mountains - weekly challenge

Living on the coast I suppose I just can't draw a mountain without water nearby!
A big thanks to all who have been participating in the weekly challenges,
I'm having a lot of fun organizing them!

I have used the Spear point, Seedlings and Eyebrows patterns
and coloured with dry watercolour pencils.
See week #5's zentangle challenge here.
Happy tangling!
~ joey ~

zentangle weekly challenge #5

Hello and welcome to the Zentangle® weekly challenge!

Here's how it works:
Every Monday I:
- choose a technique or style of drawing
- include some examples and guidelines for the challenge.
Throughout the week:
- when you have completed your artwork, return to this post to Link Up a photo of your artwork.
Note:  if you don't feel comfortable sharing your drawings then please let us know you are participating by leaving a comment.
Please only share photos, posts or Pins that you have done yourself AND match the week's challenge.  Every week I will have a new challenge so you will have plenty of opportunities to share your art!  Please remember this is a child friendly site.  Use the comment section to tell us about your drawing or to ask questions.  Offering support to your fellow artists is cool too!
Note:  I am not a 'strictly by the book Tangler', I find that drawing Zentangles awakens my creativity which often leads to other drawing techniques and styles.  For more info about the art of Zentangle® click here.  For my weekly challenges I will be combining several drawing techniques in these challenges so that each challenge will be fresh, stimulating and rewarding. 
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Week #5 and we're going to expand our horizons today...literally!
Today's challenge must only include one thing:
(ok, that's technically more than one thing...but you get what I mean!)
Any shape (love the circle below!), any pattern, black and white or colour it's entirely up to you.

Here is some inspiration...
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When your artwork is complete, take a photo and come back to Link Up your mountain zentangle to the Gallery below.
(instructions at the bottom of this post if you need them or email me with any questions.)
And remember those of you not ready or able to link up your artwork, let us know you're here in the comments.
Have fun with this challenge!
Zenfully yours,
~ joey ~
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Happy Easter Weekend!

There is still time to link up to the 4th Weekly Zentangle Challenge if  you are participating.
Wishing you and your family a peaceful Easter Weekend.
~ joey ~

Easter home decorating

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's Easter nature table post.  Today I'll take you through the rest of the house decorations...

 I went with a neutral bird/nest/egg theme this year and kept the brighter coloured decorations mainly on the nature table.

Pillow tutorial here.

a collection of needle felted eggs and balls

silk ivy and pansies decorate our copper water fountain

dining room
Note:  remember when hanging something from the chandelier to always check that you can still see the person on the other side of the table!
...we take the egg paper lantern down when we eat! ;o)

terracotta bunnies at the front door

and again the nature table

We usually hang our eggs but this year I displayed them in a bowl

What are you decorating your home with this Easter?
~ joey ~

Easter nature table

I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring!
I'm not much of a pastel colours person, but there is something about Easter that makes me want to put out all the soft Spring colours, and a nature table is the perfect place to display them.  I also love that many of the items are handmade by us or by people we know!

Here's what I have included this year...

 My needle felted pussy willows are holding some of the most precious handmade eggs that we have made, including two Ukrainian Pysanky eggs that my daughter made at school.  Also included are some painted wood eggs, dyed eggs and watercolour painted eggs.  It's just not Spring without a flock of sheep and these little woolen gals were so easy to make.

The tissue covered mini lanterns were made by my kids when they were younger and I love how colourful they are when the light shines through them.  The bunny is made of concrete and I picked it up unfinished at the Thrift Store.  A coat of paint and he's more than welcome on our table.

I absolutely adore this bowl filled with our watercolour painted eggs.  The Portuguese bowl was a gift from my mother in law.

This rooster egg cup has been in my family since the 1970's.  I'm not sure which family member painted it as they forgot to carve their initials on the bottom, but it totally takes me back to my childhood.  The egg inside is a candle.  The sleeping bunny  (shown on the end of the table in the first photo) was painted by my Great Aunt when I was young and is very treasured.  I have always loved the colours that she chose for the bunny's quilt!

I'll be back tomorrow with some of the decorating that I have done around our home,
I hope you will stop by.

Do you decorate a special place in your home for the holidays?
I'd love to see your photos!
~ joey ~

Tickled to Tangle Zentangle challenge #35

Last week I participated in my first "It's a String Thing" Zentangle challenge on the lovely Adele Bruno's blog Tickled to Tangle!

With this challenge, Adele chooses a "string" (the curvy line that separates the patterns) and suggests some patterns that you can include in your drawing.  It's a great way to learn more about strings and practice new patterns!

I wanted to try drawing on brown cardstock so made my challenge into a card.  I used black pigment pens to draw the patterns, a white opaque marker to fill in the highlight and a white Sakura gelly roll pen for the tiny dots.  The patterns are Crescent Moon, Cayke, Chillon and Cadent.

If you are interested in participating, the "It's a String Thing" challenges are posted on the Tickled to Tangle blog every Tuesday with a "gallery show" the following Monday of all the drawings submitted.

I can see myself spending many more hours exploring this new (to me) form of drawing!
~ joey ~

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