for the 
past month or so. 
Alice Hendon, mail art from a new friend, Pam McVay
The card was inside this awesome envelope
that Pam also made!
Isn't it amazing?????
I love it!
I wish I could have seen the mail person's face.
I doubt this is the normal post in our northern
section of Maine!
I absolutely love it!!!
Thank you so much, dear new friend!!!
You totally made my day!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Featured Guest Artist on Doodlewash! #doodlewash #ivebeendoodlewashed

Alice Hendon, Featured Guest Artist on Doodlewash
What an incredible honor!
As part of World Watercolor Month,
my art is being featured on the Doodlewash Website.
Alice Hendon, dragon named Bramhall, Guest Artist on Doodlewash
You can read about my art journey to where
I am today and how I made it to this point in
five years. You can also see some of my
artwork. Pieces that I selected myself to share.
Including Bramhall above.
To read the article, just click here
To read about World Watercolor Month,
just click here

A big thank you to Charlie O'Shields
for believing in my art. 
A great honor indeed. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Marabu On Hahnemühle Bamboo Results #hahnemuhle #marabueasymarble

Alice Hendon, results of Marabu Easy Marble on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper
 A couple days ago I posted a video showing how
to make these marbled cards.
The product I used was Marabu Easy Marble.
You can buy it here
Not expensive, a bottle at $2.54 will last
quite awhile at a couple drops here and a
drop or two there. 
For paper, I used Hahenemühle's
The ones I chose are roughly 3" x 4". 
The perfect size. 
Alice Hendon, results of Marabu Easy Marble on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper
 You can see from the video this is a super simple
way to marble some papers.
And in a hurry, too. 
The colors are beautiful. 
The colors are fairly accurate here.
Alice Hendon, results of Marabu Easy Marble on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper
One of the things Marabu tells you in the
advertising is that you can not make mud
with these colors.
Hahahahahaha!
That bottom card up above there,
I was trying to show how you couldn't 
possibly make mud. And what do I do?
I make mud. 
Yep.
But, I'm keeping it - contrary to what I said
in the video. I am sure I can do something
sometime with it. Hahahahaha!
I have three favorites from the ones seen above.
I bet those of you who know me best -
can tell which three.
Alice Hendon, results of Marabu Easy Marble on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper. even the backs are pretty
 I did get a pleasant surprise I wasn't expecting.
Because of the way I completely submerged the
Bamboo paper in the marble bath -
the backs had some interesting looks, too!
And I really like that!
I can use both sides!
Alice Hendon, results of Marabu Easy Marble on Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper. even the backs are pretty
I don't know how I will use these just yet.
Now that they are totally dry,
some of them feel smooth to the touch and
would take pen work very well.
Some still have strands of goop gunked up on them.
(That's southern talk for 'they are a mess.')
But I will find a use for them because I don't
waste any of this awesome Bamboo paper for
anyone!

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The link should open in a brand new window,
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Product Review: Kraft Paper Sketch Book from Hahnemühle Fine Art #hahnemuhle_us #hahnemuhleproductreview

Alice Hendon, product review of the Hahnemühle Kraft Sketchbook, decorated cover
 For the past week I have been having a lot of fun
working in the Kraft Paper Sketch Book from 
Alice Hendon, product review of the Hahnemühle Kraft Sketchbook, 80 sheets

 Hahnemühle has entrusted me to do some product
reviews and they send me product to play with.
Which I love so much!
They trust me to play and give an honest review.
All the thoughts here are mine.
(But I can tell you a secret before you read any further -
I absolutely love this book!)
Alice Hendon, product review of the Hahnemühle Kraft Sketchbook, decorated cover
So let's go back to that first photo.
I noticed as soon as I opened the plastic wrap,
that this would be a super cover to tangle!
Or paint, or collage, or mixed mediapalooza,
whichever art style floats your boat.
Both front and back of the spiral book seems to be
covered in similar, but heavier, paper than the pages.
So I pulled out my Tombow Mono Drawing Pen
and started having some fun!
The pen work went on like a dream! 
Smooth, no skips, nothing on the surface of the
cover for my pen to hang up on.
Just smooth fun. 
I even used a little Cosmic Shimmer watercolor
and it was awesome!
Water did not bother this cover at all.
Piece of cake!
Alice hendon, Hahnemuhle Kraft Paper Sketch Book, inside garden page
Then I moved to the inside pages.
There are 80 sheets of paper which means 160
work surfaces if you work on both sides of the page.
I don't typically do that, but I could if I wanted. 
What color are the pages?
As the name implies - they are the color of
craft paper. A sort of tan color.
With undertones of grey which my camera and
scanner both pick up.
It was really difficult to get an accurate shot
of the color.
With tan pages I like bringing in brown pens with
white highlights and lots of shading.
And the Kraft paper did not disappoint.
I tangled a garden on the first page of my book.
For tools, I used the Tombow Mono Drawing Pen, 
a Zebra Zensations Sarasa Fineliner, 
a brown Micron, a gel pen and a 
General's white charcoal pencil for highlights, 
the Zentangle woodless pencil for shading, 
and probably something else I am forgetting.
Hahahaha! That was like a few days ago.

So.
How did the first page go?
Awesome! Absolutely no problems with the pens
or the gel pen or the shading/highlighting tools.
The surface of these pages feel slick to the touch
and I expected that to be an issue with pens,
but it was not. All my tangling tools worked great!
The particular book I have is about 6" x 8" and is 
the perfect size for a tangled garden!
With the spiral binding, I could easily remove this
page for framing or for gifting.
Alice Hendon, mandala drawing in the Hahnemuhle Kraft Paper Sketch Book review
Next, I wanted to see how a large amount of 
black ink would work on these pages.
Remember I said the surface was slick?
And at 55 lbs the paper isn't all that thick.
I didn't really know what to expect,
but it worked great!
No bleed through of black and I got a good solid
coverage of ink.
No feathering, no bleeding, no smearing.
I used the same basic tools that I used on the
garden drawing, but was heavier handed and more
intentional.
Awesome sauce!
I should point out that I really love the way shading works in this book! 
Smoothing and pushing with my tortillon worked very well! 
I was able to get a smooth, almost buttery look. 
Yay!
Alice Hendon, Hahnemuhle Kraft Paper Sketch Book review
I had a maroon and a blue micron that I hadn't used much. 
I wanted to see how they would look when used on the Kraft pages. 
With the tan backdrop.
The blue held up really well, fairly true to life in color.
The maroon looks a little darker here on the Kraft paper,
but I can still tell it's maroon. 
For this drawing I used Zebra Pens' Drafix pencil to shade.
It went down very well. 
A little harder to smooth and 
push with the tortillon - an issue with the pencil itself. 
Alice Hendon, stamping in the Hahnemuhle Kraft Sketch Book
By this point I had already used my normal go-to
pens and pencils and gel pens.
So I pulled out a black StayzOn Ink pad and this cute
little stamp and stamped my girl onto a page.
I used Copic markers to add color
Copics are alcohol based markers and they literally
bleed through pretty much everything!
Sometimes through more than one layer of paper. 
Alice Hendon, stamping in the Hahnemuhle Kraft Sketch Book
Considering this paper is only 55 lbs,
this bleed through is not that bad.
(And there was none on the next page.)
One thing I noticed is the StayzOn ink did not bleed through, 
it stayed on the front of the page where it belonged.
The color quite literally has 5-6 layers of copic in most places. 
Knowing that - the bleed through isn't
that bad. 
I kind of like her little bow-legged look on the back of the page. 
Hehehe.
And if I want to - I can recreate the front here 
on the back with perhaps pencil. 
So it doesn't mess with the Copic color 
on the front.
Then I could have two cute little girls
blowing dandelions.
Win-win.
Alice Hendon, stamping in the Hahnemuhle Kraft Sketch Book
 These next three pieces of art used the same
StazOn ink pad - I really don't use any other.
The color is Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens.
The colors in all these stamped images are a little
subdued because they are on a tan colored paper - 
but that was part of my process -
to see if I could still get pretty images.
And I think I did. Absolutely.
Alice Hendon, stamping in the Hahnemuhle Kraft Sketch Book
 I had no problem coloring with markers.
No soaking up of ink, no feathering, no smearing. 
And these Pitt pens did not bleed through 
to the back at all.
The back of these three pages are pristine
and ready for more art. 
Alice Hendon, stamping in the Hahnemuhle Kraft Sketch Book
The Pitt Artist Pens are perfect for the
Kraft Paper Sketch Book.
The colors even remained pretty much true.
Alice Hendon, review of the Hahnemuhle Kraft Paper Sketch Book, using watercolor pencils
I wanted to see how the paper handled a little water. 
For these sweet little owls, 
I used a water brush and Amazrock Watercolor Pencils. 
Granted, it wasn't an overwhelming amount of
water like I am prone to use, but I used a fair amount
of water to move this color around.
And I had no warping or rippling of paper.
None at all.
Just a cute little row of owlets being all cute and stuff.
Alice Hendon, product review Hahnemuhle Kraft paper sketch book and glitter pens
 For this last one, I brought out my
Wink of Stella Glitter Pens, the Tombow Mono
Drawing Pen, a regular black Micron, 
a Sharpie fineliner, and a golf pencil.
And they all worked splendidly.
I tell you this paper is beyond wonderful
for all the different tools I used.
I had no problems at all. 
Alice Hendon, product review Hanhnemuhle Kraft Paper Sketch Book, buy it!
My recommendation to you would be this.
Buy it.
Hahaha!
Simple and to the point, that's me.

You can not go wrong with this paper
for tangling, stamping, colored pencils,
non alcohol markers, gel pens, glitter pens.
This Kraft Paper Sketch Book
from Hahnemühle can do it all and be your 
new go-to journal.
And you might want to get more than one!
Here are a couple places you can purchase
the Kraft Paper Sketch Book line:
New Egg  

Buy with confidence and have fun! 
I'd love to see your results!

This product was given to me by Hahnemühle.
All the projects shown and ideas mentioned are mine.





The 100 Day Project Wraps Up! #the100dayproject #ledaartsupply #zentangleallaround

Alice Hendon, my 100 art pieces for The 100 Day Project!, the creator's leaf
I am going to hope this photo is clearer 
than it shows on my computer screen.
Collage of my 100 pieces of art for
I made this in the free section of
a friend pointed me to this program.
Alice Hendon, day 100 of The 100 Day Project, the creator's leaf
I worked on this piece over two days,
so part of it was day 99 and the whole
piece is day 100!

Overall a great project but really - it is
so hard to keep going. 
After awhile you just want to get your life back. 
I will not be doing this project myself
next year, but I will be there in spirit for
those who want to participate.
Great job to my Zentangle All Around members
who kept up with the project and to those
who are finishing up.
All of us totally rock!!!
Alice Hendon, I Survived the 100 Day Project, 2018, the creator's leaf

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Thank You, Jesus, We Are Almost Done #the100dayproject #ledaartsupply #zentangleallaround

Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
 So thankful this 100 Day Project is almost over!
This has been the looooooongest
journey I have ever been on.
And I will not be doing it next year.
I absolutely promise!
The above piece of beautiful watercolor took
care of two days worth of posts. 
It is going to be part of a product review
before long, so I won't tell you much about it
now except the tangles I used are:
printemps, corragate, florz,
and pine roll. 
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
 Day 88 was in my Baby Leda Pocket Sketchbook
Tangles: bales, narwal and a bit of
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
 Day 89 is part of another product review that
will be coming up in the next week. 
This section of gotcha is part of a much
larger piece.
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
 Day 90 sees me back in the Baby Leda.
Color is Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor
and the tangles are:
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
 Day 91 - Baby Leda and
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
Day 92 shows airways, flux, and tipple.
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
 Day 93 is back in the Baby Leda.
Pattern is kuke.
Alice hendon, the 100 Day Project is almost done, days 86-96, The Creator's Leaf
Day 96 is part of an upcoming review,
but I can tell you the tangles are:
and fiore

I am working on a couple product reviews that
should post soon. Finishing up some art for those.
And so thankful this 100 day thing will soon
be done. Glad I did it, but glad to have it over.
Thanks for staying tuned and for cheering me on!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tombow Watercolor Tutorial

In Our Yard This Week

Alice Hendon, baby hawk of some sort, Maine
 Since moving to Maine, we have found all sorts
of wildlife in our yard.
Moose, bears, deer, groundhogs, beavers,
otter, raccoons, porcupines, coyotes, fox -
perhaps others, those are what I recall. 
We found this little guy yesterday.
We believe he is some type of hawk.
Too young to fly yet, still fluffy and fuzzy.
And no mama in sight. 
Alice Hendon, baby hawk of some sort, Maine
 He is pretty good at camouflage.
Mostly he has been hiding under a bunch of leafy
bushes. Mark saw him run and hide the day before.
Then yesterday we saw him sitting on this 
downed tree. 
Alice Hendon, baby hawk of some sort, Maine
 I was able to slowly move around him,
trying to get a decent photo
but my camera kept focusing on all the
other stuff and not him.
Alice Hendon, baby hawk of some sort, Maine
He kept an eye on me but never tried to
run and hide.
Alice Hendon, baby hawk of some sort, Maine
We believe him to be some kind of hawk.
Haven't seen him today yet.
Hopefully he is in hiding.
I saw some golden colored hawks flying
overhead last week. I am guessing they
may have been his family.
Welcome to Storybrooke, little guy.