Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Everything's On Hold

Or at least it feels like it. We replaced my computer yesterday so now I have  a whole lot more power, a 20 inch screen, and Windows 7. I like the Windows 7 but of course I have to go around and set things up and try to find my files on all the back up files and make sure I have settings. Some of it has gone well and some hasn't.

To say the least I haven't had time to do art or work on posts. I'm planning on a couple of tutorials so check back. As soon as I get this computer settled in. I do have a 20 inch screen now so I look foward to viewing all those wonderful art videos and classes I've been finding. I'm taking Julie Prichard's Layer Love class, and Mary Ann Moss' Remains of the Day Journals and Stencilry. Great classes. Addicting though.

As far as art videos. One of my favorite people is Milliande. If you aren't familiar with her video's go check them out. Besides learning lots you will love her obvious joy of living and art and her accent. One of my favorites is: Milliande's Zentangle. It is mesmerizing to watch her doodle into a circle.

Here's one of my zendalas
A zentangle is an form of doodling using repetitive patterns contained in some type A zendala is doodling in a circle as in a mandala. Either form is calming and meditative and used by a variety of therapeutic situations. I use them to relax, warm up for other art or just when I need to clear my mind. They work and all you need is paper and a pen.

Give a zentangle or zendala a try.

Meanwhile, back to setting up the computer.


  1. Hi Rita! How great-a new computer, but also a new learning curve! You'll be back to your art in no time!

  2. I love doodling like that! I think i even posted some of my drawings on my blog a few months ago! Nice blog...I found you thru the Blog Hop :)

  3. Great for you...a new computer with more power...vrrooommm My husband just upgraded our software and we have large monitors but I tend to use my EeePc alot because it is so darn handy! If you ever want to think about a pc for travel, etc. the under $200 (now) EeePc's are worth every dime. I've had mine for two years and if this ever wears out I'll be getting me another one. Great to see you on the blog hop and I've added you to my google reader :D

  4. found you through the art hop and love your work!

  5. Hi Rita! I'm so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours. I've enjoyed your posts very much and I will be back to visit more. Love your zendala! :)

  6. Niiiice, you zentangle TOO! :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice meeting you Rita.


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