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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.


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.


It’s Football Season!

The first game in the UNC football season is today.  No matter what the outcome, all the fans would be interested in the “rams head” template that appeared on the Ben Kwok site on Facebook last week.  I did one, but have already given it away to my granddaughter for her birthday this week.  This is not a very good picture, but will give you an idea of what it looks like.background

I am getting ready to do another one, and hopefully will get a good picture or scan before it’s gone.   I did one in blue ink, but had a disaster when I put it on the canvas.   The blue ink I used  WAS NOT PERMANENT, as I thought, and when I applied a coat of glaze, the colors ran and bled, so I will have to find a substitute for that pen.  Here is a picture of it before the catastrophe!

mandalas 5

I think it would look great done in blue ink and colored blue, but if it doesn’t work I will use black ink and color a “Carolina Blue!”

Thanks to Ben Kwok

Ben Kwok is a fabulous artist who was born in Taiwan and lives in Pasadena, CA,  He does intricate pen drawings, mostly wildlife and animals, and a few mandelas.  He has a web site – just Google Ben Kwok, and a Facebook page called Ornation Creations.  The great thing is he shares weekly a template of one of his drawings, so we amateurs can try our hand at his creations.   Here are a few that I have done, using his templates.  It is very fascinating.

ZIA ZIA   1 barn quilt 1 butterfly 2

And, of course, considering my love for mandelas, I had to try one of those also.

mandela BK

Hope you like my humble attempts at producing some of his art replicas.