artwork by Catherine Langsdorf

Thursday, March 31, 2011

circle color zendala

circle color zendala
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Curves and only curves was the challenge for the week.

My favorite tangle from Yoga for your Brain, pg 26, is Stature - the four purple parts on this mandala.

So I ask myself,
     "Why am I drawn to mandalas?"
              Well, . . .

One tidbit I have picked up is the understanding that the term 'mandala' was the term for a chapter within a collection of mantras (verses of hymns that were chanted.) These verses were sung in a round. These hymns contain a pattern. Putting this together - I can see how these pieces visually symbolize this musical experience. Mandalas start from the center and build out with patterns repeating and the artist getting into a rhythmic pattern of placing strokes. Building on this, making these mandalas and Zentangling gets me into a place of putting down strokes in a rhythmic, conscious manner . . . and this is what I have loved about calligraphy for 20 years. While practicing the strokes there is a beat and a contemplative sense that takes over.

Even the repetitious job of wedding envelopes can bring about this calming (however, some times the mind slips and panics that a mistake might be made on the state and thus an envelope wasted ;0 .) 

So as I get ready for several wedding jobs, I hope to hold on to this method of rhythmic patterns and enjoy sharing my gift with an excited bride. And now when I need to warm up or get my head in the game, I can create a Zentangle tile and be back in a pleasant state of mind.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I finished this piece just 30 minutes before I needed to drive it to the exhibit. One of the churches in Asheville, NC is hosting an exhibit on 'Words for a Just Peace' in conjunction with the Carolina Lettering Arts Society. This is one of two pieces I submitted. The original is 11 x 14. My local copy shop ran some laser prints of this as 8 x 10s, I was so impressed with their quality! I hope to take some time to add shading and or color to some of those. Here are some close ups of the piece:

My other piece is a lantern, much more calligraphic in nature. 
Here is one side of it:

(Why does blogger turn pictures?) 
Any way, if you want to see more, click here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


What a great escape from all the news in the world and tragedies. It is simply overwhelming to think of all the lives changed forever. To sit quietly with paper and black ink is a luxury to be thankful for.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Zentangle Pattern

Anyone know the name of this one?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

An early morning of tangles

In preparation for another class at a stamp store . . . 
. . . obviously the owner wants me to encourage use of her store products. 
So I found this simple little heart stamp.

Another tangle that started with a foam star stamp.
Then layered on top is the 'just for you', another stamp.

I'm still looking for help on labeling some tangle patterns on my previous post. If you have a minute, please take a look and challenge your knowledge of patterns. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Looking for help

This is a sample sheet of some Zentangles. Unfortunately, I am still working out how to keep records of the names and designers; so there are 3 I do not know the names of. Any help out there?

I'm sure there is someone out there who can simply look and know this information! Thanks for any help!
I then used this sheet to try out some techniques - glitter, color shading with direct and indirect techniques, pencil shading and the watercolor pencils. One thing I learned - I added a black shimmer gelly roll pen on top of Strircles, then tried to do a watercolor wash; gelly rolls are not waterproof! The black in the blue is from the gelly roll :(

Monday, March 14, 2011

Comments from Flickr folks

Comments and faves

  1. This one is very dainty and I really like how you finished off your edges. Great!

  2. Beautiful, beautiful leaf

  3. Very lovely! Glad you were able to spend some time on it.

    Glad everyone is feeling better! This is AWESOME - AWESOME - AWESOME!!! Have to add it to my favorites list. Love the organic feel and the striped stem!

  1. Beautiful! I love the light feathery feel to it!

  2. Beautiful leaf! The touch of blue is a nice highlight.

  3. gorgeous!

  4. A light relief like a cooling fan! Love it.

  5. Lovely!

  6. Very nice expression!

  7. Oh this is lovely!

Friday, March 11, 2011

blue challenge

blue challenge
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

This week's Diva Challenge is to put some BLUE in your tangle. This one just seemed to flow. I searched my tile patterns and picked one I had never used, and away it went. I also added pencil shading - which I do not usually do much of. Must say, I was pleased with the outcome. Starting another ZIA this week for a PEACE exhibition. I thought it would be nice to get a zentangle out there to the public and see what their response is. Just hope I can complete by deadline.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Challenge 11 - monotangle

While in church - listening to the sermon, of course, this shape came to me - the parentheses,{. The shape seemed like it could make an interesting start to a tangle pattern. Since I do not know all of the patterns - maybe it already has been done, but it is new to me. Here is my original design thought:

So, for this week's challenge I wanted to play with it a bit more. Still needs some work but . . . in time. 
The paper I used was a frozen color creation (but that is another story).

My second attempt at the monotangle was:

Crazy coloring! Two things are going on here: 1) practicing indirect color blending as described in "Time to Tangle with Color" by Marie Browning on page 8. Still have some work to do with that technique. Better paper would have helped a lot. 2) the color chartreuse. Somerset Studio Magazine has a call for entries based on the color chartreuse. I have an idea for a calligraphic exemplar for the Lively Art of Lettering section. So I was checking out the color. Not one I would usually use, but something to think about.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Originally uploaded by long village lettering

This piece was done in preparation for teaching. The name is a rubber stamp. The paper was originally white, then I sprayed it with "Glimmer Mist" as recommended by Marie Browning in her book "Time to Tangle with Colors." I also added some white highlights. The cadent-spiral is from my exercise sheet of trying to combine 2 patterns.
Original size 5.5" x 3.5".