Cow with Corn drawing

This is sort of a pre-draw for an 11×14 painting I have been asked to do in exchange for a friend sewing my boys’ a couple of Cars themed blankets. She is also going to make my drawing into a square quilt using this sketch.

Zen-inspired Initials

This was originally for a challenge, and then life got in the way and I forgot about it. Alas, I have finished it. See if you can see the initials “CP”. This was done on a goldenrod colored cardstock that someone sent me for a swap, using Micron black ink pens, and Recollections Signature gel pens in silver and gold. I also used Faber-Castell PITT pens in a gray to do the shadowing.

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house pouch 5House Pouch (another side of me)

Here is a fabric house pouch that I sewed for a swap that I hosted on That’s right, yet another craft or form of art that I love (and can’t find much time to do). I don’t host swaps that often anymore, but used to host a ton of quilting and sewing swaps. I stopped doing so because the quality of sewing I received in return wasn’t so hot, and a lot of people weren’t into the sewing ones anymore. So after a couple of years I figured what the heck I’d host again. This is the one that I just sent my partner yesterday. The one that I received in the mail? Yep, that same quality that I remembered from a couple of years ago. Live and learn I guess. I WON’T be hosting another anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, I love, but lately it’s become a lot of simply trading pre-made $$ store items, supplies, or paper-made artsy stuff like ATC’s (which I’m not really that into unless they are hand-drawn or zentangle). I hope that my partner likes this one!

Owl themed Artist Tile

Did this one for a swap on The theme was owls. I chose to keep the artwork mostly black and white with a few Zentangle patterns. I used Micron black ink pens and Faber-Castell watercolor Pitt pens.

Irish Inspired tangle

This one was created using Micron pens and Faber Castell PITT artist pens. This is supposed to be inspired by St. Patrick’s day for the I am the Diva challenge #159 ( At the center is a four leaf clover surrounded by a variety of patterns and two hues of green.

Fox ATC in Zentangle-inspired style

Here is a Zentangle-inspired ATC that I did for a swap through I don’t generally do ATCs, only every now and again. This is done on Bristol board with Micron ink pens in black.

Monoprint from Recent Workshop

So a lot of the work that I show on here is related to Zentangles, but what you don’t know about me is that I enjoy creating A LOT of types of artwork. Here is a monotype that I created while participating in a workshop at a local art gallery. I used cheesecloth, the handle of a paint brush, Q-tips, and squares of cardboard to create this piece. It’s about 8 x10 in size. I haven’t worked in this medium for quite some time, but it felt really good to play around again. Enjoy!

Tangle Tutorial #1:  Beadles

This tutorial is created by me, Crystal Paul using the template for tutorial designs from