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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Come Inside My Tangled Garden

After badly scraping my heel today while trying to calm a nervous toddler, I decided I deserved some much needed tangling!  I pulled out my Toned Gray paper and set off on a new gardening adventure.  

This piece started with the gate.  I wanted to explore the idea of an overgrown garden that can't be contained even when locked up.  I love how the shading on the door came out!  

Do you like my little spider and web?

I'm really loving these gardens.  They are beyond meditative for me.  I draw a stem or leaf, and just let it all go.  I don't even notice where my flowers or other patterns are going.  I let them grow wherever they want to explore.  It's fun and freeing to let art happen without worrying about the consequences.


  1. Magical, cannot wait for the class next week!

  2. This. Is gorgeous. I looked at all your tangles and I so love your work. I saved several to my Z file for future reference! I hope that's OK - if not, say the word. I LOVE your leaf on the yellow background. How'd you do that background? Also that one of the trees is AMAZING. ♥

  3. Thank you, Ann! I'm glad that you're enjoying my art. I think it's impossible to share online with the belief that no one would save or reuse my art. I just hope that people give me the credit as I try to do with all of the artists who have inspired me. I'm touched that you felt inspired by me. :-)

    That leaf has a watercolor background. I learned the technique from the fabulously talented Suzanne Binnie ( It's an easy salt technique with tangling over the top. Wow, talk about killing your pen! :-) It has a lovely look and feel when it's done.

    I was pretty impressed by my trees too. That was a real deviation for me, and I'm glad I took the road less travelled. It's a stencil, ink, and tangling!

    1. I forgot to add that I keep inspiration books and boards on Pinterest of pieces that have inspired me!