Friday, April 29, 2011

ZenDoodle Sampler - Zentangle Patterns

I'm sort of stepping away from parchment craft in this post to share something I discovered nearly a year ago.  It's called Zentangle and instead of me trying to explain exactly what it is, I will simply ask you to follow the link and learn first hand what an awesome technique this is. 

As I stated, it's been nearly a year since I stumbled upon this meditative art form and every time I would try to get back to it, "life" got in the way and my adventure got delayed time and time again.  As it happened, the recent outbreaks of disastrous tornadoes in the southeastern US (the worst in my states history) kept me away from the computer much more than usual because of seemingly endless tornado warnings, so during this "down" time, I found myself going through some things I had put in my to do folder and rediscovered where I had left off in my learning process of this creative form.  Long story short.....I began doodling again and I began, and finished, four days later, my very first ZenDoodle Sampler!!!!!  The images to follow will show the progress of each day.

Day One
Day Two
Day Three


Now, at the beginning of this post, I said I was sort of stepping away from parching to share this with you........well, not really!!!!!  I made this particular 'ZenDoodle Sampler' on standard weight card stock, at a full A4 size so I could get my mind back in a meditative mode (which is the true purpose of this art form) as well as to refresh my memory with regard to some of the patterns used in Zentangle.  I accomplished both of those tasks and you see the results :))  Another wonderful thing you should know about this art form is it's not just for very artistic people (anyone who can hold a pen or pencil can do it) and it's not just for doodling in a bunch of squares to create what you see here.  You can create anything your mind wanders to:  totally awesome mandalas and free form creations that are truly one of a kind designs.  You can find much more visual information on YouTube.....just do a search for Zentangle and then follow lots and lots of links from there.  Take a peek and see if it might be of interest :))

I believe by applying parchment techniques, primarily embossing, and maybe some perforating and cutting, ZenDoodling would take on a whole new dimension, sooooooo stay tuned because I'll be making another project shortly and good/bad or  indifferent, I will post my results upon completion!!  My project may be in the form of a free form ZenDoodle.....or maybe a ZenMandala....or maybe even another sampler.

My next personal challenge is..(drum roll, please!!)..convert this awesome craft to parchment!!!!!!!  I admit, I'm quite anxious to see what I can come up with, so wish me luck and if it works the way I feel it will, we will all have another 'new' way of adding some new life to our beloved parchment craft!!!!

Happy Parching...

 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Teardrop Mandala - Parchment Wall Decoration

One week ago today, we experienced the worst outbreak of tornadoes in the history of North Carolina, USA!!  We had 28 deaths and so much damage it will be a very long time til all the people affected will recover. Two of the 26 tornadoes began only a short distance from where I live and I have to say, it's been a very long time since I was last frightened of anything weather related but I was that day!! Anyway, life has settled down a wee bit now and I have managed to get back to my beloved parching :)) 

I truly love making parchment mandalas, so thought I'd get myself back on track with things by finishing up this piece I had started a few weeks ago and I have just completed it so will share with all of you now :))

Teardrop Mandala
I always find I have a very strong sense of peacefulness when I make mandalas....and that's how it should be because they are geometric designs that represent the universe and they also represent our constant search to fulfill our own dreams.  Mandalas have different (but very real) meanings to different cultures but the foundation is very spiritual.

This project is a large wall decoration and is 8" X 10".  I would not recommend making this project any smaller because it would not withstand the perforating and cutting in the center and outside points without breaking apart.  

In closing this post, I would like to wish all of you, and your families, a very HAPPY EASTER holiday!!!

Happy Parching....


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Some "MAN" cards!!

It won't be long now and we will be totally engrossed in what to make for Father's Day!!  Where does the time go.....winter is finally over and here we are talking about June already.  In this post I'm simply going to share, with you, some of the parchment "MAN" cards I have made....oh, and I might just issue another challenge too, so read on to see what "might" be in store!!  It's actually quite difficult to make anything for MEN in parchment....after all, the craft tends to be extremely feminine, delicate, lacy, etc....just exactly what we ladies love!!!   































Now, as you can see, we have to be very careful NOT to make parchment MAN cards frilly!!!!  The bottom left card looks like it might be close to "frilly", but the image used on this card offsets the dangerously close to "frilly" look of the grid border!!  On three of these cards I have made the same grid border.....and I must admit, this is the grid border I use on the majority of my MAN cards/projects.  On the other two cards, the image also offsets the grid border.  So you see, parchment craft can indeed produce wonderful cards for the gentlemen in our lives.....they key is to keep them simple and to the point.......no frills!!!

Well now, here is the challenge I present to you with this post.  There is still plenty of time to make your card for the holiday, so, using parchment paper and whatever parchment technique you choose, make a MAN card.  It does not have to be for Father's Day (but can be!!) and it does not have to be for anyone particularly special.....simply make a MAN card and keep it as masculine as possible :))  When it is complete, please send it on to me and I will be very happy to add it to the "Guest Gallery" right here on my blog.  Please don't think your work may not be 'good enough' to share with others right here........it most certainly IS, so put together this challenge.....send a photo/scan of your project and we will all enjoy and appreciate it together!!!!

Happy Parching,



Friday, April 8, 2011

Parchment Craft Magazine - White Work Special Edition 2011

I'm very excited to share some wonderful news with everyone.  One of my designs is featured in the  White Work Special Edition 2011 of Parchment Craft Magazine!!!!!!!!  

 











 
To obtain the pattern and instructions please  click here to purchase the magazine, which was published on March 30, 2011.  My design is a wall decoration (to be framed) and will challenge your embossing, perforating and cutting abilities and I hope you'll give it a try.  Now, there are 23 other totally awesome, white work designs in the magazine that will knock your socks off, so please order your copy and see for yourself!!!

I've been a bit under the weather and my apologies for not getting this terrific news posted sooner :((   Let's get the party started!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Parching,