Art for Non-Artists: Creating text messages as art: Avery’s First Text

Avery's first text
Avery’s First Text Message to Olivia


Today I am going to discuss using text messages as an art form.









Olivia (Year of the Numen) has a lot going on in her life which she keeps to herself.  Because of the format, I have to write short, compelling conversations. This will force me, as the author, to not get side tracked for too  long into these side stories and yet fill in some background about the main characters. I plan to sprinkle the text of the story with snippets of Olivia’s text exchanges.

Continue reading “Art for Non-Artists: Creating text messages as art: Avery’s First Text”

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.


Continue reading “Art for Non-Artists: Phicops”

Art for Non-Artists: Henna Leaves


I accidentally overwrote this post, so I am reposting the photos and will try to fill in the instructions as I wrote them.

I was interested in the little leaves I’ve seen in in Henna designs. They are formed by starting a distance away from the vine. Below I drew a step-out for you to follow.



Henna leaves

This is the design I drew using the leaves. I found a similar pattern online looking through henna pictures.


Then I took a cell phone photo of it and cleaned it up in Photoshop. Below is the inverse picture which is also pretty. After cleaning it up, I saved it as a jpeg file and imported into Artrage where I added the colors above using the fill tool to create the final image (first photo in post).

little picture invert


So, even a little doodle like this can add interest to your posts – sometimes less is more.


For more on posts on Art for Non Artists (AFNA), go HERE.



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:

Continue reading “Art for Non-Artists: Gemstones”