Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tangled Tropical Garden Card

I should be better at writing these blogs.  I have been doing it long enough now to know that it's not that hard for me to find something to write about.  I have been creative these past weeks, in a whole lot of ways actually. 

I have a great little space set up in the cabin with all my favorite art supplies within easy reach and my pens and some paper by my favorite chair just in case there isn't anything interesting on TV in the evenings.  I have been drawing, doing a little painting and even taking some pictures of my work.  It seems that the only thing Im not doing is writing about it. 

I think I get distracted by all the wonderful flora and fauna around me.  It's so beautiful here at our little piece of paradise.   And there is that other little thing that gets in the way, building a house!
Since I have been taking pictures and don't have much time to write, how about if I just show you the last big project I finished.

 It is a card I made for my mom for Mothers Day.  I got the idea from the e-book Tropical Tangled Garden by Cheryl Moote.  I took 1 sheet of 12 by 18 watercolor paper and cut it in half the long way giving me 2 sheets 6 x 18.  I stitched those pieces together again the long way, 6 x 36 inches and accordion folded that into a cover sheet to make the card.  Then I got busy and drew lots of plants, flowers and leaves on both sides.  In total that makes 6 feet of drawing.  When I was happy with all the plants I painted the whole thing. 

I used Koi water colors, Peerless watercolors, Intense pencils, Blick watercolors and my Tombow brush pens. 

So here are a whole bunch of pictures of the card. 


Wow, You made it all the way to the bottom!  Thanks for looking and I hope these pictures inspire you to make a few Tangled Tropical Gardens of your own. 
Leave a comment if you want, I love to get feed back, good and bad, but mostly good I hope! 


  1. Love this idea, and I would love to use some of those patterns in our ATC nature swap cards. You have definitely inspired me, and I was in a bit of a funk trying to decide what to do next. Your mom will certainly treasure this card.

  2. May is one lucky Mother to have such a talented daughter. I can't even decide which part of the card I like the best because the whole thing is beautiful....

    Keep it up my friend...your creativity and imagination is endless..xoxoxo

  3. Beautiful, Lori. Way-ta-go, girl.

    Coleen, an American in Ukraine

  4. Wow, lucky Mom. What a gorgeous project!

  5. Lori, You look like you mastered the tangle tropical garden theme. I too have been practicing with the ebook from Cheryl. Your work is so inspiring, thank you for sharing.

  6. Lori, this is so great!! You are truly a master of design and color. I love it! Teddi

  7. Beautiful! What did you use to color it?

    1. Thanks for asking! I have a huge variety of water colour medium and usually end up using it all on my pieces. I listed the ones I used on the blog. The Intense pencils were actually Inktense brand!

  8. I love to draw flowers and love your beautiful garden. I might someday just do something like this, It seems I want to try every thing and cant make up my mind Thank you so much for all the inspiration this give me

  9. Lori, I love your work. The garden is simply gorgeous! I've been working to increase my skill set in the Zentangle method for the past year and each piece I create ends up being better than I thought. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational piece of work!

  10. This garden is amazing and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your work.