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A Zentangle Spiral Guide

A Zentangle Spiral Guide
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that spiral strings are my favourite. With a request from Karen Lynn I have put together a guide of tips and ideas. I have found that by dividing the spiral into sections any tangle will fit. Remember to always draw your string with a pencil and keep turning your tile. I hope you have fun with my spiralations.

For my fellow tangle junkies: some thoughts on collecting and organizing tangle patterns I'm a perfectionist. I didn't always know this about myself, or maybe I wasn't always one and I'm just settling into my own shoes a little as I get older. But "ehh.... good enough" is probably not something you'll hear me say. Because if I'm working on something I care about, and I know it's not the best I am capable of, I have to force myself to not redo every little thing and make it as good as I know it could be (and yes, I do realize that this occasionally makes me a little bit annoying). For example, I've attempted a few methods for collecting and organizing tangle patterns... index cards, flip cards, graph paper pads, Moleskine notebooks, different-sized journals, a small binder with page protectors, et cetera. First I had to let go of the idea that any journal I created would/could ever resemble Maria's... that just wasn't realistic for me. Here's how my lofty standards and I arrived at a solution I could run with. This beast of a craft punch came from Michael's. The bottom view.

Creative Doodling with Judy West Freestyle Celtic Knot Challenge I previously posted an item giving you a link to how to draw Freestyle Celtic Knots on Youtube. Below is the link if you would like to view it again. I have since draw some basic distructions and am presenting a challenge to you to have a go at your own celtic knot design. Below is my distructions: I have already had a go and this is my example from the distructions above. I would really love to see what you have designed. I will be posting a Challenge once a week from now on and I would appreciate to hear from you guys which day suits you best.

Step-by-steps & patterns Examples of this and alternative method here I draw string a lot so it's all over the blog. See also here and here. ("Well" is an official Zentangle pattern - this is just my spin on it) See an example of Morning Glories here See samples of bloom here 2/8's HEART S (no kick) See examples of this in use here You can find this pattern in a drawing here Find this one here and here (3rd one down) See this one in action here An example in my drawing sunset Reset your password in Pearltrees - cinderellatiger - Gmail Tangles to Try - Oklahoma Zentangle Fans Monday, July 26, 2010: Tangle "Brix" Although Brix is a very simple tangle, it is a great filler, especially for a larger space. It can be drawn with any size so that gives it a lot of variety. You can also "warp" it easily simply by making the beginning lines not parallel. Sometimes I have "bleed over" of a pattern into a string or a tangle might be open and feel like it needs a background--this is a really versatile answer to those things. Try varying how much you round the corners or how wide the lines are... you can also add some texture to the Brix with just a light line or squiggle. When we begin a Zentangle, the "rule" is to not have a plan ("expectation") of what it is going to look like but many times when I am done I look at the completed ZT and find that it looks like something to me. Thursday, July 22, 2010: Tangle "Sheeko" Sheeko is one of the first (if not the first) tangles I developed; it is based on the Japanese Sashiko stitching. Sunday--Fourth of July! e on it. | Home Weekly Challenge #4 (this is a long post, hang in there baby!) Welcome back my pretties!! I trust everyone had a great week a tanglin' and checkin out each others blogs! I have received some really wonderful comments and emails from you all telling me how much you enjoy the challenges. Riding on the coattails of that last paragraph, i'm going to coyly bat my longish eyelashes at you all and gently direct your attention to the 'donate' button on the right there. okay, moving on: i have now upgraded my Linkey Membership (thanks to those of you who have already donated!!) and now the challenge:Starry Eyed Surprise! play this video for a wicked song: "Starry Eyed Surprise" By Paul Oakenfold First of all, i love this song. So. Stars. When my husband and i celebrated our 5 year anniversary in 2009, we designed 'matching' tattoos. When asked to explain our tattoos, why we designed them etc, i answer: well, for starter's - the five pointed star = five years of wedded bliss. sooooo........what will you create this week? Have a great week everyone!

Patterns that I have developed | Denzer Family Art My step outs are sometimes crazy, I usually find myself using a new pattern in a zentangle and then try to figure out how someone else could do the same. My mind isn’t always logical but this is what happens. I will share all the patterns I have given steps to in this post. I apologize for some of the photo quality in my earlier postings. A Bed of Roses Birds of a Feather Lady Bug Border Pinwheel Flower Clover Leaf Star Fan-Leaf Cathedral Wedding Chain Reaction Cherry and Leaf Star Burst Bel Fiore Easter Lily Curly Border Sego Lily Sea Shell Bracelet Tuxedo

Exploring TanglePatterns By Linda Farmer, CZT has been growing with many new subscribers and I wanted to thank you for joining us and offer you all a very special welcome. There are lots of good things you might have missed so I thought I’d bring a few to your attention. I especially encourage you to read through the comments on the pages you visit because there are many great tips and ideas shared by the TanglePatterns community in here. Organize your patterns – lots of excellent organizing ideasLinda’s List of official tangle patterns – currently 124 official patterns – these were created by Zentangle® originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. You can find even more goodies by: So I hope you will fully explore the site and find lots of inspiration to feed your Zentangle® obsession. Your thoughts are most welcome too! You might also like:

Tinkered Art Studio zendoodle | perfectly4med: Artist at work Encouraged by my recent publication, I have spent most of the last three days typesetting a book with all 112 of my tangle patterns in ready for my Zentangle Inspired Art workshop next weekend. I think it’s turned out rather well… which got me to thinking – would anyone else be interested in a copy (especially since several loyal followers have requested such!)? Here’s a sample page: As you can see, it’s mainly the information already published on my Tangle Pattern Gallery and blogs, but all in one place with a handy cross reference. I’d like to gauge interest so that I can manage a print run (and/or find a publisher!) UPDATE 25-FEB-14:For those requesting an e-version…I have a formatted PDF version which is designed to print onto A5 paper and get wire bound as well as being useable on most [colour] devices. Click here to purchase the PDF version: For Kindle users, I am working on a suitable format – which means I need to start again, so I’ll keep you updated! Recorded delivery: £9.60

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