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Tangled Fourth Of July!

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Tangled Patriotic Sheep, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

I hope you have a wonderful day, whatever you may be doing.  Thank you to our Son and Daughter-in-law and  all the Brave, who keep this this Land of the Free.

We had some nasty weather yesterday, wicked thunderstorms and a tornado  passed by us and just a few minutes away from us, people are without power, trees down, property damage.  We had some good sized hail as it was going by, but other than our canopy moving a few feet,  and losing power for about 5 minutes, we were very lucky.  Stay safe out there!

I’ll Watch Over Ewe

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That’s the name of Wednesday’s Sheepy Thing…..

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Tangled I’ll Watch Over Ewe, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

This would be number 8 in this series. A Devoted Mama keeping watch over her little one sleeping.  I think this one would make a perfect Baby Gift, especially in a pillow to decorate a chair in  Baby’s room…..Which one is your favorite?

I have a few templates I’d like to catch up on and a commissioned piece I’m pondering the design of.  I love when I get a commission to do because I really enjoy the process of making what someone is talking about  into something tangible, visible on paper.

I’d also like to give a new book, Pattern Play, A Zentangle Creativity Booster by Cris Letourneau and Sonya Yencer a thorough look-through and review.  So far, I’m liking what I see.  It is  presented like a workbook with a good amount of patterns and their variations  with “idea starters” to get you going.    I really love Cris’s other book, Made in the Shade – excellent book to learn shading techniques.  I bought both of my books through Amazon, so that’s the links I’ve given.

Have a Great Day and Keep on Tangling!

 

Tangled Little Flycatcher

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I love tangling these chubby little birds…..

 

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Once again, a fun template by Ben Kwok.  I did add in the stump.  This is the first bird I think I get to keep….so far.  I’m thrilled to be able to sell some of my work, it’s taken a while for me to be confident enough to do that.  I’m definitely taking my work more seriously now.  I’ve recently revived my Redbubble account and posted some of my Zentangle Inspired Art there.    I had a Cafe Press account for about 15 minutes, but deleted it after I read somewhere that the quality of their products isn’t that great.  I’ve looked at Zazzle, but I’d love to hear where you all have your art – are you happy with the quality of the products your images are put on?

Another thing I’ve been thinking about lately is where I do the bulk of my work.  I actually sit on the couch, using the arm of it to lean my sketchpad on.  I have an ott light and I can be quite comfortable there for awhile.  Where do you work?  Desk?  Table?  Dedicated Drawing Table?  I’d love to hear it.

Finishing this little guy has left me without an active bigger project, but never fear….I took one of my small sketchbooks and pre-drew the first 65 strings from Linda Farmers site, Tanglepatterns.com.  And there is always the Diva’s Weekly Challenge.  This week is using two of my favorite tangles, Auraknot and Mooka.

What are you tangling this week?  Leave me a comment, I would love to look at your work!

 

 

 

Mr. Owl

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Mr. Owl is finished.  This was so much fun to do.  Thanks again to Ben Kwok for a wonderful Template.  I didn’t use the entire template, but I like to make these projects mine.

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Be sure to click on my new page up at the top,  “So you want to know more about Zentangle” it’s full of links and info to get you started!  Have fun!

New Tangle Pattern – Rivet

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While I was working on my challenge yesterday, I started to draw this pattern and realized I haven’t seen it before – I love when you get so immersed in what you’re doing that you unlock something new.  I’m sharing my pattern, Rivet here.  If you noticed my Circle piece yesterday, it goes around the top circle on the left and I think I really like it in it’s curved form.  Have fun.

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I love when people use my patterns and I don’t care if you’re using them for yourself or even if you are selling a piece with my pattern in it.  But I will ask if you are going to include any of my patterns in a publication or reference, that you contact me for permission and give credit where credit is due.  Thanks!

New PDF Pattern for Blythe!

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I’ve finally posted my first ever, Blythe Clothes Pattern…..

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Bythe Sleeveless Cardigan available from my Ravelry store or My Etsy Shop for $3.00US

and since I’m busy promoting my stuffs…..get started on your holiday knitting…..

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Cable Pumpkin Sweater – slip a real pumpkin in or stuff with fiberfill.  Also in my Ravelry Store and my Etsy Shop for $2.00US.

Thanks for looking…..and hopefully knitting one of my designs!

My Thoughts on Tangling

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When my friend, Opal, first introduced me to Zentangle® I was intriqued.  Firstly, I had been “doodling” most of my life.  So for me, that someone, or someones, in this case Maria and Rick, had taken that activity and created this, was, in my opinion, pretty clever.  And business savvy. And eye-opening.  And I give them loads of credit and respect.  I can’t even tell you how much I wish I could take the course to become an Official CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher).

Of course, when I find something new, I become immersed in it.  I searched around the webs and found loads of resources. Besides the site that Rick and Maria have, another popular site is Tanglepatterns.com.  Great site.  It has changed a bit in my opinion since she became a CZT.  My pattern Archer is there.  The site owner does ask for submissions of patterns but you have to meet the Criteria she refers to here.  My other pattern, Petal Panes was mentioned on another great site, Life Imitates Doodles - a fabulous resource for tangle patterns, and quite a few that you won’t find at Tanglepatterns.com.  Also, books are a tremendous resource for inspiration and ideas – and lets not forget the ultimate resource, Zentangle.com!

Do I always consider what I do a Zentangle®  Probably not.  But I do lose myself with each piece I create, achieving a meditative state,  which is what I interpret the purpose of Zentangle® to be.  Do I always use official patterns?   No.  I don’t and I don’t think that takes away from my pieces, either.  I guess my point is, Zentangle enables you to be creative and in my case, greatly improves my creativity, restores my peace of mind, relaxes me, eases tension, lets me focus on something other than what might be bothering me at the time and I end up feeling rejuvenated when I’m done.  eta: I have bouts of Fibromyalgia and I have to say that along with my knitting, Tangling really helps for those times that I feel too “foggy” to anything else.  And as for stress relief – our youngest son joined the Army a little over a year ago and has had a rough time of it – as have we.  It is nice to have an activity that can relieve the stresses of life, no matter what you are dealing with, even for just a little while.

Now if only they offered a Zentangle Scholarship…..I’d apply in a flash!

ImageBad light here today, raining cats and dogs.