Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Don't give up!

I was working on a gem... and I just didn't feel like it was getting the depth and the roundness that I wanted...

It seemed that no matter how much shading I did... it just didn't pop the way I wanted it to. So... I asked some people on Facebook for suggestions and I went back and coloured in the piece to see if I could achieve what I was hoping for.

I think I kinda sorta achieved it.

So remember... if at first it doesn't look like you want it to... set it aside. Give it a day. And then go back and see what you can do to change it!

Today I was playing with a piece that I watercoloured when Josh was here. I used a lot of different thicknesses of pens here (Copic Multiliners). I like the effect.

tangle on,

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gems... I finally did some!

I spent the day teaching myself how to do Gems. I bought Eni Oken's book on gems and I also watched a video by the original creator of Gems - Kae Yoshino. I prefer Eni Oken's method myself and I also prefer the look of hers.

In the photo below the yellow/orange gem is following Kae's method and the other ones are following Eni's.

Also... I just want to mention... When I first started this experiment and I had the yellow/orange gem completed... I didn't like it at all. I never ever throw out or stop working on a piece but I know that other people do. I kept at it and honestly... I'm pleased with the end result.

So never give up on a piece until it's done. Then if you don't like it... fine. But don't give up when it's not completed yet.

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tangle Me This! Sketchbook

I finally completed my first Tangle Me This! Sketchbook. I began working in it when we started our adventure in November 2015 to Thailand and Vietnam. I continued working on it when I got home and now that we've moved to Thailand and are all settled in to our apartment... I finally completed this book.

That's 50 pages of art! I love seeing how I taught myself to use watercolours within the pages. Watching my experience unfold. Seeing how my art changed from being in Asia.

Now as I begin my second Tangle Me This! Sketchbook (a green one this time) I am seeing how I'm adding in the use of my coloured pencils for shading instead of using graphite. (and in some cases using my coloured watercolour graphite pencils).

Anyway... here's the art at the end of one Sketchbook and the beginning of another!

(I had the absolute pleasure of having my eldest son come to visit me in my new home... and so I created one piece while listening to him create music on his guitar. What a lovely day... )

This is the last page of my Sketchbook. I felt like I had come "full circle" from my adventure of visiting Thailand to living here!

This is the first piece in my new Sketchbook. A common saying here "Same same (but different)" 

My son was my inspiration for this piece. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A couple of new tangles

I saw a couple of new tangles and sat with them... worked out how to draw them and VOILA spent a bit of time today tangling them.

Today is the start of Songkraw herein Thailand. It's New Years water festival. People squirt each other with water... and there's lots of entertainment and festivities.

We feel so blessed to be here for this wonderful celebration!

So here's my tangle... celebrating Songkraw.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Coloured Zendala

Today I decided to create another Zendala. This time I grabbed my new coloured pencils to add a little something to the completed piece.

I'm pleased with how it turned out.

And here it is uncoloured with no shading... not sure which one I love more:


Friday, April 8, 2016


Every so often my back decides that I'm going to relax and do nothing for a few days. So I've been relaxing!!!

Today I felt well enough to work on a Zendala - inspired by a friend who is created mandalas.

The weather has been getting warmer every day. It's the hottest month of the year here in Thailand so most days are either just kissing 40 degrees or over. So tangling can be very sweaty business!