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.

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Calendars 2017


    Did you know July's birthstone is the ruby, which symbolizes contentment? 

    Did you know its birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lily?

    Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of July are Cancer (until July 22 and Leo (July 23 onwards)?

    Did you know July is the seventh month of the year?

    Did you know it is the fourth month to have the length of 31 days?

    Did you know it was named by the roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of this birth?  Prior to that, it was called Quintilis.

    Did you know July 1st is International Tartan Day?

    Did you know July 2nd is World UFO Day?

    Did you know July 3rd is Women's Day?

    Of course you know July 4th is Independence Day (United States), or is it?

    Did you know July 5th is World Environment Day?

    Did you know July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day (United States)?

    Did you know July 10th is Beatles Day (Liverpool and Hamburg)?  It is also Nikola Tesla Day and Statehood for Wyoming.

    Did you know July 11th is World Population Day?

    Did you know July 27th is Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day (Vietnam)?

    Did you know July 30th is International Day of Friendship?

    Did you know there are now only 153 days remaining until the end of the year?

    Well there are....

    Sunday, June 25, 2017


    Making Paper

    I made handmade paper today.  It surprise myself, because that was not my intent today. The weather being as hot as it was, however, inspired me to go outside and create something.  Not that I enjoy the heat by any means.  In fact I hate the heat, but for making papers, it was ideal.  That meant I could work outside and my papers would dry quickly.

    Although I did not really know what I was doing, I still had fun.  I decided the papers I would make today, would be my trials and errors and I would just have fun experimenting.  And I did.

    So, today I figured out how much paper to use to make my pulp, to get the desired thinness of the paper I wanted.  I also learned that less is more when it comes to adding leaves and flowers and the like.  I like my papers a little less decorated.  I did not like the paper being thick. One of my papers came out extra thick.  Did not like that.  It made it feel more like Khadi Paper.  I do like Khadi paper, but for my purpose, it was not what I wanted.  

    I got my paper making kit from "Paper Alice".  She has several different sizes, but the kit that I purchased was the 8-1/2" X 11".  I have been wanting to make paper for a long time now and when I saw her video, it inspired me to do so.

    Perfect weather for making paper.  A perfect day well spent!