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!

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Book Binding

    Book Binding Class

    I had my Book Binding Class yesterday and I must say it was lots of fun. 
    My students were Charlotte Carpentier and Lynell Harlow.

    Above is the book I made with my students.  The front and back covers of my book were covered from a couple of magazine pages I found in the magazine "Breathe".

    I added a decorative pocket to the back of my book, so I can stash away notes or what nots.

    Here is what the back cover of the book looks like.

    Here is Charlotte's:

    Didn't she do a really good job?  I think so.  
    She used a wall paper sample to cover the covers of her book.  She cut out some of the design and backed it with red Latka Paper.

    I am sorry to say I do not have a picture of Lynell's book.

    This is what you missed out on.  Books for journaling, drawing or whatever you heart desires.

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Mandala Monday Book


    Another Mandala for Monday.
     I did this one this morning and am surprise at how quickly I was able t create this one. 

     I am enjoying the process and seeing what comes out of my head and translate out my hands.  
    Sometimes they are not always the same.

    This one had a totally different look before I added the black dots on it.  It also did not seem quite finished just being round, but when I added the outside square, that completed the whole design.

    Sunday, June 11, 2017


    Zine 1
    (Pronounced "Zeen")

    I know, your thinking "what the heck are you doing, drawing and writing every which way?"
    Well, I happened to stumble upon these cute little miniature magazines, called Zines.
    They can be anything you want, from political, to just plain nonsense and can be anywhere from 2-3/4" X 4-3/4" to 5-1/2" X 8-1/2" and anything in between.

    The paper is folded in such a way that you end up with 8 sections.  A front and back...

    page 1 & 2...

    page 3 & 4...

    ...and page 5 & 6.

    When I saw these, I thought I'd try it out and see what I could come up with for my Zine.  Of course, once again, it took a life all of it's own.  I was going to do more writing, but it turned out more interactive instead.

    I used stickers, some images from a magazine and most everything else was drawn free hand, even the writing, printing and lines.

    It's nice when you try something new and you not only enjoy the process,
    but everything comes together so nicely.

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Mandala Monday Book

    My Mandala Book

    I have been wanting to do this book for quite some time now, but life happened and things kept creeping in ahead of this book.  I think I created this book, last year sometime.

    The design I drew was totally unexpected, as I planned something totally different, but as I was creating what I thought what was in my head, this popped out instead.  Funny how that happens.  However, I managed to fine some time yesterday to at least make the front cover design.

     It is a simple accordion style book, approximately 6" X 6".  It is was made from left over strips from another book I was making.  

    The left over strips were approximately 22"  which I used two, but I do not think it is quite 44" long.  

    I plan on drawing half circles, quarter circles and some that are split and continue onto the next page.  It is a bit hard to see, but I have already started to draw in some of the circles.

    I look forward to seeing what designs emerge from my head as my hands try to translate what I perceive what my eyes are seeing.

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Calendars 2017


    Did  you know June's birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone?

    Did you know the birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle?

    Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini (until June 20) and Cancer (June 21 onwards)?

    Did you know June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregoria's calendars?

    Did you know it is the second month to have 30 days?

    Did you know the first Wednesday is Global Running Day?

    Did you know the third Sunday is Father's Day AND National Flip Flop Day?

    Did you know the Friday following Father's Day is "Take Your Dog to Work Day"?

    Did you know June 2 is National Donut Day?

    Did you know on June 5, 1968 Bobby Kennedy was assassinated?

    Did you know on June 6, 1925 the Chrysler Corporation was founded and the first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey in 1933?

    Did you know on June 7, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City and in 1849 the song "Happy Birthday to You" was first sung?

    Did you know June 9 commemorates the birthday of Donald Duck?  He made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934.

    Did you know on June 10, 1752 Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a lightening storm and discovers electricity?

    Did you know on June 11, 1982 the movie E.T. was released?

    Did you know on June 12, 1880 John Lee Richmond pitches baseball's first "Perfect Game"?

    Did you know June 14 is Flag Day and the U.S. Army is formed in 1775?

    Did you know on June 18, 1873 Women's Rights advocate Susan B. Anthony is arrested for voting in Rochester, NY and Sally Ride becomes he first woman in space in 1983?

    Did you know on June 22, 1874 donuts were created?

    Did you know my oldest son would have been 43-years-old today?

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Mandala Mondays

    Seed of Life
    The "Seed of Life", is also known as "Sacred Geometry" or "Flower of Life"

    Last Monday I went to CharKat's Creative Insanity for Mandala Monday, where once a month we get together to create what?  Mandalas of course!

    This month we used the "Seed of Life" as our inspiration in creating these unique Mandalas.  I was not going to color mine in, but when I saw Charlotte Carpentier's, I went for it and color mine in, using watercolor pencils.

    By just deleting a few lines here and there or adding a few lines here and there, you can create different designs.  Here are a couple I did doing just that:


    So, just by adding a line here or deleting a line there you can create a multitude of designs. 
    Thank you Charlotte, these were so much fun!

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    LETTER Books

    My Letter Books

    A friend from my Sewing Group gave us initial crystal letters she bought when she was in Germany.  

    She said it was the custom on New Years, to give out chocolates in the shape of the persons initial.  We got crystal letters instead.
    I knew as soon as I saw these I was going to make a book to put my initial on.

    Here is my book.  It measures approximagely 6" X 4-1/2" (portrait).
    This is what I used for the end papers.  I love the marble look of the paper.

    One of the ladies in my sewing group liked my book, so I made her one too, using her initial.
    Her book was made the same way, except it is 4" X 6" (landscape)

    I really enjoyed making these books.  
     think they would make great guest books for weddings and such.

    End Note:  I will be teaching a Basic Traditional Bookbinding class on June 21st from 9 am - 4:00 pm 
    should anyone is interested.   You can either message me on facebook:  or leave me a comment below for more information.

    Friday, May 19, 2017



    It has been awhile since my last posting, but I have been busy doing this, that and the other thing.  I will be posting what I have been up to  lately and hopefully you will be  inspire as well.

    Looking online one day, I came across these little characters called "Scrap Monsteres".  I became intrigue at these cute little monsters that I think are just too cute to be called monsters.  I thought I would try my hand at making one or two and before I knew it, I had a whole family of these cute little creatures.  Making these little Scrap Monsters can be addicting.

    Can you spot the "One Eye, One Horn, Purple People Eater?

    These were so much fun to create.  
    Anyone out there thinking of an activity for their children to do while they are off during the summer?  Here is a great one to keep your child occupied and have fun at the same time.  Use up all those left over scraps of paper you have laying around.  See what kind of little monsters they can create.

    Here are some close-ups of some of my Scrap Monsters

    Notice that I used googly eyes for some of them and on one I used these eye that were brads.

    So, have fun with your little Monsters, but be ware, they can become addicting!  Mine are going to hang out on my window blinds for awhile.

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Calendars 2017


    Did you know May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days?

    Did you know May is also the month with the shortest name?

    Did you know the month of May was named for the Greek Goddess Mala?

    Did you know May's birthstone is emerald?

    Did you know May's birth flower is the Lily of the Valley?

    Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus (until May 20th) and Gemini (May 21st onwards)?

    Did you know May 1st is "World Laughter Day"?

    Did you know May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day?

    Did you know May 4th is Bird Day?

    Did you know May 5th is Cinco de Mayo?

    Did you know may 6th is International "No Diet Day"?

    Did you know May 11th is Statehood Day for Minnesota?

    Did you know May 14th is "Mother's Day"?

    Did you know May 18th is "International Museum Day"?

    Did you know May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day (California)?

    Did you know May 23rd is World Turtle Day?

    Did you know May 25th is National Missing Children's Day and National Tap Dance Day?

    Did you know May 26th is National Airplane Day?

    Did you know May 31st is "World No Tobacco Day"?

    Did you know Memorial Day is actually on May 30th, but is observed 
    on the last Monday in May?  
    Well it is.

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    ATC Swap


    For this month's ATC Swap, we had to have a fold in it.  We were also given all of the supplies to make our ATC, but we could add other elements to our ATCs.

    The green paper was one, which I used for the ATC.  We were also given the green mesh, and butterfly paper, which I chose to cut out individual butterflies and attach them to the green mesh.  The Baker's Twine was one of the other elements that were given to us that I used as antenna's for the butterflies.

    The fold was the little ATC size booklet I made and glued unto the card.  You open the book and unfold the paper inside.

    The book  was made the same way as the one I made with Charlotte Carpentier at CharKat Creative Insanity.  Of course the book itself is a fold.

    Next month's ATC?  
    Art Deco.