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Painted Rocks

Hi! It’s another summer and rocks have been on my mind…that is painted rocks! Throughout the year I collect flat rocks, which work well for painting tangles or mandalas. I search for the “perfect rock” on Alaska beaches because the waves naturally smooths them for me.

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I usually teach a Zentangle® Rock Painting Workshop at the end of the summer but I’m not sure if I can swing it this year, so I’m sending you this blog post.   I absolutely love to teach the classes but it’s such hard work preparing the rocks. I find them, wash and really scrub them clean, dry them, paint them (usually I spray paint them white but I can’t do that any more because I sometimes end up with pneumonia), and then truck them to the classroom. They are soooooo heavy!!!

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Just the other day I saw this adorable painted rock outside Blaines Art Supply, which reminded me of how much FUN it is to paint rocks!! I went on Facebook and traced it back to Chugiak/Eagle River Rock Group, painted by Beverly Evans. Anchorage also has a large rock group and you  can find groups all over the country! These groups “hide” painted rocks all over the place and unsuspecting people find them! They are little gifts from nature, from me to you, with love! You can re-hide them or exchange it for one of your own rocks. And yes, I’m keeping this cute chicken! 🙂

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One of my rocks from last year. The tangle is “Spoken” by Zentangle®.

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Here are some tips, but  you can find tons of tips and videos on Pinterest and You Tube!

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My favorite rock painting tools are POSCA Paint Pens (acrylic paint), Sakura Identi-Pens, and Faber-Castel B Markers as they are all easy to use and permanent when dry, and plus you can find them at Blaines Art. I sometimes seal my rocks with Golden Gel (no smell) or very-lightly spray a layer of varnish. Mod Podge works too but is too smelly for me. If you seal them, you can have fun hiding them all year!

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So, get out there and find rocks to paint and hide  them where ever you go!! This is a short video I made after my Zentangle® Inspired Art workshop 2017, called,“Random Acts of Zentangle®”. Have a GREAT SUMMER!!

 Donna

 

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Zentangle Project Pack #03

Hi! Are you up for a summer challenge???

Zentangle® headquarters came out last year with Zentangle Project Packs 01 and 02. Maria, Rick, Molly, Nick, Martha, and Julie all participated in these wonderful series of instructional videos! They did a really great job and I’ve learned so much from them and want to share them with you!

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Recently they came out with Zentangle Project Pack 03!

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  Click on link to go to the videos!  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Zentangle-Newsletter—-Project-Pack–03-Video-Links.html?soid=1101168872594&aid=F1fbF4Qp8cY

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Supplies or buy the Project Pack 03 at http://www.zentangle.com

  • 4 (small) or 9 (large) White 3.5″ (89mm) square tiles
  • 2 Graphite pencils
  • Small rubber band
  • White charcoal pencil
  • Black Sakura® Pigma Micron 01 pen (or any extra-fine tip pen)
  • Blending stump
  • Water brush or small paint brush & water
  • Any watercolor pencils

And have FUN!!

Donna

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Pretty Glazed Balls

Hi!  OK, my 2014 New Years Resolution has started!  My goal is to get back into blogging again!  I spend so much time on my facebook pages that I have neglected blogging and I’m sorry about that!  I’m going to try to keep you posted with my current projects, experiences, and thoughts 🙂

Right before Christmas I suddenly got this idea to decorate hanging glass balls.  I’ve actually wanted to do this for the last two summers for the tourists, cutting and painting “Alaskana stuff” on them.  They’re so pretty and can be hung all year round.  What nice little gifts they make!  A long time ago, my sister gave me a friendship ball (painted glass) which hangs in my living room and I think of her every time I look at it 🙂

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I’ve been having soooo much fun making them and selling them at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center (where I work).  I either use clear glass or plastic ornament balls.  I got mine at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store (use your coupon!).  I cut small pieces of paper or fabric and paste them on using a small sponge paint brush and Mod Podge.  WOW!  I’d forgotten how much that glue stunk!!  But I kept on and after three days of horrible headaches, I took a break, and when I went back and got headaches again, and I realized it was the Mod Podge.  What a huge bummer!!!  I switched over to “Golden Gel Medium”, which is a lot more expensive but I don’t get headaches and so it’s worth spending more 🙂

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On the drying rack and three more coats to go!

Let them dry between coats.  I used “Golden thick Gel (Matt)” on the ones in the photos but found that it was just too thick.  I really love and recommend the “Golden Regular Gel (Gloss) Medium” because it’s a thinner and shinier coat!  I think it’s the best!

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Finished glazed balls and in the store! The hanging balls are made with fabric and the balls in the bowl are Alaskan paper.

Interesting…I found that when I put them on a green Christmas tree that the lighter ones stood out so I need to make more of those.

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One of my favorites!

Wishing you much love for 2014 and lots of fun projects!

Donna

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