Diggory Wombat Gets Lost


Last month, I did a review of the new Hahnemühle ZigZag Book.

I love writing stories in accordion-style book, so I also used the review to create an anniversary gift for my husband. I didn’t have time to finish the complete story before the review deadline however.

The story is complete, and I’ve made a video, plus an explanation of my process in conceiving, writing and illustrating the story. It’s all up on Doodlewash!

Be sure to check out Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #11, posted earlier this morning. It includes a 5 x 5 inch ZigZag book!

Idunna’s Gryphon – an ATC Humgryphon


The Weekly Wednesday Giveaway for this week ends at 11:59 PST tonight!

Before I got into Zentangle, I was into ATC’s and I was as obsessed with that too. I don’t do them anymore preferring to work larger.

I had a method of painting with acrylic, and then drawing with an India Ink Pitt Brush pen to mix the color. The result looked a lot like oils.

This little humgriffin has always been one of my favorites. Actually, he’d probably count as an Alebrijes, except that I wrote a story for him and it involves the Norse gods. As I recall, I did this as part of a challenge, but I can’t remember anything about it.

Artwork Ceramcoat metallic acrylics; tube acrylics; Pitt Brush Pen on Strathmore illustration board.

Here’s the story that explains the humgriffon: Idunna’s Gryphon

Idunna, the Norse Goddess was picking out the ripest of her golden
apples one morning, when a gryphon flew over her garden. She was
enraptured, and desired a gryphon as her own pet. She was worried,
though, that such a large beast would destroy her garden.

This was in the days before Loki became the enemy of the gods, and he
loved Idunna for her sweet nature. He thought long and hard about
her wish for a gryphon, and finally came up with a plan.

He placed a dead fish in her garden and laced it with nectar to lure
both a cat and hummingbird. When one of each had arrived, he spoke
with a golden tongue, hypnotic and compelling. The hummingbird was
convinced that the cat was a bird, and the cat believed the bird was
feline. They fell in love and mated and from their mating was born a
tiny beast of the gryphon kind, with a hummingbird’ s head, and the body
of a kitten.

Now it flies around Idunna’s garden, a bright jewel among the flowers.

The Adventures of City Girl-An illustrated Story Day 6


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The Adventures of City Girl

3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Japanese style album with concertina style paper.

  • Page 27: Next door, there was a shoe sale! High-heeled scuba fins! Banana boots! And City Girl’s favorite…. Tubular Track shoes!
  • Page 28: She bought one of each and then went shopping for clothes.

And then I ran out of pages in the accordion book! So the story of City Girl continues in LaLa land.  Somewhere, someplace City Girl shops on, lost among the celestial clothing racks of illustrated space.

This was a silly story, and I hope you enjoyed it.  We all need some silliness in our life now and then.

The Adventures of City Girl-An illustrated Story Day 5


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The Adventures of City Girl

3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Japanese style album with concertina style paper.

  • Page 23: Suddenly, she realized her feet were wet! There was a crack in the acrylic dome! City Girl did NOT want to swim with the dolphins!
  • Page 24: The tourists ran, City Girl among them.
  • Page 25: Everyone reached the exit, but City Girl’s hair was a definite casualty.
  • Page 26: She went for a refresher-do with full body massage and spinal alighment.

This thrilling story ends tomorrow. You may heave a sigh of relief now.

The Adventures of City Girl-An illustrated Story Day 4


Last week, I shared an illustrated story, Cosmic Puppy and the Bountiless Bone, that I did in an accordion journal. I was insane that year (2010) and did two of these as gifts. This week I’m sharing the second one, which is …

The Adventures of City Girl

3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Japanese style album with concertina style paper.

  • Page 19: The garden shop had ladybugs on sale.
  • Page 20: She finally found the food court and dined on noodles with clams and asparagus. City Girl likes to eat.
  • Page 21: After she left the mall, she walked to the harbor and entered the acrylic tunnel that runs under the sea.
  • Page 22. She wished she could swim with the dolphins.

You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s episode! It really does get thrilling. Hair-raising even!

The Adventures of City Girl-An illustrated Story Day 3


Last week, I shared an illustrated story, Cosmic Puppy and the Bountiless Bone, that I did in an accordion journal. I was insane that year (2010) and did two of these as gifts. This week I’m sharing the second one, which is …

The Adventures of City Girl

3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Japanese style album with concertina style paper.

Page 13: At Dusk, she wet to the top of the city to view the lights.
Page 14: A lost puppy wandered by. She helped him find his owner.
Page 15: She walked to the closest mall and looked for the food court.

  • Page 16: She stopped to sample some fine chocolates
  • Page 17: The moon was beautiful, so she stepped outside to watch it for a while.
  • Page 18: Her favorite author had a new book out.

This thrilling story is continued tomorrow.

The Adventures of City Girl-An illustrated Story Day 2


Last week, I shared an illustrated story, Cosmic Puppy and the Bountiless Bone, that I did in an accordion journal. I was insane that year (2010) and did two of these as gifts. This week I’m sharing the second one, which is …

The Adventures of City Girl

3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Japanese style album with concertina style paper.

  • Page 7: Then she has an ice cream sundae.
  • Page 8: Afterwards, she tests a bed in the furniture store …
  • Page 9: … and her head whirls with strange dreams.
  • Page 10: When she woke, she went to a museum filled wit old things …
  • Page 11: …then a museum of modern art.
  • Page 12: For a while, she window-shopped.

This thrilling story is continued tomorrow.