Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lots of Art

I've been taking online art classes with Sketchbook Skool (I won't post a link cause they are updating the site so it's better for you to google it - it'll hopefully take you to the next site instead of the old one).


I'm loving these classes... Here's some art I've created recently:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

CanTangle 2017

IF you are a CZT or you will become one before July 2017... consider signing up for this event.

This is the BEST value for you dollar.

It's held in Canada... great for Canadians but also really great for Americans since the exhange rate is in your favour.

Here's a link to the blog:

I made so many great friends at this event and was one of the many people who really wanted another CanTangle... I attended the first one in 2015... but unfortunately I won't be able to attend this next one. But I'm hoping to be at the one after that!

So... if you can... attend CanTangle 2017!

Again that blog posting is at and your coordinator for the event is Lisa Heron.

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lesson One of my new Art Class

This page is approx. 11" x 8.5" - landscape.

I started with a gold watercolour over the entire piece. When it was dry I added a mix of silver and purple acrylic paint.

Then... I drew with a .5 Copic Multiliner.

This is my pencil wrap (one of many) that holds my Faber-Castell coloured pencils. It was sitting on my bed.

My bed cover has a mandala on it... many mandalas actually. --- I used my new Lamy EF Fountain Pen with purple ink which is truly lovely to write with.

This is the first thing I've ever drawn that was supposed to look like something. My next assignment in my art class is to draw every day for a week. *gulp*... here goes!

Friday, November 25, 2016

50% off Sale: Tangle Me This! Sketchbooks on Etsy


I'm having a 50% off sale on Etsy for my Tangle Me This! Sketchbooks. It's a great time to grab some for the holidays (for yourself and/or your friends and loved ones!)

Use the coupon code: CHRISTMAS2016 - just click here to see them and order today! 

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Just a tangle...

I created this piece over the past couple of days. The paper was gifted to me by the lovely Debbie E. New CZT and because it's quite thin I wasn't sure what to do with it.

Well... one thing lead to another and... VOILA... a gorgeous shimmery piece. The shimmer is all Debbie. It was on the paper when it arrived.

I did this group of images to try to show off the shimmer.

I used pastels, coloured copic multiliners and gel pens in this piece.


I've had some Derwent Pastel Pencils for awhile now but I've been a bit afraid to use them. Pastels are very messy... very... so messy that you have to use a spray over them to keep them from smudging.

I really dislike using sprays. I don't like the way they smell and I really dislike the way they make the page look and feel afterwards.

So I thought I'd give them a try and I did a few things.

I used a blending stump with them to make them more attached to the paper.

I used a Derwent Blending Pen at the end to make them smudge proof.

So pleased that I played with these because honestly it made my gems in a matter of minutes instead of about 30 minutes for each gem!

So here you go... a pic of the gems... completed with the use of a blending stump:

Now I added the Derwent Blending Pens:

And here's a pic of before the DBP and then close ups of the after using the DBP:

And finally... this was just a little test I did to see if it would work: (the first image is with the DBP and the second image is before using the DBP)

Hope this helps inspire you to try it!
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chiang Mai Zentangle Group of Expats

Oh we had a lovely lunch at Corner Bistro (thanks Kevin for accommodating us). Then we spent some time tangling.

Debbie New was kind enough to send me some stuff (a lovely care package filled with gifts for me - she's too sweet for words!) and I happily shared some of them with my Zentangle friends here.

Once I get my two tiles finished... I'll add a photo of them here.

Here they are!

Aleesha Sattva CZT