Selective Focus: Teri Glembin

Artist Teri Glembin recently made the most of pandemic social distancing, her Scandinavian heritage, and the gift of some new art supplies to tackle a daily drawing project. This week she shows off that extended project along with some of her other work.

TG: As a graphic designer, I’m usually glued to my laptop… so it’s funny that my inspiration BLOOMED on the end of my couch with Sharpies and wood.

I’ve always loved flowers and patterns and when my friend, Kate Kebbekus, came back from a Zentangle® workshop a few years ago, I began to explore the line flow and techniques she taught me. This led to my “couch crafting” obsession. In the evenings, I’d curl up with my border collie, Lussi, and work on my “Teri-tangles”. Using various mediums to illustrate flowers, tangles, and mandala patterns, I started with black ink on paper and later transitioned to Sharpies on canvas. Wood burning with those same flower and design styles became my next obsession last summer. I currently make earrings, shelf and wall artwork, and ornaments that are wood burned and often embellished with oil or watercolor paint markers.

When the winter nights came earlier and the world paused for COVID-19, I used my couch crafting routine to explore my Scandinavian heritage by doing “A Dala A Day”. I just happened to get the perfect Christmas gift from my folks… a set of 30 colorful Sharpie markers, and with a brand new drawing pad, I spent a month doodling Dalas. Every day I posted my Swedish Dala horse illustrations on Instagram and Facebook. What a thrill to hear from so many new and old friends and how much they enjoyed my posts. It helped my self-quarantine seem less lonely and long.

You’ll soon find Bloom in Art Studio wood burned artwork, earrings, and ornaments along with “A Dala A Day” greeting cards on my website:, or for more info contact me at [email protected]. Follow Bloom in Art Studio on Facebook and Instagram. A few local shops carry various Bloom in Art Studio artwork and greeting cards including: Northwoods Confections & Gifts, Art in the Alley (downtown), and Old School Lives Marketplace. Lilac Love Fest Dala Horse 8×10 prints are available at See an exhibit of my “A Dala A Day” illustrations at The Nordic Center in January 2021.


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