Thursday, December 31, 2015

Round Robin #32

Here is an update for Round Robin #32. It's a cross stitch sampler that is passed around the world to various stitchers who add a piece of their own depending on the theme created by the original stitcher.

Round Robin #32

Source: Just Cross Stitch magazine
December 2015 (Pages 12-13)
Title: Snowmen Pair (Just used the Star)
Date Completed My Section: December 20, 2015
ThemeGood Night / Good Morning (Slovenian)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Zentangle Christmas Tree Ornaments

These Ornaments were fun to create and were given as a gift. Drawn on 140# watercolor paper in Zentangle form. Colored with colored pencils and Prismacolor markers. Sealed with gloss medium.

Zentangle Ornaments
December 16, 2015

Ornaments with Ribbon added

These drawings were inspired by the following images;

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas ATC's

These are the last set of Christmas ATC's of the year. Not the last Christmas post. I have one more up my sleeve... due to being so behind on my posts this month. LOL

Title: Zentangle Ornament Ball
Date: November 30, 2015
Medium: Micron Pen & Watercolor
Swap: Swap Yours or Mine #21

Title: Zen Doodle Candy Cane
Date: November 30, 2015
Medium: Micron Pen & Colored Pencil
SwapSwap Yours or Mine #21

Title: Zen Doodle Ornament Ball #2
Date: December 1, 2015
Medium: Micron Pen & Prismacolor Markers
SwapZen Doodle Ornament Ball #2

itle: Zen Doodle Ornament Ball #3
Date: December 1, 2015
Medium: Micron Pen & Prismacolor Markers

Monday, December 28, 2015

4" x 6" Zentangle Sun

Here is a 4" x 6" Zentangle watercolor painting that is listed on ETSY this month. As you can probably tell when reading through my blog, I love painting suns. I'm working my way up to larger scale paintings. It's a process. I'm hoping to reach the 11" x 14" by the end of 2016. For me.... the smaller paintings are easier to do. The larger ones are a challenge. Do you think I can do it? 

This year I worked on 1" x 1", 2" x 2", 2.5" x 3.5", 4" x 6", and 5" x 7". Next will be 8" x 10".

Title: Zentangled Sun
Date: November 30, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Zentangle Tree ACEO

Here is a new Zentangle ACEO listing I posted this month on ETSY. It's of a leafless tree with a few ornaments hanging from it's branches under some falling purple snow. Drawn with Micron Pens... Painted with watercolors... Embellished with salt. One of my favorites.

Title: Gleaming Under the Purple Snow
Date: December 1, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Huge ATC Swap

I participated in a Huge ATC swap where you swap art cards that don't fit into your collection anymore. I added some of mine I did during the year along with others. Here they are:

Title: Be Transformed
Date: September 30, 2015
Inspired by: Doodle 101 - The Butterfly

Title: Zen Doodle Christmas Tree
Date: November 30, 2015

Title: Zen Doodle Ornaments
Date: November 30, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Zen Doodle Ornament Ball ATC

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is upon us. Hope you all had a wonderful time with your family this year. Here is a Zen Doodle ornament ATC that I made recently to kick off the upcoming holiday.

Title: Zen Doodle Ornament Ball ATC
Date: November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cross Stitch ATC's 1 & 8

In the continuation of the Cross Stitch ATC Number Series, here is #1 and #8. I got a better idea this round and am loving how they turned out. It was so hard to part from these. However, I will be receiving ones from my partner soon and can't wait to see them.

They were stitched on light blue aida cloth using DMC floss #825, #B5200, #725. Glued to white cardstock and cardboard, with some embellishments added.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC #1
Date: November 16, 2015
The World of Cross Sitching Magazine: Issue 201 (Pages 58, 60)

Title: Cross Stitch ATC #8
Date: November 16, 2015
Number 8: The World of Cross Sitching Magazine: Issue 201 (Page 58)

These ATC's are my November 2015 Check-in for the Smalls SAL at the Stitching Lotus. If you would like to visit the other participants, Click Here.

Don't forget to check back next month
for numbers 2 and 7 in the series.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Random Art Cards -- Part 2

Here is a second set of random ATC's that I have made. I sent all these to a fellow swapper.

Title: Duck
Date: April 15, 2015

Title: Flutter By
Date: July 19, 2014

Title: All Dressed Up
Date: July 29, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Black and Orange Zentangle Inchies

Here is a set of Black and Orange Inchies that I made for my swap partner. It consists of Zentangles from the book "One Zentangle a Day by Backah Krahula". Drawing Zentangles in this small art form is really fun and relaxing.

Title: Black and Orange Zentangles
Zinger, Scallops, Squid,
Taghpodz, Vega, Sample Tangles
Date: November 11, 2015
Medium: Prismacolor Fine Line Markers, Pen
Inspired by: One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Zen Doodle Tree ATC

Here is one of my favorite art pieces that I had done recently for a fellow swapper. The combination of Zen Doodle and Watercolors with my own Tree design. The purples are amazing on there. You can even see the leaves changing colors. 

Title: Zen Doodle Tree
Date: November 1, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Ink Pen

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ATC with an Inchie

I haven't done one of these in a while, so I think it was due time to make one again... An ATC with an Inchie. This time it was a Zen Doodle one. The center is the Inchie that was glued onto an ATC size mixed media paper, which was glued to a piece of cardboard. My daughter wanted me to make a box within a box within a box. I did that and I went from there to get the effect that you can see in the photo below. After that, I added the kaleidoscope of flowers.

Title: Floral Kaleidoscope
Date: November 1, 2015
Medium: Ink Pens and Colored Pencils
SwapEASU: Put an Inchie on It - ATC Swap

Monday, November 2, 2015

Zentangle Snowman ATC

Here is the latest Zentangle ATC.... A Snowman...

Title: Zentangle Snowman
Date: October 26, 2015
Medium: Ink Pen & Colored Pencils

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Random Art Cards -- Part 1

Here is another set of random Art Cards that I have done this year. They get placed into my folder and forgotten about until I go through them and realize that they weren't posted yet.

Title: Slick
Date: April 15, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ATC

Title: Catching Some Sun Rays
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ACEO

Title: Hmmm
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ACEO

Title: Jesus
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor & Ink Pen
Type: ACEO (Doodle)

Title: Prayer
Date: September 30, 2015
Medium: Watercolor & Ink Pen
Type: ACEO (Zen Doodle)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Watercolor & Stencil Art Cards

Painting with watercolors using stencils is a fun technique once you get a handle on your watercolors. Elise from Grow Creative has a very informative tutorial with lots of photos. Here is my try at it.

Title: Stenciled Palm Tree
Date: October 5, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Salt
SwapAI: Stenciled Watercolor + Salt ATC
Title: Stenciled Mouse
Date: October 5, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Salt

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Round Robin #31

Here is the latest from the Round Robin Cross Stitch Sampler swap. This is a very small and fun sampler. Since it has lots of blue in it and the fact that the owner of this piece likes Disney, I decided to stitch a tiara to represent all the Princesses in the Disney world.

Round Robin #31

Source: Cross Stitch Crazy magazine
February 2012/Issue 160 (Page 20)

Title: Tiara (Crown)
Date Completed My Section: October 21, 2015
ThemeAnything Goes with the following in mind:
Colors: Blue, Green, Purple, Teal
Dr. Who or Disney

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cute Monster ATC

I'm not into those scary or gory Monsters that are out there these days. I love the cute ones. So, for this swap, the requirement was to make a cute monster. Mine is cross between a Mummified Pumpkin Dressed as a Hippy. What do you think? And yes... it was Zentangled.

Title: Cute Monster ATC
Date: October 19, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

White Crayon Resist ATC

It's been a while since I've done a White Crayon Resist ATC. Here is a link to Gina K. Designs video tutorial on the technique if you are interested in trying it out.

Title: Dedication
Date: October 17, 2015
Medium: White Crayon, Stamp and Ink Pad, Watercolors
Swap: White Crayon Resist ATC

Sunday, October 25, 2015

4" x 6" Paintings

I've been slowly working into larger paintings to see if I can do it. Here are two recent paintings that I've done thus far. One was a gift and the other is offered for sale on my Etsy shop. They are a combination of watercolors, Zentangle, and salt.

Title: Purple Sunset (1)
Date: October 10, 2015
Medium: Watercolors, Ink Pen, Salt
Size: 4" x 6"
Given as a Birthday Gift

Title: Purple Sunset (2)
Date: October 11, 2015
Medium: Watercolors, Ink Pen, Salt
Size: 4" x 6"

For sale on ETSY

Friday, October 16, 2015

Zen Doodle Owl ATC

For this swap, I made a Zen Doodle Owl ATC. My inspiration came from the book, "Zen Doodling" by Carolyn Scrace. Materials used were Ink Pen, Watercolors, and Salt.

Title: Zen Doodle Owl
Date: October 15, 2015
Type: ATC
Medium: Ink Pen, Watercolors, Salt
Inspired By: Zen Doodling by Carolyn Scrace (page 82)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Swap-bot's 10th Anniversary Mail Art Swap

It is Swap-Bot's 10th Anniversary. Because of this, Rachel hosted a fun swap for us. A mail art swap. Never done mail art to this extent. But hey... it was a challenge and absolutely fun. I used Ernie the envelope as inspiration with the art of Zendoodle and it took off from there.

First off.... The Envelope:

The front features the USPS Eagle, surrounded by flowers.

The back features Ernie the Envelope (Swap-Bot's Mascot), in disguise.

Next... The ATC:

The front features Ernie sending Swap-bot some mail art.

The back features the envelope sealed with a heart.

This ATC has been drawn with ink pen, colored with colored pencils and sealed with gloss medium on both sides.

These works of art are traveling to a fellow swapper in Canada.

As I was sending off this colorful envelope at my local Post Office, the Mail Clerk was is awe of my drawings and delivered wonderful comments about my work.

** Have a safe trip Ernie!!! **

UPDATE: I was notified on October 23rd that Ernie arrived safely to his destination.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cute Halloween ATC

I thought long and hard for something as a Cute Halloween ATC and came up with this one. A boy hugging his new friend "Jack". Of course he is a pumpkin (Jack o' Lantern), but he doesn't mind. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. 

The lettering is a downloadable font, Shaded Chalk Hand Lettering, that I thought would be fitting. However, I did not download it, just copied the lettering onto my card.

Title: A Boy with his Pumpkin "Jack"
Date: October 6, 2015
Medium: Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Salt
SwapAI: Cute Halloween ATC -- Sender's Choice

Trick or Treat!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Zentangle Butterfly ATC

Here's another Zentangle ATC that I created. I used the butterfly pattern from the Painting on Glass blog and went from there... adding a splash of watercolor.

Title: Zentangle Butterfly
Date: October 3, 2015
Medium: Watercolor and Ink Pen

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cross Stitch ATC's 0 and 9

This is the first time I have ever made cross stitched ATC's. These ones are part of a number series, so I thought they would be simple enough to try. Nope. It was hard to find charts with special stitched numbers on them. So, I dealt with the basic ones and went from there. When I was done stitching them, the hardest part was to decide how I wanted to place them on the cardboard and decorate. They turned out good, but wish they were better though. As the number series goes on, I'll try different techniques and see if those would work out better. We'll see. So here they are... Introducing numbers 0 and 9.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC #9
Date: September 29, 2015
SwapBCS: Number Series 0 & 9 ATC
Number 9: Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine: Sample Issue (pg. 5)
Hearts: The Cross Stitch Nursery #3554 (pg. 11)

The chart for the #0 does not exist. I eyeballed a chart from The Cross Stitch Collection magazine and went from there. It's not exactly the same, so it's my own design. I started out with the outline and filled it in (which I have never done before). This one was fun.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC #0
Date: September 29, 2015
SwapBCS: Number Series 0 & 9 ATC
Chart Inspired By:
Stitch Collection: September 2011; Issue 200

Don't forget to check back next month
for numbers 1 and 8 in the series.

Friday, October 2, 2015

More Pumpkins... LOL

Here are some more pumpkins that I have drawn / painted last month. The swap links are in the photo captions.

Title: Zen Doodle Pumpkin
Date: September 25, 2015
Medium: Ink Pen and Watercolor
Type: ATC

TitleWatercolor Pumpkin
Date: September 25, 2015
Medium: Watercolor
Type: ATC

TitleZen Doodle Pumpkin
Date: September 25, 2015
Medium: Ink Pen and Watercolor
Type: ACEO