Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Fiore is a favorite tangle for me.
I have a lot of favorites. Hahaha!
Fiore was created by CZT Jana Rogers
and it is the most fun!
Step out is available on Tangle Patterns.

While I was working on this one last night,
I noticed the top part of each drop was left open.
I didn't like that.
My fiore didn't look complete.
So I took those top bands that were left open,
extended them out, curved them around,
and capped them off with a tip.

Then the contrast needed a little help
to balance out the design,
so I added in a little flux between each
watermelon slice :) .

Hahaha! Now I am totally wishing I had some
sweet, juicy watermelon!

Just what the doctor prescribed.
Why don't you give it try?

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Blog is Staying Here!!!

Hallelujah! We are staying here!
With some help from a wonderful man named Grayson,
with iMark Interactive,
we were able to fix the blog simply by removing the counter.
This problem has been plaguing my blog for a long time.
Cindy and I have deleted so many features,
and it was the counter provided as a
widget here through blogger.
Not cool, but at least it's fixed.

To celebrate, Cindy changed my background
to this colorful, crazy mashup that
I love so much!
There should never be any doubt whose blog
you are visiting. 

And for today's post -
here is what I am calling Crazy Betweed!
I love the way this turned out,
just by curving the ends of the betweed layers.
And those open-faced crescent moons is 
something I saw on pinterest and 
fell in love with!

Thanks for stopping by!
Please let me know what you think about
the new blog look.
Is all the color mind-blowing?
Or is it just right?

The Creator's Leaf

Monday, February 8, 2016

Shiretown, A New Tangle

 Thank you for being patient while Cindy and I tracked down the problem with the blog.
It has been corrected and you should not have
any more of those nasty pop up boxes
to deal with.
To celebrate, allow me to introduce you to
Shiretown, a new tangle!
Back in the summer, Mark and I traveled to Maine
to look at some houses. 
We overnighted in a hotel name Shiretown.
This is phone photo I took of the carpet in the hallway.
Many of my tangles come from carpets.
 Deconstructing that pattern was simple.
You just break it down one step at a time,
much the same way you draw a tangle.
One step at a time.
 Shiretown makes a fine border as you can see. 
 I really, really love tangling this in a circle!
In the background you see another of my patterns -
barz. No step out drawn, just rows with a series
of straight and diagonal cross lines.
And here is another tile I did using shiretown.
Add a little zander and some 
Knights of the Round Table.
Shiretown looks great in black and white,
but it also looks great with a pop of color.
Why don't you give shiretown a try?
I would love to see what you do with it!

The Creator's Leaf

Pardon Our Construction

Please pardon our dust.
The problem has been fixed. 
Hallelujah!!! and a big thanks to Charlotte Baker
for connecting me with an awesome computer guru
who located the problem in about 30 seconds!
(And didn't charge me a penny!)

And since I have had my little meltdown
and am back on the road to happiness,
Cindy is going to be making a couple
appearance changes here.
Hopefully all will be wonderful soon.
Thank you for hanging in there with me!

And for a teaser . . . . . . 
expect an announcement coming this weekend!
The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Things to Come

It was recently brought to my attention that my blog was having pop up ads problems.
For quite awhile, Cindy and I have been trying to track down the elusive culprit,
with no success.
We have exhausted all avenues of research, 
and trying to figure it out,
and we have finally decided to start a whole new blog, where hopefully pop ups will not be an issue.
Please be patient while we figure this all out.
Cause it is going to be a major pain.

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Baubles, a Fun Little Tangle!

Are you ready to have a little fun!
Here is a relatively new tangle I haven't posted yet.
I put it together for the Tangle It! book series.
You are only limited by your imagination!
 Super easy steps.
The hardest part is going to be deciding on the embellishments!
 For this particular piece, I decided to forego the embellishments, 
and head straight to the color!
This piece was colored with copics and 
At You Spica glitter pens.
For this piece I went with some basic embellishing.
And I mixed my baubles in with some bow*petal
for extra zing!
From top to bottom you have:
curlz, bow*petal and baubles, diagonal²,
then reverse the order.

(I am having some issues with my blog, so for now I am afraid to link anywhere. If you are one of the people getting pop-up ads on this blog, would you be so kind as to leave me a comment and tell me if you are using an apple product or pc to view this post. Thanks!)

Have fun with baubles! I would love to see what you do with it!


The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Old Becomes New

 There is a wave rolling through Facebook.
It is a wave that rolls through about twice a year.
It is called the 5 Day Art Challenge.
Basically someone 'nominates' you for the honor and,
in response, you post a piece of your art each
day for 5 days in a row.
In that post you designate someone else to
carry on the challenge.
Currently I am in day 3 of my 5 day run.
These two pieces of watercolor art were my first 
attempts at watercolor back in 2012. 
I think the first one with the flowers is prettier,
but the bottom one with the pigs and birds is my favorite.
Both are in a 3" x 5" watercolor moleskine.
For color I used a couple basic Michael's kids' section
pan watercolor sets. 
The little birds and pigs idea was copied almost directly from 
a piece by Lori Vliegen, with her permission.
I know they aren't great, fantastic quality,
but they were such fun to create.
I really need to get back to this again.

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Coral Step Out, New Tangle

 Not long ago, the Tangle It! Journal was released
and along with it came some new tangles.
Coral was a tangle of mine that we shared 
in the new journal.
Coral is easy to tangle and it has so many applications.
The lines do not have to be straight,
they can be wavy.
Fat or thin, heavy lines or thin lines.
Rings or no rings, holes or no holes.
It is up to you.
 This one was fun.
Coral can be more abstract and just flow
with whatever you are drawing.
 It can be asymmetrical. 
 Or really asymmetrical. 
Here coral just kind of takes on a life of its own.
 I really love using coral in underwater scenes. 
As you can see, the coral don't need to all move in the same direction. 
They work very well in a random placement.
Probably my favorite piece using coral of all time.
Twinkling H2Os really brought this piece to life
and those swaying bits of coral add the movement
this piece needed.
Why don't you give it a whirl today
and see how you can use coral in your own art.

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, January 30, 2016

String #11 for January 11th

 I tried several times yesterday to make a post,
but Photobucket was down and so many of my photos
were missing. 
I didn't want to draw attention to that.
And it seems I have lost 11 subscribers since yesterday.
I don't know if that is because the blog looked so messed up yesterday, or not. 
I do apologize, but I have no control over Photobucket.
That is where all my photos are stored.
They have me totally at their mercy.
At lease it is back to normal today.
Above you see string #11 that I posted for January 11th.
From top to bottom I used -
scallops, rixty, and florz.
This was a fun string to tangle up.
I love rixty, though I rarely use it.
I need to rectify that situation.
I need to work on those black sections
and figure out how to make them more uniform.

If you should want to play along with our
String Symphony -
one new string for each day of the year - 
then head on over to Zentangle All Around at this link
and send me a join request.
Hope to see you there!

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A String Symphony #10

 String #10?, you say.
And today's the 28th?, you say. 
Yes, I am abysmally behind.
Nothing new there.
But the beauty that I built into this
String Symphony
is simply this - you can NOT be behind.
Work on whichever day you wish,
whenever you wish,
just keep tangling along when you have the time.

The thought is by me providing one string for each day of the year,
at the end of 2016 we will have 366 lovely pieces of art.
if we keep them in a binder, or a journal, 
or a file box  -
we will be able to travel through a progression of
our tangleabilities 
and watch our style and capabilities expand 
as we simply relaxed each day
and let the zen part of zentangle occur.

Want to join us?
Easy peasy.
Head on over here to Zentangle All Around,
send me a join request, and get started.

The Creator's Leaf