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Welcome Spring!

Zentangle Inspired Spring I wanted to explore some fun with colored pencils and a new sketchbook (Académie by Mead) I received for my birthday in March. The paper seemed like it might have just the right tooth for grabbing pencil and indeed that was the case. Another tip for re-juvenating the tooth of a paper that you’ve already applied media to: spray with fixative, let dry thoroughly, then keep drawing. You can repeat this spray/draw several times through the process. Many of the tangles I selected are considered “ribbon” style by the founder of Tanglepatterns.com, Linda Farmer, CZT. If you go to the desktop version of the site (not mobile, on your phone), in the left column there is a drop-down box for selecting a tangle by “style”. One grid-style tangle I attempted went in a different direction when I missed a step part way. Oh, well, all part of

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Tangle Knase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3VkyAR-ZaE&index=1&list=PLC-DpBnRLQYhYl0R6c4gEq9I_oFsV8Itv
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Xyp Line

We’re practicing Xyp this week over at WZTV. Here’s mine, with a Romanancy influence. I never warmed to Xyp. When that happens I toss it out to the group and WOW! I’m excited to see what they make happen this week. The narrow Xyp strip in the lower left is pretty obscured by shading. The next up has Coil running down the middle. I had the Romanancy technique on my mind before drawing this, and shaded with the idea of columns on a flat background.                

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HB, 2B, 4B–MORE!

I was recently speaking with a brand new fellow CZT and I drew for her a brief chart of pencil hardness (H) and softness (B). I didn’t include “F” (Fineness, mostly for drafters)! I observed that I know few if any artists who use the H beyond 4H. We also discussed, does one pencil make “darker” marks than another? I suggested that it is more about the way you layer the graphite on the paper (and which paper you use) than which softness/hardness of graphite you employ.     My go-to shading pencil for Zentangles® is 4B. Here’s a link to an image of different pencil grades. (link isn’t showing right now due to technical difficulties… grrrrr…) http://pencils.com/hb-graphite-grading-scale/ You can barely separate “darkness” from “pressure to the paper” or type of paper, or number of layers you’re applying, so this is just a guideline. I also observed that I know

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Mindful Mandalas is LIVE!

Here’s my first print book, a coloring book. I used CreateSpace and I think (at least, hope…) that the learning curve will be much less steep and long for the next book. You can click on the image, left, to link to the book itself and Look Inside! Feel free to ask me about using CreateSpace as I did everything myself, including cover design and submission, purchasing the ISBN and Bar Code, creating a copyright page, writing a Preface and formatting interior pages. Consider that those 7 steps break down into multiple steps each and sometimes into a mist-covered quagmire. Just sayin’… Someone asked me about self-publishing a book and I commented, “keep in mind, the content is about 20% of the process”. We as authors think all about the content and may not consider the many other steps, including getting the word out about your book! When you self-publish

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Happily Tangle After-Jonqal

These two Zentangles® are part of my ongoing series “Happily Tangle After” whereby I find a partly-finished tile hanging around (organize my tiles?! huh?) and put it back into circulation. In this case I had abandoned the tile after having a frustrating experience with the tangle Crusade (this definitely qualifies as a tangle requiring “more focus”…). I was following the step-out for the “seed” and not reading Linda’s highly helpful additional instructions including “putting the seeds together into a larger pattern can be a bit on the complicated side as your brain keeps up with which way you’ve turned each one.“ Yeah, like that. So I wasn’t exactly delighted with the original tile. I did very much enjoy Bookee (scroll down the link page to see the pattern step-out).   Then I set the tile aside.   Enter: Jonqal. The basic pattern fit well with Crusade and some line-work on

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Tangle – After

I’m the curator at VideoTangle.me where I select and organize what I discover of Zentangle® videos from all around the Interweb, mostly from YouTube and Vimeo. My goal is to “be true to my school” (remember “spirit week”?), the school of Zentangle where I learned to reach inside myself and using my fundamental humanity (refer to Kant, Reinhold, Jung, or whom-you-like), follow the spark of creativity common to us all.  Additionally, to follow it in a simple, non-judgmental, self-caring way. Is it possible to discover a transformative life experience and follow it into both personal *and* financial remuneration? John Kabat-Zinn (whose scientific papers I have studied with great interest) has done it, but outside an academic support system, is it possible to just be a regular person and succeed? Since we last communicated, I’ve launched a new project that I hope will capture and focus the questing minds of all who

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Saturday Strings

My goal is to use each Saturday String over at TanglePatterns.com and then post my results at the site. I hope other tanglers will post their drawings so I can enjoy how everyone uses the string differently. This week, from Barbara Finwall, String #133:

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Snails prevail!

I’m delighted to say that Linda Farmer of TanglePatterns.com selected both one of my snail strings and, more importantly, my idea for sharing strings and Zentangles® on her site. You can see it all here. The idea is that when Linda posts a new string pattern every Saturday, we can upload and share our drawings under that string number. I’ve always wanted to see what everyone does differently with each new string posted. Now we can! Here’s my first attempt with the string she published today.

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Strings of Snails and Puppy Dog Tales

I’ve owned dogs before, but I’ve never owned *two* dogs before. Whew. I and Rilka (2-y-o Terrier/Beagle mix, 27 lbs) recently adopted Kipling (1-y-o Pomeranian/Papillon mix, 12 lbs). They were immediately competitive for attention, food, treats and toys. I don’t want to be the constant referee. Kipling arrived with no previous training. Rilka’s wondering when the baby’s going home, ‘cuz obviously we’re done with him now. They’re super-cute when they’re sleeping… When Kipling arrived, he declared that 5:15 a.m. was the appropriate time to rise. My first thought? Roll over and go back to sleep. My second thought? Maybe because he’s small he has to go potty sooner. So, up I got at 5:15, flashlight in hand, and outdoors we all went. After a few days of this I was seriously sleep deprived. Standing out in the damp, cool dark, I didn’t have the cognitive capacity for higher-order thoughts. As

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