Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CZT 19

My CZT class is coming up quickly. I leave in two weeks!!!

I created a couple of Zentangles to celebrate...


Monday, March 30, 2015

Faber-Castell Water Soluble Graphite Pencils

Ok... I picked up some Faber-Castell Water Soluble Graphite Pencils the other day and decided to play with them. I also used the Koi Watercolour Travel Brush - love the idea that I have clean water with me in the chamber of the brush!

I created this piece and tried out the new pencils. It gives a very "painted" look to the piece.

I found that the process worked best when I scribbled with the 8B pencil on a paper and then wet it and brought the graphite wet over to the piece of art.

I added normal graphite pencil to the piece as well to create a darker line between the 'tunnels/towers'.  (Crescent Moon is the name of this tangle.)


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Derwent XL Graphite Blocks

I really love this. I picked up some new cool tools. Derwent XL Graphite blocks. The 6 pack. In this piece I used them all. Wanted to try them out. 
Then I added a little bit of highlighting with my Prismacolour markers. The colour in the centre and the blue in the background... is all graphite not markers. 
It's very similar to using chalks except you can erase the graphite if you lay down too much. THIS is a huge gift! 
I bought these so that I could shade without any lines at all to "blend away". I simply use my shading stumps - rubbing them on the graphite blocks and if I want... I blend more than one together on the stump before shading. I used this technique in the round beads. 
I love just how different this one looks for all four perspectives, so I thought I share them all with you.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Zentangle - Rick's Paradox

Everyone who does Zentangle needs to try to master this tangle. It's just simply one of those tangles that, although it can be hard to get at first - it's important to spend time to 'get' it.

I'm happy to say that I got it.


Thursday, March 26, 2015


Just a little Zentangle I did last night:


Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I've been looking forward to learning this technique and I'm thrilled to finally have it in my tool bag of tricks!


Video of my work to date

I had never put pen to paper to create art before Dec. 2014. But in only 3 short months I feel like I've come a long way with my art.

I leave to take my training in less than three weeks - to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher - CZT.

So I made an iMovie of my work to date... to share with you all:

I was asked, within my "One Zentangle a Day" book to define my style. It asked me to take some of my Zentangle tiles and put them together, side-by-side and then define my style.

The words that came to mind when looking at my tiles were: organic, open, airy, free, ungrounded and whimsical. What do you think?

Many people have a lot of tangles within their pieces. There is no blank space left. I enjoy the use of negative space (blank areas). I feel it assists the piece to have movement and for the eye to gently find all of the treasures instead of being overwhelmed at the amount of designs before it.

Here's my tiles: be sure to click on it so it enlarges.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grey Strathmore Sketch Pad ZIA

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Oh my gosh. I had no idea how much I would love working with grey paper! I also really love working with this type of paper. It has much less tooth than I'm used to.

It's Strathmore medium surface 80 lb paper. Toned grey sketch paper.

9" x 12"

I made a video of it cause I'm really enjoying making videos of my work. I feel like it shows the details better.

I used black micron, shading pencils - but only 4H and 3H. Nothing heavier than that. Then I went through and added in some silver gel pen dots. It's gorgeous in person.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Errors in the "One Zentangle A Day" book by Beckah Krahula

Just an editing note to anyone using "One Zentangle A Day"
Day 16 - the examples shown - the last one (green) is NOT an example of Achromatic Scale. Achromatic is when only black, white and grey are used and this example uses shading of greens. That would make this image Monochromatic. Same error on Day 20.

Day 19 -The step-out directions for Cubine are incorrect. The second step is a mirror image of what it should be. Use this page instead of you book to make this tangle: http://tanglepatterns.com/2010/05/how-to-draw-cubine.html
Those are the errors I have found so far. I'll add more if/when I find them. 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

My Muse Project

Today I did something different.

After I did a little Zentangle... using curvilinear geometric patterns...

3.5" x 3.5"
Then I did something from my "One Zentangle A Day" book but with a different twist. I looked at the wall unit in my bedroom and decided I would "tangle" it.

You can't see it but... there's a poster with squares and circles in it to the far left, a tapestry with hearts and long shapes and some plants (bamboo and a fern) to the far right.

I used the owl mask and also the stained glass in the window. Then I chose the feathers off the top shelf, the sun candle holder and the bomboniers from our wedding.

Then the first set of shelves is the centre of our Yantra, the diamonds from my bracelet, the ends of the wands and then family photos.

The next shelves are the rings from our wedding book, the ribbon from my bridal bouquet, the weave of the box of art supplies and finally the little black and silver box I received from a friend recently.

You can't see all the lovely little effects that I did but I'm really happy with how this turned out. I plan on framing it and taking it with me to my CZT training in a few weeks. There's a table to share your work with the other students and so this and my serving trays are coming with me. 

This was a super fun project. 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Blessed Spring!!!

Ah spring arrived a long time ago here in Vancouver, BC Canada. We have lots of blooms out there. The trees have all budded out and our weather has been amazingly warm. We've been going for walks without jackets and bare feet in our Birkenstocks.

We've been sick all week and I haven't been able to draw. Yesterday I decided to try a little something... and it turned in to SPRING!

I was practicing blending with my Prismacolour markers. I watch videos on blending techniques to learn (no need to reinvent the wheel, might as well learn from others!).

Anyway, I'm not thrilled with this one... but it was a nice learning experience.

So... a little while after posting this I decided that I'd like it better with more greenery. So... I added more ad now I like it.

Remember... it's YOUR art. If you feel like going back and adding more, then do it.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alpha Connections Cover Page

I teach a course (that I developed) called Alpha Connections. It helps people connect to their Guides, Animal Guides - among other things. I thought I'd make a cover page for my course outline today.

I added in a bunch of different footprints to represent Animal Guides. And I wanted the bottom to be turned around to seem like the top - as this course often helps people see things from a different perspective.

All in all... I'm pleased with it.

I left lots of open spaces in case I have an overwhelming desire to tangle in class LOL


Derwent Sharpener and 0.3mm Pilot pens

The postman came and guess what finally arrived!!!

My new Derwent sharpener. It is supposed to be amazing with Prismacolour coloured pencils - and I tried it out and it was! Obviously it was also great with my Derwent shading pencils.

And my Pilot pens arrived. I don't use these for art - I use them to write client notes and notes when I'm in class. I love to use different colours of pens so these fit the bill AND they won't get all clumpy and gooey like most pens do. I really dislike it when a pen starts to goo/bleed on a page when I'm writing.

I already have 0.4mm pens by Pilot and love them. I wanted to order more and these were less expensive than the 0.4mm so I order these ones instead. I love the way they look and how they feel in my hand!

And the colours!!!!! Oh the colours!!! I'm so pleased.

I'm sick... but this made me smile HUGE!


Funny connversation

This cracked me up. This is a discussion that is in a Zentangle group on Facebook.


Monday, March 16, 2015

One Zentangle a Day

I spent the day (after working with a few clients) working through my "One Zentangle a Day" book. I would like to complete most of it before I head off to the USA for my CZT (certification).

So... here's some of my work from today:

Although the exercise said "Achromatic" I think it was a mistake and should have been Monochromatic. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Prismacolour Markers vs Copics

I've had some people ask me why I invested in Prismacolour markers instead of Copics. Here's why:

Both markers last for years. The Copics are refillable with ink and the Prismacolours can be refilled with alcohol. They have enough ink in them to last many years so you just 'refresh' them with alcohol when they stop colouring well.

Both have blenders.

Both are archival.

Both are alcohol-based.

Everything you can do with a Copic you can achieve with a Prismacolour.

Copics have a chisel (wedge) on one end and brush tip on the other - although I've heard you can buy a brush tip for the Copics but I don't know how it would fit as the brush head is a different shaped pen than the chisel pen. Prismacolour has a brush tip and a fine tip but you can get a chisel and brush tip just like the Copic markers.

So when it comes to a double-ended marker... for my needs... Prismacolour wins.

Prismacolour has 200 markers and if there are any colours you don't have with this set, you can always buy one or two markers in another brand (like Copic = 358 colours, Shinhan = 204, Spectrum Noir = 168 colours etc.) {All of the ones I just mentioned have the chisel end instead of a fine end.} For example there isn't a really bright red in the Prismacolour markers - so I use my Micron red and it fills in the void nicely.

Youtube has a lot of comparison videos so do your homework. Watch them and then make a decision what's right for YOUR art cause everyone has different needs.

Personally... I love having two ends on one marker and using both of them is important to me. Why pay for a double-ended marker if you are only ever using one end?


ps This is the colour scheme of the box you want if you are buying the Prismacolour double-ended brush/fine tips. The purple box is the chisel/brush tips.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Serving tray - Floral-Zentricity

I made another serving tray. This one is for myself. I'll be eating dinner on it from here on.

A fellow-artist came up with a name for this piece. "Floral-Zentricity"

It's a watercolour - with ink. Then I grabbed my Microns and did some tangles. I used my Prismacolour markers for the shading and colouring and then I used chalk.

Here's a pic and a video of my latest piece!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gilded Hearts Blog

I had such a special day today. My daughter got her "L" today (this is her learners so she can start driving with her Dad in the car and in a year she gets her "N" which means she can drive without us).

Then I was sitting on the bed Zentangling and Parz brought me in a letter. I knew immediately it was from Rick and Maria (the creators of Zentangle) because of the gorgeous envelope! I opened it and it was gift from them. I entered a contest on Valentine's Day and it was for a Gilded Heart Bijou Tile. And here it was... GORGEOUS!

3.5" x 3.5"
What a special day!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Flower Power

I had so much fun creating this one! I need to learn how to draw flowers!!!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Fun Explosion

This one was fun to create. It's so much nicer in person though:


A Zentangle

I decided to pull out one of my Zentangle squares today. I love the simplicity of them  as it's a 3.5"x3.5" tile but at the same time I dislike how limited I am on them due to the small tile. LOL

This one was fun to create.

ps Only five more weeks until I go for my certification as an instructor!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day

I personally don't feel like we need an Internation Women's Day. I feel like we need an International "Anyone who feels oppressed, prejudiced against etc." Day.

So... to celebrate this day... I created a Zentangle.

 I call it "Celebrating Freedom".

Whether you are black, white, red or any other colour. Bi-sexual, homosexual, heterosexual or any other 'label' that suits your needs. Whether you are a gender or not. A newly fertilized cell, a child, teenager, adult, senior or anything in between. Today... I celebrate your rights. Your freedom to choose for yourself.

in light, love and harmony,

Saturday, March 7, 2015

New Prismacolour Markers and Art Bin Storage

Today I picked up my new 200 set of Prismacolour markers.

The box they come in sucks. I'm not sure how you are supposed to use it as a case, since the markers spill out all over the place every time you open it.

We went to Opus and picked up this "Art Bin Super Satchel Double Deep"  with 4 marker storage trays.  My pencil wraps aren't big enough to hold the thickness of these markers so I needed another way to store them.

Parz put the trays together and in to the bin and then our daughter and I spent time putting the 200 markers in numerical order. I thought that since Prismacolour uses a numbering system instead of the blending/numbering system that Copic markers use (which I definitely prefer), that they would number from one to two-hundred. But that's not the case. Many numbers are left out and so it's a bit of a confusing and time consuming process to get them all in to the bins but we did it!

The set comes with 5 black markers and I ordered one extra blender. I also picked up a colour wheel for myself to help me identify which colours to use together. (You'll see how that worked for me in the image below).

Of course... Shanti had to help with the entire process.

So this is the tangle I created in the morning before we went to pick up my markers.

And this is how it looked after I coloured and shaded it. It's my first attempt at creating anything with colour and using more than a few colours. I'm really pleased with the result. I think I'd like to watercolour the background... hmmmm...


My hubby and my new markers

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My project for Day Eleven in "One Zentangle a Day".

I've been drawing for almost three months now and I love how far I've come and know I have so much further to travel with this. I see what other people are creating and know that eventually I'll be creating stuff much nicer than what I am now. I'm studying hard and learning more and more every week.

So... here's my piece from today. If I had to say what my style is - it's airy, organic, and light.  Of course, I do love dangles!!!

This piece really shows off my style well.

This is my project for day eleven in "One Zentangle a Day".

I have taken two photos. Before shading and after.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Another one...

I made this little one yesterday and today. I've been under a lot of stress lately and I just couldn't relax enough to draw. I know it's supposed to relax us - with the Zen - but I just couldn't draw. So I grabbed my adult colouring book and coloured instead!

But I did make this now that life has calmed...

I'm working on creating 'landscaping'. Having some items close up and others further back.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feathery ZIA

I love this feathery pattern so I thought I'd do it again. It turned itself in to a flower and so I added some water droplets and a few other things and then it felt done.

Then I used my Tombow markers around the outer edged of the feathers and on the inside as well. I also chalked the inside with about 6 different shades of chalk.

All in all... I'm pleased with it.