So Much News!

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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….

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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?

What! Another new Hobby!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I love to learn new things.  If it’s related to fiber, I’ll probably try it at least once.  A long time ago, I used to braid rugs with wool fabric and my braiding buddy, Laurie, became interested in rug hooking – I resisted it back then.

Last weekend we traveled to Maryland for our annual first camping trip and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – and something just called to me as I was passing a booth with beautiful rugs……I have no idea what clicked or what little voice I heard but the next thing I knew I had bought a little kit, hoop and hook.

Of course I was excited, but so intimidated – I’ve done locker hooking and thought this was a little similar and possibly kinder on my hands – plus wool!  Did I mention I used to braid rugs and have a huge wool stash that has sat untouched for years – I’m a little scared to open those bins up.

I found a lot of information on youtube, my first (notice I numbered it?) rug hooking book arrived yesterday.  A great little talk show on youtube, My Rug Hooking Show, hosted by Annette, has been so inspirational and helpful.  Last night I finally put the little piece of burlap on the frame and started….

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It’s coming along nicely and I cannot stand how cute this is.  It’s a little circle mat and I also purchased another kit from another seller – a Flying COW….my husband pointed it out to me and well, it was minutes before I owned it.  With watching Annette’s talk show, I can already see the possibilities in making my own designs and incorporating some Zentangle into this – oh that would be so sweet!  The really wonderful part about this is that you don’t need a boatload of time – as Annette reminds us in her talk show – just a small block of time, 5, 10, 15 minutes of working on a piece – you don’t have to finish a row, mark your spot on a pattern, remember where you left off – it’s just so easy to stop then start up again.  And let me just say, how relaxing this is – another relaxing hobby can’t be bad.  I need some more relaxation techniques to keep the stress levels down, don’t we all?

 

 

 

How I draw Mooka

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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.

Flowering Mooka

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!

Ryukin

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One of my Best Friends loves fish…..and has a birthday in March.  This year I made up my mind to make her one of Ben Kwok’s awesome templates.  I’m very happy with how it turned out and she loved it.  And this morning it’s featured over on a group at Redbubble – a really nice way to start out my Monday and week.

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Ryukin, available in cards, prints, stickers, shirts….you name it…on Redbubble

How To Transfer Templates/images for Tangling

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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!

Tangled Flower Tutorial

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I finished this piece last week…

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Which was inspired by a member of my Facebook Group, For the Love of Doodling.  Diane C made a beautiful drawing of a woman wearing a hat and she had this big, wonderful flower.  She says she didn’t make the pattern up,  but with her kind permisson, I’ve deconstructed it.  It’s a lot of fun to do and a few members where asking for a video of how so…

I hope you enjoy it and I’ve love to see what you do with it.  Come on over and join us at For the Love of Doodling!

Farewell Max

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Max 2006 – 2015

We brought you home in 2008 when you were barely 2 years old.  You were the rabbit that made it possible for me to have a rabbit I wasn’t allergic to.  We even tried to get you a mate, but the hilarity of you two together made it clear there was not going to be any little rabbits.  You were a tough cookie,  lover of dandelions, flipper of food dishes – you patiently put up with me learning how to groom all that angora you grew sooooooo well, and behaved like a gentelman during those grooming sessions.

You will be missed.

Tangling Woven Patterns

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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.

And thanks for watching!  And subscribing!  And sharing!

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

watermarked March

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!