Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Zentangle Inspired Art and an Eclipse

We are really starting to get the hang of this Zentangle Art. 
The best thing about it is I literally only need 15 minutes with my pen and paper and I am feeling relaxed.
I am trying to learn not to force anything on the paper, and learn to feel what is needed next. The creative process eludes me when it comes to pen and ink. This is the first piece I have done that I let the process just happen. I hope it gets easier! Now if I could just remember how to do more patterns. 

This is a Zendala that Elyssa tangled.  
She is the artist in our house (takes after her dad), however she is intimidated a little by Zentangle. I am amazed every day by the artwork that comes pouring out of her. So I am a bit baffled by the fact that this is intimidating to her. I gave her a zendala  template to work with, and told her, "Anything is possible one stroke at a time." After that she went to work and finished this in 2 days. She is currently working on her second one. 

  We were fortunate that the clouds cleared out just in time for us to be able to enjoy the Eclipse that was visible on Sunday. It was amazing. I prepared a cold dinner and we set up a table in the front yard. We enjoyed eating dinner al fresco.  

The shadows from the leaves on the trees were very strange and we had fun playing with our shadows, while we took turns  looking through a welders mask and wearing sunglasses.
 We were able to use a welding mask to get this photo. So although it looks like a crescent moon it really is the sun with the moon in front of it.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

April Photo's of the Month

My favorite posts are the photo of the month posts. Time for April already! I can't believe how this year is flying by. 

First up is a letter that our little girl wrote to us. She usually puts a note into her dads cereal bowl most mornings, and this is one that we are saving. I admit I cried like a baby when I read this one. 

We were able to tend some babies for some friends, A little goose, 2 ducklings and a chick. Sadly we ended up killing one of the ducklings. We let them swim in the tub while we cleaned out their bedding and while they were swimming one of them drowned, and the other was barely saved. It was a hard day for Elyssa, life and death stuff sucks when you are only 12.  She gave this little guy a temporary name,Tim.

One of the ducklings was named Ping, temporarily of course.

And this guy got the name of Featherstone, he looks so proud. Well we were not sure if it was a he or a she, but his stance here all but screams Rooster!

Dixie just had to get in on the action, What in the world is going on in that box? Can I play with it? 
She was a bit skittish around these little babies. Pretty funny to watch. 

Zentangle Inspired Art or ZIA #3. I am not good at all when it comes to a blank page. I think I might be a little bit left brained and need a structure to start out with. Thank the Lord I have a Child who can draw. She drew the Chicken and I tangled it. It is going to be the art I use for egg carton labels. I am going to add a nest and a few eggs as well.  If you don't know what Zentangle is look it up on youtube, also look up zendoodle or zendala. So much fun and relaxing as well. The best part is that ANYONE can do it. 

And I just love how our family photos turned out. 

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