Sketchbook Skool

A few weeks ago, I joined Sketchbook Skool, where people are rediscovering their inner artist. This is a great class that won't teach you what to draw, but will teach you how to draw.

The six-week classes include instruction by six different artists. In the Beginnings class, instructors include Danny Gregory, Koosje Koene, and Jane LaFazio. The course is about keeping a sketchbook journal and drawing images from our daily life. Each week begins with videos from that week's instructor, which include sketchbook exercises.

One of the first exercises involved sketching in public. Here is my drawing from Pinafore Park in St. Thomas, Ontario:

Sketch

And here are a few more of my drawings from the class.

fruit and veg cactus flower

rope

The class focuses on drawing images from real life. If you have ever wanted to keep a sketchbook journal, this class is for you.

[Disclaimer: I was given a free seat in the Beginner class.]

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Tangle Stitches by Jane Monk – Review and Giveaway

Tangle Stitches is a new book by Australian quilter and Zentangle® teacher Jane Monk. I had the pleasure of meeting Jane in October 2010 when we were in the same Zentangle certification class.

Jane Monk Book

This book is for anyone who would like to incorporate the repetitive patterns that are at the centre of Zentangle, in their stitching projects.

The first half of the book contains an introduction to Zentangle, as well as detailed instructions for 41 patterns.

Jane Monk Book

The second half of the book is devoted to a collection of projects.

Jane Monk Book

Now I don't have any sewing machine experience, so I chose one of the hand-stitched projects in the book, a journal cover.

Jane Monk Book

I adapted the instructions a bit to do the whole thing with Nicole's Bead Backing which is my favourite bead embroidery foundation. It is stiff enough to work as a journal cover. I also adapted Jane's design to bead embroidery. Here is my front cover.

my journal cover

For a giveaway of a copy of Jane's book and one of the pin cushions from the cover, see this post on Craftside. (U.S. and Australia only.)

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to review. I will be donating this book to the Canadian Embroiderers' Guild in London, Ontario, of which I am a member.

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Weekly Roundup #188

Mandala Stencils

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #54 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #55 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #23
Tackle it Tuesday "X" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "Y" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 119 by Linda Fine via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #182 "Stripes" by Laura Harms

GIVEAWAYS
Tangle Stitches and Zentangle pin cushion giveaway by Jane Monk

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Buttons project by Rita Nikolajeva
DVD coloring case by Stacy Vaughn
DVD coloring case update by Stacy Vaughn
Simple Zendala booklets to hang, display or carry by Betsy Wilson

REVIEWS
Tangle Stitches by JaneMonk - Review by Sandra Strait

SHOW and TELL
ABC of Zentangle..F, F for Focus, Fear, Freedom by Dilip Patel
ABC of Zentangle..G, G for Growth, inner Growth by Dilip Patel
Stuck Up! from Zentangle blog

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alaura video by Ellen Wolters
Amaze video by Ellen Wolters
Curl by Lu-Marie Laker
Extra good by Linda Rea
Farling by Deb Eichhorn
KauriKunda by Tina Hunziker
Several tangles by ColetteH
Striping Tips by Adele Bruno
(Tw)Ing video by Ellen Wolters

 

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Weekly Roundup #187

Drawing Mandalas class

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #53 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #54 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #22
Tackle it Tuesday "W" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "X" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 118 by Barbara Finwall via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #181 "Water" by Laura Harms

BOOKS and PRODUCTS
Accent Zenspirations w/Gelly Roll Moonlight Fine by Joanne Fink
Light and Shadow - new E-book by Helen Williams
New App and Contest by JJ LaBarbera

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alaura by Diane Tai
Esses Revisited by Cris Letourneau
Inchworm by Lori Byerly
Pic-Nyk, Samuri, Sle-P by Cheryl Rotnem
Tangle Refresher 84 by Linda Farmer
Tips for Tangling Paradox by Adele Bruno
Trio by Hanny Waldburger

 

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Weekly Roundup #186

Drawing Mandalas class

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #51 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #52 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #53 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #21
Tackle it Tuesday "W" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 117 by Sabrina Croft via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #180 "UMT - MacDee by Anneke Van Dam" by Laura Harms

BOOKS and PRODUCTS
Free Zenspirations® Border Designs by Joanne Fink
New Derwent Graphik pens

GIVEAWAYS
Pigma Micron Pen Giveaway!

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Fun with Mathematics - Escher's mathematical art by K.N. Malathi

SHOW and TELL
ABC of Zentangle..E, E for Ease, Easy by Dilip Patel
Merci Beaucoup from Zentangle blog

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Auraknot video by Ellen Wolters
Boomer Rang by Linda Rea
Croscro by Hsin-ya Hsu
Dazed chain by Linda Rea
Ga-Bee by LonettA
Neit-Lite by LonettA
Nymph video by Ellen Wolters
Pomx2 by Mei Hua Teng
Tri-Po Updated Step-outs by Sue Clark
Uni by Beth Snoderly
Why tri by Linda Rea

 

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Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop part 3

This is my third project in the Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats.

I started with five sheets of 9x12" Bristol paper, and my 12x14" Gelli Plate. Here are the prints at three different stages (click images for a larger view):

Gelli prints phase 1 Gelli prints phase 2 Gelli prints phase 3

I then cut the sheets and created these two journals:

Journal Journal

 

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Weekly Roundup #185

Mandala Stencils

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #49 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #50 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #52 - A Very Happy Birthday! by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #20
Tackle it Tuesday "U" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "V" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 116 by Sandy Hunter via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #179 "Be like Bijou" by Laura Harms

BOOKS and PRODUCTS
Bijou's début on the Zentangle website
New Digi Stamps and Coloring Sheets by Norma Burnell
New e-book cover and something fun by Helen Williams

REVIEWS
Review and Giveaway of the Schut Noblesse Watercolor Block by Sandra Strait

SHOW and TELL
ABC of Zentangle..D, D for Design & Disipline by Dilip Patel
D... for Dark and Light principles of Design by K.N. Malathi
Zentangle and Mindfulness Meditation by Melinda Barlow
Zentangle Newsletter August 1st, 2014

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Barrow by Carole Fontaine
Gord by Sue Zanker
Nymph by Melinda Barlow
Tangle Refresher 83 by Linda Farmer
That "C" thing by Linda Rea
Thing in the middle of a thing by Linda Rea
Tried leaf by Linda Rea
Wave 'n ck by Linda Rea
Zippity-Do-Da by Linda Rea
Zonked by Linda Rea
Zygosity by Linda Rea

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Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop part 2

This is my second project in the Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats. We made a journal with recycled greeting cards.

These are all the Gelli prints I made for the journal:
(Click the images for a larger view)

card journal prints

This is the front cover:

journal cover

The front spread:

front spread

A two-page spread:

journal pages

I used a paper punch to create windows:

journal page with windows

Some of the homemade tools I used:

my tools

And some of my stencils:

my stencils

...And on to the next project. Stay tuned!

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Weekly Roundup #184

Tangle Organizers

If you know someone with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), please read this blog post by Maria and Rick.

CHALLENGES
Intricate Patterns Challenge by Judy West
It's a String Thing #51 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #19
Tackle it Tuesday "T" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "U" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 115 by Grace McIntyre via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #178 "Duotangle by the Letter!" by Laura Harms

BOOKS and PRODUCTS
AlphaTangled! The NEW Card Collection (and contest!) by Sandy Bartholomew

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Color Pencil Shading by Marie Browning
How to draw an impossible heart by Ellen Wolters
Video Zentangle Fun by Deb Prewitt

REVIEWS
Ms. Moffatt's Meditative Mandala Masterpieces - A Review by Sandy Bartholomew
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - book review by Deb Prewitt

SHOW and TELL
ABC of Zentangle... C for Creativity by Dilip Patel
ABC’s of Cultivating Creativity by Grace Mendez
C... for Celtic Knot by K.N. Malathi
Looking back at 30-30 Challenge by Sandhya Manne
Stories: Undaunted by recent loss of vision in one eye, tangler finds accomplishment through Zentangle®

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Corner bubbles by Linda Rea
Da-Kris by Sharon Robinson
Diamond I by Linda Rea
Cubine video by Ellen Wolters
Kitl by Jem Miller
Leafheart by Simona Cordara
Luna by Angie Whalen
Open Wide by Linda Rea
Several tangles by Dianne Ferrer
Tongue Depressed by Linda Rea
Vent and Nuts & Bolts by Sacil Armstrong

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Weekly Roundup #183

Patterns eBook

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #50 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #18
Last week we grew gardens, this week let's build houses! by Kelly
Tackle it Tuesday "S" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "T" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 114 by Dorothy Allison via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #177 "Truffle by Caroline Broady, CZT" by Laura Harms

SHOW and TELL
A... for Aura by K.N. Malathi
ABC of Zentangle...B by Dilip Patel
B... for Bookmarks by K.N. Malathi
Peacock by Margaret Bremner
Thank you! from Zentangle blog
Zentangle newsletter, July 18th 2014
Zia and Challenge #177 by Mariët Lustenhouwer
Welcome CZT XIV! from Zentangle blog
Welcome CZT XV! from Zentangle blog

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Aquafleur & Striping by Sharla Hicks
How to draw tanglepattern Zaturn by Ellen Wolters
Muzulü by Jennifer Hohensteiner
Patterns for Meditative Drawing from Strathmore
Prestwood variation by Margaret Bremner
Roscoe by Vicki Bassett
Sprigs by Michele Beauchamp
Tangle Refresher 82 by Linda Farmer
Truffle by Caroline Broady
Zilla and Mosey by Jennifer Hohensteiner

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