Zentangle: In Memory Of…Logan

I wanted to try a monogram, and the first letter that came to me was “L” for the memory of my son, Logan.

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I then tried making one on shrink plastic to make a charm for my memory necklace, and it turned out great…until I shrunk it. It distorted and didn’t shrink evenly. And I started with a 4×4″ size, so it was too large when it shrunk. This was a test piece, but I had taken a picture, so I will try to print it smaller on inkjet printable shrink plastic & do a few more trials to get the perfect charm.

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Fail!

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makeup passion

Because I love makeup as much as art…(maybe it’s all those gorgeous colors!!)…I decided to use a quote I found online & represent in my way.

“Put on a little lipstick…and you’ll be fine.”

I wish that’s all it would take to solve the world’s problems, because I have plenty to share! Lol! Ok, so back to this little piece of doodle…I did this in my little handmade watercolor journal using Inktense pencils, my .03 black Copic multi liners & a my new Pitt pens, a waterbrush, a gray Pitt brush pen, and a little inspiration. Hope you like!

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makeup doodle…

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makeup close-up

{a closer look}

inktense swatch doodle

When I received my new set of Inktense pencils, I had to use them immediately…but on what?! So I pulled out my little handmade journal & started drawing rectangles to make a swatch page. The lettering is all catty-whompus (yes, that’s a word! Lol), but I was hanging off the edge of the page with my hand. Either way, this little page is actually pretty handy for determining what color I should reach for…since the pencil points do not give a good representation of what you’re gonna get.

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inktense swatches

My next move is to make 3 more pages like this with my new Panpastels!! Three new 20 color sets…yummy!! I cannot WAIT to get my hands in, I mean, on those ;).

let’s create…or try!

So I’ve been laid up on bed rest because of having “girly” surgery, and I’ve been surfing the web for creative ideas…anything artsy!! I have never dabbled in mixed media art journaling, and after visiting Donna Downey’s blog on a daily basis…or should I say MULTIPLE times a day…my creative juices have been flowing. My problem was I wasn’t sure where to start to get back into my creative mode. I have a fully stocked art studio…well, it could never be fully stocked, so maybe I should say “well-equipped” studio. I love every kind of art…and I’ll buy anything with a rainbow of colors!

So to get to the point…I’m dabbling. I don’t have the energy quite yet to stand & really create, so while I’m laying up in the bed, I’m drawing, doodling, lettering, watercoloring…with my brand new Christmas present to myself, Derwent Inktense 36 watercolor pencil set. Love! Of course my handy-dandy waterbrush. With these supplies in hand, I found a simply wonderful blog for “Elvie Studio“. Lori Vliegen is the creative artist with beautiful lettering & high-end “doodles”…love her stuff! So she was my inspiration to try creative lettering again. I handmade a simple watercolor journal, sat in my bed with a pad of graph paper, and literally eyeballed her letters. I am nowhere in the realm of her talents, but it’s been fun to make an effort. I love the whimsy in her work, so I chose a cute little design to attempt as my first project. I don’t want to infringe on anyone’s ideas…this was just for practice…but I most definitely want her to get credit for the original work. Here was my attempt:

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little chickadees

So I’m slightly embarrassed about the quality of the photo…I’m am, after all, a photographer…but I am stuck in bed for the most part. Maybe I’ll update this pic soon with a better one. Anywho…I loved my “little chickadees”…and I appreciate everyone out there on the web who share their art, passions, videos, & ideas for those of us who have lost our inspiration!