Round and Round

Here’s my take on the first Zendala template of the year from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s. It’s so fun to see how all the different artists develop art from the same template.

patterns: borbz and cockles ‘n’ muscles
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

Winter Birds

My sweetie and I moved our bird feeders under the edge of the roof where we can see them from the dining table (we have seed and suet). It’s been interesting to see who stayed around for the snow.

These little guys are Red-breasted Nuthatches. They are practically fearless. I took this picture from a couple of feet away.

Willow in Winter

I haven’t written in a while. Life over the summer was lovely with my litter of little ones. They grew up and moved out, but Meemaw kept Licorice and we now share a cage in the winter bunny barn. It’s nice and warm in here and we have quite the community of bunnies all lined up in cages on a couple of shelves.

Not much to do, however, but chew on sticks, eat, drink, and talk to the neighboring bunnies (though Aspen likes to kick up his heels and rock the shelves a bit). I’m looking forward to Spring and moving back into my bunny tractor. Licorice will get a tractor of her own then too.

More Patterns!

I pulled out my small albums of Zentangle patterns and started gathering what I need to add in more patterns.

Basically I create small cards for patterns (2½” scalloped square punch) and use repositional glue (in case I need to rearrange them) to put them on brown paper (4″x6″). These sheets go into small photo albums. If I need step-outs for a pattern, I can Google it.

The work is a bit tedious, but the albums are small and travel well. It’s nice to have a large collection of patterns at your fingertips.

Fresh Starts & New Projects

Well, it’s a brand new year. I’m kind of excited about that. I love fresh starts and new projects.

I’m going to add a mess of new patterns to my Zentangle pattern collection this year. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done that and there are so many lovely new patterns out there.

And I’m already planning out my garden. I realize it will be several months before I can do anything, but I have seed catalogs. 🙂

Image credit © CHU TAI / Unsplash

finishing Up 2019

My challenge for this year was to draw one tile a week on a theme. Some of those themes were concept words like “horizontal” and “balance.” Some themes had to do with my life like “bunny barn” and “Oregon waves.”

At any rate, I’m all done.  🙂  You can see all 52 tiles here.

week 51 – zig zag
patterns: mec mec, coaster, echoism, and florz
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

We finally have snow on the ground and everywhere you go there are tracks in the snow – people, deer, dogs, turkeys and more.

In honor of this “snow art” my last tile of the year is themed “tracks in the snow.”

week 52 – tracks in the snow
patterns: winflo, triadz, sevaw, and black-eyed peas
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Happy New Year, all!

Still Hoping for a White Christmas

We’ve had bits of snow this year, but not much stayed for more than a few days. Right now we have little piles of snow pellets here and there. No real snow.

But Christmas is here, regardless of the lack of snow.  🙂  Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope your day is full of fun, family, and friends.

Here are the last couple of Zendalas from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s for this year. I’m looking forward to more Zendala fun in the new year.

patterns: fallreep,yuma, & wiffles
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

This tile looks like it belongs at the top of a Christmas tree.

patterns: afterglow & beelight
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

On The Road

Out where I live, driving home can be quite the adventure. There are plenty of wild critters and most of them don’t have much sense when it comes to vehicles. So everyone in the car keeps an eye out for them and the driver goes as carefully as he/she can. Here’s a tile in honor of all the animals on the road we dodge as we drive home.

week 50 – dodging critters
patterns: 3 to go and footlites
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Winter Entertainment

I was looking at my collection of Zentangle patterns when 2n5 caught my eye on the first page. It reminded me of the bird feeders we have just outside our dining area window. The suet is in a wire box hanging off a snow roof pole and we moved the seed feeder under the roof as well to keep it out of the snow. We are entertained daily by our feathered guests.

week 49 – birds at the feeder
patterns: 2n5 and 3-loops-6
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Weekly Art on a Theme

I’ve been working on my 2019 personal challenge of creating a Zentangle tile each week on a theme. Here’s one tile in honor of pies. 🙂 My son married into a family that has a Thanksgiving rule of “more pies than people.” Gotta love that family. We had 23 people that day with 27 pies. What made it!

week 46 – pies
patterns: cockles ‘n’ muscles, frillee, eke, tipple,
fallreep, and thing in the middle of a thing
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

And here are tiles that honor falling snow (we’ve had a bit) and the Christmas season with all it’s greenery and decorations.

week 47 – falling snow
patterns: shattuck and sevaw
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 48 – Christmas greenery
patterns: meriberries, twistee, and fescue
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

All I need is four more tiles to finish out the year.