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.
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 Handbook, Sketchbook 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?
I had two more sheep to make to complete the calendar for 2015 (not to mention ideas for the next calendar, but they’ll happen in 2015) and one of them was this Happy New Year to Ewe.
There is a very faint background of fireworks around her….this is of course, January’s Sheep 😉 She is available singly and in the Calendar at Redbubble.
I’m glad I was able to get them done – the last one was a St. Patrick’s Day sheep….stay tuned for that post. Of course it didn’t help that I came down sick on Sunday – fever, cough and now a doctors visit today. I know if I don’t go, I’ll be wishing I did around Christmas morning. I hear this is going around like crazy, whatever “IT” is, but I’m just hoping to start feeling better as quickly as it came up on me. This just goes to show – no matter how much I take vitamins, how much I wash my hands, those sneaky little germs get through. Grrrrr!
I hope you have a lovely, healthy, happy, Merry Christmas!
ETA: Just had my first rude comment since I started this here blog, so I guess I’ve been quite fortunate. For those of you who enjoy reading, seeing the art work – thanks for sticking around. If you don’t, just move on. I don’t tolerate rude, non-constructive comments. You’re basically just saying something for the sake of being mean. You don’t have to like the blog, my art or anything I do. And you certainly don’t have to stick around and see anymore. Carry on and Happy Holidays.
I couldn’t find a new video for my group this morning, so….what’s an admin to do? Make one! Here is my demonstration on how to draw my first tanglepattern, Archer
I hope you find it helpful. Please subscribe to my channel and give me a thumbs up – I appreciate it!
My newest video – How to Draw Cirque – enjoy!
We had a bit of Wicked Weather here in the Northeast yesterday, which made for our first Delayed opening for work……I don’t mind, but the days gets crazy when it’s compressed into less hours. It gave me a little time to experiment some more with video making…..
I definitely have to drag my big-boy tripod out and set it up to overhang properly. I hope you get a little bit of information out of this one….clearly I need to work on hand placement as well, but I’ll get there. Comments, shares, likes and subscribers welcome – and thank you for sticking with me!
Keeping a to-do list has really helped with my big problem – Procrastination. I was able to get not one…but three sheep drawings done yesterday, along with etching some ornaments, getting the guest rooms ready for holiday guests – yay! You saw the Thanksgiving Sheep yesterday, but I had two more I needed to get done before the Art show December 6th…because it’s a Christmas show.
First up – Merry Christmas to Ewe
And lastly…for now...Let It Snow –
These are also available on Redbubble – and I was quite excited to see some sales already this morning! Thank you, whomever you are – you made my day! These designs are all available as Prints, Cards, Stickers, Pillows, Tote bags. I didn’t enable phone covers, mugs and travel cups, but drop me a note if you would like them available that way. I’m working very hard to try to get the last few designs I have in mind done and uploaded so I can get a Calendar available – I’ve had a few requests for that, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks again – the support means so much!
This Flock looks out for the underdog….
What Turkey? Available on Redbubble now!
I do…it’s my favorite time of year. Today was the perfect day to sit down and complete this lastest Sheep in the Flock…
Do you Love Fall, available on Redbubble in prints, cards, totes, stickers etc…go on and have a look.
I’ve wanted to get to this for a bit now – the sketch has been done for a while, but I’ve been busily preparing for that Christmas show. I have two winter sheep ready to ink – one for the Holidays and one representing winter. I’m hoping to get a Calendar done by mid-November. Fingers crossed.
And a little public service announcement. You know you’ve seen me mention Tanglepatterns.com….well it’s that time of year – the Annual Request for Assistance. It’s a much loved resource for many, many people and Linda needs our help to keep it going. You know, she runs that place by herself! So go on over and see what you can do to help out – and spread the word – I know it’s the first place I recommend to anyone who wants to get started in Zentangle and I know others do the same – lets keep it going. Every bit counts!
While I was working on a new ornament the other day, I was in such a zone……and when I snapped to, I had a new pattern. Which is really a favorite pattern of mine to do, these little plumy type leaves. You’ll see them in lots of my work, but this one evolved into this…
I’m really pleased with this – and I think I’ve finally found my feature tangle that I’ll be putting on some more ornaments soon…I’d love to see what you do with it!
I’ve been steadily working to get ready for my first art show in December…I think I’m moving along at a good pace and I hope I won’t be too frantic as we get closer. Once I finish my ornaments, I’ll be doing the final drawings on some more Sheep…yes, there are more and I’m hoping to get a Calendar in the works before December – I might be cutting that close.
Some of my ceramic ornaments – these are very bisque-like…
And I’ve finished one gourd so far….
Today is a rainy, blustery day here in the Northeast, so I’ll be hunkering down and getting more done. Enjoy the weekend!
I’ll pretty much draw on anything. One of the first things I doodled on besides paper was wood. And these are destined to become some new Drop Spindles for the Sheep and Wool show in September. My DH does the woodturning.
I’ve also taken to doodling on wood boxes, french ivory…..canvas bags…..I’m thinking no blank surface is safe. What do you doodle on?