The Carpenters Tree

I do not know the official name of this tree at the Stuhr Museum, but I am calling it the Carpenters Tree.  It gets a special mention because of the uniqueness of the decorations.

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At first, all you really see is Home Deport cards.  If you look closers, you will see ornaments made from nails and screws.

 

Also, on the tree is wood panels each paint with a different design.

Nope! I Don’t Like That

Here is my latest drawing on four tiles.  Almost from the very from the first curve that went down on the paper, I was saying to myself “Nope!  I don’t like that.”  I few more curves and a little color, still “I don’t like that.”  But, I decided instead of trashing the tiles I would complete the drawing and put the tiles away to never to be seen again.

Somewhere towards the end, either when the green leaves were being drawn or the blue background was being added, my opinion of the drawing changed to “Okay, now that really look cool.”

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2018 Christmas Card

My Christmas Cards are mailed.  Enough time has passed that most of the cards should have reached their destinations.  Now, I can share the cards on my blog.

This year I drew ornaments on 3.5″ square tiles.  I selected the high quality tiles, because I wanted to color on the tiles.  I keep the color to a minimum because I wanted the ornaments to look delicate like glass Christmas ornaments.  Below are a few of the tiles.  All of the tiles are located on Drawing page.

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I designed the card in CorelDraw.  I converted the picture below to an outline drawing to use as a background on the card.

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I created an area on the card to put the tile.   I have been placing the same symbol with my name on all the back of all my cards since 2004.

2018 Christmas Card Outside

Outside

2018 Christmas Card Inside

Inside

The folded card measures 5.25″ square.  I embossed several stems on the front of the card, and attached the tiles to the cards with photo corners.  I wanted the recipient to be able to remove the tile without damaging the tile.   Below is one of the finished cards.

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The Four Black Tiles

On Tuesday, I was busy so I didn’t draw on any on my 3.5″ tiles.  Nor, did I drawing in my sketchbook.  I was busy doing other things, working on Christmas cards, editing a photo, pouring resin on wood block, and….

On Wednesday and Thursday, I drew on four tiles.

When I put those four tile together, below are the results.

Sketchbook – Volume 4

It took me about 10 weeks, but I filled up another sketchbook.  Most of the drawings in the sketchbook are mandalas.  Here are a couple of drawings that were not mandala, and several of the mandalas I really liked.

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August 25, 2018

Mandala - 1

Mandala 001

Mandala - 2

Mandala 002

Mandala - 4

Mandala 004

Mandala - 5

Mandala 005

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Mandala 010

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Mandala 019

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Mandala 031

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Mandala 038

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Mandala 051

 

100 in 57 Days

On September 1, 2018, I accepted the 100 Mandalas in 100 Day Challenge.  On Day 57 of the Challenge, I have made 100 Mandalas.  Kathryn Costa’s book “The Mandala Guidebook“ challenged the readers to create 100 Mandalas in 100 Days.

Below are some of the mandala that I like the best from 081 to 101.  All of the drawing for this challenge are posted on the 100 Mandala Challenge page.

Mandala 100 was done on 9″ x 12″ Bristol Board using Faber Castell Pitt pens, Chameleon Markers, and Sakura metallic gel pens.

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Mandala 100

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Mandala 99

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October 23, 2018

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Mandala 095

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October 21, 2018

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October 20, 2018

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Mandala 084

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Mandala 090

100 Mandala Challenge – The Next Forty

I made it to Day 45 of the 100 Mandala Challenge.  Kathryn Costa’s book “The Mandala Guidebook“ challenged the readers to create 100 Mandalas in 100 Days.  I posted the first five, the next five, the next 10, the next 20, and now the next forty.  Do you see a pattern?

Below are some of the mandala that I like the best from 041 to 080.  All of the drawing for this challenge are posted on the 100 Mandala Challenge page.

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September 26, 2018

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September 27, 2018

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September 28, 2018

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Mandala 051

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Mandala 049

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October 3, 2018

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Mandala 048

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Mandala 061

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Mandala 064

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Mandala 069

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Mandala 074

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Mandala 080