Sandy Bartholomew just made a couple of posts on her Beez in the Belfrey blog. She's having a book-signing party, and she has some links to a review of "Totally Tangled" and to a free downloadable e-book on journaling techniques, which includes her article from Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine two years ago. (It's got tangles, and lots of information about zentangling).
Sandy Bartholomew's new book, Yoga on the Brain, is available for pre-order.
If you haven't already read her post, hie yee to the site and make great sounds of jubilation. There are discounts involved. Be sure to read the entire post. She's making an offer of a greater discount, so you want to see if you qualify.
First off, Sandra Bartholomew posted a challenge to recreate one of the patterns,Tasket, that she discovered on her recent voyages. I'm not one to leave a challenge like that alone, and I did recreate it. And I'm not one to leave a pattern alone, so I also came up with a variation, Hytingu. You can find both at Beez in the Belfrey.
Zahara, today's pattern, is another one of those that I have to consider a variation. The basis for it, is one of the first designs that many people come up with. I'm not sure if anyone has ever posted it as a pattern, though I'd be surprised if no one has. I believe I've given it a twist that makes it different enough to post as my own, and it fits the themes I've been working with lately--cactus and repetition.
Notice that unlike Marneriani the repetition in the pattern goes round and round, mandala style. But for your own variations, you could easily use the striping pattern alone without the triangular leaf shape, or you could add to one side to make this ropy and vine-like.
I'm back!!!! I've got a new PC, up and running, and am racing to get caught up--well, I'll never achieve that, lol. Let's just say I'm trying to get back into the marathon. I lost the tangle patterns that I had stored on my old PC. Only temporarily though. I've got most of them on paper still, so it's a matter of figuring what I've already posted, and what needs to get scanned back in. I'll try to get a tangle or two posted tomorrow, but for tonight, I give you a link to some other tangles.
Lacemuse (aka katiemackaysbathworks) has posted three of her tangles at her flicker site, Sweetbuns, Snail Swirl, and DragonflyBy. These are lively little patterns that will add animation to your zens.
If you missed it, while I was offline, Suzanne McNeil posted the instructions to the pattern Beelight and Sandy Bartholomew posted a look at some of the tangle patterns she discovered on her recent travels. She doesn't have the instructions to them, but challenges us to work one out.
I'm glad to be back. Hope you haven't all forgotten me!
It won't be the easiest thing to stay objective with my review of this book. Because some of my tangle patterns and zentangles are included. *does the dance of joy* But I'll do my best.
The book has 115 tangle patterns, if I counted correctly. Each chapter has a 'theme'--patterns based on grids, patterns based on the flow of water, patterns based on japanese and egyptian designs and more. Brief, but specific tips on techniques are sprinkled liberally throughout the book.
For those of you looking for help with shading, Sandy avoids the technical, but gives you very specific information on different types of shading.
Great emphasis is placed on the reader learning to expand his or her own creativity. The book is full of ideas for creating strings, discovering your own patterns, and using the patterns you've learned.
The bulk of the tangles are Sandy's, but she has also allowed 11 other artists to share their tangles. I've listed the patterns in the book below, by the artist. I suspect many of you have been following some of them, and want to know which of their patterns are included.
Totally Tangled Size: 8.5" x 8.5" (21.6 x 21.6 cm ) Pages: 52 Portability: Easily carried, but too big for most purses and a little thick for folders.
Shapes and Chalks
If you haven't already discovered it, while I was offline, Sandy Bartholomew posted up a storm! She posted the directions for her tangle pattern, Flutter Tile, revealed that she is selling Zentangled sneakers at her Etsy store, and last but not least, she WAS taking pre-orders for her new Totally Tangled zentangle book. They are sold out! AUGGGHHHH!!! I missed my chance. Don't fear though. The books will go back on sale, April 29th, when she comes back from her exciting adventure, poking around archeological sites. I guess I can't begrudge the wait. Much. (*sobs and replaces the bucket that's full of tears*)
Suzanne McNeil posted about her reception at the Petroleum Club, as well as the directions to Zentangle #12 from her book, Cross Stitch.
Sandy has finished the first draft of her book, and...wow! I mean...wow! To summarize her post, 52 pages, over 100 NEW tangles, and under $20 dollars. It should be out in May. To read the full post, go here.
I have ordered Suzanne McNeil's two zentangle books and will tell you about them once they arrive.
Meanwhile, Sandy Bartholomew has posted about them, and gives a brief explanation of what is in Suzanne's books, and assurance that she is working hard on her own. (I'm the person who sent her 10 tiles, lol! I make life difficult for everyone!)
I also wanted to let you know that Sandy Bartholomew of Beez in the Belfrey will have a zentangle pattern book available soon. Besides her own patterns, she is including some from other avid zentanglers, including yours truly. I don't have a date, but her latest tangle of the week, Punch, is one of the tangles that will be in the book. I'm so excited!
Sandra Bartholomew has posted a new tangle, 'Squid', at Beez in the Belfrey. It's so-o-o cool!
There is also a 50% sale on her 100 pack tangle-trading cards. They are cards with boxes for drawing your own tangle patterns. I'm not sure how long the sale lasts and I had a little difficulty getting the code to work correctly so make sure the price reflects the sales price, when you order.
And don't forget to check out her new book. It may be sold out at the moment, but I suspect she'll have more available soon. It's a terrific little book with great examples of approximately 100 tangles! She isn't sharing the patterns in this book, but she's preparing a tangle pattern book that will be on sale soon!