Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tatting and Zentangles

Except for this little motif, from the Tatted Easter Eggs book,  I have done very little tatting in the past few days.

#58-100 Motif Challenge

One of the beads met with disaster when I placed the crystal  (-cut-glass! Thank's Diane!) pitcher that I use to press tatting with on top of this motif.  I was not paying attention and crashed the glass on top of the beads and one of them shattered.

The reason for this lack of attention and the pause in my tatting mania can be blamed on this - my first attempts at a fun new venture:


Two days ago, after reading all about this stuff on the many sites I found online, I hustled to a Staples store and bought a pen and little book and tried my hand at this art form.

Forty-eight hours later... I'm afraid I might be hooked. Anybody out there know what I am talking about?  Zentangles.

Now I am seeing patterns everywhere. And I am fascinated with figuring out how to draw them.  Can't be anything but good for my tatting, if only I could get the pen out of my hand!

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  1. I just discovered Zentangles before Christmas. I was so excited that I gave each of my children (ages 34 and 36) a basic Zentangle book for Christmas...they loved it! I just love how easy it is to get lost in the drawing of these. It does cut into my tatting time though.

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  2. A crystal tatting press... how elegant! Maybe I'll clean up some of my crystal and try using it as an elegant press. I'll watch out for the beads. Thanks for the warning!

    I'm fascinated by Zentangles. However, since I don't have a single doodling bone in my body, I'll leave the pen and paper to you and admire your efforts. Maybe I'll leave the beads to you as well. : )

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  3. It's been popular for quite awhile. I doodle a lot but haven't been enticed to follow up on this. Looks like you're addicted now!

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  4. I started doing Zentangle last year and love it too. I started a a blog for my drawings, but haven't posted much yet and I'm involved in a yahoo group Zentangle Inspired Art an just joined in on my first swap. It's so much fun, but it has taken over some of my tatting time. I try to balance it out by doing tatting a few times a week and drawing a few times a week.

    Your Zentangles all look great.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. It sure is addictive. Thanks for the comment - I have had no feedback on my doodling as I have only been at it for a few days, so your words are comforting! I think I will check out the Yahoo group... maybe... I almost feel guilty!
      Fox : )

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  5. Oh no. I haven't heard of Zentangles, but now you've got me intrigued. I can see where it would be VERY addicting. I can't wait to see more :) Maybe I should not research this more . . .

    Your tatting, as always, is lovely!

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    1. Noooooo! DO NOT LOOK! You will be sorry!
      Fox : ))

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    2. One more thing Fox, we have a fun game at the Zentangle Inspired Art group called Zengo. It is like bingo, with a twist. Go into the database here

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zentangle_Inspired_Art/database?method=reportRows&tbl=14

      It will explain how to play the game. You will have to draw a 2x2 of a zentangled heart. Post a picture of it, pick 30 words from a list 60 words and each day someone will call of two words. When you get your 30 words crossed off you call zengo and win a prize. It's so much fun. I have won twice so far.

      Enjoy

      Carol
      http://linesthatcross.blogspot.com/ (My Zentangle Blog)

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  6. I usually use a heavy dictionary, or two, to press my tatting. Sometimes I place it in between the pages of the dictionary and forgot all about it until much later when I need to check out a word.

    I have not heard of Zentangles, :( but looking at your work, I can understand why it may be addictive - next to tatting, of course .... he he he

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    1. Hallo Fox, me too I have not heard until now of Zentangles! But when I look at your drawings, I assume that I did do that over and over all the days when having a phone call with somebody,getting lost in the speach, you might see my deskpaper ;) So I think "drawing Zentangles" is just drawing the phone-patterns of somebody else, isn't it like that?
      ...tangeling greetings...

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  7. Zentangles looks like a lot of fun. It's good to branch out sometimes, and let the inspiration flow back into the tatting. :) Have fun!

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  8. Your Zentangles are great! I've been fiddling around with it myself, but I must say that I like yours a lot better than I like mine!

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  9. Fox, I knew you should branch out into Blackwork...come on, you will love it! Those doodles are the perfect preparation! :P

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    1. Snowy, Not a chance!! Nice to 'see' you!
      Fox : ))

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  10. The egg looks nice in those spring-y colors. Too bad about the bead :( though at first I read it through too fast and thought you'd broken your pitcher!

    Your Zentangles look really cool! Before commenting I Googled it and watched a couple of YouTube videos on it. Very tempting! I did call my daughter about it. She's been wanting to get back into drawing and art but hasn't been inspired to do it yet, and this might just get her excited again. Looking forward to seeing more of yours.

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