Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tangled Up


Lions - my favorites.

Watercolor

White "Gelly Roll" pen on black cardstock

Water-soluble marker on w/c paper

                              
Another favorite is our local craft store, The Artist's Palette Studio.  The studio offers a variety of half day classes, so I headed over there a couple of weeks ago and took a beginner Tangled Boxes class.  I was more interested in learning how to make pillow boxes than learning Zentangle patterns, but enjoyed doing both.
Zentangle boxes


The boxes below were made at home from cardstock.  I haven't begun to collect embellishments for the boxes due to lack of storage space at the moment.

These small boxes, to be embellished & filled with a sweet treat or tea candle, will make great welcome gifts at an open studio event.
Some boxes might look good with lions drawn on them.


The store also sells beautiful paper worthy of hoarding.
Origami papers
"Marbled Volcano" paper - might look good on lion collage






"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - Great footage of lions,
vocals from original band (Tokens) at around the
2 minute mark



38 comments:

  1. Hello Chris,
    That's an amazing paint. So great!!
    Funny that little boxes. Nice for a present.

    Sweet greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco.
      You still take the best photographs of lions!

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  2. the outline o the lion with the pen works really well. you can tell right away what it is supposed to be

    I remember making those boxes in school, but I don't think we ever did anything with them besides throw the at each other :p

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer.
      I went to school in Detroit - no boxes for us / probably why I like doing crafts now.

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  3. Your watercolor is outstanding Chris!!! You have mastered painting the Lion!! I love how he looks so proud and the looseness of the painting!

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  4. I absolutely love your paintings, Chris! And I really like the things in your photos...the coloured paper looks so nice!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. That paper must appeal to your creative side!

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  5. Wow, Chris! I love lions, too, and you did a lovely job on these! Fun boxes and I think you have a great idea about putting lions on them.

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    1. Thanks, Candy.
      The boxes are fun - getting in touch with your "inner child."

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  6. I love your painting..I am thrilled with the watercolor painting and is fantastic majestic animal!!!
    The boxs is very nice and the paper!
    Happ Day
    Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke!
      I am really inspired by German mixed media artists - especially you!

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  8. I ain't lion - those watercolor, "gelly roll", and water marker sketches are wonderful! How fun to take that box-making class! Very useful and yes, you should put some lions on them :)

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Not as exciting as plain air painting in front of a glacier in British Columbia (love your blog), but still fun.

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  9. Beautiful painting Chris. I love how you captured this proud beast. Your boxes are a real treat too...they will certainly be a real plus for your studio event. Enjoyed the wonderful video too. So glad you shared. Have a delightful day. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Hope you're still keeping cool at Harmony Hills (loved your mini-vacation)!

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  10. A wonderful lion portrait, very majestic ! And I really like your boxes too, would love to know how to do them !

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Hope you liked the link I sent.

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  11. So Wonderful to see your lion! 5 STARS!

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    1. Coming from such a wonderful artist and teacher, thank you!!

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  12. I love your Lions. The one in the gelly roll pen is so dramatic in its simplicity. I love it.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Hope you get a chance to try it.

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  13. I love your Lions. The one in the gelly roll pen is so dramatic in its simplicity. I love it.

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  14. The sad looking lion father - has seen much things in the world! The white lion - a fantastic vibrating silhouette! The water soluble young lion with his strength ready to act!
    I like your sweet Zentangle boxes! And the other boxes too - I like how you combine boxes and papers with your lion-thoughts!
    Happy weekend! Rike x

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    1. Thank you, Rike! I enjoyed doing the lions and boxes very much.
      Hope you have a happy weekend, too!!

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  15. What a beautiful animal! Chris you are the tops!.....and I just love all those sweet boxes. such a great idea for gifts . I'm sure you could even sell those, they are so cute and with your personal touch...WoW! Hope yo're having a great summer ,hugs😎

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    1. A lovely comment from a wonderful artist - thank you, Helen!!

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  16. The lion, the king of big cats ... better than you did here, you can not honor him! The watercolor is absolutely fantastic, but also the lion in the profile is impressively beautiful!
    So pretty also the Zentangel boxes, which you have conjured and I love the marbled paper. Marbling, I wanted to do it for a long time ... but now I am looking for a motif for my first watercolor-batics experiment.
    Many greetings - Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike. I know you like big cats as much as I do.
      The boxes were just plain fun.
      Marbling - I've seen some beautiful pieces done with acrylic pours. When I get the supplies out of storage, that will be on the list to do (and the batiks, too).
      Wishing you the best with your watercolor batik experiments. You will learn from every piece you do.
      Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Ulrike!

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  17. The boxes are so much fun. I can see your lovely paintings on a box as well. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, Ruth!
      I really enjoyed making them.

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  18. Oh, this is so good! I LOVE love love your watercolor painting - and all of your lions are so beautiful! And those tiny little boxes? So cute! Thank you for your sweet comment too! xo

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    1. Thank you, Kristin! You made my day!

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  19. I love the sihouette line - really original. The boxes I think look perfect as they are. The colour combinations that you chose are very jolly. Best wishes.

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  20. Thank you, Lisa. Had lots of fun with this post.

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  21. What a great post!
    First - I really love the watercolor. it is amazing how you captured his strength and wisdom
    using a high key palette. Almost delicate. Talk about skill!
    Silhouettes have always intrigued me and this is achieved with a white gelly roll pen? I have to check on them.
    Love the boxes - great color combinations. Neat.
    Finally - my hubby came over when he heard, The Lion SleepsTonight. Really wonderful so we sat through it twice. Gorgeous scenery and the baby lion stole my heart.

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  22. Thank you, Julie! I think you would love the white belly pen. It's really nice for doodling.
    Glad you and your husband enjoyed the video. I was surprised by the beauty of it when I first viewed it.
    Always appreciate your lovely comments, Julie...

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