StencilClub Voices for January

As many of you know I use stencils in creating the layered backgrounds for my art work. I also use them quite a bit in my art journals and when I am teaching.

While I make a lot of stencils on my own, StencilGirl is one of those sources for wonderful pre-made stencils that I just love! I am a member of their stencil club, which means I get a new pack of stencils from them every month. For January and February this year, I am a member of their StencilClub Voices team, which means I received the stencils early and got to play around with them and make sample projects before any one else. So exciting to get that sneak peak!

January’s set was ‘Under Lock and Key’, designed by June Pfaff Daley.

My first project was a page for my art journal. I have always loved keys and the idea of locking secrets away safely or finding the key that unlock some great treasure. For the journal page, I chose to go with this theme, and thought the treasure we need most right now is joy and happiness and keeping a bright attitude.
They key tags were inspired by old fashioned hotel room keys with the big tassels that seem to suggest they are more important than just a simple key, so a bit of bling and sparkle was needed for these.
You can check out the other projects from the Voices team on this blog post from StencilGirl Talk.
I’ll be posting my projects for February soon, Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter below if you don’t want to miss it!

Art Imitates Gardening

One of the questions artists frequently get asked is ‘where do you get your ideas?’ Inspiration can come from many, many sources. Things that we see, experiences that we go through, thoughts we remember at odd moments. Everything that has happened to us in our lives influence what we create and put back into the world.

The painting I am sharing today has some pretty straight forward origins. In my Zentangle practice, I will switch back and forth between working on Zentangle tiles and working in my sketchbooks and journals. Some of the drawings are just for the meditative practice, and some call out to me to be turned into something else. This quick drawing in my sketchbook was one of the later.

My mornings in the summer normally start with a quick trip out to the garden to say good morning to the bees and check for any new vegies that are ready to be harvested. The blooms always draw me in, this pumpkin blossom being no exception.

I had a few new boards prepped for new paintings with some background colors blocked in. I had already been influenced by these trips to the garden and had a background in progress with shades of green and orange. With the 2 images above in mind “Abundance”, the final painting, started to emerge.

The mandala of ‘Abundance’ captures the energy and potential of new growth, while the colors fading into the background reflect the peacefulness and serenity I feel sitting in the garden each morning, listening to the bees as they make their rounds.


Welcome to the new site!

So, we didn’t quite make the Labor Day launch of the new site, but we are up and running now!

It has a been a busy summer, with lots of changes going on. Both my husband and I left our old IT company so things were a bit up in the air as we transitioned jobs. Belts got tightened as we worked through the rest of summer camps, interviewing, writing proposals, back to school, and 8 year old birthday parties. Oh, and did I mention said 8 year old has become obsessed with snapchat selfies?

Snapchat filters have taken over.

At this point, jobs have been secured, my husband is fully ensconced in his new position, and I am focusing on my art and Zentangle classes.

There are new classes posted for the fall, with a couple of fun holiday workshops coming soon.

I’ve also got a few events coming up where you can check out my work first hand.

So, please take a look around the new site. Let me know what you think (and if you notice anything funky. I think we caught and fixed everything, but you never can be too sure).

The Diva’s Valentangle Challenge

The Diva’s challenge for this week is to create some valentine inspired tiles, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I didn’t create these just for the challenge, but they are full of hearts, so they fit the bill.

First up is a zendala full of heart shaped tangles.


This is a piece that is a sample for a kids art/zentangle party. So much fun!


Don’t forget to head back over to the Diva’s site to check out all the great work everyone has submitted!