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Cards to my Etsy store

I have been working on building up products on a newly opened Etsy store. I am combining my pen and ink work and my fabric art in the same store. I have a number of my pen and ink drawings available as prints in a 8″ x 10″ format printed on my great new Epson Printer. This uses pigment inks so the prints look very close to the originals. I am now working on getting some of these prints in a smaller greeting card format. Today I posted my Hedgehog and English Robin illustration as “thinking of you”,”A little note” and “Thanks so much” cards. There is a feature I am using where the customer can choose a variation of the message on the card – pretty cool!

 

heggie-card-a-little-note-lr

Zentangle

Zentangle© is an art form that is very popular world wide right now. The creators, Rick and Maria, have named this a ‘meditational art form’. Basically it’s a series of steps creating beautiful images using repetitive patterns with pen and ink and at the same time achieving a relaxed focus. They are using this method to help all kinds of people in improving mood, calming stressful situations and with anger management.
I personally find the scripture and prayer to the Living God much more helpful in achieving these results.
However, being a pen and ink artist, I was attracted to the pen strokes and patterns popping up on Pinterest involving this method.
As for the ‘relaxed focus and calming effect’ of drawing, this is not a new idea, Betty Edwards in her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain says, “drawing induces a focused, alert state of consciousness that can last for hours, bring significant satisfaction”
I have for years enjoyed the calming, endorphin like experience of detailed artwork.
The result of looking into Zentangle© for me has been the development of a line of illustrations called ‘Jeweled’ birds and animals. I have cards and prints of these in my Etsy shop.

Jeweled Ducklings

Jeweled Ducklings

Jeweled Robins

Jeweled Robins