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Monday, January 16, 2012

New Tangle Pattern -Raisin8s, and a Review of Carole Ohl’s Tangle-A-Day Calendar 2012

The winner of the Tangle-A-Day Calendar is CowgirlUpCamo.

Description from the online store: This calendar is specially designed for those who love the Zentangle® art form. Each day of the year offers a space for creating Zentangle-inspired art. Use the calendar as a tool for some Zentangle relaxation time, a workbook for learning new tangles, or creating a visual art diary for 2012. Each month is lightly illustrated with just enough tangling to spark an idea. Each 8” x 5” page is printed on 60# cover stock that takes Sakura Micron pen with ease! 

Carole Ohl is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) who has been in love with the Zentangle art form since she found it in 2009.  Zentangle’s philosophy of “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time™” appeals to her sense that everyone is creative and this process draws that creative spirit out.



The Giveaway-You have to get to the bottom of this post for the giveaway information and instructions.  Please read the rules before commenting.

Zentangle—if you aren’t sure what that is, check out my page ‘What is a zentangle?’ 

The Review:
Many of you, who are familiar with zentangle, know that CZT Carole Ohl is one of the leading ladies of that art form, known for her beautiful tangle patterns and artwork.  And you’ll understand why I’m excited to be doing a review of her Tangle-A-Day Calendar.  If you aren’t familiar with her, I recommend shooting over to her blog, but be sure to come back for the review and giveaway!

I purchased a copy of her calendar for this review, and she graciously donated one for the giveaway! I’m adding in a few pens, too, but more about that later.


The Look and Feel
Size: 8” x 5” landscape format.
Paper Weight: 60# cover stock.
Binding: Plastic Coil Binding

When I received the package holding the two calendars, my first impression was of the weight.  It was heavier than I expected.  It implied solidity, and this impression was confirmed when I had the calendars in hand.

The paper is a cover stock, which accounts for the weight.  It’s heavy enough to resist folding and tearing, but flexible enough that it won’t easily crack or tear if pressure is applied (as can happen to items that are stuffed in a purse, lol).  This is the same paper that Carole used for her 2011 calendar.

Some coil bindings allow the paper to shift too much, causing wear and tear so that eventually they work loose.  That won’t happen with this paper.  The hole punches are large enough to allow you to turn the pages easily, but the up and down shift is minimal.  I never say never, but given the sturdiness of the paper, even if you carry this calendar where it gets tossed and jangled, you aren’t likely to lose pages.

The surface of the paper is smooth, but not slick.  It’s bright but not shiny.  I worried that ink might smear easily on it, but the paper isn’t coated, so smearing is not a problem. 

The Layout: The calendar starts out with an idea and information sheet.  There are tips explaining how you might use the calendar and links where you can learn more about zentangle.

Each month begins with a Month-at-a-glance and some of Carole’s lovely artwork. From there the week is laid out 3 days to a page.  Each day has a 2.5” square with the day’s date printed in a large font, and the whole date printed in small font above that.

At the end of the month, there is more of Carole’s artwork.  Full-page art, in some cases.

Most of the page is printed with an ink dark enough to give structure to your tangles and is easily read. It’s light enough that you can tangle right over everything and it fades away. The exception is the month, printed with each day’s date.  The ink is dark and can be hard to absorb into your work, if you decide to do a full page tangle.



The Experience: When I’m doing a review, I like to challenge the subject.  The best way to see how well something performs is to make it fail.  I can’t say I managed to make this paper fail, but I did get a very good impression of performance.

On the first page, I used the mediums that I felt would cause the most damage, lol. 

In the first box, I used alcohol markers (Letraset Promarkers) which did bleed through.  I would have been amazed if they did not.  Paper makes a difference in how bright your marker colors are.  The brightness was above average, but not as bright as I would get with Bristol or coated paper.  The color was lighter on the back side.

In the second box, I used Peerless film Watercolor.  These are very intense colors, and I found the result to be about the same as with the markers.  Brightness is above average, but there is some dulling.  I expected buckling from the wetness, and there was some, but it was minimal.

The third box was painted in with water-soluble markers (Letraset Aqua Markers).  I was not able to spread the colors as well as I expected, and had to use more water, so the buckling was worse.  Still—it wasn’t bad.

I was easily able to tangle over all three mediums, with no feathering or pilling, so the wetness did not damage the paper.

When I tangled the back of the page, I was easily able to incorporate the marker bleed-through.  The buckling did not interfere with the flow of the pen, and, in fact, flattened out a bit by the time I done.

If you don’t mind bleed-through, alcohol markers will work on this paper.  I wouldn’t recommend it for watercolor, per se, but you could use it, if you don’t get the paper too wet.  In other words, use color that flows easily with a small amount of water, or use a water-soluble medium and just use water for small effects.


And I could hardly do this review without writing in the calendar.  And since the next most damaging medium I could think of was fountain pen ink, that's what I used.  It’s notorious for shading and bleed-through.  I tried four different inks, using a fine point, a medium point and a flex pen.

There was no bleed-through and only faint shadowing on the back.  I couldn’t even get the shadowing to scan, and it didn’t interfere with drawing or writing on the back.


I used a Bic Energel in the first box of the next page, because I’ve had problems with it smearing on other papers.  Even though I ran my fingers across the writing immediately, no smearing occurred.  Excellent!

My next pen was a Staedler Lumocolor, an intense colored permanent fine tip marker that often bleeds through or shadows.  This one shadowed more heavily than any of the other pens, but did not bleed-through.  I wouldn’t recommend it for this paper because the shadowing could be annoying on the other side.

Next up, was a Pentel Slicci and I chose it because it has the opposite problem.  The tip is a very thin, scratchy fine point with a light color ink.  As you can see from the picture, the writing barely shows.  I used it to tangle in the dates, and it’s beautiful, but it takes some work to get the color showing.

And for the upper portion of the page, I used Lyra Rembrandt colored pencils.  I was really curious to see how colored pencils would work, because the paper is so smooth. 
I put down three layers of color, but, as with the Slicci, I did have to work for saturation.  This could be a plus—you’d be able to get some very delicate coloration.  But it would take time to get brilliant colors, and you might not get as brilliant as you would like.

After I was done with the colored pencil, I closed the calendar and rubbed the pages around, and then set a heavy book on top for a few hours.  There was no transference of pigment onto the next page, which can always be a concern with unfixed colored pencil.

Traditional zentangle is done in black & white, usually with a Micron Pigma pen, and Carole chose this paper with that in mind.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t try it out. 


 Ahhh!  I do like color, but it’s nice to come back to the simplicity of black and white. 

You can see from these examples that the calendar works well for writing and drawing alike.  You can choose to incorporate the layout into your tangles, or simply ignore it and tangle all over the page.

And with zentangle, it’s important to visit tangle patterns.  

The traditional tangle pattern has 6 steps.  You use the boxes in a free-form manner and stay on one page, or use a two page spread with a box for each step.  I’ll be doing some more throughout the week, showing different ways that I’ve used the layout.


Today’s example is Raisin8s (a play on the name of the candy, Raisinetes).  This is a fairly simple tangle (or tangleation, if you prefer.  Others have created steps to similar patterns, including myself, lol).  I didn’t limit myself to one step per box, and used the layout of the page for notes.

This is a border tangle.  What makes it unique is the lacy effect that comes tying bunches of the ‘raisin8s’ together.  You can vary by changing the number of ‘raisin8s in each bunch.  Make every bunch a different number for a totally funky look or make each the same for precision.  Alternate the number for a little of both.  Change the way you fill the raisin8s, or change the width.  Alternate widths within the bunch. 

Draw as many as you want—they’re guaranteed calorie-free, lol!

Overall: I would tend to use this as a desk or office calendar rather than one that I would carry around.  It is durable enough, but a bit heavy. Your mileage may vary.  In the past my purses could have been used as demolition balls, but with age has come neck and back pain, and the need for smaller, lighter purses.

Whether you simply want a nice calendar or something specifically to tangle in, this calendar will serve the purpose.

I’m impressed with it.  Efforts were made to keep the price down, but it does cost more than some.  You can see where the cost was put into the quality.  If you are looking for a good calendar, consider treating yourself or a friend to one of these.

The Cons: Nothing is perfect, but imperfection is subjective.  The two things that bothered me only bothered me slightly, and might not bother you at all.

I’m a lefty, and I did find that the coil was in the way when I worked on the front of a page.  It was only when I drew at the extreme far left, so it didn’t intrude on my ‘Zen’ experience very much.  Right-handers may have the same problem when drawing on the back of the page. 

The coil also causes some difficulty when scanning.  The image can blur next to the coil, or it may be difficult to keep the page straight.  You can work around both, but it takes some effort.

I’m used to Week or Month or Year-at-a-glance calendars that always have the day in the same position.  Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, and Sat.  If I look at the far left, I know I’m looking at Sunday.  If I look in the middle it’s Wednesday, and so on.

Most people would probably adjust, and learn to read the day.  I’m rather noted for not paying attention to things like that.  I know, sooner or later, I’ll look and assume a meeting is on Monday because it’s written in the second box, and I won’t notice the actual day. However, the easy fix is to write the day within the notation—Dentist Appt. Wednesday. 11:30.That way, I’ll see the actual day when I look for the time.

The Pros: This is a sturdy, well-made calendar designed to inspire tangling.  However, even if you knew nothing about zentangle, and had no desire to tangle, this would still be a good calendar.  Anyone would love Carole’s artwork, and there is plenty of room for writing appointments, notes, etc. 

The paper is a joy to draw on.  Carole tells me that her own preference is for a paper with more tooth, but I believe this is a great stock for the many.  It takes most mediums without smearing, feathering or bleed-through.  Shadowing, for even the heaviest ink, is faint and seldom interferes with writing or drawing on the other side.  You’ll be able to use a wide range of mediums.

Carole’s artwork is heavenly.  There are five full-page drawings that I’m considering framing and hanging on the wall, when I’m done with the calendar. 


The Giveaway (now Closed): One winner will receive A Tangle-A-Day Calendar, signed by CZT, Carole Ohl, two Pentel Sunburst White Gel Pens, and a package of six Sharpie Finepoint pens-Black, Blue, Green, Red, Orange and Violet.

Please read the rules.  They are simple, but must be followed or your entry will be voided.
  • Leave a comment on this post with an email where I can reach you.
  • Only 1 entry per person.  I’m running this giveaway at both of my blogs—please only enter on one of them.  All Duplicate entries will be eliminated from the giveaway.  If you accidentally comment twice, email me at LifeImitatesDoodles and I’ll remove the duplicates.
  • If you don’t wish to leave an email in the comments—copy your comment post, paste it into an email and send it to me at:  lifeimitatesdoodles[at]gmail.com.  
NOTE: Many people are having problems finding the comment button.  I'm not sure if it is with this blog or my Wordpress blog.  At any rate, you can try my other blog to enter or just send an email, and I will add a comment (so I can get a count for the random generator) and enter you.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


I hate to be so insistent but I had a giveaway where two people claimed to win, and it was very upsetting because I didn’t have an email I could use to validate the correct winner.

Contest Ended.

Each comment will be assigned a number, and the winning number will be chosen by random generator.  The first number drawn will be the winning number.

If you don't want to wait to see if you won, you can purchase one of Carole's calendars at Greyden Press.

Good luck, everyone!

128 comments:

  1. I bought one a couple weeks ago and I love it.

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  2. oh i want this . love it please enter me
    mansker@mycomspan.com

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  3. very nice! I would like to be entered :D

    daenaw00d@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  4. Thanks so much for the review and the contest. I have to admit that when I saw the calendar I thought - why? I have my Zentangle journals, paper etc. Reading this, I get the why. Your samples inspire and it would be a great thing to pull out this calendar during a meeting and get my Zentangle groove on. Not to mention a way to push my "commit" to a daily tangle... Wasn't sure before... but now I want one!
    Karen - kaborus@gmail.com

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  5. Thanks for the review--I wanted to buy two of these as gifts, which would mean I can't afford one for me! Now I know for sure that I will get the gifts! Please enter me-- irisalton@gmail.com

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  6. Thanks for the review! My mom has me into Zentangling now and this would be a fun way to thank her! Love your site and your tangles!
    Lisa-lisacdaly@hotmail.com

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  7. Thank you for the opportunity and a very detailed review. I recently start to dabble with Zentangles and would like to learn more about them.
    My e-mail is eastwesteverywhere(at)gmail(dotcome)

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  8. Terrific review and great giveaway - nice to know you gave it a good workout! tinkeredart {at} gmail {dotcom}

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  9. I would love to have a copy of this calendar...thanks for entering me...cowgirlupcamo@gmail.com

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  10. I don't enter many drawings, but this is a must! :D Thank you for a great review and thank you to Carole for what looks like a wonderful calendar. Carol Dean Sharpe at sandfibers@yahoo.com

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  11. thanks for the great review and I think I will put out some good JUJU to get this!!! lol ruthart@hotmail.com

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  12. Awesome Zentangles! ajsarts@gmail.com

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  13. A Carol Ohl's Calendar ~ fabulous way to tangle each day ~ Thanks for the review and an opportunity to win one

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  14. I'd love to win this! EmeraldCityTangles@yahoo.com

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  15. The more I look at her blog, the more I want her calendar! Thanks for the opportunity. bybetsy@earthlink.net

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  16. WOW... love the review you did for the calendar, very thorough! Yes, I love to zentangle just do't seem to find the time to do it. If I had a calendar like this it would inspire me to do more!

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  17. What a great idea! I'm new to tangling. Actually, I've been doing this for awhile and had no idea it was even considered an art form! I'm thrilled to find blogs like yours and to see the works of others. I'm in awe!

    budschweizer@hotmail.com

    Tracy S.

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  18. I love the way you used this calendar. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

    Have a great week!

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  19. I forgot, you can reach me at caroricbreton at hotmail dot com

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  20. What a lovely way to tangle daily and then reflect back over the year.

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  21. I'm looking for a gift for a young friend that I'm encouraging in the art realm. She does cards and things, but I haven't gotten her into real pen work. I'd love to give this to her for her birthday in mid February. Tangling is a very therapeutic recreation. I love it. Miz Dee
    deleath@sbcglobal.net

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  22. I used Carole's calendar last year and am using it this year also. I have a dear friend that I would love to give her a calendar. She was in one of my first Zentangle classes and she is hooked. I wish I could convince her to go to Providence sometime for the workshop.

    Thanks for this opportunity and thanks to Carole for such a nice calendar.

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  23. What a fun giveaway! dragongourd@dslextreme.com

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  24. Hello - I am a newbie to zentangling, but am enjoying it weekly as a break from my other artistic endeavors. Thank you and please keep blogging.Now for my entry to the giveaway - Cheryl Jefferson

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  25. Thanks for the concise review of the calendar. Your reviews are usually so helpful. molossus entering comment for Tricia CZT3, MC

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  26. Hi! Have enjoyed yr blog for short time; glad to see you use fountain pens, too. And I know what you mean about Goulet Pens and poor pocketbook: I've ordered twice in as many weeks and am getting another order ready. GASP! And thanks for your give-aways and your tangles. Anita, CZT6

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  27. Oh this would be fun! Thanks for the chance to enter!

    xalynn13(at)yahoo.com

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  28. I would love to have this Tangle A Day calendar! It's been an open tab in my browser for the last two weeks.

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  29. Would love to get my hands on one of these as it would be bet for practice, and will bring beauty to my day/year! Great job on this calendar! LOVE your postings on everything! Look forward to getting emails from you! Deena

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  31. forgot to add my email. Crotnem@gmail.com
    I'd love to win this as my birthday is on Jan. 23!!!
    TFS

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  32. I would love to win a calendar. But I may go ahead and buy one. After your review, it sounds devine. barb.gill@att.net

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  33. Thanks for the great detailed review. Sounds like a wonderful, high-quality, inspirational calendar. findingkarenlynn@gmail.com

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  34. I really really want this calendar but it is just not in the budget.....hope I win !!! dragonflynne@aol.com

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  35. Love your detailed review. I'd definitely like to have one of these calendars! Sgoetter@bellsouth.net

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love one of these calendars! :)

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  37. forgot my email, i thought it linked to it ranza6980@gmail.com

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  38. I have the 2011 calender and it is a really nice one and a great reference tool. I would so love to win this new one. I love Carol's tangles and her easy steps to produce the tangles.
    Thanks Sandra for handling this giveaway.
    Dorothy Roller
    craftydr@mindspring.com

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  39. wow!
    irinasas at yahoo dot com
    thx

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  40. I love your candor. I'm new to the Tangle thing but I love the art form that I've been viewing on websights. luvhymns@comcast.net Neat giveaway, thanks for the chance to stop drooling!

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  41. I've been trying to comment. Hope this one is successful. I've been on your site for over an hour and have to get to drawing. I'm new to "tangling" but can't get enough. Loved your comprehensive review of the calendar and thank you for the opportunity to win. Theresa in DE

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  42. Oops, tkfamily@mchsi.com
    I've been trying to comment. Hope this one is successful. I've been on your site for over an hour and have to get drawing. I'm new to "tangling" but can't get enough. Loved your comprehensive review of the calendar and thank you for the opportunity to win. Theresa in DE

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  44. I love your website, feel lucky that so many good tangling websites are available. I really like your links to the new tangles. Thanks for all your work. I would love to win a calendar and appreciate your review.
    lmd42@swbell.net
    Lynda

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  45. I love your work and I would love to win a calendar.
    thank you. And thank you for the great info about the calendar.
    Carolyn
    carolynm16@cox.net

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  46. I would love to win this. It looks like so much fun. Thanks for everything! qigongangel at yahoo.com

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  47. talefav@gmail.com
    I don't expect to win this as, apart from the long list :), I'm in Australia and I'm guessing the postage would be exorbitant. However I did wish to say that the review is very impressive. I love the fact that you really gave it a thorough going over convincingly showing that the product was worth the price.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Rosy

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    1. Well, I can't guarantee you'll win, but if you do, I'll gladly send it to Australia. The cheapest way possible, lol, but I'll send it!

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  48. I'm working on my first "real" zentangle right now. I'd love to win the calendar-I need all the inspiration I can get :). Your website has been a godsend for ideas and inspiration. Thanks for this opportunity.

    dmvtatter at gmail dot com

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  49. What a great calendar! I would love to win - and the announcement would be on my anniversary - what a great anniversary present to ME!!

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  50. Great review! Would love to win!
    Xiemoon at aol.com

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  51. WANT WANT WANT!

    peg
    pegva@aol.com

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  52. Really nice work Carole - I always check out your tangles - you have such a great eye for design - I would love to win a copy of your calendar - it would be a treasure.

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    1. oop's I thought I 'd posted my email - hmmm-m here it is again
      rodailey@yahoo.com

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  54. I have met Carole in person and would love to have one of her calendars. I also love your blog, great info and love reading it. CAT
    crystalwolfsings@yahoo.com

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  55. What fun calendar! I've been wanting to learn/experiment with Zentangles. I'd love to win a copy.

    morgaine.pendragon@gmail.com

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  56. I am one CZT admiring another CZT's work.
    mimi.lempart@gmail.com

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  57. I bought one as soon as they hit my LSS where I learned Zentangle and would love to win one to give as a gift to one of the other girls in our Twisted Tanglers group. goodwinlynnor@yahoo.com

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  58. I appreciate all the detailed information that you put into your review. I would dearly love to win one of these wonderful calendars. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    kshab@sbcglobal.net

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  59. Great review & great idea to keep you tangling in 2012. Would love one! Thanks for the opportunity.
    Wendy
    jwhillhouse@ctc.net

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  60. this will be great as a tangle-ing on the go place! oh yeh and a calender too. I sure hope I win - molly z.

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  61. Wow what a wonderful gesture to give away this fantastic TANGLE A DAY CALENDER.
    I'm a big fan of Carols work.
    My email is marietlus@gmail.com

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  62. Just want to tell you all THANK YOU for participating in the giveaway, and for all your very encouraging comments! Wishing good luck to all of you and a year of magical tangling! Carole Ohl

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    1. It looks beautiful. What a wonderful addition to the Zentangle world. Thanks for creating it.

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  63. This calendar would be a wonderful excuse to tangle on a more regular basis! I would love to win one...
    christina@krivolavek.com
    Thank You for the opportunity!

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  64. This would be awesome! I recently just discovered pigma micron pens and I love doodling with them!

    defassilem (at) gmail (.) com

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  65. I love this calendar! Please enter me in the drawing! jloscann@gmail.com

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  66. Excellent review of a terrific product. Count me in.
    cwbczt7@me.com

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  67. What a beautiful product. Please enter me in the drawing: grace@coachedbygrace.com Thanks!

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  68. I forgot to give you my e-nmail ...cherokee410@kc.rr.com... What a way to start a year!

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  69. Right now I am sitting at my desk and looking around and wa la.... no calendar in sight! What a wonderful idea and a great way to not only add to my little art area but to remind me to take a deep breath each and every day as I tangle away! Please enter me in the drawing! My email is wisterious1@gmail.com

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  70. My friend Maria and I are taking pictures of our Zentangle days and sending them to each other by cell phones. It's a great way for us to challenge each other to keep up to date and have lots of fun too. Another friend is on the brink of buying an iPhone so she can join in the fun! I would love to have a calendar to give to a friend who can't afford one, but loves Zentangles. carolbaileyfloyd@gmail.com

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    1. Carol, can you guys email me some pictures? I love to see what other people are doing with the calendar!! I knew you would find your very own brand of fun with this!

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  71. What an awesome giveaway. I hope I win. Tangled Up In Art AT Gmail dot com.

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  73. Let's try this again. I forgot my email the first time and I didn't want to enter twice so hopefully I removed the first comment. Thanks for the review and for the give-away
    lbp@mac.com

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  74. Thanks for the wonderful review....now I want one! And thanks for the chance of winning one! :)

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  75. Thanks for the thorough review. I'd love to have one. Thanks for doing a give-away! harbincole(at)gmail.com

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  76. Very comprehensive review! I've been wanting one but the budget is still iffy! Maybe I'll win! pengwin@pengwinart.com

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  77. this is a great post!! Lots of good information! Thanks so much. Please enter me in the drawing. Susantangles at gmail dot com

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  78. What an incredibly thorough review! You put so much time into your blog posts, it blows me away! I have to admit I've been lagging behind getting one of these calendars, mostly due to post Xmas-too-much-stuff-in-the-house, but I can now see one of these on our kitchen table with room for both myself and my partner to add our tangling. Likely I'll end needing to get some for my students too! ;-)

    Anyway, thanks for all your great blogging, and the giveaway!
    Sadelle (CZT7) - sadelle (at) pumpkinspun (dot) com

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  79. Thanks for having this contest. The review is like Top Gear for Zentangle!

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  80. A well thought out and informative review! Thank you so much! I'm a beginner and would cherish winning this calendar! Best of luck to everyone! marysqualitycleaning@gmail.com

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  81. Would love to win the calendar!! nov2210@comcast.net

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  82. OHHH I so want to win this.NNOOOOOO I so need to win this.Oh how about enter me to win. Thanks g.a.s
    gas.art@sasktel.net

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  83. I bought Carol's calendar last year and was thrilled with it! Thank you for the wonderful review....good to know about the different mediums we can use in the calendar!

    Happy Tangling!

    Jennifer Van Pelt, CZT7
    jennifer@thestampaddict.com

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  84. Wow what an awesome giveaway. I love life since learning to tangle, so relaxing and peaceful now. I have plenty of time to tangle now since my surgery, can't walk for at least 4 weeks and hope to after that.

    Bobbie Lathrop
    schoolmate79@yahoo.com

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  85. I am going to order this calendar, I got Carol's 2011 calendar and love it. if I win I will keep it at work so I can tangle at meetings :-) thanks for a great giveaway Liz6352@aol.com

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  86. I am so hooked on Zentangling, and love seeing everyone's art! Thank so much for your inspiration and opportunity to win Carol's calendar! Holly . . . Williamshj@aol.com

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  87. I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't done some form of tangle drawing in since I first stumbled across it on the Internet. That was only aug of 2011 but I see no end in sight. I could sure use some new journals to draw in!

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    1. Forgot my email. lori.bradford@hotmail.ca

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  88. Hello,
    I would like to enter on the give-away.
    my e-mail:etnascountry@yahoo.com
    greetings
    Pura.

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  90. I am new to Zentangle, and just love it! I like your Raisins8, and am adding that to my notebook. Please enter me for the calendar give-away.

    gwensews@comcast.net

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  91. Thanks so much for the very thorough review. I love experimenting with a variety of inks and this gives me a good jumping off point to begin. I think I will try playing with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils since they have very intense color, can be applied wet or dry, and can be blended easily when wet.

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    1. Email did not show up so here it is terryech AT me DOT com Please enter me in the contest.

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  92. I have fallen in love with ZenTangle... it has saved my sanity a few times already. As a stay-at-home mom with next to no income, this would be a blessing for me to win. Thank You for doing the giveaway!! <3

    If I'm the blessed one, you can reach me at driven_to_write@yahoo.com

    Brightest of Blessings!!

    Chrissi Guerin

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  93. I didn't know this form had a name! How exciting. I did this form in high school/college but was told (by whom?) that it wasn't art. It froze me. But now I am on the road to rediscover myself and my art. Thank you for this site and the review. As I wrote earlier...How exciting!

    Barbara
    ottercreekbooks@gmail.com

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    1. You'll still find people who will tell you it isn't art. But that reflects the narrowness of their own vision not the truth of art itself.

      Do you share your work online anywhere?

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  94. What a cool calendar! if I don't win this one, I'll have to buy one - LOL

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  95. this will be great as a tangle-ing on the go place! oh yeh and a calender too. I sure hope I win - molly z.
    e-mail - - - - mazautner@gmail.com

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  96. I would love one of your calendars!! Very cool! emac58@hotmail.com

    Marie

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  97. Hope the calendar is available next year too!
    Gayle
    wewin@peoplepc.com

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  98. this looks like a lot of fun. Love the tangles you did on your calendar so far.

    Tee
    shadohart@gmail.com

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  99. Thank you for your comprehensive review - i saw the calendar only yesterday and was worried about the ink smearing. You have set my mind at rest. I would definitely love to win a copy!

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    1. my email is jakkigarlans@gmail.com -not sure if you have it via my post! sorry!

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  100. I am new to Zentangles & have fallen madly in love. So much so that I have taught my 2nd graders how to 'tangle' and we do it 3 tomes a week. Would LOVE to win the calendar. How cool would it be to have my students take turns 'tangling' on the calendar.
    nsharoff@ecs.k12.ny.us

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  101. Please accept my entry for the calendar give-a-way! The review makes it sound so wonderful, how anyone could pass this opportunity by is beyond me!
    shoughton@myfairpoint.net
    Thanks!
    Sally Houghton
    CZT 7

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  102. Over the past couple of months I've been taking art classes at my local library. One week we were introduced to Zentangles. I would love to win a calendar to play with this year! Thanks so much, carlalemar@gmail.com

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  103. Wonderful review and a great Tangle product from Carole! Love this Zentangle community.
    debra@roundpond.net

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  104. Excellent review. Thanks for posting it. Thanks for having the contest too. I will gladly enter: dollinha@hotmail.com

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  105. Hi, I do doodle regularly, but not reaaly familiar with zentangles... would love a pop at the calendar, it might encourage me a bit to learn some... kalona@kalonacreativity.co.uk

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  106. I saw your comment on Flikr and I came here to read your review of the calendar. I would love to get one of these, sounds like a great way to keep me doing a tangle a day. shayfalk@gmail.com

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  107. What a great way to tangle each day, within a calendar. Great review!
    debbiejanelle@yahoo.com

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  108. Hi! I'm new to your blog and I love it! I'm in New Zealand and would love to win this. If by some miracle I did - I'll pay for the postage. Keep up the amazing work! Sandra sarnzD@xtra.co.nz

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  109. I have wanted one of the calendars ever since I first saw it on Carole's blog. Both of your blogs inspire me. Thank you. Pereanne@gmail.com

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  110. I only discovered Carole's calendar tonight - wow, they are such a great idea! I'd love to win one but if I don't, then I may just be asking dear husband if he'll buy me one for my 40th birthday next month - of course I want it NOW!!!
    acealleycat@hotmail.com

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  111. How cool! Would love to win one!

    dwa (dot) studioz @ gmail (dot) com

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  112. This is a great review of a great calendar! Thank you for testing all kinds of media on it and reporting your findings back to us.
    Amy in TN
    abroady@comcast.net

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  113. Can't believe I missed this!!! I certainly have to purchase one now! It's amazing! Although I think we'll be in February by the time it arrives lol

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  114. The calendar is a brilliant idea...It encourages us to connect with our creative side...Everyday... A "Zentangle a Day" event...Time that ours and ours alone...What better way to make a day count...I want to tangle my life away... Thank you Carole and Sandra....
    Sharon AKA "The Boot Lady"...lol
    slynnpayne@aol.com
    http://jazztangled.blogspot.com

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