#dangleday

Angela Porter 13 July 2018

I declare today, Friday, to be #dangleday! And to celebrate, here’s a dangle design, which includes a hand-lettered quote.

Want to draw your own dangle designs? Need a bit of inspiration or advice? Then my book “A Dangle A Day” is available to pre-order from Quarto.

I drew this one on paper with a Sakura Pigma Micron PN pen, scanned it in and then edited and coloured digitally using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, which is now totally free! My Microsoft Surface Book and Pen were used to do this.

I’d include this in my bullet journal (BUJO) as a really cute quote page.

It would look lovely as part of an art-journal page too, though cutting out all the fiddly bits could be a bit challenging, though re-drawing them would be easy enough I’m sure.

I do have some ideas about dangle designs and art journals and other stuff that’s running around my head, but they’ve not really become solid enough that I can bring them into practice…yet.

If I made the dangles a bit longer, then this would make a really nice bookmark. It would also work quite nicely as a tall and thin greetings card, I think. Especially as the quote could easily be changed for something different.

Over on the Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans facebook group, it’s #furbabyfriday. I’m looking forward to seeing them all! Why not pop over and say hello?

Embrace change and fly – mixed media.

embrace change and fly 1 by Angela PorterThis is something I finished today.  It’s not my usual intricate, fussy kind of work, but instead I’m working with mixed media.

To create this I have used gesso, crackle paste, various acrylic paints, iridescents, stamps, stencils, pens, Gelatos and a whole heap of patience with myself and breaks away from it to regroup and return with fresh eyes and new ideas.

I’m quite pleased with the end result … and I think I have learned some things through doing this.

Art Journal Page

Today, I followed my instincts/intuition and spent time creating an art journal page. It’s not often I share my art journal pages it has to be said, but this one is something different for me in terms of my art journal.

The tree looks like it’s made out of Tiffany-style glass and shimmers slightly with a golden opalescence. The words are very appropriate for this point in my life. I really am standing at the threshold of a door that is opening into newness for me and it is both exciting and scary, but I’m taking the decisions to step through that door as fearlessly as I can.

My art journal is proving very useful for my personal progress and insights into myself and what is happening within me when I don’t have words to describe it. It is also a way for me to explore different ways of artistic expression, including me getting very mucky fingers and hands today, which is most unlike the usual me!

What it did allow me to do was to find a sense of contentment, inner peace and the ability to have a gentle smile on my face throughout the day, even now. That truly is a good thing!

That happens when I create art of all kinds, but even more surprisingly it does when I’m working out what is going on with those pesky ‘inner demons and black dogs’ – the negative thought patterns that are so wrong. It’s easier to dispel them when I’m creating, a lot easier.

A article entitled “Is colouring as a hobby beneficial or harmful?” was shared on my Facebook account today, and re-shared by myself.

My answer to the headline question would be that it is whatever each person gains from the experience.  For some it is creative as they utilise all their creative skills in the use of colour, for others it is developing and exploring how they can use pattern, for others it is just a pleasurable break from the hurly-burly of everyday life, for some it becomes an almost meditative practice where they lose themselves in the flow of the process, for some it may be a return to the innocence and lack of responsibility of childhood.

What is wrong with these things?  Nothing!  Are they harmful?  I doubt it.

Yes, it’s something that seems to be ‘all the rage’ now, the colouring ‘fad’; but is it a fad?

Adults have always coloured in and enjoyed doing so, just not quite as openly as now.  Colouring books for the more mature market have been available for many years for those who saught them out.

What was once a hobby, an interest, a pastime that was done almost in secret is now coming out into the light, and that can only be a good thing.

Here’s the art journal page I created today, and though it isn’t my best drawing work, it’s not meant to be.  and I enjoyed the colouring of the tree and so on as much as I did the drawing and everything else!  And I feel calm, peaceful and content even now, some hours after I finished the work.

And that is no bad thing at all.

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Starting an art journal

For a long, long while I’ve wanted to keep an art journal. However, I’ve been puzzled and confused and not sure what to do with it.

Yesterday, I decided the only way to find out how to do it or what to do with it was to just do it, and to use it as a way to experiment with media/techniques I don’t usually use (certainly when I’m doing the black and white line art for the various publishers I’ve done/doing work for).

It’s actually quite fun. I’ve found a way to make use of the sheets of Gelli printed patterns which aren’t much use for anything else as I’m playing with the Gelli plate(s). I’m using Tim Holtz’s Distress inks with sponges and home-made stamps/texture plates too.

It’s also a way for me to combine words and art, something I’ve never really been happy with.

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