Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year - Let's Tangle!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Tonight's New Year's Eve and tomorrow is the dawn of 2012. Do you have any Zentangle® resolutions? Maybe create more zentangles? Try creating your own patterns? Maybe getting certified? Keeping a Zentangle Art Journal?

If you are signed up for Cloth Paper Scissors e-mails you get weekly e-books to download for free. This week's free e-book is Art Journaling Ideas: 5 Art Journal Techniques. I was excited to see our very own CZT and super star Sandy Steen Bartholomew listed as Technique #5:

Add Pattern to Journals with Zentangles and Transfers by Sandy Steen Bartholomew
Do you want to learn how to make art journals that are inspired by patterns you see in everyday life? Sandy stumbled upon Zentangles, which is a term coined for drawing repetitive patterns as a way of meditation, a few years ago and it changed her life. Now everywhere she goes she sees patterns in everything. Follow Sandy’s art journaling technique and you will be amazed by all of the patterns you can come up with.

Of course there were four other techniques that look absolutely wonderful as well! I encourage you to sign up for these e-mails (I admit I only signed up for the free e-books). If you decide they are not for you simply remove yourself from their list

And... if you want to make your own Art Journal from scrap envelopes and other papers you will love Cindy Shepards's Stash and Smash. Design Originals offers this book or you can also view it here on YouTube. I think I will be getting myself a belated Christmas present and order this book :)

Happy New Year everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Gift Certificates

For those in the CT area that would like a unique gift for that person who has everything Bee Zen is now offering gift certificates.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a Fantabulous New Year.
(I was going to upload a few Zendalas for you to look at for Christmas, but I just realized they are still on my phone camera and not my computer!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011


I am so glad the Diva decided to go with Fife as a challenge - I kept forgetting how to create it even though it is so simple. Certainly won't forget now. After drawing the Zentangle I had planned on coloring it and adding shading. I think it would look beautiful with soft blues and purples of varying hues. I will have to hold it aside for another day as the month of December has become extremely busy for my husband and I - too many birthdays, plus the holiday.

In case I don't get to create another post between now and December 25th I wish you all Happy and Safe Holidays. Have you thought about your New Year's Resolutions yet?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Biggefy - Another Diva's Challenge

The Diva certainly came up with another awesome challenge that challenged us in a BIG way (and it was funny that it fit with my post about my class on Monday - do I hear synchronicity). This was a challenge for me to try and produce larger patterns; I also used an 08 Micron pen on some of the tangles as well. Guess I will have to keep pushing myself to do tangles a little larger until I am comfortable with it. Wonder what the symbolic meaning is for prefering to work smaller?

Addendum: In response to the question of what the swirly tangle in the upper left is - it's a variation of cadent, just has more lines added to it. Trying to "Biggify" it was a challenge for me. It's easier when they are smaller :)