Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tangled Gift Card Holder

I learned a new aspect of my Cricut machine today - Patterns. Thanks to the Official Cricut Facebook page and entries by Kayla Makes on the July 21, 2017 entry of the Cricut Blog, and the July 14, 2017 entry by Everyday Jenny, I decided to try uploading one of my Zentangle mandalas as a pattern to use on a gift card holder. It worked great. I will definitely upload more of my tangles. Not only can I change the size of the pattern, but I can work with it to fill an area with multiple images. This opens the gate for a lot of new projects for me and my students.

I also need to give a shout out to Eni Oken who shared a You Tube video by Ellen Wolters with me to help with Parte Dos. I've tried this tangle before with little success. I decided to use the pencil grid as in the video and it made all the difference. Here's a rough sketch, still very much in progress. This will be a new class offered in the Fall called Niddy Griddies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Relearning Tangles

I signed up for Eni Oken's online classes today because I was feeling a little stale and needed inspiration. It was a good decision on my part. Eni, as most tanglers know, is so creative and approaches Zentangle® in a really original and refreshing way. Her knowledge of shading is amazing.
The video I watched featured the tangle, Showgirl, created by Vicki Bassett. I've drawn this tangle a few times before, but Eni's precise instructions on how to draw this tangle were illuminating. I loved the shading. I have several Showgirls started and only finished the one in the photos.
I have been staring at a top set that my friend, Terry brought us from her recent trip to Okinawa. There is a wooden disk and also a blank white paper disk. Terry and Bliss started theirs at our last Zentangle meet in June, but mine has sat on my work table waiting for me. I used this to practice one of the Showgirls. I didn't include all of the tangles used in the video, but it is limited in space. I think it worked out nicely. It also spins really well. I think this would be a wonderful idea for a kid's tangle class. I will gradually finish my long sheet of practice Showgirls, maybe with even more color and tangles. Until then, Happy 4th of July, everyone!