Sunday, 15 April 2012

Doodling at Less is More

The theme at Less is More this week is doodling on a one layer card. Now although I do doodle a bit sometimes, it is never in an arty way (more scribble than doodle to be honest!), so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. I thought of what stamps I have that have very little detail and opted for my Waltzing Mouse Tea time sets. I got out my set of fine tipped markers and set to. Here is my first attempt.
I thought this looked okay, but decided I should try a bit of Zentangle. A Zentangle teacup...
Please excuse the wonky photo. Now there is probably some rule that Zentangle should be just black and white, but I added a little bit of pastel blue promarker and cool grey promarker to give it some depth. Then the tea in the cup needed colouring too.
At this point I should've stopped, but no, I wanted to try something else, so I chose three colours and tried to decorate another kettle. Disaster! I think the problem was I tried to do stripes rather than random shapes. I will show you, but please don't consider it for the challenge!
It reminds me of a poem by Paul Cookson called 'I'm not going out like that in the jumper Grandma knitted!'. I bet this kettle is thinking the same!!! I think I'll stick to black and white in the future!
Well, thanks for looking and I'll hopefully pay a visit to my fellow LIMettes later in the week.

26 comments:

brenda said...

Love the zentangle Sally, looks very clean and crisp.

Just been to post below and made my apols. Just can't understand why so many don't show up on my dashboard, you are the third I've discovered today.

B x

Cath Wilson said...

Brilliant, Sally. Love your kettle and your Zentangle is great! See what you mean with the third one but it still looks good - it's not as easy as it looks, is it? Good for you having a go, even if it's out of your comfort zone. I'm missing my stamps cos I'm reorganising my Craft Room - eeek!! Have a great week x

Doreen said...

I love all of these wonderful creations Sally.xxx

Linby said...

wow Sally these are amazing, I love the first one and thought at first you had stamped it, I think my fav is the realistic cup of tea.
Lynn x

Sue said...

Well I like them all. My fav if I had to pick one is the second kettle the one you don't like. Oh well there is no accounting for taste LOL Honestly I like them all.

craftimamma said...

I like them all too Sally and well done for going out of your comfort zone. It would definitely have been out of mine too although I suppose my doodles when I'm hanging on waiting for someone to answer the phone besides a recording, do look rather zentangle like, lol! Your comment about Grandma's knitted jumper made me laugh and I can see why it made you think of it but I still reckon your kettle looks brilliant. Hugs Lesley Xx

Karen said...

Love these cards Sally - what a brilliant job. Your teapot is stunning as is your Zentangle cup. As far as I can find out there are no rules about using colour.

Chrissie said...

These are all terrific and there's something really quirky about the blue one too... I really like them!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Di said...

Oooer Sally, I love them all! How brave too - I'm hiding from LIM this week I think! Di xx

Paula (PEP) said...

I like that teacup - super idea with the tea inside & I must admit I rather like the look of the first kettle too. It reminds of those old china utensils with lovely metal & wood trimmings.. I'd need more than one cup of tea trying to do this challenge - I cannot doodle - it just does not compute with my brain never mind a ONE LAYER, as for Zentangle......... well out of comfort zone.
Have a good week.
Paula (PEP)

Valerie said...

I love them Sally, the teacup id fabulous and the last kettle looks like it's got a woolly jumper on:)
Val x

Carole said...

Wonderful cards Sally and that teacup is awesome!

Darnell J Knauss said...

These are all terrific. You're so brave and a natural at the Zentangle process!

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on your cards. My fav is the first kettle. I've got an idea for my LIM, but haven't had a chance to doodle yet :)

lin_ka1 said...

This cup is divine. You'll want to drink. Beautiful work.
I greet
lin_ka1

Victoria said...

Ooo these are fabulous! I love the zentangle teacup the most but I love the zingy-ness of the blue kettle too (now is that a word?!)

downrightcrafty said...

wow fabulous designs just love your doodling
hugs Kate xx

Mandi said...

Super cards Sally
Zentangle seems to work in a multitude of places
Love that last kettle
Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Katina said...

Oh, I love these Sally! The cup of tea one is my favourite.
xx

lisa said...

Hi Sally
Just been having a lovely catch up with all your stunning cards. I've missed so much after having a little Easter blogging break. I hope you had a lovely time with Lynne, it certainly looks a gorgeous part of the world and you seem to have missed the snow!!!
Your tree from the last post is a stunner, the scenes you create are breathtaking.
Love your doodled kettles too, especially the first one.
Hugs Lisax

Faith A said...

Amazing selection, and so clever, love all the colours too and LURVE your zentangle teacup.

Aileen said...

Super cards. Love the decorated tea pot on first and the zentangle on the second and even Granny's knitted tea pot on the last! x

cardz said...

The kettles and the teacup are delightful, makes me want to try both myself.
Heather T

Loli said...

Hola Sally, thank you for your comment :D.
Fantastic tea pots and your zencap is a great design and a fantastic idea, good job!
A hug from Palma

My Paper Epiphany said...

Wow Sally, Having seen your fantastic work, I may have to sit this challenge out!
I love all your attempts!

Milena said...

Hi Sal, catching up with my google reader today, it has been far too long! I loooooove these tea cards - as you knew I would :) Quite inspired to paint a tea piece now x