Monday, September 30, 2013

Artist Trading Cards

Since 2006, my artist friends have been making ATC (Artist Trading Cards) 4 times a year. June, our facilitator picks 4 themes and we make 5 cards based on the theme she picks (1 to keep and 4 to trade since we have 5 people in our group). In 2013 the themes have been, Games People Play, Architecture, Spread Your Wings and coming up - My Cup of Tea. The cards are small - the size of a baseball trading card - 2.5 x 3.5 so they fit into standard plastic sleeves. It's amazing how 5 people can create totally different art inspired by the same theme and it's fun to trade and collect them. They're little art gems.

Here are my cards for the Spread Your Wings theme. Each is a little different because I used a paper napkin that I spray mounted to card stock and cut up. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall in the Midwest

Beautiful fall day in Illinois

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Turban Squash

The zentangles were fun but here's something for fall. A chalk pastel of a turban squash on a grey textured paper. I did this in 2006. It was the first piece of art I did after not doing any art for a very long time and I remember when I did it thinking, " I love doing this - why don't I create more?" Working and life got in the way but little by little I started doing more art and now I'm very committed to "making more art". It makes me happy.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Santa's in Town

Here's a Santa tangle step by step. 
I start with a light pencil drawing with suggested tangles then outline with a micron pen. 
Following the shapes of the suggested tangles, I start to add lines and curves changing
directions to add interest and sometimes filling in with black - no black on this one though. 
The tangle part is done when it's filled with many lines. 
I like to complete my zentangle with watercolor. I think it compliments the graphic black 
of the micron pen and adds a softness to the final art. 

Thanks for looking at my zentangles these last 2 weeks. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tree Zentangle

Well this is my last "do a zentangle every day". Here's what I learned from doing this: zentangles are fun! Once you start, everywhere you look are tangle ideas. However doing one every day was a struggle in the beginning. I wanted to read my book or bake something or whatever. But once I got going, creating something from start to finish EVERY DAY was a true pleasure. Maybe I won't create a zentangle a day but hopefully will create something every day. That will be what I learned from my 2 weeks tangling. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pumpkin Zentangle

watercolor : micron pen

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Leaf Zentangle

leaf caught in a zentangle wind

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Owl Zentangle

~ micron pen ~ watercolor ~

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tangle Zentangle

My micron pen went crazy!

Cupcake Zentangle

Cupcake zentangle with a cherry on top!
Micron pen and colored pencil

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pillow Zentangle

Micron pen and watercolor 5.5x8.5

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Flower Zentangle

I'm attempting to do a Zentangle a day for 2 weeks to participate in the Tangle Challenge hosted by Blick Art Supplies. Here's number one!

Friday, September 6, 2013

2 Fruit Smalls

2 fruit studies - 5"x7" micron pen and watercolor

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Lovely flowers from my husband for our 25th anniversary. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Flower Small and a Rock

5" x 7" Flower Small with painted rock

Watercolor . Sharpie