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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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to write up a review on this fabulous book Karlye and I have been reading.  Just last night, Karlye mentioned that this book should be a movie.  Now that is a true compliment from her.

Lauren is the main character, who is travelling through "Userland", trying to find her way back home. Every chapter, and every place she finds herself in has characters that provide Lauren with puzzles.  In order to progress, she has to solve them.  The problems are all computer science based, but they are put in such language, that one really does not realize that they are learning all about computer science!

My daughter and I talk about the puzzles after we have read the chapter.  We both have a variation of how we interpreted the facts. Amazing Mom and Daughter time!

This book leaves you with a smile on your face, and new ideas how to problem; computer science problems.  Something that will come in handy for my daughter as she progresses along through her educational path.

Lauren Ipsum A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things can be found in a couple of places.

This is one amazing book, and I am looking forward to reading more books like these with both my girls!  Learning and having fun.

Happy Reading!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Art Journalling

Hello fellow artists,
This is what I have been working on lately.  The above was my Journal 52 Valentine Prompt page.

This one was the Journal 52 Windows prompt.  I sit every Saturday morning, from 8:30 to 10:30 watching my youngest do her gymnastics; through the parents room windows.

The last one took a while to finish. The black ink animals were stains that bled through the paper, thus I changed them into imaginary, mystical animals.  The reading boy was a sketch I did using a DC Angel book. The Steam Punk lady on the left, took more work than I would have liked, but I did not rip the page out!  Something I am teaching my girls not to do.
The rest is Zentangling and adding colors.

So I have shown you mine, what is in your Art Journal?
Happy Krafting

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pigments of Your Imagination by Cathy Talyor

Hello! I have recently had the pleasure of reading through Cathy Taylor's book, Pigments of Your Imagination

I have so many re-inkers at home. Ink that will dry up if not used.  This book showed me how to create gorgeous works of art from them.

Alcohol inks are fun to work with, and I am really new with them.  Prior to, I was an ink pad type of girl, or markers.

The step-by-step instructions are just so interesting, and I was not once confused as to what she was talking about.

The book itself was an easy read.  What I mean by this is that I understood it all, and it made me want to get my fingers inky.  I usually end up feeling overwhelmed by Art books, but not this one.  After completing the book, it left me  totally inspired to create.  

You really have to take a look at this book.  The bold bright colored inks, the blending and the techniques create works of Art that are Out of this World!  

I would gift  this to many of my art pals.  This one is in the top position on my referral list.

Happy Reading ladies!
P.S.  If you are looking for places to purchase this book below are a few links

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 5 Journal 52 Prompt: Television

This weeks prompt was Television. Every Christmas we get Toys for the kids, and we get toys from Santa to us BIG kids. The vinyl figures this year were based on favorite Television shows. The packaging on these are total works of art, so I take off the cardboard backing and glue the remaining image into my Art Journal. I then doodle, add words, and color. What do you think? What are your favorite TV shows? Happy Krafting, Hugs, Tanya

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Week 4: Journal 52 Silhouette(s) prompt

I am really enjoying my Art Journal this year.  I get to use ALL my supplies, and I can be messy.

What is on your desk?

Happy Krafting,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Daily Zen Doodles by Meera Lee Patel


How are you finding 2015?  I was well rested, until I had to go back to work. I realized that I needed something throughout my day to help me tune in, and tune out in order to be able to connect with my inner self.

Meera Lee Patel has created this amazing book that allows you to do just that!  Even my girls enjoy using the book.  Meera gives you an inspirational quote on the bottom of the page, she then provides you with the image, or the "strings".

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I read the quote, then pick up my pen, and I start to fill the image in with whatever Tangle pattern inspires me.  It really makes me feel refreshed, it is the perfect thing for me to do during my 15 minute break.  Stepping away from the computer, and putting in on paper.  Such a simple task, but the rewards are wonderful.

Ulysesses Press, courtesy of Meera Lee Patel have provided me with a couple of examples that you will see in her book.

I would love it if you would join me, then post your creation on your blog, and send me the link.  I would greatly appreciate hearing how you felt during your Tangled break.

Once again, a perfect gift for a friend.  It is unique, and the quotations are wonderful.  Very inspiring, and uplifting.  Something I can use a daily dose of.

Talk with you all soon,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Family Tree


This weekend our family will adventure out into the wilderness to get our family tree.  Something we have been doing since James and I got married.

The kids love the adventure, and it is a nice memory making tradition. 

I used Eat Cake Graphics stamp;

What are some of your family traditions?  
Do tell!

Happy Krafting,