Smoosher Featured Artist: Desert Wind Designs

I’ve always had a soft spot for organic, earthy, rustic designs in jewelry. I have found plenty of that looking through the Desert Wind Designs Artfire Shop. Such lovely work like these earrings

And this pendant

or this bracelet

You can see a lot more of Connie’s work in this Flickr Gallery
My favorite piece is this Steampunk Tile Bracelet

Hmm, or maybe these Patchwork Leaves

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Zentangles In Polymer Clay

I recently saw online that people were talking about and making something called Zentangles. I had no idea what a Zentagle was so I had to check it out for myself.

What is a Zentangle? It was developed by Maria and Rick of Zentangle, Inc. and they define zentangle as a “fascinating new art form” in which beautiful images are created “one stroke at a time” from repetitive patterns. For me it boils down to doodling 🙂 Not mindless doodling that we do while on the phone, but doing it deliberately. I have seen it described as abstract doodling, abstract drawings and monochrome pen drawings. People making zentangles find it therapeutic, mesmerizing and well….. zen like. All you need is a sheet of white paper, a fine tip black pen and your imagination to get started.

Of course polymer clay artists have taken zentangles to a new level. 🙂 Interpreting their drawing into polymer clay art. You can interpret the drawing literally and create a black & white clay “drawing” like Dora has done.


Dora also has a tutorial on making clay zentangles you can check out.

You can take it a step further and add some color to your clay zentangles like Rev Byrd has done.


Check out Daily Art Muse’s article called 6 Ideas for Polymer Clay Zentangles. Many helpful hint are shared to get you going.

You may like to purchase the Design Originals book called Zentangle Basics By Susanne McNeill.
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