Saturday, January 24, 2015

Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable.

The prompt this week for our journal group was to try your hand at something that you struggle with, are afraid to do, is not your "Mac 'n Cheese" go to thing.

One of my goals this year was to become comfortable with hand lettering. I don't want it to be perfect but, I do want it to be nice to look at. So with the recommendation of the talented Sandy Bartholomew I purchased this book for myself, The Hand-Lettering Ledger by Mary Kate Mcdevitt.

So I decided that this was a good time to start with lesson one "Serif." Serif refers to a small line, flourish or embellishment trailing from the main stroke of a letter. Aside from a decorative element, serifs were added to augment the legibility of the letters.

Here is my page for my journal:

I even drew the cup! who knew it was in me. This book contains eleven lessons, lots of space to practice in and many tips that encourage and enhance your style. Lots of fun to be had. Thanks Sandy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Challenge #201

This is my fourth Moebius awareness tile since starting the challenges with The Diva in 2012. I really wanted to put a little more effort into this tile and so maybe I will return with another, but I am already playing catch up on my many projects and feeling a bit over wrought. So simple is the way to go these days. Here is my tile for Artoo and Moebius Awareness 2015. If you would like to join in, wear purple on January 24th and show some support.

Moebius Symbol and Ticking

I found time to do a second simple Moebius tile. This one is again very simple because I loved how the color came out on this tile and did not want to cover it up. I used Tombow markers on a mixing palette and sprayed with water then inverted my tile on top of it to soak up all that lovely color.

Pendrills, Flux

Monday, January 12, 2015

Challenge #200 Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration!

Wow! 200 Challenges! I have been here for many, but not all the challenges. This weeks challenge from the Diva is to go to your favorite tangle and fill a tile completely with it. Also to add 200 somewhere in the tile. This challenge may have cured me of my Printemps addiction because at the moment I do not really want to draw another printemp to soon! Here is my tile for the week:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Challenge #199 Hitch

This is the first challenge of 2015 and it will be a quick post for me as I am already playing catchup with the many projects I have started this year. This weeks tangle is Hitch.

Brown and black micron, white signo pen, Hitch, Wud

Sunday, January 4, 2015

And so it begins........

This is my first entry in my 2015 Tangle Journal. I now belong to a Certified Zentangle Teachers group that was formed out of some frustration.  Joining other journal sites was exciting but usually got abandoned somewhere through the year because they usually focused on things to far from what we know and that is Zentangle. Hence, Our Tangled Lives was formed in a closed Facebook group that 150 lucky CZT's are members. Our goal is to complete one entry a week for a year! And so it begins.....

Our first entry was setting an intention for the year. Choose a word that describes your intention and make a string of that word to tangle or do what ever you would like. Having such a diverse group there have been many unique beginnings and I have already started learning for others.

My intention for the year is Wellbeing, the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. I have let myself become lost in the last several years and that was ok, I needed to go through it, but now I am ready to change up a few things so that I will be comfortable, healthy and happy. I hope to achieve these goals buy giving up a few things, adding a few things and being very grateful for what I have in the present.

Here is my first entry:

It makes me happy just to look at it. Score!

For those of you who would like to know the names of the tangles, their names begin with the letter enclosing them. Wud, Emingle, Lacy, Borbz, Itch, 'Nzeppl, Girlande

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I know I am not alone when I say I have a phobia about color. I have tried to add color to some of my art work without very satisfying results. So with the purchase of this book:

I have decided to face it full on and get some help using mixed media. Each chapter is a new exercise using color and supplies. So far my work looks very similar to the authors but I figure I need to learn somehow and if copying in the beginning is how I am going to build this muscle, so be it. Hopefully as I work through this book a little more of my artistic genius will come out. The first two exercises:



I need to go back (something I have never done before, done is done) and add some tangles and spruce up the first page. I think this challenge is going to be fun.

I am also hoping to finish a complete journal this year. A journal that I will be doing along with about 150 other Certified Zentangle Teachers. I hope to share many of the pages of this exciting experience during the coming year. I will also try to keep up with the Diva's challenges and also Square One Facebook Focuses. It will be a busy year. I might even consider daycare once a week for the dog to free up some time!

One last thing. A word of my intent for the New Year. Last years was Forgive, this years is Wellbeing!

Looking forward to a happy, fulfilling year. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


I know I have been drawing many feathers lately but the challenge from the Diva this week is "keep it simple silly" aka K.I.S.S.

There is nothing so simple as drawing a line. This feather is made up of many single lines that come together to form something the looks much more complicated and beautiful!