Saturday, 31 December 2011

Inchie #2

Happy New Year to all. May 2012 exceed your expectations.

Today I have been challenged to try new things. I wonder where that will lead.

I'm still inching tangles!!~ Completed it as the clock struck 12 at midnight to welcome in 2012.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011


I had great fun doing these. I seem to enjoy things tiny! Thanks to Margaret for the idea.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

inchies grid

Firstly I need to make a correction to yesterdays post. The alphabet soup challenge was Sue Jacob's idea, not Sue Clarke's, my apologies there.

Had a bit of fun today making an inchies grid template. Its not perfect as far as lines joining up goes, but measurements are correct and hopefully will upload ok. I created it in Publisher but when I transfered it to My Pictures some lines surfaced which are hidden in the original grid. It can be used with a very fine line to work on, or use a thicker line to trace. It is on A4 with squares 1" square and 1/4 inch space between. Here goes...

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Xmas day post

Happily I completed the alphabet soup challenge of Sue Clarkes (ta Sue). Now I can have a go at Margarets "inchies"!  Having a challenge to do,  for me anyway is a good way to stretch you and keep you trying out new things, so thanks to all who  have given them, and to those who have shared their contributions, you also are an inspiration.

Tangles: sugarcane, twisted rope, unyun, vortex, warble.

Tangles: xulu, yincut, zedra.

Monday, 19 December 2011


Next two tiles for alphabet soup. I was pleased to break out of the usual square shape. The capital letter makes a new type of design easier to do. Can you see the mistake today?

Tangles: grass border, hollibaugh, inapod, jetties, knase, lotus pods

Tangles: meer, ninja stars, oke, paradox, queen's crown, river

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Muddled Composite

Finally completed my composite. Put the tiles together today and had nightmares when I saw how many mistakes there were in matching up!! Anyway, I think its good to share mistakes, stops one getting proud and obsessive about perfection! All part of the journey hey. I enjoyed doing it , thats the main thing.

Saturday, 17 December 2011


Been busy lately with exams and reports and cleaning up. Bit of a job cleaning up as I'm a 'put it down now and deal with later ' pile maker. Its not that I've not been tangling, I've been doing a composite, its just the time it takes to scan and send pics all around the show before they actually get online. If I could just put it in my laptop and close the lid, things would happen a lot quicker. I will post my composite next scanning session, promise.

Recently Zentangler Sue Jacobs set herself a challenge, which others have joined in with. I love challenges so I have joined in too. Here's my first attempt. A-F. I decided to make each tile string the line of the capital letter of the first tangle. Means less thinking! Can you find the capital 'A'?
Tangles: asian fans, bales, crescent moon
drupe, ennies, florez

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas.
God bless and remember



P.S. Even a smile or nice 'hello' is a gift

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


 I enjoyed last weeks challenge of using large tangles, so followed suit this week, inserting tangles into the tangle. Such fun!

Monday, 5 December 2011

KK gift tangle

Were having our little groups fiinishing class tomorrow, so last night I did a tile for KK pressie to go with other stuff. Theyre always such fun.Then I found one from Challenge 48 I hadnt posted, so heres two zentangles for today!

Sunday, 4 December 2011


Participating in the AEDM challenge encouraged some finishing of "Un  Finished Objects"! Here is one I completed last night.

Saturday, 3 December 2011


This is the colour wheel template so you may create one yourself. Begin with the centre triangle with the 3 primary colours (red, blue, yellow) and extend these to the outside circle, followed by the secondary colours (green, purple and orange), extending these to the outer circle. The spaces between the primary and secondary colours are the tertiary colours, made of each adjacent colour, and named as such for this diagram eg. orange/yellow. (sorry about the standard of colouring!! Before Prismacolours!!)

This week at our school is "Service week" . I have a small group who will make 80 Christmas cards in 1 and 1/2 days. Another day they will cook little cakes which they will wrap in cellophane and attach the card. Carols will be learnt another day. Finally on the Friday they will visit a local nursing home where they will sing carols and give the residents their hand made Christmas gift.

I have been eading about the CZT training course (to teach zentangling) on in February. Its the cheapest time for us from Oz to fly, and isnt as much as I thought it would be. I am very tempted. I dont know of anyone I could travel with at this stage, and the thought of arriving in New York alone is a bit daunting at my stage of life! I'll keep you posted!!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

colour schemes

Just filled in a colour schemes chart tonight for my new Year 11's tomorrow. Those of you who are experienced artists probably know all about these anyway, but there may be some who dont, so I'm popping a copy on my blog just for you! Its amazing what colours will actually go together! You need a tertiary colour wheel to do this with, so if you dont know how to do one of those let me know and I can pop one of those on, plus let you know how they are constructed.

A good idea is to have the same colour at the top of the 'clock' on the left, then later you can do other sets of colour schemes for other colours. Fill in the blank bar with the colours in the scheme in a design you create.  Simply abstract is the way to go, as its just a reference chart. If you have lighter shades of colour they can be used too.

The "Art Every Day Challenge Month" has finished. Although it was a challenge to get something online every day, it was so worth it to see the artwork of others. I really enjoyed it and thanks to all for putting their artwork online, and special thanks to Leah on Creative Every Day for organising it.  I plan to keep putting art online , tho not specifically daily. I learnt so much from others art work, it is a real blessing, I hope my work might help others in some way too.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

aedm#30 and #31

Ive been a busy girl tonight as I have completed 3 Challenge #50's. Must be a record for me. They dont seem to come up as good scanning them but theres not much i can do about that. For our Diva's challenge this week we were to make a zentangle using larger than usual size tangles. Took a while to get the brain around this, but here are my attempts. The third one has my own tangles of eucalyptus flowers.
The first two didnt look much at first, but when I put on the shading, they seem to come to life. Of course I couldnt resist colouring my own tangles!!

Monday, 28 November 2011


Having just had 3 days by the sea, tho it was too cold to go in, the house where we stayed was quite in the bush, so I had a great time taking photos, collecting samples and drawing them..flora that is. I just loooooved the banksia, especially close up, and the little flower thats like a balloon. Then there was a wierd one with flowers that resemble old spuds!! If anyone knows their names I'd be delighted!

and hows this feathery thingy....amazing..


In preparing for my new Year 11's I created two more rose pictures from different styles, Cubist and Fauvist.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

challenge #49 and AEDM#27

Yay! Im chuffed cos I finished my challenge 49 and AEDM#27. I was wanting to get no 27 done as I wont be back until the 27th.
Challenge 49 is to create a zentangle with a special red thread in response to this Chinese proverb:-

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."

I have used the celtic knot which can symbolise eternity, peace or eternal love.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

AEDM#S 24, 25 & 26

I will be away for three days, so here are my offerings I just completed last night for those days. For my year 11's I did a sample photo, realistic interpretation then an abstract one. I may do a cubist while Im away!!!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Well, the month is creeping along and we're up to day 23!! I can keep up with it most of the time as I was already doing some sort of art work at night each day, but if I go out at night it gets a bit close. How does everyone else find keeping up with daily artworks? Especially if you have a job to go to. Be interesting to know. I appreciate your comments, they are always encouraging, and make keeping up with blogs quite rewarding.

Decided to do a tangled bird, but find not so easy on waterolour paper when it has a bit of tooth in it, However managed it and thought to colour the background with plain colour but the pattern bug took hold and the pencil just had to draw them!! They began to shout at the bird so first I stopped doing them, and had to add some black so you could find the bird!

Monday, 21 November 2011


Coloured mandala today..
Dont think it shows the coloured pencil too well (Prismacolour)

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Hi Sunshines (you brighten my day!)
At last weeks free art and craft arvo, we did some mandalas. Here is mine at last finished.

Saturday, 19 November 2011


For those who have been Art teachers, I thought you may like to see some of my Year 11's work, especially their tangles!! I dont have any budding artists these are just creative kids who work hard.
The first one was a lino cut, first in black and white then in a series of mixed colours. This students second piece was of a tree with tangled leaves, a sample cut out shown. The second student designed a tangled necklace. Took her forever. The final one is a sketch which was turned into a 3D paper mache of a torso with a light in it, seeping out through cracks as in the drawing. Quite amazing but her photo doesnt do it justice so I havent included it.
I am pleased that having  learnt how to tangle these young people will always have this to develop and enjoy.


Just for a change I have just coloured in the background of a lino print I did earlier in the year. I like this one! I used Prismacolour pencils. They are so lovely and bright.

Friday, 18 November 2011


Another painted one. However not too bad as a colour scheme. Tried to make it bright but didnt quite make it.  Interesting that the colours deaden somewhat when they dry. I left some of the arches white and black to brighten it up.
A big thank you to all who have sent such encouraging comments. They certainly brighten my day!!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

challenge #48 and AEDM #18

Hoorah! No school today. Have spent the morning marking year 11 folios, quite enjoy that actually, seeing how students have developed through the semester. Will put some work on tomorrow when I have more time. So for today I have Diva's challenge finished which is also AEDM #18. I'm not mad about the colours.
Media watercolour paint on watercolour paper.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Wow, what a day its been today! Sorry I dont have the coloured version of 16 to show you as I left it at school mistakenly. My head was all over the place. It was my last lesson of the year, and students were to hand in their semesters work for assessment. Three students were absent, this meant I needed to track them down to arrange when I would receive it. Phoning parents, students, searching for students at school. Too much for me. To add to that I had some students who had not submitted an essay, for which they should fail the subject. I quickly wrote a redemption questionaire, that is, the essay broken down into simple questions.  This meant I had to find THOSE students to give them the questions. No wonder I was all over the place, loaded up with books to mark when I left school.

Anyway, I thought I could enter my latest large picture for art every day. Its not done today, but those who are following my "stuff" Im sure you would like to see it. Its A3 size, on colourwash.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


The Diva's  challenge for this week is to use a circle, a square and a triangle as a string, and form the design around them. I tried one, it was a disaster! Turned to my ZIA book with watercolour paper and lightly sketched another. Not too good either! Turned the page, 3rd attempt shown below in black and white. Tonight I shall paint for tomorrows AEDM.

Monday, 14 November 2011


Yey! I have been practicing monotangles, but cant live without the colour. So did one on a tile, then again in my ZIA book. Yum. Hope you likie.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Having experimented with colour wash lately, I couldn't resist doing a few!

Friday, 11 November 2011


Thought I'd do a black and white tangle, and try to NOT fill it!!