Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Love Cast in Clay Blog Hop with Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay®

Blog Hop winners
Jeannie - Creative Paperclay® from Creative Paperclay® blog
Mary S-from Amazing Mold Putty blog
Tumbling Trails-Creative Paperclay® from this blog

Basket of Roses Postcard with Amazing Mold Putty and DelightTM
by Sandra Strait (aka molossus)

The Creative Paperclay® Design Team is having a blog hop!  It's my first ever, so I'm really excited.  If you arrived here from Susan Brown's SBArtist: Painting in the Dark blog, you are in the right spot.  If not, you might want to go back and start from the beginning at the Creative Paperclay® blog.

There's Blog Candy! One winner from both the Amazing Mold Putty blog and the Creative Paperclay Blog will receive a 16oz package of Creative Paperclay® and package of Amazing Mold Putty.  For a chance to win (U.S. only, sorry), just leave a comment on all blogs and become a follower of all blogs on the hop. .

I am also giving away an 8 oz package of Creative Paperclay® or a package of Delight to one of the people who comment on my blog. (This prize is open to all but because of weight and postage, I'll substitute a 3 oz pack of  DelightTM if the winner is international.).

For my project, I made a postcard to send to my husband on our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  I’ll be out of town (wah!), so I wanted something special for the occasion.

Rolled Paper Rose
2-3 ft. of  1/8 in Diamond Braid rope
A piece of lace for tablecloth
A Postcard
A scrap of paper with the sentiments "Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like Flowers" written on it.
White Glue
Acrylic paint and brushes
A toothpick or two

Rolling The Roses:  
I rolled two sizes of rose—one from a 2 x 2 inch piece of paper, and one from a 4 x 4 inch square.

The Rope:  
I cut off three pieces of rope around an inch long, but of slightly different lengths, to be used as flower stems.   I tugged the strands at one end to fray them, so they’d leave a texture when I made my mold.

With the rest of the rope, I tied an Ocean Plait knot 2 ¼ inches long by 1 ½ inches high. (Don't know how to tie an Ocean Plait knot?  There's a quick and easy template here-but be sure to come back for the rest of the hop!)

The Amazing Mold Putty:  
I made four molds for this project—two for the roses; one for the leaves and stems; and one for the basket.

Amazing Mold Putty comes in two parts, Part A--white putty and Part B--yellow putty.  Nothing happens until you start mixing the two.  Once you start smooshing them together though, you only have 3 or 4 minutes before the putty sets.

For each mold, I scooped equal amounts of Part A and Part B and eyeballed the amounts next to the object(s) I was going to mold.

Once I felt I had enough I smooshed them together until the putty was all yellow with no marbling, then f flattened the ball out to the needed size.  The last step was pushing my rope, knot or flower into the soft putty and to leave it there for 10-15 minutes.

The DelightTM
DelightTM dries lighter and whiter than Creative Paperclay®, but either can be used in this project.  The DelightTM will be cheaper to send if you intend to snail-mail your postcard. 

The next step was to add the DelightTM to the molds.  You get the best effects if you leave the DelightTM in the mold for a day or so, but I needed 5 small roses and 3 large ones, so I admit it.  I let the DelightTM set for a couple hours, and then very carefully worked it free, so I could add more.
I did wait a day before trimming off the excess bits of DelightTM with scissors and painting.  During that time, I painted a background on the postcard.

I used white glue on the lace, then the basket, then the stems and then the flowers.  Then I added the Diamond drops and sentiments and my card was done!

Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog, to be entered for the great blog candy.  From here, you'll be visiting Peg.  

If you wish to start at the beginning or think you may have missed someone, here is a list of the blogs on the hop.

Link: Taking your Comic Art to the Next Level Using Copic Multiliners

Excellent tutorial and fantastic artwork showing how to use Copic Multiliners in comic book art (or any black & white illustration for that matter).

Link: Original ACEO drawing Giveaway

CZT Norma J Burnell is giving away one of her original ACEO drawings.  For a chance to win, check out her giveaway post.

Link: SAKURA ® Gears Up Bracelet

Gloriann Irizarry's tutorial shows how to create a beautiful bracelet using Sakura® Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Link to tangle pattern El-zee #zentangle

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle pattern El-Zee.

My Tangle Pattern Koolapopper

This pattern was drawn in one Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  There is still time to enter her giveaway(end 2/1/12).  You can find out more at  her blog.  

Take note of this drawing--it's one of the rare times you see me using a pencil, because I got caught out without a pen.  I don't like drawing with pencils (mini-rant: I don't like the smell, the feel or sound of one moving across the page. I don't like the way they smear and require fixative.  And I'm allergic to graphite.  I bet you've got the feeling that I don't like pencil.).  Lol.  Sounds like the lyrics to a song!

The pattern uses repetition--you divide a section into triangles, draw stripes along the edges, and then repeat that motif in the center.  As you can see from the example, You can fit this into almost any shape, and the variation is endless!

Oh--and the name.  It was one of those verification words you have to type in when leaving a blog comment.  And how could I resist a word like that?  I had to create a tangle just as an excuse to use it!

Link: Weekly Challenge #56: "Non Dominatrix* v.2"

This week the Laura Harms' challenge  is to do an ENTIRE tile or ZIA using only your non dominant hand.
If you are right-handed, use your left-hand; if you are left-handed use your right hand.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Link: Valentine Postcard Tutorial

Lyric Kinard has posted a tutorial  at the Sketchbook Challengle blog showing how to make a collage Valentine Postcard.

Drawings from Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Journal 2012

These are a couple of the lines drawings from Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Journal 2012.  She is having a giveaway and I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  You can find out more at  her blog. 

The first one I have already posted in the review I wrote about her Tangle Journals.  I painted it using Peerless Watercolors, but have only recently got around to tangling it.  I used Micron Pigma Pen, and added highlights with a white Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastel.

The second drawing was also tangled with a Micron Pigma and then painted entirely with the Neocolor II Wax pastels.  I used a waterbrush, but was careful not to wet the paper more than was needed to blend the color, and I left some color dry.  There was no buckling of the paper.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Link: A Valentine Creative Paperclay® Delight Clay Project

Barbara Moore has posted a tutorial showing how she made Valentine Heart embellishment with Delight Air Dry Modeling Material.

Link: Zentangle Journal Page #5 - Tangle and Writing Prompts

Patty Farrell has posted a zentangle discussion "Are There Perfect Zentangles" and both a tangle and a writing prompt.

Link: Journaling Background using Spray Gesso

Lesley Venable demonstrates how she creates a beautiful 'doily' background in her art journal using Spray Gesso.

I know!  I'd never heard of Spray Gesso either.  It looks pretty neat.

Link: Doodling over a paper-pasted collage

Leslie Tucker Jennison shows how she doodles over paper-pasted collages using ephemera from her travels and local events over at the Sketchbook Challenge blog.

If you aren't familiar with the Sketchbook Challenge you might want to check out How the Challenge Works.  Besides all the fantastic mixed media tutorials, there are monthly prizes, a Flickr group and you can participate whenever you like--no minimums or maximums or themes required!

Link: Neil Burley Adds ‘Templates’ section to his blog

Neil Burley has added a section of templates that he has used for his projects over the years.

Link: How Zentangle® Changes Peoples Lives

Linda Farmer has started a new Series at Tanglepatterns.com-How Zentangle®Changes Peoples Lives.  She shares stories from people who have written to her (and agreed to share their story) about how they have been helped through dark times by Zentangle®.

My tangle pattern Triarchy

This pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  She is having a giveaway and I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  You can find out more at  her blog.

I'm using the Tri-tips--those three little drop shapes that I used in the pattern Tri-Me--again.  It's really a very effective enhancement.  

This pattern also uses a very common repetition technique, where you keep repeating the same shape in increasingly smaller sizes.  This could be done with triangles, circles, almost any shape you want.  As you can see from the example, you can repeat the shape once all around the original shape or keep drilling down and repeating until you run out space.  There is a very interesting video that shows this geometric feature in action.  It's highly entertaining as well!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 1/27/12

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of zentangle patterns and articles of interest has been posted.

Link: Free Online One-of-a-kind Creature Design Courses from Copic

Wow!  Copic is offering a free lesson from industry-leader Terryl Whitlach (creature design artists for Star Wars, The Katurran Odyssey, Brother Bear).  It looks like it is going to be awesome.  I could be wrong, but I suspect, even if you don't think you'd want to draw imaginary critturs, or don't use Copics, this class will offer some hardcore info that could be used with any animal and with any media.  And from the video used at the sign up, it will be a feast for the eyes!

Sign up today for your free lesson in drawing the Creatures of Amalthea.  (And I'm not associated in any way with Copic, nor was I asked to promote this.  I just followed their twitter link, and got all excited by what I found!)

Link: Free Downloadable Line Art from Copic

I think I posted this link a while back, but it's worth posting again.  Free manga style line art for you to download and enjoy.

Link: Big Stamp giveaway at PaperCraft Connection

Papercraft magazine is having a blog hop.  They are giving away thirty (yes, 30!) stamp sets to one winner, and for each blog you comment at, you have a chance to win their magazine 'Stamp it 3 Ways'.

And this will be good practice to limber you up for MY blog hop with the Creative Paperclay® and Amazing Mold Putty team on February 1st!  My first blog hop ever! *dances*.

Link: Tangle Refresher 17

 Do you remember: Ixorus, Struzzle, Embellish, Lilypads and Bundles?   Linda Farmer has posted Tangle Refresher 17--five patterns that were new this time last year.

My tangle pattern Tri-Me

This pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  She is having a giveaway and I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  You can find out more at  her blog.

For some reason, I was a bit unfocused last night.  Hubby has been on vacation, which disrupts my routine, so that may have been it (that's my story and I sticking to it!).  At any rate, this pattern was meant to be an exercise in using 'lacy' bits to add interest to almost any pattern.  I meant to show it used in several ways in the example.  However, I lost focus, and realized I hadn't used except as shown in the pattern. *sigh*  I'll do up some more examples this week.

Although, I've shown this as border, the Tri-me tips work almost any place that you have a  regular indentation.  Just one set of Tri-me tips won't add a lot (though it can help), but if you have a pattern with a regular in and out flow, adding those three little tear-drop shapes can add an eye-catching delicacy. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Link: Golden Cameo made with Creative Paperclay® & Terri Sproul Mixers

Gini Cagle shows how she made a golden cameo embellishment with Creative Paperclay®'s Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound product and Terri Sproul's new line of mica powder mixers.

My tangle pattern Curvaceous & Link to Geneviève Crabe's Giveaway

I saw a photo of curving spiral stairs and this pattern popped into my head.

Tip: You may find that as you hit the curves, you lose track of which way your line should go. You may have less problems if you focus on one section at a time. You are drawing triangles-2 smaller triangles inside a larger one.  Focus on the section your are one--draw the large triangle, and bisect it so you have three triangles.  Then draw the next triangle set and so on all the way down the curve.  If do get confused, though, just go with it.  Your curves will look a little different, that's all.

This tangle pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  She is having a giveaway, so head over and check it out!

Link to tangle pattern Bandola

CZT Sadelle Wiltshire has posted steps to her tangle pattern Bandola.  She also shows how she bound her copy of Linda Farmer's TanglePatterns.com Tangle Guide into a book!

Link to Tangle Pattern Whistler

JJ LaBarbera has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Whistler.

Link: Submit Your Love Letter to Win a Leuchtturm Planner!

Planning a love letter to your Sweetie, and would love the whole world to see?

European Paper is having a giveaway for Leuchtturm Planners, and four winners will be chosen.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Link to tangle patterns Starry Night, Camob and U&I

ArjadL has posted steps to her tangle patterns Starry Night, Camob and U&I.

Link to tangle pattern TOF

Ellen Wolters has posted steps to her tangle pattern TOF.

Link to tangle patterns Horse Chestnut and Crobe

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her patterns Horse Chestnut and Crobe.

Steampunk Turtle and Bird's Nest Soup

Link: Terri Sproul's Mixers Video

Terri Sproul's shows us how her beautiful mixers work.

Link: Terri Sproul's Mixers at Sakura Hobby Crafts

One of the new product lines that will be introduced at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show this year is Terri Sproul Mixers.  These are mica powders designed to give your crafts a fantastic metallic or jewel-like shine when used with Sakura Crystal Lacquer.

I haven't had the chance to use these myself, but I've been watching the projects that have been posted on the Sakura Hobby Crafts blog.  I've got some ideas for ways to use these with Creative Paperclay® and zentangle.  Can't wait for the chance to get some!

Link: Layout with Creative Paperclay® faces

Lori Williams shows how she used Creative Paperclay® faces to embellish her scrapbook layout.

Weehah! Today's my day for winning!

Okay.  I admit it.  I'm both a giveaway and art supply shopping junkie (you didn't have a clue did you, lol).

This morning Dick Blick had a grand opening in Portland, Oregon, and advertisements said the first 100 people through the door would receive a tote filled with $100 worth of Art supplies.  To me, this was the siren call to high adventure.  There were coupons involved too!

I managed to get there early enough to score the wonderful, marvelous tote, plus everyone who visited the store today gets a $5.00 Starbucks card, a free T-shirt, a spin on the wheel to win a Dick Blick product (I got a sketchbook) and an entry to win a $5,000 art studio.

I shopped for hours, got some fantastic deals and I'm giddy with the fun of it all!  And to top it off, when I got home, I discovered I'd won some Copic swag on Twitter.  Honestly.  Could life get better?  I'm so easily pleased.

Link to tangle pattern Fohbraid

Linda Farmer has posted a link to my tangle Fohbraid at TanglePatterns.com.  She also has links to Brayd and Twisted Rope, so this is a good link to compare rope/braid type patterns.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kitty Cat Unravels the Rug

I was trying a couple of new things here.  I had some blank index cards and wondered how my Letraset Promarkers would do on them, and I also recently received a sample of De Atramentis Pale Blue fountain pen ink that I wanted to try, so I used it to tangle everything but the cat.  I used a Kuretake No 8 Fountain Hair pen for the cat.

The Promarkers don't have the glow that they get on some paper, but they aren't bad.  Love the De Atramentis Pale Blue fountain pen ink.

Tangles used are Yuan by CZT Margaret Bremner, Bitten by CZT Carole Ohl, Zazzy by CZT Sue Clark, Basketweave by CZT Suzanne McNeil, the official tangle Bales, my own Raisin8s and some noodling with tangle possibilities.

Link: Stamp Cleaning Tips

Check out this video, if you are tired of blackened stamps.  Kristina, at Simon Says Stamps, shows how to clean stamps of all kinds.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Zazzy

CZT Sue Clark has posted steps to her tangle pattern Zazzy.

New Tangle Pattern Moebius & Weekly Challenge

As many of you know, this week Linda Harms' Weekly Challenge #55 " is String Theory v. VIII: Moebius Trip. She has chosen this because her son Artoo suffers from  Moebius Syndrome and  Moebius Syndrome Awareness day is January 24th.

I thought rather than using the Moebius strip templates she supplied, I'd go a step farther and create a Moebius tangle pattern.  

I won't kid you--it isn't one of the easiest patterns to do.  But I thought that was fitting--tangle patterns are usually meant to make us relax, but I think this one should make us think how it must be for people who struggle to do the things we take for granted.  With a little time and a little care, you can do the pattern.  With a little time and a little care, you can help others less fortunate.

Here are some tips that might help with the tangle (look at the steps as you read or you'll just go 'huh?'):

Step 1: Try to make the triangle even on all three sides.
Step 2: Try to make the extension lines equal in length, and don't 'hook' them.  They should go out straight in the same direction as the line they extend from.  If you wish, draw three dots where the lines should end, to help guide your eye.
Step 3: Start at the outward tip, and draw toward the triangle.
Step 4: The two tips added to the right, should mirror the left.  The left tip added should be short and slant inward.
Step 5: You are creating the inside spaces of the Moebius strip.  Try to keep them about the same size and shape.
Step 6: You've created the strip!

Now, look at the Moebius strips I created in the example.  They are not perfect.  I didn't achieve what I recommended in the tips.  Those tips are meant to help not be hardfast rules.  Don't worry about creating perfected Moebius strips.  Instead, look at what you've done, and be thankful you were able to do so well--many people could not.  Really think about that!  How wonderful is it that you have the motor functions to draw, the vision to see, and a fantastic Zentangle community that is so sharing and loving.  Love those Moebius strips you just did!  They are proof of something wonderful!

I almost forgot. Thanks to Linda Farmer's Tangle Guide, I know which pattern I used. Two new ones that were not on the guide--Jonaathan Baetens' Meo & CZT Margaret Bremener's Yuan.  From the guide: CZT,Christina Vandervlist's Agua; JJ LaBarbera's Arc Flower; Chris Gerstner's Archer; CZT Linda Farmer's Bateek; and the Official Tangles Ambler, Beelight, Beeline and Betweed.

Link: Free Happy Year of the Dragon Downloadable Line Art

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#CopicCLUB - Happy Year of the Dragon! Enjoy this FREE line art from NinjaMonkey:

Link to tangle pattern Meo

The steps to Jonathan Baetens' tangle pattern Meo have been posted at Tanglepatterns.com

Weekly Challenge #55 "String Theory v. VIII: Moebius Trip"

Laura Harms' challenge this week is to use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as your string, or create a moebius strip out of paper and tangle that.  She has a couple of templates that you can use a Moebius strip of your own.

Link: Carole Ohl's Tangle-A-Day Flickr Group

Carole Ohl has started a Flickr Group where people can post the tangles they are drawing in her Tangle-A-Day Calendar.

Link to tangle pattern Yuan

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Yuan.

Link: Cheshire Cat made with Creative Paperclay®

Jennifer Ingle has posted a tutorial showing how she made an awesome Cheshire Cat using Creative Paperclay®.

Review: Linda Farmer’s Tangle Guide PDF eBook from TanglePatterns.com

Many of you who are familiar with Zentangle® have already found Linda Farmer’s TanglePatterns.com. If you haven’t, whether you are new to Zentangle® or old hand, you need to check it out.

Linda’s site is more or less the mother lode of Zentangle® information.  You’ll find more about official tangle patterns at the official Zentangle.com website, but Linda provides examples of tangle patterns created by other Certified Zentangle® Teachers (CZTs) and Zentangle enthusiasts (such as myself).  She provides beautifully drawn examples of the tangle patterns and most cases, she provides a link to the pattern steps.  She also has steps to her own tangle patterns, and those of a few others, who don’t have blogs or websites.  You can search for tangles by title, by artist or by tag.  I believe it is the largest repository of tangle pattern examples to be found.  Furthermore, there are tutorials, and reviews and downloads available.

As you can imagine, TanglePatterns.com has many visitors. In October of 2011, the site had almost 7 million hits and over 1 million page views. 

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and effort…and money.  She’s had to hire a software engineer to help with serious technical details to keep the site running, and upgrade the server substantially to handle the traffic. 

Linda has had to ask for donations to help keep the site running and open to everybody.  And even though the Tanglepatterns.com provides so much value, she’s come up with a very cool gift for those who donate $10 or more, subscribe or buy an Official Zentangle® Kit from the TanglePatterns store.

A Tangle Guide 2012 Edition eBook in PDF format.  14 pages.

The Tangle Guide is a reference at-a-glance with beautifully drawn examples of 300 tangle patterns.  The steps to the patterns are not included in the PDF, but they are almost all linked

You can print the Tangle Guide, and probably will, because it is a fantastic way to look up patterns as you tangle, but the beauty of this reference happens when you use it online.  Found a tangle that’s new to you?  Can’t remember the steps to a tangle?  Then just click on the example in the guide, and you are taken to the appropriate entry at TanglePatterns.com. It’s like having the whole TanglePatterns website on your desktop!

There are a few exceptions to the links.  If the steps to a tangle pattern have not been published online but have appeared in a book, you will be taken to information about the book.  If the pattern is one of the Official Tangle patterns that have never been published online, Linda has left a blank square for you to fill in yourself.  (Note: Some of these patterns can only be found by taking a class through a CZT or by becoming one yourself.)

The cover page of the PDF features a beautiful Zentangle® done by CZT Michele Beauchamp and the second page explains how to use the guide, has a brief introduction to Zentangle®, links to various resources, and Thanks to those who have donated. 

The patterns are laid out in alphabetical order for ease of reference. 

This isn’t a ‘how-to’ zentangle book, in and of itself.  It’s truly a pattern reference.  If you are new to zentangle, this PDF won’t get you up and running.  But the website, itself, will help with that, and this eBook is meant to be used with the website.

How can you get one of these gems?  Donate $12 or more at TanglePatterns.com  (not to me!) or subscribe for a yearly donation or buy an official Zentangle® kit through TanglePatterns.com.

I think this eBook is an incredible value, and can only marvel at how much work Linda has put into it, and into her website.

Here is a Zentangle-inspired drawing that I did in Carole Ohl's Tangle-A-Day Calendar using tangles from just one page of Linda's guide.

Usually, I can't remember all the patterns names because there are so many, but because I had Linda's guide, I can tell you that I used Michele Beauchamp's Wist, Carolyn's Worms, Official tangles Xircus, XYP, Yincut,Ynix, & Zander, Margaret Bremner's Yabbut & Zedbra (credit shared with Laura Harms), Linda Farmer's Zin, JJ LaBarbera's Zuan Shi, Daniele O'Brien's Zen Bud & Zenplosion, and my ow Zanella.

The Winner of Carole Ohl's Tangle-A-Day Calendar is...da da da dum...

Cowgirl, I'll be sending you an email shortly.  Please respond to that email with your mailing information and I'll get your calendar in the mail ASAP!

I want to thank everyone that entered, all 119 of you!  This has been the largest number of entries of any giveaway I've had, and it's been very exciting watching the numbers grow!

Thank you Carole, for donating the giveaway calendar and helping spread word about the giveaway.  

Now to think of what I want to giveaway next!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Link: Neil Burley celebrates 50,000 views with a giveaway!

This is a the week for people to reach landmarks in the number of viewers to their blog!

Perfectly4med, aka Neil Burley, is celebrating 50,000 views by giving away a one of a kind, never to be reproduced, ceramic mug and fancy saucer with his own tangle patterns hand drawn onto it.

Link: CZT Sue Jacobs celebrates 100,000 views with a giveaway

CZT Sue Jacobs has reached 100,000 views on her blog and is celebrating by giving away a beautiful zendala necklace. Congratulations, Sue!

Tangle Pattern Roller and an Oopsie

There is still time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win one of Carole Ohl's Tangle-a-Day calendars.  The giveaway closes tonight at midnight PST (when 1/22/12/ becomes 1/23/12).  I'll announce the winner sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, my latest tangle, Roller, comes from my adventures in molding items with Amazing Mold Putty.  Nothing was safe until I ran out of that stuff, I tell you!  I was making molds of everything, including the roller chain on my bicycle, lol!  I can't wait to share some of my projects in upcoming Creative Paperclay® posts, including my very first blog hop on February 1st.  (There will be prizes, including both Creative Paperclay® and some Amazing Mold Putty!).

First I want to share my first attempt to draw up this pattern.  I was going to tangle using a new fountain pen that I got free with the purchase of some ink.  With most of my fountain pens, the cap screws off, and I automatically started unscrewing this one.

Oops.  The cap on this pen pulls off.  If you unscrew it, you open the reservoir of ink.  *sigh*  I opened the reservoir of ink.  

So, I'm working on a save, and you'll see this page again later.  I had to stop because I realized the ink hadn't dried all the way through, and the paper was still too soft.  The only thing I added after the ink incident was the arms and the auras around the smaller ink blotches.  The ink did bleed-through a couple of pages, but nothing was messed up badly.  It's a good thing I don't believe in evil witches though, because this ink blot sure came out looking like one, lol!  It's the Wicked Witch of the Ooops!

So I redid the steps to my pattern.  This one was tangled with a fountain pen using Noodler's North African Violet, and Micron Pigma pens.  For some reason this scan came out looking much bluer than it is.  It's actually the same purple as in the Oopsie scan above.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Whyz

Janee has posted steps to her tangle pattern Whyz.

Link: Scrapping giveaway at Kathy's Double K Krafts

Kathy is trying to get up to 100 followers at her blog, and she's going to giveaway a huge bunch of stamps and crafts items when she does.

Link: Craft Giveaway at Wee Memories

Jenny Suchin has a very nice giveaway of stamps, scrapping paper & embellishments going on at her blog 'Wee Memories'.

Link: Zentangle Newsletter out-includes tangle ParaSailz

Rick and Maria Thomas have published the latest official newsletter.  It includes steps to the tangle Parasailz by Diane LaChance.

Link: Voting has started for most Fascinating Blog

Congratulations to Laura Harms!  Her 'I Am the Diva Blog' has been nominated as one of the most fascinating blogs in 2011 in the teaching blog category.  Check out her blog post to learn how you can vote for her.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 1/20/12

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 1/20/12.  She managed to find some tangle patterns that I missed this week, and has links to some very interesting patterns.

Whee hah! I hit 400 followers!

What a great start to the weekend!  Thank you all for following!

My giveaway--did you leave an email?

I have several comments on my Tangle-A-Day Calendar giveaway that do not include an email address. The contest ends at midnight PST on the 1/22/12.  If you've entered, please check to make sure you did include one, because that is how I will contact the winner.

In the past I had a giveaway where two people claimed to be the winner, so now I require the winner to respond to me through the email address they provide.

If you don't want to post your email in the comments, copy & paste your comment and email it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles[at]Gmail.com.

I hate to see anyone miss out because they forgot.  I've done that myself, lol!

Link: Tangleations: 2-N-5.... Pais/Hollibaugh

Carole Ohl shows the steps to tangle pattern variations for tangle 2-N-5 and a mix of Pais & Hollibaugh.

Steampunk General Store

After the world, as we know it, ended in 2012, societal mores changed.  Puffins, Owls, Goldfish and the occasional Steampunk Dog felt free to shop at the same General Store.

Viva Las Vegas Stamps, Letraset Promarkers, Sepia Micron Pigmas, White Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen in a Rhodia dotWebbie.

New Tangle Pattern Cheery-Ohs

Have you entered my giveaway  for the chance to win of CZT Carole Ohl's 2012 zentangle-inspired calendars?  (ends 1/22/12)

Here's another chance to practice your hatching skills.  Start with solid shading, then fill the next section with lines that are as close together as possible.  In the section after that, try to get approximately one line for every two in the section above.  Don't sweat it though.

You can get a lot of variation by how many sections you add inside the circle, and how close together your lines are.  Play around and see the difference it makes.

I'm making this pattern do double-duty.  Laura Harms' challenge this week was Purple Haze, so I'm making this my entry.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Link: Review of Derwent Pencils for shading

CZT Sue Jacobs has posted a review of Derwent's Shading Pencils.

Link: How to make a foldy book thingy

Izzy@the Craft Barn has posted the steps to make a cool 'foldy book thingy' (Izzy's words not mine!).

Link: Mermaid Barbie made with Creative Paperclay®

‎Edie Cournoyer shows how to turn your Barbie Doll into a mermaid using Creative Paperclay®.

Link to tangle pattern Dansk

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Dansk.

New tangle pattern Riffle

Have you entered my giveaway  for the chance to win of CZT Carole Ohl's 2012 zentangle-inspired calendars?  (ends 1/22/12)

I'm afraid my tangle example isn't up to par, but mine is a tale of woe and two cars that refused to go.  Hubby called to say that his car battery was dead, and would I come out so we could charge it up.  Well, I got in my car, and was surprised to find that the power steering had gone out!

Hubby found someone else to give him a charge and got home to check out mine.  The serpentine belt had slipped.  By the time we finally got around to dinner, I was in one of the rare moods where I just wasn't up for tangling.  So I whipped this out quickly.

Ah, the travails of motor vehicles!

Link to tangle pattern Lightbulbs

Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to her tangle pattern Lightbulbs, as well as a link to a video "Stash and Smash Art Journal Ideas".

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Link: Is Your Child Ready to Design Google’s Next Doodle?

Got a talented child(ren)?  Google is gearing up for a contest and your child's doodle could end up on the Google home page!

Link: Good Luck Charm made with Creative Paperclay®

Brenda Lee Burfeind shows us how to make a Dartboard Good Luck Charm with Creative Paperclay®.

Link: Paint and Shaving Cream Hearts

Trying to figure out a good Valentine's Day project for the kids?  Check out this technique using Paint and Shaving Cream to color paper hearts over at Broken Treasures.  

I mean... you've got to be curious.  Shaving cream? Lol!

Link: Giveaway-Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques!

Any spinners among my readers?  That isn't one of my talents, but I am intrigued by this book description: How to spin extreme tail style yarn from the new book 'Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques' by Lexi Boeger.

Head over to Craftside if you are interested in a chance to win a copy of the book.

Link: How To Create Four Layouts From One Sketch

SarahA has posted an article , over at Cherry Bits, on using sketches for scrapbook pages.

I know that many people who zentangle in the traditional manner, sooner or later, find themselves fiddling with their initial string, those beginning lines used to section the page and get you started.

Sarah's article may be helpful, both in giving you an idea for a string, and for showing you how you can reuse a string but come up with slightly different results.

My Tangle Pattern Paranoia

Now this is sort of an example of how NOT to use Carole Ohl's calendar for your tangle patterns, lol.

I was watching the movie 2012 while tangling, and got caught up in the story.  Suddenly I realized I hadn't left room to show the pattern steps!  So I squeezed them in at the edge of the page. 

Sorry about that!  If they aren't clear enough, let me know and I'll redo the steps.

Meanwhile, speaking of Carole Ohl's calendar--have you entered the giveaway yet? (ends 1/22/12)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Dyzzee

Sgoetter50, aka Susan, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Dyzzee.

Link: I Am the Diva Blog Nominated as most fascinating blog in 2011

Congratulations to Laura Harms!  Her 'I Am the Diva Blog' has been nominated as one of the most fascinating blogs in 2011 in the teaching blog category.  Check out her blog post to learn how you can vote for her.

New Tangle Pattern Drum

Another pattern drawn up in Carole Ohl's lovely 2012 zentangle calendar.  For a chance to win one, please check out the giveaway at either of my blogs.

http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2012/01/giveaway-new-tangle-pattern-raisin8s.html  or


Problems with commenting on my Giveaway

I've received several emails saying that people aren't able to comment to enter my giveaway.  I'm holding it on both of my blogs, and I'm not sure which has the problem.

If you can't comment, please try my other blog and if you still can't comment, email me at LifeImitatesDoodles[at]gmail.com.   I will add a comment for you, so I have an accurate count when I plug the numbers into the random generator.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

Links to tangle pattern Pegs

ArjadL, aka Arja, has posted steps and variations to her tangle pattern Pegs (aka Sharkfin).

Link to tangle patterns Yagi and Cardabelle

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns Yagi and Cardabelle.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Woohoo! I'm at 400,684 views!

I just took a look and I've passed 400,000 views!  Seems like just yesterday that I celebrated 300,000.  You guys are really active today.  I had 1,162 views today, which I believe is a record for me.

Now I just need 8 more followers and I'll be at 400.  Of course, then I'll need 100 followers so I can get to 500, lol.  I'm nothing if not greedy!

Link: 3 Chances To Win Artline Drawing Pens from Tiger Pens

Tiger Pens is having a giveaway with 3 prize packages.  Each package has several Artline Pens.  You can enter to win by commenting at the blog post, tweeting about the giveaway, and if do not already follow them on Facebook, you can have a third chance to win by following them now.

I've never tried the Artline Pens, so I'm hoping for to win one of these packages.  But if I can't, I hope one of you do!

Link: Derwent Pencils-Reviews Wanted!

Derwent Pencils is asking for people to review specific products on your blog.  You email them the link, and if they decide to post it on their website, they'll send you a tin of their new, soon to be revealed product.

New Tangle Pattern -Raisin8s, and a Review of Carole Ohl’s Tangle-A-Day Calendar 2012

The winner of the Tangle-A-Day Calendar is CowgirlUpCamo.

Description from the online store: This calendar is specially designed for those who love the Zentangle® art form. Each day of the year offers a space for creating Zentangle-inspired art. Use the calendar as a tool for some Zentangle relaxation time, a workbook for learning new tangles, or creating a visual art diary for 2012. Each month is lightly illustrated with just enough tangling to spark an idea. Each 8” x 5” page is printed on 60# cover stock that takes Sakura Micron pen with ease! 

Carole Ohl is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) who has been in love with the Zentangle art form since she found it in 2009.  Zentangle’s philosophy of “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time™” appeals to her sense that everyone is creative and this process draws that creative spirit out.

The Giveaway-You have to get to the bottom of this post for the giveaway information and instructions.  Please read the rules before commenting.

Zentangle—if you aren’t sure what that is, check out my page ‘What is a zentangle?’ 

The Review:
Many of you, who are familiar with zentangle, know that CZT Carole Ohl is one of the leading ladies of that art form, known for her beautiful tangle patterns and artwork.  And you’ll understand why I’m excited to be doing a review of her Tangle-A-Day Calendar.  If you aren’t familiar with her, I recommend shooting over to her blog, but be sure to come back for the review and giveaway!

I purchased a copy of her calendar for this review, and she graciously donated one for the giveaway! I’m adding in a few pens, too, but more about that later.

The Look and Feel
Size: 8” x 5” landscape format.
Paper Weight: 60# cover stock.
Binding: Plastic Coil Binding

When I received the package holding the two calendars, my first impression was of the weight.  It was heavier than I expected.  It implied solidity, and this impression was confirmed when I had the calendars in hand.

The paper is a cover stock, which accounts for the weight.  It’s heavy enough to resist folding and tearing, but flexible enough that it won’t easily crack or tear if pressure is applied (as can happen to items that are stuffed in a purse, lol).  This is the same paper that Carole used for her 2011 calendar.

Some coil bindings allow the paper to shift too much, causing wear and tear so that eventually they work loose.  That won’t happen with this paper.  The hole punches are large enough to allow you to turn the pages easily, but the up and down shift is minimal.  I never say never, but given the sturdiness of the paper, even if you carry this calendar where it gets tossed and jangled, you aren’t likely to lose pages.

The surface of the paper is smooth, but not slick.  It’s bright but not shiny.  I worried that ink might smear easily on it, but the paper isn’t coated, so smearing is not a problem. 

The Layout: The calendar starts out with an idea and information sheet.  There are tips explaining how you might use the calendar and links where you can learn more about zentangle.

Each month begins with a Month-at-a-glance and some of Carole’s lovely artwork. From there the week is laid out 3 days to a page.  Each day has a 2.5” square with the day’s date printed in a large font, and the whole date printed in small font above that.

At the end of the month, there is more of Carole’s artwork.  Full-page art, in some cases.

Most of the page is printed with an ink dark enough to give structure to your tangles and is easily read. It’s light enough that you can tangle right over everything and it fades away. The exception is the month, printed with each day’s date.  The ink is dark and can be hard to absorb into your work, if you decide to do a full page tangle.

The Experience: When I’m doing a review, I like to challenge the subject.  The best way to see how well something performs is to make it fail.  I can’t say I managed to make this paper fail, but I did get a very good impression of performance.

On the first page, I used the mediums that I felt would cause the most damage, lol. 

In the first box, I used alcohol markers (Letraset Promarkers) which did bleed through.  I would have been amazed if they did not.  Paper makes a difference in how bright your marker colors are.  The brightness was above average, but not as bright as I would get with Bristol or coated paper.  The color was lighter on the back side.

In the second box, I used Peerless film Watercolor.  These are very intense colors, and I found the result to be about the same as with the markers.  Brightness is above average, but there is some dulling.  I expected buckling from the wetness, and there was some, but it was minimal.

The third box was painted in with water-soluble markers (Letraset Aqua Markers).  I was not able to spread the colors as well as I expected, and had to use more water, so the buckling was worse.  Still—it wasn’t bad.

I was easily able to tangle over all three mediums, with no feathering or pilling, so the wetness did not damage the paper.

When I tangled the back of the page, I was easily able to incorporate the marker bleed-through.  The buckling did not interfere with the flow of the pen, and, in fact, flattened out a bit by the time I done.

If you don’t mind bleed-through, alcohol markers will work on this paper.  I wouldn’t recommend it for watercolor, per se, but you could use it, if you don’t get the paper too wet.  In other words, use color that flows easily with a small amount of water, or use a water-soluble medium and just use water for small effects.

And I could hardly do this review without writing in the calendar.  And since the next most damaging medium I could think of was fountain pen ink, that's what I used.  It’s notorious for shading and bleed-through.  I tried four different inks, using a fine point, a medium point and a flex pen.

There was no bleed-through and only faint shadowing on the back.  I couldn’t even get the shadowing to scan, and it didn’t interfere with drawing or writing on the back.

I used a Bic Energel in the first box of the next page, because I’ve had problems with it smearing on other papers.  Even though I ran my fingers across the writing immediately, no smearing occurred.  Excellent!

My next pen was a Staedler Lumocolor, an intense colored permanent fine tip marker that often bleeds through or shadows.  This one shadowed more heavily than any of the other pens, but did not bleed-through.  I wouldn’t recommend it for this paper because the shadowing could be annoying on the other side.

Next up, was a Pentel Slicci and I chose it because it has the opposite problem.  The tip is a very thin, scratchy fine point with a light color ink.  As you can see from the picture, the writing barely shows.  I used it to tangle in the dates, and it’s beautiful, but it takes some work to get the color showing.

And for the upper portion of the page, I used Lyra Rembrandt colored pencils.  I was really curious to see how colored pencils would work, because the paper is so smooth. 
I put down three layers of color, but, as with the Slicci, I did have to work for saturation.  This could be a plus—you’d be able to get some very delicate coloration.  But it would take time to get brilliant colors, and you might not get as brilliant as you would like.

After I was done with the colored pencil, I closed the calendar and rubbed the pages around, and then set a heavy book on top for a few hours.  There was no transference of pigment onto the next page, which can always be a concern with unfixed colored pencil.

Traditional zentangle is done in black & white, usually with a Micron Pigma pen, and Carole chose this paper with that in mind.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t try it out. 

 Ahhh!  I do like color, but it’s nice to come back to the simplicity of black and white. 

You can see from these examples that the calendar works well for writing and drawing alike.  You can choose to incorporate the layout into your tangles, or simply ignore it and tangle all over the page.

And with zentangle, it’s important to visit tangle patterns.  

The traditional tangle pattern has 6 steps.  You use the boxes in a free-form manner and stay on one page, or use a two page spread with a box for each step.  I’ll be doing some more throughout the week, showing different ways that I’ve used the layout.

Today’s example is Raisin8s (a play on the name of the candy, Raisinetes).  This is a fairly simple tangle (or tangleation, if you prefer.  Others have created steps to similar patterns, including myself, lol).  I didn’t limit myself to one step per box, and used the layout of the page for notes.

This is a border tangle.  What makes it unique is the lacy effect that comes tying bunches of the ‘raisin8s’ together.  You can vary by changing the number of ‘raisin8s in each bunch.  Make every bunch a different number for a totally funky look or make each the same for precision.  Alternate the number for a little of both.  Change the way you fill the raisin8s, or change the width.  Alternate widths within the bunch. 

Draw as many as you want—they’re guaranteed calorie-free, lol!

Overall: I would tend to use this as a desk or office calendar rather than one that I would carry around.  It is durable enough, but a bit heavy. Your mileage may vary.  In the past my purses could have been used as demolition balls, but with age has come neck and back pain, and the need for smaller, lighter purses.

Whether you simply want a nice calendar or something specifically to tangle in, this calendar will serve the purpose.

I’m impressed with it.  Efforts were made to keep the price down, but it does cost more than some.  You can see where the cost was put into the quality.  If you are looking for a good calendar, consider treating yourself or a friend to one of these.

The Cons: Nothing is perfect, but imperfection is subjective.  The two things that bothered me only bothered me slightly, and might not bother you at all.

I’m a lefty, and I did find that the coil was in the way when I worked on the front of a page.  It was only when I drew at the extreme far left, so it didn’t intrude on my ‘Zen’ experience very much.  Right-handers may have the same problem when drawing on the back of the page. 

The coil also causes some difficulty when scanning.  The image can blur next to the coil, or it may be difficult to keep the page straight.  You can work around both, but it takes some effort.

I’m used to Week or Month or Year-at-a-glance calendars that always have the day in the same position.  Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, and Sat.  If I look at the far left, I know I’m looking at Sunday.  If I look in the middle it’s Wednesday, and so on.

Most people would probably adjust, and learn to read the day.  I’m rather noted for not paying attention to things like that.  I know, sooner or later, I’ll look and assume a meeting is on Monday because it’s written in the second box, and I won’t notice the actual day. However, the easy fix is to write the day within the notation—Dentist Appt. Wednesday. 11:30.That way, I’ll see the actual day when I look for the time.

The Pros: This is a sturdy, well-made calendar designed to inspire tangling.  However, even if you knew nothing about zentangle, and had no desire to tangle, this would still be a good calendar.  Anyone would love Carole’s artwork, and there is plenty of room for writing appointments, notes, etc. 

The paper is a joy to draw on.  Carole tells me that her own preference is for a paper with more tooth, but I believe this is a great stock for the many.  It takes most mediums without smearing, feathering or bleed-through.  Shadowing, for even the heaviest ink, is faint and seldom interferes with writing or drawing on the other side.  You’ll be able to use a wide range of mediums.

Carole’s artwork is heavenly.  There are five full-page drawings that I’m considering framing and hanging on the wall, when I’m done with the calendar. 

The Giveaway (now Closed): One winner will receive A Tangle-A-Day Calendar, signed by CZT, Carole Ohl, two Pentel Sunburst White Gel Pens, and a package of six Sharpie Finepoint pens-Black, Blue, Green, Red, Orange and Violet.

Please read the rules.  They are simple, but must be followed or your entry will be voided.
  • Leave a comment on this post with an email where I can reach you.
  • Only 1 entry per person.  I’m running this giveaway at both of my blogs—please only enter on one of them.  All Duplicate entries will be eliminated from the giveaway.  If you accidentally comment twice, email me at LifeImitatesDoodles and I’ll remove the duplicates.
  • If you don’t wish to leave an email in the comments—copy your comment post, paste it into an email and send it to me at:  lifeimitatesdoodles[at]gmail.com.  
NOTE: Many people are having problems finding the comment button.  I'm not sure if it is with this blog or my Wordpress blog.  At any rate, you can try my other blog to enter or just send an email, and I will add a comment (so I can get a count for the random generator) and enter you.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

I hate to be so insistent but I had a giveaway where two people claimed to win, and it was very upsetting because I didn’t have an email I could use to validate the correct winner.

Contest Ended.

Each comment will be assigned a number, and the winning number will be chosen by random generator.  The first number drawn will be the winning number.

If you don't want to wait to see if you won, you can purchase one of Carole's calendars at Greyden Press.

Good luck, everyone!

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