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
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!
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?
Roseanne, Carol McNab and Joanne Smith! Thanks everyone for participating! I’ve emailed the winners and I’ll be mailing their Tangled Art out as soon as I hear back from them. This was a lot of fun, I definitely should have more give-aways 🙂
I’ve put another video together, this one is demonstrating my tangle pattern O-Cee. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
I’d love it if you would subscribe to my channel and give a thumbs up – comments are always appreciated as well. I’m trying to establish my channel in advance of my CZT seminar in June – I’d love to be able to point students to the channel to help them out after classes.
I hope your Holidays were Merry and the New Year brings you much Health, Happiness and Creativity. My house was hit with the silly flu/thingermabob that was going around, be we still managed to enjoy ourselves. I’m busy planning, tangling, doodling and knitting. Work starts back up on Monday for me. I’m hoping to keep up with my Tangle-a-Day Calendar as well – my plan is to take one tangle a day alphabetically from Tanglepatterns.com….but plans always change and evolve so who knows where that’s going to take me. What are your plans?
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!
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!
Still working on the final organizational touches to the studio – the antique dresser that storee my fabric is out……another Ikea table is in and fabric storage needs to be figured out….photo when that’s done.
I was accepted into the Juried craft show in December – I’m thrilled and excited and a bit nervous. Now, it’s preparing for it….and making!
Basket O’ Ornaments to be done for the show….
And just a little blurb for our wonderful group on Facebook – For the Love of Doodling. Come on by and join us – we have over 700 members who love to share their love of doodling, zentangle, zia – I promise you will be inspired!!! We have been lucky so far in keeping the spammers at bay, we post inspiring videos and tutorials – we actually have two members – Tiffany Lovering and Heidi Denney that you might be familiar with – both have wonderful youtube channels, so check them out – you won’t be sorry. Hope to see you over in For The Love of Doodling!!!
I’ve a friend who asked for a feather…..I love birds, and I love feathers so this was fun…..
So of course, now I’ll have to do more….Maybe a feather with more of a feathery feel? Slimmer? …the possibilities are endless.
I’ve been practicing with colored pencils as well….Kathy Long of Paper n Lace Princess has some wonderful youtube tutorials incorporating zia and color and how to do that blending that has eluded me in the past. She’s even working on some video classes which I cannot wait to see. If you’ve ever wanted to work with colored pencils but just couldn’t get that blended effect, just watch the videos – Kathy really explains everything so well, step by step and before you know it, you’re creating. Also, she mentions “White Spirits” or artists solvent and after doing a little googling, I’ve found that here in the US the equivalent of White Spirits is Mineral Spirits – correct me if I’m wrong. But that is what I’ve gotten, put some in a very small canning jar with a sponge. Works like a dream. It is flammable, or at least what I could find was so caution.
My first try and I really like how this method blends the pencil….I’ve really enjoyed Kathy’s videos and can’t wait to do more. This has really encouraged me to try more color with my tangles.