Wednesday, March 23, 2011


OMG.  My life is so hectic!!   But, snow or no snow, kids or no kids, I finished these 2 pages today!  And, it is 10:03 pm on Wednesday, so I did make it for Wednesday!!!

Both of these pages are  inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and her "Art Journal Every Day" prompts.  One of the things she said was about color, and she showed us some of her color journals.  This  got me thinking about how cool it would be to make one!  Here is the second page in my book, and it is "Blue".
This color book is so fun to make.  I used my new watercolor crayons, spray ink, paper, paint swatches, small pieces of fabric, blue lace, yarn flowers and some brads.  Just fun.  No deep thoughts, and no story to tell.  Plain and simple fun!

Julie's whole concept is to simply spend 10 minutes a day doing a bit of art.  So, one year ago, March 2010, I asked my friend Marit if she could tell me how to "zentangle".  Zentangle is a form of doodling.  There is much talk about this art form, for a  few reasons.  First, because they are awesome fun and addicting to make, and second because the name "Zentangle" is now copyrited, so some people are calling them "Zen Doodles"  or "Doodling Deliberately".  What ever they are called now, they are awesome.

Back to Marit.  When I asked her to teach me she answered "you want me to teach you how to doodle?".  I know it sounds weird, but I couldn't imagine how to do this awesome doodling!  She sent me a few links to check out, and I've kept this email in my inbox for a whole year.

About the begining of this month, I started using a sketchbook.  I use it for tons of stuff, but I  finally decided to use it for making a doodle.  I have been practicing patterns, and doodles, and all sorts of things getting ready to finally jump in and make one!!!

I know, the picture color is weird. ugh.  The camera isn't my friend.  But, there it is!!  My very first doodle!!  It has taken me well over a week, but I worked on it every day.  I primed my encyclopedia page, from my encyclopedia journal, then used spray ink.  I made the frame around the page with my fine tip sharpie marker, and made little  scrolls around the page.  I wrote the word doodle on the side.  My doodle is lighter, because I was too chicken to do it with marker.  I have pleanty of .05 micron markers,  but I didn't trust myself enough to use them.  One mistake, and my first piece of real doodling would be ruined!  So, I used the pencil to save myself the madness of starting over!

And so, here they are.  I really can't wait to hear your feedback!!
Thanks for looking, and have a fabulous week!!!


  1. This is so cool! I like your blue pages. I think an artist just had a show locally using this zendoodle technique. Cool!

  2. Hello,

    I really love the hue of your papers!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  3. Your art Journal is wonderful. I love the blues! Zendangle (not sure if it is spelled correctly) is just the neatest thing! :-)

  4. I LOVE your blue absolute favorite color!
    I had never heard of "zentangle". It looks like fun : )

  5. Oh my goodness... Daniella - you are a born 'zentangle star' - this is soooo awesome! Is this really your first zentangle-doodle? Uhm, yes, I think so - it looks like you've been doing it for years!!! So cool! Love it, I truly love it!!!

  6. This is a lovely doodling job. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and joining up to follow.

  7. so creative...i am always impressed with super crafty people!!

  8. oh i went to reply to your comment on my blog, i always like to reply via email and your email address is not enabled.

    did you know that?

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    sad right?

    you can fix that if you like.

    just go to your dashboard, click edit profile and click show email address and then click save profile.


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  9. love your zen doodle, great pattern. What a good idea to do a colour journal. Your blue page looks nice, and blue's my favourite colour.

  10. I love the doodle stuff also, but don't know how to do it, but I have always just doodled away:-) Not knowing there was a name for it. How funny. I didn't get a long message from you so it must have gotten lost in blog land somewhere. Send it again if you have it. Take Care, CindyLew

  11. WOWWW.... What an awesome doodle page Daniëlle!!!! Fantastic job, especially now it's your first zentangle page ever!!
    Love the blue one too!

  12. Ok, totally fun! I popped over from the newbie blog, and I am sure glad I did! I can see you are a kindred spirit and live in much the same random wold looking for inspiration in every corner! I am simply going to have to doodle today, although mine is probably not so zen! I will enjoy following you!


  13. That is very cool. I never heard of this..but I am glad you had fun!