Sunday, May 17, 2015

Old Becomes New

I used to be a scrapbooker.
Digital technology has taken away the need for me to scrapbook,
but I still have a ton of scrapbook supplies.
Recently I figured out that I could tangle on the paper.
I have enough scrapbook paper cut down into manageable pieces to last me for a couple years.
I used to have an online scrapbook store,
and I bought out the paper from two stores that were closing,
so seriously I have a bunch of paper.
I pulled out a 5" x 7" piece of this butterfly paper 
and tangled some new patterns.
New for me.
From bottom to top:
logjam, feather nesting, xyp, ovy, fescu, jute, 
African Artist, and lanie.
It always amazes me what a difference shading makes!

Do you have scrapbook paper that might look
awesome in a tangle?
How about with a stack of tangles?

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Knee Deep and Falling Behind

My life is running in fast forward right now.
I just got home from one trip.
I'm headed out to get my hair re-blued,
then on to the airport to pick up Kali.
Then tomorrow we head to the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter 
for a couple days.
Followed by Frankie time for a few days.
Then it's take Kali back to the airport,
come home and pack,
then head to Newfoundland for ten days.
I can not wait!!!!!
And with that much happening in my life,
I really don't have time for the migraine I feel building right now. 
Easy time tangling is about all I can handle.
This is actually a piece of scrapbook paper I tangled on. 
And I'm calling it good, 
cause it's all I have time for right now.

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sneak Peek

The last four days I have been in Orlando at the 
Walt Disney World complex,
painting and drawing, and just generally having a wonderful time!
Here's a little sneak peek for you of some of the fun!
More coming in the next couple days.
Whoot! Whoot!

The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day
to all the moms, 
all the wish-they-were-moms,
all the other-moms,
all the soon-to-be moms,
and all the dads acting as moms.
It's your day to celebrate the joy that only a mom knows.
To celebrate family.
To celebrate that special love.
To celebrate you.
Cause you, Mom, are worth it!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dylusions Swirls

This was a mega fun work of art to make!
I made the background the day I received my
new Dylusions Paints
in the mail! I used my fingers to rub the
bubblegum pink and crushed grape colors
into the paper. I didn't realize how fast the paint would dry, 
so that line between the two colors didn't get as blended 
as I would have liked it to be.
No problem.

I took a stencil and dabbed the white linen Dylusions Paint 
through it with a makeup sponge.
Gave just the right amount of variation to make the line not quite as obvious.

Last night I tangled a stack of fun patterns,
including my All Boxed Up and
Jane Eileen's 4Mom, along with a couple others.
Fun to do, didn't take long, and it looks like I worked really hard on it!

What are you tangling today?
If you click on the pink links above -
you can see the step outs for those two patterns.

The Creator's Leaf

Friday, May 8, 2015

4Mom, Jane Eileen's New Tangle

The past almost four weeks have run past 
in a big blur! 
That is when my friend and fellow CZT Jane Eileen and I started 
a new Facebook group called 
Zentangle: Stacked and Tangled.
It has been a wild and crazy ride!

In that space of time we have approved 1,021 members who have 
posted 477 photos of fantastic stacked art, 
we've had 3 idea/prompts already, and had 
1 pretty spectacular giveaway with 7 winners.
We had a goal of 1,000 members by Sunday, 
our 4th week as a group, 
and we reached that on Thursday!
To celebrate, Jane has been playing around with a new tangle she developed.
As she drew it out, this is what she saw on row two
and the name right away became 4Mom.
With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, 
our 4 week anniversary,
we thought what better time to unveil 4Mom than then.

Jane has a pretty fantastic blog called 
See Jane Run 
where you can see her beautiful renditions of 4Mom, 
as well as a host of other goodies!
Here is a little two inch Bijou tile I drew, 
stacking Copada with 4Mom. 
A lot of punch in a little tile!
This is another 2" Bijou tile,
stacking 4Mom with flux.

My tile at the very top of this post
stacks 4Mom with crescent moon
and my own tangle TootsieMoon.
 4Mom is a versatile tangle, with lots of tangleation possibilities.
As a matter of fact, we love it so much that we are making it 
the new idea/prompt for the upcoming week. 
If you aren't already a member of 
Zentangle: Stacked and Tangled ,
come on over to Facebook and look us up.
We'd love to have you join us and give 4Mom a try this week!
The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chain of Roses

I apologize yet again for the infrequent blog posts.
Zentangle: Stacked and Tangled has taken over my life.
Seriously, I am trying to get back to a normal routine.
Here's a little punzel with some rock 'n roll roses.
Love these two tangles together!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Squid Jiggin'

Wow! Squid Jiggin' Ground.
An old song from my childhood days,
suddenly taking on some meaning in my life once again.

In just a few weeks, Mark and I will be heading to Newfoundland for ten days.
Ten days to relive my childhood, visit the Navy base where I grew up, see my school, go to my old church, try to find the first house we lived in in a little fishing village called Placentia.

I sit and remember.

Remember days when the snow was so high we had trouble getting to school.
They didn't do snow days, so you got there any way you could.
I remember walking - delicately and deliberately - through snow as high as my waist and sometimes higher, trying to pick the safest routes, the safest steps, taking an extra set of clothes to change into once you got to school because every stitch you had on would be soaked.

I remember fishing with my dad on the northside pier. His jacket zipped up tight, cap on his head, fishing for cod, throwing back blowfish which used to scare me when I was little - they are some ugly fish, just sayin'! - trying not to get blown off the dock because the winds were that strong.

I remember going to the commissary one day, and Daddy telling me to hold on to the car door when I opened it. I did, but the wind was so strong it pulled me right out of the car and dumped me on the ground.

I remember hours spent playing on the hill of rock behind our home. Coloring on rocks with crayons, daydreaming for hours, singing, playing make-believe until I'd hear the van as Dad came looking for me for supper. 

And I remember the music.
Standing in the Navy Exchange testing a harmonica they just got in, playing the Canadian National Anthem, and the civilian employees stopping, standing still with a hand over their heart as I played.

I loved living there!
I can't wait to go home in a few weeks.
I know very few buildings remain on the base.
Our two different homes on the base itself are totally gone and trees stand in their places.
I know it's going to be sad,
but it's going to be happy, too,
and I just can't wait!

I'm sorry my new style squid drawing pulled me into the backstory.
Squid Jiggin' Ground is a good old Newfie song
and it just reminded me. 
Now, where did I leave those kleenexes?

(Might I just add this note on May 3rd, my readers are the best! Thank you for the comments you post and send to me - whether here or on facebook. I'm glad you shared some of your memories with me :). You made my day, too!)

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, April 30, 2015


One more example of stacked, tangled, and lettered.
I used another scrap of scrapbook paper
to tangle this on.
I really like the pink flower pops showing through
the tangle design.
An excellent use for all those bits of scrapbook
paper I never use anymore.
Love it!
And the words - speak for themselves.

The Creator's Leaf

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Using Lettering as a Layer

Tangled stacks and lettering.
It just needs to be a layer in and of itself.
That's all it takes.
Not superimposed over the top of what you tangled,
but a layer all by itself.
Tangled stacks with lettering.
Now if we could just get everyone to understand that.

This piece was drawn on scrapbook paper.
All I used was a black Sharpie fine point,
a little graphite for shading,
and a white gelly roll pen for highlights.

Please visit out facebook group called
Zentangle: Stacked and Tangled
to see what stacking is all about.

The Creator's Leaf