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Weekly Roundup #206

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.

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

I’m on Etsy by Sue Clark
Strathmore Paper Selector Guide Tangle Guide, 2015 Edition is here! by Linda Farmer
Zentangle “Tile Hugger” booklets

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

Review Day Six – Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait
Review Day Seven – Clearprint Vellum Field Book by Sandra Strait

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.


Sorry to be late, I had no Internet service for a while. I numbered all the comments and drew a random number. The winner is Pam Dickhaus! Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you for your address.



alphabet stencils

Now on to this week’s Roundup…

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

Tangles of Kells – Now in the Physical World! by Sandy Bartholomew

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

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

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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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.


Zentangle Untangled Giveaway Winner

At the deadline of 5pm EDT today, there were 78 comments on the blog post, 71 once I removed my own and Kass’s comments. I used a random number generator on my iPhone…

And the winner is… Comment #1, Tina Festa! So the book will be making its way to Italy.

Many thanks to everyone for participating.

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Zentangle Untangled Blog Tour: Review, Tutorial, and Giveaway

Several months ago, I was contacted by Kass Hall, one of my classmates from Zentangle Teacher Certification. She wanted me to contribute some artwork to a book she was writing called Zentangle Untangled. I agreed enthusiastically.

Here is one of my contributions. I wanted to show different colour schemes that could be use to colour some Zendalas. I drew three small Zendalas and made copies on card stock. I used coloured pencils with three colour schemes: monochromatic, analogous, and complimentary.

Zendala colour schemes

When I received my copy of the book earlier this month, I fell in love with it. It’s not so much a how-to book about Zentangle, but more about the philosophy behind Zentangle, and how you can use it in your life. Kass has a wonderful way with words, and a great way to talk about what Zentangle is, and what it isn’t.

Kass’s artwork is beautiful, and  you’ll find the book inspirational.

Another one of my contributions to the book is one of my wood & Zentangle brooches; you can see some of them here. I have been asked how I prepare the wood for drawing, so I’m including a little tutorial here. I will show how to prep a wood piece for drawing with a pen directly on the raw wood, and also how to prep with paint.


You will need some thin wood shapes, a small flat paint brush, and a wood sealer; I use DecoArt Primer-Sealer. My favourite places to get wood shapes are: Stockade and Bear With Us.


I love metallic paints. My favourite are DecoArt Metallics. In this tutorial, I use Copper. You can use any metallis acrylic paint.


You’ll need a fine-grit sandpaper, and a pin back to finish your pin. I also like to add flatback Swarovski crystals.


On the painted piece, I use a butterfly stencil, Flutterbies TS10 by Tracy Moreau.

butterfly stencil

Sealing, Painting, Sanding

First, a word on sanding. Whenever you apply a water-based product to raw wood, it will raise the grain of the wood, and the wood will have to be sanded with fine grit sandpaper to give it a smooth surface.

I only use the sealer on the pin that will not be painted. I brush a coat of the sealer, and following the directions, let it cure for 24 hours. Then I give it a light sanding.

apply sealer

For the painted pin, I apply one coat of paint and let it dry.

apply paint

I sand the surface, and apply a second coat of paint.



I learned from experience that, before drawing with an ink pen, it’s necessary to let the paint cure for 24-48 hours. Otherwise, even though the paint is dry, it’s still a bit soft and can clog your pen.

So… you now draw using your favourite tangles, and create a unique piece of wearable art!

finished pins


I use white glue to attach the pin back, and then I add a little bling with some flatback crystals, also attached with white glue.

I don’t usually varnish my pieces, but if you want to, I recommend using a spray varnish for the first coat, to make sure the ink won’t smear. You can then use your favourite varnish.


The giveaway is over. See this post for the announcement of the winner.

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Zentangle Untangled Blog Tour

We’re having a blog tour to celebrate the publication of the book Zentangle Untangled by Kass Hall.

The official blog tour begins tomorrow, and here are the participants, some of whom will be having giveaways:

Monday July 23 – START – Kass Hall
Tuesday July 24 – Jill Berry
Wednesday July 25 – Rachel Grieg
Thursday July 26 – Sandra Strait
Friday July 27 – Melanie Testa
Saturday July 28 – Ingrid Dijkers
Monday July 30 – Pam Garrison
Tuesday July 31 – Genevieve Crabe – that’s me!
Wednesday August 1 – Traci Bautista
Thursday August 2 – Fran Meneley
Friday August 3 – Jane Davenport
Saturday August 4 – FINISH – Kass Hall  (major prize giveaway)


And the winner is…

Many thanks to all of you who entered my first giveaway.

I used a random number generator app on my iPhone, and the winning number is: 121.

The 121st subscriber to my newsletter is (drum roll)… Lorna Champagne!

Congratulations Lorna! I’ll need your shipping address and phone number, and I’ll have your winnings on their way!

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100,000+ Page Views and a Giveaway

Recently, I passed 100,000 page views on this website, after less than 18 months. Thank you all for your support! In honor of this momentous event, I am having my first giveaway. Here is what one of you will receive:


The giveaway consists of:

  • A Tangle Organizer.
  • Two Tangle Journals, one for the winner and one to give to a friend.
  • A Zentangle tile leather wallet.
  • A 2012 wall calendar featuring my Zendala artwork.
  • A tangled hand-painted shoe pin.
  • Two zines by the wonderful Andrea Joseph, How to Draw Like a Nut, and How to Draw Like a Loon.
  • And a surprise or two.

Now, to be eligible for the giveaway, all you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter. If you are already a subscriber, you are automatically entered. There are no restrictions on location, I will ship anywhere.

You have until February 1st at 7pm EST to enter.


Closing in on 100,000

Checking my blog statistics today, I found that after less than 18 months, I have 98,000+ page views! When I reach 100,000 views, I will have a giveaway of Zentangle goodies, so stay tuned!