Friday, May 21, 2010

Say Hello to Zenfangle With Buttons and a Bow!

What a fun technique for us to try this week for the Ways to Use It challenge on Split Coast! Guest Host Beverly (ruby-hearted mom) introduced us to the art called Zentangle using pen and ink -black ink!

Here's my humble first attempt at the technique. An upscale doodling if you will - I used my micron 01 pen, a Sharpie, a white gel pen (just a tad!) and a grey copic. I hand wrote the 'hello'

My image is on a 4" square that I framed with black, grey and white.

I always used to doodle on the sides of my notebooks in school (didn't we all?!?!) - this art form really takes it to the next level!

Beverly is visiting in Boston this week (from TX!) and I work in Boston - so I PM'd her to see where she was and we were able to get together for lunch! We'd never met but 'knew' each other from Split Coast. We hit it off like long lost friends - isn't the stamping community a great one to be involved in!?! Here we are enjoying a great lunch at Jacob Wirth's in the theater district of Boston. Then we walked around the Boston Public Garden, saw the swan boats, and hit a couple of shops!
Stamps: none
Paper: white - PTI, black - SU, Bazzill white and grey
Ink: none
Accessories: grey copic N2, white gel pen, foam dimensionals, Mircon 01 black pen, black Sharpie


And here's my card for Friday's Free 4 All Challenge at Split Coast - to use Buttons and Bows.
My stamps are from a beautiful set from Waltzingmouse Stamps called Asian Garden. I layered some extra tree leaves on the tree with foam dimensionals. I chose my colors based on the pretty DP.
I used this weeks Taylored Expressions sketch for my card.
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Asian Garden
Paper: White - PTI, DP GCD Studios/miniflowers/SUnny Days Collection, Coredinations/Oxford Ink: Enchanted Evening- PTI, Sunset Orange - Adirondack, Apricot Appeal - SU
Accessories: glue dots, foam dimensionals, sponge, vintage buttons-PTI, circle & scalloped circle nestabilities

19 comments:

Wanda Cullen said...

Your colors and design really have the Asian feel to match the image well! So glad you got to meet a stampin' friend!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Julia, super job on both challenges. Love the look of your Zenfangle card and your buttons and bows is a beauty!

Crystal said...

Super cool Julia on that technique that looks awesome, your second card is fabulous LOVE those colors.....WOW!!!

Melissa said...

Love how the trees are 3-dimensional. Great Job!

Edna Morrisedie said...

Love your doodle card, you achieved great shapes! And the Asian card is fine fine work, love the colours, just awesome! And you got to meet a papercrafter, how special! I love love love Boston, have very fond memories of my time there a year or so ago, will let you know when I decide to come again!!

Sharli said...

WOWIE! The doodling technique is awesome - very different and interesting! I love your card with the tree - it looks so different with all that dimension! Very, Very pretty!

Glad you got to meet up with a SCS friend - I totally know what you mean about feeling close to some of my blog friends - One of these days I'll get to Boston, too . . .

Hugs!!

Peggy said...

Love the blues and orange on this one! The buttons are the perfect touch with the DP! Beautiful card!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous cards Julie! Love that technique... have to try it sometimes... looks like you had tons of FUN! :o)
Love the colors on your asian card. Great job on the sketch!

Joanne Travis said...

Wow, Julia!! Both cards are spectacular. I love your ultra fine doodle work. The colors in the Asian card are really gorgeous.
Hope to get to Boston myself some day. My nephew is around your area someplace, wrapping up his degree at MIT.
Have a great weekend!!

Betty Wright said...

Wonderful cards and designs! Great picture, too! Lunch with real stamping friends must be totally amazing! Love that doodling technique in the top card!

Francie G. said...

Two beautiful and totally different creations, Julia! Love the black and white tech! The Asian tree with the popped up flowers is fabulous! Beautifully done! What fun that you had lunch with Bev! Sounds like a wonderful afternoon!

maryr917 said...

great work on both these challenges-the zentangle was intriguing but I didnt try it-did you know bonnie has written books on this technique?
your card for the f4a challenge was really pretty-great dsp-how nice to meet a scs friend forlunch

Bonnie McLain said...

Both cards scream FUN.... and then in the middle a picture of you and Bev from SCS... how wonderful is that... I love your zentangle card.. and th Buttons and Bow one is great... love the Asian feel to it. Great colors... I think the orange and blue are super. Strong colors.

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Great cards! The new art, zentangle, looks so fun and neat. I love the blues and oranges on the 2nd card.
How wonderful that you and Beverly were able to meet. You can tell from the pic what a great time you had together.

Joan Ervin said...

What beautiful cards, Julia...you did a fabulous job with the Zentangle card...I totally pooped out on that challenge!!! I love your second card, too...the colors are sooo pretty and I love the addition of the buttons!!! Looks like you and Bev had a great lunch...how fun to actually put a face to the name!!!

AMIT said...

Wonderful card it is.

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Melissa Sauls said...

Gorgeous cards and the tree is just amazing!! So glad you could participate in the sketch challenge...hope to see you again this week! :)

Taylor said...

Hi Julia! Thanks for participating in the TESC114 sketch challenge! I love the card you created and I selected it as one of our Top Crops this week! You can check out the announcement here: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/2010/05/tesc114-top-crops.html

And here's a link to the Top Crops badge if you'd like to display it on your blog:

http://sites.google.com/site/tayloredexpressionsimages/images/TopCropsbadge.png

Hope to see you at the challenge again this week! :)

Belinda said...

Oh Julia, I love this! Soooo pretty!