I have taught people to bead for many years and have always had a dream to teach to children dealing with difficult circumstances. For the past 2 years I have been working with the children's hospital near where I live to teach beading to the children there but have encountered several hurdles. Providing age appropriate projects to children of many different ages being the biggest one. Teaching beading to an age group this diverse presented some challenges that the school and I thought would be to difficult to overcome and I was just about to abandon my hopes of helping these kids when I found Zentangle. Zentangle knows no age boundaries and is easily taught to people of any age. I am in the process of completing a portfolio and lesson plan that I will be able to present to the school as soon as I am certified in October. That is my main reason for starting this blog. When I do begin to teach, I want the children to be able to go to a place and feel the same sort of community that I do and have someplace to be inspired and learn new techniques. I want them to be able to follow my links and see all the other artists like myself who "thought they could never draw." I want them to be proud to share their work and participate in the Diva Challenge if they wish. I want them to feel a sense of accomplishment.
So this week I am celebrating the 1 month anniversary of my blog! I can't believe the support I have received from the blogging community and was amazed to see that I received 587 views in 1 month! As a great big thank you I would like to do a giveaway. Any crafter I have ever met has numerous items that they purchased for that "project I will get to someday". I decided to purge some of my best items and pass them onto my fellow crafters who might use them.
|A beautiful set of brand new Hero Arts stamps in a beautiful botanical print.|
|I have a very serious addiction to vintage glass buttons. Now you can share them with me so I don't feel so guilty!|
|This is a set of 12 brand new double ended Prismacolor markers. I received these as a gift with purchase and have no idea how to use them so I figure I will give them to someone who does.|
|A great selection of Czech glass beads. These are some of my favorites, but I have way too many!|
Thanks again for all your support and positive encouragement this first month.
Oops, I almost forgot about the challenge!
This weeks Diva challenge was to use the new tangle Tripoli. I won't lie, I
hated disliked this challenge. (Hate was just too strong : 0 ) I have never had much trouble with a tangle, but for me this one is super difficult. I can't get the right amount of triangles, I can't get them even a little bit uniform, and I can't get it to do what I want. I gave it a shot with less than stellar results.
|Tangles: Skeins, Tripoli|
You can see toward the bottom middle where it started out ok, but then things took a sinister turn and it all went wrong. As with almost every Zentangle the end product was still pretty good, it's just not what I intended. I will keep trying to work with it but I don't anticipate Tripoli and I being friends anytime soon. If anyone has any tips or tricks for me on this one please let me know.