Sunday, February 20, 2011

Zentangle: 9 Artoo

We were challenged to do a zentangle incorporate the new tangle created by Laura at I am the Diva named after her sick little baby "Artoo"

Here is the newest challenge. 

Sorry to have taken so long with this one. It was finished earlier in the week, I just never got around to scanning it and posting it.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Meet Up: February Goals

I came across another little gem in the blogsphere of creatives. This is a monthly group that "Meets Up" at the beginning of each month to post your business goals for the coming month.

Since I am late this month, I have 10 less days...that's okay though, because most of these I have been doing some of these anyway :)

Since I am a visual being, I organized the goals in post-its (the virtual Windows 7 ones) on my desktop. Now I have my Dream Board, Goals, and my Cozi schedule all in one pretty little place. (You know how I like pretty little places ;).

Since I have a humongous monitor I will break it down for you:

AKEW (Something- either the blog or the actual project)



Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Workin' Wednesday 2/9

Nothing special, just some thinking out loud...or with pen :)

Let me know if you have some favorite brand, or better yet...a brand to stay away from. Opinions and/or information is greatly appreciated :)

Supply Wish List

  1. Canvas (different sizes)
  2. More Acrylic paints (or at least find mine O.o)
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Colorful threads
  5. Quilling set
  6. Resin
  7. More Jewelry wire
  8. Watercolor Paper (The big stuff)
  9. better watercolor paints
  10. Torch
  11. Glass sticks
  12. Bead Kiln
  13. Better Crochet needle (since Devan chewed on mine)
  14. Calligraphy Set (a good one-maybe a quill and ink set)
  15. More Markers
  16. Colored Pencils
  17. Polyester Fabric,
  18. Big O' Bucket of Mod Podge, 

*Update 2/11
I just created a wishlist of everything but 3-5, 10-11, and 17 at Blicks...Might take advantage of the 20% off and free shipping before 2/14. *Bat's eyelashes at dear husband ;)

Beary Bunny

The kids' school let out early because there is a beautiful dusting of snow. As my oldest says "they are afraid we will get our pants wet". We live in a somewhat rural area, with a lot of hills, so if there is any snow accumulation, there is no school.

My youngest wanted to get started on her homework right away (because she is a very type A person) so that she could go play. She brought this picture and asked me if I could help her with it. Here is the conversation:

Daughter: "Mom, could you help me with my bear for the cafeteria contest?" *showing it to me and pointing to the middle and the ears..."Like maybe some glitter around here or something"

Me: "Did you draw that yourself?" *confused because it looks more like a bunny than a bear.
Daughter: "No, see the outline. This was printed."

Me: Still confussed at the outline, then I started laughing.

Daughter: "What?"

Me: Turning it around...

"Whatcha got there little guy?"...All three of the kids started laughing hysterically.

How are we going to fix this? We don't need a little phallic bear hanging in the school cafeteria. Looks like mom is going to trace a new bear.

I traced the outline and she went right to work :)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Zentangle: 8 (Heart + )

This week's challenge is close to my heart. Laura at I am the Diva CZT gave us the challenge heart + two past challenges because she needs our well wishing for her son Artoo who was hospitalized with respiratory problems.

Ten years ago my baby boy was in and out of the hospital with Pneumonia and RSV for the first five months of his life. At one point he was in the ICU and they were preparing us for the possibility of putting him on a ventilator. He turned 10 this year, and is an amazing little man.

This Zentangle is a combination of all the past challenges, with a big full heart to Artoo.

  1. Simple
  2. Two Pencil String
  3. Eyes Wide Shut (I combined 2+3 to make the ribbon)
  4. Starry Eyed Surprise
  5. Orbs
  6. Ixorus
  7. Breathe
  8. Heart
When I put all these together, it looked like this...

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Monday, February 07, 2011

2 Things Challenge: Shadow/Play

I posted this picture years ago. As in the beginning of my blog days way back in 2006. I may have snapped the shot, but the composition was set up by my (then) 5 year old autistic son. I had to re-post because it fits this challenge perfectly.


 As the years have past, he has continued to amaze me with the way he sees the world, and the way he captures it in  his very creative and artistic nature. Love you little man!!
Bigger Than Life
Originally uploaded by 

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Mommy Bee.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Illustration Friday: Reverse

The reverse side also has a reverse side.  ~Japanese Proverb

Sometimes a quote is the first point of inspiration for a challenge such as this. Especially if it is one that I am having a difficult time coming up with a concept for the prompt word. 

I found this quote and immediately thought of Koi fish. Probably the fact that this is a Japanese Proverb. I started playing around with a koi fish, doing some reverse action in Photoshop, and thought that it would make a pretty sweet motif for a new pattern. The colors were pretty easy...go with orange and the reverse on the color wheel. 

I would love to see this in some screen-print action...but that's for another day. 


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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Zentangle: Breathe

Breathe in deeply through the nose, then breathe out through the mouth.

Finding my rhythm is difficult in music. However; when I do dots and lines, it comes easily. Good thing too, because rhythm is just as necessary in the sketching, as it is in breathing, and yes, in music.
#7: Breathe

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EDM: #305 Huge

Upon reading the Everyday Matters challenge for this week, I immediately want to do a Huge Hug. I don't know why. Maybe the words look so much alike. Or maybe I have a fondness for alliterations. Well, both are true, so we will just go with that.

Much to my surprise I found an image with a little girl hugging an Elephant. So here it is, a Huge Hug


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