Upon checking my archives today, I realized that I’ve had this blog for Ten years! That’s amazing! I simply can’t believe it. In appreciation for the support, I’m having a little Give-away. My way of saying thank you to the readers who’ve stuck by me, who humor me, who might scroll through when they don’t find too much of interest – thanks. You’ve been wonderful to me over these Ten years.
So, for putting up with me for TEN! YEARS! I’ll be choosing 3 winners via random number generator. Leave a comment and I’ll put your name in the hat. Share it on your blog, Facebook, etc and let me know and I’ll throw your name in again. The winners will get their choice of an 8 x 10 print from my Tangled Art – you can view them on Redbubble. The Give-away will run from now until this blogs Anniversary date – January 1, 2015. I’ll announce the winners January 2nd. Thanks so much – I know I can switch gears with my obsessions, but I truly appreciate each and every one of you.
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!
This Flock looks out for the underdog….
What Turkey? Available on Redbubble now!
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 drew this with the intent of adding some color…..but I’m such a chicken. Uploaded and saved this Black Pen version because, well, I’m a chicken.
Flowing Flowers, on Redbubble
Whenever I upload something on Redbubble, I end up disabling a few products, but this time, I let ‘er rip…..and this really looks so nice on the Pillow. I might have to get that myself.
Our Facebook Group is really taking off – we are close to 250 members already and I’m polling to see how many of the members want the group to convert to closed. (the group will always accept new members, just limits what non-members can see) Come on over and join us – we are such an inspiring, supportive group and it’s a great place to get started!
The summer is quickly coming to a close….I don’t know if I’m ready to get back to the routine!
We were close to Glacier National Park and the road followed a river on the way into the Going to the Sun Road – my husband noticed an Eagle flying along the river – I wish I could have been fast enough to get a photo of it, but it turned out we saw a few Eagles on our trip and most of them were flying along the rivers. I’m trying to cormemmorate our trip in my drawings and this is the latest….
River Eagle available on Redbubble
Another fun template to work on from Ben Kwok. I really enjoyed this, and I can’t recommend his templates enough, in case you haven’t noticed.
I’m preparing some of my work for a show we are doing in September – I’m so new to selling my work, and I would really appreciate any tips you have for packaging, mounting etc. Some I plan to frame and other’s I have archival plastic sleeves to put them in, but they need something to beef them up so the work doesn’t bend. Help?
I’ve mentioned we just came back from a three week trip camping out West, seeing our Amazing Country.
Ewe Love Camping
I couldn’t help it. I had to draw this. And I have another in the works for those sheep who don’t want the hassle of towing a trailer 🙂
And Join Us at For the Love of Doodling! We are growing quickly!
I’m almost through the Derwent Academy Master Class…..
This was my drawing for Class 4 with colored pencils. Next up? Watercolor Pan….I do love working with watercolors so this should be fun. Then there is the last class on Oil Pastels and I’ll be done!
I’m also working on Tangling my messenger bag….
I hate when I get Tangle-Block….but it’s coming along and I’ve gotten a little further than this photo shows. Sometimes I think I get too many patterns in my head and then I just don’t know what to choose. I may order a larger bag to do as well – this one isn’t very big and I had originally wanted it to tote all my tangling stuff when we go away….this will never fit it all, but it will make a nice everyday bag. I’m using an Everest Messenger Bag in Khakhi and Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric which works really, really well on this. Not my idea at all – I’ve seen two of them posted on the Zentanglers Mutual Inspiration Society on Facebook and they are just beautiful.
Someone said “if you make a sheep with a peace sign, I’m so buying that”….
Tangled Peaceful Sheep, Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014
That was actually not even a thought in my mind, but once she mentioned it, I had to draw it out. I was nervous about it, wondering if I had got it right for her and was thrilled when she liked it so much she purchased a few things from the redbubble shop with this design! That really is a confidence boost for me.
We had a quiet Fourth – ran some errands, caught up on stuff around here, had a de-licious dinner together. We are usually traveling by the time the Fourth of July rolls around, so this was different for us.
Just in case all you think I do is Sheep now…..
Tangled Peacock, from a Ben Kwok Template.
I loved working on this as it was challenging and fun at the same time. I might do another in color after I make my way through the Derwent Academy Master Class – there is a class on colored pencil that I think will unlock some doors for me. By the way, if you take this free course, which consists of 6 classes, you get to pick your choice of Derwent pencils for FREE and a certificate. Did I say this was all FREE….you submit your class work at the end of each class and then you’ll hear back from them when you can go on to the next. I’m on the second class and I’m waiting to hear back – they seem to be fairly quick about it. From their main page you click on the “Art Academy” circle at the top and go from there.
Enjoy the weekend!