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More BEN KWOK drawings

It’s been quite a while since I showed you any of my drawings made from Ben Kwok’s templates, which he is so kind to publish weekly.   The last few weeks have not been animals, and I have tried my hand at a few of them. Two of the recent ones have been an automobile and a crown.   Here is my black and white version, and I may do a colored one later: Ben Kwok 1 Ben Kwok I really love doing mandalas, and have done this one in black and white.  I have scanned it, and plan to do a colored version soon. Ben Kwok_2 Hope you like this.   I certainly enjoyed doing them.   See you again soon.


What’s old is new again.

While going through a  drawer in my work table the other day,  I found a file folder full of some card makings that I designed in the 1980s or early 1990s.   These were done when “country decor” was the hottest trend.   These card fronts I had made were definitely “country” and a quilted fabric heart was attached to the outlined heart on each one. heart cards 2   I don’t believe in throwing things away, so I began to redesign some of them to use on card fronts today.  The lettering on these were all calligraphy done by me.  On some I have left the calligraphy, and on others, I have typed in the sentiments.  The colored hearts are drawn  on watercolor paper and then colored to make them look like a quilted heart. heart cards heart cards 1 I will use some of the original drawings along with the revamped ones.  I think these will still look good today. Thanks for stopping by.

Winter Freeze

I don’t know how cold it is where you are, but the high today is supposed to be 17 degrees. Keep warm wherever you are.

I have been taking it easy the last few days.  Had a nasty fall on Monday of last week going out my front door.  Have been dizzy ever since, so went to the doctor on Monday.  She ran a lot of blood tests, and I don’t have the results for those yet. Late Monday we got ice and sleet that made walking rather treacherous, especially with the low temperatures.  Yesterday afternoon we got some snow on top of the ice. Today the sun is shining, but with that temperature, there won’t be much melting.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some of my favorite Zentangles — making Zendalas.  Here are a few patterns I have drawn using various degree spacing around the perimeter.

My Mandelas 4My Mandelas 2

My Mandelas 4 Unfortunately, I forgot to save some of the patterns before doing the Zentangles.

Here are a few of the finished Zendalas:My Mandelas My Mandelas My Mandelas 1


Don’t forget — Spring will be here in a month.  Thanks for stopping by.

A rose is a rose, is a rose…………

Last week on Ben Kwok’s Ornation Creations site on You Tube, he announced that he and his wife had a beautiful baby girl on November 6, and they had named her “Rose.”

As a tribute to her, his pattern of the week was two roses.  This is my rendition of that template, drawn in honor of Baby Rose Kwok.   Enjoy.


I liked this without any coloring, and let the black and white speak for itself.

Thanks for stopping by.


Jewelry making

I have been in a “jewelry making “ mood for the past week.  For quite some time I have been making rolled paper beads, and decided it was time to do something with them.  Here are a few examples that were finished up this week.

Zentangle Jewelry 1Jewelry 2Jewelry 6

Jewelry 3 Jewelry 4JewelryJewelry 7


For a larger view of each, click on the image.

Hope you like.  The bracelets are strung on “memory wire” which stretches to go over the hand, and then goes back to size to fit the wrist.  The pendants are two Zen Inspired on “shrink plastic” and others I purchased at bargain prices from Fire Mountain Gems.  Other colored beads and pearls are added.  Will show you more later.  Thanks for having a look at these.