Monday, December 31, 2012

Zentangle® Mobile

A photo mobile shows  off 20 Zentangle® tiles at a time! Back to Back.

Special thanks to Barbara Wells, CZT, up in The Villages, Florida for this idea.  She was interviewed in a really nice article last Thursday in one section of their paper.  

And in the article she is pointing to HER mobile.  What a great idea.  (Why didn't I think of that!!!) Thank you Barbara.  So I am passing the idea along.  I have hung the tiles back to back so you can display 20 at at time!  Cool.

I have mine right over my desk in the studio for inspiration (hopefully not distraction).  The photo mobiles are for sale for about $8 on Amazon.com.  

My next problem is how to use the mobile in my Fine Art Show in February.  The ceilings in the great hall are like 30' high so I can't hang them from the ceiling like I can at home. Any ideas.  I'll have a display table for Zentangle Inspired Art and I'd like to keep everything sort of together.  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wrapping up some Zentangle Projects

Card and bookmarks and one tile
Kind of wrapping up some of my Zentangle stuff so I can get to "organizing" my studio for the 30 day challenge coming up starting on Wednesday!  

On one book mark I did some watercolor first and then tangled on top of that. The card is my granddaughter's b-day card (her initials are MH). She is 17.   

Have you checked out Margaret Bremner's Zentangle blog to the right lately?  "Enthusiastic Artist."  On yesterday's post she is tangling a thermal coffee pot.  Naturally, since she is my biggest inspiration, I am going to try the same thing soon.  

January has GOT to be one of my craziest months ever!  Thank heavens I am NOT teaching.  But I am going to be starting to setting up the formats for  the artist's booklet for the Fine Arts show coming up in February.  AND figuring out what 7 pieces I am going to enter which will no doubt involve framing.   AND participating in the 30 paintings challenge.  AND painting my kitchen cupboard doors.  And...and...and...ya get the picture.  Sure hope I can stay healthy.  Lots of flu down here in central Florida right now!!!  I had my flu shot.  Happy New Year guys!  

Saturday, December 29, 2012

30 Paintings in 30 Days

You have to be kidding.
30 paintings in 30 days?
No way.

That is the challenge out for Artists Helping Artists starting January 2.  Are you in? 

Here is the link.

I am #117.  So far at least 140 artists have signed on for the challenge...there are a lot of nutty people out there.  We have all been eating too much brandy fruit cake.  :-)  

But do read all the ideas and rules.  
It is not quite as bad as it sounds.  
There are no limits on size or media.  
These can be tiny. 
These can be ATCs or Zentangle tiles or 3 x 4 canvas or whatever.  These can be ink, pastel, wc...etc etc.
These can be sketches in your sketch book.

One of the "suggestions" is that you post your intentions on your blog, web site or FB so that you are more committed to try to keep up.  Miss a day?  Do two the next day. 

 Last summer I did a 75 day Drawing Challenge with Brenda Swenson.  I drew "in ink" a contour (not blind contour) ink drawing every day for 75 days.  I kid you not.  It's really amazing how much better you are by the end!  If you wanted to you could look at my labels and probably find some of the sketches from my archive.  

So this is similar...a discipline challenge from Leslie Saeta.  If you go to the link you will see links to all 140 or more folks in this.  My friend Sherese is 119 and my friend Durinda is 61.  Leslie suggests that between now and Jan 2 you "get organized".  This is the funniest thought!  Organized?  But I know what she means.  If I plan sketches...where is the sketch book I will use?  If I plan to wc where is the paper and is it cut to size?  Etc etc.  

So...after Jan 2, I "should" be posting at least a piece of art work a day.  It may be a Zentangle but I hope to push off and get back to some other mediums.  I am getting ready for a Yupo wc workshop in March...I'd like to warm up to that.  Anyway...I am going to give it a try.  Wish me luck and, how about it Barb Sailor and Deb Ward...come on...are you with me?  

Artists Helping Artists is actually a second blog site.  Click here. 
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Bloom, Ixorus, IX, Cadent, Striping, Auraknot,  Betweed, Paradox, Cubine, ,Jester

These two bookmarks are Christmas surprise gifts for two friends here at our park in Florida.  They got hung in a little Christmas bag on their door knob this morning.  I used some of most favorite tangles.  

I am never totally comfortable with "Betweed".  Somehow it is elusive to me.  But I like it and I like the way others use it so elegantly so I am going to keep trying it.  I love "Bloom" with the dark background and I have not used "Ixorus" for a long time and I'd forgotten how much I love that one.  Kind of a funky "Paradox" this time too.  All in all about an hour's work of delightful pleasure last night before I turned in. I know Barb and Alex will enjoy them as they are both avid readers.  

It is warm and humid here in central Florida on Christmas eve day...it says 70 on the thermometer but feels warmer (overcast).  I've been puttering with last minute Christmas cooking in the kitchen, cleaning bathrooms, etc as one does before guests arrive.  

Christmas eve service is at 5 at our church and when we get back the whole park with be filled with candle- lit luminaries.  It is magical.  (A neighbor lights ours for us.) In many ways I love Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day.  Once you are past the presents thing, you figure it out.  Merry Christmas.  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

String Challenge

Afreeca, Varago, Hollibaugh (variation), Knightsbridge

This Zentangle® is actually a response to Linda Farmer's string challenge to make a tangle out of the numeral "4".  Yup...it's in there somewhere.  Don't worry about finding it as I can't find it anymore either.  

I wanted to try out Afreeca which is a new tangle to me and I also got snagged into Varago which is somewhat more complicated than I usually use.  But it has possibilities.  Varago popped up on someone's Flicker collection.   

Christmas eve being tomorrow...I felt taking photos on the tree to be justified although I must remember to tell Kendra that I am actually "not" hanging them on my tree.  There is no room.  I just photo them there for a little holiday fun. 

I've been doing holiday baking this afternoon...trying to think of what I might need for the next few days while my sis and brother in law are here.  Our cold weather is slipping off to the east now and we are warming up again in central Florida.  80 on Christmas Day.  Happy Holidays everyone! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Making a Zentangle B-day Card.

Zedra, Hollibaugh, Cubine (variation) Fox Trot, Golvan (variation),
Betweed, Kunstler, Laces, Facets, Rounding, Striping

    What a gorgeous day in Florida.  I'm sort of taking it easy with my back..it's better but not ALL better and I want to feel good next week when we have company.  
    This Zentangle® is on a card w/envelope and it's my hubby's birthday card (on Dec 26th). His initials and mine are the same!  I traced the letters this time from some stencils I had.  
    If you know your tangles, see if you can match up some of them to their names?  Fox Trot is hot off the press. I think those funny little "eyes" in Kunstler are a stitch. They look like eyes to me anyway.  
   Have a super duper good weekend everyone. We are going to the Christmas Model Train show up in The Villages on Friday.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thalia the muse of Comedy

Jester, Socc, Speghetti & Meatballs, Germie, Paradox

Once in awhile I find a patterns that just tickles my fancy.  Jester is one of those.  It's the one on the bottom left that is actually a variation of Knightsbridge.  I am drawn to the more "whimsical" tangles I think.  Also the first time I tried "Germie" which is a hysterical name for the little "germ like" things drifting up on the right hand top corner.  I like the whimsical names too!  

Also the whimsical doll you see is my "muse" who is dubbed "Thalia".  After the greek muse of comedy. She is around in my studio to remind me of the lighter side of life and to make me grin.  Just having a doll with gray hair makes me smile to begin with!  If I can't think of anything to draw...I can always sketch her.  She is very forgiving and polite.  She has bendable arms and knees so she can sit in lots of positions and not hurt her back (like me!).  Although I am feeling better today.  

 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Zentangles®

On this one I had a little fun using Margaret Bremner's variation on Dex and a new version of Verdegogh.

Tried a variation on Earth Rising and enjoyed slipping in some CO2.  

It is fun to go back and try some I haven't used for a long time.

We had such a beautiful day in central Florida...sunny and close to 80 in Leesburg.  The third Sunday in Advent.  A lovely Sunday with no obligations...doesn't often happen.  Time to read the paper, do a few Zentangles®, take a nap, and watch dusk settle over us. 
Have pulled a muscle in my back AGAIN.  Darn.  I have been doing my exercises and I do not life heavy things.  It happens just tying my shoes sometimes.  Sigh.  Back on Advil and the heating pad for a few days again.  
Nine days to Christmas now...like a snowball going down hill that seems to gather speed.  Have a wonderful week.  


Saturday, December 15, 2012


A prayer from my friend Rev Jean Wallenfang...Gracious God,  we offer to you our sighs and our pauses and our moments of deep sorrow.  We hold the people in Newtown in our love.  As you hold them in your embrace may they find comfort, strength, hope, peace, and healing love.  As we hold them in our embrace may we renew our commitment to be advocates for the prevention of violence whether it is in our homes, our neighborhoods, our villages, or any other setting.   May our actions and our words embody hope and peace. In faith we pray...amen

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The perfect desk for Zentangle?

Lap Desk perfect for Zentangle

Inside lap desk.

Zentangle with sticker

I found this little "lap desk" at a local craft fair ($5 can you believe it?).  Just the perfect thing for Zentangles®.  Of course, I had to add a few tangles across the top to personalize.  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cards and bookmarks

These are greeting cards with envelopes on Strathmore stationary.

These bookmarks will be for sale in February at Hawthorne Park's Fine Art Show.

This weekend there were a few moments between Advent activities to squeeze in a few cards and bookmarks.  I love adding a touch of red in a spot on  Zentangles®.  

It was in the mid-80s in Florida today which is actually way above normal for Dec.  We are curled up this evening watching the snow in Green Bay during the Packer's game.  Now THAT looks the December I know and love!  Well "used" to love.

Go Packers! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

English Robin Stamp

Striping, W2, Hollibaugh, Hibred, Caviar

This week I got a darling little stamp on a Christmas card..from England.  It is an English robin with a little star in his beak.  Just precious.  I love pretty stamps.  With all my Zentangle® things laying about i decided to make a special "setting" for the stamp and had a lot of fun just picking whatever felt good.
I thought in the empty space above I might put some words...but have not decide what they will be yet.
What do you think?  

Monday, December 3, 2012

Decorating an Envelope

Footlites, Ninja Stars, Warangale, Dyon, CO2

Been kinda busy this week so my "tangling" was just on an envelope!  I am collecting some samples of Zentangles from my classes to put in a show in February.   I love trying out new tangles and in this one the Ninja Stars and the Warangale are brand new to me.  I love how the CO2 can explode out of any area....very fun.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Off to Peg's Birthday Party

Coaster,  Cubine, Warble, Bales,  Ixora,  Paizel, Sand Swirl, Striping

Footlites

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Butterfly Project

Paizel, Meatballs/Spaghetti, Strircles, Gingham, Crescent Moon, Adeline, Hibred, Fengle, Auraknot, Seljuk

This is done on good quality drawing paper 90# and is about 10 x 10" in size.  The Hawthorne Fine Arts group is sponsoring a Butterfly Project to add to the many that are being collected by the Houston Holocaust Museum.  When we have finished them we will mail them off by May !.  

Zentangle® on a Canvas Bag

Zentangle Tote Bag

Khirkee, Sand Swirl, Striping, Jalousie, Bloom, Socc, Paradox, Zinger, Coaster

I've been doing a lot of reading about different ways to "organize" patterns and information I've collected over the last 6 months.  Making Zentangle portable is one issue.  Keeping the "directions" to making different tangle patterns is another issue.  I've come up with different plans for both of these (for another post sometime.)  

These little plain white canvas bags are from WalMart.  (I know it's not popular to shop at Walmart at this moment but this was months ago.)  
So in an effort to think of some ways of making Zentangle more portable having a few different bags for different options seems a good idea.  

Almost all the tangles on this bag are fairly new ones to me and a good chance to try some of them out.  Striping and paradox are old familiar ones but the others are all newly discovered.  These are done, of course, with Sharpie Ultra Fine pens.  

Incidentally I have finally purchased some Fabriano Tiepolo Print paper which is the paper most recommended by the CZTs for tile work.  It is quite lovely to work on but I have to say that the Canson Montval 140# WC paper I've been using is just as nice and half the price!  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Drawing Class with Frank Zampardi

Watching images emerge out of the paper....

Contour drawing
Every drawing class I have ever taken has been a joy.  and it reminds me that I should be drawing every day.  This was Frank Zampardi's drawing class held at the Center for the Arts in Leesburg, FL. yesterday from 9-4.   Frank teaches up in The Villages at the College for Learning.  

Frank is an excellent teacher and the workshop came with a notebook FULL of excellent hand outs.  We worked mostly in graphite and a little charcoal (charcoal is NOT my favorite). 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Something Possessed Me!!! Uh oh.


I do NOT know what possessed me this afternoon.  After a bit of "studio cleaning" I was moving things around and this painting got set up in the corner where I could look at it from a bit more distance.

This little rounded spot just seemed to say "something should be in this special spot".  But what?
For some odd reason crows have a habit of showing up in many artist's work.  I am not sure why.

But I thought of having a "black" colored bird in this spot might be effective and would immediate make this painting have a right side up, of course.  Big step.  Oh well, I am into risk taking.   

So after I sketched him in I decided to start with a light wash of Antwerp Blue watercolor.  Well, of course, with the yellow behind him...duh..now he's a yellow green.  It will be easy to make him black at some point.  But I decided to stop for awhile and see what my blog readers think.  

Should he be a black black bird?  Or should he be more subtle and the viewer just happen to be surprised by the bird who sort of blends into the back ground?  No rush.  Time to think.    



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

ZIA Splat (Zentangle® Inspired Art)

Auraknot, Hypnotic, Featherfall, Hollibaugh, Paradox, Dyon, BTL Joos, Flutter Pie, Knightsbridge, Footlites, Gingham, Coaster, Black Pearl, Earth Rising, Striping, Tipple, Cincfleur

This is several days puttering. Done on top of a watercolor (Arches 140# cold press) where I was experimenting with blowing through a straw.  This is actually upside down from how I worked on it, but I like this view better.  I had tried to kind of work the two spots in the "splat" where white showed through by making them sort of "see through" in the illusion.

I almost called this "Fantasy Continent" as it almost looked like a strange land form map.  I just laid a mat on tops so it's not tight down or anything...just to have a look-see at the composition and what might need to happen next if anything. 

We are having wonderful autumn days in FL now which means temps in low 80s and cool nights in the 60s.  Perfect.  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

An Ensemble

Ensemble of 4 Zentangle® Tiles 

The 4 Tiles shown separately

Well I have been totally busy for a few days so to make up for my lack of daily art...I decided to make 4 Zentangle tiles and show how an "ensemble" looks. This is the first one I've ever tried and, of course, it takes a lot longer to do 4 than one!!!

In this example I taped them down and drew the string on all 4 of them connecting from tile to tile.  I did continue tangle patterns from one to another where it seemed to work.  I do not think you have to do that.  I think you could draw the strings and then give out the tiles and people could so whatever and then put them together again.  

I tried some new tangles this time.  I'll star the new ones.  Ribbon, Footlights, Earth Rising*, Coaster*, Eylet/Crescent Moon Re-mix*, Scraper, Fishnet, Paradox, BTL Joos, Spaghetti & Meatballs*.  

The re-mix one is courtesy of Sandy Hunter's blog. A remix is when two tangles are reworked into a totally new tangle.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Making Art Every Day in November: jewelry

Adding Zentangles to Jewelry

I found this at a garage sale for 50 cents.  It just seemed to say..."got a tangle to spare?"

Garage sales are a terrific place to look for surfaces to tangle.  I did one little piece of jewelry last summer, if you remember...a tiny little doll pin named Zoe Zentangle.  (I know...I get a little weird sometimes.)  I wear a lot of red (and black) so this seemed like a fun idea.  I used patterns like Earth Rising, Paizel, and IX on this. Just an extra fine Sharpie.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Creating Art Each Day...the Challenge

My first white on black Zentangles

Today really was a challenge to get something created.  Just a busy day.  I did order some white jelly roll pens (Classic .4mm) and thought I'd just do a few little simple trials on the back of my black notebook since I did not have any black paper handy.  (Very hard to photo as it is a shiny surface.) 

The right one turned out (completely by accident) to be a cat, don't you think? I mean I totally did not see it until I took the photo. And it was actually created vertically.  Funny how these work out sometimes.   

Friday, November 2, 2012

Create Art Every Day in November Challenge!

A small box about 4" x 4"
This project was sort of fun!
The box was one that I got flat and then could fold up later.  I needed something for people to put some donations into and so I cut a hole in one side for that as well.  The "string" for this one was based on one that Margaret Bremner had on her blog a few days ago.  Looped strings made all at one time in one stroke.  Also I am participating in the November Art Every Day Challenge.  See here. There are a LOT of artists participating and I was 203.  I don't know if I'll get to posting each day in November...but I might group my work and post once a week.  We'll see.  

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"The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of the work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: On the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work in the "quantity" group: fifty pounds of pots rated an "A", forty pounds a "B" and so on. Those being graded on "quality," however, needed to produce only one pot--albeit a perfect one--to get an "A". Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of the highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busy turning out piles of work--and learning from their mistakes--the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay." Robert Genn

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Friends Help Show Off Todays Zentangles®

Snood, Paradox Knightsbridge, Fengle, Hurry

Elven, Beelight, Chillon, Circfleur, Sabi

Today's Zentangle® were experimenting with a few new patterns found in Joy of Zentangle.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Walking Demo

Fine Art Open House: Ginny doing Zentangle demo

Zentangle Demo using small dry marker board

We had a nice group turn out at the art room this afternoon. There were demos of China Painting, Clay, Acrylics and Pastels, Egg decorating, and Watercolor.  I had at least 8 people actually sit down and make a book mark with 3 Zentangle patterns on it.  Several people signed up for the two classes.  The Nov 8 is full and I have a second class on Nov 29 that is filling up fast.

My apron was a hit.  And it's helpful to be able to point to the pattern that we are working on too.  I am a "walking demo".  

Just got my new Joy of Zentangle book this week.  Can't wait to sit down and go through it.  




Saturday, October 20, 2012

I did finally finish up the apron.  Sigh.
It was totally fun.
BUT I must add that I probably won't be doing another one!  Hahaha.
I figure 5-6 hours on this all totaled.  But spaced out over several weeks when I was traveling and so it was good entertainment!  

My hubby said, "NO spaghetti sauce on that one!"  Oh my gosh!  I cringe thinking of that.  No, this is just for Zentangle classes.  

I figure there are at least 30 different patterns on this one.  The top half are the more "organic" ones that I particularly like such as "feather fall and "BTL Joos".  The bottom half the more "architectural" ones that require more straight lines.  Although I guess "Auraknot" in the center is somewhat organic?  I plan to spray the apron lightly with clear acrylic spray because I did shade with graphite on it and it might help keep that from smearing.  I do not know what would happen if I washed it?  

I bought this generic apron at Walmart.com online and had it delivered to the nearest WalMart for pick up (so no shipping charge).  They keep it at the layaway desk for 14 days.  If you don't pick it up, no charge.  It came in a package of 3 aprons for about $11.  I may decide to paint an acrylic one some day or use fabric paint or try something else with the other two.  

Incidentally, in the very center of the bib you can see a tiny dot of red?  That is actually a Zentangle Pin that I did last summer.  I found it at a garage sale and painted it with white acrylic paint, sanded it, and then put Zentangles on it.  I decided that it would be a good spot to show it off!  The pin came with several little glass sparkly beads on it and I left those on for a little jazz.  

I taught my sister how to do some Zentangles on our trip through NC this fall and when I did the "fringe" pattern (like across the top of the bib) I told her I didn't know the name of it.  So she dubbed it "french fries".  VERY good name. So that is what I call it.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Well, back to Florida.
AHHHH.  85 and sunny every day!.

Had a little time to continue on with "the" apron last night.  The bottom half is done.  

Above that and below the printing I plan some "organic" pattens like "feather fall".  Am going to think about how to arrange those.  

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cabin Sketch

Did a little sketch today en plain air of the cabin in NC.


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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paintings Have a New Home

It!s lovely to have your work appreciated.
There is just something validating about artwork you have created reaching out and touching someone else.


That's how I felt yesterday when my friend, Ann, dropped by and took a few of my paintings home. I am holding "Parallel Universe" which is one she picked. It was so much fun to have a visit with a dear friend I had not seen in a long time! Thanks Ann. have a good winter!




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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Starting to Tangle an Apron

You knew it would come to this. Didn't you?
Again this is not an original idea.
Sandy Bartholomew has a fantastic one on her blog!


This is not nearly so beautiful! It is designed to show off some of my more favorite tangle patterns. I have two spots left to tangle on the lower half and ran out of a steam for today.

I drew a line across the middle and am working now on filling the bottom half.
I am thinking about doing something a little different on the top half featuring more "organic" tangles like Feather fall and Mooka, etc I will insert either my name or the word Zentangles on the bib.

I ordered the white canvas aprons 3/$11 at Walmart.com and then picked them up at a local store so no shipping charge.

We are out to dinner now with my daughter's family.



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Following other blogs

I know. This a snake and a Zentangle. Not my snake. Not my tangle.
Designed to Create is one of the blogs I follow. Zach is a design student from Texas. He posts his tangles in strange places. His work is totally amazing. You will find his blog off on the right side under "blogs I follow".
Just click on Designed to Create and read his fun posts. Be sure to go back and look at some previous posts. It is one of the most creative blogs I've found!

And I definitely have to find more interesting ways to display my Zentangles!
He has also made a time lapse YouTube video http://youtu.be/XycPlF2LepA
And it is really worth watching!!!!


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Zentangles on the Road

I had a little time last night while my hobby was sorting through some garage sale finds, to try to more tangles. The left an attempt at a pinwheel (there have been some challenges on the topic lately and they have been so beautiful...just had to give it a first shot.) The one on the right is more "tree-like" string. Margaret Bremmer has been experimenting with this and so I give her full credit for this idea! Because I am posting from my iPad the photos are fairly small. I am not sure but you might be able to click on the. To enlarge? I am currently in SE Wisconsin on the first leg of our trip south to Florida. It is COLD here and we woke up to 38 degrees.


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Location:Forest Dr,Fontana-on-Geneva Lake,United States

Monday, October 1, 2012

Zentangle and a Reproduction

Opus, Paradox, Drupe, Laces, Kunstler, Hurry, Onamato, Ixorus, Gingham, W2, Knightbridge, Lacy, Brayd 
Full painting
Here is an example of ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) done on a reproduction of an original painting.  So...the painting is a reproduction of a painting of hydrangeas I did some time ago.  BUT the tangles on it are original....kind of like a "re-marking" of the print that some painters do.  

After I cropped the photo to show the close up I really fell in love with the cropped version!  It would make a lovely card too.  It would be interesting to see how buyers would react to this idea...part reproduction, part original! I am wondering if I should re-sign the work somewhere?  What do you think?  Maybe just initial it?  

Naturally it is better to tangle an original...but I do think this has some merit as well and gives you some practice in what works and what doesn't.  I could not enter this into a show that requires original work only, of course.  It's a shame to put all that work into something that you can't show!  So I don't know how often I would do this.

I may not be able to post again for awhile...although hopefully I can post from my iPad as I travel.  We will leave Thursday now, unless we get hung up on the closing routine.  Weather looks just awful toward the end of the week and I've pretty much talked my hubby into the day early departure!!  We plan to be in Florida by Oct 14.  Lots of adventures ahead.  See ya soon.  







Sunday, September 30, 2012

Zentangle® Tiles on Sunday

Chemystery, Koryl

Triange, Gyro, Bilt, Auraknot, Jalousie

Hi-C, Lacy, Hurry, Mooka, Confettus, Laces

BB, Steem, Crescent Moon, Wartz, Unyun
I had some short wait-time before and after church today.  These 4 little 3.5" tiles seemed just to appear. The first one I call "Bird on a Nest" and the second one is "Cornucopia".  No titles for the last two.  You can name them for me.

I have now put together a little "packet" of supplies that I can take with me as I travel (we leave Friday for Florida). Two pens #01 and #05, pencil, stump which I have put into an old toothbrush holder and a pack of blank tiles and my small packet of tangle references tucked into a pocket folder.  I miss having the "how to" instructions on some of the newer tangles or more complicated one.  But that book is too heavy and cumbersome to carry around with me. So it has to get packed where I can't get at it easily.  Sigh.  But I also have several watercolor packs I keep handy for travel too.  My poor hubby has quite a time getting me packed!  And we travel in a PT cruiser!  

4 days and counting.  AND we are supposed to have SNOW by Friday.  
Today, however, we have THE  most gorgeous color in the trees I think I have ever seen.  Lucky us.   

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Hour

Happy Hour
Well we are really down to the count down now...at this time next week we'll be in Fontana, WI (300 miles south of Lac du Flambeau.) The car will be packed TO THE HILT as it always is when we head toward our Florida home...how the sagging springs manage I'll never know.  "Most" of studio is packed now.  

We'll be busy all weekend helping out at the model train show in Hazelhurst.  Then on Monday I will be covering the windows in the studio and taking one last look to make sure I haven't forgotten something important.  Then we begin to bring all the porch furniture inside and it gets stacked in my studio AND then against the studio door.  So that ends that!  So what little happens art-wise from now to next Friday will be very little!  I always leave my sketch book out of course.  

My friend, Mary Warren, may recognize this bar from her trip to Boston a few years ago.  The watercolor itself was done a long time ago.  But today I resurrected it again and added some ink Zentangles to spice it up.  One of the patterns is called "track lighting" (see top left side).  Perfect for an upscale bar, right?  The big mirror behind the light has been tangled in some of my favorite "transparent" tangles like Paradox and Betweed.  I added tangles to the edge of the bar itself and a few other places.  One could go on and on..but it would be too much then.  Thanks Mary for your lovely photo reference.  You are THE best photographer!  Mary has a Flicker site to view more of her exquisite work!  

We wake up to 32 degrees most mornings now and we are at almost 85% leaf color in the north woods.  It's splendidly beautiful...I must admit that!  Greg and I are getting excited about our family time ahead and then our travels to the mountains the following week, in North Carolina!  I hope to post a few photos from my iPad.  If I can remember how!!!

The Happy Hour painting is fairly small 10 x 12 and is painted on freezer paper.  I kid you not!  I took the image off the freezer paper as a mono print AFTER I did the original on rice paper as a batik.  The batik is "okay" but the freezer paper was neat-o.  Go figure.  Hahahaha.  




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