A mixed bag
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1w ago
A little mixed media, a bit of Zentangle, a touch of origami. Here's what happened: "For absent mothers. For absent children." The cover of my "Sistars" photo book, from CZT AE2023. This lesson was by Lisa Hoesing, CZT. A photo page from the "Sistars" photo album. The squares behind the envelopes are a 1-inch grid. These are for collage pieces. Or tiny letters!   ..read more
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When you need to rest
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2w ago
This week has been teaching me to rest and listen to my body, so I don't have a lot to show.  "Ankh: The Key of Life", a CZT AE lesson by Rashmi Agarwal, CZT, had me drawing on vellum again. I created a papyrus-like texture on the "back" of the tile and added the ankh symbol on the front. Gelly rolls and pastel pencils on the back Microns on the front Can you see the additional blue I added on the back? It represents the Nile. The egg represents birth/life and the arms represent the earth, with papyrus and the blue lotus flower. I recently purchased some lovely papers from Pink M ..read more
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Art Journal: 3D!
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1M ago
If you've been following the blog for a while, you have heard me mention CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) AE (Artifex Editio, or Master Class) 2023. This online class from 7F5R Studio in Singapore includes 27 classes from CZTs all over the world. Once purchased, it is available for 1 year. My year is about 2/3 up! So I've been working to move along through the curriculum, since I would hate to lose any of its great opportunities.  This week, both classes involved 3D projects. The first, "12 Faces",  by Nina Dreher-Goddertz, resulted in a dodecahedron, from a single sheet of cardstoc ..read more
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Art Journal: Embrace the Flaws
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1M ago
The Zentangle Method focuses on trusting the process. There is rarely any planning, other than giving a random line, or string, to break up our paper into smaller spaces. This freedom helps us be more meditative, more mindful as we fill up space, one stroke at a time. And the mindfulness frees us to follow unexpected leads that pop up. I want to show you how today's piece evolved. I set out to follow the Zentangle Method, and put down my string in pencil. I laid out a rectangle, a circle and part of an oval. I used a compass and an oval cutter for this part, which we don't encourage in Zentang ..read more
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Show your work!
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1M ago
In my former life as a middle school French teacher, I had colleagues in the math department who, to hear the kids talking, tortured their students with the phrase "Show your work!" In my days, we never had this demand. We got credit for giving the right answer, and didn't even have calculators to find it! "Show your work" comes to mind this week. Making the art is not always the challenge, but sharing it is another matter. Technology doesn't frighten me. I would just rather do something else than sit at the computer or look at my socials. I just wanted to clarify this with you, reader(s). I k ..read more
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Art Journal: Mixed Media
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1M ago
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Weil Lecture on American Citizenship at UNC-Chapel Hill. This year Judy Woodruff, veteran journalist and news anchor with PBS News Hour, gave the lecture: America at a Crossroads. How do we heal our polarized country? Her speech definitely had an impact on my art journal, which filled up with reds and blues as I used torn pieces of a travel brochure left over from a recent trip to Memphis. (I was not trying to react to her depiction of our red/blue country.) I pulled her headshot out of the program, previously destined for the recycling bin. It's ..read more
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"Perfect Days" in my Art Journal
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2M ago
In last Wednesday's post, I omitted the picture of a piece I had completed for the Certified Zentangle Teacher master class. The class, "Undersea Pearl Garden" by Theresa Marshall, featured a new-to-me pattern, Infinity and lots of layers of shading. The background, a tan Zendala tile, invites us to use every tool in our box to shade, deepen and highlight. (This is true for all "mid tint" papers, be they gray, sage, tan, or any other "in between" color.)  Thursday night, Lar and I went to see the Wim Wenders film, "Perfect Days". I mention it here because it truly influenced my thought ..read more
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Art Journal
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2M ago
 Springcleaningdetoxwellnesssparetreat You read that right. But here it is again, with s  p  a  c  i  n  g: Spring cleaning detox wellness spa retreat.That's what I'm calling this week of my time on earth, after feeling the need to prune, let go, shed, cleanse, rest. Think of it as pushing the reset button. So far, it's been working wonders with my soul and sense of freedom and receptivity. And when I feel free to receive, I feel free to create. Whether it's making special pancakes for breakfast, or taking a leisurely stroll to admire nature, or just looking ..read more
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Thank you for your patience
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2M ago
If anyone is still clicking on this, thank you for your patience! I see that my last post was over a month ago. That may be a personal record, and not a personal best! What happened? Lots of art, followed by 2 weeks of nothing much while we went to visit family for a week. In fact, at one point before that, I was so busy creating things that I didn't want to take creative time to blog. But, I know that this place is one of inspiration and motivation for me. It's good to be back. This post will definitely be a messy one, but you have to make a mess to put things in order, don't you? I will spar ..read more
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2024 Art Journal: Days 7-20
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4M ago
You can never go home again.* Or can you? This week I went home, in a manner of speaking, to my Zentangle creative roots, my artistic family, from which I've ventured out into collage, art journaling, botanical drawing and miscellaneous other stuff. Maybe I've never really left the Zentangle practice, only broadened my interpretation of it. But this week I did an "ensemble" piece in my art journal. (I learned this concept from Zentangle. It may be used in other art forms, too. Feel free to fill me in on those.) I began with my larger sheet of paper, and drew my "string", another Zentangle conc ..read more
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