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Friday, March 26, 2010

Maria's Blotter

Maria uses suede matting as a desk blotter. Whenever ink drops or splashes, it's an invitation to a new Zentangle. Here's a shot of her current blotter. She goes through quite a few.


(A dear friend suggested we include some photos of us, so we'll sneak a few in now and then. :-)

Here's another view:



And a closeup:



If there's a message here, it's that mistakes (or spills) can always become seeds for new inspiration. Speaking of spills being a seed for inspiration, there's a great story about what happened after a bottle of ink came uncapped next to her precious Zentangle pattern "field notes" sketch book - but that's another post for another day.

Materials used on this blotter are our regular Sakura Pigma 01, a pencil and a touch of white chalk.

As always, you can click images for a larger view. Let me rephrase that. Make sure you click that last one!

9 comments:

Rose said...

Wow, Maria.. you should be auctioning these off at Ebay! I would definitely bid! :) Great work... great cover ups with the chalk... Those are works of art in themselves!!!

Raine said...

Those are wonderful! I love the contrast. I'm going to have to try the chalk. Sometimes my shading gets away from me. Now I know what to do to bring that contrast back. Thanks!
I'll be seeing you in May! I can't wait.
And I agree with Rose...you should auction those blotters! What a great idea!!!!

Jhugi said...

Your zentangles always come out great!!! Is that the white chalk making the shading pearlescent?
Also, thanks for creating this weblog. It's one of the first sites I visit everyday.

Shelly Beauch said...

Such inspirational, creative ideas, my 1st site of a morning too!! Thanks.

Rhani Tangles said...

Me too, cant wait to grab my coffee and see what the gang is up to !!!! this look so fabulous ,just unreal !!!!

Michelle May said...
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Michelle May said...

a constant inspiration in zentangles or the sweetness of life. incredible work as always. you see and create with such wild imagination contained in such cohesive composition. sigh. thank you guys for such an amazing and personal blog. so inspirational and real!

Molossus said...

Truly gorgeous. The chalk highlights add an element of delight, as though pixies had sprinkled the work with enchanted dust to make it sparkle. After all, zentangles are a form of magic, lol!

Heather Victoria Held said...

So beautiful Maria! We want to hear about the ink spill!