Raven Knotwork for New Site

Today marks a significant turning point in the work I have been doing on the new blog website design. It has been in progress for a while and I have also been studying and working with Medeaval Illuminated Manuscripts. I have really filled my life full
n. It has been in progress for a while and I have also been studying and working with Medeaval Illuminated Manuscripts. I have really filled my life full of wonder and work this last year. It has been an amazing pilgrimage. Now I am re-building my online houses.

To celebrate the milestone I reached today I wanted to post the Raven Knotwork for the header of the new website. I loved working on this design so very much. I am have so much more design work to do both in coding and in knot work.

Raven Knotwork

Knotwork Raven for website header

Today I am actually working on touch and non touch favicons. Im not sure how much the web will change in the next six years, but I am hoping not to have to do anything too major before then.

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ArtSnacks January 2017 Unboxing & Review

ArtSnacks January 2017 unboxing

ArtSnacks January 2017 unboxing

January started with these bright bold colors the sing of spring to come. I got a bit lucky with two primaries to work with, though the yellow is very very bold. I find the waterbased markers to be great tools and this Persian Blue delivers some very nice transparency.

  • Art & Graphic Twin RB+F by Zig: This is a versatile tool and if you like both types of tips the Real Brush and Felt, this is the better investment. The real brush allows you to dip into water or scribble onto a pallet and then dilute with water and a separate brush. I received the Persian Blue color. This pigment is a good indicator of high quality through out the product line and upholds the reputation of Zig as an art supply producer. The pigment dilutes well, stays crisp, clean and translucent. The only drawback to a serious artist is that there is no color fastness ratings.
  • GOLDEN High Flow Acrylic Paints:The colors I received were Fluorescent Chartreuse and Fluorescent Blue. The wide versatility of the intended application of the media should gain appeal to most mixed media artists. The drawbacks to these pigments were there lightfastness and a slight chalky look to the pigment that reminded me of tempra.
  • Koh-I-Noor Magnaum Black Star Pencil:This was a fat HB 1821 wooden pencil. I felt lucky to get my preferred hardness which is the most ideal for working with watercolor. The benefit over a wood pencil is that the lead allows for softer pressure than those of mechanical pencils.
  • Snap! Series Paintbrushes by Princeton Brush:I received a #6 Flat Shader, not as versatile as a round, but worked very well with the acrylic media. No loose bristles, cleaned well, and retained shape.
ArtSnacks January 2017 media test

ArtSnacks January 2017 media test

ArtSnacks January 2017 Product Guide

ArtSnacks January 2017 Product Guide

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ArtSnacks Challenge December 2016

Celtic Lion Capitol

Celtic Lion Capitol

Bright colors from this months package help liven up a very cold winterscape. I decided to use this lion I was working on to test out this months products for the #ArtSnacksChallenge of December. These pencils were very flexible for multiple uses. I’d prefer if the pigments were a bit stronger, but the softness might be lost and that was a great feature. Below are some snapshots of the process to show how it looks before and after the waterpen.

Celtic Lion Capitol drawing

Celtic Lion Capitol drawing

Rhodia is one of my favorite general use stationary makers, and I am so glad to have found a US source. I have been in love with the stationary ever since an ex-boyfriend’s mum gifted some to me.

Celtic Lion Capitol First Phase.  Here the Caran d'Ache pencils have filled in the shape.

Celtic Lion Capitol First Phase.
Here the Caran d’Ache pencils have filled in the shape.

Blended with water

Celtic Lion Capitol First Phase.
Here the Caran d’Ache pencils have been blended with a waterpen to smooth out like paint.

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