In my search for fun little things to draw and paint I decided bonsai trees might be fun. Actually, drawing and painting tiny bonsai trees is fun. Continue reading “Some tiny bonsai trees”
I’ve been trying to create more flower artwork. I enjoy the technical aspect of it and flowers are a popular art form that people always seem to enjoy. Here are a few of my recent creations. These were all done on 3″ x 3″ squares of Canson XL Watercolor paper. Continue reading “Flower Artwork”
I’m long overdue for posting another free coloring page download. Since I’ve listed several geometric pages in my shop I thought it would be fun to give one away too.
Do you see 6 pointed stars or crazy boxes or both? This originally started as a star pattern and I added some boxes to fill in the spaces and then it just got crazy. I really hope you enjoy coloring it!
If you enjoy this free page then check out my Etsy Shop for many more coloring pages featuring my drawings.
July was a good month. I had a great birthday, my husband took me to Austin for the weekend and we explored and ate lots of good food. July was also a lazy month for me. I was feeling sentimental and downloaded Everquest II from Steam and ended up playing a lot more than I had originally intended. Sometimes it’s fun to just lose yourself for a while – in a game, a book, or binge watching a favorite series on Netflix.
Since I was goofing off so much in the world of Norrath in Everquest II I only got around to drawing 9 tiles. I suppose that’s not too bad, roughly one every three days or so. Still, not my best effort.
International Watercolor Month
Since July 2017 was International Watercolor Month I decided to do something I’ve not actually ever done before. Coloring one of my Zentangles as opposed to coloring a coloring page of one of my drawings. The pattern I picked is called Clem which I chose because of it’s nice floral look. I added in leaves for some contrast. I will admit I’m very happy with how it turned out and I hope to add color to more of my Zentangles in the future.
In addition to using watercolor on one of my Zentangles I also had fun with watercolor on some of my coloring pages and on this original creation. I took a sheet of multimedia paper and drew some circles in pencil and then laid down some watercolor washes. After it was all dry I went back in with a pen and doodled lines to go with the flow of the colors. It was so much fun and I want to do more of this.
A little Mandala
I know that sometimes my drawings have a circular theme but in this instance I actually set out to create a Mandala. It does feel different when it’s intentional as opposed to just a byproduct of how you draw. I can see why so many people like to draw them as a Zentangle. I find I can just look at them for ages because your eye keeps getting drawn into the center.
That was my July. Maybe not my most productive month for Zentangle drawing but I’m looking at it as my summer vacation. You can find more of my Zentangle tiles on my personal Instagram or on my tumblr. I forget to mention my tumblr account but I’ve been posting my Zentangle inspired art there since 2012.
June ended up being a good month for drawing some Zentangle tiles. We had house guests for a week – my mother and brother – but they didn’t seem to mind if I had the occasional doodle session while we were hanging out. I feel like I was all over the place last month but I was trying a lot of new patterns so it was fun. I started a Pinterest board just for patterns and I have been saving patterns I’ve tried in the past so I can find them again as well as new patterns I want to try. I drew 16 Zentangle tiles in total in June. Technically I posted the 16th tile on Instagram in July but I drew it in June so I’m keeping it here.
13 Zentangle Tiles
Last month when I wrote about the Zentangle tiles I drew in April I wasn’t sure I’d have time to draw as many in May. At the end of the month I was pleasantly surprised to realize I had drawn 13 new tiles. I tried some new patterns and revisited some old patterns this month.
One of the core tenets of Zentangle is that there are no mistakes. It’s true. I have often made “mistakes” only to continue on and find them beautiful in their own right. I guess in these cases the mistake truly becomes a feature.
My favorite tile I created this month is based on a pattern called ING. The pattern has a 3rd line added to each section going from tip to tip, but I messed up and only drew the two initial lines. By the time I realized my mistake I had drawn too much and had no way to “fix” it so I just kept going. In addition to my mistake I was going to add something in the background but when I got to that point I decided that I loved it so much the way it was that adding anything more would actually lessen it. Definitely a case of less is more. What I loved most was how it took on a sort of comic book art feel to it.
Instagram had different ideas about what Zentangle tiles were it’s favorites. While I do love both of the tiles that were Instagram favorites I sometimes see no rhyme or reason as to why one tile will get so many more likes than another. Both of these tiles garnered over 150 likes in May.
I did try something new in May. Inspired by all of the art I see on places like Instagram and Pinterest I decided to try some color. I’ve had a set of colored Micron Pens for ages now but was always afraid to use them. I know it is absolutely silly to be afraid to use pens but it was one of those irrational things.
The first one is done in blue and green because they are my favorite colors and I liked how it turned out. Using the colors to accent each other. The second one was supposed to be purple and pink but my pink pen disappeared so I added blue and green to it as well. I’m getting the hang of it but in the end I’m glad I finally took that little leap. I still prefer black ink – there is a simple elegance to it – but the color is a fun break.