Art and crafting styles, Spectrum noir pencils, Zentangle

Mandala practice 

I’ve been doodling again to chill out. This time I’ve been practising mandalas. 

They are very much freehand and not exactly neat but love them.

Always good to find something that helps calm the mind at busy times. 

Happy crafting!



Doodling to find peace

The brain is pretty mashed up this week so I needed to get some peace in it … doodling did it for me! 

I carried on making some doodled cards using some of the patterns from the #zentanglechallenge that I’ve been doing.  

I drew the patterns directly onto the cards then used a mixture of pencils for colouring them in. 

All that is needed to finish them off either with a ribbon or some twine or with a stamped greeting. 

Love how different they are and yes I found some peace whilst creating them. 

Happy crafting! 


Random Crafts, Zentangle


Hi again

Yes I seem to be back to blogging regularly again!

Now as you may be aware I went AWOL for a few months. During that time, not much crafting took place, but I did do some arty stuff.  I’ve started a bullet journal (discovered through a friend on instagram) and one of the challenges I’ve been doing is the #zenartchallenge where there is a pattern each day to practice. 

Whilst I was on holiday, I made some cards (for other people in the challenge) as these were relaxing and easy to do whilst sitting in the tent or in the sunshine.  Here are some of the designs I made using the patterns I had learnt…  all that’s needed is to add bit of trim to the side and they are ready to write and post when needed! 

Love how these came out. And enjoyed the process of making them too.

Happy crafting! 



Finding zen!

Hello there blog readers! 

Today has been another full on day in the Inky fingered household! An emergency trip to sort out a poorly relative, cleaning and sorting of the house (well a third of the house), Wimbledon watching (well done Andy Murray!), cinema trip (Secret life of pets …. funny!), a bit of crafting and lot of doodles! 

I actually did quite a lot of doodling and this zentangle I am sharing during the tennis.  It helped keep me calm during some of the tense moments. 

I’ve started following a Facebook group where there is a daily pattern challenge and there was an extra challenge today to use three of the patterns from the first week of July in one piece of art. 

Well I loved what I ended up with so I thought I would share it here. 

The piece is 8cm x 8cm and is pen and pencil on my grid paper Bullet Journal. 

I used 4 of the patterns from the week (identified on the right) and a herringbone pattern too. 

I don’t usually share my bullet journal stuff here (mainly on my instagram account @catiecuddles) so this is a rare treat! Ha ha ha.

Anyways after all the drama, hardworking and excitement of the day it is time for me to sleep. No doubt another full on day ahead of me tomorrow too! 

Happy crafting!