Monday, June 29, 2015

Zentangle Art Expo - July 11, 2015

The Zentangle Art Expo is coming to Madison Wisconsin on July 11, 2015. It is open to the public and gives you and opportunity to take a class or two. Their are also vendors selling Zentangle products and a gallery of complete Zentangle Inspired Art.
I will once again be teaching a class. This years class will be two different origami Bijou Wallets and Bijou Tiles.
Their is plenty to see and do. I think everyone had a good time last year. I hope to see you there.
Here is the link with more information and a registration form.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fun with paper and Origami.

The other day and for whatever reason I read my horoscope. It was incredible.
To quote, it said, "Write, draw and create."  How fun is that. 
I also had great weekend. It was spent at a 2 day workshop from the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. The workshop was given by Cherryl Moote CZT ( We made dimensional accordions books, rotating cards, and a 3D pyramid exploding book. She also showed us a paper bargello technique. I came away with a ton of new ideas for combining origami and tangles. 
Here are a few pictures of what I made. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Positive and Negative

I cut a template out with my silhouette die cutting machine with black cardstock. I originally had a different purpose in mind but after looking at it I had the sudden urge to tangle it. Of course then I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the positive portion of it or the negative. You guessed it, I decided to do both. I used the same tangles on them. It's surprising to see how different they look. 
Perhaps I should do a ZIA class like this. 
Here are the results. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Tangle

I've created a new tangle based on iron work I saw while out shopping. 
Here is the piece I saw. 
And here is the new tangle. I'm calling it IROK, short for IRon woRK. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Selling a wooden box on eBay

I had quit a few people ask if I was ever going to sell any of my wooden boxes. I hadn't though about doing that till I was asked. So as requested here is a link to an eBay listing for one of them.

I'll have to see how this goes and maybe I'll do more. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I'm still around...

I'm still getting use to blogging and lately I've seem to have failed. It doesn't mean I haven't been busy drawing, I just haven't posted anything... I plan to get better at it this year.
One of my bigger projects was a gift for my daughter Jessica. I couldn't post that before Christmas for obvious reason but I can post it now.
Jessica also loves to draw. For Christmas I got her some drawing pens. I wanted something special to store them in so I decided they needed a special box. I bought a good size wooden box and covered it with tangles. I lined the inside of the box with felt and decorative paper. My husband did the sanding and sealing and added the clasp. I was very pleased with the end results and Jessica loved it.
Here are a few photos of the finished box.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Black Walnut Ink

Larry and I are blessed with some very tall beautiful trees in our yard. That also means we have seed and seed pods. That at times can be a bit messy. But like they say -  if you get lemons, make lemondade, I have black walnut pods so I decided to make black walnut ink.
I've never done it before but I thought it would be something fun to try so...
So I did YouTube searches and found several site. So in October when I had what seemed like thousands of pods I began. They've been steeping in a pot every since.
Today I decided it was time to check out the results. It's a very messy jobs. I strained the ink and added a little gum arabique to it. That's suppose to help make it flow. Here are the results.
It's more brown than the markers we use for the tan tiles. And it's not as thick or flowing as I'd like, but I may be able to fix that. I also want to try it on tan paper and as a background wash.
Needless to say I'm pleased that it worked.

I may have to create a class project in which we use the ink.