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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?

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Whew!

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Well, the show went on without a hitch.  The weather was really bad – very heavy rains, so I think that a lot of people didn’t venture out, but we were among over 120 vendors and we had a fair amount of buyers.  We did ok.  I would definitely consider doing the show again, and definitely change things up a bit – our future daugher-in-law Jess, spent the day there with us, which was just so enjoyable and she was so helpful.  Since she’s very talented herself, I really appreciate the ideas that she comes up with in terms of what I can do to offer more interesting and appealing creations.  And brainstorming with her,  I thought maybe I should venture into the world of Youtube videos…….put myself out there before I get my CZT and get people familiar with my channel, so to speak.  She has her own Youtube channel and I trust her opinion So….I made a little video.

Please feel free to share, like, comment, subscribe – I’d really appreciate the feedback.  And thanks for taking the time to watch!

And about that CZT Seminar.  Registration opened up and my friend Karen and I are now signed up for CZT 20 in June!  So very excited!  I cannot wait and we hope to be teaching our first class sometime next fall.

I really feel keeping my daily journal helped with meeting all the goals I had before the show, so now…onto the Holidays – I better get shopping!

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.