I am in a great group on Yahoo. We have challenges and swaps with Zentangle® Inspired Art. I just received my first swaps and they are incredible. I was so excited to get them yesterday and to see how nice they are. I got 4 pennants from a heart pennant swap and a beginners ATC (artist trading card) created by someone who is much more than a beginner. I will post them soon.
Last year I participated in a few card swaps in another group. We sent our swap directly to the recipient instead of sending it to a moderator. I like sending it to a moderator better. In the group I was in last year, I got a couple of nice cards. One was really, really nice. The others were not something I would give with a gift. I am now with a fun group of people and we scan in our creations and post them with the group before we mail them. That gave me a chance to show the group what kind of work I do, so I wasn’t stuck in just the beginner swaps. Being new to a group does not make a person a beginner at his or her art form. I do learn something new from this group all the time, but I like to think I have something valuable to offer as well.
If you are an artist, a crafter, or learning something new, I found it is worth checking out a few online groups. Now I know that some groups are more fun, and more educational than others. Being home a lot since I am disabled, I look forward to checking out the messages every day. I don’t feel as isolated, and I get inspired by their work every day.
We are working on swaps for March. I tried not to obligate myself with too many swaps because I still need to finish my daughter’s wedding invitations. I finished one ATC last night, and if I feel better later, I will finish another one tonight. I like to work at night when the phone isn’t ringing and no one is coming in and out of the house. Supper is done and its nice and quiet. I am a little under the weather the past few days, so mentally I have these ideas bouncing around in my head, but physically I am just not up to getting it on paper the way I like it. I tried, but things were messy and not close to what I wanted. One more nap and maybe I will be back to the drawing board (which is a good thing).
I drew this for a ZIA challenge. The basic outline of the big flower is from a coloring page and I drew and colored in the rest. I looked at picture of stitches on a sewing machine for the lines going down the middle of the flowers. Then I thought the buttons would be a nice addition to the sewing theme. I printed the original flower line drawing on regular card stock, so it limited the ways I could color it. I used markers and colored pencils. I used a few colored sharpies this time, along with my Stampin Up markers and Crayola markers. I use Crayola colored pencils for now. Some day I would like to get nicer pencils and more nice markers. I tried using pastels with a blender pen, but it just pilled the paper. I am anxious to do some work on water-color paper now, because the colors I can get are amazing. I never thought of using my scrap booking pastels with a blender pen until I saw it online somewhere. I have a nice variety of colors in the pastels, so I can’t wait to see what happens with those. At first, when I was coloring in this drawing my mom and my daughter saw it and each one said, “eh,” as though it wasn’t very interesting. It was hard for me to be enthusiastic about it after that. Now that it is done, I like it.
This is a basic tangle. I used a cursive “S” as the string. It is an ATC (artist trading card) that I made for a swap, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 on Bristol board. I did the line drawing in pencil, then micron pens. I did some shading in pencil. The shading looks blurred on this scan compared to what it looks like in real life.
I made this on a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Bristol Board. I used pencil, micron pen, marker, water-color, and gel pen. I chose some tangle designs that reminded me of quilting or sewing.
I made this on 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Bristol board using pencil, micron pens, watercolor, markers, and gel pens.
I made this on 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Bristol board with pencil, micron pen, and gel pens. I had to go over this one three times to get the colors I liked. I am happy with it now. This is Joni’s favorite.
I drew a string with a cursive K. It might be upside down now that I look at it, but I like it better this way. Just pencil and micron pen! Its for a traditional tangle swap