artwork by Catherine Langsdorf

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cards for Sale

I have made these designs into note cards.
The design is a contour drawing from Ben Kwok that he posts on FB for Ornation Creation. He is so kind to give permission for the use of the outlines.

I really enjoyed these images and was motivated to make them into cards.They are $3.50 per card OR 3 for $9.00. They are a standard 4.25" x 5.5" with an envelope.

The 3rd design is my own . . . .

Email me directly if you are interested in purchasing some cards.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hand it to you

Our bi-monthly group worked on our hands last week. Saw it somewhere on the internet, and we decided to try it. . . . could not resist giving my hand a little henna treatment.

Monday, September 2, 2013

twin birds

twin birds (2)
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Used a postage stamp to inspire this layout of the two birds. Used a mid-tone paper, added white highlights and shading.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ornate Animal

Here is my design based on a template from Ben Kwok. His art work is amazing.
I did this on a grey, mid-tone paper then added white highlights & grey shading.
Ben has started a FB page for these templates . . . 
This is a place for us to share our creativity from the use of the Ornate Animal Templates provided by Ben Kwok aka BioWorkZ. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Originally uploaded by long village lettering

While in Venice, we happened upon a wonderful one-of-a-kind artist who had delightful images of the Venice skyline. I believe his name is - Dero Riflessi (di Venezia). I was able to find his website so you can see his work here. Love his free style. It made me play with patterns that could create the feeling of buildings of Italy. Perhaps with more time this might turn into something . . .

Thursday, July 25, 2013


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Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Working large is very enjoyable. To do a mandala this size I find I have to keep rotating the canvas. It really helps to get the relaxation going to make the same stroke over and over. It is fun to see the design develop.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Simple patterns placed in a Mandala on canvas (12" x 12") using a black Sharpie pen.
Left unfinished to show students the options of black & white or adding color.

to learn about Mandalas 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Art on Main

AOM oval (2)
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

It is so great how working with patterns can then help in the design work of a flourished calligraphy piece.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Challenge #121

Took time today to play with the challenge for this week.

This week's tangle was created by Mary Kissel, CZT - and you can see the step outs for this tangle on her blog HERE.

While at Random Arts in Saluda, NC - our bi-weekly group shared some patterns with 3 new folks. It is such a joy to have a place to go to be inspired and share creative juices. It is delightful that at each session another newbie shows up. Thanks to Jane this group keeps plugging along.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


If you live in North Carolina, or know of someone who does . . . .

I will be teaching a fun session on Accessorizing Your Capitals 
 in Winston-Salem, NC on May 24th.
Please contact me for details!
 We will be creating letters like these.
What fun!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

World Peace

Following up on using the sphere that I am enjoying so much. Also, saw on someone's post (of course, now I can not find it to make a link :( ) the use of an earthy tone paper with shading in carbon pencil and white pencil. Love the look. So here is my first attempt. I'm going to play on a few more . . . But for now . . . get the play on world peace/piece? could not resist.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ran across a blog with images using a sphere. Really liked the look. So I decided to give it a try. This is the 3rd image I created. It is the one I am most pleased with the outcome. The main pattern, 'Tuxedo', was designed by LeeAnn, a.k.a Ledenzer. It is the Diva challenge #112 for this week. It is not a pattern that I normally would have tried out, but that is why the challenge was tempting. There are 6 steps to this basic pattern, again not something I would normally be drawn to. While the basic pattern is there, I did have to make some alterations. I also shaded the final piece, something I rarely do. So a great challenge! Think I will go play some more.

Diva Challenge

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Originally uploaded by long village lettering
Finally played with a Diva challenge (#112). 
This is a pattern called 'Tuxedo'.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring? around the corner

Contemplating what is next . . . shade it or full color? 
Such a dilemma! Any thoughts?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

leaf steps (2)

leaf steps (2)
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Congratulations to the Artists Selected for Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles!
- See more at:

This is just one of my small tiles that will be published in a new book. So excited! There are so many great artists out there creating these tiles, I'm thrilled to be included in this new project.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's Day

vday card (2)
Originally uploaded by long village lettering

Getting in the mood for Valentine's Day.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Random lines

just some random lines and patterns . . . the name is a rubber stamp.
some simple shading on light grey paper