Thursday, June 11, 2015

Zentangle In The Round

I'm a Zentangle newbie.  I took a class just two weeks ago and the number of tangles in my wheelhouse is limited.
I have found that I prefer doing it within a circular border.    
Feeling a bit breezy (the wind is blowing like mad today) and centered, I think.
This one is my favorite so far.
I didn't even see the tree until I was finished.  I was delighted when I found it.
Bacteria has been on my mind lately...hmmmm....
My original idea was to use circular tiles, but I don't have a circle cutter and didn't want to attempt cutting fifty 3 1/2" circles out of 90lb cold press.

I also found that the circles caused my zentangles to become square and I didn't like that.

Drawing a circle for my border within a square provides me with the perfect circular zen that I need.

Thanks for stopping by!


Surface Design

I've been finding myself obssessed with not only circles lately, but also surface design.
I think I've been influenced by several magical blogs I've been reading:

...And The We Set It On Fire 
A surface design blog authored by several textile artists and featuring a new technique each month.

notjustnat Creative Blog
She does a lot of ecodying

Lots of ecodying and surface manipulation!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer is for Circles

So I've decided to explore circular boundaries this summer.
Earlier this month it occured to me that my artistic boundaries are usually square or rectangular.  
Seems kinda like being in a box!

Some inspiration for going all circular this summer.
Lots of GREAT projects!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Eyes of the Beholder

 More Steampunk!
Another mannequin/paper mache' dress form--I've actually decided it would be fun to work in a series.  You can check out #1 in my dress form series here.

Number Two (drum roll, please)...
 Inspired by this month's theme at Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge: "Eyes Tested"\

and the back...
 I gave the paper mache' a leather-like effect by crumpling packing paper, inking with distress ink and then mod-podging it to the dress form.

The gold emboss swirls were added by stamping on tissue paper that had been inked with distress stain, carefully cut out and then applied with glossy mod-podge.

The eyes are dolls eyes.  I drilled into the form and then sanded to create a hole wide enough to fit & recess them a bit and then glued them in place.
Brass colored brads were added for a more metallic effect.

The base was made from a wooden candlestick, distress ink and mod-podged tissue. 
I then secured a skewer and some soft wire to the hole in the candlestick with plaster of paris.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Art Faeries

A quote from Daisy Yellow's blog post today...

" Please don't waste good art time waiting for the art faerie. That's fruitless; she's busy wrapping up a big gallery show in Reykjav√≠k. "

I love the fact that she's buys in Reykjavik!

Head over to Daisy Yellow for LOTS of FREE art journalling, index carding, and colorful fun.
If you're experiencing angst about being judged on your not so perfect art, having art block or just need a swift kick in the art butt, turn to Daisy Yellow for inspiration!


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