Monday, June 27, 2011

Let's celebrate!

As some of you know, I have been  involved in some sort of crafting as far back as I can remember.  I have dabbled in knitting, crochet, needlepoint, quilling, sewing, painting, origami, ornament making, stamping, embossing, and in a tragic misguided tangent, balloon animal making.  When I started beading I knew I had found my love and believed that for the next 11 years.  Then I found Zentangle.  I have only been tangling for a few months but already I am hooked.

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.

The Moleskine Storyboard journal is perfect for any tangler.  This one is 5  1/2 by 8 1/2 inches and has  4 squares per page and a space to the side of each one where you can jot notes.  I use mine to keep track of my tangles have a quick place for inspiration.

A great selection of Czech glass beads.  These are some of my favorites, but I have way too many!

So how do you win one of these fabulous items?  Simply follow my blog and then leave a comment on this post saying you have done so.  On July 3,  I will pick 5 winners at random to win one these great gifts.  If you already follow this blog just leave me a comment telling me that.  I encourage everyone to participate because postage is on me and I will gladly ship internationally.

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.


  1. I actually enjoyed this one, but it is a hard tangle to keep straight. I found that if I started with a six-triangle circle that it was easier for me to keep it on track.

    After the initial circle, I added a triangle above each flat surface of the circle. I then looked at one of the "new" triangles until I could see that triangle, the one "below" it, the "new" one to the left, and the one "under" the one to the left as the first 4 triangles of the next circle. I then filled in the remaining two triangles to complete that new circle. That seemed to help keep me on track better.

    That's the best explanation that I can come up with. If I can draw it out by steps, I'll put it on my blog. Hope that helps.

  2. this is a great give away, I'm a followernow.
    I hope I have time to join the diva challenge, but the tripoli looks very difficult

  3. Fantastic giveaway!

    I had some trouble with Tripoli, but you know, that's when you just take a deep breath, stop worrying, and let the tangle take over.

    I think Karen is on to something. I just started drawing 6-triangled circles next to each other rather than trying to build one circle off of the next.

  4. Welcome! Molossus gave a link to your blog, which is how I found you - and yes, I've just become a follower. I can't wait to see what you get up to; the blogosphere is a welcoming, wonderful world and Zentangle is as highly addictive as our other artistic passions. Welcome!

  5. I'm following your blog, too. I just started one this week.

    Great giveaways and a great idea.

  6. Following!! Your tangle came out great!

  7. Very nice tangle! And I am also a fellow vintage button addict!

  8. Also here from Molossus' link. I haven't tried tripoli yet, but I'll be getting to it this afternoon or tomorrow. I think your finished piece is still pretty, even if not what you intended :)

  9. Congratulations on your blog anniversary - and I am happy to have found you so that I can follow along!

  10. Congrats! I just found your blog though the Diva's site. I'm following now. :)

    I too had trouble with uniform space and triangles in tripoli. I start off well in the center but the farther out I go, it gets a little off kilter. I like your tile. It looks sort of like your tripoli is trying to float away but you've found a way to keep it together.

  11. Congratulations! I am a follower now.
    I think your tangle is great! No mistakes,right?

  12. I am a follower and I love the tangle you did! My tangles never come out the way I intended and it used to bug me, but now I embrace the dynamic of creation and just enjoy the process and I usually end up liking the end result too!!!

  13. Congratulations, Erin! I love your tangles. I, too had trouble with Tripoli at first. I tried to think of the Trivial Pursuit holder for the pie pieces when I draw it. It helps me focus.

  14. Oh, wonderful giveaway and a great way to de-stash! I'm a follower now. I love how you did Tripoli, too. Mine is all wonky and I haven't finished it yet because I'm so discouraged (I'm terrible at grid patterns).

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog too, stop by and check it out!

  15. Wonderful blog, wonderful contest - I am a happy follower now! Tripoli has troubled me too and I love how you just went with the flow on your Zentangle. After all, isn't that what the Zen experience is all about? Looking forward to more from you - thanks!

  16. Count me in as a follower - found you over on the Diva's Challenge. Really like your style. In the beginning I really struggled with getting the initial layout for Tripoli but something finally clicked and your request for help/ideas spurred me on so I've posted an illustration of how I get it started over on my blog. Hope it helps. Here's a shorter URL to get there

  17. Tripoli tile is lovely! Great 'light-and-fluffy' design. Following your new blog...

  18. @Erin.. Nice job! I've subscribed to your blog via my feed reader now.. looking forward to meeting you at the CZT 7 in October!

    I too struggled with this tangle.. of course I did the challenge as I was working with the tangle for the very first time, so am also attempting to make friends with it.

    @Karen your strategy for doing this tangle sounds like a great idea! Thanks!

    @Suzanne, thanks for breaking Tripoli down even further.. makes alot of sense now!

    @Diva/Laura I'd LOVE to see your practice attempts! Love what you do.. thanks for encouraging us all with your challenges!

  19. Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog! I just signed up to follow it. I'm finding the Zentangle community a very creative and supportive bunch of folks, myself.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your destash gifts! I, too, have a penchant for stamps, journals, markers, beads and, alas, buttons!

    My very best wishes for your teaching dream, soon to become a reality. Now, THAT'S a wonderful gift to give!!!

  20. I've posted my approach to keeping Tripoli on track here on my blog. Hope it helps.

  21. Just found your site, and enjoyed checking out the posts. (now following)


  22. Congratulations!! Keep up the good work! You are much appreciated!



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