Friday, September 06, 2019

Another watercolour original postcard 6x4 inches in size available for only £1.99 FREE POSTAGE in the UK 
This lovely postcard has texture and dreaminess 
If you want something unique to send to a friend through the mail, or indeed would like this to add to your collection please check me out on ebay

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

New affordable art for all

The Black and white cow ATC/ACEO

why not head on over to my ebay store and claim this wonderful ATC ORIGINAL 

All my art is very affordable this atc artist card "2.5x"3.5 in size starts at only £1.55
Created on 300 gsm watercolour paper with ink watercolours and marker 
while you're there why not check out the many other small format art that I have for sale 
postcard originals, artist cards and small art 
From the whimsical to landscapes and colourful art. I'm certain you will like something
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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Free art on cardboard

Free art on cardboard

I have been thinking about creating some free art again as i havent done this in ages and this can also count towards my inktober contribution, I will be leaving this piece in and around my home town of Darlington.Co. Durham. Hopefuly the person who finds it will let me know and I hope will like it. It would be great if that happened and I'm sure would spur me on take make some more. I am hoping to get my friend Louise inspired to create some too as she is a wonderfuly create person and is very dedicated to her art at the moment. Anyway if Louise gets involved i will ask her if i can feature it here on my blog. So stay tuned for more.   I would be so grateful if you would check out my instagram follow and like my work. I truly appreciate any encouragement  here is the link  MY INSTAGRAM

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day of the dead girl

Day of the dead girl # Dia de los muertos

I have finaly managed to create some art for 
I thought perhaps a day of the dead girl was fitting as i would imagine most people know it is inspired by those wonderful sugar skulls although November 1st and 2nd is the day they choose for thier festival in mexico other wise known as 

 Día de los Muertos

The day of the dead
I found an informative website that has some history of the day of the dead which i will link to at the end.
Anyway still wanting some feedback and to hear from you, please leave a comment and let me know your favourite thing about HALLOWEEN or if your in Mexico, THE DAY OF THE DEAD
I  would love to hear what people are doing to celebrate. 
My daughter is hosting an elaborate HALLOWEEN themed party complete with a hot tub. Of course i am going as a skeleton with a sugar skull face if i get around to it i might post some photos later.
Anyway have a safe and happy HALLOWEEN! 
come back soon
and here is that web link as promised

Friday, October 07, 2016

Amazing Tarot

Amazing Tarot!

It never ceases to amaze me how astonishingly accurate the Tarot can be.
As usual when you surf the web you never know where your going to end up and life can also feel like this too, synchronicity (the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection."such synchronicity is quite staggering") is the key word for me today.
Here's why. 
I was surfing YOUTUBE when I looked at my recommended videos as sometimes I find an interesting gem among them, I came across Brigit from Biddy Tarot and found the following video for her monthly forecast for this October 2016 so i decided to watch. I was quite amazed at how almost all of her three card reading related to ME! Her interpretations of the cards were pretty specific too. However working with the tarot for as many years as I have I shouldn't have been suprised at all. But nevertheless it is magical when the universe flows together like this. 
Brigit also reflects this in some wonderful soul meditations that can take you deeper down the rabbit hole and help you to really harness the true power of the tarot. These guided meditations are wonderful tools wether you just want to deepen your understanding of the tarot to get more from readings or if your a reader yourself but it doesnt stop there...Oh no there is so much more magic than this. check out her site just click on the picture below and start mastering your destiny and designing your life, who knows where it could take you. 
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Good News

I'm Back

Hello everyone, Janet here, I am just posting a quick note to let you all know that i am back here blogging again. It's been a very long time so please bear with me. I do hope new and old readers will bookmark my site and return soon. I am in the process of re learning all this technical blogging stuff.
I am hoping to post some articles and interesting info on tarot and esoteric matters as well as some new art and craft projects. Plus i will post some of the interesting websites and tutorials i have come across too. see you all again soon. Please feel free to leave me some comments this way i know you have read this plus i love interacting with my readers 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Zen tangle your mind

Zentangle® is known to many artists and craftivistas as a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Sometimes mistakenly called “Zendoodling” or “tangle doodling,” Zentangling or tangling is actually a formalized process that defines itself as something other than mere doodling because of its theory and approach. Rick Roberts and Mary Thomas [ is external)] are the originators of the trademarked Zentangle method. Basically, it’s a specific way to draw images, most often in black pen on white paper. Zentangle has become an international phenomenon that now has applications in stress reduction, education,therapy and even motivational training.
Zentangle itself may be relatively new, but the basic principles involved are as old as the history of art. It includes ritual [a core practice in ancient and contemporary arts] and mirrors the symbols, designs and patterns of numerous cultures [Mayan, Maori, Celtic, and American Indian, for example] from ancient through present times. And like “doodling” it is based on a human behavior in which one refrains from planning and allows lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge.
There are numerous books on the formal method of Zentangle that will help you get started; these books provide numerous designs and show you how to create various patterns, step-by-step. Or simply search the Internet [especially Pinterest] to find instructions and inspiration for designs—then make up your own once you practice a few patterns. You really only need a few materials to create your designs: a pencil [used to mark out guidelines and to shade areas of designs], a black pen [Micron® pens are recommended, but you can also use the ubiquitous extra fine Sharpie® pen], and heavy white drawing paper or cardstock. The traditional practice of Zentangling uses 3 ½ inch square tiles made of special paper, but you can cut your own choice of paper into squares or completely “break the rules” and tangle on whatever type of paper you want to. If your children want to Zentangle along with you, they will find it easier to draw larger designs with bigger pens such as a fine point Sharpie® or large felt pens.
Why am I interested in Zentangle? While the process may look intricate, it is a deceptively simple pathway to relaxation and inner focus. In fact, proponents of the practice note that it has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindfulness meditation. Here are some other benefits:
It’s Self-Soothing. Repetitive creative work, in and of itself, can be calming and self-soothing. In fact, some of the preliminary research on the Zentangle process indicates that engagement in the process has measurable relaxation benefits. This is particularly true if you accept this process as one with no expected outcome other than the enjoyment of putting the pen to paper and staying open to whatever emerges.
It’s Simple. Zentangle art only requires a black pen and paper; you can do it just about anywhere. I can attest to the fact that any airplane flight goes by more pleasurably when I am tangling. Look for things you can tangle on like business card, coasters and even newspapers [tangle right over the printed pages].
It Teaches How to Own Mistakes. Using a pen on paper requires that you risk making mistakes; in fact, most tangle art has at least some misplaced lines which cannot be erased. Tangling teaches you how to incorporate what seem like “mistakes” into the overall pattern of the design. It’s a great metaphor for everyday life—nothing is ever perfect, but how you adjust to imperfections [mistakes or the unexpected] in life is what really matters.
It Reinforces “Aimlessness.” Many Zentangle enthusiasts highlight the tangle doodle process as a form of mindfulness. I like to think of tangling as a form of "creative aimlessness." Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh observes that we need to cultivate aimlessness in life rather than continually striving to be “number one.” For example, when we practice walking meditation, we are not trying to arrive anywhere in particular; in fact, if we stay focused on the future, we lose the joy of our steps in the here and now. The same is true of the process of tangling. If we get caught up in judgment and deliberation, we are not in the here and now. But if we simply enjoy the creative process, we can enjoy every single moment of it and that is ultimately what any creative expression offers us. Zentangle teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment—after all, the present moment is all there is. 
Keep Calm and Zentangle On,
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
© 2014 Cathy Malchiodi, PhD