Work Sketches

8 04 2015

Had to do some webinars for CEUs today at work…I can’t just sit still and listen…

zentangle-ish thing

zentangle-ish thing

based on a photo ref...

based on a photo ref…

silly

silly

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Christmas Zentangle

9 12 2013
Candy cane zentangle card for the patients :)

Candy cane zentangle card for the patients 🙂

I’ve posted about zentangle a few times. As a volunteer with my hospital’s Humanities in Medicine program, zentangle is one of the projects we do with patients and family members. Cards are very popular, especially ones incorporating color. A co-volunteer brought in holiday stencils and we decided to use zentangle as a minor decorative element with the stencils to make holiday cards. 🙂 This candy cane one will be given to a patient or visitor or passed out at our big cafeteria table event in a couple weeks.

Then last week my other office (the non-hospital one, though I only have 1 job with 1 company and just travel between…not to make it confusing or anything) had a holiday party for which I had to buy/make decorations. I found “lollipops” in the company’s colors from Hobby Lobby (just 50 cents each!) and made this for the dessert table. I was so proud! And then co-worker R said the lollipops look like balloons. 😦

Real candy canes! Office party decoration for the dessert table

Real candy canes! Office party decoration for the dessert table





Zentangle Gift Tags

31 10 2013

When people buy things from my Etsy store, I think it’s important to send a “thank you.” Nothing wrong with just writing it on a business card, but as an artist, I enjoy doing something a little more creative. Sometimes I’ll do an origami animal with a note of thanks written on it or sometimes a card, but I ran out of origami paper and needed a back-up.

zentangle gift tags

zentangle gift tags

So I bought blank gift tags and did unique zentangle doodles on each. Later I’ll add some color to them and tie a colorful ribbon through the hole punched piece, then write whatever thank you message in the middle. Cute, right? And easy too!

a close up of one

a close up of one





Zentangle Once More

2 08 2013

Some time ago our volunteer group at the hospital started doing zentangle, which I introduced here.

We just had a new weekend workshop to really focus on zentangle, since we only got about 10 min with it last time. It was in the CoRK Arts District, which I hadn’t been to before:

All the CoRK buildings are painted with murals. I liked this one (despite the dumpster view) cause of the birds!

All the CoRK buildings are painted with murals. I liked this one (despite the dumpster view) cause of the birds!

Now, zentangle is all about doodling – you don’t have to be “an artist” or be perfect with line structure to get the meditative benefit from it AND actually create something cool. That’s why it’s good for patients. So, my belief is that you also don’t have to memorize the specific zentangle patterns…you can just make things up, but, especially if you’ll be teaching, it’s a good idea to learn some basics.

Below is a “string,” where you draw points and connect them to make a shape, and within the shape you draw a squigly “string” or lines to make shapes within it. You do all of that in pencil and zentangle inside it with pen (so that the frames you drew disappear). We learned each pattern as we drew it.

my zentangle 2

my "learning sheet" - learning different patterns

my “learning sheet” – learning different patterns

The amazing Dorian Eng was our teacher. Dorian excels at pretty much every type of art possible, and she’s super nice! She has been doing this for a while and brought a ton of beautiful examples: bookmarks, coasters, booklets, with and without color, black glaze on black paper, etc.

Dorian's zentangle - believe she used a stamp and then went over it (the flower) and did the rest freehand using a metallic pen that shows up very well on the black paper.

Dorian’s zentangle – believe she used a stamp and then went over it (the flower) and did the rest freehand using a metallic pen that shows up very well on the black paper.


"Mentangling" - ok, delving straight into gender stereotypes here, but I've heard many male patients not want a tissue paper flower because it's "too girly." Perhaps zentangling with pipe structures would be better? Looks pretty cool anyhow - very steampunk.

“Mentangling” – ok, delving straight into gender stereotypes here, but I’ve heard many male patients not want a tissue paper flower because it’s “too girly.” Perhaps zentangling with pipe structures would be better? Looks pretty cool anyhow – very steampunk.

I think I’ll make a little book of zentangles during downtime…had a webinar again this week that was easy to listen to while doodling, so I zentangled a face. Nevertheless, regular office ball point pens aren’t great for this. I highly recommend a Micron pen or similar.
my zentangle 3





Meditative Doodling (and cupcakes)

14 01 2013

NOTE: Cupcake recipe to come tomorrow. WordPress will not properly display post from my home browser.

So I’m volunteering with an “Arts at the Bedside” division of a Humanities in Medicine program. This particular program is carried out within a Jacksonville hospital, where volunteer artists make creative projects to share with patients to give them a positive distraction from their medical issues, and to enhance the health of the mind/spirit while the hospital works on the physical stuff. 🙂

Will have more posts on this program and what we do in the future, but for now I wanted to share one of the things we just did at our weekend workshop: zentangling (click on link for main site). This is a style of “meditative doodling” that’s very free-form, effortless (anyone can do it), and pattern/repitition oriented, which is what gives you that calm feeling while doing it. A micron pen is perfect for this, plus a gray copic marker for smooth shading.

Here’s my starter zentangle:

sample zentangle sketches

sample zentangle sketches

ALSO! Fernandina Beach used to have this awesome cupcake place called Patty Cakes Bakery. Unfortunately, I learned this weekend that Patty Cakes is no longer there, which means no more apple betty cupcakes. 😦 So I decided to make my own:

finished cuppycakes!

finished cuppycakes!

Post-filling, pre-replacing tops and adding icing

Post-filling, pre-replacing tops and adding icing








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