Sunday, June 27, 2010


Finally had time to experiment and with some of the box templates - fun projects but was reminded that glue and I are not on friendly terms - I end up with more on me than the project.  A quick trip to Paper Tales for some double sided craft tape solved that problem.  Most of the templates for the boxes below can be found at Mirkwood Designs - thanks to Karen who posted that link at Flickr.

If I'm going to keep this blog going I'm going to have to get a new camera - sorry for some of what looks like strange shading in the photos - discovered today that strange blobs of brown are appearing on my camera screen.  The boxes are fun so will post the photos to let you see them.  Will have to re-do them later.  Enjoy!

These are small boxes - 3'' to 5" - plan to experiment with making some a little larger.

(click on any photo to see a larger view) 

       Heart Box


      Scallop Box

      Pyramid Box

Friday, June 18, 2010

Paper Patterns for 3-D Shapes

One entry this past week on the  Zentangle blog was a zentangle on a paper pyramid.  The 3-D aspect was very nice.  In my search for a pattern I came across several sites with patterns and instructions for a variety of shapes.  Be prepared to spend a little time exploring as there is a wealth of information at most of the sites.  Enjoy.

Millwood Designs - Templates

Paper Models of Polyhedra

Paper and More

Things to Make and Do

Enchanted Learning

Off to print a few more patterns.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Zentangle in San Diego

So begins a new artistic adventure  - Zentangle.  About 6 months ago I had to give up a passion of the last 6 years - creating gourd art.  My lungs decided they would no longer tolerate the dust and mold that is ever present in working with gourds.  It was a difficult decision in that gourds introduced me to the artist I never knew lived within me and yet it was an easy decision in that I had no desire to compromise my health.

At first some of the grieving was thinking that I'd lost the artist as well - never having done anything very artistic before I found gourds.  I did finally right myself and realized the artist still lived.   I just didn't know what the art form would be - that is until I stumbled upon Zentangle - it was love at first sight!  It's been a wonderful adventure learning, exploring, creating and connecting online with other zentangle artists.

The most exciting news - in October I'll be attending a seminar in Massachusetts to become a CZT - Certified Zentangle Teacher.  I'm looking forward to teaching and sharing Zentangle with others.

If you want to explore the world of Zentangle please visit some of the amazing sites listed in links - you won't be disappointed.

Samples of my start with zentangle


Paradox Rox

Tangles used in a predefined shape

Woodburned - 6" birchwood square