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Love Cast in Clay Blog Hop with Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay®

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Blog Hop winners Jeannie - Creative Paperclay® from Creative Paperclay® blog Mary S-from Amazing Mold Putty blog Tumbling Trails-Creative Paperclay® from this blog


Basket of Roses Postcard with Amazing Mold Putty and DelightTM
by Sandra Strait (aka molossus)
The Creative Paperclay® Design Team is having a blog hop!  It's my first ever, so I'm really excited.  If you arrived here from Susan Brown's SBArtist: Painting in the Dark blog, you are in the right spot.  If not, you might want to go back and start from the beginning at the Creative Paperclay®blog.

There's Blog Candy! One winner from both the Amazing Mold Putty blog and the Creative Paperclay Blog will receive a 16oz package of Creative Paperclay® and package of Amazing Mold Putty.  For a chance to win (U.S. only, sorry), just leave a comment on all blogs and become a follower of all blogs on the hop. .


I am also giving away an 8 oz package of Creative Paperclay® or a package of Delight to one of the people who comment o…

Link: Taking your Comic Art to the Next Level Using Copic Multiliners

Excellent tutorial and fantastic artwork showing how to use Copic Multiliners in comic book art (or any black & white illustration for that matter).

Link: Original ACEO drawing Giveaway

CZT Norma J Burnell is giving away one of her original ACEO drawings.  For a chance to win, check out her giveaway post.

Link: SAKURA ® Gears Up Bracelet

Gloriann Irizarry's tutorial shows how to create a beautiful bracelet using Sakura® Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers.

Link to tangle pattern El-zee #zentangle

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle pattern El-Zee.

My Tangle Pattern Koolapopper

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This pattern was drawn in one Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  There is still time to enter her giveaway(end 2/1/12).  You can find out more at  her blog.


Take note of this drawing--it's one of the rare times you see me using a pencil, because I got caught out without a pen.  I don't like drawing with pencils (mini-rant: I don't like the smell, the feel or sound of one moving across the page. I don't like the way they smear and require fixative.  And I'm allergic to graphite.  I bet you've got the feeling that I don't like pencil.).  Lol.  Sounds like the lyrics to a song!


The pattern uses repetition--you divide a section into triangles, draw stripes along the edges, and then repeat that motif in the center.  As you can see from the example, You can fit this into almost any shape, and the variation is endless!




Oh--and the name.  It was one of those verification words you have to type in when leaving a blog comment.  And how could I resist a word like …

Link: Weekly Challenge #56: "Non Dominatrix* v.2"

This week the Laura Harms' challenge  is to do an ENTIRE tile or ZIA using only your non dominant hand.
If you are right-handed, use your left-hand; if you are left-handed use your right hand.

Link: Valentine Postcard Tutorial

Lyric Kinard has posted a tutorial  at the Sketchbook Challengle blog showing how to make a collage Valentine Postcard.

Drawings from Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Journal 2012

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These are a couple of the lines drawings from Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Journal 2012.  She is having a giveaway and I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  You can find out more at  her blog.


The first one I have already posted in the review I wrote about her Tangle Journals.  I painted it using Peerless Watercolors, but have only recently got around to tangling it.  I used Micron Pigma Pen, and added highlights with a white Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastel.

The second drawing was also tangled with a Micron Pigma and then painted entirely with the Neocolor II Wax pastels.  I used a waterbrush, but was careful not to wet the paper more than was needed to blend the color, and I left some color dry.  There was no buckling of the paper.


Link: A Valentine Creative Paperclay® Delight Clay Project

Barbara Moore has posted a tutorial showing how she made Valentine Heart embellishment with Delight Air Dry Modeling Material.

Link: Zentangle Journal Page #5 - Tangle and Writing Prompts

Patty Farrell has posted a zentangle discussion "Are There Perfect Zentangles" and both a tangle and a writing prompt.

Link: Journaling Background using Spray Gesso

Lesley Venable demonstrates how she creates a beautiful 'doily' background in her art journal using Spray Gesso.

I know!  I'd never heard of Spray Gesso either.  It looks pretty neat.

Link: Doodling over a paper-pasted collage

Leslie Tucker Jennison shows how she doodles over paper-pasted collages using ephemera from her travels and local events over at the Sketchbook Challenge blog.

If you aren't familiar with the Sketchbook Challenge you might want to check out How the Challenge Works.  Besides all the fantastic mixed media tutorials, there are monthly prizes, a Flickr group and you can participate whenever you like--no minimums or maximums or themes required!

Link: Neil Burley Adds ‘Templates’ section to his blog

Neil Burley has added a section of templates that he has used for his projects over the years.

Link: How Zentangle® Changes Peoples Lives

Linda Farmer has started a new Series at Tanglepatterns.com-How Zentangle®Changes Peoples Lives.  She shares stories from people who have written to her (and agreed to share their story) about how they have been helped through dark times by Zentangle®.

My tangle pattern Triarchy

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This pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  She is having a giveaway and I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  You can find out more at  her blog.



I'm using the Tri-tips--those three little drop shapes that I used in the pattern Tri-Me--again.  It's really a very effective enhancement.  
This pattern also uses a very common repetition technique, where you keep repeating the same shape in increasingly smaller sizes.  This could be done with triangles, circles, almost any shape you want.  As you can see from the example, you can repeat the shape once all around the original shape or keep drilling down and repeating until you run out space.  There is a very interesting video that shows this geometric feature in action.  It's highly entertaining as well!

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 1/27/12

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of zentangle patterns and articles of interest has been posted.

Link: Free Online One-of-a-kind Creature Design Courses from Copic

Wow!  Copic is offering a free lesson from industry-leader Terryl Whitlach (creature design artists for Star Wars, The Katurran Odyssey, Brother Bear).  It looks like it is going to be awesome.  I could be wrong, but I suspect, even if you don't think you'd want to draw imaginary critturs, or don't use Copics, this class will offer some hardcore info that could be used with any animal and with any media.  And from the video used at the sign up, it will be a feast for the eyes!


Sign up today for your free lesson in drawing the Creatures of Amalthea.  (And I'm not associated in any way with Copic, nor was I asked to promote this.  I just followed their twitter link, and got all excited by what I found!)

Link: Free Downloadable Line Art from Copic

I think I posted this link a while back, but it's worth posting again.  Free manga style line art for you to download and enjoy.

Link: Big Stamp giveaway at PaperCraft Connection

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Papercraft magazine is having a blog hop.  They are giving away thirty (yes, 30!) stamp sets to one winner, and for each blog you comment at, you have a chance to win their magazine 'Stamp it 3 Ways'.

And this will be good practice to limber you up for MY blog hop with the Creative Paperclay® and Amazing Mold Putty team on February 1st!  My first blog hop ever! *dances*.

Link: Tangle Refresher 17

Do you remember: Ixorus, Struzzle, Embellish, Lilypads and Bundles?   Linda Farmer has posted Tangle Refresher 17--five patterns that were new this time last year.

My tangle pattern Tri-Me

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This pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  She is having a giveaway and I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  You can find out more at  her blog.
For some reason, I was a bit unfocused last night.  Hubby has been on vacation, which disrupts my routine, so that may have been it (that's my story and I sticking to it!).  At any rate, this pattern was meant to be an exercise in using 'lacy' bits to add interest to almost any pattern.  I meant to show it used in several ways in the example.  However, I lost focus, and realized I hadn't used except as shown in the pattern. *sigh*  I'll do up some more examples this week.
Although, I've shown this as border, the Tri-me tips work almost any place that you have a  regular indentation.  Just one set of Tri-me tips won't add a lot (though it can help), but if you have a pattern with a regular in and out flow, adding those three little tear-drop shapes can add an eye-catching delicacy. 

Link: Golden Cameo made with Creative Paperclay® & Terri Sproul Mixers

Gini Cagle shows how she made a golden cameo embellishment with Creative Paperclay®'s Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound product and Terri Sproul's new line of mica powder mixers.

My tangle pattern Curvaceous & Link to Geneviève Crabe's Giveaway

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I saw a photo of curving spiral stairs and this pattern popped into my head.

Tip: You may find that as you hit the curves, you lose track of which way your line should go. You may have less problems if you focus on one section at a time. You are drawing triangles-2 smaller triangles inside a larger one.  Focus on the section your are one--draw the large triangle, and bisect it so you have three triangles.  Then draw the next triangle set and so on all the way down the curve.  If do get confused, though, just go with it.  Your curves will look a little different, that's all.

This tangle pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe's Tangle Organizers.  She is having a giveaway, so head over and check it out!

Link to tangle pattern Bandola

CZT Sadelle Wiltshire has posted steps to her tangle pattern Bandola.  She also shows how she bound her copy of Linda Farmer's TanglePatterns.com Tangle Guide into a book!

Link to Tangle Pattern Whistler

JJ LaBarbera has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Whistler.

Link: Submit Your Love Letter to Win a Leuchtturm Planner!

Planning a love letter to your Sweetie, and would love the whole world to see?
European Paper is having a giveaway for Leuchtturm Planners, and four winners will be chosen.

Link to tangle patterns Starry Night, Camob and U&I

ArjadL has posted steps to her tangle patterns Starry Night, Camob and U&I.

Link to tangle pattern TOF

Ellen Wolters has posted steps to her tangle pattern TOF.

Link to tangle patterns Horse Chestnut and Crobe

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her patterns Horse Chestnut and Crobe.

Steampunk Turtle and Bird's Nest Soup

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Link: Terri Sproul's Mixers Video

Terri Sproul's shows us how her beautiful mixers work.

Link: Terri Sproul's Mixers at Sakura Hobby Crafts

One of the new product lines that will be introduced at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show this year is Terri Sproul Mixers.  These are mica powders designed to give your crafts a fantastic metallic or jewel-like shine when used with Sakura Crystal Lacquer.

I haven't had the chance to use these myself, but I've been watching the projects that have been posted on the Sakura Hobby Crafts blog.  I've got some ideas for ways to use these with Creative Paperclay® and zentangle.  Can't wait for the chance to get some!

Link: Layout with Creative Paperclay® faces

Lori Williams shows how she used Creative Paperclay® faces to embellish her scrapbook layout.

Weehah! Today's my day for winning!

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Okay.  I admit it.  I'm both a giveaway and art supply shopping junkie (you didn't have a clue did you, lol).
This morning Dick Blick had a grand opening in Portland, Oregon, and advertisements said the first 100 people through the door would receive a tote filled with $100 worth of Art supplies.  To me, this was the siren call to high adventure.  There were coupons involved too!
I managed to get there early enough to score the wonderful, marvelous tote, plus everyone who visited the store today gets a $5.00 Starbucks card, a free T-shirt, a spin on the wheel to win a Dick Blick product (I got a sketchbook) and an entry to win a $5,000 art studio.
I shopped for hours, got some fantastic deals and I'm giddy with the fun of it all!  And to top it off, when I got home, I discovered I'd won some Copic swag on Twitter.  Honestly.  Could life get better?  I'm so easily pleased.

Link to tangle pattern Fohbraid

Linda Farmer has posted a link to my tangle Fohbraid at TanglePatterns.com.  She also has links to Brayd and Twisted Rope, so this is a good link to compare rope/braid type patterns.

Kitty Cat Unravels the Rug

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I was trying a couple of new things here.  I had some blank index cards and wondered how my Letraset Promarkers would do on them, and I also recently received a sample of De Atramentis Pale Blue fountain pen ink that I wanted to try, so I used it to tangle everything but the cat.  I used a Kuretake No 8 Fountain Hair pen for the cat.

The Promarkers don't have the glow that they get on some paper, but they aren't bad.  Love the De Atramentis Pale Blue fountain pen ink.



Tangles used are Yuan by CZT Margaret Bremner, Bitten by CZT Carole Ohl, Zazzy by CZT Sue Clark, Basketweave by CZT Suzanne McNeil, the official tangle Bales, my own Raisin8s and some noodling with tangle possibilities.

Link: Stamp Cleaning Tips

Check out this video, if you are tired of blackened stamps.  Kristina, at Simon Says Stamps, shows how to clean stamps of all kinds.

Link to tangle pattern Zazzy

CZT Sue Clark has posted steps to her tangle pattern Zazzy.

New Tangle Pattern Moebius & Weekly Challenge

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As many of you know, this week Linda Harms' Weekly Challenge #55 " is String Theory v. VIII: Moebius Trip. She has chosen this because her son Artoo suffers from  Moebius Syndrome and  Moebius Syndrome Awareness day is January 24th.

I thought rather than using the Moebius strip templates she supplied, I'd go a step farther and create a Moebius tangle pattern.  
I won't kid you--it isn't one of the easiest patterns to do.  But I thought that was fitting--tangle patterns are usually meant to make us relax, but I think this one should make us think how it must be for people who struggle to do the things we take for granted.  With a little time and a little care, you can do the pattern.  With a little time and a little care, you can help others less fortunate.
Here are some tips that might help with the tangle (look at the steps as you read or you'll just go 'huh?'):
Step 1: Try to make the triangle even on all three sides. Step 2: Try to make the extension lin…

Link: Free Happy Year of the Dragon Downloadable Line Art

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#CopicCLUB - Happy Year of the Dragon! Enjoy this FREE line art from NinjaMonkey:

Link to tangle pattern Meo

The steps to Jonathan Baetens' tangle pattern Meo have been posted at Tanglepatterns.com

Weekly Challenge #55 "String Theory v. VIII: Moebius Trip"

Laura Harms' challenge this week is to use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as your string, or create a moebius strip out of paper and tangle that.  She has a couple of templates that you can use a Moebius strip of your own.

Link: Carole Ohl's Tangle-A-Day Flickr Group

Carole Ohl has started a Flickr Group where people can post the tangles they are drawing in her Tangle-A-Day Calendar.

Link to tangle pattern Yuan

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Yuan.

Link: Cheshire Cat made with Creative Paperclay®

Jennifer Ingle has posted a tutorial showing how she made an awesome Cheshire Cat using Creative Paperclay®.

Review: Linda Farmer’s Tangle Guide PDF eBook from TanglePatterns.com

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Many of you who are familiar with Zentangle® have already found Linda Farmer’s TanglePatterns.com. If you haven’t, whether you are new to Zentangle® or old hand, you need to check it out.
Linda’s site is more or less the mother lode of Zentangle® information.  You’ll find more about official tangle patterns at the official Zentangle.com website, but Linda provides examples of tangle patterns created by other Certified Zentangle® Teachers (CZTs) and Zentangle enthusiasts (such as myself).  She provides beautifully drawn examples of the tangle patterns and most cases, she provides a link to the pattern steps.  She also has steps to her own tangle patterns, and those of a few others, who don’t have blogs or websites.  You can search for tangles by title, by artist or by tag.  I believe it is the largest repository of tangle pattern examples to be found.  Furthermore, there are tutorials, and reviews and downloads available.
As you can imagine, TanglePatterns.com has many visitors. In Oc…

The Winner of Carole Ohl's Tangle-A-Day Calendar is...da da da dum...

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Cowgirl, I'll be sending you an email shortly.  Please respond to that email with your mailing information and I'll get your calendar in the mail ASAP!
I want to thank everyone that entered, all 119 of you!  This has been the largest number of entries of any giveaway I've had, and it's been very exciting watching the numbers grow!
Thank you Carole, for donating the giveaway calendar and helping spread word about the giveaway.  
Now to think of what I want to giveaway next!

Link: Neil Burley celebrates 50,000 views with a giveaway!

This is a the week for people to reach landmarks in the number of viewers to their blog!

Perfectly4med, aka Neil Burley, is celebrating 50,000 views by giving away a one of a kind, never to be reproduced, ceramic mug and fancy saucer with his own tangle patterns hand drawn onto it.

Link: CZT Sue Jacobs celebrates 100,000 views with a giveaway

CZT Sue Jacobs has reached 100,000 views on her blog and is celebrating by giving away a beautiful zendala necklace. Congratulations, Sue!

Tangle Pattern Roller and an Oopsie

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There is still time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win one of Carole Ohl's Tangle-a-Day calendars.  The giveaway closes tonight at midnight PST (when 1/22/12/ becomes 1/23/12).  I'll announce the winner sometime tomorrow.
Meanwhile, my latest tangle, Roller, comes from my adventures in molding items with Amazing Mold Putty.  Nothing was safe until I ran out of that stuff, I tell you!  I was making molds of everything, including the roller chain on my bicycle, lol!  I can't wait to share some of my projects in upcoming Creative Paperclay® posts, including my very first blog hop on February 1st.  (There will be prizes, including both Creative Paperclay® and some Amazing Mold Putty!).
First I want to share my first attempt to draw up this pattern.  I was going to tangle using a new fountain pen that I got free with the purchase of some ink.  With most of my fountain pens, the cap screws off, and I automatically started unscrewing this one.
Oops.  The cap on this pen pulls …

Link to tangle pattern Whyz

Janee has posted steps to her tangle pattern Whyz.

Link: Scrapping giveaway at Kathy's Double K Krafts

Kathy is trying to get up to 100 followers at her blog, and she's going to giveaway a huge bunch of stamps and crafts items when she does.

Link: Craft Giveaway at Wee Memories

Jenny Suchin has a very nice giveaway of stamps, scrapping paper & embellishments going on at her blog 'Wee Memories'.

Link: Zentangle Newsletter out-includes tangle ParaSailz

Rick and Maria Thomas have published the latest official newsletter.  It includes steps to the tangle Parasailz by Diane LaChance.

Link: Voting has started for most Fascinating Blog

Congratulations to Laura Harms!  Her 'I Am the Diva Blog' has been nominated as one of the most fascinating blogs in 2011 in the teaching blog category.  Check out herblog post to learn how you can vote for her.

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 1/20/12

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup 1/20/12.  She managed to find some tangle patterns that I missed this week, and has links to some very interesting patterns.

Whee hah! I hit 400 followers!

What a great start to the weekend!  Thank you all for following!

My giveaway--did you leave an email?

I have several comments on my Tangle-A-Day Calendar giveaway that do not include an email address. The contest ends at midnight PST on the 1/22/12.  If you've entered, please check to make sure you did include one, because that is how I will contact the winner.

In the past I had a giveaway where two people claimed to be the winner, so now I require the winner to respond to me through the email address they provide.

If you don't want to post your email in the comments, copy & paste your comment and email it to me at LifeImitatesDoodles[at]Gmail.com.

I hate to see anyone miss out because they forgot.  I've done that myself, lol!

Link: Tangleations: 2-N-5.... Pais/Hollibaugh

Carole Ohl shows the steps to tangle pattern variations for tangle 2-N-5 and a mix of Pais & Hollibaugh.

Steampunk General Store

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After the world, as we know it, ended in 2012, societal mores changed.  Puffins, Owls, Goldfish and the occasional Steampunk Dog felt free to shop at the same General Store.
Viva Las Vegas Stamps, Letraset Promarkers, Sepia Micron Pigmas, White Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen in a Rhodia dotWebbie.

New Tangle Pattern Cheery-Ohs

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Have you entered my giveaway  for the chance to win of CZT Carole Ohl's 2012 zentangle-inspired calendars?  (ends 1/22/12)
Here's another chance to practice your hatching skills.  Start with solid shading, then fill the next section with lines that are as close together as possible.  In the section after that, try to get approximately one line for every two in the section above.  Don't sweat it though.
You can get a lot of variation by how many sections you add inside the circle, and how close together your lines are.  Play around and see the difference it makes.
I'm making this pattern do double-duty.  Laura Harms' challenge this week was Purple Haze, so I'm making this my entry.




Link: Review of Derwent Pencils for shading

CZT Sue Jacobs has posted a review of Derwent's Shading Pencils.

Link: How to make a foldy book thingy

Izzy@the Craft Barn has posted the steps to make a cool 'foldy book thingy' (Izzy's words not mine!).

Link: Mermaid Barbie made with Creative Paperclay®

‎Edie Cournoyer shows how to turn your Barbie Doll into a mermaid using Creative Paperclay®.

Link to tangle pattern Dansk

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Dansk.

New tangle pattern Riffle

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Have you entered my giveaway  for the chance to win of CZT Carole Ohl's 2012 zentangle-inspired calendars?  (ends 1/22/12)

I'm afraid my tangle example isn't up to par, but mine is a tale of woe and two cars that refused to go.  Hubby called to say that his car battery was dead, and would I come out so we could charge it up.  Well, I got in my car, and was surprised to find that the power steering had gone out!
Hubby found someone else to give him a charge and got home to check out mine.  The serpentine belt had slipped.  By the time we finally got around to dinner, I was in one of the rare moods where I just wasn't up for tangling.  So I whipped this out quickly.
Ah, the travails of motor vehicles!

Link to tangle pattern Lightbulbs

Suzanne McNeil has posted steps to her tangle pattern Lightbulbs, as well as a link to a video "Stash and Smash Art Journal Ideas".

Link: Is Your Child Ready to Design Google’s Next Doodle?

Got a talented child(ren)?  Google is gearing up for a contest and your child's doodle could end up on the Google home page!

Link: Good Luck Charm made with Creative Paperclay®

Brenda Lee Burfeind shows us how to make a Dartboard Good Luck Charm with Creative Paperclay®.

Link: Paint and Shaving Cream Hearts

Trying to figure out a good Valentine's Day project for the kids?  Check out this technique using Paint and Shaving Cream to color paper hearts over at Broken Treasures.  

I mean... you've got to be curious.  Shaving cream? Lol!

Link: Giveaway-Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques!

Any spinners among my readers?  That isn't one of my talents, but I am intrigued by this book description: How to spin extreme tail style yarn from the new book 'Hand Spun: New Spins on Traditional Techniques' by Lexi Boeger.

Head over to Craftside if you are interested in a chance to win a copy of the book.

Link: How To Create Four Layouts From One Sketch

SarahA has posted an article , over at Cherry Bits, on using sketches for scrapbook pages.

I know that many people who zentangle in the traditional manner, sooner or later, find themselves fiddling with their initial string, those beginning lines used to section the page and get you started.

Sarah's article may be helpful, both in giving you an idea for a string, and for showing you how you can reuse a string but come up with slightly different results.

My Tangle Pattern Paranoia

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Now this is sort of an example of how NOT to use Carole Ohl's calendar for your tangle patterns, lol.
I was watching the movie 2012 while tangling, and got caught up in the story.  Suddenly I realized I hadn't left room to show the pattern steps!  So I squeezed them in at the edge of the page. 
Sorry about that!  If they aren't clear enough, let me know and I'll redo the steps.
Meanwhile, speaking of Carole Ohl's calendar--have you entered the giveaway yet? (ends 1/22/12)

Link to tangle pattern Dyzzee

Sgoetter50, aka Susan, has posted steps to her tangle pattern Dyzzee.

Link: I Am the Diva Blog Nominated as most fascinating blog in 2011

Congratulations to Laura Harms!  Her 'I Am the Diva Blog' has been nominated as one of the most fascinating blogs in 2011 in the teaching blog category.  Check out her blog post to learn how you can vote for her.

New Tangle Pattern Drum

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Another pattern drawn up in Carole Ohl's lovely 2012 zentangle calendar.  For a chance to win one, please check out the giveaway at either of my blogs.

http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2012/01/giveaway-new-tangle-pattern-raisin8s.html  or

http://lifeimitatesdoodles.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/giveaway-new-tangle-pattern-raisin8s-review-of-carole-ohls-tangle-a-day-calendar-2012-zentangle/

Problems with commenting on my Giveaway

I've received several emails saying that people aren't able to comment to enter my giveaway.  I'm holding it on both of my blogs, and I'm not sure which has the problem.

If you can't comment, please try my other blog and if you still can't comment, email me at LifeImitatesDoodles[at]gmail.com.   I will add a comment for you, so I have an accurate count when I plug the numbers into the random generator.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

Links to tangle pattern Pegs

ArjadL, aka Arja, has posted steps and variations to her tangle pattern Pegs (aka Sharkfin).

Link to tangle patterns Yagi and Cardabelle

Lizzie Mayne has posted steps to her tangle patterns Yagi and Cardabelle.

Woohoo! I'm at 400,684 views!

I just took a look and I've passed 400,000 views!  Seems like just yesterday that I celebrated 300,000.  You guys are really active today.  I had 1,162 views today, which I believe is a record for me.

Now I just need 8 more followers and I'll be at 400.  Of course, then I'll need 100 followers so I can get to 500, lol.  I'm nothing if not greedy!

Link: 3 Chances To Win Artline Drawing Pens from Tiger Pens

Tiger Pens is having a giveaway with 3 prize packages.  Each package has several Artline Pens.  You can enter to win by commenting at the blog post, tweeting about the giveaway, and if do not already follow them on Facebook, you can have a third chance to win by following them now.

I've never tried the Artline Pens, so I'm hoping for to win one of these packages.  But if I can't, I hope one of you do!

Link: Derwent Pencils-Reviews Wanted!

Derwent Pencils is asking for people to review specific products on your blog.  You email them the link, and if they decide to post it on their website, they'll send you a tin of their new, soon to be revealed product.

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

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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.
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