artwork by Catherine Langsdorf

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving!
I have so much to be thankful for . . .
         an understanding husband
                 two terrific kids
                           two cute chihuahuas
                                        a great vet
             a great eye doctor
                   a new business endeavor
                          plenty of paper & ink
          a new Zentangle play group
   a creative group at my church
              time to be creative
                       the internet
                      God is good!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


When the kids still wanted to carve pumpkins,
I jumped on the opportunity to tangle on a new surface and try my hand at carving.
It was a lot of fun. 
Next year, more details!
And the great side benefit was roasting the pumpkin seeds!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

world peace c langsdorf blog

world peace c langsdorf blog
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

This is the 3rd of the set of 3 ZIAs. Look close, there is a peace sign over top the world.

peace dove c langsdorf blog

peace dove c langsdorf blog
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

This is the second piece for my set of 3 ZIAs as a response to International Day of Peace.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pinwheel for Peace

still a work in progress . . . 

I took my original and had a laser copy run on hotpress watercolor paper. I also had them reduce the size. I tryed something completely different for me, I lightly stroked oil pastels over the surface. Still pondering if that is what I am going for. Any helpful critiquing would be welcomed.
I have dreams of making a set of three and hanging them as a triptych. The second one is well under way . . .

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Cardmaking Day

Who knew???
I sure did not get the memo . . .
but it is World Cardmaking day and there is even a bloghop for it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whirled Peace

The 'Diva' does it again!
Challenge #40 is for International Day of Peace. TODAY. September 21st.
She passed along information about Pinwheels for Peace
What a wonderful idea! 

All over the world there are places putting out pinwheels 
to remember our hope for peace.
and the most creative motto - whirled peace
while my ZIA is not complete,
I just had to get it  posted in time for International Day of Peace

It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Lala's world
is having a give-away . . . I'm hoping for a chance to win.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Simple message

My heart aches on this day.
God bless the families whose hearts were broken on this day 
ten years ago.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Challenge 38

A simple challenge this week . . . one tangle, Paradox.
Thanks to some folks at "Create-in-Me" workshop, I finally understood this pattern.
"One stroke at a time" ® is so true.

This was such meditation to create. Working from the center out, blocking in squares and triangles and then completing each space with the tangle Paradox.
My next step will be to add some color - still debating what medium to use. 

For my birthday this year, my sister gave me the most interesting book - "Contemplative Crochet: A Hands-On Guide for Interlocking Faith & Craft" by Cindy Crandall-Frazier. Why do I mention this? Because much of what she says in regards to crochet applies to this craft of tangles. The title "The Power of Limits: Having More within a Structure of Less" is right on target for this challenge. We were given a limit, but then I found so much more within that structure! In her book, Cindy says,"As I practice, I learn to accept my shortcomings, fix my mistakes, and see my projects to completion. I learn patience and management. And because I have seen how one stitch(stroke) at a time can make a blanket (ZIA), I am not a stranger to the idea of taking one step at a time when faced with solving a life problem or just making it through a rough day."

This zendala was great reflection on patience and taking it step at a time. Enjoy the moment!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

challenge 36

challenge 36
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

This is a very close up use of the new pattern Assunta - the center is the bases for a grid type pattern similar to Cadent.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Challenge 35

Wanting to participate in a Diva challenge . . . well, I pulled out two that I thought qualified. Many times the weekly challenge presents an idea that has already been a part of one of my tiles. This week the challenge was to have a tile on a tile. Being such a structured person, squares show up in my artwork often . . .

E tangle

E tangle
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Back from vacation . . . thought I would have some time to relax and tangle . . . this is all that happened.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

catherine 32

catherine 32
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Another tile for the Diva challenge.

Monday, July 25, 2011

catherine 32

catherine 32
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

I have finally gotten time to do a challenge - and finished on Monday! This challenge was to use 4 assigned tangles. Since I am also working on a swap, I used this as a hostess gift for Sandy. The string is the letter 'S'.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Contest Winner

I have not been taking time to tangle, I have missed so many challenges, but here is what I have been doing . . .

Also, wanted to be sure the winner of my contest gets the message that she won! The winner of the ZIA print is:

Fruit Jar Nicky


Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I have a contest running on my other blog. 
While it is a calligraphy challenge, the GIVE AWAY is a laser print of a ZIA, Peace. 
So if you would like a free 8 x 10 print of this, link on over . . .

Monday, June 20, 2011

flourishing is tangling?

So what do you think? Are these offhand flourishing pieces cousins of ZIAs? When I took the class with Maria on Zentangling with a pointed pen at IAMPETH, I just loved how the two could work together! Another idea bouncing around in my head - to do a tile with a pointed pen using some of the new patterns. But until time allows . . .

Saturday, June 18, 2011

the wheels are turning

You know when you are surfing the internet, and one thing leads to another? Well, I follow a fun blog about paper crafts which lead me to look into paper quilling aka paper filigree. I remember doing this with my mom and sister when I was growing up. I really enjoyed it. But what folks are doing with it now - fantastic. Such as:

Then I ran across some letters! Oh my! My mind  is racing with the idea of combining quilling with letters and Zentangle Inspired Art. I have seen so many Zentangle fabric piece, but I don't want to drift off into the sewing and quilting realm (although it would be great fun.) I have also seen so much with Zentangle and beads - again exciting but too removed from my first love of calligraphy and letters. So, the thought of letters, Zentangles and paper filigree is filling my head with projects! Once I complete my last 195 + 220 envelopes, look out! I've already received my paper supplies from my ebay purchase! So until I can post my own . . . check these out!
the letter 'C'
another mandala 
the letter 'M'
Warning - this may just hook you! I would love to see what other Zentanglers come up with by using paper quilling and their tangles!