The New Watercolor

Derwent ink pencils are the watercolor of the future.

Some gifts keep on giving and I was so lucky to be the recipient of one of them.

I have long been a fan of watercolor painting but I have slightly changed my direction when I received a set of 36 Derwent colored pencils and colored blocks.

If you have never heard of this new media, as I haven’t, let me enlighten you.  The colored pencils are to be used with water as the watercolors are. But the difference is that they are INK. And added to that fact they are permanent color when they dry.

I was skeptical at first and I watched some Youtube presentations to get the gist of it.  And then I began to experiment and I fell in love with it. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Since then I have received the whole set of 76 colors and I feel that I have been making more progress in my work, and better able to handle shading and accented parts of the pictures.

By way of explanation: Derwent is  a British company that has been making pencils for ages, but in 2006 they developed liquid ink pencils, and as they say, the rest is history.



Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting gives new meaning to your life. Don’t be afraid of trying something new.


Have you ever had an interest in your life that is so compelling that when you give it time you become lost in every moment you spend doing it?

That’s the way I feel when I take time to devote to water color painting.  It transports me into a world of color and creativity that is like no other I have ever experienced. A pastor friend of mine describes this feeling as what it feels like in heaven.

Though I have tried my hand with the paint brush years ago, I had a hiatus when my husband became too ill for me to continue. Since his passing, I did a restart of the art, and the more I fall into it, the more I am truly thankful to have an interest in living again.  It’s not so easy going it alone after a long happy marriage, but go on we must. I also have a supportive family encouraging me, which is another reason to be thankful.

I find myself being almost too productive. I work on both 9 x 12 cold press paper and 6 in. square watercolor tiles, and by the end of the year I have quite an accumulation. To solve that over- abundance, every Christmas I spread about 60 tiles out on a bed and then I stand back and watch as my family descend like monkeys on a cupcake. to make them disappear. This year they even drew numbers to be more fair about it!

If you’ve never tried watercolor, I encourage you to look into it. It’s an inexpensive hobby; it takes up very little space. I use the kitchen table and have a rolling cart for my supplies and a few shelves for some books, like coloring books and others I use for inspiration.  There are many beginner books in hobby stores or on the internet. There are watercolor manuals introducing you to various techniques that can be easily read and absorbed.

In some of paintings I have incorporated the use of tangle art. In others are the look of realism I try to convey, Whatever form you prefer, realism or impressionist, it will give your life a lift if you are lonely, bored, or just looking for some fulfillment. Have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You may surprise yourself and get a great deal of satisfaction in the process.



More benefits from Zentangle

Just when you think you’ve accomplished something, there’s always more challenges to come. I began to realize there were other pluses to my Zentangle experience.

More benefits from Zentangle

Just when you think you’ve accomplished something, there’s always more challenges to come. I began to realize there were other pluses to my Zentangle experience.  In the months since I had finally begun to fall asleep before the wee hours of the morning, I filled a notebook with3 inch Zentangle tiles. In that time I found myself improving in my handwriting. MY family no longer accused me of being impossible to read. What a relief!. I also began seeing that I was no longer simply following the repetitive lines but I began to be more creative. It led me back to drawing and putting actual pictures on larger tiles. You will find other possibilities from that one attempt at reaching out to get help. There are endless possibilities in everything we pick up, every thought that passes our minds, Try not to discount those lightening strikes They may be solutions to todays problems…

Reducing Stress

This blog will give you useful information about reducing stress and promoting sleep.

Did you ever have a sleepless night when you worried about being too tired the next day to fulfill your duties? You punched the pillow and looked at the clock over and over and over…

It is mostly created by the stress in our lives STRESS can drive you to not thinking too clearly, to making the wrong decisions, and just feel miserable about a condition you cannot give reason to or to change at      all. As a care giver to my husband in the assaults of dementia, I ran the gamut of that stress, about not being patient enough, not understanding enough, or not being physically able to cope with the demands I had most willingly assumed. My stress induced the sleepless nights that ill prepared me for facing the next predictable day.

Family always rose to help me. My daughter had been reading about the benefits of Zentangle in reducing stress and she produced a starter kit for me to try. The basic theory is that the repetitive drawing on three inch paper tiles could help eliminate and channel your inner stress through  relaxation. What did I have to lose, except frustrated pillow time?

The first night I tried to be creative but found that simpler was better. I did several of the tiles and spent another sleepless night. The second night I concentrated on the repetition rather than how nice it looked. It was as though I had a magical transformation. Instead of getting to sleep in the wee hours of the morning, I was able to fall asleep in just an hour. For the first time in ages I felt refreshed when I awoke, ready to face the challenges of a new day. I don’t suggest it will be the answer to your prayers, You have only a few dollars to invest, and a half hour or more to spend trying something that may help reduce your stress.

This is a picture of my zentangle tile.
This one of my first attempts.