Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Weekly Challenge #32: Zentangle is for Everyone
This challenge asks us to use 4 specific tangles Pais (by Mikee Huber), Zedbra (by Laura Harms and Margaret Bremner), Keenees (by Donna Hornsby), andBaton (by Carole Ohl). Carole will also be displaying all the pieces that are sent to her as a group. I'm sensing a road trip! My son lives in Ohio so I may just have to check out the show when I go to see him!
Monday, July 25, 2011
I keep a pad of Post-it notes next to my computer. They measure 2"x2". When I come across a tangle pattern that I think may fit with my style, I draw it onto a Post-it note. I sort-of do the step-by-step - it depends on what I think I need to do that pattern again. I add the name of the pattern and I try to put the name of the person that created it. (I didn't do this when I began but I'm doing it now.)
I have a sketchbook that I then organize my patterns in. The first section of my book has the official tangle patterns. The second section has all the patterns that zentangle fans have created. I try to keep them in alphabetical order. That is, I have one page for each letter of the alphabet. As you can see above, my 'B's and 'C's are getting filled up. As they are post-it notes, I can rearrange them at will.
This particular book has 26 pages (52 if you count both sides). So at the end of the book I also have a couple of pages devoted to string ideas and pages devoted to themes and other design ideas I want to play with later.
This plan works for me. I like to be able to see lots of ideas at the same time. Plus, a small sample is enough to get me going. Let me know what works for you.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
'Zentangle 5' is the latest in the series of Suzanne McNeill's books. This one focuses on jewelry. There is a wide variety of jewelry in here. Leather, dominoes, resin, shrink art, polymer clay, and more are included. The pictures are detailed so you can really see what is involved. There are projects from a number of different artists (many CZT's) so each project reflects the different styles of each artist. I'm prejudiced of course since my shrink art project is in here. There is an assortment of new tangles too, with step by step instructions.
'Zentangle for Kids' is the new book from Sandy Steen Bartholomew. It has the basic Zentangle philosophy that we all know and love but the artwork and tangles chosen will definitely appeal to kids. It's a lot of fun. Sandy even inspires kids to find their own tangle patterns by comparing the treads on the bottom of their shoes. New tangles, presented step by step, will keep kids busy for hours, days, weeks, and months!
'Zenspirations' by Joanne Fink is not technically a Zentangle book. But it is clearly inspired by Zentangle as she mentions in the beginning of the book. Her artwork and lettering use drawing techniques inspired by various tangles. She also adds color using a variety of Sakura products. It's now on my 'to do' list to go out and buy them all! By the way, you can see several videos of Joanne demonstrating on you tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBlVBnVHHuE
All in all, I think each one of these books is a must have for a Zentangle lovers library! They are just coming on to the market now so all the retailers may not have them yet. Be sure to ask your store to order them for you!
Full disclosure - I was paid to demonstrate Zentangle techniques at the Design Originals/Fox Chapel Publishing booth at the CHA show. Even if I wasn't, you can be sure I would add these books to my library anyway.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Zentangle continues to make converts of people who think they can't do it at first. And when they saw the new Zentangle books we had to offer, well, I know I saw the excitement in their faces!
The 'Zentangle for Kids' is another new book here at CHA. So many people told me that their kids (or grand kids) will be so excited to get it. I was eagerly turning all the pages myself. So many great ideas and drawings! I loved one of the pages towards the back. There are several shoes pictured - or rather the soles of shoes. Each one has a different tread pattern. Now that's an inspired way to get kids looking for new tangle patterns!
In the picture you see me with Suzanne McNeil. Suzanne is such a gracious and inspiring lady. I'm honored to be working with her. Thank you Suzanne.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Zentangle 5 is primarily a jewelry book. There are new tangles presented and a variety of jewelry ideas. The page that I'm on shows zentangles done on Shrinky Dinks. There are bracelets, buttons, boxes and more.
Also at CHA there are two more new books that I've had a chance to check out. They are amazing!
More to come on this show but right now I need to get to bed for another day at the show tomorrow!.
Monday, July 18, 2011
One of the things I did for the shower was the favors. I was so tickled with the way they came out that I wanted to share them with you. I found tiny wooden cradles that I painted with tiny rosebuds. We filled them with bubble gum babies and pink Jelly Bellies.
This week is the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show in Chicago. I'll be helping out and demonstrating zentangles. When I am able I'll post my experiences at the show.
Friday, July 15, 2011
The initials themselves are inspired by Joanne Fink and her Zenspiriations. Her work is wonderful! Go to http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/zenspirations and the entire alphabet can be downloaded along with other goodies.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The tangles are done using the fine tip end of my Tombow dual tip marker so the color is the same. The shading was done with two shades of colored pencil.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
I was so excited seeing how inventive people were with their strings and weights. I thought I'd list some of what I saw people posting to give everyone else some new ideas.
camera and wrist strap
knotting thread that was unwrapped from around a card (forming kinks)
ear buds from music players
and a wide variety of necklaces with dog tags, heart charms, and some very interesting pendants.
I tried to leave a comment on everyone's post - If I missed you I apologize. They were all so interesting and wonderful.
Now it's off to try the new challenge from Christina!
Friday, July 8, 2011
I love the colors I get with my Tombows, They are strong and vibrant, If I want them lighter I just add more water.
The technique for these is;
Prepare your palette with the Tombows. - on a sheet of plastic like a page protector, scribble a swath of color from each color you plan to use. Don't worry if the color beads up.
On your tiles,
Draw shapes lightly with a pencil.
With clean water and a fine tip brush, wet the entire area you wish to paint. The goal is to have a light sheen on the surface of the paper. If you have puddles you have two much water.
Touch your damp brush to your palette to pick up color.
Dab the color wherever you want. The color will spread automatically with the water. Add more patches of color to get the coverage you want.
You can only do this while the paper is wet. If it starts to dry. STOP. Let it dry completely. Then re-wet and start again.
When the paper is totally dry you can do your tangles. If the paper curled as it dried just use your iron with a piece of tracing paper over the tile.
This is fun to do. When you get the hang of it you'll be grabbing every scrap of paper you can find to try this on.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
http://suejacobs.blogspot.com/2011/05/colored-backgrounds-with-tombow-markers.html . The twist here is that while the tiles were still very wet, I dropped a few crystals of sea salt onto the surface. As the tiles completed drying, the salt created these lovely marks.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Click on the picture to enlarge it for its details
Bumps is a pattern I've played with for years. I finally decided it was time to refine it and name it. When I draw it, it reminds me of a camel's humps. But naming it 'humps' might have had repercussions from my teenage son. So Bumps it is. Yesterday's ZIA used it in the right burst.
Bumps is a great filler pattern that can be used in many spaces. I've drawn it into two different shapes so you can see its versatility. Bumps uses many similar shapes to achieve its pattern so look at the bottom to see the variety of shapes you can use.
Whether you start in the middle or in a corner, each shape builds on the one beneath it. And each shape will have one, two, or three humps on top. Draw each shape large enough that you can put a small shape inside. (Or draw the small shape first and then do the aura.)
Have fun with Bumps!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Yesterday we took my 17 year old son on his first official college visit. We chose the University of Illinois. We also brought along my daughter's dog since we knew it couldn't be left alone for 10 hours. So there we were, trading off the visit segments with the dog sitting.
While I was sitting in a shady spot with the dog, I created this tangle using 'Lezy'.
This tangle was done using a Purple Micron Pigma pen and a purple colored pencil.
By the way, my son was very impressed. We will have to see what the future holds!