Monday, January 27, 2014

upcoming: Valentine's Day!


"Springtime Romance"
artist: Harrison Fisher

Can you believe January is almost over?
Where did the days fly off to?

courtesy Dover publications

I am looking ahead, and I see


Not wanting to get caught unawares and unprepared,
let's have some heart-filled ideas to get ready!

original zentangle design blank note card

vintage delivery boy

Here is a lovely pattern for a pair of beaded heart earrings:

found on, it is a rings n things free project

my notes on this one say:
I make myself crazy sometimes, with my abbreviations!

Here are a few paper dolls for your to print out, and mail if you want! Do it this week, and your paper doll recipient will have it in plenty of time to celebrate!

by dulcie creations

vintage paperdolls,

I have no info on this darling kitty set, other than 'orr cat'.
Do you know? Share!

Well, that's it for today!
I'm off to do some laundry and picking up the house...


'til next time,

and on pinterest:  kkloberdans

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I'm going to London!

I'm going to London....
I'm going to London....
I'm going to London!

London Vinyl Passport Cover Travel Passport Holder

London Doubledecker Pouch

Oh, yeah!

Sherlock Holmes Earrings - London Map Baker Street - Come, Watson, come. The game is afoot.

Big Ben, London — PALETTE KNIFE(4) Oil Painting On Canvas By Leonid Afremov - Size: 30" x 40" (75cm x 100cm)

Authentic Pandora London Bus Bead Charm S925 Ale 791049ER

These are from a treasury I put together
on etsy:

'London times'

LONDON UNDERGROUND Digitally Remastered Vintage Fine Art Poster / Print Home Decor TUBE Subway Railway

London Tower Bridge - Sashiko inspired pillow

Airfix London Oven Mitt / Pot Holder

Iphone 4/4S Case - London Telephone Booth on White Iphone 4 Case, Iphone 4S case, Waterproof Plastic Hard Case

3 London Theme Glass Magnets London Bus, British Flag, Palace Guards, Big Ben . Buy 5 items get 1 FREE

London, England Bookmark - Hand-cut Silhouette, Handmade Bookmark, Cut Paper Bookmark, London Skyline

London Savvy Collage Art Doll fine print from original recycled junk mail magazine art kitschy wall decor fun humorous gift for him or her

LONDON vintage tickets

Aceo Tower of London From an Original Watercolour

London Fog-  Organic Lip Balm 0.15oz  - Earl Grey Tea, Milk and Vanilla - kissable tasty soft lips for her

Perhap' to see the Queen,

Queen Elizabeth II, greeting the High Court judges, 12.7.2011
photo credit: Adrean Dennis

or a tower or two,

judges going to Parliament from Westminster Abbey, London

or just to check out all the umbrellas!!!

James Smith and Sons, London, est. 1819

Getty images,

'til next time,
and on pinterest:  kkloberdans

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

a spot of tea treasury

time for a spot of tea...

Antique Royal Albert Torquay Hand Painted Teacup and Saucer

a treasury I have created on etsy

Time For Tea - Art Print - 8x10

Vintage Sadler Teapot Pink with Gold Swirls Brown Interior, Vintage Tea Pot

You can see the entire treasury here:

Colour art print of original tea and ink painting featuring stacked cups and saucers in a tea 'splat'. A5

Tuscan cup and saucer circa 1950's-  964

National Potteries Co Lusterware Made in Japan Cup and Saucer Orig Labels

Tea Pot - Ceramic - Nippon

Ceramic Porcelain English Tudor Cottage, Hut, House Teapot

Vintage Porcelain Tea Cup and Saucer Yellow with Gold Accents Iridescent Lusterware

SALE --was 325-- The Ireland Dress  --ready to wear--


Antique Victorian Cream and Gold Gilded Vintage Teapot with Stand Staffordshire England

Pink and Gold Coffee Cup

Take some time for yourself today.

'til next time,
and on pinterest:  kkloberdans

Monday, January 13, 2014

zentangle inspirations

from tangledmania on etsy

Let's zentangle today!!!

While the art of repetitive drawing has been around for centuries, there has been a recent revival in the arts and crafts world thanks in a large part to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Their use of repetition combined with meditation type thinking has been coined as “Zentangle”.

Many of my zentangle designs I drew before I had read any book on the subject. 
I just love to doodle! 
After reading a couple of books on the subject, 
I have been able to open more doors into my creative mind.
Some might say my cluttered mind!! 
I prefer to call it imagination run amok (wonderful word).

'forest guardian goddess'
original zentangle design by inkspired

I have taken some of my zentangles 
and made original cards from them.

Here are a few:

I have taken a basic shape, 
and then filled in with zentangle doodles.

I find it to be sooooo relaxing!

I guess that's the 'zen' part of it!

'These Three Abide'

Here are some ideas from nature for you to try your hand 

at creating a nature-inspired zentangle:

Christmas Tree Worm

succulent botanical print of photo

pine berries

Sometimes we can find inspiration in objects around us:

handmade Murine chips, lamp work

the ceiling of the Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

yellow cabs flooded in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
photo credit Charles Sykes

I encourage you to get out some plain paper,
and try a little doodling on your lunch hour!

big heart zentangle original by inkspired

original zentangle design all occasion blank note cards by inkspired

Next, go purchase a little notebook with blank pages...

another inkspired original zentangle layered onto a blank notecard
with washi tape accent

You can doodle at the doctor's office..
doodle in line at the post office..
doodle while waiting for the train to pass..
doodle at the airport....
opportunities abound!!!

triple heart all occasion blank notecard

I like to purchase my notebooks with a spiral binding
and a sturdy cardboard backing.
That way I can draw with the book laying flat,
and the pages don't fall out.

My favorite is 
Mixed Media, vellum surface
5.5 in x 8.5 in

It is a 90 lb paper, so there is little if no bleed-through to the next page. It has a sturdy spiral binding. Acid free, it is ready for wet or dry media.
The size makes it very portable, and it fits into most purses.

My absolute favorite pens to use are
EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink in black or blue
.05 tip or .07 tip

They are refillable, which is just icing on the cake!

I have talked about zendoodles that are in a specific shape.
Now I'd like to introduce you to some that are not a specific item, object, person, etc.
They are just free-form zendoodles!

With the original zentangles you are taught to make dots on your paper, then connect-the-dots with a line.

You can see this in my zen above and below, 
as I have exaggerated the outer 'dots'.

After connecting the dots, you take your pen at one of the points, and draw a line to another outside line.

This will start to create individual spaces inside your zendoodle.

You can see them pretty clearly in the two doodles above.

Here is one I have drawn without the traditional
'rectangle' type border:

You can still see that there are areas separated within the outer doodle border.

Now, get ready to have some


I have had wayyyy too much fun making some 'magic carpets -

This is a 'magic carpet' zentangle that I have printed, hand cut out, and hand colored accents with red art pens.  Then I layered it onto a print of 1950's kitschy fun fabric re-prints.
(You can find these at Dover Publication)

Too, too fun!

This magic carpet I added 'tassels' to the outer four corners,
hand cut, hand accented with red art pens,
and layered onto woven paper strips.

Because the carpet is raised with dimensional double stick tape, it makes shadows onto the paper weaving layer. The shadows are only there due to the photographing method.

Here is another one layered onto recycled paper strips:

original zen pen and ink design by inkspired

Feel inspired to try your hand at it?
I hope so, as it is a wonderful new way to relax,
express your creativity
and just have fun!

'til next time,
and on pinterest:   kkloberdans