Category Archives: Zentangles

Drifts, a new Tangle

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Yesterday, we were on the receiving end of over two feet of snow from the Blizzard that pretty much blanketed most of the east coast with snow.  I’m guessing I had snow on my mind when I went to sleep Friday night, because when I woke up, I had this tangle floating around my head.

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I really had a lot of fun with this one, and there are quite a few “tanglelations” that I’ve tried already…including adding some Gemmy aspects….

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In this tile, I have three variations of it among Hollibaugh.  I hope you give it a try!

Happy New Year!

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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!

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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!

Gems Video

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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.

 

Arukas Meets Diva Dance

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I was doing a little tangling  today, trying to catch up on my Tangle-a-Day calendar and then I got bit by this bug….

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So many tangles out there and I just got a bug to combine these two – Arukas meets Diva Dance – this was a ton of fun and I definitely will be doing this again!

You can find Diva Dance, created by Maria Thomas to Celebrate Laura and her 100th Weekly challenge, HERE.

For the Love of Tangling July Challenge!

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I have a group on FB, For the Love of Tangling, that’s been a lot of fun and it’s a wonderful group of people.  We were having weekly challenges, but that was a little too much, so we’ve now gone to Monthly Challenges.  My inspiration for July’s Challenge was a tile I started at CZT Seminiar, one of the pre-strung Zendalas.

I finished it this morning and Viola!  July’s Zendala Challenge is born!

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Patterns used here are Poke Leaf, Diva Dance Rock N’ Roll, and Betweed.  Come on over and join us in the group and you can participate in the challenge!  With a whole month to work on this, we should have a photo album just brimming with amazing!  Do one – do more than one – prestrung, your own design, a template….go for it.  Show us your Zendalas!

 

Diva’s Weekly Challenge 224, Tipple

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Wasn’t sure which was this mono-tangle was going to go, but I remembered not to be afraid to draw a string and not to be afraid to ignore it, too.  I’m happy.

I’d like to just say thank you to everyone who took the time to read my last post – I really appreciate you spending the time to do that and the comments were wonderful 🙂

It Must Be True

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There is just so much “stuff” out there.  The interwebs, TV, Social Media – I always think of that commercial with the girl that says it must be true….because she saw it on the internet.  Funny, right?  I’ve seen quite a few discussions on Social Media the last few days and it really has me thinking.

What’s not so funny is that sometimes people are so willing to believe whatever they read, see or hear out there. Sometimes it’s the first stop they make after that initial internet search.  They read whatever it is they’re researching on, forgetting that those things they’re reading?  They are people’s opinions, thoughts, even their own research and sometimes they are talking about something like they know all about it, when in fact, they haven’t even experienced it.  How do we know?  How can we tell the genuine, real life personal review from the one that is just someone stirring the pot?   It always surprises me, and I do this too, how much weight we are willing to give to what we are reading or hearing,  often forgetting that it’s someone else’s opinion, research or just their ramblings on something they may or may not know anything about – it must be true, right?  We just READ it on the internet, or saw it on TV, or read it in the newspaper.

So Zentangle ® .  So much information out there.  So many write about it.  Have opinions about it.  Good.  Bad.  Some are really hating on it – “Doodling has been around forever” or “No one tells me how to do MY art” or “I don’t do anything that has RULES” I’ve seen different versions of all those statements, especially in the last few days and I have just one question – where are people getting that information?  Because I cannot find it on the Zentangle.com site.  I don’t think CZT’s are teaching that.  It’s not taught in the CZT seminar.  To me, it’s sort of like reading a review before you buy something – wouldn’t you go to a lot of different sources, read them and maybe between all you’ve read, you can make an informed decision?  Or at the very least, try the method before you bad mouth it all over the place.  You need paper, pen and a pencil.  That’s it.  Three things, 15 minutes and maybe it just might open your mind.  Have you ever heard that phrase “Straight from the horses mouth”?  Well….wouldn’t that just be amazing if people went straight to Zentangle.com, spent a little bit of time reading and make their own conclusion?  Don’t even listen to me…..why would you?  Do you know me?  Maybe I’m the most down to earth person that would never lead you down the wrong path.  Maybe I’m a lying McLairpants that’s just messing around, trying to get you all riled up.  How do you know?  And why shouldn’t people take control of what information they get?

I feel like now, after my training, I just want a blog post to point people in the direction of learning more about this method.  You can read about Zentangle Method Here and Theory Here.  Or ask me or any CZT!

Take the 15 minutes and make a tile – did that hurt?  Did it make you angry?  Did you feel like someone was screaming orders at you the whole time?  Or.  Did you feel calmer, more relaxed, less stressed?  Did that 15 minutes open a new door for you?  Great then find a CZT in your area.  Take a class.  Believe me, there is nothing, no review, no ones opinion that is more valuable than YOUR firsthand experience.  Not even anything I’m saying right here, right now is more important than your experience.  Yours.  Not someone on some FB group who is just trying to agitate people.  Not someone who heard it from her sisters cousins best friends aunt.  Then let me know what happens after you take that class.   I’m curious to see how many people have gone and done that, especially the people who were very skeptical, and have walked away with a totally different understanding from the one they started with.   I’d love to do a survey on that someday.

That’s what I’d like to say to people who repeat the misconceptions and misinformation out there about Zentangle or anything for that matter ….don’t offer up an opinion unless you have the experience of doing something – it’s like reviewing a car that you’ve never DRIVEN….how do you do that?

And now I’d like to share a few of my photos from my most awesome experience last week at CZT 20

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Photo Booth time with Karen, Me, and Chrissie Frampton.

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You cannot argue with that many smiling faces! Pamela, Donna, Megan, Alecia, Me, Karen.

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I can’t describe the feeling of getting to work in this journal and all the wonderful things I hope I was able to write down – it’s an experience you want to make sure you relish every second of.

I couldn’t be more proud to have this Certificate and the Group Work of Art – how many things can you say you’ve cooperated with 107 other people on and produced something beautiful?

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If something I wrote here just makes one person take the bull by the horns (another cliche’) and go check this out for themselves, my soap box has served me well.

Owl Watch Over You

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My 5th and probably, favorite coloring page just went live in my Etsy shop…..

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Adorable Owls, with pretty Botanical’s and a little hint of Summer Time Bee’s all in an instant PDF you can print out on your choice of paper and start coloring however you like.  You can even add some tangles if coloring isn’t your thing.  Your PDF will print out without the center watermark.  I’d love to see this once you’ve colored it in, so be sure to let me know!

Next time you read this blog….I’m hoping to have become a CZT!