Category Archives: Wonder Wednesday

Because wonder means to be filled with adoration, amazement, or awe and I’m always amazed at the things I create

Stamping and Embossing

My friend Stephanie was here last week. She has been making cards for years and they are quite lovely. I think she started with stamping.

I’ve had a number of stamps for years but have never been very successful using them. They usually end up with light bits or the edges of the stamps showing on the finished piece. :( So, I asked Stephanie to help me.

One of the things I learned was to use a thick piece of foam under the paper I want to stamp on. This helps with the light spots. I’m not completely clear on why it helps but it certainly does.

Here are some of my practice stamps.

With the trees, she was teaching me about 2nd generation stamping and beyond to push things into the distance.

Then she taught me to use the embosser I got last year. Turns out I got a really good one for an incredible deal. All the embossing powders I got were glittery. :) I had been in a glitzy mood for quite some time.

I started with the black glittery powder on this fence stamp.

As you can see, there was some smudging from my fingerprints on the tile. So, she taught me about the little buddy . . . I didn’t take a picture of it yet, but basically you put baby powder or cornstarch in a baby sock, secure it, and then swipe it over the tile before you stamp the tile with the embossing stuff (the glycerine stamp pad stuff; one brand is VersaMark).

We used my adorable mouse stamp with the white glitter embossing powder next.

I know it is hard to see. Here’s the stamp.

Steph said I should color it with my grey copics I learned earlier in the week.

It was hard to see. So we moved on to some color and used this ribbons stamp. It’s smaller than the mouse. I love the colors though!

I have no idea what I’ll do on the rest of that tile though. I’m sure I’ll be afraid to mess it up. :D

Then we tried something new to Steph too. We used the embossing pad (not the right term probably) and the bonding powder. Then heated it up and then used brushed on old eye shadow and used a tissue to wipe away the loose bits/parts not on the bonding powder. Pretty cool use for those old eye shadows. :)

It definitely shows up better on the black tile than the white one but it is definitely something I’ll play around with more in the future.

We also played with my distress stains and magicals but I’ll share that next week. If you’re interested in more details of any of this, just comment and I’ll get a tutorial done. ;)

I hope you have a great week and explore some new materials.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Learning Copic Markers

Our dear friends are here this week and Stephanie is a big crafter. She makes amazing and beautiful cards. She does stamping and has used Copic markers for years and years.

Several years ago I got a set of gray neutral copic sketch markers for Christmas. They were suggested in a book by Eni Oken on shading Zentangles. I got them and was intimidated by them and have never used them. (I didn’t get that book back out and see what Eni suggested.) So on their second day here she gave me a bit of a training session on using the copic markers.

I grabbed a 3.5 x 3.5 bristol vellum tile (one I cut from a larger sheet of vellum), put my corner dots, border, and then drew in a quick string without thinking about it. I decided to use several different kinds of tangles to try out some different methods of shading.

I was so focused on learning how to use the markers that I completely forgot about taking a before scan or picture. :D

I used Shattuck, Umble, Zander, and some Tipple (?) or at least that is what I think the tangles were.

The first shading I did was on the right hand side on (straight-line) Shattuck.

Here’s part of the scanned tile.

I was pretty happy with the shading there. Then I decided to try something a little different with Umble, there in the white center section. I did the overlapping areas and then decided to try shading the top most parts to be rounded. It didn’t work so good. Then I added a line of white and that only made it worse. Then I shaded the curved zander on the side and it was okay.

The last thing was the orbs on the top and I wasn’t too sure about them. I figured they were going to be the hardest and I wasn’t expecting much.

I was amazed! Here’s the whole scanned tile and then the picture I took outside in natural sunlight. :)

As usual, the scan is a bit harsher and shows all the flaws. ;) But it looks pretty good from a normal distance. :D This was definitely something that was worth doing and I will try it again in the future.

It’s not easy trying something new, but it is very rewarding. I encourage you to take time for yourself and do something artistic, even if the first results are as nice as you’d like. Go easy on yourself and let it help you de-stress from your day. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Practice Tile: Twing, Tidal, Indy-Rella, and Marasu

After Christmas I tried out the Lindy’s Magicals on a artist tile. I wasn’t real pleased with the outcome but put it in my stash of tiles after it dried. And there it has sat for about 6 or 7 months. ;) Clearly there is a learning curve with these and I have not yet taken the time to play with them any more yet.

Since the Zen-Untangled project is over, I haven’t decided to keep playing along with the Tangles All Around facebook group. Honestly, I needed the break and I don’t like that I cannot share my blog page link when I share a tile there.

Any way, I was upset one evening and didn’t feel like playing a game, so I got that tile out and decided to tangle on it. Since I wasn’t in the best mood, I didn’t care how it turned out, so it was safe to use that tile. :D

In the largest section I went with Marasu. I didn’t want to think too much and that one is pretty easy. Then I’d made friends with Twing and so decided to add it as well. Indy-Relly is another one that isn’t complicated and so I added it but didn’t like it when I was finished; we haven’t become friends yet. ;) Finally I added Tidal because it is easy.

So here is my tile before shading, both the scan and the picture taken outside on an overcast day.

You cannot see the sparkles very well in the scan or pictures, for that matter, but it is there. :)

The orange and the blueish sections are the most sparkly. :)

I used my prismacolor pencils and attempted some shading. I’m not very good with color shading yet, so this is definitely a practice piece any way you look at it. :D

Here is the scan of the tile after shading.

I probably should have put some kind of highlight on Tidal to make it look a bit less bland. :D

Here it the picture I took outside in natural, but overcast, light.

In this one you can see the sparkles a bit more.

Well that is all for me today. I hope you take some time to play with some kind of art this week. :) It really is good for you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Final Zen-Untangled Tile

Well, this is the final week of the Zen-Untangled Project over on Tangle All Around facebook group with Alice Hendon. It’s been great learning all of the current official tangles. I don’t yet have the all down but I’ve done tiles every week.

Throughout this project I’ve learned something about myself; actually I reaffirmed something about myself. ;) It is hard for me to do something every single day, even if I really like that something. And I am more motivated to do things when I have a commitment. In this case, although I enjoy tangling, I don’t take the time to do it every day but am always glad that I make myself do something artsy every week. :)

I’m looking forward to playing with the retarder I got for the acrylic paints and do some more Bob Ross painting. :) So Wednesday posts may vary a bit in the coming weeks. ;)

This week the tangles were Vitruvius, Umble, Vega, Man-o-man, Schway, and Emingle. I have done four of these but Vega and Vitruvius were ones I have not done before. And I’ll admit, I didn’t really like Schway before. Well, actually, I don’t think I really liked any of these. :D

This week the string is very wavy and with so many blocky tangles, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Here’s the string.

I chose to use Vega and follow the snake-like line line. Then I chose to use Schway  in the background on the left and then some Vitruvius in one of the curves.

Here’s the scan and then a picture taken outside in natural overcast light.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to shade this with heavy black bits but think it turned out alright. :)

Well that’s it for this project and for my post this week. :) I hope one day I will actually complete the project as Alice intended, creating a tangled keepsake and instructions for all the official Zentangles.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bridge: Knase, Wadical, and Twing

Wow, only one week to go. I had hoped that I’d get into the habit of tangling a little every day but that is not what has happened. I’ve done pretty much what I’ve done for a long time, wait until Tuesday and then do a tile. :D

This week’s tangles are Knase, Küle, Quipple, Twing, Wadical, Well, and Well Well Who. Once again, there were several tangles that I hadn’t seen before: Küle, Quipple, and Well Well Who. I’ve seen Well before but I’ve never used it. Knase and Wadical are ones I’ve seen but haven’t used.

Wadical is one that I thought was peculiar but when I used it I found I really liked it. It was a nice tangle to get into the flow with.

Here’s my tile, both scan and a picture in natural light. Top tangle is Twing, then Knase, and then Wadical.

I think it kind of looks like a bridge and water. I like how Knase and Twing flowed together nicely. :)

Here’s the tile after shading, both scan and picture taken out in natural light.

It doesn’t look like much shading in the natural light. I guess I should have done a bit more but it was looking a bit too dark overall, so I lifted some of it off with a kneaded eraser. I guess I should have left it alone after all. :D

Next week is the last one in this project and we will have then completed all of the official Zentangle tangles. I’m a little bit behind and have quite a few to do the step-outs for yet, but at least I have them all available to me know. :) I’m very happy about this. :)

Have you tried Wadical? Is it meditative for you?

Well, I’m going to run. Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Underwater Tile: Quib and Sedgling?

We are nearing the end of the Zen-Untangled project and this week’s tangles had several I’ve never even heard of before. Among those brand new to me are Kathy’s Dilemma, Orlique, Warble, and Sedgling.

Sedgling reminds me of Pokeroot with some extra auras in it. ;) I’d love to know the reasoning for the name of both sedgling and Kathy’s Dilemma. The toughest tangle this week is probably Jonqal. I’ve done this one before and still made a mistake when I started the second set of lines. So, I whited it out. :) Yep I did.

I added some shading on Warble that made it look quite different from the sample I’d seen but I like it still.

Well, here is the tile before shading, first the scan and then the one taken in natural light, which was nice and sunny today. :)

In case you are wondering, the tangles are Orlique, Quib, and Kathy’s Dilemma across the top. Warble in the center-ish, with Sedgling and Jonqal across the bottom. I wish I’d have done the jagged lines on Jonqal going up and down and the solid/straighter lines going across but, it is what it is. ;) Static was the only other tangle for the week and I just didn’t see anywhere to put it today.

Here is the finished tile, first the scan and then the natural light picture.

It’s  a little harder to see the shading in the bright sunlight. Let’s see if this one looks better.

It’s really odd because that section with sedgling looks a lot darker in real life. :D

Well, that’s all for me today. I hope you do something artsy this week; it’s good for you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Crown Tile: Marasu, Juke, ‘Nzeppel, and Stoic

Out of this week’s seven tangles: ICanThis, Juke, Marasu, ‘Nzeppel, Quandry, Stoic, and Zenith, I only had the step-out drawn for ‘Nzepple. I’ve used ICanThis, Zenith, and Marasu in tiles before but haven’t made the step-out for them yet. I don’t care for ICanThis or Quandry, so I didn’t use them in this week’s tile.

I forgot to take a scan or picture of my tile with the string before I did any tangling on it. But basically it looks like a crown on a diagonal in the center of the tile with no borders. Of course I wanted to do something a bit different and chose not to simply tangle inside the string.

I decided to use ‘Nzeppel because it is one of the tangles I enjoy. It’s interesting though because I had a difficult time befriending that tangle. I decided that Stoic and Juke would work well on other sides. I also decided Marasu could work between the points.

Here’s how I tangled it (first the scan and then the picture in natural light).

Then I did some shading. Here is the finished tile, first the scan, then the picture I took outside in the sunlight. :)

I like how it turned out. :) Each of these tangles are super simple; anyone can do it, really.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope my endeavors encourage you to give it a try.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Striping, Scoodle, and Yincut

This is my participation of week 21 of the Zen-Untangled 2020 Project. This week’s tangles are Chainging, Punzel, Mysteria, Opus, Scoodle, Striping, and Yincut. Although I thought Striping was an enhancement instead of its own tangle, but I guess they called it a tangle before they came up with the enhancements. ;)

Here are the step-outs I had to draw this week: Scoodle, Striping, and Mysteria.

I was surprised how much I liked scoodle; that’s the one that looks like curly S’s.

I started to mark up my tile for shading before I remembered to take a picture and scan of it, so you’ll see a little of the beginning stages of shading on it. Here is the scan and the picture in natural light of this week’s tile.

It’s been ages since I tangled yincut and to be honest, I’ve never done it justice. ;) I thought I’d do just one big yincut square but I didn’t like it at all. So then I decided to fill in another section with yincut. Well, I forgot that you alternated the direction of the lines when tangling it. :\ This did not help my dislike of the large yincut square. So I blackened it out. :D Then I tangled regular yincut in white. Problem made better. :)

Here is the scan and the natural light picture of my finished tile.

Since I had my white pen out, I decided to add a little highlight on striping. :)

Here’s another view I have of the finished tile.

Well, that’s it from me today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope sharing my work encourages you to put pen to paper and draw. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zander, Meer, and Betweed

I’m still amazed that Betweed and I are friends. :D I actually enjoy tangling it.

This past week was another catch-up week for the Zen-Untangled project 2020. I took it as a breather instead. On catch-up weeks seven strings are provided to keep us full of tangling ideas. I was busy trying to finish up a book that I’d been reading for a while, The Robot of Dawn by Isaac Asimov, and playing Super Mario Odyssey again from the beginning. :) So, I didn’t take any time to tangle this week until yesterday when I needed to do it for this post.

I chose one of the easiest strings and then some very simple tangles from the last four weeks to put in those sections. Meer is a favorite, so that was a simple choice for one of the sections. As I said, I’m liking Betweed since we became friends last year, and so I decided to add it in a section.

The trouble I have with Zander is the highlight spots on it. I never seem to get them in the right places but it’s an easy enough tangle, so it won the last section. ;)

Here is the scan and natural light picture of my tile before shading.

Here is the same tile after shading in both a scan and a picture in natural light.

Well, that’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. If you have any tips for Zander and it’s sparkle, please let me know.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 20: Indy-Rella, Msst, and Squid

This week’s tangles in the Zen-Untangled 2020 project are Bronx Cheer, Indy-Rella, Squid, Msst, Zander, Fengle, and Raddox. The string this week really screamed to have Zander down the middle and I just simply refused to do that. :D I wanted to be different.

Here’s the string.

I decided that I could have Indy-Rella up the center strip. :) I really felt that Squid should go on one of those rounded sections. I decided to use Squid but in a different spot. ;) For my third tangle I went with Msst. It’s an easy one and I like it. :)

Here is the scan of my tile followed by the picture taken in natural light on a windy day. The wind blew my tile off the little easel thing, so I had to resort to holding it. :D This is before shading because I think there is usually a marked difference after shading, so I like to show before and after.

Here is the tile after shading, first the scan, then the one in natural light.

I think it looks like fish swimming in front of some kind of land mass with currents and some other kind of sea life. ;) Tiff thought it looked like some kind of alien abduction of some sort. :D

Thanks for stopping by. This art form is really easy and generally just involves four simple shapes–a curve, an “s” shape, a line, or dots/orbs. All are simple to do and anyone can do them. So I hope this encourages you to give it a try.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº