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You have found me.  This is my online art world, where I post all things creative that started with that creative spark within, and found its way out. I LOVE being inspired, and I hope that I inspire you.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coloring Animal Mandalas by Wendy Piersall

Hello! Have I got an amazing book to share with you. 

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This book is simply wonderful. I have included the one I colored in, but I want to mention that both my girls, ages 8 and 10, have started coloring them too.
I decided to give this book to them when they were upset about something. 10 minutes into the coloring, and they both calmed down. Focusing and using pretty colors to fill in the wonderful mandalas in this book helps calm the mind. It worked for all 3 of us on different occasions. 

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of an interview with the author. It is quite informative, and interesting. This is what Wendy Piersall had to say;

1. What are mandalas?
Mandalas are circle drawings that have history in ancient Buddhism and today are used in art therapy, meditation and as beautiful decorative art. Monks used to take days to make mandala designs out of colored sand, then sweep the sand into the water to teach the impermanence of life.

2. Why animal mandalas?
I first drew animal mandalas when my oldest daughter was going through a phase of a deep love of animals. At the time, she wanted to become a marine biologist and I was looking for inspiration of mandalas to draw for my kid's activities websites. Years later, my editor from Ulysses Press found them and approached me to do a whole book of animal mandalas. I jumped at the chance!

3. Why should adults color? (or How can adults find coloring relaxing?)
I find coloring relaxing for several reasons. Coloring was a favorite activity as a child, so it's easy to tap into the warmth and happiness of those memories when coloring. My mother has Alzheimer's, and the nursing home where she lives also does coloring activities with their residents because it is calming, easy and enjoyable. Mostly, though, I find it extremely meditative to both draw and color mandalas. You really have to clear your mind to color them and simply pay attention to the lines and colors. It makes you focus your thoughts away from daily life and stress and on the simple process of coloring.

4. Is illustration mandalas as relaxing as coloring them in?
As I mentioned before, yes, though sometimes I get stuck on the creative process when my perfectionism kicks in. When that happens, I walk away for a while or work on a different drawing. Just like with life, if you over think things, it's best to take a break and approach drawing with a fresh perspective.

5. How often do you color?
These days I've been coloring almost daily! In some ways, it's a nice break from drawing, because I get to enjoy the art rather than work on creating it. It also feeds my creativity, because I'm starting to get new ideas for more coloring pages to draw in the future. I have to be proactive against getting burned out, so coloring is the perfect way to stay creative without having to crank out work on paying gigs.

I am thinking of purchasing several of these books and gifting them to friends and family for Christmas!  Adding a wonderful array of pencils and pens.  It is nice to find something that is both wondrous, and affordable. Not to mention good for your health!

Hugs to all of you,

Friday, October 10, 2014

Art Journalling


I saw a photograph in one of the magazines I was reading, so I took out a steno pad and my black pen and reproduced it freehand, but not exactly worrying about the lines and technique. I then washi taped it into my book. 
This is but one of the pages in my Art Journal that I am still working on.  Loving my Caran d'ache watercolor crayons for sure!

What are you working on?

Happy Krafting, 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The World to Me

Good Morning!

Here is the Birthday card I made for my daughter's 8th Birthday.  I chose to use the amazing
Eat Cake Graphics 8033-K To the world (scene) stamp.  
I just love the sentiment. Both my daughters are the world to me, they are such gifts, on loan to us, until they fly out of the nest, to find their own place in life.

I used my copic markers to color it in, and then took my blender solution, dabbed it on my fluffy cloth (an old fluffy sock that had lost it's mate) and created the sky texture.  This technique has to be one of my favorites!

I used my favorite papers as well.  The Sassafras Lass "Indie Girl" collection.

Hope all is well with you,
Happy Krafting,

Challenges I am entering this into are:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stampotique's "Naughty" themed ATC cards

Good Morning!

Here is a picture of my Artist Trading Cards for the "Naughty" themed Stampotique ATC trade.

I called them "Red Light District". I did not have a traffic light stamp, so I drew one up myself, colored the red one in and added some glaze to make it shine.  I then made it look like Smumanha the mermaid was naked and covering herself with feathers.

Do you think I succeeded in capturing the "Naughty" theme?

Happy Krafting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thank You - Party Favor

Materials Required / Used

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps

Cardstock, Cutting board, hole punch,  Scor-pal, ribbon, markers, adhesive, lollipop

Cut your cardstock into a  6.5" x 2.5" rectangle

Score your rectangle at 
3 1/2"

Fold your cardstock
 and punch out circles at 1.25" (center) 
as seen above.

Getting the lollipop in is a bit tricky, you have to angle it in.  Make a trial one and play around with it.  I promise, it will fit in.

As you can see, the lollipop is nestled in.
You can then go about decorating the front.  I used my fun Eat Cake Graphic stamps to do just that, and stamped the words "thank you " over the journal blotch.  Theses were given out to the party goers.  An affordable and impressive party favor!  Who doesn't like those?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ultimate Body Art Book Review


I have watched my girls go through this book, and I myself have perused the pages.  It is quite a fun book.  It gets your mind working, and not just for body art, but for Art Journal pages too!

My 8 year old got me using this book, and we spent time giving each other tattoos.

Of course my daughter's turned out beautifully.  She chose to reproduce the Strawberry and the Owl image from the book, adding her own flare to it.  I tried reproducing the cat image, and my own butterfly.  

The markers were a bit tricky to find but eventually I found them at DeSerres. 
They wash off a bit too easy. I will try the Tulip brand the next time.

We both rated this book a 10+.  Here is what Jimmer had to say about the book.
"It is a 10+10!  All my fingers and all my toes."

There are so many ideas to be ingested, and so many pages that urge you to go beyond their prompts.  Such a fun way to spend time together too. 

If you click on the image of the book, you will see that it is available on, as well as on

Happy Krafting,
Tanya and Jimmer

P.S. If you do try this out, please send me a link, I would love to see your creative tattoos.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Everything Girls "Ultimate Sleepover Party" book review

Good Morning,

I recently received this book, and my eldest daughter jumped all over it.  So I asked her for a review.

As a parent, the book is full of fantastic ideas for those who LOVE them based parties.  I rate this book a 10+.  It is affordable, the ideas are doable and it also makes a good birthday gift item.

Here is what my 10 year old had to say about it.

"This book has a lot of great ideas for girls ages 6 and up. It is always a good idea to use it when your planing a sleepover with a bud or for a birthday party.

I recently went to a friends house and we did a party game on page 79.  It was part of the Food Fest Sleepover section.You had to take stuff out of the fridge, and put it on the table. All you can use to make a food dish is the stuff you took out and put on the table.  Whoever had the best dish won.

It's a great thing to use when you and your friend are take an idea from the book and do it if you have the materials.

Thank you for listening to my opinion and hope you will get the book from a store near you!

Sincerely, Karlye "