ZIA doodling on scans of paintings

I saw a suggestion on someone’s blog to take pictures of roses in seed catalogs, scan them and print on card stock to use a background for Zentangle Inspired art.  I thought — why not scan some of my actual flower paintings, copy them and do the doodling.   SO– here are a few results.   This one , an abstract landscape  done with water color crayons and black Sharpie markers, turned out pretty good.ZIA landscape

Then I took two floral paintings, scanned, printed and added the doodling.

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And last, I took some other pictures I had in my computer for an idea to paint them later and did the same:

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By printing the images, you don’t have the problem of the pen clogging when you use it over watercolor or other paint.

I like them!   How about you?

What I was looking for ——

What I was looking for when I did my last post, was my book in which I kept all the birthdays.  It had been lost for some time, so if any of you did not receive a card on your birthday, please forgive.  I do have it now and will keep it on my coffee table, and hopefully not miss any birthdays in the future.

To bring you up to date, the big toe problems I had was gout.  We tried Prednisone, but that didn’t work, so had to take some expensive medicine to cure it.  Each pill was about $6. Fortunately, I was able to get a coupon for a trial containing 7 pills, and that was enough to do the job.  Also, the weather is getting better, so maybe I’ll feel like doing posts more often.

Hope to see you soon.



This morning I was searching through some old files looking for something, when I came across a file marked “class reunion”.   In it I found a group photo of my high school graduating class of 1936 from Charlotte Technical High School (better known as “Tech High”). There were 55 in the class.  Here’s a very old photo that has seen lots of wear.  It was made on the front steps of the school.  In the back are two teachers, Miss Stella Kittles, Miss Mae Myers, and the principal, Forest T. Selby, and the two small mascots in the very front.   There is a list of all the names on the back of the photo.  (In case, you are wondering, I am 3rd from the left on the first row.


Charlotte Tech High School taught business courses, woodworking, metal working, home economics and many more that would prepare the students for a job in the marketplace.  Many used the knowledge learned there to create their own successful businesses.  I took a secretarial or business course that included typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and business math, which was equal to a two year course in a business college.    This was in the middle of the “great depression” and very few of my friends could afford to go to college, so this was a good preparation for their working life.


CirclesCircles  1  Forty years after graduation, in 1976,  a group of us got together and planned a reunion of the class.( See picture on right) We were able to get in touch with all but one, and her brother did not have an address for her. Out of the 55,  34 still lived in Charlotte, 2 in Charlotte suburbs, 5 others in North Carolina, 4 in South Carolina, 2 in Florida, and 1 each in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey and Virginia.   3 were deceased.  We tried to get everybody in approximately the same position as in the Senior picture.  Two of our teachers were able to attend the reunion.   Since I will be 94 this month and was the youngest in the class, I doubt that many are still living, but I think about them quite often and I wonder how many high school graduates still live close to home after graduation.  There has been so much change since that day, and none of us could have imagined the technology we have today.

Now – what was it I was looking for in the first place?


What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday when I posted, the snow was coming down hard.  Today, the sun is shining brightly, and the temperature is almost 50.  Some of it is melting.  It has melted off both my porches.  I made pictures yesterday about this time, and the same scenes today.  IMG_0866   IMG_0870



Quite a difference, isn’t it?


We got about 6 inches of the white stuff yesterday.  It snowed constantly from noon to about 6 PM, then turned to rain.  We are so lucky that we had no power outage, and that we were inside and not stuck in the massive traffic jam from Raleigh to Chapel Hill.  It was bad enough to cancel the BIG GAME between Duke and UNC!  The bus could not get to Duke to bring the players to Chapel Hill.

I looked out the window a few minutes ago, and it has started again, with bigger flakes and sticking to the trees this time.  I hope this doesn’t cause a power outage, because when we have no power, we also have no water.  Will have to pray a little harder today!

On a happy note, as promised, I have some Valentines to show you.  I didn’t get any new ones made this year, but had ample left from the ones I made last year.  Here are a few of them.  Pick the one you want — and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY.

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It’s been a while —-

since I last posted.   Several reasons –  I had an intestinal bug of some kind for about two weeks.  NO FUN!   Then, I woke up one night with extreme pain in my right big toe.   It was swollen and tender, and I had trouble walking.  Couldn’t stand my shoe to touch it.  After some exercises, applying ice, and keeping foot elevated for a few days, it is better.  I think it is some form of arthritis, probably rheumatoid.  I’ve been eating blueberries on my cereal, and have ordered some black cherry extract, which is supposed to help this sort of thing.  At any rate—during this time, I have not felt very creative.  I did manage to do another sweat shirt with the knit yoke.  Sorry, didn’t get a photo of it.

For relaxation I did do some Zentangling .  Here are a few things I’ve done in the past week

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I called these “Life circles”.  They were made by drawing various size circles all over a 9×12 page, overlapping some, and then doing some doodling in each circle.  These will look better when they are matted and framed.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I will be back in a few days with some Valentines.