Showing posts from August, 2012

Link to two new doodle patterns

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly Zentangle Roundup

Link to tangle pattern Camelia

Links to Six New Tangle Patterns from Helena

Helena has posted the steps to six new tangle patterns:


Links to 4 new tangle patterns from Helena

Belatrix2, aka Helena, has posted four new tangle patterns:


New Daycraft Diaries and Journal!

I want to thank Mr. Foreal Lee of Tai Shing Diary Ltd for sending me some fantastic Daycraft Diaries and a Notebook to review.
I'm going to review each of these separately once I have the chance to run them through their paces, but I thought I'd give you a peek.
From top, going left to right: Executive Diary A5 size; Animaland Diary (elephant version), A6 size; and an Expresso Notebook A6 size.
There will be a giveaway!  Since there are two diaries (Dayplanner) and I prefer a smaller one that I can carry in my purse, I'm going to give away the Executive Diary.  I'll have used a few pages for the purposes of trying out the paper, but I'll try to make it pretty enough to add value.
Keep an eye out for the post.  I'm shooting to have the first review and starting the giveaway on Monday!
Meanwhile,  I want to mention how impressed I was with the packaging of these products.  The Executive Diary was bracketed with two sheets of thin cardboard.  The brad and loop we…

Links to Four New tangle patterns

I haven't had the chance to post much or surf too much the past few days, but I have kept track of any new tangle patterns I find.

If you haven't stumbled across them already:

Deelish by Stephanie Skelton 
Drobbles by Cindy Angiel 
Llilly by Ksenija Vojisavljevic
WGT by Emily Classon, CZT

Link: Custom cards and envelopes using Gelli Arts Mono Printing Plates

Custom cards and envelopes using Gelli Arts Mono Printing Plates-Video from Aug 25, 12 Make'n'take at Blockheads Paper Arts store.

Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team Call!

Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team Call!

I don't think I'll be trying out this term because of my mother's health but I can tell you it's lots of fun!

Link to Twin-Brush Technique from Earnest Ward

Link: Coloring Water Droplets with Copic Markers

Link: t's BLOG CANDY time at The Craft Barn Blog


I'm going scarce again!

I've got a busy week coming up--you know, the chicken with its head cut off routine--so I'll be scarce online and artwise.

Except for Thursday.

I have a Viva Las Vegastamps! design team post coming up on Thursday, so please keep an eye out for that!

New Tangle Pattern Scroll Feather

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Zentangle Roundup

ABC Toys and Crafts going out of business. 60% off everything.

Tangle Refresher 32

31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects

Sakura / Zentangle Teaser Video

via Note Booker, Esq-Rhodia Unlimited Notebook review and giveaway

New tangle pattern Windy Mills

I had a few hours to draw, and for a change I didn't have a review or deadline to meet, lol.  I sort of went...but what do I do?

I decided I wanted to play with my gold, silver, and copper Sakura metallic gel pens on Plike, because the two are made for each other.  Plike paper has a smooth velvety finish and the gel pens just glide across it  You can get the ink to pool by pausing at the end of a stroke, leaving a nice round raised dot, that looks as though it has been embossed. 

A video by Patrick Gallagher showing how to draw freestyle Celtic knots had me wanting to play with the method (Judy West has drawn instructions for one at Creative Doodling), so I've got a couple of freestyle knots and a solomon knot in there, and of course my new tangle pattern Windy Mills is used for the border.

Scanning never does justice to the glimmer of gel pens, unfortunately.  

Windy Mills can easily be varied by adding more or doing fewer loops, or filling the interior with something besides cro…

Link to Aileen's Musings: Free Downloadable Word Sheet

Blockheads Paper Arts-Stamps and more

Blockheads Paper Arts Brick & Mortar Store

Many of you may be aware of Blockheads Paper Arts online, with their wide range of unusual rubber stamps and crafting goods, so you can understand how pleased I was to see they opened a brick & mortar store here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Once I discovered that the store has opened, I wasted no time before visiting.  I did very well ignoring the temptation to buy everything--we still have a few dollars left in our bank account, lol!

The store is very small, but there is a lovely selection of rubber stamps, and stamping goods.  Despite the store's size, there are make'n'takes--short crafting sessions about 20-25 minutes long.  Each week there is a different technique covered (see schedule below).  You use the store's  supplies and take home what you make.

Each Make'N'Take session costs $3, but if you spend $10 or more on the same day, it's free.  Make'N'Takes run Tues - Sat, starting at 01:3…

Link to pattern Twinkling Star

Twinkling Star pattern by Judy West.  Also, check out Judy's fantastic alphabet patterns at the

Link to new official tangle pattern IX

New tangle pattern WW and Review of the Rad and Hungry Rad and Hungry STMT X PERU KIT

Included in the Stmt X Peru Kit:  - A spiral-bound notebook filled with paper made with eucalyptus pulp.  - An ‘Hecho en Perú’ drafting pencil with an emerald green paint job sportin’ a silver ferrule cap.- A red/blue combo proofing pencil. - A BONUS grid-lined notepad. “Block para calculos”? We know our calculus...
- A woven bracelet
- A real-life frogger illustration card

This is a review of different kind.  I didn't do a bunch of pictures, and I'm not going to discuss the quality of the paper, because it would beside the point. And what. you may ask me, is Rad and Hungry? Oh my.  Such a question.  It's a little bit lo-fi.  It's a little bit global. It's a little bit of something for those people marching to a different drum, But that drum is one we all hear. From the Rad and Hungry home page-"Call it office supplies or a stationery kit. What it is – a world tour delivered to your door." Make that a world tour in lo-fi office supplies.  Pencils and notebooks fro…

Surprise gift from Bonnie Jean Woolger

So life got away from me in June and July.  I wasnt' posting much, but I received some pretty cool stuff, some as prizes, some products for review and one surprise package from Bonnie Jean Woolger.

It was an awesome package and I'd been hoping to do something with part of it before posting about it, but time--that ever elusive element that you can't see, and can't touch, but that affects your day and life so much!--is getting away from me again, so I decided I'd show off the goodies she sent me.

I did a little research on the journals but couldn't find too much information.  The large spiral bound has a label declaring it to be a Kraft Jumbo (and I can't wait to do something with that Kraft cover!).  You can't really tell from the scan, but the $1.57 journal has a 3D cover that shows you bananas when you move it in the light.  It's an Andy Warhol that is lined on one side and blank on the other with light green tinted paper.

The paper in that stack…

Link to pattern Zixts

Cindy Angiel has posted the steps to her pattern Zixts.

Link to tutorial for mini Backpack Box

Icraft EMagazine with tutorials and projects!

Link to Review & Giveaway: Palomino Blackwing Sketchbook

Giveaway of a Palomino Blackwing Sketchbook at  Notebook Stories.

Review of the Tangle Book of Kells ebook

The Tangles of Kells
Yoga for Your Brain™ Inspiration Sketchbook #1
by Sandy Steen Bartholomew

PDF(electronic download) format only
30 pages, 16 sheets
56 tangle patterns (all new or new variations)

Intro Page
9 pages of tangle pattern steps
3 pages of illustrations
Link page
End page
(see list of tangle patterns below)

In a refreshing change of pace, Sandy Steen Bartholomew has given us an ebook, a downloadable PDF that you can buy at her website (click on the big red 'shop' button at the top of the page) or her etsy shop, to print yourself, or use on any electronic device that supports a PDF.  

The cover declares this to be an Inspiration Sketchbook from Yoga for Your Brain™, but you don't need that book in order to enjoy this one.

The tangles in the book were inspired by the animated movie 'The Secret of Kells'. Sandy spied endless designs, while watching the show that just demanded to become tangle patterns.  And so now they are, lol!

The book is chock full o…

Rhodia Journal Swap-Round 07, Page 07

The person who will end up with this book has a Boston Terrier (or dog similar to one, anyway).  I cobbled this together from Boston Terrier pictures and her drawings of her own dog.  Hope I got close!

Check out the Rhodia Tumblr Swap to see what the other players are doing!

Crack the Glass with Floor Paste Wax

Johnson’s Paste Wax
Tsukineko - Ink Crystals – Walnut
Ultra High Gloss Clear Embossing Powder 
VLVS! Stamps: Item18914 Plate 1429-Tree Writing Collage 4 1/2 x 5 ¾  Item18915 Plate 1429-All Hallows Eve 2 1/4 x 3 ¾

Ink/pads: Ranger Archival Ink-Black Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo Ancient Page Re-Inker-Cardinal
Papers: Kromecote A2Cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2  12x12 sheet Colorbök’s Specialty Pack 8.5 x 11 Paper Accents Heritage-Aged Parchment
Tools: MiracleTape 3/8 inch x 55 yds.  Scissors Sponge daubers Water (or Walnut crystals already mixed in water) Brush
Creating the ‘Cracked Glass’ effect Stamp the images in black on the Kromecote paper, leaving ½-1 inch around each so you can tear them out and still have white surrounding them. Tear the images out.  You want rough edges. Brush generous amount of wax over the entire surface of the Tree Collage Image.   Dip the brush in the Walnut crystals and brush them in the area surrounding your stamped image.  I brushed up around and over the edges of the …

Link:How To Draw A Freestyle Celtic Knot

Link to Pumpkin Surprise – tangle pattern

Neil Burley has posted the steps to his new tangle pattern Pumpkin Surprise.

Review of the Zebra Z-Mulsion EX & Zebra Z-Grip Ballpoint Retractable Pens

Ah.  Pens!  I love pens.  Art pens, ballpoint pens, rollerball pens, fountain pens.  I love them.  So I really want to thank Shoplet. and Zebra Pens for the opportunity to review some Zebra pens.  The package we received was awesome.

I was only asked to review the ZebraZ-Mulsion EX Ballpoint pen & the Zebra  Z-Grip Ballpoint RetractablePen out of those I received, but you'll see me using the others as time goes on!
ZebraZ-Mulsion EX Ballpoint pens
The Z-Mulsion EX pen curves to conform to the size of your hand, and has a rubber grip for comfort.  I found it to be a little thick for my small hand but still found it comfortable to write with.   The blurb for this pen declares that it uses an emulsion ink featuring a combination of oil, water and pigment, and I was anxious to take it for a test drive.
The ZMulsion EX does indeed write smoothly.  I'm a lefty, so I smearing the ink but had no success.  The way it glides is different somehow from other pens I've used and I'&…

Rhodia Journal Swap: Round 7, Page 3

Punchinella adhered with 2-sided Miracle tape, sprinkled with embossing powder which was heated until melted. Use more Punchinella as a stencil, and then tangled parts of the page.

Sandy Steen Bartholomew's first ebook now on sale!

Sandy Steen Bartholomew's first ebook! Inspiration Sketchbook #1 - The Tangles of Kells PDF.  On sale now at her Etsy shop!

Weekly Zentangle Roundup

Link to tangle pattern D-Vine

The steps to tangle pattern D-Vine, from CZT Debbie Purdue, have been posted at

Zendala Dare #19

New Tangle pattern Bubble-up and Review of Stillman & Birn's Gamma Series Sketchbook

Stillman & Birn Gamma Series Multi-media Art Journal

Stillman & Birn produces multi-media art journals in five different series--the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta & Epsilon series.  Each comes in a plethora of sizes.  Used for this review is an Gamma Series Heavy Weight Sketchbook Hardbound 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.6 cm).

The Specs  Paper weight: 100 lb (150 gsm) Paper color: Ivory  Surface: Vellum 62 sheets, 124 pages Bound in the United States

Look and Feel
As with all the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks, the cover is textured black binder board with the Stillman & Birn logo and the series name embossed on the lower back cover.  You immediately get the impression of sturdiness, and if you look closely at the binding, you'll see it is both sewn and glued.  There is an initial stiffness but if you slowly bend the sketchbook back as far as it will go, the binding loosens and the pages will lie flat.  You'll need to do this in several places.

Although the paper is thi…

Link to tangle pattern Enflamed Bubbles

Linda Rea has posted steps to her tangle pattern Enflamed Bubbles.

New tangle pattern Bramble

A lot of people liked a certain area in a recent drawing I did, so I thought I'd make it into a pattern, with a little discussion about shading/shadows.  You might also want to see my post about tangle enhancement Threedy.
Another question I often see concerns knowing when your work is finished.  The answer to that is going to differ for everyone.  But one thing I've learned for my own process is that if I look at my work, and it just seems 'right', however ambiguous the reason, I stop.
I had intended to add a lot more tangling, but this just felt 'finished'.  I think I like the contrast of the simple skeletal line work next to the heavily textured, shaded areas.