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Friday, March 24, 2017

Love this!

So I now am addicted to YouTube. It's amazing how much creativity is lying in wait for us.  My pal Jo-Ellen found this video from one of our favorite teachers Karen Elaine Thomas where she uses inks to make a design, then tangles patterns in the white areas (Zentangle patterns specifically).   The technique is called Kumomi. She mentions that you can try to find images in the ink splashes. Her sample is AMAZING!


Of course we had to try it and since we didn't have her specific brand of inks we used what we had (imagine)!  We used twinkling H2Os.

Our favorite color was called Love Struck which is a beautiful deep shade of red. We found that the best way to apply the paint was with a very wet round paint brush so that you get big strokes of color. The package is shown below!

The product may be sold under a different name now.  Below is my finished piece. I had to emulate Jo-Ellen's artwork because it is stunning!!

Here's another work in process but I realized I didn't leave enough large areas of white to tangle. Still looks cool, but a different approach. 

The artwork below was what inspired my piece. Jo-Ellen's is below and you can tell by her quality tangling that she is a Certified Zentangle Teacher CZT!  Her tangles are perfection. 

So I'm including other pieces she made. Jo-Ellen used Microns in various colors, that really work with her H2Os color choices. 

So below is the first step, broad brushstrokes of color. 

Then you outline the white areas and get to tangling them. If you have no idea what I'm talking about when I refer to tangling then look up Zentangle and learn more. It's a meditative art form that encourages mindfulness and is so relaxing. 

After you outline the white areas you tangle a pattern in each white space. If it's a small area you can just color it in. I used black Micron markers for mine.

So here it is, Jo-Ellen saw a dragon that then morphed into a camel in her blue ink splashes and she drew him in! So, fun! Love that little guy!

Try this out for yourself, it's very addictive!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Not quite New Years

The holidays commandeer a load of time so I'm finally returning to post after two months. I've had a lot of wonderfully inspiring time to create lately. My friends and I had our art retreat which is the genesis of the name of this blog Artapalooza!!  We hunker down in my studio and create. 

After receiving a gift of tiny canvases 4x4" I created one today. Coincidentally, the online show Make It Artsy had a segment where an artist showed how to create these using paper scraps and a little paint, plus some tissue paper. 

It's great to hang on to tissue papers, particularly white for these projects. White tissue allows you to soften or correct a work. It also allows you to add a stamped image and not commit until you like it, so that's really helpful. 

Here's mine, which is a quote by Frida Kahlo!

More to follow!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Tiny boxes

My friend made me this adorable little box for a swap. I loved it and even more when I learned that I could make it with a template I already own. 

So here's my box, made from 6x6 double sided paper. 

This is the envelope template used to make the box!  

The template made by We R Memory Keepers and it punches and has score lines to make various sized envelopes. It comes with a plastic folding tool. 

Just line up to 1 3/8" and punch, then use scorer to make score ling along the groove starting in the bottom right corner.  Then move to 4" and repeat.

Turn the paper counter clockwise and repeat on each side.  You'll end up with the following.

Cut along the score lines and use a corner rounder!  You'll then just tape up the sides and have a little box!  You can punch holes and attach ribbon to decorate.

Great for party favors!!  Here's a blog post that has the complete instructions tiny box template

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Makeshift Billboard

I happen to pass an intersection on my way home from work and I've noticed that there is a very basic wooden sign. Periodically, some mystery person decorates the sign, customizing it according to current events, or their take on life. 

Don't know who's doing in this but I'm starting to really be entertained by it!!  Here's one of the recent displays, voicing an apparent opinion on the election. 

The latest, a take on the horrors in Syria. I love this homemade billboard. 

Let's see what comes next!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


My neighbor grows these beautiful dahlias and I thought I'd send out a virtual bouquet!!!

Beauty speaks for itself. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Love this use of paper!

Went to the Chicago History Museum and saw this creative display with a costume from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Love the paper hair!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016


I used to live in Chicago over 35 years ago. Just visited and the city looks amazing. Chicago has amazing architecture and there are so many cool things to see.  I was eager to see Millenium Park. They have fountains where they project photos of native Chicagoans and they "spray" water on people!  Whimsical and clever and the kids love them, particularly at this time of year. 

Public art that is interactive is the best!!

We saw "the bean" as locals call it. Amazing from every angle, and it's great watching people interact with it. 

Love this selfie!!

Then we went across the street to the Chicago Cultural center. Totally amazing building beautifully preserved with intricate, gorgeous inlaid mosaics everywhere. 

This stained glass rotunda is breathtaking. 

Loved this tour!  

How about this table at a restaurant we passed by?

Then we walked past the Tribune building and embedded in the outer walls are relics from all over the world. Fascinating!!!  Too many to take pictures of, but there is a piece of a moon rock on the building. 

Here's a link to a story about it!!  

I just adore this city, the people are nice and it looks fantastic. There is a lot of pride and those stewarding this town are doing it well.