Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Time of Your Life


Another full page of designs but mostly the waves. The lyrics written are from "Time of Your Life" by Green Day.

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm on Top of the World


     This was my final project for art this year. We were given many different music lyrics and I chose this lyric. "Been dreaming of this since a child - I'm on top of the world." - Imagine Dragons
     The quote spoke to me as I've been dreaming about high school graduation and going off to college for a long time and I'm just happy that it's finally here. I also remembered other lyrics in the song speak about climbing mountains so that is why the finished product is the way it is.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

More Pastel Practice

This was a monochromatic assignment in which I used chalk pastels and some prisma colors. I chose to use blues, purples, and some greens to achieve this flower.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



If you're into watching trends, you've most likely seen all of the rave about galaxy print on shoes, sweaters, etc. Stepping away from zentangle a little, my friend taught me how to do a simple galaxy painting. First, take a sponge and lay down a black background. Then, add your favorite colors on top with a sponge to make planets, comets, or any space inspired design you want. Then, if desired, take a fan paint brush and dip it in watered down white paint and run the brush across your fingers on top of the painting to give the white dots or starry night effect. Try it out on canvas, shoes, clothes, or anywhere your heart desires! My art class this year did a whole wall in our class room with this galaxy design!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Graduation Weekend

 In an effort to help finish the senior t-shirt this year, I offered my creativity and zentangle abilities to make the back of the shirt with the graduates' names. I'm so happy about how well the shirts turned out. A big shout out to custom ink!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Senior Quote

This was my senior quote for the yearbook. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Busy Mind

Another full page of crazy designs. This piece kind of reminds me of me right now. With AP test coming up, end of year planning to be done, and final projects wrapping up, there is an array of things to be done.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Starry Night

In art class, our assignment was to copy a painting by a famous artist. My first thought was Van Gogh's Starry Night painting. I did not want to copy his exact painting, so I kept looking at other night sky paintings until I found one that I liked. I found the image on the left courtesy google images and changed a few things to make it more my style. My finished painting is on the right.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I haven't been posting many doodles lately, as I've had some other art projects going as well. Here you can see I made 120 trees out of card stock and Popsicle sticks. The trees are for the benefit auction for my school which will take place later in April. People that come to the auction will be assigned a number and will have a paddle/tree to hold up with their number on it. I decorated the interior of the tree with colored/patterned paper. On the flip side of the trees are the numbers 1-120.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zentangle Class

Last week on Wednesday afternoon I help teach a zentangle class with my grandmother at her retirement community. The community frequently has instructional classes in the clubhouse for the residents. Five people attended and my grandma and I went over the basics. We showed them the art we've created and we printed out some sample sheets (like the one below) for them to look at and experiment with patterns. It was a lovely two hours of doodling with relaxing music on. By the end of the class we concluded that anyone is capable of drawing with this style of art. It's unique and everyone will have a different finished product. You do not have to be able to draw a straight line! It's simple - just pick a pattern with dots and curved lines instead!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Doodles don't always have to be on paper!

4km long and completed in 1970, the sidewalk along the beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a good example of design being used in communities to make everyday locations even more enjoyable. Roberto Burle Marx was the artist behind this project. This was not his original idea, but was inspired by Portuguese pavement, where pieces of rock were arranged into geometric designs.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Circle Crazy


I used a cup to trace the circles, colored in the background black, and then filled the circles with some of my favorite designs.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Here's a ying-yang symbol that I filled in with zentangle. Around the symbol I used chalk pastels and practiced a little bit of blending in of purples and blues in the top right corner. Not my favorite piece of mine so far, but one that I thought should still be added to my blog as another example.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

In Between the Lines

For these two drawings I was practicing the technique of using zentangle to fill objects such as a guitar or map.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mountain View

When starting this piece, I wanted to do another circle zentangle but this time with a landscape inside. I googled zentangle mountain and found the image to the right (below). My final product is on the left.
I often get interesting comments from students and teachers that see me working on my drawings at school. One teacher walked by and said "wow that's awesome, I would get that tattooed!"

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A to B

I began on this page by simply practicing more patterns and as I was drawing, I decided that I wanted to add a quote or words of some sort. At the time when I drew this, "A to B" by Matt Hires was a song I was listening to a lot. I had recently found out about Matt Hires and really liked his style as an artist. My doodles reminded me of the song A to B, so I added the lyrics.