Category Archives: Zentangles

Getting Ready for the Holidays

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First, I’d like to say thanks for sticking with me on the ole blog here….I know through the years I’ve been through many facets of creativity…and some of you have taken the ride with me – thanks for taking the time to read, to comment, to follow, to like….it’s much appreciated.

I still knit…that has been my constant for longer than anything else.  Right now, I”m focused on my art.  One reason is….I’ve spent a great deal of time telling myself that I’m not possibly talented enough to DO art.  To call myself an artist.  But I always wanted to BE an artist.  Well, darn it….I’m calling myself one now.  Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s getting a little self confidence, or maybe it’s just realizing you can BE anything you want to be.  Someone, somewhere out there is probably going to see what you wanted them to see and like it.  The other reason…..I’ve got a goal.  Something I’m working towards.

I’ve had some of my work actually sell.  That’s a biggie for me.  First…it’s hard for me to let go of things.  And second….it’s hard for me to let go of things.  I am used to people buying my jewelry but the artwork…..that is just so personal to me.  I’m getting better at it and really, it’s kind of a necessity if you want people to have your art, right?

That being said….I’ve put a lot of my work out there.  On Redbubble…you can find all my drawings and some of my photography.  On my Etsy shop, you’ll find my sheep, my Tangled Whorls and odds and ends…..I’m putting it all out there.  I’m doing an art show in a few weeks time.  All this is working towards the goal of attending and becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher – yep, as soon as the class registrations open I’m signing up.  It’s a bunch of money, but I’m putting nearly everything I make towards it.  So when I say thank you, it’s not just for reading this blog, commenting, liking.  It’s because you’ve been nice enough to take the time and look at my work, possibly buying a card or a print or a tote bag.  You’re getting ready for the Holidays and if something you give someone is something I made – well…..I couldn’t be more honored.  And appreciative.  And so very, very thankful for your help!  It’s you taking the time to shop and look at my work that’s allowing me to realize my Goal….a dream really, and that is to teach all that I’ve been lucky enough to be doing in the world of Zentangle…..I can’t wait!Tangled Sheep 002 refined

Do Ewe Love Fall?

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I do…it’s my favorite time of year.  Today was the perfect day to sit down and complete this lastest Sheep in the Flock…

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Do you Love Fall, available on Redbubble in prints, cards, totes, stickers etc…go on and have a look.

I’ve wanted to get to this for a bit now – the sketch has been done for a while, but I’ve been busily preparing for that Christmas show.  I have two winter sheep ready to ink – one for the Holidays and one representing winter.  I’m hoping to get a Calendar done by mid-November.  Fingers crossed.

And a little public service announcement.  You know you’ve seen me mention Tanglepatterns.com….well it’s that time of year – the Annual Request for Assistance.  It’s a much loved  resource for many, many people and Linda needs our help to keep it going.  You know, she runs that place by herself!  So go on over and see what you can do to help out – and spread the word –  I know it’s the first place I recommend to anyone who wants to get started in Zentangle and I know others do the same – lets keep it going.  Every bit counts!

Cirque

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While I was working on a new ornament the other day, I was in such a zone……and when I snapped to, I had a new pattern.  Which is really a favorite pattern of mine to do, these little plumy type leaves.  You’ll see them in lots of my work, but this one evolved into this…

Cirque for submission to tangle patterns

I’m really pleased with this – and I think I’ve finally found my feature tangle that I’ll be putting on some more ornaments soon…I’d love to see what you do with it!

I’ve been steadily working to get ready for my first art show in December…I think I’m moving along at a good pace and I hope I won’t be too frantic as we get closer.  Once I finish my ornaments, I’ll be doing the final drawings on some more Sheep…yes, there are more and I’m hoping to get a Calendar in the works before December – I might be cutting that close.

Some of my ceramic ornaments – these are very bisque-like…

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And I’ve finished one gourd so far….

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Today is a rainy, blustery day here in the Northeast, so I’ll be hunkering down and getting more done.  Enjoy the weekend!

Studio Improvements

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I’ve been thinking I should have a place to work and store my art supplies – I have a studio which houses my looms, yarn, fabric and Jewelry bench.  I just didn’t have a place to really spread out and work in that room.

Well, that’s all changed now…..

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DH took the made the long ride to Ikea yesterday to get my Anniversary Gift and I was able to get the table, corner table and that awesome drawer unit, along with the chair and two smaller mesh draw units.  I spent the rest of the day assembling it all…..I managed to dent the straight table so I have another on order and I’ll use that one as my cutting table.  I will be moving the big, antique dresser out of this room as well and it will give me a place to use as a cutting table, warping winder table, steamer table…I’ll be storing my fabric under that in something – not sure what yet.  But getting the heavy dark furniture out of the room really makes a difference.  I moved my Jewelry bench out of that corner – I always work with a light when I use it and it just made sense to put my art center near the windows.  I’m really happy with it – I need to get a lamp over there for when the light’s not so great and replace my area rug, but that’s on order too.  That mobile chest of drawers is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and so worth the money.  I cannot believe how I lived without it!

After spending all day yesterday building and moving and arranging, I finally sat down at my new table, surrounded by my sheep and started making.

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Some of my Snowflake Ornaments…ready to add the ribbon.

It’s so relaxing to have a space other than the arm of my couch to do some art and you can’t beat the view…

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I still have my screen in…..the afternoons were getting warm, but I think that’s going to change fast now.

Have a wonderful week!

I love October

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It’s my favorite time of year and October has got to be my favorite month.  I just love the color, the weather (for the most part – snow and ice storms not included) and Halloween!  I love to decorate for Halloween…

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This is a plastic craft pumpkin I bought at Michaels…it comes in black, white, orange and I think I saw some in pink.  I really had a lot of fun doing this black pumpkin with white Gelly Roll pen….and you can see my new tangle, Podzles there on the right side.  I have one more I’m working on in a orangy, metalic pen and I’m close to finishing that – it will be done this weekend.

In sheepy news – I’ve three more sketches to ink in and so many more to do…..I was hoping to put together a calender for the holidays, but I’m also getting ready for a Juried Art show in December…..so much to do, not enough time!

Finally, I’ve mentioned it before, but if you haven’t seen it, there is a Great little group on Facebook called For the Love of Doodling - we love doodles, zentangle, zia and it has grown to over 600 members in under two months!  We try to keep it interesting, so come on over and join us…I promise you will be inspired and motivated and you won’t be disappointed!

Fizz and Podzles

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I have two new tangle patterns to share with you today.

First up is Fizz.  I’ve had Fizz around for about a month.  It was basically staring me in the face at my first day back to school in-service.  It was a pattern on someone’s dress who was sitting a few rows in front of me.  I thought it would be perfect as a tangle and immediately drew it on my folder.  It took me a little bit to draw out the steps, but here it is

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The second tangle is Podzles…..this one came to me last night as I was finishing tangling my Pumpkin.  I think you could use it both as a long ribbon type tangle and as a filler.

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I’d love to see if you use these patterns, so be sure to let me know!  Enjoy!