As a sort of continuation of yesterday’s post, today’s happiness is brought to you by the satisfaction of a fun job completed – in this case, dividing all the goodies I bought and distributing them among 80 little treat bags, ready to be handed out to trick-or-treaters on Friday.
I enjoyed preparing them… and, happily, there were even a few pieces of candy left over for Peter and I, so we won’t be tempted to sneak from the bags. 🙂
Now on to Tangled Tuesday!
This week’s newsletter from Rick and Maria at Zentangle®1 brought some exciting news – the release of the dates for the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) training seminars to be held this Spring and Summer. I am really hoping that I’ll be able to attend one of them, so that I can take what I’m doing to the next level and start sharing this wonderful art form with others.
I’ve been slowly adding to my savings and am quite pleased with my progress… but I still have quite a distance to go before I’ve earned enough to pay for the seminar and travel fees. If you haven’t already got involved and are interested in helping me get there – and in exchange, receiving an original piece of tangled art by yours truly to keep for yourself – please visit my GoFundMe page for information.
Every bit helps, more than you might realize… and I am truly grateful for everyone who has already supported me in fulfilling one of my dreams. Thank you, friends!
The better part of one evening this week was spent not learning new tangles, but rather setting up a brand new tangle practice sketchbook in order that I might carry on learning in the future. (If you’d like some more information as to how I go about cataloging the tangles I’ve learned, I wrote about my system in this post.) Believe it or not, I’m now on my fifth Moleskine sketchbook! I just counted, and it turns out that I filled the first four with some some 436 tangle patterns, all of which I’ve learned in the almost year and a half since I discovered tangling. Not too shabby, I’d say!
I set up the first pages in my new sketchbook with the remaining new-to-me tangles (at least, the ones for which I have or could find step-out instructions)* from AlphaTangle: A Truly Tangled Alphabet by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and hope to get a chance to learn them this week.
* As I’ve mentioned before, there is often overlap and some repetition between the various Zentangle books, and this one is no exception, so several of its designs are ones that I’ve already added to my repertoire. Plus, the book is made up of finished and labelled tangle examples rather than specific instructions. I’ve managed to piece together instructions for a number of the designs from both TanglePatterns.com and the author’s Tangle Library iPhone app (more about that in this post), but there are several that I’ve had no luck finding – quite possibly because they are “official” Zentangle designs which are only taught at the workshops and not available online. (Guess I’ll just have to get myself to the workshop to learn them!)
I shared in last week’s post that I wasn’t satisfied with the black and white scans of my tangled alphabet. Well, I took the drawings back to the printer yesterday and had them scanned again, this time in high-resolution grayscale, and it made a big difference to the end result. Now I should be able to convert and edit the digital files, then start setting up monogrammed products for sale at Ten Thousand Tangles. That’s my big project for this weekend!
Previous posts in this series are all tagged Tangled Tuesday.
For background on how I discovered and got involved in Zentangle, and links to further information and resources, check out my blog post For the love of tangling.
You can browse my entire tangle gallery at Ten Thousand Tangles.
And, if you’re interested in having a little piece of my art for yourself, please click on the GoFundMe button below for more information and also visit my Zazzle shop Ten Thousand Tangles. (Pssst… links to my international Ten Thousand Tangles shops are in the Alphabet Salad sidebar – just click on the appropriate flag and you’ll get to the place you need to be!)
1The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.
So… what made you happy today?