I believe the secret to a long and happy marriage is not just finding someone you can live with for 50 years. It’s finding someone you can’t live without.~ Frank Caprio, TV judge
Every year around this time, I post some heart-related tangles.
Last summer, I stopped practicing Zentangles in favor of drawing people. But after the ICAD (Index-Card-a-Day) challenge ended, I didn’t do much drawing at all. Whenever I stop Zentangling, I lose my skills, and I feel like I’m starting all over again. I’m dissatisfied with this first one, using the pattern Amer by Maria Vennekens:
Next is Triskel Heart, designed by Ina Sonnenmoser:
This is Heart Thread, designed by Dolly Bolen:
Cross-Ur-Heart reminds me of a traditional appliqué pattern, which is why I repeated it like quilt blocks. The pattern was designed by Jenna Black:
I love “grid” designs. This one is by Helen Williams, and it’s called Hearts & Diamonds:
Another grid pattern, SweetHeart, also by Helen Williams:
The next tile is a string of several patterns, including LG by Adele Bruner, Fan of Hearts by Rachel Foster, Luheart (I made a variation) by Chen Su Chun, Heart Wrap by Ina Sonnenmoser, Heart Thread by Dolly Bolen, and Heart wave by Helen Williams. This is my favorite in this group:
If you read Creative Juice #280, you may have seen the Valentine tutorial. I tried it, but I didn’t like the colors of the Tombow markers I have (they’re skin tones, not perfect for hearts), so I tried alcohol markers. That technique doesn’t work with alcohol markers. So I substituted actual watercolor paints. My painting isn’t as cute as Smitha’s, but it was fun:
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to spend it with the one you love. If not, can you do something nice for another person who might be lonely?
Every year around this time, my artwork focuses on the theme of hearts. Here are some of my tangled creations.
This heart is filled with sea waves, a pattern designed by Jinny Lu.
This next one is filled with frost flower by Karen Huen:
The next one is filled with walk the line by Chris Titus. As I was working on this, I expected it to come out looking like a double oval spiral; but instead, it looks sort of like angel wings. Happy accident:
I love grid patterns. Sometimes they look like quilt blocks to me; other times they look like tiles. This one is called heartangles by Vandana Krishna. I especially like the web design:
This heart is filled with another grid pattern, trellis by Alice Hendon:
The next one uses printemps, auras, stripes, and dots:
I used sprigs by Michele Beauchamp to form a heart:
And this one is my favorite. I adapted cosmic flower by Nicole Dreyer and shaped it into sort of a heart. To me it looks “hippy.”
Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, everyone. I hope you get to spend it with the one you love.
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your honey this year? During the pandemic, your options are limited. You’d better start planning now if you don’t want to disappoint your loved one.
You might not even be getting together face-to-face. Maybe you’re separated by distance, or maybe a health concern has kept you isolated. Maybe spending face time in FaceTime is your best option.
Even under the best of times, going out to eat on Valentine’s Day is a challenge, because, guess what? It’s everyone’s Valentine’s Day; unlike birthdays and anniversaries, which are spread out among 366 days. And in the time of Covid, dining venues are limited. Most restaurants that are open have fewer tables available (unless they’ve built plexiglass partitions); and they’re in high demand because, as stated before, it’s everybody’s Valentine’s Day.
So, maybe you can make a special dinner for your Valentine; that is, if you can even be in the same room together. Or, maybe you can order takeout. Or maybe you can send him or her a specially delivered meal.
You can’t go out to the movies, but maybe you could stream a romantic movie together.
You can always send him or her flowers or candy or a gift. It’s tried and true, but somewhat of a cliché.
Better yet, you could give the gift of yourself. What are your special talents? (Oh, my goodness! That’s not the kind of special talent I meant, but okay then. Moving on. . .)
Can you write a love poem? It doesn’t even have to rhyme. And if you can also play an instrument, maybe you can make it into a song with a simple accompaniment, and video yourself singing it, and post it on his or her Facebook page. (Um, even as I’m writing this, I’m seeing potential for disaster. . . maybe you could just email the poem.)
Can you draw or paint? Make some artwork especially for your beloved. You know what he or she likes. Landscapes, or flowers, or puppies, or even a portrait. That’s it! Make a portrait of your Valentine, and frame it in a gorgeous frame so he or she can enjoy it forever in a place of honor. (What could go wrong with that idea?)
Or maybe you’re a photographer. Enlarge a favorite photo that you know would have special meaning for your loved one, and frame it.
Are you a woodworker, or a quilter, or an upholsterer? A beautiful item that you made with your own hands will be treasured as evidence of your love. Who doesn’t love a quilt or a piece of furniture?
If all else fails, there are always gift cards. That mega-million-dollar internet order company that has fast delivery is very popular during the pandemic, as is that expensive coffee place with the drive-up window with cars backed up to the highway. Or a gift card to a grocery store. Actually, depending on your situation (and your sweetheart’s), one of the most appreciated gifts you could give might be a donation to the local food bank in your Valentine’s name. Some states (Arizona among them) might even give you (or your loved one) a tax credit for it.
Now it’s your turn. What great ideas do you have for celebrating Valentine’s Day during the pandemic? Share in the comments below. And however you spend Valentine’s Day this year, have a happy one.
The Valentine’s Day edition of CJ. Wishing you lots of love.
- You could do this during the next solar eclipse.
- This man hangs out with giant cats.
- An artist’s valentine.
- Happy Valentines’s Day from lots of illustrators.
- Love from the animal kingdom.
- Valentine quilts.
- Photos that didn’t see the light of day until after their photographer’s death.
- I never knew about the relationship between Khalil Gibran and his patron.
- These paintings look so real and very surprising.
- Award-winning photos taken by kids.
- How to get into the flow.
- My daughter is getting married this year. I hope none of this happens at her wedding.
A few years ago I started a tradition of posting a bunch of Zentangle® valentines in February. Last year I thought I coined a new term: Valentangle. This year I discovered there has been a Valentangle challenge for several years already, so I didn’t invent the word.
I tried to join the Valentangle2020 Facebook group (in fact, I tried several times), but I never got approved. I don’t know if it was a glitch, or I missed a secret deadline, or they really don’t want me.
Anyway, I’m still calling these Valentangles.
This one uses the pattern Ixorus:
This one combines Snail and Florz:
This design is called Pepper. Doesn’t it look like a zebra?
This one uses the design Mistrel:
This one is filled with Double S:
This might be my personal favorite of the group. Drupe:
I am calling this one “Heart Attack”:
This one uses Puffle, Onamato, and Luv-A. Puffle reminds me of ribbon candy.
Which one do you like best? Vote in the comments.
Starting in late January, I begin to think about hearts for Valentine’s Day when I work on my Zentangle creations. Here’s what I came up with for this year.
This was for the Diva Challenge #382. The patterns used were Heart Rope, Heart N Half with Luv-a, Stribations, and Heart Offset:
Below is Dot Grid:
And the featured pattern in this heart is Biscus. I like the shattered mirror effect:
I made this for Diva Challenge #384. The patterns are Anthem, Heart Rope, and Fescu:
I drew Heart N Half around the edges of the larger heart:
This tile features Heartswell with Kiss in the background:
And, finally, a heart with Leashed Hart around the edges:
My favorite of these is the next-to-last one with Heartswell. Which do you like best?
For this week’s Diva Challenge. “Heart of a Champion” is supposed to draw on the Olympics for inspiration, but I got distracted by the idea of Celtic hearts and decided to experiment with them. Patterns used are Shattuck, Static, Trio, and Tulipe.
In the last few weeks, most of my artwork has been valentine-related.
First though, here are some valentines I drew last year.
This year’s valentines use a variety of techniques, mostly zentangle or doodling.