Monday, July 11, 2016

Somerset Studio Gallery Summer Issue WINNER!

Today is the day to announce the winner of the SSG magazine.  

Congratulations to Nancy P!!!!  Be sure to email me your full name and address, Nancy, so I can email the info to Stampington, they will be sending you the magazine.  My thanks to everyone who entered.  I will be having another give-away in two weeks for...wait for it...The Coloring Studio Vol. 2!

Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Zentangled Cat

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."  ~ Terry Pratchett

I'm on a Zentangle kick again.  Today I'm sharing my latest project, a Zentangled Cat.  Very briefly here is my process.

I started with a sketch of a Siamese cat inspired by the design found in the book TangleEasy Lovable Pets by Ben Kwok transferred onto a piece of  gessoed 11" by 14" watercolor paper.

The design is lightly sectioned off with pencil and then the tangles are added with Black Micron pens.  I use the Apprentice Pigma pen 05 and the usual Black Micron 01, 03 .  I try to use light and dark patterns to keep it balanced.  I generally work on projects like this first thing in the morning while drinking coffee and searching Pinterest for tangle patterns.  I know it looks complicated and time consuming but it really isn't, I find it relaxing and centering.

Normally I would do some shading with a pencil but since I want to use this as a coloring page I'll hold off on that until later.  At this point I will photocopy the cat onto heavy card stock and color in the eyes with watercolors later.  It will make a great page to share with people for a coloring book party!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to read any comments you might want to share.  Don't forget about the drawing for a free copy of the newest issue of Somerset Studio Gallery magazine.  The rules are here,  any follower of my blog in the U.S. is eligible to enter, the magazine will be mailed directly from Stampington.  The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Take care ~ Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Give-away!! Somerset Studio Gallery Summer Edition

                                               Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2016

To celebrate summer I am sponsoring a give-away of the Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2016 magazine. There are so many amazing artists featured in this issue and Stampington has very generously offered a copy for this give-away.  There are just a few rules, you must be a follower of my blog (so I have a way to contact you) and a resident of the USA since Stampington will be mailing it directly to you.  To participate simply leave a comment on this post during the next 7 days.  The drawing will be open until midnight, Sunday July 10th, then one name will be drawn out of a hat.  I'll announce on Monday, July 11th who the winner is, then that person can make sure that I have their mailing address.  If I cannot get that information within 48 hours I'll be forced to draw a different name.

Stay tuned for another give-away 2 weeks from's a surprise but one I know you'll enjoy.  ;-)

Wishing you all the best!  Hugs ~ Renee