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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Teabag Art

The journal prompt word is Transition.

This is something we all do every day and probably don't think about it as such.

I have collected teabags for several years. I started making sheets of teabag paper to use in card making and as background images for my drawing. When I saw this prompt I knew what I wanted to do.

I recently found teabag art. And since it is created on teabags, well, the rest is shown below.
Start with a new teabag and brew a cup of tea,

Empty the dried spent teabag and create beautiful teabag art.

Put it all together and you have a completed art journal.

Now I'm off to enjoy another cup of tea or glass of tea as the weather gets warmer as the day wears on and work on my next prompt - Seeds. I wonder what I will come up with...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The journey continues...

Way back in 2012 I needed something to do while sitting in a hospital room with a relative. TV was out of the question as I get bored with it. I didn't want to read and be rude so I grabbed a tablet, some colored pens and off we went.

This was before I knew what Zentangle was all about so please keep this in mind.

The reason I bring this up is because I so many people tell me, "I could never draw like that" or "You just have a natural talent for drawing". This list of excuses goes on forever and the party never ends.

Old and new was a recent prompt for my art journal group. What an excellent way to show how far I have come in my drawing journey.

The first page shows a drawing from March 2012. There is no shading, no composition, no weight. I had yet to learn of all this. I had taken the first step, the most important step - I started!
From March 2012

 Since then I have become a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), taught others the Zentangle method, attended several conferences (for lack of better wording where many CZT's gather and learn from each other), and even organized a retreat for CZT's of Texas.

The second page shows how far I have some in my drawing, which is something I do every day.
From February 2017

I hope you will continue in your journey and look back from time to time to see where you started and how far you have come. Only the future knows how far we are yet to go!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

No Excuse!

No Excuse!

I just haven't been working on the blog. End of story.

So I'll try again by showing you some of the things I have been working on.

I love to tangle on shoes. Sometimes I will change the pattern up on each shoe jut for fun. 

Shoes! I've done several pair of shoes and they are all different.

I even have a pair or two for myself. These are all washable.
Letters! I found some wooden letters that stand about 18" tall. After I sand them on both sides, I give them several coats of white or black gesso. Then I tangle away. I can add a touch of color on the sides to go with the room decor and once in a while a little touch of gold really makes the tangles popl

Black ink on a white background. This letter E hangs in my great nephews bedroom.

I sent this as a housewarming gift for a special friend who just build a home.
I am in an art journal group on FaceBook. Just a group of CZT's who put out a new prompt each week and the rest of us run with it. Here are a couple of entries from my 2016 art journal.

Not sure what the prompt was but I like how it came out.

I tried a little negative painting from memory on this one. Next time I will follow the steps

Thats about it for now. I'll be back and share more in a couple of days. Promise!

I'm off to tangle in my journal and end my Sunday quietly.