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Storage for Gelli® printing tools

I’ve been talking about storage on Facebook, and this blog post is in answer to questions I’ve been asked. I recently discovered this plastic basket at Ikea ($2.99 each), which is perfect for storing a lot of my tools in my studio, especially my Gelli® printing tools.

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This one holds my texture tools:

tools

These two hold my stamps, and useful household objects:

tools

Another one with mark-making tools:

tools

I found my paper punches and decorative scissors fit perfectly:

tools

I like to divide my paint into opaque and translucent, so this helps with that:

tools

My hubby built this great shelving unit for me. Baskets are the best things to use here, making it easy to store and find things, and also to pull out a bunch of tools all at once.

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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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Sneak peek: New Alphabet Stencils coming soon

I know that a lot of Zentangle artists (and others) like to create are with letters. In particular, monogrammed artwork makes a great gift. I’m very excited to tell you about my new products.

I have created some alphabet stencils which will go on sale soon. This is what the alphabet looks like:

Alphabet

There will be three sizes of letters available, 1.5″, 2.5″, and 5″ high. Here are all the stencils as I received them a few days ago:

Stencils

and here I am in the garage, sorting the 5-inch letters into alphabets:

Sorting

I’m still waiting for some of my packaging stuff, and still figuring out the pricing. I expect to begin shipping next week. And as always, there will be a discount for volume purchasing. Watch this space for an announcement.

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Using Stippling as Shading in your Zentangle Art

My guest post today on tanglepatterns.com: Stippling to Create Shading.

 

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog dedicated to Zentangle. In October, 2010, I will be attending the Certified Zentangle Teacher workshop.

This blog will cover Zentangle news, my classes, new artwork, and new tangle patterns.