Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Idea & 23rd Pattern

It's too hot these days for staying at the PC. We are experiencing a huge heat wave in Italy, and I don't have air conditioning!!!! 
So I made my fan my best friend and and try to draw something.

This week I have been asked to become Admin of the Zentangle: Journaled and Tangled FB group!
I am so excited! I have been tangling for 5 years now and this for me is a sort of reward for my efforts to improve my skills. :)
Thank you, Alice and Jane, for this opportunity! :)

In the group we host a weekly challenge called Friday Idea.
Come join us! :)
This week's Idea is 

1)Take a page from an old book, cut out words or sentences and combine them into a poem
2) Draw your tangle
3) Glue your poem on your tangle
4) Show us your work! 

Cut Up is one of the techniques used in Found Poetry.

From Wikipedia:
"Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning".

 Here is mine

#1 - "MURDER": 
atavistic rage. 
No life

properly fortified, 
obscured by shadows 
of passion.

The pic on the left shows my new tangle pattern
Here it is!

Have a great weekend! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Zentangle: Stacked and Tangled & Zentangle: Journaled and Tangled

This month I have joined two amazing FaceBook Groups about Zentangles


Alice and Jane have taken the zentangling movement to a higher level, using stacking and journaling to enhance the Zentangle experience. 
I'm having a lot of fun lately with circle templates, and our super Admins asked me to write a post for our weekly Idea for Participation in both groups!!
I'm sooooooo excited!! :)

So, here we go!
If you haven't joined the groups, yet, do it now! You won't regret it.

This is the Idea:
  • draw a 4 inches or 12 cm circle on your paper or journal
  • with a pencil draw a string (if you are creating a stacked circle, make sure your strings follow the same direction. See samples below and guidelines in the group)
  • Tangle!!!
 Here are some samples:

Enjoy your Zenstacking and Zenjournaling!! :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Projects, Zendoodles & 22nd Pattern!

It has been such a busy month!

I have finished my last works.
Wanna see? :)

A set of Tarot Major Arcana  inspired cards for my friend Rebecca Kane (not on sale, yet)
Now I need to clear my mind for new projects. 
Nothing is better than zendoodling for me!
Ann while zendoodling I "dicovered" a new pattern!

I called it SERPY

Have a great week!

Friday, May 15, 2015

An Amazing Project!

Some years ago I joined the Amazing Biz & Life Academy for an early bird price, downloaded the e-courses, workbooks, videos etc. but never had the "guts" of commenting forum threads or joining conversations in the FB Group. Until a couple of months ago, when I started fighting my shyness and began to participate in discussions. 
In April I was focusing on how to turn my art into a job. Coincidence or not, one day I read a request for mandala drawings in the ABLA group and thought: "I draw mandalas. Why not give it a try?". So I answered and got to know an incredibly brilliant energy medicine therapist called REBECCA KANE who is the founder of THE PLACE TO SHINE and YOUR SHERO'S JOURNEY!
I sent Rebecca a sample of my work aaaaannnnd: here is the result of our collaboration!

The SHEro's Journey Activated Oracle Cards

You can find them HERE 

I am so proud of these cards! It has been an enlightening journey into myself and helped me build up some self-confidence.

I want to thank Rebecca Kane for her support and positivity. 

We liked so much the making of this deck, that we are currently working on a new project!

So, stay tuned for the news!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I can finally tell you about the news I wrote about previously! :)
In January, at my Illustration Course, I met a long time friend whom I had lost contacts with for years. It was a wonderful surprise to meet there and we started chatting and talking about the last years. We soon found out that we had a big  dream in common: to have a safe and relaxing place where we could create and make art, a where we could meet and collaborate with other artists and, at the same time, help on a larger scale the NGOs we already support.
It's a pleasure for me to announce the birth of our Artistic/Creative Women Team
For now you can find us on Facebook (click the name) but we are going to create a website soon.
We have also started an IndieGoGo Crowdfunding Campaign to help us with initial rend and supplies purchases (links at the bottom of this post and on the left of this blog).
You can support us even with just 1 Euro. :)
This is our statement:
Katyuscia e Simona are the founders of IL FILO D'ARTE Cultural Association, a group of women who share a passion for creativity and artistic expression. Each one of us has a different background: Art academy, psychology, mixed media, intuitive painting up to literature and poetry.
We wish to create a relaxing place where artists and non artists can meet, collaborate and share their knowledge and experiences with the goal of expressing our creative energy.
Our aim arises from the need of helping people who aren't able to express themselves through the standard channel of communication.
Through themed events and courses we will take you to a trip into your creative Self.
Moreover, we will donate a sum from the group activities to the following charities:


Your donations will be used to realize our dream and to pay for initial rent, furniture and supplies.
In return we offer OUR ARTWORKS and our INFINITE GRATITUDE.
Perks are in English, too!

Some people just can't contribute, but that doesn't mean they can't help:

  • Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
  • Remind them to use the Indiegogo share tools!


Check back often for updates! :)
Have a great week!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Transformation #3 & Friday FREEBIE

So many things have happened since my last post! :)
This transformation year is running fast but it's running the right direction! Eheheh!
- My hubby has finally found a job. A contract for four months, but we are positive it is going to be  a year long one. 
- My Etsy Shop is working better and I have also received some custom orders.
- I'm drawing and painting abstract art
- Aaaaaand: I'm currently working on a big and amazing custom project for a FB friend. I'll tell you about it ASAP! :)
Since January I have been joining a once a month Art Therapy group with a wonderful art therapist who lives in town. Last Sunday, while discussing our artworks she told me a word:
Well, I think I'm on the right track! :)
I want to thank all of you, wonderful and supportive friends, for your words and friendship!

Before showing you my latest works, I'm posting this week's Friday Freebie.
 (You can use it for personal use only)

Abstract Mixed Media

Art Therapy session

New Etsy Shop items

And don't forget to join our Mixed Media Challenge down at SCRAPPIN' SISTERS!
You can win a 10,00 Euros Coupon Code for my Etsy Shop! :)

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Transformation - part #2

It's been exactly 2 months since my last post!
I'm so sorry about not having pubilshed anything for such a long time, but I guess I needed some time for creating and completing my tasks.
I worked on my Etsy Shop (and had sales, too!!), drawn mandalas for my Zen Mandalas Coloring Ebook, experimented with mixed media techniques and attended my Illustration Course.
Phew!! Ahahaha!
Some news are in the air (that's why the post title is Transformation), but I will talk about them at due time. :)

I am also hosting a FB GIVEAWAY!
For a chance to win a copy of my Zen Mandalas Coloring EBook join here

So, the Illustration Course that I started in January finished this week. I'm very glad that I had the chance of attending it. Even though I'm not properly an illustrator, I have learned a lot and created a "my style" illustration of a H.P. Lovecraft poem.

Last month I was able to pay one of my bills with my Etsy Shop earnings! WOW!
I have been working on new items and I hope I will be able to pay one bill this month, too! :)

If you want to take a look:

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


In December I decided not to choose a word for 2015. 
But lately the word  
keeps popping out everywhere I look, so I'm keeping it as my word.

My Illustration class is proceeding and I'm still creating out of my comfort zone.
 This is watercolor on Moleskine Sketchbook

And this one is for Journal52. Prompt "Windows".
Watercolor and Ink.

I have also been working on some new printable items for my ETSY SHOP (click for link).
Take a look. :)

Oh! Almost forgot it!
Meet our new family member! My niece's new rescued friend, Sherlock!
He is such a cool guy, isn't he? :)

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Out of my Comfort Zone & New Etsy Items

This week I have been working on some "out of my comfort zone" pages.
I'm becoming obsessed by watercolors and watered acrilycs and I thought of giving a try at making some inkblot pages.
What do you think?

On Sunday I went to an Art Therapy meeting. It was the first time for me, but the session has been very enlightening.
I used chalk (another "out of my comfort zone" medium) to create this:

And I have also updated my Etsy Shop (click for link) with some new printable items for planners lovers!

Enjoy your week! :)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Illustration Class & Moleskine Journal

Hello Everyone!

Did I tell you before that one of my Yule presents was a 3 months ILLUSTRATION COURSE?
I started on January 13 and fell in love with it. I am completely tabula rasa for what concerns illustration, drawing techniques etc., so I am enjoying every little bit that I learn..
These are some experiments we made during lessons #2 and #3:

And these are some journal pages I made in my Moleskine journal (another Yule present!)

Journal52 challenges. Themes: Pathways - Just Be - Silhouette

Have a great weekend!