Last 2 Methods in the series 24 Ways to make Art

writingWriting:  the art of telling stories only with words

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols, usually in the form of a formal alphabet. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

jewelleryGold-smithery, silver-smithery, and jewellery, the art of creating jewels:

Jewellery or jewelry consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used. It is one of the oldest type of archaeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. The basic forms of jewellery vary between cultures but are often extremely long-lived; in European cultures the most common forms of jewellery listed above have persisted since ancient times, while other forms such as adornments for the nose or ankle, important in other cultures, are much less common. Historically, the most widespread influence on jewellery in terms of design and style have come from Asia.

Jewellery may be made from a wide range of materials. Gemstones and similar materials such as amber and coral, precious metals, beads, and shells have been widely used, and enamel has often been important. In most cultures jewellery can be understood as a status symbol, for its material properties, its patterns, or for meaningful symbols. Jewellery has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings, and even genital jewellery. The patterns of wearing jewellery between the sexes, and by children and older people can vary greatly between cultures, but adult women have been the most consistent wearers of jewellery; in modern European culture the amount worn by adult males is relatively low compared with other cultures and other periods in European culture.

The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French “jouel”, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. In British English, New Zealand English, Hiberno-English, Australian English, and South African English it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English. Both are used in Canadian English.

In formation sourced from Wikipedia.


The Fat Cats rule!

FFat Catsat Cats – They call the tune.

Big Brother entices us, pulls our strings

We need new clothes, need more of those

A Large TV ; sounds good to me.

Pay your tax – no time to relax

Spend more than you earn -will we ever learn?

Put your money in shares,

Stop! Who cares!



What did the fish say?

Dam cartoonNothing makes you feel better than a good laugh.  Scientists tell us that laughing is fun and makes us feel better but we already know that.  A good comedy movie or a good joke always promotes communication and strengthens interaction between people and benefits both the giver and the receiver.

My Dad is a lovely man and always makes everyone around him feel welcome and important.  He loves to tell jokes and therefore each time I see him I always try to have a new joke for him – sometime it becomes a bit of a joke fest.

Anyhow just for fun! I thought I try and draw a few humourous cartoon images from some of the very simple jokes that I have heard over the years. Here is my first cartoon.  Hope you like it.

Latest form of Doodling –  Zentangle.   

I was browsing through Google recently and came across a derivative of simple doodling called Zentangle which is relatively new, but the basic principles involved are as old as the history of art.  Like “doodling” it is based on a human behaviour in which one refrains from planning and allows lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge.  I thought I would try some Zentangle squares and here is the result.


Some of the benefits of doodling and Zentangle are:

It’s Self-Soothing. Repetitive creative work, in and of itself, can be calming and self-soothing just accept the process as one with no expected outcome other than the enjoyment of putting the pen to paper and staying open to whatever emerges.  This  was definitely true, it is very relaxing and allows one mind to travel to other places

Zentangle art only requires a black pen and paper; you can do it just about anywhere.

Make you own your Mistakes. Using a pen on paper requires that you risk making mistakes; in fact, most tangle art has at least some misplaced lines which cannot be erased. Tangling teaches you how to incorporate what seem like “mistakes” into the overall pattern of the design. It’s a great allegory for everyday life—nothing is ever perfect, it is how you adjust to imperfections in life is what really matters.  Adjusting mistakes to fit into the overall scheme was na interesting exercise, and actually was a bit of fun, simply going over and adapting my mistakes.

It encourages Aimlessness.  Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh observes that we need to cultivate aimlessness in life rather than continually striving to be “number one.”  If we simply enjoy the creative process, we can enjoy every single moment of it and that is ultimately what any creative expression offers us. Zentangle teaches us not to rush and to take good care of ourselves in the present moment—after all, the present moment is all there is.

A Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns according to the trademarked Zentangle Method. True Zentangles are always created on 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) square tiles, and they are always done in black ink on white paper. The invention of the Zentangle® was intended to make the act of drawing pleasurable, meditative and accessible to all.

Try a little Zentangle yourself:

Here are a few characteristics of a Zentangle:

The tile should not have an “up” or a “down” – it is without orientation.

It should not be representative of any certain recognizable object; rather, it should be abstract.

The drawing should be completed in black ink on white paper.

A Zentangle is meant to be portable, so that it can be created at any time the mood strikes.

A Zentangle is timeless. No technology or special tools are used. .

Understand the difference between a Zentangle and a doodle. Many people create doodles – sometimes beautiful ones – in the margins of notebooks and on scrap paper. Doodles are usually created during times when the person making them is having trouble paying attention to something else that’s going on, like a lecture or a phone call. Though the best doodles can look similar to Zentangles, they’re actually very different.

Here’s how:

The Zentangle Method requires utmost focus. Unlike doodling, the person creating a Zentangle is giving it his or her full, undivided attention. A Zentangle cannot be created while on the phone or listening to a lecture, because focus is an inherent part of this art form.

The Zentangle Method is a ceremony, since a Zentangle deserves the artist’s utmost attention. It should be create in a quiet place where focus and reverence can be achieved. The paper and pens used should be of highest quality, since a Zentangle is a work of art that can be enjoyed for a long time to come.

So try a little Zentangle yourself.  I would be interested to see examples of your work. Email them in and I will put them up on my blog for everyone to see.

Learn about the founding artists. The Zentangle Method was invented by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, when they discovered that the act of drawing abstract patterns with the constraint of a few basic rules was extremely meditative. 

Information sourced from Wiki How

Welcome to my back yard.

currumbin morningThis morning I went for my early morning walk and I always walk along the sand and paddle in the waves.  Yes – I know, I am very lucky to have this beautiful ocean as my back yard.  Today the sun was shining, the water was glistening and it was just perfect!

glistening morning

As I stroll along the sand I am always on the lookout for beautiful, perfectly shaped pebbles.  If you have visited my shop on Etsy, you will have seen that I paint beautiful little green tree frogs on these pebbles either as paperweights or rubbing stones.  Every pebble is unique as no two stones or little green frogs for that matter, are ever the same as I paint each frog to suit the pebble.

finding pebblesSometimes it is not easy to find enough of these pebbles however I acknowledge that the ocean gives these pebbles as gifts whenever it wishes, not when I require them.   So I am always grateful.  Today I was lucky to find two lovely specimens.




Anyhow to get back to what I was intending to talk about today – the ‘Dog Friendly; Beach.

Near where I walk each morning is a ‘Dog Friendly’ section where people can take their dogs to walk and play on the beach and swim in the ocean.  It is always such a joy to watch these canines and their owners have such a great time.

catch that ball a Watching owners throw ball for their dogs is entertaining and I have noted that it is often the dog who controls the ‘catch ball’ game.  I love the way the dog drops the ball on the sand just far enough away so the owner has to walk to pick it up.  I personally think that this is the dog’s way to remind their owner just who the master is in the relationship!

Anyhow it is all very entertaining to watch.

catch that ballSo I hope you enjoyed these photos of my back yard as much as I enjoyed my morning walk.

Thank you.