Tuesday, February 14, 2017

An inclusive heart

When drawing lines, it's possible to follow your heart and include others.

Wishing you a loving Valentine's Day.  For more Valentangle inspiration, check out the Diva Challenge.

My string was created by making a stencil from a die, and tracing it onto my paper.  I used Strathmore multi media 140 lb cut to postcard size.  The die (shown) is from Impression Obsession.  I had intended to send the original art as a thank you to one of my awesome Senators.  It turned out so well that my husband talked me into making prints from the original so I can include many more recipients.  I loosely had Oblique and Isochor in mind as I drew and Static showed up on his own! 

My art, both Zentangle® and crafts such as card making, helps me to keep moving forward, eventually.  

Here are some additional "therapy" examples:

An inlay technique made lovely cards using that same die.  

A card made using a gorgeous stamp from Penny Black.

Valentines made using Lawn Fawn dies and stamps.  

Another die set from Impression Obsession.  I also used a dotted rectangle die from Lawn Fawn.  

And my February calendar in my bullet journal.  Turns out, Oof filled in looks like Bales! 

If you missed my tutorial turning Pezember into a Valentangle, check it out here.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pezember Valentine with Hugs!

I've been playing around with Peter Fruehwirt's tangle Pezember.  It starts out like W2, then goes in quite a different but pleasant direction!

Sometimes I first try a tangle in my bullet journal, like I did here.  After a quick go at the tangle per the stepouts, I knew I wanted to try it with the curved lines of Huggins.  Immediately that morphed into hearts 

Then this Bijou that enjoys a little Static.

I thought I'd try my second YouTube showing you my valentine variation.  Enjoy! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I wanted to share with you today two photos.  One, of a planned and final rendering of my hand made necklace (note the month and year in the lower right which I also think is rather interesting).  I always loved how it converted itself into a heart as it evolved.  And a picture of it today before I put it on.  I think the addition is telling, the pink heart so relevant and significant today of all days.

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.  If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth." -William Faulkner

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fluxing around with Skwim ...and a video!

Wanting to focus, I tried something new with something old.  Skwim, to me, is very familiar.  Videos, not so much.  The end result is a drawing surface to "frame" my tiles as I'm drawing, providing a pleasant background and a slightly cushioned surface. I had hoped that you'd enjoy my first video, but after much effort and time, I accidentally deleted it prior to uploading it!  Sorry, you not only miss how this project evolved, but you also miss Yoda (my cat) helping me tangle.  Perhaps you're the lucky one, I'm not sure.  So, please enjoy my second video!  I've also added below some information about the "missing" video.

If you find the video helpful, relaxing, or inspirational, please let me know.  I would very much appreciate your constructive criticism and feedback.  I'm not sure if I'll continue with the video format, your comments (or lack thereof) will help me to decide.  

Wishing you peace and calm....
Betsy CZT14

Supplies used:
A remnant of mat board in a gray green color 
Crafter's Workshop 12x12" stencil-Daisy Cluster
Copic markers and airbrush
Sakura Pigma micron 03 black
Fabrico Marker in cool gray
Faber-Castell Polychromos 
General's charcoal white

Tangles: Skwim, Flux, Tipple and a touch of a Fescu/Zinger combo.