Monday, January 28, 2013

Here's my latest Zendoodle as well as finished VFF Art Cards!

I love the randomness of doodling!  Here are pictures of first colored Zendoodle and the  latest VFF (Valentine Friend Forever) Series III cards, I won't post all of them, but there's quite a few here!  They are a limited edition.  I won't make any more like these.  Just as I have done with the past ones.  The only Series I may repeat are the felted hearts, I really liked them and they were popular among the textile artists.

Doodling is an amazing outlet for those who just need to create and can't seem to carve out either the time, place, space or materials.  All you need is a good sketchbook or watercolor paper that you can carry in your bag and an archival pen, a pencil and a eraser. Although I haven't yet used a pencil and eraser, I think that's a great start.  There are various types that people use such as micron or fine liner pens, I used sharpie permanent on the canvas pieces because it's a rough surface and I didn't want to ruin the more expensive pens.
Some pen brands used; Pigment liners by Staedtler (the pack I have ranges from .1 to .7 thickness)  that I used, other doodlers or 'tanglers' use the Zentangle brand pens which takes the guessing out of it.  But I say use what you can, because it shouldn't be restrictive!
For Shading use a soft pencil HB or B works nicely for that.  You don't have to shade, but it really gives it a 3D look when you do.
I wrote a blog about the benefits of Doodling on my other blog, check it out HERE.

I have to thank the Creative Every Day Web site site for jump starting me on bringing my doodling to the next level, because I needed something that wouldn't interfere with the other things I have on my plate, like my blogging business my spiritual blog and my other art site.  I will be posting my actual project for January on here as well.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My active create-a-day projects

As discussed we are embarking on a create everyday project.  Something creative.  Whew!  It's not that easy while your trying to keep a roof over your head as well!  I am very active with another online blogging system where I write interesting blogs on whatever I want and then promote them!  I get paid for this by others joining and doing the same thing.  It's a great outlet for those who have a lot to say and have a few hours in a day to write ~500 words.  I use video, pictures and words in mine.  I have some marketing background that has helped me, BUT this business gives you everything you need to do what you want to do and how to make HUGE $$ from this.  

That is my hope.  That this venture will finance my greatest passion and that is ALL things ART.  I have a dream of building a Center (of sorts) where the Arts combined with spirituality/meditation will help those on an enlightenment journey or to heal from past issues or current issues!  This building will have meeting rooms, studio rooms and meditation rooms.  It'll also host an organic tea/coffee lounge where people can interact with each other as well. 

 It'll also host a small store to purchased CD's, Healing ART, Crystals etc. and it will also have ART work all over the walls and floor area to showcase the most wonderful talent on this planet!
I will have my home semi-attached to this building and the building itself will be designed using the "golden means" ration and embody lots of sacred geometry so that ANYONE that enters will immediately feel warm and welcome in this space....
I hope it sounds as wonderful as it looks in my mind.  So, my Empower Network Blogging site finances this dream.

Okay, back to my create a day, I said it was challenging because I have been devoting a lot of time with the latter to get as much information as possible to build my dream place. (I've been waiting all my life for fulfillment and I believe this is my journey!)
To work around this and still participate in the create each day project.  I jumped right in without realizing there would a theme for every month.  I just figured it was a site to make you accountable to have something that was creative.  I just found this out and the month is almost over....dang.

So, for the month of January, the theme is Dark therefore, it's back to the drawing board. In the interim, I want to post the latest Zentangles, I am making up my own name for a new product I'm selling as Healing Art.  There is a term for using zentangles as mandalas already...dang!  I thought it was an original idea...more proof we're all connected!  No such thing as an "original" idea, it's whatever part of us "re-called" the information first! :-)  

Anyway, I will use it in my spiritual healing/meditation.  I have other projects in Acrylics and such that I am creating as Healing Energy Art, but doodling with a purpose is really meditative and when I am doing this (I realize why they called it "zen" tangle...duh) I am actually in an "alpha" state while I'm doing the activity.  (I've actually got a blog written about it for tomorrow on my Empower Network page!) Whenever I have an issue or something that I need some solution on as well as gaining insight to a creative project, I start the zentangle.  So, I have a little contest going on for a name to combine the chakra colors, mandalas theory, and zentangle patterns.  Chendala?  Chakandala?  Hmmmmm, looking for suggestions!

Here's a couple of the Zentangles I've done.  I've also done a bunch that I gathered and kinda mashed together as a whole so that I can "punch" out some Hearts from it and this will be used for this years series of VFF's!  These I am coining on the inside of the card:
"You are my Zen in the tangle of life.

Be my Valentine Friend Forever"

Ha, ha ,ha!  I'm such a cheese ball!  It's what we must do, right?'s my pics!  Actually it's a video now, I stayed up so late playing and making, it was faster to just video what I did...(this is what happens when I play a video while I work)

Happy Day!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hello to you today!

OMG our temperatures for January are insane, it's like spring outside! It's close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (I would give the Celsius which is what we use as our unit of measurement,but I can't or don't know the keyboard stroke for the degrees symbol, I suppose I could have just put 10 Celcius... :-P )
I also have completed a "creative" craft for the day.  While at work (I am a certified custom framer at an Art Store), we were very quiet so my boss asked me if I would help out with the "Valentine" display.  We had some inexpensive wooden 'craft' frames that he wanted to bling up.  So bling it up I did!  He was "wowed" by my finished products (three different types of frames in all).  Great to get paid and be creative!

 I have begun my felting 'shapes'and they are going to be a little more work than anticipated as I don't think the shape is 'deep' enough for what I want to do, but I am going to continue on here and we'll see what transpires. I'll be doing quite a bit of needle felting after the initial shape or perhaps I can figure out a good 'stiffener' to use that won't take away the organic essence. Hmmmm, well, I'll figure out something. Perhaps, I'll google it and see if what others have used for felted vessels etc.  I'll post the pic's as soon as I get a finished item.
I am endorsing two books below because they are adorable and because I am also an affiliate of Amazon.  That being said,  "Felting, the Complete Guide has some great projects in it for a beginner just getting involved.  It doesn't go into all the details of felting i.e. needle sizes etc and how some are used for heavier felting etc.  however, that being said a crafter doesn't have to worry about getting invested with all the right needles, you can use any needle really, just get started, warning!  It's addictive!  The second book is from a very fun gal!  I would so love to hang with her for a day, I love her video demo.  I've embedded it below for your enjoyment also.  Her book will be a great addition to your shelves and it's VERY affordable!


Saturday, January 05, 2013

On fire!

Actually, I have had two days off, so I have been able to muse over the latest Zentangle and the ideas that I have ruminated as a result of this creative act.
The first idea that I have is for something different in felted jewelry.  I love the felted look and the organic feel of natural fibers and trying to incorporate that into wearable art!
Always striving to be different, I scour everything I can to glean ideas and be to be inspired.  I love nature and the look of pods, and was attracted to making jewelry out of silk pods. I haven't had too much luck in being able to purchase an affordable lot.  Even though that has already been done, I will still do my own spin on a silk pod idea!
Right now, this idea I think is a new spin, but I needed a mold of sorts, something to 'shape' my felt over before I apply a hardener/stiffener to it to keep it's shape.  I work as a custom framer at Michaels, so I am never far away from something crafty and the other day after the idea struck me I took a walk around the store to see what I could find to use and I found the perfect thing!
Can you guess what these are???  NO, not Easter Eggs!  Guess again!  I don't know if you can see the name on the backs on the pictures at the bottom, but they are silly putty containers!  Whoohoo!  I can make six at a time with these.

I will upload pictures of the process and the completed project soon.
I've also gesso'd four canvasses so that I can create more Zentangles as well as one large canvas to begin my "Gaia's transistion" art work... stay tuned!

My First Zentangle!

Hi There!
Sooo excited.  I finished my first Zentangle!  I have the wonderful luck at finding this site called 2013 Creative Every day as I mentioned in the post below...well, I wondered what I could 'start' with without getting into a big project not knowing the how's and why's....but then again, that's how many of my projects come about, I just jump in!
Anyway, I had pulled one of my canvases that I had started with Indian Ink earlier in the year with, but with little satisfaction.  The inks just slide on the surface really.  I would need to put more gesso on the surface to give it a smoother look.  Anyway, I had some things already on it when I decided to use it to do a zentangle. I had this Sharpie Oil Paint pen, so I decided to use that. The canvas surface was hard on the pen, but that's okay, it was my first go at it and I was permanent and dark. I did use my Faber Castell PITT pens to give different grey areas on the drawing for depth and then used a blending ink to try and get it to look smooth.  Here I am uploading for your perusal.
Next one I will experiment with color!

This took about a week doing a little bit every day until today!  As a result of this creative out flow, I came up with several ideas for jewelry and for a few paintings I wish to paint!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

Today the 1st day of 2013, see's us with the sun blazing brightly in the sky!  I am excited to have a few days off so that I can get situated and focussed on plans that have been brewing for about a week now in my head.  I have some great ideas on some new and funky felted jewelry!  Plus a few ideas on some felted wall art.
I also hope to increase my daily blogging on my money making websites as these are going to fund my dream and that is to open a center/studio for arts and meditation.  Yes!  I want to combine arts and spirituality.  Being a spiritual person, I want the form of art to help open up our creative spiritual selves.  Upon doing so we can raise our vibration and become healthier, more loving human beings.
I have made a few plans for the coming year but nothing concrete yet, as I really don't like making New Years Resolutions.  I believe everyday is a new year a new day and should be started fresh!
I was quite busy over the holidays make gifts for personal use as well as commissions for others!  Yay, sure helps pay off the Christmas spending!
So I have kept quite creative in that way, but I am most happiest when I can focus on just "doing" as my spirit leads me, that is more rewarding.  So if I have to announce any new "resolution" or "goal" for 2013 then it's to be more in spirit (did you know that's where the word "inspired" originates?  "in spirit").  Be more authentic to myself and others (although many of my peers will tell you that I already shoot from the hip!  :-)

Okay, lets begin.  I also joined up with a site that I found as a link from another site I was perusing.  The site I was originally at has some beautiful "Zentangles" there that I wanted to send to my sister as she is quite good at doing them herself. The link on her page led me to 2013 Creative Every Day Challenge to which I signed up too!
I want to encourage my sister continue with her talents and even make her designs into art cards! People love original art cards.  I have done well with the ones that I have made. Especially my Valentine Friends Forever ( VFF) Art Cards.  Speaking of which, I want to come up with another idea for my VFF series, this will be the third year for my Valentines Friend Forever art cards.  Here are a couple of pictures, the first ones are from year one Love gives us wings Series I and the second set is from last year Heartfelt Series II

VFF Series I- Sharing gives us wings

VFF Series II - Heartfelt

So there we have it.  Now I must put my creative juices into gear and work on VFF Series III!
I have also done some acrylic painted on canvas art cards.  That was a lot of fun.  I call them "Secrets of the Multi-verse", yeah.  I like to think big!