Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! In the spirit of the holiday and Ash Wednesday, I combined my two loves: wine and painting. 🙂 enjoy!

Step 1: get some red wine.
Step 2: start painting.
Step 3: layer on top of dried lines to get darker colors.

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IPad Painting: Teaser

Here is a sneak peak of a great project I am excited to share when it is finished!

My sister N has a children’s book she is writing for a class project entitled “If You Give A Panda Pizza.” I was so inspired by what she was writing (and it sounded so darn cute!) that I begged to illustrate the story. (And before you are feeling she cheated off of “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” that was the point of the project, and she is writing her own original spin on it.)

So I’ve started illustrating, and the method I’m using is a blended traditional and digital media approach. See below for a sneak peak, because a more detailed entry is coming soon!

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Zendala!

A quick photo gallery of a recent zentangle drawing: a Mandela of Zentangles, or a Zendala. (Such a pretty portmanteau, don’t you think? As a book I read once put it, “Zendala sounds better than Mantangle, doesn’t it?”)

Mandelas come to use from Hindu or Buddhist traditions. Simply put, they are a circular design to help focus thoughts and aid in meditation. Zentangling in a Mandela is just another way of using the deliberate artistic strokes to create fabulous art and experience some great meditation.

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The entire design doesn’t have to be circular. You can incorporate zendala elements into other zentangle designs as well. Here is a series of photos detailing one of my sketches:

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Also, who said Zentangles must always be black and white? No one! Experimenting with adding color is also a fun way to continue your zentangle experience.

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