Are we having fun yet?

When I’m teaching a tangle pattern like Printemps or Tipple, I often ask my students, “How do you know when you’ve drawn enough of them?  When you don’t want to draw any more!” There are two reasons for this – one is that this encourages you to listen to your artist’s...

Inkidoodles, anyone?

If you’re the kind of person who learns by watching you can’t go wrong following Melinda Barlow’s YouTube videos. You can find them on YouTube or through her Inkidoodles site. I like her calm and quiet way of talking you through what she’s tangling, and her simple...

A Basic Understanding

Getting ready for another Basics class next week. I’ve taught this lesson twenty times now since I started in 2016 and I just never get tired of it. There’s so much in something so simple. So why do I like it so much? It’s when we all take the time (me included!) to...

Start from where you are

Imagine this, what if someone suggested taking a trip to a new exotic place.  This place is somewhere you’ve never been, but you’ve always wanted to go.  It looks so enticing, you’d love to see it yourself.  What would you say? Would you say, “Well, I’ve never...

Art Imitating Art

I love “Steal Like an Artist,” by Austin Kleon. What an eye-opener this book was.  We often get stuck in the idea that our art must be entirely original, that everything we create has to be something never before seen.  So not true! The problem with that is if we deny...