Diva Challenge #320 

For those of you that have been following, you know that occasionally I do a few challenges. I have my lunchtime challenge, and diva challenges and also madebyjoey challenges. Today for my lunchtime challenge, I decided to integrate a diva challenge in as well. You can see the challenge here. It requires using a tangle called “dansk”. 

So, with this challenge, I decided to use an artist’s tile to ensure that I had a small area to fill. I also decided that I wanted to add a few patterns I typically use in my drawings. I like the way it turned out even though it was my first time using this tangle. 

Have you ever used this pattern? If so, link yours in the comments below. Also try to push yourself to complete it in 45 minutes or less since this is also combined with my lunchtime challenge. 

Lunchtime Challenge

I started out with something very simple, a paisley. Slowly, I added more and more until it had morphed into a beautiful border. I have seen similar borders but haven’t really made any of my own. Well, today over lunch I decided to dive in and create something unique to me.

As you can tell from this picture, I just felt like one single border was just too plain for the full tile. So I not only added one on each side, but then I felt like a simple checkered pattern in the background worked nicely. I used .05 pigment liner for the main pattern, then I used a .005 pigment liner for the background. Using a smaller pen gave it the dimension I was looking for.

Have you ever seen this pattern and would you ever use it as a border? Let me know in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

Its time for my Lunchtime Challenge for today. I have been slacking a little because I have been really busy working on my site instead of doodling, however, I am here today with a new doodle.  When you look into the art of zentangle, you will find that most of the zentangle patterns are drawn on an artist tile. These artist tiles are amazing for my lunchtime challenge because there isn’t a lot of surface to cover. To begin this doodle, I drew a border around the tile with a pencil. I didn’t want the doodle to extend beyond that border but I didn’t want a set border either.

After I drew this border as a reference, I decided to draw what is considered a “string” in the zentangle world. This string started from the center and spiraled out.

Now I needed to think about what I wanted the final product to look like. I had seen many different possibilities with a spiral string, but I knew I wanted to draw a continuous pattern as opposed to using multiple patterns on one tile. So I separated out the string, building out from the center.

Already, this produced the look I was going for, but I wanted this tile to be more complex. Although the possibilities are endless with this layout, I decided to start making petals. I started from each grid line as the tallest point of that grid. Working in steps, I gradually made each petal shorter than the previous one. Working in a circle was difficult because even if I hadn’t been trying to make them shorter, each one would have looked shorter anyways.

To fill in the tallest petals to make them not stick out like a sore thumb, I drew some fescu to fill in the blank areas. Now that I was at this point, I needed to start with the details. Each grid line beginning had to be a little different to make it stand out from the rest. So I added circles on each of the tallest petals. To add depth, I drew lines coming out from the center of each petal. This created the layered effect, which I have to say turned out just beautifully.

I would love to know what you think about this challenge doodle. I would also love to see what you can do in your lunch break time limit, mine just happens to be 45 minutes. Let me know in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

What do you see with this challenge?

Let me just tell you that this is the day that my domain was purchased. As a freelancer, I wanted to signify my independence. Although this is just the beginning, I am so proud to share my new site with all my followers. There are big things coming and not enough time in the day to explain them all in one post. Therefore, I hope that you subscribe to my site so that you can keep up with the latest and greatest coming from CraftyArtistKC!

So what do I see? Two lances, crossed, surrounded by life! Thank you for coming on this journey with me.

What would you like to see more of on my new site? Tell me in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

Let me introduce you to a fancy little Zentangle called “Starfish Double Barrel”. That’s right, double barrel. This is a beautiful Zentangle that I just had to tackle and make my own. It was so easy to start. From the center circle, you draw out eight long petals. As you work around the circle, you add only one layer on each side of that petal until they finally touch. Now the possibilities are endless. You can switch up the tips, you can create a wonderful center design for the rest of the starfish to pop out from, or you can simply color it in like I did.

Anyway you do it, I just hope that you get out there and experiment with this tangle. I would love to see what you come up with. You can link your experiments in the comments below.

Lunchtime Doodle

This flower was done over lunchtime today. If you’ve been following the Lunchtime Doodle series you will know that I have less than 45 minutes to create each piece. I purchased artist tiles that are the perfect size for this time frame. The lines are not perfect, but that it what this challenge is about. What can you create in less than 45 minutes?

This was very fun to do and I just felt in a swirly funky mood. This is what happens when you just go with your soul. I hope you enjoy it, I would love to know your favorite part in the comments!

Lunchtime Challenge

As I was thinking of what to draw, I came across this zentangle pattern called Pharro. Now this pattern starts with a curved line and then a dip below that curved line. There are lines that criss cross inside the dip, and then lines are drawn upwards to the initial curved line. Now I thought of this pattern at first as a flower. It just makes sense as a flower, but  I wanted it to be a little unique. With drops hanging off each side and a sense of life protruding from the other side of the curved line.

But as I was drawing this, something else came to mind. Unfortunately for you, I am just unable to capture exactly what is in my head because my realism craft is very premature. But I wanted to give a little taste of this underwater jester I created out of this same pattern. It was fun to create, and pushed the boundaries of my abilities at the moment. Hopefully I will get better in the future.


I had fun creating each of these artist tiles over my lunch break, which was approximately 45 minutes. If I had actually sat down and focused on the ending design, I may have been able to come up with something better. But alas, this is the point of my lunchtime doodles. I want to push myself creatively in the few minutes I have set aside for lunch.

Let me know what you think of each of these in the comments below. Don’t be afraid to critique and link back to any Pharro designs you have come up with.

Lunchtime Challenge

I figured since I have been drawing a lot of flowers lately, I would continue with the theme and create something new. So today over lunch, I decided that I would take my 45 minutes and draw. I LOVE the way this flower turned out. It gave me several ideas about flowers in the future.

I would love to know what you think about this lunchtime doodle!

Lunchtime Challenge

This is something I just had to share. If you recall my latest Very Big Sketchbook post, you will notice that the flowers on there were something that I was playing around with. I decided that I was going to play a little more and see what I could come up with. This just might be my new favorite flower. I love how it seems like it’s spinning and adding the swirl to the very center completed the cycle.

I used Staedtler Pigment liners, .05 for the outline and .01 for the detail. I also completed this on an Artist Tile, which is about 3″x3″. The little squares are so perfect for my limited time over lunch!

I think I’m going to start keeping track of all these different flowers for reference. Do you have certain flowers that you like to draw? How do you keep track of them all? Tell me in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

As you guys are well aware, I have a mere 45 minutes to doodle or unplug as I like to call it. I have been taking my Artists Tiles to work to do just that. This piece is pretty small, It is on a 3×3 square. Although it is blown up pretty big here, I promise it was small.

I love these small tiles because of the time restraint I have, I can devote just enough time to trying out new patterns. Let me know what you think about this in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

So, here I am sitting at my desk again over lunch and of course I have a pen in my hands and I’m drawing on an artist tile. My lunch break is 45 minutes long. If I eat within that time frame, the amount of time I have to draw is much shorter. But I challenge myself over these few minutes to unplug from electronics and be creative.

The first thing that comes to mind, that always comes to mind is flowers. So I start in the center with a circle. As I build out I start seeing multiple types of flowers. Have you ever seen those “What do you see?” pictures, where its either an old woman or a young woman?

This is how I picture this. If I train my eyes onto the center I see a daisy like flower. But the further out I focus, I start seeing lilies at the outermost section.  What do you see in this piece.

Lunchtime Challenge

So, today, I had a few minutes before returning from lunch, so I quickly sketched up this doodle. After looking at it for a while, I became very proud of it. Its not any bigger than a fourth of a page, but for some reason it intrigued me. So when I got home, I decided the only thing it needed was a finishing frame around it.

All I used was a sharpie pen and regular printer paper, nothing fancy, nothing expensive and yet I truly feel like this is a piece of art. Let me know what you think about this in the comments below!

Double Mandala

Well today over lunchtime, I was able to start a mandala. It was completely free handed as you can probably tell.  The spinning flower was interesting to draw and the biggest problem is deciding where to stop.

This second mandala is one that I did at home with my normal tools of the trade. The wonderful thing about this mandala is the simple fact that my 16 yr old son was drawing next to me. Learning the tricks of the trade to mandalas. I loved it!

So, here I am comparing my mandalas. One completely freehand and one with tools. Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Lunchtime Challenge

Just like with every one of my doodles, I never knew where this one was going when I started with it. And just like with every doodle before, I just kept drawing until I thought it looked fine.

The one thing I will say is there were several times during this drawing where I thought I was going to have to trash this. I have been attempting more abstract drawings because perfectionism is something I struggle with. One of the amazing aspects of my lunchtime doodles is that I have none of my more expensive art supplies that assist me to make perfect lines.

Have you ever started a project and wasn’t sure about where it was going, but ended up loving the finished product? Let me know in the comments below.

Lunchtime Challenge

Well, I have had people tell me this looks like a fish and another tell me it looked like wings, either way, this was my lunchtime doodle today. I hope you like it! Yes, I did it in 45 minutes or less. This was just completed with a sharpie for the larger lines and then I filled it in with a sharpie pen that I had for all the little details.  The amazing thing about this doodle, is that I never intended it to be anything. I just love the way it turned out. It is so bold and yet so detailed. Seems like I should keep this one for a coloring book one day.

Let me know what you think it looks like in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

Where do I begin with this piece. I knew that I wanted to do something that seemed like it was feathering out, but I took it quite literal with the feathers. I had seen a few ways to do some fun and quick feathering and I went with it. I just like that I completed it in 45 minutes or less.

What is your favorite part of this doodle?

Lunchtime Challenge

So, today I just decided to doodle at lunch today. These  were done around 45 minutes. They are by far not my best doodles, but I feel like it’s important to show the viewers even the pieces that didn’t take any time to complete.

Using doodling as a relaxation technique has raised my production in the afternoon. I don’t find myself hitting the 3pm wall that I am so used to hitting. Not to mention, I am using my downtime to produce something unique.

What relaxation techniques do you use? Answer in the comments below, I would love to learn new techniques!