Thursday, January 30, 2014

ZenDoodling A Documented Life

This week's prompt in The Documented Life Project was to create a border of doodles. You could say I got carried away, as I didn't stop at the border. I've been following Beckah Krahula's "One Zentangle A Day" since the fall. By following, I mean attempting to practice a new zentangle daily. So, I've skipped a few days and then did more than one on some days, and I'm about a third through the book. I am by no means a zentangle purist, but I do like the feeling I get when I'm lost in the process. No kidding, it really is a very calming activity. Since my prompt page contains some "official" tangles as well as my own marks, I'm calling it ZenDoodling.




The fish is a stamp I carved ages ago in a Julie Fei-Fan Balzer class. It's just a plain outline of a fish, so lots of empty space to doodle in. For the coloring, I used a variety of pens and markers and some watercolors as well. After last week's prompt (secret messages), which was very emotional for me, this week was just fun. And fun is good.

Speaking of good, and this has nothing to do with the project, I just wanted to share a VERY good tip I received from my good friend Pat. I think she shared this months ago, but I just had a reason to try it out, and it works. Do you have any paintbrushes you forgot to wash and are now totally stiff and unusable? Of course you do. Want to get them nice and soft again? Of course you do. Just soak them overnight in hair conditioner. It doesn't have to be an expensive brand. In fact, this is a good time to use up those little bottles of the stuff that you save every time you stay in a hotel. And this works even if the brush is full of dried up glue.

6 comments:

World of Michael Trent said...

Love This Piece!!!! Love the colors, the design, the texture. Fantastic.

Deanna Anthony said...

Beautiful!!!

Elena said...

I love zenrangles! Never find the time to learn them. Great tip too!

Patzee said...

Super zentangling! I love this stamp, it's so versatile. I now keep a small jar of hair conditioner next to my sink for mistreated brushes. They really do get clean and oh so soft.

Lori said...

What an awesome page! My doodling never looks that good. I have a hard time letting go and just letting the things flow where they may. What can I say, I have control issues. lol. Leave it to Pat to have a great tip like that! Woot!

Cathy von Hassel-Davies said...

This is great I love it! Zendoodling perfect word LOL. Thank you so much for the tip what a great idea!

Hugs!