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Putting in the ‘F’ 4-t!!

OK – so I had planned to do something a bit different today but I never quite got round to it…tomorrow perhaps!!!!

And so I continue with my zentangle quest – to do every letter of the alphabet and the numbers zero to nine as a zentangle design during the month of February.
Today is the turn of F and 4.

Tomorrow – life permitting – I will try to do something different for a day or so!



Tangle Tingle…

After a bit of a rest from all the frenzy of Thing-a-Day I have been having another look this week at Zentangles.  I have been doing lots of research and looking at other peoples tangles and slowly working out how to do the basic designs.  There are some step-by-step instructions on the newsletters at the Zentangle site and a great blog called Beez in the Belfy that show detailed instructions on how to do it.

I really am enjoying it.  It gives you a real buzz – or should I say a ‘tangle tingle’ to be able to produce something that looks so intricate and yet it is so easy to create, as the inventors of the system say,  ‘one stroke at a time‘.  And it certainly is a great way to relax.

I started off with an abstract pattern and then moved onto doing an initial of my name….B.  Then I thought I would do one for each of my children…so these are my daughters’ initials…V and D.

And then these are for my sons…A and J.

I’ve got pages and pages of doodles and splodges in my sketchbook trying to remind myself of the different designs…and even a couple of designs that I think I have developed myself…like the little patch at the top of the D which was inspired by a button back sofa on an antiques programme on the television!!

Having done 5 letters of the alphabet I will endeavour to get the rest of the alphabet done over the next few days.  I will need some form of relaxation as the week progresses as I have 3 cakes to get decorated for the 13th, the 15th and 16th of March and I will have to start working like a mad woman on Wednesday to get them done on time!

Anyway – I hope you like my Zentangles!!

Now is the Time to Say Goodbye!

Thing-a-Day. Last Day. Day 28

So that is it for another year….personally, my second year of participating in Thing-a-Day. I can proudly say that I have posted the full 28 ‘things’, on time, for both 2009 and 2010. It isn’t easy but it is well worth the effort for the feeling of satisfaction and achievement at the end of the month. February is always a really dull and drab month for those of us who suffer winter weather around this time and having this challenge helps to focus the attention on being upbeat and creative!

Personally, I didn’t manage to do everything I had in my mind to do, but there is no rule that says I can’t go on in the same creative spirit for the next 365 days! …Having said that, don’t go looking at my blog every day expecting there to be something new!! My ancient frame can’t keep up that sort of pace!! However, as usual, there has been a great deal of inspiring creative art of all kinds by all the contributors to Thing-a-Day which will keep me buzzing for a while yet! I would particularly like to thank Isolde for her ‘zentangle‘ on the 26th which introduced me to a new art form that I had never heard of before – and which inspired my final ‘thing’ for Thing-a-Day 2010. It is a great way to loosen up and get into a creative frame of mind and is a totally stress free and relaxing activity as there is no such thing as ‘doing it wrong’! Feeling stressed??? Pop on a bit of relaxing music and get doodling!! I think there are recommended pens for zentangling and, as I only had a fairly thick one to hand, my first attempt above is a bit chunky! but I think I will invest in something a bit more sophisticated and put a bit of time and effort into developing this art!

One thing that springs to mind is combining this with the making of photopolymer plates – which was something I was going to do during this year’s TaD but it never quite got off the ground – perhaps that was a touch of serendipity, for now I have a potential endless source of design ideas to try it out with!! That will definitely be reported on in my blog over the next few weeks!! And who knows – it might even end up as a complete new range of silver jewellery!! What fun!!!

So I shall be sad to see the end of TaD 2010 – but hey!…it is only 365 days to go until Thing-a-Day 2011!! So bye-bye all thing-a-dayers! Keep busy and happy – and see you all again next year!

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