New in the shop: Silhouette Masks

I have something new in the shop starting today. These are masks made of sturdy 0.007 mylar that can be used in your art in a variety of ways. These are the silhouettes, you get all six in a package.

silhouettes

They can be used in a variety of ways in monoprinting on a Gelli Plate, or to make cutout collage elements. Here are some of the samples I made (click the image for a larger view):

silhouettes examples

The lovely and talented Joanna Grant has been playing with a set and you can see her work on her blog.

The sets come in two sizes. In the large set, the masks range in size from 5-1/2 to 7-1/2 inches high (14 to 19 cm). In the small set (half the size of the large set), the masks range in size from 2-3/4 to 3-3/4 inches high (7 to 9.5 cm). (Note that these images are not to scale.)

masks   masks


ORDERING INFORMATION

Click here to order the silhouettes in my ArtFire shop.

Starting today until November 27, 2014, you can use the coupon code SILHOUETTES1 for 10% off your entire order from my store. (Note, this discount cannot be combined with the bulk discount.)

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Weekly Roundup #200

Hi everyone and welcome to the 200th Weekly Roundup!
To celebrate the occasion, I am having a giveaway (Canada and U.S. only, sorry). To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you like or don't like about the Roundup, and your suggestions for additional content.

At 12 noon EST on Tuesday, November 25th, I will pick a winner from the comments using a random number generator. The prize is a full set of my alphabet stencils. You get complete alphabets in a casual font, in three sizes.

alphabet stencils


Now on to this week's Roundup...

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #66 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #67 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #35
Tackle it Tuesday Tangles starting with I-E-M Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #194 "Embracing the Yuck" by guest Elisa Murphy

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
Tangles of Kells - Now in the Physical World! by Sandy Bartholomew

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Flower Outline 3 by Judy West
TanglePatterns String 131 by Cat Trask via Linda Farmer

SHOW and TELL
Aquafleur examples by Margaret Bremner
When Dice Meet Doodles… the sequel by Colette Horsburgh
When Dice Meet Doodles… part 3 by Colette Horsburgh
New Improved Zentangle website

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Ditto tangleations by Sue Jacobs
Keystone by Dennie York
Pufff by Judy Montgomery
SETA by LonettA
Tripoli video by Ellen Wolters
Zenfiddle by Lori Tryon

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From my sketchbook: Celtic Knots

I have always been fascinated by Celtic knot designs. A few years ago I took a class, but didn't pursue it at the time. Recently, I discovered David Nicholls' YouTube series on drawing Celtic knots, and I've been drawing ever since.

These first three drawings are the ones I did while watching the videos.

celtic drawing 01

With this one, I used colour to highlight the different strands.

celtic drawing 02

In this next one, I started doing some colour shading.

celtic drawing 03

This is my first full-page drawing in my sketchbook, again using colour to show the different strands.

celtic drawing 04

With this one, I tried the graphite shading that David Nicholls showed in his samples.

celtic drawing 05

This next one is especially cool. I actually used my Mandala Stencils to lay out the circular grid. Then I shaded using the Prismacolor Cool Grays. I see a lot of possibilities to integrate designs like this with my mandalas.

celtic drawing 06

 

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Weekly Roundup #199

RedBubble Tote Bags and more

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #65 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #66 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #34
Tackle it Tuesday N-O-V results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday Tangles starting with V-E-T Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #193 "TriTangle : Trio, Huggins, & Xyp (THX)" by guest Holly Atwater

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
Bauble Tree and Lilah Beans! by Sandy Bartholomew

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Mandala maker tips by Sue Jacobs
Mandala Outline 2 by Judy West
Mr. Sandman by Caren Mlot
TanglePatterns String 130 by Henrike Bratz via Linda Farmer

SHOW and TELL
Inktense / Fake Stained Glass by Rita Nikolajeva
STORIES: Zentangle helps 80-year-old get through difficult times

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alabastro by Tina Hunziker
Bedrox by Judy Murphy
Skwirl by Annie Taylor
Stonestory by Tina Hunziker
Tangle Refresher 90 by Linda Farmer
Twizted by Terri Brown
Wiffles by Judy Murphy
Yuma video by Ellen Wolters

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Weekly Roundup #198

RedBubble Tote Bags and more

CHALLENGES
100 Mandala Challenge by Kathryn Costa
Celtic Challenge 35 by Judy West
It's a String Thing #64 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #65 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #33
Tackle it Tuesday Halloween results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday Tangles starting with N-O-V Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #192 "UMT Seton by Cris Letourneau" by Laura Harms

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
2014 Pattern Folio by Helen Williams
New App: Tangle Patterns Galore

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Born Under A Lucky Star by Cherryl Moote
TanglePatterns String 129 by Nancy Smith via Linda Farmer

REVIEWS and GIVEAWAYS
Must-Have Books on Zentangle Art by Lucy Banta

SHOW and TELL
Dancing in the Moonlight by Caren Mlot
Hotel strings by Margaret Bremner

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Aquafleur as a border by Michele Beauchamp
Cirque by Chris Gerstner
Shnek by Hanny Waldburger
Whirlee by Lynn Mead
XOX by Hsin-ya Hsu
TanglePatterns annual request for your assistance with operating costs

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Weekly Roundup #197

RedBubble Tote Bags and more

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #63 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #64 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #32
Tackle it Tuesday T U E results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday Halloween Style Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #191 "Monotangle: Betweed" by Laura Harms

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Celtic design by David Nicholls
Flower Outline 2 by Judy West
Gelly Roll Hand Lettering Tips with Julie Fei Fan Balzer
Geometry without Tears by David Nicholls
How to tangle on glass Christmas ornaments by Anna Houston
Plan away! by Betsy Wilson
TanglePatterns String 128 by Margaret Bremner via Linda Farmer

REVIEWS and GIVEAWAYS
Astrobrights Paper Review by Cathy
Review and Giveway--Clairefontaine GraF it Dotgrid Sketchpad by Sandra Strait

SHOW and TELL
How to Get On *and Stay On* a Creative Roll by Jennibellie
The ease of Zentangle by Joan Delony
What's Your Style? by Caren Mlot
When Dice Meet Doodles by Colette Horsburgh
Zentangle newsletter October 23rd, 2014
Zentangle on The View on ABC (video plays in U.S. only)

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alphabet Pattern Series - G by Judy West
Diversity by Linda Rea
Fabulous Fengle by Margaret Bremner
Festune video by Ellen Wolters
Half Moon by Anne Marks
MInLine by Mei Hua Teng
Nebel video by Sandy Bartholomew
Reflections by Cheryl Craver
Scena video by Ellen Wolters
Spupa by Mei Hua Teng
Tangle Refresher 89 by Linda Farmer
Vermal video by Ellen Wolters
YNY by Lianne Woods
Yortaidis, Zun by Olga

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Weekly Roundup #196

RedBubble Tote Bags and more

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #62 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #63 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #31
Tackle it Tuesday M O N results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday Tangles Starting with T U E by Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #190 "Pink for Ardath" by Laura Harms

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
Fall Promo on Fairy-Tangles Digi Stamps and Coloring Sheets by Norma Burnell

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
TanglePatterns String 127 by Lily Moon via Linda Farmer
Zentangle® Butterflies on Bijou Tiles by Suzanne McNeill

SHOW and TELL
I Keep Falling In and Out of Love With You by Cherryl Moote
Sakura's Gelly Roll Moonlight 06 Neon Fine Point Pens
Stencil String Project by Rita Nikolajeva

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alphabet Pattern Series - F by Judy West
Beanious by Abbey Gray
Breast cancer lapel ribbon, Egg and i by Betsy Wilson
Charlotte by Margaret Bremner
Gnarly by Barbara Finwall
Podz by Nancy Newlin
Quandary tips by Adele Bruno

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Weekly Roundup #195

RedBubble Tote Bags and more

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #61 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #62 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #30
Tackle it Tuesday S U N results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday Tangles Starting with M O N by Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #189 "UMT 'Yuma' by Tina-AKUA" by Laura Harms

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Mandala Outline 1 by Judy West
Mandala templates by Jeannine Schoonaert
TanglePatterns String 126 by Judi Palumbo via Linda Farmer

REVIEWS and GIVEAWAYS
FaveCrafts is having a giveaway of my bead embroidery book
Studying Under the Masters review by Grace Mendez

SHOW and TELL
Circles strings by Margaret Bremner
Coloring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress
Zentangle newsletter October 12th, 2014

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alphabet Pattern Series - E by Judy West
Aquafleur video by Anya Lothrop
Braids video by Ellen Wolters
Curly Bracket Feather by Helen Williams
JoVi, Liefie, Randje, Slonkel, Sneeuwvlokken by José Meeusen
Onion Drops by Shasta Garcia
Opus video by Ellen Wolters
Railwayz, Geerandola, Pin-Will, Drakon by Simona Cordara
Steps variations by Helen Williams
Tangle Refresher 88 by Linda Farmer
Uncorked tips by Adele Bruno

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Weekly Roundup #194

Tangle Organizers

CHALLENGES
Celtic Challenge 34 by Judy West
It's a String Thing #60 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #61 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #29
Tackle it Tuesday B E R results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday Tangles Starting with S U N by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 125 by Cathy Clifford via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #188 "National Coming Out Day" by Laura Harms

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
New merchandise based on my artwork by Geneviève Crabe
Tangle on Bingo Bags - Guest Post on Tangle Harmony

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Black paper, colored pencils / Colour on Black by Rita Nikolajeva

SHOW and TELL
Amsterdam - 1 of ? from Zentangle blog
Derwent Testing Lab - Graphik Line Painters
Zentangle Newsletter - September 24, 2014

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alphabet Pattern Series - D by Judy West
Chartz video by Ellen Wolters
Kuky by Simona Cordara
Loop de Loop by Lila Popcheff
Meringue tips by Adele Bruno
Octoleg by Mei Hua Teng
Roxi by Beth Snoderly
Stazzle video by Ellen Wolters
Steps by Helen Williams
Tofube by Mei Hua Teng
Twiggee by Sadelle Wiltshire
Wandw by Hsin-ya Hsu
Zailz by Loretta West
Znzu by Hsin-ya Hsu

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Tangle on Bingo Bags

Most people have never encountered a bingo bag in their lives, and you can’t really blame them. After all, dedicated bingo players are a dying breed, with revenues declining from $250 million a year to about $50 million a year in Ontario alone.

The bingo bag is also yet another one of those things rendered obsolete by technology. Many of the world’s brick and mortar bingo halls have given way to their online counterparts, which attract more people because of their convenience and rewards system. Free Bingo Hunter reports that online bingo portals offer everything from dancing lessons with the acclaimed Louie Spence to shopping vouchers, and bingo players of old seem to have lost their need for the bingo bag, opting instead for online games they can play from home.

But while the bingo bag has all but lost its use in the bingo community, its economical design makes it perfect for those in the art industry. With various pockets for daubers and other bingo essentials, the bingo bag is great for carrying art supplies like markers, pens, pencils, rulers, and other materials. It’s also surprisingly easy to make, and Tanaria Carey has already launched a website that teaches how to make one on www.FreeBingoBag.com.

As you can see from the pattern, and the video above, it’s extremely easy to customize the bingo bag and create something that reflects your unique style. You can use a plain fabric that you can tangle, either before or after you sew it together.

Before starting your bingo bag project, you can take the time to create a Zentangle pattern that you can use for the bag, or use any of these tangles. The project presents a great opportunity for practice, however, and it’s a fun way to learn how to sew as well.

[This is a guest post.]

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