Friday, July 29, 2016

Rainbow Bridge Tangle

I did a challenge... using the tangle Rainbow Bridge. I love this tangle but oh man did it ever cramp my hand... all those tiny little details.

I am moving tomorrow to a new place here in Chiangmai - so everything is packed. I do have my Koi Watercolours so I did all the shading and colour with them. I really enjoyed the process of doing detailed work with watercolours.

Here's the uncoloured version:

and the completed one:

If you want to participate in these challenges... here's the FaceBook page: click here

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Couple of pieces

Here's a couple of recent pieces I've done.

This first one (above) was done with Copic Multiliners and TomBow markers. The small end of the markers can be rough on paper so you have to be very gentle when you use it. 

This piece (above) was done with watercolours (Koi) and then Copic Multiliners (that's pretty much all I use now). Then I added some extra controlled colour with my Derwent Graphik Line Painters. 

This one went through a lot of 'ugly' phases but now it's one of my favourite pieces I've done. It shows you... never ever ever give up on a piece... you never know where it'll take you but always see it through to the end. You might just get a pleasant surprise!

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Derwent Graphitints

I do love my Graphitints by Derwent and today I pulled them out and worked with them on this piece.

I wanted to keep it really clean looking so nothing around the outside of the piece which was hard... but I left it blank.

Used some Derwent Graphic Line Painters as well.

This is my new large sized Tangle Me This! Sketchbook which is available on Etsy.

Friday, July 22, 2016

NEW Larger Sized Tangle Me This! Sketchbook

We have a new LARGER sized Tangle Me This! Sketchbook.

My wonderful friend and shipper sent me four of these gorgeous books so I could try them out and oh my... I love love love the larger size! There's a bit more freedom to do more 'stuff' outside the tiles (lines) on this sketchbook.

This is my first piece... I used Copic Multiliners and Derwent Graphik Line Painters. I love love love these line painters. It's watercolour ink that becomes permanent when dry (like their Inktense coloured watercolour pencils). But you have the lovely fine lines of .5 pen.

If you would like to order one of these gorgeous Sketchbooks please click here.

And here's another piece I did the other day - again using the new line painters for the berries and the edging on the lace ribbon. The watercolour background is H2O Twinks and then I also used some TomBows as watercolour on the bamboo fence.

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Zentangle Expat Group

I've started a new group here in Chiangmai, Thailand. It's a Zentangle Group for Expats. You need to be a member of the Chiangmai Expat Association to come to the group and for no money... you get free Zentangle lessons from me. The exchange is... you purchase a meal and/or a beverage from the Bistro where we meet. The owner doesn't ask us for any rent... just asks us to support him through a purchase.

Pretty sweet deal eh?

Today was our first meeting and we were packed to the gills. A total full house! So anyone new wanting to join will have to go on a waiting list to come as we just don't have any more room for any more bodies.

We did a modified Basics Class today - teaching much of the language and methods of Zentangle although we'll go through more of them at the next meeting.

We meet the third Tuesday of every month. Noon - 3pm

So here's our lovely mosaic at the end of the class.

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Here's the tangles we learned today:

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Everyone purchased a starter kit and future members will purchase their own. We decided to go with these products: 

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And here are a couple of things people may want to pick up for themselves:

This is a really cute sketchbook - it's at the art store in Maya

These are full sets of either Microns (the pen you got in your Starter Kit) or you could also choose Staedtlers.
Just be sure to know that every company uses a different shade of black so you need to always use the same pens from the same company on any given piece you are working on.  

If you are an Expat in Chiangmai and want to join our group... please email me:

Happy tangling,
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tussie-mussie des Punani

This is my latest piece.

I used black watercolour paint watered down for the shading. I think it worked nicely!

Parz calls this "Tussie-mussie des Punani"
I laughed when he told me what he wanted to name it... so... it will forever be known as 'Tussie-mussie des Punani'

Friday, July 15, 2016


I've been tangling postcards - after I watercolour them and sending them off to friends. This is a big thing for me because letting go of all my possessions wasn't hard when we moved... but letting go of my art was a enormous obstacle for me. I just couldn't give any of it away.

So I started this secret project. I asked my friends for their addresses and then I started mailing them postcards.

Today Karen received her postcard. She said she's never received mail from so far away before. How cool is that!

For Karen

And here's another one I did a few days ago. I'm keeping this one... it's on my wall. I drew it on my son's birth day. He's 17 and I just love the man he's growing in to, complete with facial hair! 

It's been a great lesson in releasing... and I'm really enjoying it tremendously. I plan to continue this... bought another 12 stamps yesterday!!! Now to get tangling.

in light,
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Diva Challenge #275

Today I worked on my Diva Challenge piece for this week. The theme was "peace" - and you could draw anything you wanted... as long as it stayed within that theme.

I decided that I wanted to try out TomBow Markers for their watercolour capabilities. So... I drew this first tile using TomBow Markers (except for the splattering which I couldn't get to happen with the markers so I used my Koi Watercolours).

Then after it dried... I tangled it. I used some pens I have which are .04mm to create the tangles. I also used a few gel pens for accents and a grey marker for shading

For me... this piece begins in the top left corner... with darkness and blood being spilled... in the lower right corner there is love - and the little faces creating a chain are all focusing on the peace signs in the centre. I added tipple in to the peace signs to create a grounded feeling but also to give the lightness of bubbles... so the viewer can decide which they are.

More Love less hate
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Sunday, July 10, 2016


I've been having a hard couple of days. All the violence in the USA - all the hate...

So I've been doing a lot of tangling, meditating, chanting and reading my Gita.

Here's what I've drawn today:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dedicated to Alton Sterling

I saw the video of a mother and son talking to the media about their husband/father who was killed by the police. It broke my heart... to process my pain and disgust at the state of the USA and how it's becoming more and more like a third-world police state where the police kill people without justification, I picked up my pen and began to draw.

I created this thinking about a father, a man. I don't need to know him to feel his goodness. He was a man, trying to make a living. He probably made a lot of mistakes in life - don't we all. He probably made some questionable choices - don't we all. He probably did some things that he wasn't proud of - don't we all.

He probably loved his children. He probably loved his wife. He probably laughed a lot. He probably enjoyed good food. He probably thought that he would go home to his family at the end of the night.

To celebrate his soul - his spirit - his life... I drew.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,
Aleesha Sattva

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Diva Challenge #274

Diva's challenge this week was to tangle your flag - and since we are in Thailand... I figured why not get to know this flag!

Here it is:

I had so much fun. I added a bit of gold since there's so much gold around here in temples etc.

Here's a piece I did earlier. I was creating it for myself but it spoke to me and as to who it was supposed to go to so... it's in the post!

in light
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Two new pieces

I created two new pieces in the last few days.

This first one I made for a really good friend of mine. She's working on her reality right now... focusing on what is important in her life. I created this piece with her in mind and I'm going to send it to her this week. Of course, it'll take a month to get to her but... anyway LOL

Purush sits in the centre of the flower.
The Knower.
As it shifts in to Prakriti is no less Purush. 

This second piece is a personal favourite of mine. I've already hung it up on my wall so I can look at it every day. It looks gorgeous with the brown wall behind it. 

What is powered
what is powering?

I hope you enjoy my art,
Aleesha Sattva

Saturday, July 2, 2016

New Larger Sized Tangle Me This! Sketchbook!

Difference in size
It's been in the works for a long time but we are happy to announce our new larger sized Tangle Me This! Sketchbook is here.

This Sketchbook is a little larger than the other one. 8" x 6" whereas the smaller version is 7" x 4.5". We have done a LOT with with extra inch and a half on each page!

This time around you get four tiles on each page. Some pages have two 3.5" x 3.5" tiles and two 2" x 2" tiles and other pages have one 3.5" x 3.5" tile with three 2" x 2" tiles. The beauty is in the variety of templates used to create these books.

The other really good news is... we have a lot more of the nutmeg in this version (as everyone loves the nutmeg).

Here's some pics:

Stop by my Etsy shop and check them out!

in light,
Aleesha Sattva CZT