Sunday, November 19, 2017

Getting Sketchy!

 The past couple weeks have been kind of hard for me to get my Getting Sketchy posts made.
I've been working so hard on a project.
So hopeful.
So disappointed. Over and over again.
I was able to work on a couple things this week,
despite my otherwise unsuccessful work. 
This tangle membranart is a skillful stroke of genius by Tomas Padros. I love it!
Please excuse my sloppy shading. Ugh. 
 I continued to work on this mandala. 
One day it will be completed.
Perhaps. Double ugh.
 These little Kawaii drawings have been a life saver for me. Artwise. 
They are so much fun to draw! 
So much personality is possible.
I purchased a book on Amazon - 
Kawaii Doodle Class by Zainab Khan.
I am working through the book page by page.
Love these little drawings! I have a special little
journal just for this purpose. They make me smile.

Haha! And that is my Getting Sketchy for this week!

Should you decide that Getting Sketchy might be something 
you would be interested in,
come on over to Zentangle All Around.
Each Saturday we post what we worked on that week.
Warts, successes and all. 
That way we can learn
from other people's mistakes and 
not have to make all of them ourself. 
That was my mind set behind it all. 
And it seems to be working.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stocking Stuffers and Gifts in My Etsy Store

 The holidays are upon us and Christmas will be here
before you know it! In fact it's just 6 weeks away. 
This year I have added an entire section to my Etsy store - 
just for Christmas and stocking stuffer items. 
And I apologize right now for the photo heavy post.
I wanted to show you just a sampling of the items that are available. 
There are several different types of art journals listed, more than what you see here. 
Both hand-made and straight off the shelves.
And marked down to make the Christmas shopping not so painful.
 I've spent a good bit of time this year getting tile sets ready for 
Christmas gift giving.
(Or maybe you aren't looking for a gift, but want some tiles for yourself.)
I'm your girl!
I have 15 sets like the one you see above.
A little sampling of 6 different size tiles.
I used a variety of art media to add color to plain white tiles. 
Each set is different, this is just to give you an idea of what you will receive. 
 Some tiles are the official Zentangle tiles straight from the company - 
like this set of pre-strung 3Z tiles ready for the tangles to be added. 
There are other sets in the store. 
 I have a lot of tiles available in various sizes. 
 Included are several sets of 9 tiles - 3.5" size -
that have been sprayed with Dylusions Inks through stencils 
to create beautiful ensembles.
Don't worry, I numbered the backs so you can put
the puzzle back together. 
 I have several sets of the Bijou - twinchie size - tiles as well. 
Perfect size for a stocking stuffer!
Plus 11 sets of twinchies I punched, then colored.
There are a total of ten in each set.
When they are gone, they will be gone. 
 I have a lot of sets of books - in a range of art topics. 
 Some of them are because I have multiple copies.
 All the books are in new condition,
no rejects or used copies here. 
I don't do business that way. 
This particular set is a really great one!
And priced to move.
 One of the things I enjoy the most about Christmas,
is shopping at Hobby Lobby for these cute little
ornamental boxes, then putting together tangling kits
that go with you from room to room, or just to the sofa in front of the TV.
 Pen sets are popular and I've sold several today already. 
 This particular tin has a beautiful horse on the lid.
 I've never shamelessly posted about my sales before,
but why not. I need this stuff to go to make room for other projects.
And you get great prices because of that. 
 There are even more kits in the store. 
This is a one of a kind set with the oriental papers
and tapes. I will be putting more together,
but this will be the only one with the origami paper.
 I even have some pieces of original artwork 
in the store. 
The store is organized into sections,
with the Christmas section being the largest.
Be sure to look at all the items though,
because what you want might just be posted
in another area. 
And I will be adding even more items in the next couple days.

If you have any questions, just pop me a seller question at the links. 
I will be glad to answer any question you have.
And, if you don't see what you want, just ask.

Here is the link again, the shop is called
And thank you so much for looking. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

No Book For Now, Insert Crying Face

For the past three weeks I have been working
from morning to night, trying to put a new book together.
Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that I am not
going to be able to do it. 
I have made two complete sets of art for this book.
When I made the first set, I didn't realize I needed
to make the art the approximate size of the
completed book page,
and since much of it was smaller, I had to start all over again.
 Originally I had 127 pages of beautiful art like
you see here. I was able to salvage 36 pieces of it.
All the rest had to be remade in a larger format.
So I remade art, rescanned all the pieces, edited
them to clean them up and popped them into
the book. Just to find out the files were too big.

So I started over again with resizing images.
All in all I've done this either 5 or 6 times now.
I have lost track.
And I have lost all hope of ever getting this
particular book put together enough to be able
to meet the requirements for Create Space.
That's the program we use to be able to sell the books
Apparently they are more text friendly as opposed
to color friendly.
Three weeks when I should have been doing other things.
Really big-time discouraged.
So for now, just enjoy these three pages.
The top two are alcohol ink.
The bottom is a mixed media page with lots of products used.
Actually, when I think about it,
I now have enough pieces of art to make blog posts
for the next 120ish days.
Give or take a day or two.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

INKtober Finale! #zensations #hahnemuhle #inktober #stillmanandbirn

 The month is coming to a close and so is INKtober. 
So happy I was able to finish
the month with some fun pieces of art!
Every day this month I used a Sarasa Fineliner
pen from Zebra Pen to tangle the patterns.
I used a combination of Hahnemuhle You tiles,
a Stillman & Birn sketchbook and a Hahnemuhle sketchbook to draw the daily prompts in.
Above are a collection of quibinapod, b'twined, xyp, and henna drum.
This was tangled in the new Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Sketch Book. 
What a great book!
 I was in a hurry this particular day. I used my moleskine journal that I keep my favorite tangles in and added narwal
The prompt for the 28th. 
 Undling is an interesting tangle.
Unassuming, and simplistic looking, it can be
tangled so many different ways!
Here I used a Hahnemuhle You tile
that I spread some Tim Holtz' Distress Oxide ink on.
 Y-ful power is always fun to draw!
And sometimes it turns out the way it is supposed to :).
For the last day of the month -
Halloween -
I chose the tangle called gutz.
Hahahaha! I thought it was appropriate.
Again, I used a Hahnemuhle You tile,
with more distress oxide ink. 
I used an assortment of Sarasa Fineliners in various colors to tangle.

INKtober was a challenge to keep up with,
but I am so glad I persevered. 
Now to try to keep tangling each day since
I am back in the habit.

Want to see some cool INKtober art?
Head over to Zentangle All Around and I will open
the door for you.
We have some amazing artists sharing their
INKtober renderings there.
You are certain to be inspired.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Getting Sketchy! And Something New

It's that time of week again - 
Getting Sketchy!
Cracks me up every time I say that name.
Getting Sketchy!
Many of you may not know that I am retired
from law enforcement. For 27 years,
I carried a badge and gun and investigated and 
arrested those that needed to be arrested. 
No apologies here.

In the police business "sketchy" meant something
wasn't right, someone was up to something,
someone merited more looking at.
Sketchy wasn't good.

In Zentangle All Around, when we talk about
Getting Sketchy -
I am talking about our art sketchbooks.
What we practiced that week that was new to us,
a pattern we are working on,
something that has eluded us and we are trying
to get right.
That name Getting Sketchy just came to mind
and that's what I named Saturday.
Getting Sketchy! Saturday.

Well. With that all said, this week I worked on
one sketchbook page and you see it up top.
My favorite was Sandra Strait's Googly-Eyed Zebra.
So love that tangle!
Why did I only get one page done?
Well. I am working on a new book.
One I am trying to do all alone.
As in 'by myself'.
(With help from 2 friends when I have a question.)
All the other books I have out,
I did with friends and one of them did all
the actual putting-it-into-a-book stuff.
All the technical stuff. 
Now I am learning that skill.
And one thing I learned this week is this:
you can downsize art and do fine.
Upsizing art sucks. 
Cause it all looks blurry in a book.
I spent three days remaking art.
120 pieces of art - in the correct 8" x 10" size. 
But I'm there now and scanning again. 

This piece above will be in the new book
which I hope will be on Amazon and ready
for purchase by this time next weekend.
Stay tuned. Hahahaha!
If I am not without brain cells by then,
I hope you will be thrilled with what I have
to offer. 
Love you all so much for your encouraging
words and support on a daily basis.
You guys rock!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

INKtober'ing Like a Champ! #zensations #inktober #hahnemuhle

 I am up to my eyeballs in book making
I am still keeping up with INKtober. 
Just barely, but doing it.

The above art was created on a 
Hahnemuhle You tile with a 
Sarasa Fineliner from Zebra Pen's Zensations line.   
The tangles are showgirl and emingle.
It's a two-for-one tile! Hahaha!  
That showgirl is a tangle that just keeps you
coming back for more and more.
So much fun !
Emingle? Not so much. hahaha!
The secret to emingle is to turn your tile with
every line you draw. 
 Here is another Hahnemuhle tile. 
These tiles are 3.5" square, they accept ink great!
I am using them for 90% of my inktober artworks. 
Again, I used the Sarasa - I am trying to use those
every day this month. Smooth, even lines and they
work superbly with the Hanhnemuhle tiles. 
Above you see the tangle pattern vano.
I was able to just zone everything out and focus on
filling in all those lovely little sections.
Today's tangle prompt is paradox
This one requires a whole lot more attention
from me to work.
And I needed more space than the Hahnemuhle
tile provides, so I went with the 4.5" Apprentice
Shading really brings paradox to life.

Nine more days in INKtober after today
and I am determined to finish strong!
Not involved yet?
Join us at Zentangle All Around as we
tangle our way through the month.
Don't worry about the first 2/3 of the month.
Just jump in with both feet now and
help us finish out the month.
You won't be sorry. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

INKtober Continues. #zensations #lindysstampgang #inktober

Days 18 and 19 in INKtober.
I have never made it this far before,
so I am really excited to add this piece
to the collection!

In my Facebook group
I am providing a tangle prompt each day
for use in INKtober art. 
The tangles for days 18 and 19 were
Two really fun tangles!
I combined them with a few of my own patterns:
blox, links, quadrant and barz. 
I love steampunk and felt these two focus
patterns lent themselves well to the style. 

I tangled using a Sarasa Fineliner from
These are some wonderful pens,
I'm using them on as many substrates
as I can before I review them. 
But I can tell you already - I love them!

Background color is thanks to
A beautiful line of sparkly, shimmery

It isn't too late to jump on the
INKtober band wagon! 
Just head on over to
and join us. You will be so glad you did!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Getting Sketchy and INKtober #zensations #hahnemuhle

 It is so hard to believe we are half way through
And what is even more amazing is the
fact that I am still keeping up!

Yesterday's tangle prompt for INKtober
was lollywimple. This tangle was designed by
a dear friend of mine - Sandy Hunter. She is such an
amazing artist and designer.
I chose lollywimple as one of our daily prompts
just so I could play with it,
and share it with everyone in 

I tangled lollywimple with a Sarasa Fineliner pen from
I used a 3.5" square Hahnemuhle You tile.
I am trying to use these two supplies everyday
for INKtober. 
Shading was with graphite and tort.
So. Much. Fun!
 The prompt on the 14th was Flying Geese.
What a fun tangle!
I chose to draw mine in a circle format.
If you look at the picture above, you will see
there are actually four concentric circles.
In each layer I drew the basic lines for
flying geese. In the center and third circles,
the pattern points outward.
In the second and fourth circles,
the pattern points inward.
The little black dots are my reminders for
which sections to blacken in with my Sarasa pen.
Then I filled in those sections with black,
shaded various parts,
and called it done.
I really like how this turned out.
When I posted it in 
Zentangle All Around,
I had several people contact me and ask
how this was flying geese.
Their mind's eye just couldn't see it,
which is why I'm blogging the picture above it.
 Getting Sketchy has kind of taken a back seat for me
the past few weeks.
I am fast and furiously working on some new
book material. Hoping to put two new books
out on the market within the next couple weeks.
My son is helping me with one of the books,
and neither of us has done this completely by
ourselves before. So this might be interesting.
I have all these great ideas and I am trying to
figure out how to get them on a page in an
attractive format. 
But . . .
I can offer you two pages of scribbled out,
scratched out notes and attempts
at some of the things you might see in book #2.
God willing.

In the interim, if you don't have a regular place to
get tangling inspiration
you are looking for a place to jump on the
INKtober band wagon,
head on over to Facebook and search for
Knock on the door and I will let you in.
Hope to see you there! 

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