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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
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    Leaf Prints

    Leaf imprints, soft gel, acrylic glaze testing. Substrate: Old book paper.

    Testing acrylic glaze and soft gel using leaves from our japanese maple tree. To do the test, I used a very old book paper from a book about postage stamps so that it would absorb stuff {or not} without any sort of protective coating.

    This is the soft gel test. Top leaf, put leaf on paper and then painted gel over the leaf to use the leaf as a mask. Bottom leaf, painted the leaf with soft gel and then used a brayer to press the leaf into the paper to transfer the gel to the paper in the shape of a leaf. 

    This is the glaze test. Left leaf, put leaf on paper and then painted gel over the leaf to use the leaf as a mask. Right leaf, painted the leaf with glaze and used a brayer to press the leaf into the paper to transfer the glaze to the paper in the shape of a leaf. 

    After letting the fluids dry for about 1/2 hour I painted a coat of gouache to see what worked best of the four experiments. I expected the glaze to work better than it did - I've used glaze before on old book pages and it usually looks great. The winner was using the maple leaf as a mask and painting around the leaf with soft gel. The edges look especially interesting where the gouache gathered.

    Leaf imprints. Substrate: 3x5" index cards.

    Painted background with india ink & heavy body acrylics. Painted maple leaf with heavy body acrylics. Made several leaf imprints on top of each other with brayer.

    Painted background with heavy body acrylics, dripped alcohol inks. Painted leaf with acrylics, made leaf imprint using brayer.

    Painted background with india ink and alcohol inks. Painted maple leaf with heavy body acrylics. Made several leaf imprints on top of each other with brayer.

    Pressed leaf against paper to use it as a mask. Painted around leaf with soft gel {like in the leaf-on-old-book experiment} and then removed leaf. Painted with gouache. Gouache soaks in where gel was not applied.

    News: Zine #11 is available now!


    A Few Inadvertent Blog Posts

    The reality of juggling the amazing tools of the blog-o-sphere is that with just one incorrect setting you can inadvertently release something into the world before it is ready. If you receive updates via a feed reader or email, you may have received 4-5 blog posts called "Tangents," a new series that I was planning to launch in July or August. Always so much going on behind the scenes here at DY and in life in general. At least it wasn't an epic rant about chicken pot pie or drivers veering into my lane while texting or putting on makeup.

    And so, with that, I will introduce a new series coming later this summer at Daisy Yellow. 

    Art Journal Tangents & Topics: The Series

    The series includes art journaling techniques, video tutorials and creative prompts all thrown up into the air and tossed up in random fashion. We won't stick to any particular medium or method. We'll create art journal pages, draw patterns and ink designs. We will go on tangents and discover new tactics to apply to our art journal pages. 

    The series will be free.


    Zine Issue #11 is Launched!

    “Dream lofty dreams,
    and as you dream,
    so shall you become.”
    John Ruskin

    Issue #11 is officially launched into the world. I do hope that you enjoy it.

    18 pages: ♥ Find a Boring Spot ♥ Stapled Collage {by paper fanatic Lauren Bergold} ♥ Index Card Love ♥ The Unfinished Journal ♥ Illustrated Flash Fiction ♥ Nurture Creative Habits with a Field Journal ♥ Nine (9) Kick-Start Art Journal Prompts ♥

    Get Issue #11 Daisy Yellow Zine

    Jam packed with ideas + inspiration. No Ads. Great content. Totally digital. Super colorful. 

    At Etsy you can purchase the Zine in sets {Zines 3-4, Zines 5-8, Zines 9-11} via instant DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. After payment is sorted out via Etsy, the digital Zines in full color PDF format are immediately available for download. THE ZINE FILES ARE IN STANDARD PDF FORMAT. Read about previous issues here.

    Content including format, ideas, photography, artwork & imagery ©2011-2014 Tammy Garcia.



    Led Zeppelin in the Moleskine

    "Invariably, some of the more astute of Led Zeppelin's listeners realized
    that what they were watching was in part a magic show.”
    Stephen Davis

    8x12" watercolor Moleskine, ink, watercolor

    A page dedicated to Led Zeppelin. Drawn over the course of a few hours while my dad was teaching my daughters and I how to play bridge and then we switched to our favorite game of Hearts. I just kept adding to it bit by bit. Watercolored the next day. Lots of references to music, lyrics, concepts, mysteries, psychedelic stuff! Here's more work from this journal. It is a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    Random Squares

    “Our homes do not have to offer us permanent occupancy or store our clothes to merit the name. To speak of home in relation to a building is simply to recognise its harmony with our own prized internal song. Home can be an airport or a library, a garden or a motorway diner.”
    Alain de Botton

    Playing with masks.

    Collecting rose petals from the pool.

    Field trip with 7th & 8th graders to a water treatment facility. Lots of pipes.

    Failed but yummy scented attempt to dry oranges, tangerines & grapefruits {from juicing} in the sun.

    Playing Careers with DD12 and drawing in a tiny handmade journal with pens from Tokyo. Best game ever. 

    New tripod. 

    Levels and layers.

    Interesting natural shapes.

    Pretty puffy purple weeds invading the front garden. 

    Prepping for ICAD by paging through my cards from previous challenges.

    Some days it seems like the world is overflowing with inspiration. There are so many things that I don't remember to include at this blog. Bits from my day, quirky stuff that goes on around the house, things that bloom in the garden. 


    Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap #2

    The stack of postcards is going out in the mail {late, like clockwork} for Hanna's 2014 Spring Mail Art Swap! The theme this year was stripes of black interspersed with everything else, lots of stitchy texture, plus the inside and outside of the circle shapes. I had a lot of fun creating these, using everything from espress-stained papers to gelatin plate prints to watercolors to... an acrylic painting on canvas, cut up!!!

    You can find my time travel post where I share the postcards I've made for all of Hanna's swaps over the years.


    Experiments: 19 Mandalas, 2 Inks & Gouache {Part 6}

    Let's review. experiment #1 + experiment #2 + experiment #3 + experiment #4 + experiment #5

    What are experiments? Experiments are my way of exploring art materials in every which way. They lead to tangents. The goal is not the page at the end, but the EXPERIMENT ITSELF.

    How will you know your materials inside out if you do not test their limits?

    "What if" questions guide each iteration. So I am analyzing the interplay between various inks, water, gouache and also pens and nibs. Sometimes I start with a hypothesis but just as often not.

    What's this experiment all about? On this page, I drew 19 mandalas using two different inks. I then painted "around" the mandalas with gouache with a limited palette {purples, blues} to get the soft blend at the outside of the shapes. The inks here are J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir {the bright blue} and J. Herbin Perle Noire {the deep purple}.

    Here's the first post about this journal, with more pages. This work is in a Moleskine Watercolor A4 Journal.


    For those planning to do the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, I just published the first of several ICAD Creative Warm-Up Exercises. Be sure to get both of the blog feeds in your feed reader or via email if you don't pop in regularly. Info about the feeds is at the bottom of the ICAD FAQ.

    Zine #11 will be released in the next few days!


    Line Practice: Pangrams

    my doodles altered digitally

    Sentences containing every letter of the alphabet {pangrams} are perfect reference tools for drawing practice! To improve your lettering skills and refine your ability to “see” the details & differences in letters, write sentences with an ultra-fine black marker in a variety of fonts.

    More Pangrams:

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
    Why did Max become eloquent over a zany gift like judhpurs?
    Six of the women quietly gave back prizes to the judge.
    We could jeopardize six of the gunboats by two quick moves.
    I quickly explained that many big jobs involve few hazards.
    My folks proved his expert eloquence was just a big hazard.
    Quickly pack the box with five dozen modern jugs.
    Brown jars prevented the mixture from freezing too quickly.
    The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

    Practice Matters

    The more lines you draw - with intention - the better your lines will be! I promise, practice makes all the difference in the universe. Just keep drawing lines. Not merely squiggles, but lines where you "try" to do something. Maybe parallel lines, perpendicular lines, grids, flowers, invented patterns. There is no magical formula at all! Your hand and arm and mind will gradually learn how to do what you intend to do. You might not be able to "see" your progress for a year or two, but it will happen. Just keep going. Like the energizer bunny.