artwork by Catherine Langsdorf

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekly Challenge #190: "Pink for Ardath*"

Technique - new to me - used my Gelly Roll pens and then pulled the color with a water brush. Just like painting with glitter. Such a great technique with these fun pens.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Our local group is swapping ATCs this coming session. I am the diva's weekly challenge #189 is to use the pattern- YUMA. So I combined the two and got them both done.
(the color did not pick up on the candy corns)

ATC for Halloween

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Where do patterns come from?


This is not a piece inspired by the Zentangle method.

This is a piece inspired by the scribes of medieval times who crafted hand lettered and illustrated books. So much of the designs that they doodled in the margins and around the letters are showing up today - everything old is new again.

So as a calligrapher, I have studied these works of art for 25 years. I have been fortunate to have classes with many internationally known calligraphers who have studied the masters as well. I have a love for studying anything that contains letters, calligraphy and type. I feel like a sponge sometimes trying to absorb everything I see.

Here is just one sample of a medieval manuscript page that depicts the typical versal letters used as a focal point on a page and all the wonderful doodles these scribes played with on a page. If you are also interested in this style, I have a file on Pinterest, you can visit that @: Calligraphy - Manuscripts

This piece is 12.5" x 10" - only tools used are Sakura's Metallic Gelly Roll pens. They glide so smoothly with a brilliant gel ink.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hearts Desire

Created at another wonderful session of our Random Doodlers in Saluda, NC.
One of our regulars brought these dictionary pages for us to work on. I had brought a large stencil and used that as the beginning string.
So good to just sit and get mindful.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


 Hendersonville, NC has an annual Bear on Main exhibit. Once the fiberglass bears have been out on display for the summer, there is an auction for each of the 20 bears. The money goes to non-profit organizations in our community.

This bear is the one I worked on with 5 other artists. We are all members of a local gallery. It was amazing to work with other artists from very different backgrounds. I thought we did a great job of compromising and enhancing one another's style.
 As the calligrapher - I painted six different quotes on the bear. I also got to work a bit on the head and painted the charm hanging off the red collar.

It was such a delight to be at the unveiling.

In addition to the bear, each of the artists did a note card that we are selling in sets.

Here is my image . . . .

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CBS News

All ready to go in the mail on April 1st with a letter to encourage the CBS Sunday Morning Show to do a segment on Zentangle by Rick & Maria.


So can you tell which one is shaded? I do not usually do much shading, but I really like the finished out come. So is it the top one? or the bottom one?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Border Design

What a fun job! I had a mother of the groom contact me to create the invitation for the rehearsal dinner that would be taking place near Charleston, SC. So, I worked up a border that incorporated shells, hearts & other line patterns. Mother was thrilled! How nice to have a one-of-a-kind design for such a special event!

Here is a close up of part of the border . . . .

And the finished project . . .

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hanging out at Art Mob and created this bookmark . . . .

Monday, January 20, 2014


just a quick little drawing using some new patterns . . . 

10 minutes for drawing, 
10 for shading 
and . . . .