Tea At the Barber Hall: Daily Art Practice


Couch Talk


Do you ever have things on your to-do list that you keep omitting and then adding to the next list? Lately, that seems to be true for me when it comes to letter writing and phone calls. I have so many other things to keep me busy that it feels frivolous to take time out to write or call. I always need to be doing something profitable with my hands and I find it difficult to just sit around and talk. But I recently discovered these zentangle exercises to be the perfect way to create art while talking on the phone, listening in church, or down time when there is nothing else to do. I watched a few of Melinda Barlow’s Youtube videos, after her class on sketchbook revival. If you need something fun, yet relaxing, this is perfect. I think these would also make pretty art at the bottom of a hand-written letter. Now all I need is to make the time to do it.


Daily Art Practice


It has been a while since I shared a shopfront. I am still working on them but at a rather slow pace. With work and family I am lucky if I get one completed a week. This is the Tokyo Barber Hall. I was inspired to paint this after watching an Etchr Studio demo taught by Montreal Sketcher. He focused mainly on the foliage so I practiced that and then moved on to painting the whole building.





Next up is the first page in my new sketchbook. I worked from a Republic of Tea catalog and painted a few tins of tea that looked interesting to me. I am working in the Canson XL Mixed Media Sketchbook. I like that I can sketch ideas without feeling as though I am wasting watercolor paper but it is difficult to add paint layers as the paint scrubs away when adding water. I think I may try the Canson XL Watercolor Sketchbook next time.


Tea Day

I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My entry for tea day is the above watercolor of The Republic of Tea Ginger Peach and The Republic of Tea Cinnamon Orange . These are two flavors that I would love to try. I am a huge fan of their regular ginger peach tea so the Rooibos Ginger Peach sounds yummy.

Happy Tea Day,


19 thoughts on “Tea At the Barber Hall: Daily Art Practice”

  • Hi Kate, I always love seeing your watercolor paintings. I had heard of people doodling when they are the phone calls.
    adding working to your day your are a very busy person-take time for you too-happy T hugs

  • Zentangles are very appealing. I have a friend who is a Zentangles instructor and she gave us a lesson once. I like yours.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  • Wonderful zentangles Kate. I tried doing some awhile back but I just never got into it. Love your shop front and tea tin art!! I have used both those types of sketchbooks and like both of them. When i did a watercolor art page in the mixed media book I first gave it a coat of Golden pastel ground and it seemed to work well. Happy T day!

  • I like how you drew you T this week.. And I really like that fun barber shop in Tokyo. It’s such an interesting little building and is probably surrounded by tall buildings that don’t have a quarter of the personality it does.. You found a great image to draw and you did it justice. I hope you have a great T day Kate and week ahead.hugs-Erika

  • Thank you for the link of Malinda – I´ll check it out tonight.
    Great work, your shopfront looks much better than the original! Much better!
    Off to make some tea, have a happy T-Day 🙂

  • I love, love, love that shopfront and your incredible tea drawings. They are beautiful. However, I am one who hates zentangles. I tried it once and found I grip the pen/pencil too tight and it puts my dominant hand to sleep. For me, this is not just painful, it is pure torture. I’m glad you enjoy it, though. Thanks for sharing your awesome watercolors, including the tea. with us for T this Tuesday, dear Kate.

  • The zentangles are beautiful, I used to mke a lot of them, but not these days. Love the watercolour page, just beautiful. Have a great week, happy T Day, Valerie

  • Kate, I always look forward to seeing what you are drawing and painting and was thrilled to see three different types of drawing today. All are delightful but the tea speaks to me. I can totally relate to putting something on your list and moving it to another day – I do that often (at work too). Happy T-day! Hugz

  • Oh I am loving your watercolour this week Kate, that shop front looks so vibrant and the teas look fab. Yes I often have things undone on lists and have to move them to new lists, I’m suffering from lack of time atm. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  • Terrific zentangles and water color pictures. I know what you mean about the to do list, you reminded me I have to make a sympathy card this week.
    Enjoy your orange cinnamon tea, that sounds yummy.

  • Fabulous Zentangles and watercolors. You should send the tea painting to the company so they can use it in their ads. Happy T Day

  • I was delighted to see another shopfront! Lovely! I think you need to make time in your busy schedule to do art. You need it to be more productive. I mean taking time out is less productive so that you have more energy to be more productive if that makes sense…
    The Zentangles are great. I love doing them. I also love doing them on Kraft paper with a white pen.
    About that mug. I don’t know where that came from. I found it on Pinterest somewhere. It made me smile. I think every woman on this earth does that gesture, lol.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  • Your drawings are just too cute and artistic. I love the zentangling. I have already followed the person you directed us to. Happy belated t day. I have been out of town, so am late.

  • I enjoyed your entire post, but was particularly interested in the zentagle exercises. I’m not much of an artist, but I think I would enjoy watching the videos and giving it a dabble. Love your watercolors.

  • The list thing…..yes!,, Love your sketches. Your zentangles remind me of my battle with trying a few yeas ago – maybe time to try again! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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