I would like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2016, filled with Health, Happiness, and Love! Thanks for sticking around my blog, commenting and just encouraging me to keep going with it.
To celebrate welcoming 2016 I’m having a Sale at the Etsy shop – use coupon code “NY2016” for 10% any purchase $5 or more. So go on, start your New Year off with some stress relieving coloring pages, instantly available for download or stock up on some Sheepy Goodness.
This year I’ll be working on my Art – I’m taking a Jane Davenport Workshop on Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces….I’m so enjoying branching out to using color and incorporating Zentangle with it. If you have always wanted to unlock your talent for drawing, Jane’s workshops are amazing!
I’m also hoping to be able to put together a schedule with Zentangle classes. It’s been hard to plan too far ahead lately. My Youtube channel has grown significantly since I posted my How to Make Gems for Zentangle Video, so thank you for taking the time to watch!
The end of this year has seen me getting back to my Midori Travelers Notebook, and incorporating Art Journaling – All those scrapbook supplies that I have and finally I have a way to incorporate it into my daily journaling. I’m super excited to add a Chic Sparrow Creme Brulee to my notebooks this year and I can’t wait till it arrives! I’m thinking I’ll do a video flip through of my December insert with all the tip-in’s and photos – this opened a whole new world of journaling for me and has become part of my daily practice. The end of 2015 I’ve not only added a Canon Selphy to my artjournaling equipment, but I was given a little Polaroid Zip for Christmas – which is awesome, portable and I love it! You can follow my Art Journal and other adventures over on Instagram. I’ve discovered a few very talented women over on Youtube that have really inspired me this year. Ali Brown, who has a wonderful channel with so much inspiration and enthusiasm for journaling, art and photography – her videos are just so much fun to watch. Jennifer Harvey aka Chic Sparrow has some amazing video’s showcasing her gorgeous notebooks and her love of art – check out her watercolor blending video. And last, but certainly not least, my Daughter-in-law, Jesscrafts, has a Channel chock full of all you’d ever need to know about cardmaking, stamping, copics, a multitude of techniques and crafty amazingness.
Go check them all out – I dare you not to be inspired! Tell me what you inspired you in 2015!
There are all these beautiful Zentangle Inspired works appearing in the groups on FB and it’s all about these wonderful “Gems” I first saw the gems made by Kae Yoshino, and the tutorials on that blog. A few members of my Facebook group were asking for a video – I searched and just couldn’t find one so….I made a quick one. Keep in mind that how I make the gems is just one of the techniques out there and there are many. I hope it helps. There is also a new ebook from Eni Oken – you can find it on her blog.
Wow – the time has gone by in a blink! So much going on this past month and I think I’m finally caught up. Exciting things!
First, I was approached about being in a Collaboration Coloring Book project with other artists – I was excited but apprehensive about such a big project, but ultimately, being part of this is only going to be a good thing! I will be one of the artists in the 2nd Volume of Global Doodle Gems! The 1st Volume should be released next month and the 2nd possibly in August! I finished my contributions and sent them off yesterday.
The second really exciting thing that happened was another invitation to be in another book! I will be among quite a few artists and their Tangle pattern Step Outs. Five of my patterns will be included in the book, along with some artwork. So excited for this as well – and hopefully that book will be available by Christmas.
Now with all this going on, I’ve got CZT Seminar coming up in two short weeks – my friend Karen and I are driving up to Rhode Island and we can’t wait. With all the creativity, I’ve got tons of ideas floating around in my head for my OWN book and this is the beginning of that….
You’ll have to use your imagination a bit, as the inking isn’t done. I’m sorry to say I will be much more careful about the photo’s I’m posting and watermarking them – I’ve had a bit of a run in with people thinking my work on my FB page was FREE, so much of the art there was taken down and will only be re-uploaded when it’s all been watermarked. I don’t like watermarking, I much preferred to upload low resolution, smaller photo’s but after having all of my work downloaded by a group of enthusiastic coloring page seekers (and honestly, who knows who else downloaded them) I think I have to be more cautious.
So, to sum up – Coloring Book, Tangle pattern Step Out Book, CZT training, compiling a good amount of pages for my own book, the end of the school year (yay!) and then its SUMMER VACATION! Whooohoooo! I have a copy of Elements 13 I need to learn how to use for more professional editing of my artwork (help!) and lot’s of sketchbooks to fill, not to mention, I’d like to make a few more videos – what would you all like to see next?
I recently did a few pieces that have the tanglepattern Mooka in them…..this has been a pattern I’ve struggled with and I think I’ve finally become comfortable with the way I do them now. I had a request from a few members of my Facebook Group, For The Love of Doodling, to show how I draw them in my next video. Mission accomplished – I hope it helps some.
I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any video requests, please feel free to comment – if I can, I will try to help. Thanks for reading and watching!
I see this question come up frequently in the Doodle/Zentangle groups on Facebook – how do you transfer templates for Tangling? In this video, I go over two methods – one simple and inexpensive, the other with a lightpad. There are many methods you can use, but these are the two I that I use – Hope you find it helpful to see how it’s done!
My newest video goes over how I make some of the intricate looking woven patterns, such as W2 and Huggins.
This is the first video with the new camera – that annoying little spodge of dust was really bothering me and it was time for an upgrade. Next I’ll be working on improving the lighting and then I think I’ll have my making-videos set up complete. If there is anything you want to see demonstrated, comment and I’ll see what I can do to help.
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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
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!
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!
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!