For the first assignment I used a white pen to Zentangle/Zendoodle all over the entire envelope. For those of you that don't know, Zentangling is simply doodling in a repeating pattern to fill a space. Sometimes you can find elaborate works of zentangles, but more often than not, zentangles are used to illuminate a letter or fill a shape. At first this technique really intimidated me, but I discovered that Pinterest is full of patterns, tutorials, and step by step drawing guides for each pattern.
|Celtic Owl by Taliesin71|
|by pinkflamingo61 on etsy|
After a bit of practice, here's what I ended up with. This is before the paper was folded into an envelope.
For my second art challenge on swap-bot, I chose another simple swap. This one, being very similar to the first, used kraft envelopes as the medium. This time there was a theme though: Fall; and a stipulation that you could not use Halloween items.
Again, I decided to draw. With some practice first (and lots of erasing!) I went with a simple maple leaf and a pumpkin, two of my favorite things about fall!