artwork by Catherine Langsdorf

Thursday, February 24, 2011

#10 Challenge

The weekly challenge from "I am the Diva" is about the white space, the between space. Here are her words about the challenge: "when i do a Zentangle®, my tendency is to fill up every space.  Then, each week as i'm rounding up each entry for the slideshow - i'm always drawn to those aspects that i wish to emulate.  In this case, it's the 'space between' that i have been drawn to." I have to agree with her whole heartedly.
Next came a post from Kit @ Dreamscribe Designs. Her words really hit home. They helped to explain why I seem to be heavily into the funny little craft that has been termed Zentangling®. Here is a portion from her thoughts: "Zentangle helps us to live in the Present Moment.  Neither the past, nor the future – but betwixt and between.  When we worry about the future, or fixate on the past, we cease to live in the present.  How can we enjoy all that is real —right here, right now— if we mentally inhabit either past or future?"
So here is my soul confession - I am in a personal space between. My father died Sept 1. My mother has been dead for 11 years. I am in the space of being a child with neither parent. It is a strange space. I find myself searching for ways to connect with my childhood and those memories of my parents. It is often a painful space. Sitting at my art board and getting lost in a pattern has been a great escape. It calms my mind.
Finding the Zentangling community on line has also been a great distraction and a way to connect with people. Creative people. People who share so easily and who give abundant praise. I want to give a word of thanks to all those folks! Unknowingly, they have given comfort.
So for now, it is time to shut off this machine and get to my art board for some comfort, focus, creativity and tangling. Blessings to all.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Zentangle class at Enchanted Cottage

Just a part of a card idea that will be shared at my workshop
in Lewisville, NC on March 5.
But for you, my blog followers, here is all of it!

Friday, February 18, 2011

tangle env blog

tangle env blog
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Just got "Time to Tangle with COLORS" by Marie Browning. OMG! Love the book! Within hours of its arrival I have created some envelopes with the tangles. I might be up all night.
The alphabet used for "Helen" was taught by Peter Thornton at my first Cheerio, he called it the button alphabet. Just a fun style, that seems to lend its self to tangles.

Monday, February 14, 2011

blog amore

blog amore
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Just added this to a wonderful Zentangle group on Flickr, if you are not a member yet, give it a try! You will be amazed at the artwork!

Friday, February 11, 2011


 All six sides use patterns with only straight lines.

I was so excited when MY calligraphy teacher since 1993 (you can do the math) asked me to teach something at her studio. I'm thrilled to say I will be sharing what I know about Zentanlging® at the Calligraphy Centre in Winston-Salem, NC. While not a CZT, tribute will be given to Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts the creators of this wonderful design form. And then I'll share how I use it in my artwork.
It should be so much fun.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

zentangle, tangle ZEN

So many thoughts and creative dreams . . . so little time.
I'm working on a calligraphy piece for an exhibit in Asheville, NC and am feeling the push to get that wrapped up. But now I want to zentangle some type of piece on PEACE for this same exhibit. I think if I get some text in there it would get accepted into the show. So, watch for upcoming peaceful tangles.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Just a little zentangle art as a bookmark for an exchange.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I do believe it is done . . .  but I do see a few places that need some more touches. 
And next I get to add color! But that will have to wait until morning.

original about 8 x 10

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Challenge - Relax, breathe, smile

still a work in progress . . . 
I found that using a 005 pigma micron caused me to use a lighter touch
. . . and thus to relax!