Category Archives: Art

Creative Juice #225

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Creative Juice #225

Some creative inspiration for your soul.

In the Meme Time: Raw Materials at the Ready

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19 More Best Zentangle Sites on the Web

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19 More Best Zentangle Sites on the Web

In my recent post, ARHtistic License: 2020 in Review, I mentioned that my 6th most visited post in 2020 was my article 10 Best Zentangle Sites on the Web, which was actually published in 2018. It needs updating, because I’m aware of many more Zentangle blogs that are also awesome.

As I worked through as many tangle blogs as I could find, I discovered something interesting: some of the blogs on the original list have not been updated in many months, or even years. And some of the blogs I wanted to put on my new list had also been abandoned.

I know that at least one CZT (certified Zentangle teacher) has had issues with her hands and is not drawing very much anymore. I suspect that blogging became a burden for some of the others.

I decided not to list any site that has been inactive for more than three months, even if I love it so much that I draw from it for Creative Juice.

In no particular order, here are the best ones I found that still seem to be updated regularly:

Now it’s your turn. Do you know of another great Zentangle blog that is not listed (and is still being updated)? If so, please share in the links below.

Creative Juice #224

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Creative Juice #224

On Tuesday, my husband’s podiatrist told us she got her flu shot. Somehow, that fills me with hope for 2021. So do these awesome articles:

  • This one made me cry. The video is too echo-y. Scroll down and read the essay.
  • Writer’s playlist.
  • When we can travel again, maybe we can go to Mexico.
  • This article from 2018 may help you set your creative goals for 2021.
  • 12-year-old Jesus didn’t have all the answers.
  • Interesting shots.
  • Everything I know about physicist Richard Feynman I learned from watching The Big Bang Theory. I didn’t know he liked to draw.
  • Good advice. And some not as good. And some I don’t understand.
  • These signs made me laugh.
  • There are reasons why you shouldn’t drive drunk, and there are reasons why you shouldn’t sing drunk. But they’re not the same reasons. Apparently, singing drunk is great fun, and nobody dies. Read about the Australian Pub Choir.
  • A quilter shares the 17 quilts she made in 2020.
  • This is an interesting idea: praying with index cards.

Creative Juice #223

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Creative Juice #223

Happy New Year! (May it be better than last year. Please, God. Amen.)

Video of the Week #286: Building the Moroccan Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Creative Juice #222

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Creative Juice #222

Merry Christmas! May God’s Love indwell you today and always.

  1. Beautiful (and humorous) embroideries.
  2. Zentangle + pottery.
  3. A quilter grows through the years.
  4. An Andy Warhol exhibit from two years ago. I missed this article when it was first posted, but I was happy to come across it now.
  5. The story behind Handel’s Messiah.
  6. I love libraries. Here are how some decorated for Christmas.
  7. The story behind “Silent Night.”
  8. A quilter photographs her many quilts.
  9. The prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen.
  10. Verdigogh always looks so Christmasy to me. Here’s how several artists interpreted it.
  11. This blog definitely gets the best reader comments. You guys are all going to have to step it up on ARHtistic License. (Let that be one of your New Year resolutions.)
  12. This might be too late for you, so you might want to bookmark it for next year: how to sew gift bags.

Guest Post: Merry Christmas by Kathy Temean

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Thank you to Kathy Temean and to Writing and Illustrating for these beautiful Christmas images and lovely accompanying music.

Writing and Illustrating

 

CHERYL PILGRIM: Being featured on Illustrator Saturday Janruary 11, 2020.

KATE COSGROVE: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

DEBORAH MELMAN: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

FRANCE BRASSARD:FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY

 Sleigh Ride

Jing, Jing, Jing Jingle,
the bells mix and mingle
with clip-clopping hooves as we glide,
on a sleigh sliding silently,
winding a path
on a shadowy, whispery ride

Toes tap and tingle,
as jingle bells jingle,
a single brave horse leads the way.
We snuggle together
like sleepy snowbirds
at the end of this best Christmas Day.
By Carol Murray

JIM STARR: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

RUTH SANDERSON: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

RUTH SANDERSON: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

RENE GRAEF: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

TIEMDOW PHUMIRUK:FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.

HOW BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS

By Eileen Spinelli

How beautiful these wintry nights,

scented trees and twinkling lights,

ribboned gifts, stocking hung,

cookies baked and carols sung.

How…

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Christmas Tangles

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Every December I create some Christmas-related Zentangle designs. Here’s what I came up with this month.

This was a string that was suggested in Tangle All Around, the Zentangle group I’m part of on Facebook. I executed it with the patterns florz, IX, therefore, tipple, hurry, cubine, echoism, Hollibaugh, ixorus, ynix, doo dah, fescu, moonpie, mooka, springkle, drupe, dyon, tagh, dribbetz, onamato, three & three, sez, Kathy’s dilemma, and knase:

Because the string above is circular, I decided my theme for December 2020 would be Christmas balls.

Fellow blogger Alice Hendon, who administers Tangle All Around, came out with a new book last month, Life in Tangles, which is a collection of designs created by Tangle All Around FB group. Of course I bought it, and I thought this design, reel, by Sandra Strait, would make a good Christmas ball:

Here’s a ball based on the pattern drupe:

The next one uses the patterns puffle, huggins, bucky, and flux:

And this ball is my favorite, using arukas, sweda, snail, coil, and printemps:

If you’d like to see my Christmas tangles from previous years, click on the links for 2019, 2018, and 2017.

Creative Juice #221

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Creative Juice #221

Only one more week till Christmas.