I’m No Longer Posting to this Blog

I apologize to those who have been following me faithfully at this blog, but I’m going to stop posting here.  I hope you will jump ship and join me every day at my other Life Imitates Doodles blog.

For several years now, I’ve been posting exactly the same thing to both blogs. I did this because many people were having problems reading the other blog. With the advancements of technology, and reading the numbers on this blog, I don’t think that is the case anymore.  It takes time to keep this blog going, and I think the time would be better spent elsewhere.

I regret any inconvenience this might cause.



Silhouetted on Purple and Pink #WorldWatercolorMonth #Watercolor #DeliberatelyCreative

Another quick wash.  I didn’t stay that close with details, but this was inspired by a photo shared by Mona Lundeburg in the Facebook group, Deliberately Creative.

Done with Winsor Newton Professional pan paints on Arches Watercolor.  I wish I’d had Permanent Rose (it’s in the mail), but I used a mixes of Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Dioxine Purple for the sky, and mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Dioxine Purple of the trees.  Brushes were 1 inch flat and size 8 round.

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays


Ben Kwok Template

The Daily New Tangle Challenge

Weekly Challenge #64: Tangle with A-Y-K

Ben Kwok Template: Lovebird

Pattern-Collections Author Focus: Sandy Hunter

Pattern-Collections Beginners Guide Part 3

Pattern-Collections Beginners Guide Part 4

Pattern-Collections: Beginners Guide Part 5

Pattern-Collections: Beginners Guide Part 6

Pattern Collections Strings 161718

Doodle Gems How to Draw Star Sapphire ep 15

How To Draw Celtic Design / Knots. Keltische Muster und Knoten zeichnen (Crossed Lines 4)  

Celtic Pattern – watch the process timelaps

Zentangle® Video: Ovy

Veezy Tangle Pattern Video

TanglePatterns: Tangle Refresher 132

TanglePatterns: How to Draw W3

Pattern-Collections New: Loopi-Nuts

Pattern-Collections New: Magnut

Pattern-Collections New: Aleaf

Pattern-Collections New: Insomnia

Pattern-Collections New: Birdz Border

Pattern-Collections New: E-Vine

Pattern-Collections New: Lobella

Pattern-Collections New: Snake Holes

Pattern-Collections New: Ryse

Pattern-Collections New: Petal 7

Pattern-Collections New: Ryse-Orb

Pattern-Collections New: Matu

Pattern-Collections New: Binaer

Pattern-Collections Oldie: Akoya

Weekly Zentangle Roundup #280

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

Journal52 Prompt #25: Summer Nights OR Dog Days


Painting Hair in Watercolor Portrait with Jan Kunz

Pleated Lampshades DIY

Tutorial: Make a Grid


Coloring Book Giveaway – Enter each Day In July for a chance to win

Goulet Blue Giveaway – 4 Fountain Pens, Inks, Notebooks

Echo Park Paper Giveaway-Win the ‘Fall Is In The Air’ Scrapbook Collection

Stilovite Technical Drawing set Instagram giveaway

Gallery Leather Giveaway-Personalized Leather Oporto Desk Journal

Jetpens giveaway-Pilot Ageless Future Gel Pen & Rhodia Webnotebook

The Postman’s Knock Giveaway-set of nibs & Manuscript straight holder

Pen & Ink

Top 5 Beginner Fountain Pens (and Top 3 for the Risk-takers!)

Practice Wash for WorldWatercolorMonth #WorldWatercolorMonth #Watercolor #outdoors

July is World Watercolor Month, and the challenge is to paint a watercolor every day.  I’m already woefully behind, but I did manage to do a 5-minute wash yesterday, even though I was on the road for most of it.

If you are interested in seeing what others are doing you can join the World Watercolor Month Facebook group.  There are some truly awesome works being posted there.

Cottage in Clovelly #Watercolor #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬ #Clovelly

A few days ago I gave someone some advice when we were talking about finding our style (hi Betsy!).  I told her that if there was something she did consistently, that she wished she wouldn’t, she should embrace it because that was her style trying to come out.

Well.  I still stand by the advice, but you do have to learn how to get the best out of what you consistently do.   I don’t often do buildings, and I wasn’t sure how to go about doing this one so I just kind of went at it.  I ended up doing all those things that I kind of wish I didn’t do.  I don’t think I did them very well.

But it’s okay.  Now I have a better idea of what might actually work next time.  I had expected the painting to be a challenge in perspective, but I didn’t expect it to be a challenge in values and it was.  My original photo is faded (I took it in Clovelly, Devon in 1977), and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to handle the color.

And I did get some interesting textures that I like, scraping with a plastic fork, using a dry brush and lifting with a scrubber brush..  I’ll do the painting again.  And I don’t think it will take me 39 years to get around to it this time, lol!

Wednesday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays


The Daily New Tangle Challenge

joey’s weekly tangle challenge #120

Eni Oken’s Shading challenge #47

It’s a String Thing #151 tiles

‘It’s a String Thing #152 Challenge

Pattern-Collections Beginner’s Guide Part II

Video – Easy way to draw Celtic pattern: Dessous, Kelt, Spuds&Sprouts, Intwine

Zentangle® video: Infinity

Flee Tangle Pattern Video

Doodle Gem How to Draw a Pearl Ep 13

Doodle Gem how to Draw Rainbow Obsidian ep 14

TanglePatterns: How to draw INTERLUDE

Pattern-Collections New: Wavy Book

Pattern-Collections New: Allee

Pattern-Collections New: Abbey

Pattern-Collections New: Krasch

Pattern-Collections New: No-t-angle

Pattern-Collections New: Schleck

Pattern-Collections New: Spiky


Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

13 Goddesses Challenge – Week #6


How to Paint the Cherry Blossom in Watercolor, Part 1

Ooops!  Removing Acrylic Paint from Clothes and More

Sneak in a Little #Cre8time… Ombré Monoprinting Technique


Coloring Book Giveaway – Enter each Day In July for a chance to win

Gelli Printing® with Seed Pods $50 Blick GFC Giveaway

Enter to win a Fountain Pen Revolution Indus fountain pen in color and nib of your choice

Pen & Ink

Mark’s HiBi Pouches for Organizing 

Monday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal

Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways is published on Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays


The Daily New Tangle Challenge

Weekly Zentangle Challenge 274

TanglePatterns String 216

Quandu Tangle

Poke Root & Poke Leaf Pattern Video

Pattern-Collections New: Dotflow

Pattern-Collections New: Barbet

Pattern-Collections New: Bows

Pattern-Collections New: Jonna

Pattern-Collections New: Tri-Angle

Art Journaling Prompts & Inspiration

Blue Wren: Colour over collage using Matte Medium, Magicals & Prismacolor Pencils


A Simple and Easy Brush Tutorial

Doodle Gem Episode 12 How to Draw Ocean Jasper 

DIY Bird Bath


I Luv Scrapping: 2-Summer Gelato Giveaways

Bazzill Basics Paper Giveaway – 12 sheets Foil Tone-On-Tone colors paper

BoBunny Giveaway – new “FIRECRACKER” scrapbooking collection

Coloring Book Giveaway – Enter each Day In July for a chance to win

Pen & Ink

Ink Shot Review: Diamine 150th Anniversary Safari


The Daily Marker-The Next 30 Day Coloring Challenge