Author Archives: Christianne

About Christianne

Fibernut, Metal/Jewelry Artisan, Mom, Wife, Para, You Name It!

Shading with Pen….or what I do with those Old Microns

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A lot of us that Zentangle or Doodle use Micron pens.  And if you do use Micron pens, you know how easy it is for those nibs to get crushed if you exert too much pressure on them.  And if you’re as addicted to this art form as many of us are….you know we go through a lot of pens.  Don’t throw out those pens that are a little past their prime – there is still some life left in them!

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It’s another snowy day in the Northeast, and I’m perfectly fine with it.  I don’t mind the snow and I know I’ll look back on the winter fondly when the heat of the summer sets in.  Today was not only make a video day, but I did finish a project I had been working on, too

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I did this piece on Rendr No Show Thru paper and I’m not a fan.  First, this paper has a weird grayish cast to it.  It does indeed not bleed thru, but the paper is on the thin side.  It hasn’t won me over from my Strathmore Bristol Vellum at all.  I’m happy with the way the actual work came out – I just wish it was on Bristol.

I don’t think Winter is really done with us yet, March is certainly sweeping in here like a Lion!

Podzles Tangle Pattern Video

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Fresh from the video camera to Youtube…..

 

It’s been bitterly cold here in the Northeast and while we haven’t gotten as much snow as those north of us, we are still having quite the snowy winter.   We haven’t had a Monday in school since January 5th!  And today is a holiday, so we are home again – not that I’m complaining.  I’m getting used to the shorter work weeks.

Stay warm and safe out there!

Good Luck Cowl

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My pattern, Good Luck Cowl, has been available since 2008.  It has proven to be a good little pattern, fast and easy to knit and you end up with a cute, kick-butt little cowl.  I’ve made the decision to put a price on it now, since I have been and still support the pattern.  I’m not charging a ridiculous amount for it, but since I’ve never done something like this – offered something for free and then charged for it, I’m a little apprehensive.  That being said, I’ve set the price at $3.50.  I feel this is reasonable for a pattern that is tried and true…..for a cute, kick-butt little cowl.  It is available only on Ravelry right now…until etsy has figured out it’s procedure with VAT and patterns sold to the EU.  If you are from the EU and want any of my patterns, please just email me and we will work it out.

Superbowl Sunday and we are getting ready for our annual get together – and a messy snow storm.  We’ll see if we get what we say after last weeks big mess up with the snowmageddonpocolyse 2015 that we didn’t get.  But truth be told, we did have a snow day and not as much clean up, so I’m ok with it.  Hoping for another snow day tomorrow – does that make me crazy?  I love snow days!

Whatever you’re doing this weekend have fun, be safe and stay warm!  It’s cold out there!

Shading Your Doodles

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I’ve had a few requests to demonstrate how I shade my Doodles, Zentangles etc.  I finally sat down and made the video but keep in mind, this is how I do it….there are plenty of tutorials and books out there and you should definitely check them all out – tools in the toolbox, you can never have too many.

In other news, I’ve been jumping around my knitting projects – had a little disheartening experience with a pattern I purchased and subsequently, the shine has worn off the project for now.  Since I purchased not just the pattern but the yarn as well, I will probably make it, but really, when you pay for a pattern and find an error (it happens, right?) the least I would expect is to have the designer make the correction.  We all make mistakes,  but to insist that your project IS right, when clearly several people have asked the same question and made the same corrections FOR YOU….sheesh is all I can say.  Moving on, I’m knitting a quick shawly/poncho-y wonderfully warm doo-dad and since we’ve had a bit of snow, it will surely come in handy now.

Speaking of snow – all the hub-bub over the feet of snow we were supposed to get – well, even those weather forecasters can’t get it right all the time – I’m happy to have a snow day and not so much for my hubby to clean up – winning in my book.  There are still those who got buried under the snow, but thankfully, not the blizzard conditions they were predicting.  Stay safe and warm everyone!

Just Like That

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What a week!  Getting back into the swing of things after the Holidays was just not that easy this year.  Back to work, Back to “normal” just isn’t what it used to be.  I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy to see a Friday arrive – I hope next week is a little better, but I suspect it’s going to be just as hectic and crazy!

With all the crazy, stressfulness of the week, I was making a point of tangling each day – such a great stress reliever and it doesn’t take a lot of time – a few minutes here and there add up and pretty soon, you have a finished piece.

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Patterns – Featherfall, Indy-Rella and my Cirque with a twist to it – Cirque-Flake.

This was done in my little 5.5 x 5.5 inch Global Arts HandbookSketchbook of Strings that I talk about in one of my video.  I love that little book and recently ordered a rectangular version to start working in.  Global Arts Handbook are wonderful quality sketchbooks, I highly recommend them.  Quality paper, very well made and they will lay flat, which makes it easier for me to work in them.  This little 5.5×5.5 is easy to tuck into my bag, so I take it everywhere with me.  I used my new Derwent Graphik Line Maker pens which are just amazing.  I love these pens and they are wonderful to work with – they come in a set of 6, different size nibs and are so smooth going on the paper.  They nibs seem a bit sturdier than the Sakura Microns, though I still love my Microns.  The also come in a pretty carrying case, so you can easily tuck them into your back and have a nice set of pens to take with.

I’m approaching a milestone on my Youtube channel – so close to 100 subscribers!  I’m at 98 right now….so, so close!  I appreciate the support and all those who’ve taken the time to watch my videos and leave me comments – you’re all so kind and encouraging!  This weekend I’ll be making a few more videos and I hope you’ll check in – even better, subscribe and you’ll get notice when new videos come out.

This weekend there is nothing I HAVE to do…well, except the food shopping – you need food.  But nothing else.  Over the Christmas Break I received three DVD’s from Tiffany Lovering - I was a winner in her giveaway!  This weekend I think I’ll finally get to watch them and play around with what I’m sure I’ll be learning.

What are you doing this weekend?

 

 

The Year of the Sheep

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According to the Chinese Zodiac, starting February 19, 2015 will the The Year of the Sheep(goat/ram).  So, you still have plenty of time to order and receive your very own Tangled Sheep 2015 Calendar!Tangled Sheep web

Tangled Sheep 2015 on Redbubble.  Click through to see what each months sheep is.  Thanks!