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Monday, April 27, 2015

Alcohol Ink Publication

Hope in the Wasteland- SOLD
The alcohol ink group I belong to on Facebook decided to self-publish an Alcohol Ink How-To book from all of their members.  Each of us got to create a page and explain some of our techniques.  For mine, I wanted to explain how I would fix mistakes, or happy accidents, on my paintings and mold them into something even better.  The painting that I chose to talk about was "Hope in the Wasteland."

If you're interested in learning how to create with Alcohol Inks - this is a great learning tool - and best of all it's free!  Check out my page here:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#201 - For Moebius Syndrome

I finally had a chance to do the Diva's weekly Zentangle challenge!  Wahoo!  This week's challenge was to use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo.  This is a disorder that the Diva's son has and she wanted to raise awareness for it.  To quote her page:

"For all my new friends - Moebius Syndrome is a congenital nerve disorder affecting cranial VI and VII nerves controlling the lateral movement of his face. Moebius is a spectrum disorder - so some cases are more severe than others."

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Inks Inks Inks

After a lovely Christmas and New Years adventure, I have still be very busy with playing with inks - especially my alcohol inks.  But, after reading the new Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine, I saw something else that caught my eye; I saw Splash Inks.  Splash Inks are an acrylic ink and in only 4 colors - however these are the same 4 colors that are in a printer - so they can be mixed to make just about any other color! 

What was one of the first things I did with them?  Why, I just mixed them with my alcohol inks.  Alcohol inks and water-based inks do not mix, so they never blend together completely, drying to a lovely swirled pattern.  This one was created on Yupo paper.

Interested in purchasing?  Check out my link here:

Hope you had a lovely holiday season and are learning new things about your art, too!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


I have been thinking a lot about the post from I Am The Diva's Weekly challenge - the last challenge for the year. The challenge was simplicity - to determine that however we wanted.

A couple of weeks ago I managed to be in Little Five Points in Atlanta; what a fun area! Very vibrant with a lot of great shops (and food!). I also managed to stumble into a store called Crystal Blue - the store was filled with fun rocks, books, and some new age things. A t-shirt in the back of the store caught my eye because it had an absolutely beautiful pattern on it. The store clerks were so helpful and told me that was considered Sacred Geometry and that the shape was called Metatron's cube. I bought a book on Sacred Geometry, convinced I would easily learn to draw the shapes.

No. No it was not easy. I forgot how much better I am at organic designs - things that flow, that don't need rulers. You add a ruler and a compass? I fall apart. Damn. So what was I starting to remember? Simplicity. I need to simply this pattern. So I learned the Seed of Life - only seven circles. And what is one way to draw Metatron's Cube? To start with the Seed of Life!

Even that drawing isn't perfect- but I was so much happier with it, and then felt so much more comfortable then with the next design.

Is that one perfect either? No. But I completed it - and now know what bite-sized chunks I can do to complete it.

I think Simplicity should be my resolution for 2015!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Challenge 197

I finally had time this week to do an I am the Diva tangle challenge! This week's challenge was to use the tangle Arukas. Very fun challenge!

A photo posted by sarah leigh (@imknottangled) on

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inspired by the Masters

This month from Art Journal Journey was to be inspired by the masters. I found this to be an interesting topic since I have most recently been influenced by this book: Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them by Angeles Arrien.

The five shapes most often found in most cultures are the circle, the spiral, the square, the cross, and the triangle.

So I might not be copying a specific master, but instead trying trying to copy the artists and craftsman of very very long ago!

More ink on tile....I might be addicted! #ink #doodling #doodles #drawing #artlife #art #paint #painting #happy

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alcohol Inks

So this past month I have fallen in love with alcohol inks.  I used them in the past on paper or canvas with gesso and enjoyed them, but then I tried them on Yupo paper and tile.  I realized that this was what I wanted watercolors to be!  Vibrant, flowed well, and made beautiful pictures.  I have had so much fun - can't wait to see where this path leads!