Art for Non-Artists: Phicops

Today’s Doodle:

Doodled on my Samsung tablet after watching Ellen Wolters’ Youtube channel. (see link below).  I’m very shaky on the tablet (well, shakier than pen and paper), but I still like the result.


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Art for Non-Artists: Henna Leaves

Today’s Doodle:


I’ve been wanting to add these little leaves I’ve seen in Henna designs. I don’t think I’ve seen them in any Zen doodle designs so I’m just going to call them Henna Leaves.

They are interesting because you begin them a short distance away from the vine instead of starting from the vine. They look like rain-drops or tear drops, but they bend left or right depending on which side of the vine they are to rest on.

Henna leaves.jpg

I don’t have a lot of time to doodle, but  I managed to do this before I went to work today. First I drew it out with Micron pens (.01 and .005) on the back of an index card. (Index cards are perfect for practicing designs and I don’t feel guilty using a lot of them as they are inexpensive and easy to carry around in my purse. I do have a sketch books for larger designs when I have more time.)
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Nikon 3300 and Zoom Lens

Just a quick note. I bought a Nikon 3300 camera (the red one – because it’s red 🙂 ) and zoom lens (Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus)  last year. With working, writing, and family life I’ve had little time to play with it. A few weeks ago my husband and I took a few days off to go to Galveston and I gave it a try.

It turned out better than I expected. I used the automatic settings and a tripod (I’m not as steady as I used to be).  The image on the left above is a cropped version of the image on the right. I am so pleased with the clarity of this image. Now, it’s my header image on this webpage.

Hopefully, I’ll get some time to play with it some more. It’s just a wonderful camera. And a side benefit of taking on a dull job. Pay the bills, but find some time to create. It does the soul good.


Art for Non-Artists: Gemstones

Today’s doodle features my first gemstone.  Gemstones are a fun addition to Zen Doodling (or tangling). And so I thought I’d give it a try.

There are many fine tutorials on the internet on how to make gemstones (with traditional materials). Here’s one of them:

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Today’s Zen Doodle…AFNA: Less is (Sometimes) More

Today’s doodle.

This design is called “Creator Leaf.”  I think it’s very pretty all by itself – as if it’s floating in the sea.


That’s all for today – it’s been a very long week.


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