Friday, September 1, 2017

Calendars 2017

September 2017

Did you know "September" is a song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis?

Did you know September is the only month with the same number of letters in its name as the number of the month (9 letters/9th month)?

Did you know until Julius Caesar's calendar reform of 45BC, September had only 29 days?

Did you know on average, September day more babies are born in the US than on a day in any other month?

Did you know in the UK, September 26 is the most common birthday for people born in the last 20 years?

Did you know September is the 9th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third month to have the length of 30 days?

Did you know September was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest know Roman calendar?

Did you know September's birthstone is sapphire?

Did you know the birth flowers for September are forget-me-not, morning glory and aster?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of September are Virgo and Libra whose end and start are related to the equinox date?

Did you know September 4th is Labour Day and National Macadamia Nut Day?

Did you know September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day?

Did you know September 6th is National Coffee Ice Cream Day?

Did you know September 9th, 1850 California became the 31st state to join the Union?

Did you know September 10, 1847, the first theater opened in Hawaii, in 1935 Popeye was heard on NBC radio for the first time, in 1953 Swanson began selling its first TV Dinner and in 1955 Gunsmoke premiered on CBS-TV?

Did you know September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day?

Did you know September 14th is National Eat a Hoagie Day?

Did you know September 15, 1949 The Lone Ranger premiered on ABC, in 1965 Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS-TV, in 1978 Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title and in 1982 the first issue of USA Today was published?

Did you know September 16th is National Guacamole Day?

Did you know September 17, 1683, Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria and in 1916 The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, WWI flying ace of German Luftstreikrafte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France?

Did you know September 19th are Jimmy Fallon's and David McCallum's Birthday?

Did you know September 25th is Will Smith's Birthday?

Did you know September 29th is National Coffee Day?
Well it is...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

CitraSolv Papers

Altered Papers

Aren't these papers gorgeous?
I think they are.

A couple of years back, I took a class with Cathy Taylor, altering papers with CitraSolv and National Geographic Magazines.

I decided this weekend to alter more papers.  This is what I got. 

As soon as I saw them, I knew they would make great papers to Tangle on.  Although you can still see the text, once these papers are tangled on with Zentangle Patterns, the text will disappear into the background.

I think some organic looking tangle patterns will look great on these papers.
What do you think?

Friday, August 4, 2017


Metal Point Mandala

This is an old technique called Metalpoint or Silverpoint drawing and was used before the development of graphite pencils.

Leonardo da Vinci and other masters used this method of drawing.  Many original Silverpoint drawings done by Leonardo da Vinci have survived today.

Over time the metal used in metal point drawings can change color.  Some of the masters drawings looked liked they used a red/brown pencil.  These were probably drawn with silverpoint.

The challenge with metal point is that the marks cannot be erased, so you need to work carefully.  The metal point does not smudge, however, so there is no need to worry about your hand smudging your work as with graphite pencils.

This Mandala was drawn on a canvas board with a metal point tip.  Drawing with a metal point is like drawing with a hard 4-6H pencil.

This Mandala was drawn with a metal point as shown in the black holder.  You can also use silver and gold, which will change in color as it ages.  The metal point and silver point will tarnish to a nice patina.

Overall I am very please how my first metal point drawing came out.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Calendars 2017


Did you know August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fifth month to have the length of 31 days?

Did you know August birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx?

Did you know the birth flower is the gladiolus meaning strength of character, love, marriage and family?

Did you know the Western zodiac signs for the month of August are Leo (until August 22) and Virgo (from August 23rd onward)?

Did you know on August 1 1936, Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin?

Did you know on August 3rd, Martha Steward with be 75 years old and Tony Bennett will be 90 years old?

Did you also know August 3rd is Watermelon and National White Wine Day (United States)?

Did you know August 5th is National Underwear day (United States)?

Did you know on August 6, 1890, at Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by the electric chair?

Did you know August 8th is National Cat Day?

Did you know August 12 is World Elephant Day?

Did you know August 13th is International Lefthanders Day?

Did you know August 14th is National Creamsicle Day (United States)?

Did you know August 20th is World Mosquito Day?

Did you know on August 21, 1888, American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine?

Did you know August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day (United States)?

Did you know August 24th is National Waffle Day (United States)?

Did you know August 26th is Women's Equality Day (United States)?

Did you know August 28th is Crackers of the Keyboard Day?

Did you know on August 29th it is More Herbs, Less Salt Day, National Lemon Juice Day (United States) and National Chop Suey Day (United States)?

Did you know August 31st is National Trail Mix Day (United States)?

Did you know on August 18th, my oldest daughter was born?  
Well she was!

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Tag Book

    Let Go
    Quotes & Sayings Tag Book

    It has been quite some time since I've done anything in my "Quotes & Sayings Tag Book.
    The last entry was was June 2016.  Over a year ago since my last entry.  I did not realize it has been that long since I did anything in this book.

     I did this shortly after my oldest son's birthday.  He pasted away four years ago and I guess I realized it was time to let go and start to heal. I think working on this page helped with that. 
    "Let Go" was the only thing I was going to do in this book...

    ...but then I started to think about what I would like to do on the next page.  I started  working on the next page, sketching in a design with pencil, adding a little of this and a little of that, and before I knew it, I had already finished another page.

    It is sort of zentangle, mandala and doodles all in one.  I guess it just had to happen, because I think it went along with the previous page, but did not realize it until I was finished.  The hand in the drawing is mine and I do not know if I did it right, but what I do know, I enjoyed doing it.

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    Mandala Monday Book


    Indian Theme

    Another Mandala for Monday and that is a good thing since today is Monday.

    I had an idea for this Mandala, however, it did not quite come out exactly like I wanted.  
    But then again, I was not quite sure how I wanted this to be.

    I wanted sort of an Indian Theme to my Mandala.  
    I think it came out pretty good, since I was in a hurry to get this done today.

    I am surprised no matter how many Mandalas I draw, each one is different; each one is unique.