Thursday, 2 June 2016

art journal page - ink fairies TMI tag 40 questions

As it has been a while since I blogged, I thought I would share a youtube video with you guys that gives you a bit more info about me.  This is a TMI video I did, answering questions whilst sharing a timelapse video of an art journal page process.  :)  Enjoy. If you like this video why not check out some of my other videos.  Like, subscribe and share :) T x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

My first Art along with The Art Sherpa

Hi Folks

I thought I would share with you all my first adventure into art along.  I follow a talented artist Cinnamon Cooney, otherwise known as The Art Sherpa and can be found here on Youtube.  She is very vibrant and funny and enjoyable to watch.  Her videos are long, however, that is necessary for what she is trying to achieve.  She shows you every step of the way in real time in order to let you art along with her, you can pause at anytime if you feel you need extra time to catch up.  Alternatively as I have done, you can watch first (I like to do this when she is live and have her playing in the background while I am making and eating my tea usually due to the time difference) and then watch a second time and art along. I have a few videos of Cinnamons saved as I have watched and thought "hmmm Id like to try that canvas" of course as always life has gotten in the way.  Until now.  I am about to share with you my very first canvas art along using acrylics.  My journey back into art started with art journaling.  I figured there was a lot of stencil using and stamping and so I did not have to actually rely on my drawing skills.  Little did I know that I would be lured back to using, what I thought were my non existent drawing skills.  They are certainly not non existent now.  I am doing more and more and improving each day and loving it.


This first photo is the stage I got my picture to before I decided it was far too late at night and I actually needed to get some sleep before I made a mistake lol It was looking good and I really did not want to ruin my hard work because I was too tired.  It was after midnight (embarrassed face lol) I had gotten so engrossed in what I was doing I did not notice how late it was.  So I got some sleep and the following day added my silhouette...............
Oh my a Dragon has flown into my canvas quick run for your life :) lol
This was such an easy tutorial I truly believe anyone can have a go.  The best part is this video features a newbie guest, Ian otherwise known as the offkilter crafter and can be found here , painting along too.  Why not click here and see for yourself.  This particular episode was sooo soooo funny it had me truly laughing out loud. 
Thanks for reading, take care everyone
T x 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Big Art Quest - #bigartquest

Hi Folks,

As if my last post wasn't exciting enough I have some more great news.  For all you budding and potential artists out there I would like to tell you about the new art series I have come across on YouTube.  It is the brain child of The Art Sherpa who can be found here on YouTube. It is essentially a series of free art lessons weekly for a full year to help you on your own art quest.  To learn all there is to know about acrylics and painting from colour charts to how to price your art for selling.  If this appeals to you why not check out the first video on her series and find out more by clicking here where you will find out in The Sherpa's own words what the #bigartquest is :) I have started this quest so I would like to share with you what I have done so far.  We can go at our own pace there is no hurry to complete any of the tasks the videos will be there for as long as YouTube exists.

This is my colour chart, although I own a lot of art supplies I have a variety of different mediums in a slightly larger selection of colours but only really have 6 Daler Rowney system 3 student grade acrylic colours (apparently the best in their class or so I have read).  I am ok with this as I am pretty sure I can made do with what I have for now and add other colours as I go along.  I will definitely be continuing to grow as an artist so will continue to grow my collection of acrylic paints and with a bit of luck upgrade them to artist quality eventually.   

So as part of the colour chart lesson it was suggested that we look at nature and study some of the colour and colour changes etc.  Well I confess I have not really ventured outside much to do this but as a keen photographer wannabe I take a lot of photos when out and about all the time so I have gone through and picked a couple that I thought would be interesting studying for colour and tonal values. 

here they are

These are great for realising that although there is a lot of one colour it can vary in tone and the pop of read for example on the robin really draws your eye to the robin rather than the snow or the branches.  The top photo shows how although there are some very different colours such as blue pink and even yellow of the flowers there is not a clashing colour in sight they all compliment each other :) Don't you just love nature :)

Thank you popping along and reading.  I hope you get excited about and join in the #bigartquest and start your own Art Journey :) T x

Thursday, 21 January 2016

The success of my YouTube Channel and Giveaway January 2016

Hi Folks.

I have not posted for a while and I thought I would get the ball rolling again with this exciting news.  I have unfortunately neglected my blog for a while (not deliberately) as I have been working on establishing my very own YouTube channel Tartantaz Creates, which can be found here on YouTube.   I started this channel in the Summer of 2015 and also joined a group called the Creative Arts Collaboration ( CAC ) on Facebook.  This group has helped me to grow my channel from nothing to now over 100 subscribers.  I am amazed I have gotten as many so quickly, thank you to all my subscribers so far.  Anyway my really exciting news is that because I have reached and gone beyond 100 subscribers I am celebrating with a give away here on YouTube. Where you can win this original Canvas painting. Go watch my video, if you are a subscriber and post a comment giving either a future suggestion or what your favourite video of mine has been so far I will enter you into a draw to win the canvas I create on my video.  I will do the draw on the 27th January 2016 and post a video to announce the winner.  Good luck to all who enter :) There's more...........

 My Giveaway video is part of the CAC January hashtag event which runs from 20th January until the 24th January 2016.  The hashtag event is a group of youtube artists getting together in collaboration and each using the same hashtag in order to make it easier for our viewers to find us rather than relying on the algorithm YouTube uses to decide who sees your video in the search results.  All members of the CAC who join in post a video with the same theme and voila you have an online visual art exhibition :) Its great why not use this months hashtag and see what great art you can find over the next few days.  Now what's even better is that the videos do not go away.  The only thing that stops after the 24th January is that no new art for that hashtag will be added. Here is a list of the hashtags so far.  Use these anytime you like as long as the videos are on YouTube you will find great stuff. Remember and type the symbol # then the rest of the hashtag into the search bar of YouTube and see what pops up.

July 2015 #lovesummerart
August  #pawgustart
September #lovefallart
October #thinkpinkart
November #thankful4art
December #lovewinterart
January 2016 #coloroftheyearart - please note so my hashtag is accurate I have spelt it the way the CAC have spelt it.

Alternative why not pop over and look at all the playlists available on the CAC YouTube Channel here

Thanks for joining me today. Take care have a great day.  T x

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Come join our Doctor Who Dunnit Mystery Art Crawl #Doctorwho #CAC

I am an unknown Doctor companion.  There are 12 others.  Come see our art videos and hear our clues to figure out who killed the doctor.  Be sure to head over to Ian Garlands channel to guess who killed Doctor Who to be in with a chance to win a prize.  see below full instructions on how to play and the background story.  Each video will contain a video play list you can follow to find all the participating channels.  Click here to view my video, once you know how to play etc  There will be an (i) in the top right corner you can click on that for the full play list.

How to play:
 Solve the Crime and see Doctor Who Art
 Welcome to the Doctor Who Dunnit art Crawl. Meet the unknown Companions of the Doctor. They posses the clues to who MAY or who MAY NOT have murdered The Doctor. Here are their stories listen and solve solve the mystery of the timelords downfall. Each has witnessed an enemy, thwarted an attack, and posses a special art skill to save the universe. Travel through time and space to unravel the truth while seeing some great art and crafts. At the End of your Journey put your guess for the killer at this Link. ( link here) A special Doctor Who prize drawing for all who complete the journey smile emoticon
 The Doctor has been found dead in an interdimensional room. This room is full of robot wind up toys staring blankly in as if waiting for something or someone to awaken them smile emoticon Windows surround the room with Tiffany style glass picturing a bent gnarled tree. It is hard to look at them without an overwhelming feeling of dread. In the corner an impossibly ridiculous looking generator sits with flashing warning lights. There is a logo painted on Koschie and Deca clean nuclear Energy. The shadow Proclamation and the Sisterhood Karn work together to return the doctor to gallifrey in a special time lord urn designed to hold the time energy and return it to the Untempered Schism. Instead of his time energy streaming out art supplies fell out. Many impossible art supplies. You have been chosen by the Dark masses to listen to the testimony of the lost companions and determine what has happened to The Doctor

 If you are an artist/creative YouTuber and have a channel why not Join the Creative Arts Collaboration (CAC) Community (Fill out the member request form from our FanPage on Facebook)

I hope you enjoy your trip though time and space.  Don't forget to share this with your friends :)

T x

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Cancer awareness collaboration #thinkpinkart 2015

The Month of October was Breast Cancer awareness month.  For this reason the facebook group CAC (Creative Arts Collaboration), which I am a member, chose to do  #thinkpinkart event.  This event is now closed to adding new videos but the art videos created and uploaded between the dates 15th-18th October will be on YouTube for as long as the artists do not delete their videos and/or YouTube exists.  The purpose of this blog post is not so much to promote the event will happen but more to promote that the event has happened and that the content can still be accessed.  After all cancer awareness is important all year round.  It is also about my thoughts on three words that for me became a focus of my art for this collaboration (click here to see my video).  The three words I am talking about are Love, Hope and Faith.  I have heard these three words often as I fought my own battle with cancer 15 years ago.  I googled these words for inspiration and asked some of my Facebook friends to tell me what they think these words represent for them.  Here is what I came up with.


"is thinking someone else is more important to you"
"this world seems to have very little love lately but yet be full of it"

The Dictionary definition of love : A strong feeling of affection.  A great pleasure and interest in something.

Faith -

"believing in something that is bigger than you.
"faith in god or whatever, faith is another word for trust"

The Dictionary definition of Faith is: Complete trust in someone or something. Strong Believe in doctrines of religion based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.

Hope -

"I hope that the world is a kinder place for my kids"
"hope, wanting things to stay good or get better a lack of hope is depression"
"Where there is life there is hope"

The Dictionary definition of Hope is that it is a feeling that what is wanted can be had, a person or thing that the expectation is centred around. 

So hope is a feeling or an expectation of the future. My gut feeling is that hope is the most important aspect of living life to the full.  Without that sense of hope for the future what would we feel? why bother making the effort if there is no hope?   Hope itself is difficult to quantify as feelings and expectations are very subjective, are these feelings positive or negative in nature.  However, from what I can see in the quotes from my friends and the quotes found in inspirational quotes via google, a sense of positivity is the common theme.

So how can hope be found with cancer? This is a very difficult question to answer as not everyone survives cancer.  So I will not dwell on this too much as I do not wish to upset anyone needlessly.  However, as death the most difficult painful aspect of a diagnosis of cancer, I believe hope is one of the most important needs for those with the diagnosis.  As well as their family and friends.  I also think Hope is very individual and is tied into a persons expectation of the future so for example a persons hope may not be tied to their own personal outcome but could be that their hope is their children grow up without the risk of developing cancer.  So all our fundraising for cancer research helps to keep that hope alive by getting closer to curing all cancer. Alternatively by raising awareness it encourages early detection so therefore a greater chance of survival.   

Can you find hope without love and Faith?  Hmmm well I guess receiving affection from another will strengthen your resolve? Having love for another will give you a reason to look forward and have hope for either your future or theirs or both.  Faith, well if you do not believe you can do anything that will give a feeling of hopelessness.  Remember the dictionary defines faith as believing or trusting in someone.  That someone does not have to be someone else, it can be you.  So therefore if nothing else you have to have faith in yourself to believe you can do "something", "anything".   So I guess looking at it like that they are all interconnected and rather important for each other too.

Cancer research uk have recognised the need for hope and as such I hope my contribution to the #thinkpinkart will help spread the word and help to inspire people to raise funds to help others find not only Hope but Love and Faith too.

Please remember these are my thoughts on the matter, I urge you to draw your own conclusions based on your thoughts on yourself the world and others.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.

 Until next time Take care T x

Friday, 9 October 2015

Marker pens and how they react on different papers.

Hi Folks.

Here is my latest experiment with my art supplies.  It came about when I posted a comment on this video done by Stacey Fell, who is an up and coming artist who posts youtube videos of her work, well worth a watch.  I gave some hints and tips about using marker pens.  I am no expert but I have been experimenting a bit with trying to use markers correctly.  I have referred to a book called Drawing and painting beautiful faces (mixed media girls) by Jane Davenport. She has a really good step by step guide on how to use marker pens.  Although Jane uses copic markers and I only have promarkers / flex markers, the technique remains the same.  If this is of interest to you, why not click on the link below and watch my video on how marker pens react on different papers.  I have used ordinary card stock, printer paper and both sides of special marker paper by daler rowney. I hope you enjoy this video.  Please feel free to leave any comments.  Perhaps suggestions of what my next video could be. 

Marker pens and how they react on different papers

Thanks for stopping by. 

T x