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April 15, 2012

Less Is More Week 63 - One Layer "Doodling"

Happy Sunday Hello!
Happy Edit April 27, 2012Shut the front door! I just found out my simple little doodle feather card was showcased on the Less Is More challenge for week 63! Right now, seriously, if I wasn't sitting down, you could knock me over with a feather!  In fact, I'm floating.  Thank you so much to Chrissie and Mandi for making me know what it feels like to levitate!


I got a chance last night to check out one of my favorite challenges at Less Is More where Chrissie and Mandi lay awake nights thinking of ways to stimulate our creativity (and sometimes tweek my intelligence!).  I love those ladies.  This week they would like to see a one layer card with:
Doodling

Say they, "This can be in any form you wish, faux stitching, hand written or drawn elements on your card, zentangle. As long as you create something with 'ink' by hand.
I used to doodle a lot in school, which explained my grades and my excellent ability to take shorthand.  I am strongly resisting the pull to Zentangle.  Is that a verb?  I just know, given my love of the doodle, and the fact that part of the word "Zentangle" is "tangle," I would be down that rabbit hole in a second, never to craft anything else ever.  My playhouse would look like a spider's fun house, there would have to be a Craft Friends' Convention Intervention, and a Twelve-Step Program ... but one little card doodled free-hand, now that was doodles of fun! 
Here is a picture of my card next to my inspiration stamp by Rubber Stampede:
Here's my first attempt: 
I think the first feather's finer, but being a perplextionist, I didn't like how my hand-written sentiment climbed just ever so slightly up the card, so I started over.  My design doesn't hold a candle to the other beautiful Zentangle doodles and hand-drawn art work that has been entered.  My goodness, so many great artists and it's such a pleasure to see what everyone has created!  They are breath-taking, not to mention, inspiring.  Perhaps this afternoon, if I have Mister come and pull me away after a couple of hours, I could just Zen one little Tangle ...

Please enjoy ~ and, as always, thank you for stopping by!   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave me a comment!

Paper:  PTI white
Artwork and sentiment hand-drawn
Ink:  Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen black S

36 comments:

Sue said...

Oh I think you do your self an injustice. I think you have made a beautiful job. The feather is just perfect and beautifly drawn.

Victoria said...

What a fantastic feather! Such delicate inking! Looking forward to seeing if you get in a tangle! :)

Mandi said...

Oh MY Darnell that is a mighty fine feather
Beautifully drawn!
Superb card
Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Suze Bain said...

My goodness, until I read it, I thought you'd used the stamp. It's fab! Well done and thanks for your lovely comment. xx

Jenni's Jems said...

Wow I thought that was a stamped image and was looking for the doodle! this is brilliant ! x

Diane said...

Fantastic feather, beautiful design, beautifully done!!
Diane

Loli said...

Hola Darnell, thank you for your kind comment:D, thank you for award-winning me, for me is a moral support, you know, to much great cardmakers....
Ooooh Darnell, your feather's FANTASTIC!!like an stamp, great job, BOTH CARDS, it's a great idea and a great design your feather with the sentiment, well done Darnell.
you are a woman with a fantastic sense of humor:D:D:D.
I hope to "see" you in my blog again.
A warm hug from Palma

Karen said...

Darnell - your feather is 100% better than the stamp that inspired you. This is gorgeous!

Chrissie said...

We love you too Darnell!
Your feather is far superior to the stamp which inspired it.
Both drawings are simply wonderful... what talent!
Thanks so much from an awestruck Chrissie
"Less is More"

Caggy said...

This is great Darnell! I prefer your sketched feather to the stamped image! And your hand written
sentiment is fab too. Caggys x

TAM said...

Got to agree with Karen and Chrissie your "doodle" is much much better than the stamp that inspired you.
Fabulous cards

Margie said...

Wow - I also thought the feather was stamped! That is just gorgeous - you are very talented. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my card and BTW I would just love your playhouse in my garden - its fantastic.

Ginny said...

Your card is spectacular!! I can't believe you did that free hand - WOW! Great job!

P.S. Thanks so much for a sweet comment you left on my blog.

Bonnie said...

Your feather is right up there with the Zentangles, Darnell! Beautiful work and no tangles!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Hi Darnell!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving some blog love! It is always nice to meet new blog friends!
Here are the links you were enquiring about ...
Prismacolour / Stampin' Up! Matches:
PDF Chart SU! vs Prismas
Colour swatch chart: (for you to colour)
PDF Prisma 150 Swatches
Hope this is a help!
Hugs xxx

Meadie said...

WOW! Your feather is fantastic - you have such a talent for drawing:)I struggled this week but your card is awesome, Hugs x x

Kathyk said...

SMASHING card and well done on your doodled feather

Kathyk

lin_ka1 said...

This beautiful feather. Stamp as inspiration for your card proved to be extremely interesting.
I greet
lin_ka1

snehal watwe welde said...

Its beautiful.such a perfect card.Love the feather.

Jools said...

Darnell, this is lovely, the feather is so realistic. Love it. Jools. x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Awesome card ! Love your doodled feather & sentiment ! Its fun isn't it ? I too would love to get into Zentangle, just not enough time for everything !

Pia S said...

This is real artwork! Clean, pure elegance! Love it!

Lynne said...

Wow Darnell, your feather is much more lifelike than the stamp. Fabulous!
Lynne xxx

Helen in the UK said...

Your drawing is amazing :)

Susan said...

Just look at you! That's a great feather...and It looks almost like the stamp! How cool!!

Aileen said...

I thought your feather was stamped. Super doodling. x

Daen'Ys said...

Wonderful drawing! What a talent!
The feather looks so real!

Daen'Ys ♥

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

WOW Darnell, I am impressed!! What a beautiful feather!! And you did it twice, fabulous cards, I love them to pieces! The way you have angled the feather is more pleasing to the eye in the second card and I love that you sympathetically rounded a corner, great job, Gay xx

Sally H said...

Stunning feathers and your sentiment is just fine on both! I love them

Linda said...

Simply stunning card. I love the feather.
Just had a look in your 'Playhouse' too, OMG it's gorgeous. Looks like the perfect place to craft x

Jean said...

I am very impressed with both cards ~ great job!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love it! simple and sooo beautiful!

Scrapmate said...

A beautiful feather and a fab card.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Congratulations on being showcased, your card is wonderful, love it ! Shirley

Meadie said...

Just wanted to pop by and say congrats on being showcased this week - I'm so thrilled for you! Well done, hugs x x

Mary said...

I really love this card! LOVE LOVE the simplicity of it!