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15% off SiteWIDE….

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Redbubble is having a 15% off sitewide sale!  Now’s the time to order those cards, prints, tote bags and gifts you’ve been holding off on…..

Tangled Spinning Wheel and Ewe web Tangled Spinning Ewe web only

Sheep and more in my Redbubble Shop

Get started on that holiday shopping – it’s really not that far away!

When I don’t draw on Paper

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I’ll pretty much draw on anything.  One of the first things I doodled on besides paper was wood.  And these are destined to become some new Drop Spindles for the Sheep and Wool show in September.  My DH does the woodturning.

drop spindle whorls

I’ve also taken to doodling on wood boxes, french ivory…..canvas bags…..I’m thinking no blank surface is safe.  What do you doodle on?

Flowing Flowers

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I drew this with the intent of adding some color…..but I’m such a chicken.  Uploaded and saved this Black Pen version because, well, I’m a chicken.

Flowing Flowers web

Flowing Flowers, on Redbubble

Whenever I upload something on Redbubble, I end up disabling a few products, but this time, I let ‘er rip…..and this really looks so nice on the Pillow.  I might have to get that myself.

Our Facebook Group is really taking off – we are close to 250 members already and I’m polling to see how many of the members want the group to convert to closed. (the group will always accept new members, just limits what non-members can see)  Come on over and join us – we are such an inspiring, supportive group and it’s a great place to get started!

The summer is quickly coming to a close….I don’t know if I’m ready to get back to the routine!

 

Share Ewe and Me and a Contest

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Tangled Ewe and Me…the name of the third piece in my series of Tangled Sheep….

Tangled Ewe and Me 001

 

Available on Redbubble – prints, cards, totes, shirts and ONESIES for baby!

Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

I love creating these little sheep – I have so many ideas and I think I’d better write them down to keep track.  I guess you can tell I’m really excited about this series – for one thing, it’s mine.  Something that creatively came from me.  When DH suggested it, I had thought about it, but as with many things I “think” about doing, I don’t often get them from the thinking stage to the actual doing stage.  I don’t know why – maybe it’s lack of confidence?  Once he talked about it, I thought I could probably do this and even if it turned out badly?  At least I tried and I might have something to show for it.  Not that I’m overly confident these are as cute as I think….but I do like them, and wouldn’t mind hanging them on my own studio wall, so I don’t have anything to lose.  But the fact that I have ideas!  I always think when I see something cute, or whimsical – gosh I wish I thought of that.  I ‘m sure we all have those moments.   I’m having fun making these and I actually did just finish a fourth one…..saving that to post tomorrow.

Trying to find your creative niche is something I’ve gone through quite a few times.  Of course the dream is to do what you love, love what you do….and maybe be able to make a little financially.  I’ve never been particularly good at advertising, selling, promoting etc.  But the more I see people do that, the more I realize that I have to at least TRY.  So I’m asking for your help – if you could share my blog, my redbubble, my anything, just put it out there if you like it.  Please share it.  Blog it, Facebook it, Tweet it,  I won’t mind at all, and I’d appreciate it so much.  I know amazing things can happen with word of mouth…or word of blog.  Let me know in a comment that you’ve shared my blog/redbubble and where and I’ll put your name into the hat for a handmade Sheepy Card.  Tell me you mentioned the contest in your link and I’ll put two into the hat for you.   I’ll pick a name out of the random generator hat Sunday, July 6th.  Thank you!

Tangled Little Flycatcher

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I love tangling these chubby little birds…..

 

Tangled Little Flycatcher 61614 001

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!

 

 

 

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.