Owl in coloured pencil

This owl is based on a template by Ben Kwok.
Ben's templates are available to members of his Facebook group Ornation Creation.

Owl from Ben Kwok template

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Weekly Zentangle Roundup #174

Zentangle word cloud

Tangle Organizers

Articles, Videos, Tutorials

Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques by Joanne Fink
It's a String Thing #40 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #41 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #9
Pattern Organisation by Helen Williams
Tackle it Tuesday "L" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "M" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 105 by Barbara Finwall via Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #168 "Tangleation Nation: Rain" by Laura Harms

Tangles and Patterns

How to draw tanglepattern Braze by Ellen Wolters
How to draw tanglepattern Kathy's Dilemma by Ellen Wolters
How to draw tanglepattern Schway by Ellen Wolters
Kizzmet by Beth Snoderly
Lookies by Jennifer Hohensteiner
Moonpie by Joan Delony
Scones by K.N. Malathi
Tips for Tangling Lori Howe's Riverstones by Adele Bruno
Zabbixz by Linda Rea

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Gelli Print Jewelry tutorial

Last month, I attended Tangle University, and purchased some cool bracelet blanks from Acadia Laser Creations. It occurred to me that they would be perfect to use with Gelli prints. Here are the bracelets I have made so far, the tutorial follows.

bracelets

Here is what you will need:

  • a bracelet kit you can purchase from Acadia Laser Creations on Etsy
  • a strong adhesive - I used Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
  • either a 3/4-inch paper punch, or a ruler and scissors
  • a Gelli print on paper or card stock

supplies

Cut eight 3/4-inch squares from your Gelli print.

squares

Using your adhesive, glue the squares into each square of the bracelet. If you are using a liquid adhesive, let it dry before continuing.

bracelet

These are the transparent squares that come in the bracelet kit.

tops

The squares already have adhesive on the back. Attach one to each square of the bracelet, and you're done!

bracelet

Here are the three I have made so far. These are very affordable, you can make one for every outfit!

bracelets

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Weekly Zentangle Roundup #173

Zentangle word cloud

Tangle with Colored Pencils class

Articles, Videos, Tutorials

Draw a 'Bucket of Snakes' by Miraculous Mosquito
How to build a stone wall by Linda Rea
How to Make and Decorate a Black Paper Notebook by Sakura
It's a String Thing #39 Tiles compiled by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #40 by Adele Bruno
Joey's weekly tangle challenge #8
Memories of Tangle University
Mixed media Zentangle by Kathy Long
Origami bookmark by K.N. Malathi
Review of the Dilli & Serwex 162 Fountain Pens by Sandra Strait
Review of the Sharpie Brush Tip Permanent Marker by Sandra Strait
Sakura video gallery
Tackle it Tuesday "K" Tangles results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "L" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 104 by Nancy Newlin via Linda Farmer
Tangle Refresher 77 by Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #167 "DuoTangle Well/Punzel" by Laura Harms
Zenspirations Dangle Designs for Handmade Cards by Joanne Fink
Zentangle, Old Books and Gelatin Prints, oh my! by Sadelle Wiltshire

Tangles and Patterns

Inaura by Bunny Wright
Jajazz by Nancy Newlin
Lori by Cheryl Rotnem
Quandary tangelations by Jennifer Hohensteiner
Shuri by Christine Reyes
Tips for Tangling Beeline by Adele Bruno

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Memories of Tangle University 2014

Last month, I attended Tangle University 2014, a learning event for Zentangle teachers, in Portland, Maine, organized by Elaine Huffman. One of the coolest things about attending was that I got to meet in person, people I have known online for several years. Here are just a few.

This is my roommate Lynn Noga (centre) with Karen Izzi (right) and Karen's wife Phyllis (left):

Here I am with some of the other teachers, on our way out to dinner the evening before the beginning of the event:

And here is a view of the whole classroom:

Several weeks ago, Sandy Bartholomew came up with the brilliant idea of having trading cards that we could exchange. Sandy created the template for the cards so that all we had to do was add our photo and information. Here is mine:

my trading card

And here are the ones I collected (click to enlarge):

trading cards

Here are some of my class projects.

Sandy Bartholomew introduced us to a cool technique on black paper:

Molly Hollibaugh taught us a cool teaching technique; here is the tile I created in the class,:

and a mosaic of the tiles from the whole class (click to enlarge):

Cris Letourneau taught a great shading class based on her Made in the Shade workbook:

And Marie Browning taught us a fun coloured pencil technique:

Finally, Leslie Crumpler and Julia Reed from Sakura (and my classmates from CZT class #4) talked about the 30th anniversary of Gelly Roll™ pens, and brought us a goody bag of Sakura pens, along with a booklet in which to try them all out:

Before class, we were asked to do a 9-tile ensemble set. Barbara Gill then collected all the sets and did a swap so that each one of us received a set with our own centre tile and eight tiles from different participants. Below you can see the set I created on the left, and the set I received on the right (click to enlarge):

During the event, we were all ask to contribute a section to a group tangle, which was then raffled off  (click to enlarge):

There was also a banquet, silent auction, vendors, and more. A good time was had by all! The next Tangle U will be held in 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Creative Mojo

Last month, I was a guest on the Internet radio show Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, to talk about my book, How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs.

You can listen to a replay of the show by going to the Creative Mojo website and looking under "Recent Shows" for the April 2nd show.

Creative Mojo

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Weekly Zentangle Roundup #172

Zentangle word cloud

Tangle with Colored Pencils class

Articles, Videos, Tutorials

10 Basic Art Journaling Supplies by Grace Mendez
An organic alternate to a grid string by Sandra Chatelain
Before and After (and After and After) by Cris Letourneau
Before and After Fish by Penny Raile
Gelly Roll 30th Anniversary website
I'm ba-a-a-ack! With two zendalas by Margaret Bremner
Introducing String Starters by Angie Vangalis
It's a String Thing #38 Tiles by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #39 by Adele Bruno
Journal wrap up by Helen Williams
Lettering Exercise by Sandy Steen Bartholomew
Review of the Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen by Sandra Strait
Tackle it Tuesday "K" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
Tangled Fairies by Chelsea Radley
TanglePatterns celebrates its 4th Anniversary by Linda Farmer
TanglePatterns String 103 by Grace McIntyre via Linda Farmer
The many faces of shaving cream by Sandy Hunter
Turn up the volume! from Zentangle blog
Zentangle + Shrinky Dinks = FUN! by JJ LaBarbera
Weekly Challenge #166 "UMT Diva style" by Laura Harms
Zentangle® Art Expo
Zentangle® Ensemble, Tile2 by Jane Dickinson
Zentangle Newsletter May 4th, 2014
Zentangle® Paper Dolls by Suzanne McNeill
Zentangle Weekly Challenge #7 from madebyjoey

Tangles and Patterns

Aommes by Cindy Angiel
Bellisa by Olga
Chechain by Lila Popcheff
How to draw tanglepattern Crescent Moon by Ellen Wolters
Igaido, Yinni, Happy Crab by Olga
Lady Bugz Parade by Karen Ann Brady
Leaves by Ana Navas
Pines by Lila Popcheff
Seedings by Mei Hua Teng
Seed Pods by Suzanne McNeill
String of Beads by Miraculous Mosquito
Unnamed tangle by Laura Harms
Whirl by Helen Williams
Zeta by Wayne Harlow

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Weekly Zentangle Roundup #171

Zentangle word cloud

Tangle Organizers

Articles, Videos, Tutorials

13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day by Carolyn Gregoire
Announcing PreZENts from inkerbelle! Zentangle giveaways! by Aimée P. Belair
Art Journal Borders by Grace Mendez
Bead Embroidery Motifs – Book Review by Cindy Angiel
Book Review (and thoughts): Show Your Work! by Sandy Bartholomew
DesignByHumans Artist Interview: Bioworkz (Ben Kwok)
Easy Ombre: A Gradient Tutorial by Joanne Fink
Giveaway and review of Two Daycraft Animal Pals Notebooks by Sandra Strait
Heart of Gold – Inspired Journal Prompt by Cindy Angiel
It's a String Thing #36 Tiles by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #37 by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #37 Tiles by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #38 by Adele Bruno
Mixed Media Mini Album on StencilGirlTalk by Michael Trent
My "New Stencils" alert by Lizzie Mayne
Review of the Paperblanks Maya Blue Ultra Journal by Sandra Strait
Strathmore Artist Newsletter
Tackle it Tuesday "H" Tangles Results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "I" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "I" Tangles Results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "J" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns String 101 by Yamit Fridman via Linda Farmer
TanglePatterns String 102 by Anne Marks via Linda Farmer
Tangle Refresher 76 by Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #164 "Amanda (Earth) Day" by Laura Harms
Weekly Challenge #165 "UMT - Camelia" by Laura Harms
Zentangle® Ensemble Setup by Jane Dickinson
Zentangle Weekly Challenge #5 from madebyjoey
Zentangle Weekly Challenge #6 from madebyjoey

Tangles and Patterns

Axlexa by Henrike Bratz
Based on Lace by Linda Rea
Cefficoren and Lynda by Olga
Foxeye by Betsey Youngs
Griddles by Lila Popcheff
How to draw tanglepattern Fife by Ellen Wolters
How to draw tanglepattern Y-Ful Power by Ellen Wolters
InWave by Cindy Angiel
Logjam by Wayne Harlow
Olé by Barbara Finwall
Roel by Judy Murphy
Tips for Tangling AA's by Adele Bruno
Tips for Tangling Mooka by Adele Bruno

Tech

12 Surprising Ways to Use Evernote
33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed

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Weekly Zentangle Roundup #170

Zentangle word cloud

Tangle Organizers

A week from today, I will be having a wonderful time
at Tangle University so there will be no roundup.
See you on May 2nd!

Articles, Videos, Tutorials

Dr. Ion Super Mega Case Review by Grace Mendez
eggZactly from Zentangle blog
Giveaway and Review of the Clairefontaine Maritime Collection Travel Album Logbook by Sandra Strait
How to Decorate Plastic Easter Eggs with Tangle Patterns by Angie Vangalis
It's a String Thing #35 Tiles by Adele Bruno
It's a String Thing #36 by Adele Bruno
Review of the Copic Doodle Pack-Turquoise by Sandra Strait
Shading Makes the Difference by Alice Hendon
Stencil and doodle artwork by Lizzie Mayne
Tackle it Tuesday "G" Tangles Results compiled by Cheryl Rotnem
Tackle it Tuesday "H" Tangles by Cheryl Rotnem
TanglePatterns.com Strings Guide Volume 2 now available
TanglePatterns String 100 by Maria Thomas via Linda Farmer
Tangle Refresher 75 by Linda Farmer
Weekly Challenge #163 "New Official Tangle - Rixty" by Laura Harms
Zentangle Weekly Challenge #4 from madebyjoey

Tangles and Patterns

Bellamy by Lila Popcheff
Blink by Jennifer Hohensteiner
Cameo by Lila Popcheff
Conquering Cubine by Jean Theurkauf
Deelite by Lila Popcheff
Kelp by Nancy Domnauer
Fandango by Vicki Bassett
Lola by Sandy Hunter
Meydum by Cindy Angiel
Mirrky by Cindy Angiel
Puffies by Linda Rea
Sahara Lila Popcheff
Thebazilly by Lizzie Mayne

Antique Books

Here are some online resources you might not be aware of. Many old, pre-copyrignt books have been digitized and are available to view and/or download. There are lots of arts and crafts book that can be used for inspiration; here are a few to get you started. I will be collecting more links and you can find them on my Links page.

Alphabets Old and New (1898)
Geometrical Drawing and Design (1913)
Lettering and Ornament (1902)
Line and Form (1914)
Monograms & Ciphers (1906)
Nature and Ornament (1908)
Pattern Design (1903)
Styles of Design (1919)
The Anatomy of Pattern (1887)

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Recent work with the Gelli plate

These are some pieces based on Gelli prints. On this first one, I added some Zentangle-inspired art with a white gel pen, using stencils from Joggles.

Gelli print with ZIA

I cut up some Gelli prints to make collage elements, and added some drawing with a black Micron pen and a Sakura white gel pen.

Gelli Collage

And here's another one where I cut and layered circles from other Gelli prints.

Gelli Collage

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