A Trio of Wooden Animals

A while back I found some wooden animals at Target in the craft section. And by a while I’m pretty sure I mean a couple years because they don’t seem to sell them anymore. I intended to use them to make string art (you know, the kind where you hammer nails in all around and then wrap it with string), but I never got around to it and then lost interest in that idea.

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A semi-matching pair of gorillas. #zentangleart

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A month or so ago I pulled them out again, intending to finally do something with them. My goal this year is going to be using up the canvases, yarn, and these type of wooden things I have to make space in my shelves. I was watching some of the progress videos from the Zenspire Designs Instagram and realized these little guys would be the perfect canvas for some doodling.

I started with one gorilla, to see if I liked how it looked, then decided to make the other gorilla face the opposite direction so they could look at each other. Or away from each other, if you want.

All three of these guys are available on my Etsy shop here. They would make an adorable addition to any nursery, playroom, or any animal lover’s book shelf.


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Behind Closed Doors – Illustration Friday

Prompt: Mischief
Materials: smooth Bristol 4×4 tile, marker, pigma micron pen

I watch small children for a living. All boys. So when I saw the “mischief” prompt, I immediately thought of them running off to a room and closing a door. Because, you know, that usually indicates mischief is going on behind there. The chaos around the door is supposed to be coming from behind it.


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Coloring Pages

The last of the Mother’s Day gifts are the ones I literally finished on Mother’s Day. I started on Thursday, but I didn’t get much past laying down the grids until Sunday morning.

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Cool things are coming…I hope.

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I created the originals on half-sheets of cardstock with a Sharpie pen and a Faber Castel brush pen for thicker lines and the darkened parts. Then I scanned them, cleaned them up, and printed them again on cardstock. I also wrapped a piece of regular paper around them and taped it to create an envelope.

I originally intended to make five, but waiting until the last minute left me with only the time to make three. I’m working on being more prepared for these types of things, but I’m not quite there yet. Obviously.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Remember the birthday necklaces I made in January and posted last week? Well, I decided to make Mother’s Day gifts for my grandmothers that would go along with them. This time, I made bracelets.

I used the same amethyst chips, some silver wire, and some silver chain. I made five beaded links and connected them together with chains. I once again used a magnetic clasp, because it is one of my new favorite materials to use in jewelry.

I also made some Zentangle cards to send with them. I drew the patterns with a Sharpie pen, and then colored them with Prismacolor markers.