MOVING TO NEW SITE


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not missing, instead I have ventured into the wonderful world of my own website!

http://www.craftyartistkc.com is now live. Although it is not completed, I am slowly transitioning my posts over to the new site. Please please please go check it out and subscribe via email. I will be adding a lot more ways to follow me, but for now, please subscribe via email.

Collaboration – Jeanne Burbage


I wanted to share this collaboration I did with Jeanne Burbage. She is an incredibly talented artist from Canada. She offered up this Valentines Day doodle for her fans on a Facebook group I belong to, Lines & Designs, to color. This is my coloring of her doodle, and although I rarely color my own doodles it was very fun coloring on hers. I used Staedtler Color Pencils found in the clearance section at Wal-mart of all places.

jeanne-vday-color

Please visit her website here and buy her coloring book. There is a wonderful flip through of her coloring book on YouTube, please check it out! She hopes to have a new book out in March. She also has a Facebook page here. Always remember to show your support for artists.

Tangled progression


I just wanted to put a series on here of my zentangle art. In the first picture I outilized the main string using staetler pen. I filled inside the swirls with a simple striped tangle.

Then I penciled in how I would like the outside to look and then filled it in with pen.

Afterwards, I began to work on the fine details of the background. This was by far the most time consuming part.

After completing the background details I moved back to the original string where I put in enough details to keep it alive. I had never tried this before, but I like the way it finally turned out.

Zentangle 18

What do you think about it?

Paisley piano


Zentangle 8

This piece was inspired by a video about a prosecutor that became a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher. The link to view the video can be found here.

Esther Piszczek describes how she was no longer happy with her job and how she found fulfillment through zentangling on pianos. I think we have all been in a position in our lives where the position we are in is no longer satisfying. 

In my own life, I became tired by the steady and demanding requirements of motherhood. Since 2012, I have been through a divorce, found a new relationship, and now have two additional kids ages 1 and 2. My 7 year old is my mini-me. She has traveled through all these changes with grace and she will always inspire me to be better. Often times, we just sit and draw together. I dont want anyone to look at my life and say “poor girl,” because I am where I am today because of all the events of my past. I am happy, I am fulfilled. 

Now I say all that to say this. When we find ourselves in a place where we feel we don’t belong, we begin to reach out for something more fulfilling. Art has been that fulfillment for me. Although I am very new to the art world, I have found that it brings a sense of calmness in my otherwise hectic day to day life. Once all the kids are in bed at night, I have a quiet time all to myself to focus on art.