Friday, April 27, 2012

This is the second in a series of posts designed to reawaken your inner artist.  I don't know about you but I frequently seem to struggle with creativity and I either doodle or now do some free exploration with paint.  Like many of you I enjoy Zentangle and love the opportunity to free my mind and just let my "fingers do the walking".  This is the same concept but with paint and is sooooo fun!  There isn't a right or a wrong way to get this accomplished and these can be painted on anything and even combined with a variety of media.  These are just painted on computer paper and I'm not sure that I will ever do anything with them or even have to feel like I need to.  Why  not think about using these in scrapbooking, card making, or even used in a mixed media collage.  The point is to just explore paint with a variety of colors, textures, patterns, and develop a free flowing composition.   Try this and see what you can come up with. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Happy Spring,

I think that we might have spring this year in the Rockies.  That would be a welcome change.  Today was gorgeous. 

I know that I have sadly neglected all of you this winter and I was embarrassed every time that I signed in to my blog.  Unfortunately life got in the way and family matters had to come first.  But I am happy to report that I am back or hope to be.  LOL.  There aren't any guarantees in life. 

I've just posted a new free pattern on my website that I had a blast painting.  I know that many of you are Zentangle fans and I use Zentangle with my upper elementary and middle school students to help free their minds and allow their creativity to come through and they have really enjoyed it although I often find that what they really want to do is free paint.  They adore that, even the middle school students.  They love the freedom and the opportunity to paint without restriction or having to adapt to required elements.  I tend to agree with them and decided to do something completely out of the norm for me and put it on my website as a free project.  I love this piece and hope to do more of them because they are just so darn fun to do.  I purposely kept the instructions fairly vague so that you had the opportunity to express yourselves creatively. 

I hope that you enjoy the process, because the process is often just as important as the outcome.  I'd love to see what you come up with.

Hugs to all of you and Happy Spring.