Friday, June 13, 2014

Dreamweaver and Imagine Crafts: Endless Possibilities-Final Day!

 Welcome to our first ever collaboration week with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko! We've shared all of our toys on both sides, so be prepared for Endless Possibilities! Three prize packages are available, each containing one set of each of these inks and stencils/dies. Just leave comments on each post of each day this week (June 9th - June 13th) for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 17th!
Imagine Crafts New StazOn Pads from Tsukineko
Stencils and Dies Prize Package
A scrapbook page using the bare tree die with the owl die and stencil.

I have been having such a great time using the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko products this week...WOW! Today I am going to use the Versafine inks. They work absolutely wonderfully in a stencil brush. I would like to just give a word or two about good stencil brushes. When you are using a stencil brush with ink and stenciling onto a paper surface with a shading or rouging technique my suggestion is to use a soft tipped brush. There are a lot of brushes out there that are considered "stippling" brushes, which work fine against fabric or hard surfaces like wood or walls, but if you try to rouge with them against paper you get rough brush strokes. So if you want a smooth soft looking application use a soft tipped but firm bristled brush NOT a stippling brush.
A card for a friend who loves birdies.

Today Wayne (hubbie) and I collaborated with the design of this owl. Wayne is a certified Zentangle teacher (CZT) and two of his own patterns have been shown on Linda Farmer's site tanglepatterns.com. You can go to tanglepatterns.com and find step by step instructions for many many patterns. The main difference between doodling and the Zentangle philosophy is that you can teach someone how to tangle, but you have to be a natural when it comes to doodling. First Wayne placed the stencil onto white card stock and traced the design of the large owl stencil (LG751) using an 01 micron pen. Then he did all of the tangle work next. The beauty of using a stencil to tangle inside of.... is that the design of the stencil creates the "strings" or compartments in which to create your pattern or tangle. Here are the instructions for the two patterns that are his own...the one on the birds chest is called Logjam and the one on top of his head is called Viaduct.
This was used on the owl's head or cap
Logjam was used on the owl's chest.


The red lines indicate what you draw first...a very step-by-step process. You can go to tanglepatterns.com and learn other tangles to add. Suzanne McNeill has written a book using our stencils which is called Zentangle 6 , which has other patterns you'll want to add to your repertoire.

Ready to stencil, ink work is finished and the owl stencil is in place and versafine colors are decided...

After Wayne finished his tangle-ation of the owl I let it dry and then placed the stencil on top and added the color by stenciling with the wonderful Versafine colors of ink that you see here. I have to admit that toffee was one of my faves...but being a blue maniac the deep lagoon was right up there too. Now...what happened next is something that I always find challenging. Which is...what do I do next? The creative process for me often comes with putting the pieces together and I am sure most of you are like me ...in that there are a lot of pieces around here. But we have a new owl die set (DG751) and it contains a shape die that just cuts around the outside of this owl....you can see it in the upper right corner of this picture. So I decided to give it a try. Since the artwork was all done I didn't want anything to move so you can see my taped down die around the owl with the blade facing down. I have him sandwiched between the two acrylic plates that I use just for die cutting.

Because the artwork was completely finished on this guy I made sure to tape him down as he was going through the die cutting process.

I started this process thinking to make him into a scrapbook page as you see at the top. But I also photographed him as a finished card as you see below.

7 gypsies/canvas corp paper from the Conservatory collection.
I paste-embossed the sentiment stencil "fine feathered friends" (LM2009) using the Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP). And also aged the edges of the background paper using the Versafine Toffee colored inkpad. Once the sentiment was dry I also added a vintage look to the gray paper that it was on using the same Versafine color.

Now take some time and see what the wonderful Tsukineko and Dream it UP team's have created today. Leave some TLC along the way...that stands for tender loving comments...for a chance to win the giftees listed above. Thank you for taking time to see what's new in the world of Imagine Crafts and Dreamweaver Stencils this week.


43 comments:

Blue Rose said...

All I can say is WOW! Great job Wayne! Congratulations. Thank you for the tip on the brushes Lynell...learned the hard way.

Heather Thompson said...

What a great hop this week, so many talented and creative artists here. Thank you for all the inpsiration and techniques. Loved it all!!

LynB said...

Love it when Wayne joins us!!!! Card/layout is awesome. The owl is an absolute essential stencil and diecut to own! This has been a fun week.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow...I DO love the owl and how awesome he looks all zentangled. I appreciate the knowledge sheets about how the designs were created! Your combination of blues and browns just make me swoon!

ionabunny said...

So Gorgeous. I not an artist but I have done some very pleasing tangles. Logjam is perfect for the owl. Love it

Kaypeanut said...

Such a cute little Zentangled owl. Lovely.

Cin said...

That is soooo cool. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. I love the colour combination.

Louise said...

Wow! I love everything about this! Thanks for the tangle instructions, I'll give them a try!

marylouh said...

the owl is spectacular. I've dabbled in zentangle but haven't gotten to far. this might be a good challenge to get me started. thanks for having the hop. It was wonderful.

Yolanda said...

Amazing!!! beautiful colors

Barbara Nies said...

Amazing card! Thank you for tutorial and inspiration.

Christina Doré said...

Great instructions, great tangles, and what a wonderful owl stencil and ide combination!

Christina Doré said...

Oops, I meant to type die not ide!

CraftyJo said...

Love this - what a great bit of tangling :)

BurningRubber said...

Wow! That is so gorgeous! You two make one awesome team!

Kristine Reynolds said...

Love this!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

fabulous owl...love the colors!

Karenladd said...

WOW!! The visual texture on that owl is amazing! Thank you for all the tips on stippling. I have a set of stencil brushes that I've never even used and this is motivating me to take them out and play with them.

Lea said...

Love this card! I'm a huge owl lover from way back so they always appeal to me! We need a big branch stencil so I can have something to sit them all on! Thanks for the directions on the doodles, too! Wayne is amazing!

Sue D said...

It has been an awesome week--love this owl.

Miriam Prantner said...

Well you two are just such a talented couple! What a great piece! The Zentangle designs are wonderful!

Denise Bryant said...

I love that the owl has the stencil and the die to coordinate! And I am amazed at Wayne's zentangle designs... wow! Fabulous card! Love the colors you chose of the Versafine inks!

snazzyjj said...

Love the owl and the detailed zentangles.

Julie Staves said...

Love the owl. Lovely design and really suited to being zen tangled.

Susanne said...

Just love the owl and wow it has a die as well. Perfect. Like how Wayne has Zentanglec the owl such a great idea, love it :)

Janice K said...

Three lots of inspiration in one blog post! It's lovely to see how we can use a stencil in a page layout as well as on a card, it will make me look at my stencils in a different light. Thank you for the great step by step Zentangle patterns, they're very effective.x

Jo4Him said...

Very cool; love how you combined the zentangle patterns. Thanks for sharing

Pam Hornschu said...

Awesome card, Wayne and Lynell! Love Wayne's new tangles!

Diane Napolitano said...

OMG - I've always loved dreamweaver and saw the die sets, but couldn't picture them in my mind. Thanks for directions even I can follow, lol. Love, love, love the Zentangles, TFS

sue k said...

STUNNING!!! You and Wayne are both VERY creative. Your colors are perfect.

Sue
http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Nancy Hawes Designs said...

Your owl is adorable, love how the stencil and die go together !

craftymom205 said...

Love the owl.

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SHartl said...

That owl is just beautiful! All the shading and stenciling makes for a striking end result!

Celeste Goff said...

Wow! What an amazing project! I love all of the detail and the stunning colors you chose!

Leanne said...

Wow! The owl looks awesome with all the doodling.

Karen Ballantine said...

This card is lovely, great doodling!

Golda said...

I love what you and Wayne did for the owl. He looks fantastic. I love that there is a die for him, too.

Katie said...

Such an awesome card! I love owls and love these new dies. And wow to the new zentangle patterns! I will have to try them out (I zentangle too). Beautiful work. ANd I love everyones projects on the hop! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Robin B. said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I love the owl, thanks for sharing.

WhoMom said...

He is OMGosh wonderful! Love the zentangle addition to his pieces. He's a great addition to a scrap page or to a card. Fabulous.

Linsey said...

Such a gorgeous owl! Your technique is marvelous! And this is a very inspiring project! TfS

Jan Castle said...

Love the owl....sooooo cute!
Jan

Jade Passmore said...

Wayne is an awesome Zentangler! Thank you for sharing a couple of his techniques. I am going to give them a try. The ink colors on the owl are wonderful, too.

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