Keeping Busy

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I found a packet of store bought blank cards, so I’ve been working on making Zentangles to put on the front of the cards.  I think they will come in handy for birthdays, and other celebrations, as well as Thank You notes, when needed.

Zentangle 297-cardDrawn on pink card stock using a Micron .005 pen.  The tangle is called Bales.

Zentangle 296-card

Pale blue card stock; Micron .01 and .005 pens.  Tangles:   Jax (variation), Aqua, Waves, Vigne (on right),

Zentangle 295-cardAgain, drawn on pale blue card stock using Micron .01 & .005 pens.  The flower is based on a picture I saw in my seed catalogue; variation of Meer; and then filled in with curvy lines. Zentangle 294-card White card stock mounted on red card stock.  Drawn with Micron .01, 005 and filled with .05 black pen.  Tangles:  Flutter Tile (background); Hybrid (variation); Flowervine; Eddy (border.)

Zentangle 293-card I tried something a little different on this card.  On blue card stock, I mounted a white paper doily , added three other layers — another shade of blue card stock; I cut out butterflies and a flower from an old card.  The tangles are drwan on beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  Tangles:  Purk (egg shaped tangle); Facets (on left); Fiore (background); Blink (chain-like tangle); as well as a few swirly and curvy lines which have no tangle names.Zendala Dare #91 - greenA Zendala Dare #91 the 4″ size.  I mounted on card stock cut to fit to make a card. Zendala Dare #91 - blueAnother rendition of Zendala Dare #91.

Zentangle 306 - cardI mounted this photocopy of a Zentangle I found in my card box onto a dark blue card stock.  I glued sprinkled glitter all over the yellow photocopy.  The glitter doesn’t show up on the scan.  It’s an iridescent  clear glitter.  Zentangle 298-card This and the following cards are still part of the ready made embossed cards that I purchased long ago.  I’ve decided not to list the names of all the tangles used. I just hope you enjoy viewing them.Zentangle 299-card Zentangle 305 - card Zentangle 300-card Zentangle 301-card Zentangle 302-card Zentangle 303-card Zentangle 304-card Zentangle 304 - cardI will mention that this one has been sprinkled with the iridescent glitter.  It’s quite pretty.  Unfortunately the glitter doesn’t show up on the scan.

Thanks so much for taking time to view my art.  I always appreciate a comment.

 

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More Twinchies

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Finished more Twinchies.  This Swap will have 50 participants so I have a long way to go to complete enough 2″x2″ Twinchies to send to everyone.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 2(Left to right) – “Oof” and “Quib,” official Zentangle patterns; “4 Corners” by Barbara Finwell; “Bask-It” by Anna Houston,CZT; “Poser” by Beth Snoderly; “Dex” official Zentangle pattern; “Cruze” by Caren Mlot; and “Mr. E” by Shawn Hayden, CZT.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 3(Left to right, top row) – “Fassett” by Lynn Mead; “Eke” official Zentangle pattern with step outs by Sandi Bartholemew; “Drip-Drop” by Debbie Perdue, CZT; “N’Zeppel” and “Cadent” official Zentangle patterns; “AA’s” by Judy Murphy; “Cayke” by Rose Brown; and “Linked” by Bicki Murray, CZT.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 1(Left to Right) – “Cyra” by Beth Snorderly; “Archer” by Chris Gerstner; “Kuke“, by Katy Abbott, CZT8; “Fiore” by Jane Rodgers; “Betweed” official Zentangle pattern; and “Navaho” by Caren Mlot.

And here is the last group of the Twinchies.  Hurray!!  I finished them all!

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 4(Left to Right) “Pina” by Carol Ohl, CZT; “Efilys” by Sandra Strait; “Bumpkene” by Beth Snordly; “Sindoo” by Sahron Robinson; “Japan Diamond” by Laura Linlet; and last but not least, “Ixorus” an official Zentangle pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed looking at these Twinchies as much I enjoyed making them.  Would love it if you left a comment.

Gratitude

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Zendala Dare #86 by ronniesz
Zendala Dare #86, a photo by ronniesz on Flickr.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

— Melody Beattie

 

This week’s Zendala Dare is the template which inspired these hearts. The challenge was to show what we are grateful for. I’ve featured my daughter-in-law (left), my daughter (right), my dog and my kitten. All of them bring me joy and love and I’m very grateful to have them in my life. Stop by Erin’s blog, The Bright Owl, to see the original template; and check out some of the other great renditions of this template. Thanks for viewing. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

The First Day of Hope

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“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

T. S. Eliot

Wow!  The first day of 2014.  I’m looking forward to the new year and hoping it holds good things for me.  I guess everyone feels that way.  One never knows what the future holds but it’s always good to be optimistic and hope for the best.

I’ve been working on lots and lots of bookmarks for an upcoming Swap with the Yahoo group “Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap.”  They are posted on my Flicker page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80288200@N03/ ) and also on the group page.  I would like to add them to my blog but I just seem to run out of time.  So, stop by and check them out and leave a comment.

I started this Zendala Dare last night and worked on it most of today.  It’s drawn on 8.5 x 8.5 beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  I used metallic gel pens and Prismacolor pencils to color it.

Zendala Dare #85Do hope you like my efforts and will take a moment to leave a comment.

 

Is This Cheating?

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A new tangle from Zentangle.com called “Quib” is featured in this week’s Diva Challenge. In addition, at my group Zentangle Inspired Art, the TOW (Tangle of the Week) happens to be the same tangle. So, I’m posting my rendition at both places. Is that cheating? Should I have drawn a different one for each site? Truthfully, there are not enough hours in a day to make as many ZIAs (Zentangle Inspired Art) as my heart wants to draw. Hope you like this one. It’s on beige card stock and colored with gel pens. Your comments are appreciated and welcome.

Busy as a Bee

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Hard to believe that the last time I posted was early September.  I haven’t been idol.  I discovered a number of Zentangle groups on Facebook and have been engrossed in creating Artist Trading Cards to swap, as well as, posting my work at the various pages to share with the group members.  Between drawing the ATC’s, scanning and posting as well as, keeping up on viewing all the wonderful art posted by others, I’ve had little time to post on my own blog.  I even thought about deleting my blog since I don’t seem to have enough time to keep up with writing and posting on it.

I spend my time participating in Erin’s blog posts at The Bright Owl.  She manages to create and post a beautiful Zendala  (a mixture of Mandala and Zentangle) template every week.  I enjoy drawing tangles on the Zendala every week and posting on her blog.  These templates are her designs.  In addition she works full time and has a busy social life.  Another favorite of mine is I Am The Diva’s blog.  She issues a challenge each week which makes creating the Zentangle a challenge and a joy.  This woman has two children, one of whom is often being treated in the hospital or needing medical care, and until recently had a full time job.  I am amazed and wonder how they both have time to keep up with a blog.

I really shouldn’t be so hard on myself.  I just went back and counted the number of art pieces I’ve created since I last posted and believe it or not, there are approximately 120 pieces I’ve posted on Flicker.  A great many of them are ATCs which come together quickly, but I’ve also done a number of pieces on 8″x12″ cardstock.  The larger ones can take up to two days to complete.  If you care to look at them, feel free to click on this link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/80288200@N03/  Flickr seems to be the place that I, for sure, post what I’ve drawn.

My previous post, titled “As Promised” showed the large (27″ x 21″) colored Zentangle which I framed and hung in my home.  In addition, I recently completed another framed piece (17″ x 17″) which is posted below:

[Before color]

Butterflies are Free [The finished product complete with color]

butterfly framedI do hope I’m forgiven for neglecting my blog.  I’m not quite ready to delete it.  I do have the intention to keep on blogging.  We’ll see how it goes.  Thanks so much for viewing.  You know I would love to hear your comments.

As Promised

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If you can believe it, I still haven’t gotten my printer/scanner to work.  I’ve tried every which way to get it to either print or scan.  No success!  Well, I just couldn’t not do my artwork, so I figured a way to use my Iphone to take pictures and download them onto my computer.  I don’t think the picture quality is as good, but it will have to do.

I have a daughter-in-law who is a computer whiz.  In fact she works at fixing people’s computers all day long.  All I need to do is give her a call and she’ll get me straightened out.  I’ve procrastinated calling her because she’s been so very busy lately, but I do intend to put out a call for help soon.

Meanwhile, I promised to post the process of making my large (25″w x 31″h) picture.  I’m happy to say that it is framed and hanging on a wall in my home.  I’m pleased with the outcome.  I’d love to do another, but I need more wall space.  I would have nowhere to hang another large picture.

As you can see, the bristol board is almost as big as my dining table.  I must admit that my antique table is not as large as they make them today.  Here you can see my tools and the first tangle on the board.

IMG_0625A day’s work complete.  I really don’t recall how long I worked to achieve this stage.  The time just seems to fly by and I lose track of it.  The pencil sketch is a tube-like, intertwining tangle that runs throughout the picture.  It creates spaces for me to fill with tangles.

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The spaces are starting to fill.

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I apologize for the fruzzy quality of some of the pictures, but as I said before, it is really hard to get a sharp, clear shot on my Iphone.  Here’s the finished Zentangle Inspired Drawing.

IMG_0637A closer look at the finished picture.  You may notice that I started to color it before I realized I wanted to take a picture of the finished piece.

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Here the work in color progress.

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The finished piece before framing.

IMG_0721Here’s the finished picture in a black wood frame hanging on my wall.  Sorry, about the reflection from the flash on the glass, but you get the idea.

IMG_0726It’s really difficult to see and appreciate the detail in these photos.  But I am glad that I documented it.  From start to finish I think this project took about two weeks.  I did other projects in between and didn’t work on it every day.  I’d love to read what you think of it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to your comments.