Sunday, November 27, 2011

Go With the Flow Zentangle

I discovered Zentangle on the website Pinterest and thought it would blend great with my Celtic Art.  I didn't realize there was a name to the doodling I have all over my notes.  Mix doodles with art & lettering and it becomes something mesmerizing to look at and fun to do. 
This was created on Charcoal paper with a Pitt & Micron Pen and pencil.

If you are a visual person who loves photos, check out Pinterest at:  It is addicting!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Trust Your Heart

This was a day to experiment with my new Koi watercolor pocket field sketch box along with the Derwent watercolor pencils.  I love the bright colors.  This was created in a 5.5" x 8" watercolor 140Ib. Strathmore Journal, Micron & Pitt pen, and a waterbrush for the watercolors.   I couldn't help but get a little Celtic twist in.  Art Journaling is good for the Soul. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My First Art Journal Page

I have had fun painting again!  Normally my paintings take weeks to finish, and due to my busy schedule, I haven't had a chance to paint for a long time.  I discovered Art Journaling through the Pinterest website, and fortunately one of my favorite artists, Lori Vliegen, offered a class.  Now I can play again! 

This was created using a 5.5" x 8" watercolor 140Ib. Strathmore Journal, Derwent Inktense watercolor Pencils, micron pen, and a waterbrush.  These are new supplies for me, and I highly recommend them.  Now I don't have to wait for a full day to open up to paint.  I can get out my pencils and waterbrush and create something colorful in a short time.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crispy Kale Chips

I am addicted to Kale Chips!  At a nutrition class we learned how great Kale is for us and to eat it regularly.  This is my favorite way to get this nutrient packed veggie into my life.  Kale chips are great as a snack or sprinkled on a salad.  Once you start eating this crisp treat, you can’t stop. 

Kale ready for the oven.

1, 10 oz. bag of Kale pieces or a large bunch
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
½ tsp. salt
*     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put out 2 large cookie sheets with the small sides.
*     If you are using a bunch of Kale, remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces.  The bag of Kale I found at Trader Joes was already cut into nice sized pieces.
*     Wash the Kale and dry thoroughly.   Dry using a salad spinner then put the kale on a large dishtowel patting down to make sure it is very dry.
*     Drizzle the kale with olive oil massaging oil into each piece until they are nice and shiny.
*     Arrange leaves in single layer on 2 large baking sheets.    
*     Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the kale.
*     Bake until the edges are brown but are not burnt, 15-24 minutes.  Rotate between shelves ½ way through cooking.  Some will be done sooner than others.  When they are crisp, place the finished ones on a plate and continue cooking the others until they are done. When you move the pans, they will sound crispy.
*     Store in a container if you have any left.
Have these often!


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