Showing posts from November, 2011

Bleedthrumanade with Tulips and Cough Syryp

My two attempts to 'Biggify' for Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge No 50
I had to admit that this wasn't my favorite challenge.  I like working small detail into big areas and had to use a Micron Graphic size 2 to keep myself from going to small.  But I just had to add some contrast to the small lines in Black Tulip. After all, contrast is Everything!
I wanted to have marked contrast on the two pages so I pulled out my Pentel Big Brushes on Cough Syrup for shading, striping, and coloring the buttons.
The last page in this Moleskine journal! Yay! Another Journal finished. 

Link: Variation on tangle 'Oof'

sgoetter50, aka Susan, has posted a variation on the tangle OOF.

Link: The latest posts from

I'm a bit behind in posting the latest at, so I'm going to post the links for several of them.

Snaylz Trayl


Give the gift of Zentangle this holiday season

Tangle Refresher 13

Link: Daycraft Journals Again!!-A Review and Giveaway

Julie (O-kami) has posted a review of the latest Daycraft Journals to be released and is giving two of them away!

Link: Flower of Hearts - A Dangerous Doodle Drawing Tutorial

I wrote about Miraculous Mosquito's latest Dangerous Doodle Drawing Tutorial video a couple of days, but just discovered that somehow I saved it as a draft rather than posting it.  *shakes head*  Sometimes, I just wonder where my head is.

Apologies to Miraculous Mosquito, and if you haven't already discovered her wonderful tutorials, Flower of Hearts is a good one to start with.

Bleedthrumanade with Fashion and Friezes

Got Lemons, make lemonade.  Got Marker Bleedthru, make Bleedthrumanade.

Ingredients: Moleskine Sketchbook, Letraset Promarkers, Micron Graphics & Pigmas, Pentel White Sunburst Gel Pen.

Link: Tutorial: Reflections with Copics

Brandi York shows how to draw reflections on ornaments in this Copic Tutorial.

Back to a New Old Look

So I terminated the grand experiment with Dynamic Views.  Too many people contacted me to let me know that they were unable to make the views work.

I think the format will be wonderful, and suspect it will become a norm in the future.  But for now, it isn't compatible with older browsers and while it expands the ways to show your posts, it limits what you can do with all those blinkies and widgets and goodies that you store on the sidebars.

Hopefully, the upgrades will come quickly, and I can try again.  Thank you all for your feedback!

Link: Robert Burridge videos in Reductive (Negative) Painting

I love Robert Burridge.  His work always looks like a mess, and then suddenly it isn't.  He works mostly in acrylics, but it doesn't matter what medium you use.  You can't help but learn from this guy.  I found a few of his videos and spent too much time watching them.  Now I'm way behind for the day.  Wah!

Abstract Florals

Circus Birds


Link: Marvy Uchida Snow Marker Review has a review on the Marvy Uchida Snow Marker.  It looks like an interesting product for getting puffy white snow effects, but seems to have a couple of gotchas.  Still, great for the season, and I can see using it for art journaling.

Bleedthrumanade with Zipper & Microscope

Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade. Ingredients: Letraset Promarkers, Micron Graphic Pen, Micron Pigma Pen, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Pentel White Sunburst Gel Pen, Moleskine Sketchbook.

Link: Creative Paperclay® Santa

Barbara Moore has posted a tutorial showing how to build an adorable Santa out of Creative Paperclay®.

Link to tangle pattern Jordan's tangle

Linda Rea's 7-year old grand-daughter, Jordan, is off to grand start with her first tangle.

2 New Tangles, Rhodia DotPad No: 16: Review and Rhodia 'R' Pad No. 16 Giveaway

The winner of the Rhodia 'R' pad giveaway is Duchygirl37.
There's a giveaway coming up later in this post, and some new tangle patterns, but first the review.
Karen from Exaclair generously sent me a Rhodia dotPad No. 16 and Rhodia 'R' Pad No. 16 for review.  Thank you, Karen!
The Rhodia dotPad No  16

The facts, just the facts, ma'am
Top staplebound
Paper- White 80g vellum, ph Neutral, acid-free
Dot grid (5 mm)
80 sheets
Microperforated - light lilac dots
Black cover
No. 16 size 14.8 x 21 cm/ 6" x 8 1/4"
(also available in 8.5 x 12 cm, 3 3/8" x 4 ¾"; 21 x 31.8 cm, 8 ¼" x 12 ½" and 42 x 31.8 cm,16 ½" x 12 ½")

Now, the nitty gritty
The first thing that might catch your eye about the Rhodia dotPad are the heavy duty staples and score lines along the top.  They give the appearance of a sturdy product, and indeed, the Rhodia dotPad exceptionally sturdy.  Both front and back have a soft-cover, and the back has a strong cardboard pi…

Link: Creative Paperclay® Verdi Angel Ornament

Beadz has posted a tutorial showing how to make a Verdi Angel Ornament using Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay®.

Weekly Challenge #50 "Biggify"

Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #50 is to "Biggify"

I am so sick I can barely type this. May be missing for a day or two.

Dynamic Pages View on Blogger-The New Look Revisited

I'm trying out Blogger's new Dynamic Pages.  Some of you will get a screen telling you that you don't have a modern browser.  Click on the Non-dynamic choice and you'll be taken to my last setup (of course, you probably already did that, or you wouldn't be here, lol).

Dynamic Pages--you can change the way you view my blog.  Where it says 'Flipcard', click the little down arrow, and you have a choice of views.  Play around.  There's some  interesting ways to view, and finding older posts will be a lot easier.

I like this new look, but there are some obvious flaws.  There isn't really a place for blinkies, widgets or GFC connect.  You don't really need the archive because the viewing choices display it better, but I do like having a list of interesting links.

So, I've set my sticky Pages to be on the top bar, and I've made a page for some of the blinkies I used to have, and for the links of interest, so I don't get the images showing …

Link: Make an Acorn Frame with Creative Paperclay®.

Learn how to make a cool Acorn frame with Creative Paperclay®.

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 11/25/11

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of new zentangle patterns and related posts of interest.

Link to tangle pattern Heart Knot

Ellen Wolters has posted steps to her tangle pattern Heart Knot.

Bleedthrumanade with Ribbons & Continental Drift

Even though Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, I'm still grateful for...marker bleedthru!  

Trying a new look!

Hopefully, you see some choices along the tops of the mosaic, that allow you to look at my posts in different ways.  I tried to make the Flipcard the default but I don't think it's working.

Do you find this confusing, or a more convenient way to view?

I haven't figured out how I can show my blinkies, so I may go back to the standard look no matter what, but I'd be interested in your opinion.

Is this the look of the future or just new-fangled tom-foolery?

The Winner of MyMemories Suite is p-Dub!

Congratulations, p-dub! Please email me at  As soon as you do, I'll contact Liz at MyMemories and get you the code so you can download your free software!

p-dub said...
I just got back from the Blog link, which took me to a tutorial video where Lisa showed off the interface and all the cool stuff ...

Looks like fun software!November 15, 2011 7:12 AM 

Links to tangle patterns RainOrShine,Leafie Vines,Cornie,Bzzzz,Birdie Feet, and Feathered

OwlLovingApril has posted steps to her tangle patterns RainOrShine,Leafie Vines,Cornie,Bzzzz,Birdie Feet, and Feathered.

Link to tangle patterns Frizzed, Tork & Biskit

Belatrix29, aka Helena, has posted steps to her tangle patterns Frizzed, Tork & Biskit.

Link to tangle patterns Filmz, Treez, Mintz, Litez, H20Lilly, and Shamber

Lacefairy1 has posted steps to her tangle patterns FilmzTreezMintzLitezH20Lilly, and Shamber.

Link to tangle patterns Hastate and Hastate V2

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns Hastate (which she tells me means Spear-shaped) and Hastate V2.

Link: Make a Shawshank Rock Hammer with Creative Paperclay®

Got any Shawshank Redemption fans on your gift list?  Amanda Marks has posted a tutorial showing how to make a Creative Paperclay® Rock Hammer embedded in a book, that emulates one from the show.  Cool!

Link to tangle pattern Magma

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Magma.

Link: Spirelli (string art) Tutorial

At SplitCoastStampers there is a tutorial showing how to create string art with die cuts and embroidery floss.

Link to tangle pattern Socc

CZT Erin Koetz Olson has posted steps to her tangle pattern Socc.  She also has an interesting story about 'ah-ha!' moments and the spirit of zentangle.

Link to tangle pattern Hexsachain

Belatrix29, aka Helena, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Hexsachain.

Links to tangle patterns Cowboy Bootz, Rollerz, Triculr, Ornamyntz & Frog Eyez

Texasdoxiemama, aka Linda Rea, has posted steps to her tangle patterns Cowboy Bootz, Rollerz, Tricurl, Ornamyntz &  Frog Eyez.

Link: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Project Challenge

Two Peas in a Pod is holding a challenge to create a holiday themed mixed media or paper crafting project.

Five people will win an $85 prize pack from Faber-Castell.  If you are interested read their rules carefully, because they have some specific requirements.

Link: Creative Paperclay® Charms

Lyneen has posted a tutorial for making charms with Creative Paperclay®.

Link: Weekly Challenge #49: "Red Thread Challenge"

Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #49: "Red Thread Challenge" is to create a traditional black and white tangle tile with a single red "thread" running through it.

Link: FREEBIE-Christmas Gift Sketch for you to decorate and print

The BlackPumpkin has posted a sketch for you to download and print for sketching tangles patterns or otherwise decorating.

Bleedthrumande with Tidal Pools and San Francisco

Got Lemons, make Lemonade. Got marker bleedthru. make bleedthrumanade.

Link to tangle pattern St John's Cross

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern St John's Cross.

Link: Thankful Tree made with Creative Paperclay®

Edie Cournoyer has posted the steps to creating a Thankful Tree with Creative Paperclay®.

Link to tangle pattern Chillon

Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to the official tangle pattern Chillon as well as the link to a video on Zen Quilting.

Link: Freebies-50+ Paper Crafting Templates  has discovered 50+ Free Downloadable Paper Crafting Templates from Stampington & Company.

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly Roundup 11/18/11

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly Roundup of zentangle patterns and articles of interest.

Link to tangle pattern Fysh

CZT Jane Monk has posted steps to her tangle pattern Fysh.

Link: Free Printable ~ Gobble Gobble

Free Printables, from Whisker Graphics, that can be used to make place cards, gift tags, food labels at a buffet, or appreciation cards.

link to tangle pattern Suckers

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle pattern Suckers.

Link to new 'official' tangle pattern Fife

Rick and Maria Thomas have published the latest issue of the zentangle newsletter, which includes steps to a new tangle pattern, Fife.

Links to tangle patterns Parked and Floret

Belatrix29, aka Helena, has posted steps to her tangle patterns Parked and Floret.

Link to tangle patterns Iffy and Upholstered

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns Iffy and Upholstered.

Link: Shoplet looking for reviewers

Shoplet is looking for people to review products.  If you are interested, you can sign up on Facebook.

Link: CraftCritique 's Thanksgiving Blog Carnival -enter your project

Have you posted a Thanksgiving based project lately?

CraftCritique is looking for Thanksgiving projects for their Thanksgiving Blog Carnival.

One of the entrants will be chosen at random to win a box of crafty goodies!

Peerless Watercolors

I just got the coolest gift!!!!

The watercolor comes in film strips!  You can cut off pieces and mix with water, or just wet your brush and take the the color right off the film. 

So far I haven't been able to find anything about light-fastness or archival qualities, and since these also come in a liquid form, I suspect they aren't very.  But they are so very, very cool anyway and I can't wait to try them out.  But I had to share!

I'll let you know how my experiments turn out.  Meanwhile, if you are interested here are some videos that give you more information.

Peerless Watercolor Palette - this palette will actually fit right inside your watercolor journal!

Peerless Watercolor Altered Art

Techniques with Peerless Watercolor

Peerless Watercolors & rubber Stamping

Bleedthrumanade with Tri-Shapes and New Tangle Pattern Floparoons

I'm making this Bleedthrumanade work overtime, lol!  It is my entry for Laura Harms' challenge #48.  Guest challenger, CZT Sue Clark, challenged us to use 'tri-shapes' and 'tri' new tangles.

Both sides of my Bleedthrumanade are based off of  Circle, Square, and Triangle shapes. I didn't use new tangles exclusively, but on the front page (to the left) I used Arabel by Helena, Compressed by Carolyn Boettner, Jalousie by Phine, and Birds of a Feather by Ledenzer.

On the back, I used my own new pattern Floparoons.  Not exactly the first time I've used it but the first time after formalizing it into a pattern.

Why did I call this pattern Floparoons, lol?  Well, because you can't 'roon' it.  The more you flop it around, the cooler it looks!

Lots of ways to vary Floparoons.  It's going to be different every time you use it just by the nature of the looping.  You can change the fill between the loops.  Shade the top instead of the bottom.  Only …

Link to tangle pattern Allium

JJ LaBarbera has posted steps to her tangle pattern Allium.

I won a £10 gift voucher from Papercrafts TV

Before I forget, I want to share that I won a £10 gift voucher from Papercrafts TV via one of their Twitter contests.   It was hard to choose something out of the incredible range of products and, of course, I ended up going over the amount I was given (only fair to do that, anyway).  
I bought three bottles of Byzantia Textile paint, which simulate cloisonne colors and are water-based.  I'm looking forward to reviewing those for you.
Check out the Papercrafts TV store. Especially their specials and mega-offer page, because they often have free product as well as fantastic deals.  Even better, follow them on twitter--they have giveaways!

Link: How To Make An Accordion Card Holder Purse

Over at the Cherry Bits blog, Carrie123 has posted a tutorial showing how to make an Accordion Card Holder Purse.  Very cool!

Link: Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Pin with Creative Paperclay®

Tamara Dozier has posted a tutorial  showing how to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Pin with Creative Paperclay®.

My Tangle Pattern Rhipidate


I dreamed a little dream--while wide awake

This is another insomiac sketch. I have no idea why I drew it.

Link: Tutorial- Using non-MyMemories kits and graphics in the software

You can use non-myMemrories kits and graphics in the MyMemories Suite V2 Digital Scrapbooking software.  Here's a video showing you how.

Link: Notebookstories- Jenni Bick Moleskine Giveaway

Check out this review of the customized Jenni Bick Moleskine and Giveaway!

I Am the Diva Weekly Challenge #48 String Theory v. VII: "Tri-Shapes"

Guest CZT Sue Clark challenges us to use 'tri-shapes' and 'tri' new tangles.

Link: Letraset Screentones

Not sure what Screentones are, or how to use them even if you do?  Check out the answers.

My tangle pattern Plicated

I have relatives in England & usually we don't exchange gifts because of the costs of mail, etc.  I'm thinking this year, I might do an Advent kind of thing where I send them a different tangle pattern each day.

I tried out my Plicated pattern in the MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software, as an 8.5 x 11 page.

I took the zentangle from the right and slapped it onto a free digital Quick Page (Empty Nest), and changed the ink color to match the background a bit better.

Then I pasted my tangle pattern Plicated into the convenient framed area on that page.

It took about 20 minutes to do the layout, so I might have time to do it if I use some of my existing tangle patterns.  Maybe.  We'll see, lol!

Check out my MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking SoftwareGiveaway.

Link to tangle patterns Agra and Xulu

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns Agra and Xulu.

Link: A guide to Fountain Pen nibs - the basics and beyond

Tyler Dahl explains How a Fountain Pen Works.  Good information for figuring out why your fountain pen doesn't work correctly.

I found this article in EdisonPenco Writing Instruments Daily 11/13/11.

Link to As-Yet-UnNamed Tangle Pattern

CZT Joyce Block has posted steps to a tangle pattern she has yet to name.

Link: Christmas Lollies from Creative Paperclay®

Dennis Haynes has posted a tutorial in making Christmas Lollies (aka lollipops) from Creative Paperclay®.

Links to tangle patterns Claws, Arabel and Propel

Belatrix29, aka Helena, has posted steps to her tangle patterns Claws, Arabel and Propel!

Bleedthrumanade with Cruella Deville in the Garden

Don't forget to enter the MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software  giveaway that I'm hosting!

Link:Free Downloadable Owl 2012 Calender

From Patricia Meijer on Facebook This is wonderful!!! Take a look.Owl Lover 2012 Calendar www.myowlbarn.comGet your FREE Owl lover 2012 Calendar with designs from over 40 artists. Download and print now!

Bleedthrumanade with Dustmites and Fishes

Got Lemons, make Lemonade.  Got Marker Bleedthru, make Bleedthrumanade.
Ingredients: Rhodia 'R' Pad, Letraset Promarkers, Sharpie Fineline Pen, Pentel White Gel Pen, Unity Itty Bitty Stamps.

Don't forget to enter the MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software giveaway that I'm hosting!

Link: Review and Giveaway: No. 16 R by Rhodia Soft Touch Premium Notepad

Note Booker, Esq. has posted a review of No. 16 R Notepad by Rhodia, and is giving a copy away!

I love my Rhodia 'R' Pad (though I have the blank paper version, and his is lined), and you've seen many bleedtrhumanades (one coming up in a few minutes, in fact) on that pad.  I highly recommend shooting over and entering the giveaway!

Link to tangle pattern Joy

CZT Joyce Block has posted steps to her tangle pattern Joy.

Link: One week Left for Enthusiastic Artist Giveaway

CZT Margaret Bremener's celebrating a year of blogging with a giveaway (sort of a trade).  There is one week left to enter, so if you haven't, go check it out.

Link to tangle pattern Galoo

CZT Carol Ohl has posted steps to her new tangle pattern Galoo.

Link: Tangle Refresher 12 at

What tangle patterns were hot last year? Linda Farmer has posted Tangle Refresher 12 at

Genevieve Crabe's Weekly Roundup 11/11/11

Genevieve Crabe Weekly Roundup | Tangle Harmony www.amarylliscreations.comZentangle Harmony - Zentangle art, classes, and more

Link to tangle pattern Popsicles

CZT Shelly Beauch has posted steps to her tangle pattern Popsicles!

Link: Christmas Embellishments with Creative Paperclay®

Robyn's video  shows some quick and easy Christmas Embellishments to make with Creative Paperclay®!

Bleedthrumanade Recipe Tutorial

I've had a couple of requests lately for instructions for doing a bleedthrumanade.

I think the bleedthrumanade process is simpler than people expect it to be, and I hope this makes it clearer--I'm simply taking advantage of the fact that color from alcohol markers shows up on the back of page, lol!

Here are the completed pages, so you can see them better.

Link to tangle pattern Compressed

Carolyn Boettner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Compressed.

Bleedthrumanade with Walnuts and Volcanoes

Hmmm. As much as I love tangles, I think I almost preferred this one before the tangling!
Got lemons, make lemonade.  Got marker bleedthru, make bleedthrumanade.
Letraset Promarker, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Rhodia 'R' Pad paper.

And don't forget to enter my
MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway!

Link: New Free Online Strathmore Workshops for 2012

Register now for:
Workshop 1: Doodles Unleashed: Mixed Media
Mark-Making TechniquesInstructor: Traci Bautista
Start date: January 1, 2012
Workshop 2: Watercolor Sketching
Instructor: Cathy Johnson
Start date: March 1, 2012
Workshop 3: FORCE Drawing Technique
Instructor: Michael Mattesi
Start date: May 1, 2012

Link: New Letraset Metallic Water based Markers

Letraset has a new set of 6 metallic markers.  They are water-based and twin-tipped, perfect for using with Promarkers and AquaMarkers!

Link: Flower Embellishments made with Amazing Mold Putty & Creative Paperclay®

Lori shows how to create some beautiful flower embellishments using Amazing Mold Putty & Creative Paperclay®.

Giveaway! Giveaway! Win MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software

I’m hosting a giveaway for MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software.  You can read my review of the software here.
Edited to add: I had planned to only take giveaway entries only at my Blogger blog, but it appears that Blogger is having problems.
Therefore, you may also enter at my Wordpress  blog,  But you must make your comment entries here or there--no doubling up, lol! Who? Me--I’m hosting a giveaway for MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking. You-You get a chance to win some cool software! What? We’re giving away a digital copy of MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software, a $39.97 Value. When? Contest starts 11/10/11 and ends 11/24/11. Where? This contest is being held at both of my Life Imitates Doodles blogs.  Make your Comments here or at my Wordpress blog.. Why? The MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software can be used for scrapbooking, or to embellish or organize zentangles, tangle patterns, and other art. It’s easy to use, and MyMemories holds challenges, offers additional downl…

MyMemories V2 Digital Scrapbooking Software & New Tangle Pattern Walessel

Recently, Liz from MyMemories contacted me, rand asked if I would like a free copy of theirDigital Scrapbooking Softwareto review, as well as a copy to give away.  (If you want to skip this review and head straight to the giveaway, go here).
Hmmmm. I had to think about that for all of 2 seconds.  Yes!

Even sweeter, I’ve been given a code,STMMMS48333, that you can use for $10 off, if you decide to purchase the software.  I also get a commission if you use the code.

I’m going to give you lots of different ways to enter the giveaway, so I’m hosting that in a different post.  You can find it here.

I wasted no time downloading my copy of the software.  I’ve never used a scrapbooking software before, but I have played with various art and photo programs.  As soon as I opened the program, I started using it with no problem, and had an album page done in about 30 minutes.  I had to edit some of my photos (in a different program) to fit the layout I chose, and I downloaded a couple of free kits, o…

Link: New zentangle book ready for pre-order

Kass Hall's Zentangle book, Zentangle Untangled: Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing, is now available for pre-order!

Link: Very Simple Creative Paperclay® Ornaments

Marissart Dollmaker shares how to make simple Creative Paperclay® Ornaments.  A great project to do with the kids!

Link: November Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper

Who loves Pens, Pencils and Paper?  Check out this month's conglomeration of reviews, reactions and discussions at the Novembers Carnival's list of relevant posts!

Link: Free Downloadable Scrapbook Papers

I'm going to be hosting a giveaway for MyMemories, giving away a copy of their digital Scrapbooking software.  That post will go up tomorrow, but I thought I'd give you a taste of what is available.

MyMemories has three downloadable papers.  They have generously set them up in a .PNG format, so you don't need the software in order to use the papers!  Furthermore, the pages are updated every two weeks, so you can come back for more!

Freebie 1 Page:

Freebie 2 Page:

Freebie 3 Page:

Be sure to come back tomorrow and check out the giveaway!

If you should be inspired to buy this software, please consider using the code STMMMS48333. You'll save $10 and I'll make some money too!