Keeping Busy


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.



Happy Valentine’s Day


I did three Valentine Day cards this year:

Valentine - rls 2014 Drawn on white card stock using Micron .005 pen and colored with fine line pens.



Valentine - dr 2014


Drawn on white card stock using Micron .005 pen and colored with fine line pens.


Valentine - hg 2014Drawn on pink card stock using Micron .005 pen and colored with fine line pens.


All three cards have sentiments on the inside which I didn’t scan. 

Thanks so much for viewing.  Do hope you will leave a comment.



“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”
William Jordan
I’ve been participating in a lot of Swaps lately.  Seems I made two ATCs for the group Zentangle Inspired Art, mailed them off, feeling right proud of myself.  A few days later I was informed in an email that I had sent off the wrong size.  The Swap called for 3.5″ x 3.5″ Zentangle size drawings.  I had sent 2.5″ by 3.5″  ATC size. Oops.
So, rather than  beat myself up for not reading the instructions properly, I just told Cheryl, the hostess, I would prepare two more pieces.  Luckily the drawing are not due until the end of November.  Now I know why I like to get things done early.  If I do make a mistake, I still have a chance to correct it.
Here are the first two ATCs I sent:
Zentangle Free Swap-Nov '13 - #2 of 2
Zentangle Free Swap-Nov '13
Here are the two new ones I drew:
!01 Zentangle Free Swap #1 of 2
!01 Zentangle Free Swap #2 of 2
Actually, I like the second set I drew much better than the first.  Sure hope the recipients like them too.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments.

As Promised


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.


The spaces are starting to fill.


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.


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.

Like It Or Not

I’ve missed a couple of the Diva’s Challenges.  Just seems I’ve been busy lately and didn’t have time to get them done.  I did, however, find time to do this week’s Challenge, a monotangle of Dex, a tangle created by Maria Roberts.

I found this tangle a bit daunting. I had a hard time coming up with enough variations to fill the entire page.  I found myself peeking at the other drawings posted on the Diva’s blog (Iamthediva).  I don’t usually do that.  I try to come up with my own interpretation, but this one just threw me and I had to seek inspiration from the already posted drawings.

I drew this monotangle on a 7″ x 7″ beige card stock using Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.

Diva Challenge #131-Monotangle Dex"Overall, I’m okay with how this one turned out.  Don’t think I’ll be doing any other monotangles of this tangle.  I wouldn’t mind using it in a drawing, but trying to come up with lots of variations was not particularly fun for me.

Hoping the rest of your week goes well.  Thanks for your visit.  I always appreciate when you leave a comment.

The Weekly Dare


The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

It was a welcome break from my special project to do the weekly Zendala Dare #69.  Here is the template before any changes have been made.

Zendala Darea #69 template Looking at the rough draft, I had my doubts about how this Zendala would turn out.

Zendala Dare #69

To my surprise, I am quite pleased with the final image.

Zendala Dare #69 1

This Zendala is drawn on white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens; it’s shaded with graphite pencil.

Thanks so much for viewing.  I appreciate your comments.  Have a great week.

Half and Half


Half and half, to me, is a mixture of cream and milk, slightly less fattening than pure cream, but rich and creamy enough to turn your coffee a wonderful shade of brown.  My mother-in-law, may she rest in peace, introduced me to this pleasure many years ago.  To this day, I don’t enjoy my coffee unless I have that velvety , luxurious, nectar to pour into my coffee.

Today, however, Erin has suggested a “Half and Half” Zendala.  She drew a number of these Zendalas and posted them on her blog, The Bright Owl.  Stop by and see her beautiful work as well as the entries of the other tanglers who submitted Zentangle Inspired Art to her blog.

Here is my entry into this week’s Zendala Dare:


Zendala Dare #67I used two contrasting colors to split this Zendala in half, as well as, a division of the tangles. Purk and a variation, also Verve are the two tangles that make up most of this Zendala.  It is drawn with Micron .01 and .005 pens; colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor pencils. I do hope you like it and will leave me a comment to that effect.  I hope your weekend is enjoyable.  Thanks for stopping by.