Weekly Roundup #208

Silhouette Masks

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #76 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #77 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #45
Tackle it Tuesday A-B-C by Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #202: "DuoTangle: Chebucto vs Copada" by Laura Harms

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
Available soon: 500 Tangled Artworks by Beckah Krahula
New Zencils from Acadia Laser Creations

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Shading Your Doodles by Chris Gerstner
TanglePatterns String 141 by Judi Palumbo via Linda Farmer
Zentangle® Bird Tags by Suzanne McNeill

TECHNOLOGY
Rhys makes a Zentangle® on an iPad

REVIEWS and GIVEAWAYS
Brusho Crystal Colors - Product Review by Alice Hendon
Sneak Peek for Monday's Review and Giveaway by Sandra Strait

SHOW and TELL
2015 Creativity Challenge – week 4 by Geneviève Crabe
Bleedthrumanades in Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine by Sandra Strait
Critics Abound by Cherryl Moote
Frame It! by Rita Nikolajeva
Snow Day! from Zentangle blog

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Alphabet Pattern Series - L by Judy West
Boze by Jan Steinle
Bugler and The Ups The Downs by Linda Rea
Chebucto tips by Margaret Bremner
Heavenly by Daniel Lamothe
Leaf pod on a line by Linda Rea
Lian by Daniel Lamothe
Nexxus by Jeanne Burbage
Outership by Linda Rea
Pearl Jam by Linda Rea
X2 by Hsin-ya Hsu

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2015 Creativity Challenge – week 4

This is week three of Kelly Barone 2015 Challenge.
You can click the images for a larger view.


I used the shapes of my silhouette masks to cut shapes from various papers to use as collage elements in the future.

silhouette cutouts


I recently discovered a very cool font with which you can create Celtic Knots. Each letter represents one component of the image. By stringing together the letters, you can make a large variety of knots. Here are a couple of examples.

Celtic font example


Continuing my experiments with the Celtic Knot font, I took one image into Photoshop Elements and had some fun experimenting with a variety of special effects.

Celtic knots with visual effects


I have found that hot-chocolate cans are perfect for storing pens, markers, paint brushes, tools... just about everything on my work table and in my shelves. But of course, they have to have appropriate decoration.

For this first one, I removed the label and used it as a template to cut a Gelli print to size, backed it with some Scor-tape, and glued it to the can.

Decorated can for studio storage

For this one, I simply removed the label and painted the cardboard with some acrylic paint. I'm going to make a bunch more of these!

Decorated can for studio storage


I made another discovery recently, a Macintosh app called Wordify. You can give it any image, along with a list of words, and it will fill the image (or the negative space) with the words. Here I used my Sisters silhouettes.

Silhouettes with Wordify

In this one, I used the Yoga silhouettes, and a list of yoga-related words.

Silhouettes with Wordify


This is another project from Camerida. Brenda Shaver showed us now you can use a 3.5" Zentangle tile as a frame for a Bijou tile.

Layered tiles


The last item for this week is a Zendala. I started with a white die-cut snowflake I cut with my Cricut. I glued it to a 12x12-inch sheet of blue card stock, and tangled the snowflake.

Tangled snowflake

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Weekly Roundup #207

Silhouette Masks

CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #74 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #75 by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #75 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #76 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #43
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #44
Tackle it Tuesday C-A-R-S by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday J-A-N by Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #200: "Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration!" by Laura Harms
Weekly Challenge #201: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2015" by Laura Harms

EVENTS
WeLove2tangle conference for Zentangle artists

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
I Am Featured in a New Book by Alice Hendon
Kid Zentangle® by Don McCollum and Joyce Block
New book: The Artful Marketer by Minette Riordan
(sorry, the free book offer is no longer available)
Waax by Esther Piszczek
What These Books Can Teach Us About Creativity by Grace Mendez

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Love and Kisses Zentangle Meets Typography by Melinda Barlow
TanglePatterns String 139 by Barbara Finwall via Linda Farmer
TanglePatterns String 140 by Sabrina Croft via Linda Farmer
Word of the Month by Jeanne Paglio

SHOW and TELL
200 ! from Zentangle blog
2015 Creativity Challenge – week 2 by Geneviève Crabe
2015 Creativity Challenge – week 3 by Geneviève Crabe
enyshou from Zentangle blog
Tile on a Tile by Michele Beauchamp
Variations on a Theme by Caren Mlot
Welcome CZT XVI ! from Zentangle blog
Welcome CZT XVII ! from Zentangle blog
Zentangle newsletter January 10th, 2015
Zentangle newsletter January 17th, 2015

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
63Y Alternative Approach by Helen Williams
Antique by Kathy Barringer
Arcodos by Lianne Woods
Arcotres by Lianne Woods
Arcoquatro by Lianne Woods
Bales tips by Adele Bruno
Calix by Judy Murphy
Cirque-Flake video by Chris Gertstner
Jumu by Judy Murphy
Leaf and a twist by Linda Rea
mmmForesty by Shasta Garcia
Nautica by Dianne Krumnow
Schnails by Seela
Sutygal by Jenny Lundak
Tangle refresher 95 by Linda Farmer
The Fab by Linda Rea
Widgets variations by Kate Ahrens
Zag-V by Helen Williams

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2015 Creativity Challenge – week 3

This is week three of Kelly Barone 2015 Challenge.
You can click the images for a larger view.


This is a page from my sketchbook, where I was experimenting with the tangle pattern Cadent, with some variations including a circular one.

From my sketchbook


I am a big fan of Dover Publications and I have a lot of their clip-art books. These two are colouring pages coloured with Prismacolour pencils.

Colored pencil flowers

Colored pencil flowers


These are two pins that can be worn together. The consist of wood pieces covered with Japanese paper and a Swarovski flatback crystal.

Wood pins with Japanese paper


I am experimenting with using grid-based tangle patterns in a circular grid. To get the circular grid, I use my Mandala Stencils. The first one is the pattern Cubine, and the second one is Bales.

Circular Cubine

Circular Bales


This past weekend, I attend Camerida, an event for Zentangle teachers. Calligrapher and book artist Cherryl Moote showed us how to make a booklet with no glue and no sewing. Pretty cool.

Small handmade booklet

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2015 Creativity Challenge – week 2

This is week two of Kelly Barone 2015 Challenge. Starting today, I will endeavour to post every Wednesday. Here are my pieces for week 2.


These two pieces started out as Gelli prints, with added stamping and stencilling, and use my Silhouette masks. In the first, I traced around one of the Yoga masks to cut a silhouette from sheet music. In the second, I used one of the Sisters masks when doing the Gelli printing. In both cases, I added some shading around each piece with a black coloured pencil.

Mixed media piece with silhouette

Mixed media piece with silhouette


After many years, I decided to get rid of my Cricut and buy a Silhouette so that I can cut my own designs. Sadly, there seems to be something wrong with the power supply, so I won't be doing any cutting just yet. Bummer.

My new silhouette


Before discarding the Cricut, I cut a bunch of snowflakes (or mandalas) sized especially for the round Gelli plate.

Die-cut shapes


I love making my own stamps, as I talked about in this blog post from last year. These are all made with fun foam, some with textured fun foam. The possibilities are endless!

A few fun foam stamps


Finally, a bit of digital art. I have been experimenting with combining Gelli prints digitally in Photoshop Elements. These four pieces were made by superimposing the same four Gelli prints with varying blending modes and transparency.

Digital combo 1

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Weekly Roundup #206


AND THE GIVEAWAY WINNER IS . . .
Donald Wilka, commenter #14 on the last roundup.
Thank you to all who participated.


FYI, I will be travelling next week, so there will be no roundup on January 16th.


CHALLENGES
It's a String Thing #73 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #74 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #42
That's New to Me! Weekly Challenge by Suzanne Moshier
Tackle it Tuesday N-E-W by Cheryl Rotnem
Weekly Challenge #199: "UMT: Hitch by HeidiSue" by Laura Harms

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
I'm on Etsy by Sue Clark
Strathmore Paper Selector Guide
TanglePatterns.com Tangle Guide, 2015 Edition is here! by Linda Farmer
Zentangle "Tile Hugger" booklets

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Be The Good Zentangle Meets Typography by Melinda Barlow
Pamphlet Stitch Journal with Wrap Around Cover by Grace Mendez
TanglePatterns String 138 by Lianne Woods via Linda Farmer
Zentangle Weaving with Suzanne McNeill

REVIEWS and GIVEAWAYS
Review Day Six - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait
Review Day Seven - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait

SHOW and TELL
2015 Creativity Challenge – week 1 by Geneviève Crabe
Opus #2 by Alice Hendon
Tangled steps by Joan Delony
Trim-A-Rim: Final Versions by Donald Wilka
Without string by Lily Moon

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
1.2 by Hsin-ya Hsu
Alphabet Pattern Series - K by Judy West
Castle-rock and Trapt - 1,2 and 3 by Lila Popcheff
Hitched by HeidiSue
Jesterz by Julia Ross
Paradox in circles video by Ellen Wolters
Tangle refresher 94 by Linda Farmer
Twizted tips by Adele Bruno
Tleaf by Hsin-ya Hsu
Violeta video by Ellen Wolters
Xyp video by Ellen Wolters

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2015 Creativity Challenge – week 1

Last week, I read a blog post by Kelly Barone, where she issued a challenge to do something creative every day this year. I have a bad track record when it comes to following challenges for a long time, but I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for me to start doing more art, rather than just reading about it and watching YouTube videos.

I'm going to do a show & tell blog post once a week to show what I'm up to.
Here are my pieces for week 1.


I always enjoy drawing mandalas, and it occurred to me that it had been a while since I created a mandala template, so I made that my first piece.

Zendala template number 9


A more recent art form in my repertoire is celtic knots. This is from my sketchbook, where I tried different ways to shade the same image, using the three different greys available in Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Celtic knots with Prismacolor greys


This is an experiment. I started with a page of sheet music that I covered with red acrylic paint. The flowers are cut from a Gelli print and glued on the sheet. I then added some line work, shading, and stamping for decoration.

Mixed media flowers


For the second year, I enrolled in Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Jump Start. It's an online class that consists of video lessons by 23 mixed media artists, released throughout the month of January.

In one of this week's lessons, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer showed how to create a stencil using your own face. Now I don't think this looks much like me, but I like it!

First attempt at cutting a face stencil


This is the cover of one of my sketchbooks. It started out as a Gelli print, but this week I decided to turn it up a notch by adding a little stencilling and stamping. I haven't decided whether it's finished or not.

Sketchbook cover


The next two pieces were unfinished mandalas in my sketchbook, now finished!

Mandala


Another mandala from my sketchbook


Finally, today's piece is a hummingbird in pen & ink and coloured pencil on coloured card stock, based on a template by Ben Kwok.

Hummingbird

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Weekly Roundup #205

Welcome to the first roundup of 2015, and a special giveaway. Over the holidays, my blog passed 500,000 page views. That's amazing! To thank you for all those page views, I am having a giveaway. Here is what you can win:

Giveaway A set of my Mandala Stencils
A set of my large Alphabet Stencils
A set of my new Silhouette Masks
A Pocket Tangle Organizer
Jenny Peruzzi All-In-One Terrific Tangle Stencil

To enter, simply leave a comment below, any time between now and next Friday, January 9th, at 12 noon EST. (If you're getting this post in an email, you will have to go to the website to leave a comment.)

I will make a random draw, and the winner will be announced in the January 9th roundup.


CHALLENGES
2015 Creative Challenge by Kelly Barone
2015 – 365 Days of Art Challenge by Deb Prewitt
It's a String Thing #71 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #72 by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #72 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #73 by Adele Bruno
January ATC Challenge - Circles by Deb Prewitt
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #40
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #41
Pattern Mixer Challenge #2 by Anya Lothrop

BOOKS, CLASSES, PRODUCTS
2015 Calendars by Chris Gerstner
Heading for 2015 with a free book by Jeanne Paglio
Pattern Links eBook Second Edition Now Available by Geneviève Crabe

TUTORIALS and TEMPLATES
Making a Hard Cover Book: Pt 1 - Creating the Signatures from Sakura
Making a Hard Cover Book: Pt 2 - Creating the Cover from Sakura
Mandala template #9 by Geneviève Crabe
Star Mandala template by LonettA
Strathmore online workshops in 2015
TanglePatterns String 136 by Barbara Morrison via Linda Farmer
TanglePatterns String 137 by Linda Farmer
Video Tangle: videos compiled by Jane Dickinson
Zendala template 06 by Lori Byerly

REVIEWS and GIVEAWAYS
Review Day One - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait
Review Day Two - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait
Review Day Three - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait
Review Day Four - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait
Review Day Five - Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait

SHOW and TELL
An Amazing Bucketful of Brushes by Sandra Strait
Fountain Pens and Making Marks by Sandra Strait
Trim-A-Rim: To color or shade by Donald Wilka
Trim-A-Rim: First version by Donald Wilka
What to do with little drawings? by Joey
Zentangle Method and Schools from Zentangle blog
Zentangle newsletter January 1st, 2015

Patterns eBook

TANGLES and PATTERNS
Archer video by Chris Gerstner
Cubine, and then some by Margaret Bremner
Kiss by Katie Booth
Kuba by Mary Sargeant
Midnight by Chrissie Frampton
Moaz by Katie Booth
O-cee video by Chris Gerstner
Rattangle by Mei Hua Teng
Tangle Refresher 93 by Linda Farmer
Wolf Trail by Sue Jacobs
Xmas-red by Lin Chiu

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Mandala template #9

Here is a new mandala/zendala template. Click the images below to download the full-size template in PDF format. For more templates, visit my Mandala Templates page.

Mandala template #9

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Pattern Links eBook Second Edition Now Available

ebook second editionThe second edition of the Pattern and Tangle Links eBook contains 3000+ pattern links from the first four years of the Weekly Roundup. That's around 1000 new links since the first edition.

The eBook doesn't contain the tangles themselves, just web links to them. All the names are clickable and should take you to the web page where the pattern was published.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE EBOOK FOR $5.49

This eBook is in PDF format which can be read on most computers, smartphones, or tablets. It contains all the links I posted in the Weekly Roundup from December 2010 to December 2014.

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