Showing posts from May, 2012

Link to tangle pattern Zipper Teeth

Suzanne McNeil has posted the steps to her tangle pattern Zipper Teeth.

Link: Art Trader magazine is available for free download

The January Issue of Art Trader magazine is available for free download.

Link to tangle pattern Daisy Chain & Treasure Dragon

Kyra Sanders has posted the steps to her tangle patterns Daisy Chain and Treasure Dragon.

Review of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook-Day 3

This week I'm doing an overview of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series sketchbook 7x7 in.  You can find my previous review pages on Day 1 and Day 2.

This is actually the back page of a Bleedthrumande (see Day 2 if you aren't sure what that is).  The front will be shown tomorrow with other pages that use a Faux metal technique.  I used a Micron Pigma .08 and outlined the blotches of color that bled through from the Copic Markers used on front of the page, then just rambled on at random.  Microns work beautifully on this paper--no feathering and the lines are crisp and clear.  The paper texture is rough, so you need to apply either a heavy hand (bad for Microns) or layer to get complete coverage in the darker areas.

I used my Lyra Rembrandt colored pencils for this page.  Here the roughness of the paper really works well,   allowing for several layers of color.

This was one of my 'saves'-.  While I was taping some cardboard to another page, I dropped my tape.  I use Mi…

Link to tangle pattern Mayo-Hiero

Tammi Rapp has posted steps to her tangle pattern Mayo-Hiero.

Link: Exploring the elegance of Zentangle in a larger format

CZT® Michele Beauchamp answers questions about the process she follows when drawing zentangles.

Link: Best of British Giveaway with Leslierahye

Sixteen days of giveaways from British crafting companies-craft flowers, ribbons, flexmarkers and lots of stamp sets.  I'm supplying the link to Day 1, but the giveaway is on Day 13, so don't delay.  The whole shebang ends on 6/3/12 so you still have time to go back and enter for each day's prize!

Link to Tangle Jar Giveaway

CZT Sandy Hunter is giving away a tangle jar. Cool way to choose your tangle patterns!

The winner of my 500/1001 Giveaway is...

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New Tangle Pattern and Review of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook-Day 2

Yesterday I began my review of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series sketchbook.  For the specs, and to see how this sketchbook performed with neopastels, please check out Day 1.

Today I am showing you a bleedthrumanade.  Many of you already know, but for those who don't, I decided a while back to take advantage of the color bleed-through that often occurs when using alcohol markers.  Instead of bemoaning the mess on the back, I turn the page and use whatever color shows through to create a second piece of art.  When life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade.  When it hands you marker bleed-through, you should make bleedthrumanades, lol.

I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers on the front of the page.  The color was bright, but not brilliant.  The color dried quickly, which makes it harder to avoid streaks.  There are methods to do that (circular motions, layers, etc), but I like the texture that streaks give, so I just left them.

There was very little color bleedthrough.  Abou…

Links to patterns Doodle 28-33

Link: Giveaway at the Pen Addict Blog

Review of the Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook-Day 1

Recently I won a Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook, and!  I've had the hardest time stopping myself from creating in it, and settling down to write the review.

I'm reviewing the Delta Series sketchbook 7x7 in.  Please take note of that.  Stillman & Birn has an Alpha, Beta, Delta and Epsilon series, and each has different paper, so if you are interested in this particular sketchbook, you'll be looking for a Delta.

Because I have sooo many pieces I want to share, I'm doing this review a bit differently.  Instead of bogging you down with tons of art all at once, I'm going to post some of it each day this week.

But first, the Specs:

Stillman & Birn Delta Series Sketchbook Archival Quality Extra Heavy Weight Paper
Color: Ivory
Weight: 180 lb - 270 gsm
Surface: Sheffield roughness 360 SU. Internal and surface sized. Superior wet and tear strength.
No. of Sheets-25
Size: 7 x 7 in 0 - 17.8 x 17.8 cm
Archival: Alpha cellulose content 87%

Suitable …

Link to tangle pattern Me Three

The steps to Cindy Pope's Me Three Tangle pattern have been pasted at

Link: ZIA Journal Prompt #22 "Tangled Collage"

Patty Meijer's ZIA Writing and Tangle Prompt #22 "Tangled Collage"

Link: Weekly Challenge #72

Link to tangle patterns Throne of tides, Angelic, Sheepies, and Chance of Rain.

OwlLovingApril has posted steps to her tangle patterns Throne of tidesAngelicSheepies, and Chance of Rain.

Link to tangle pattern Batiki and Oodle

CZT Sandy Hunter has posted steps to her tangle patterns Batiki and Oodle.

New Tangle 'Audience' & Mary Vogel Lozinak/Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop!

This blog hop will run May 26 & May 27, and you are invited to join.  Go to (insert link) if you have a project that uses Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps and add your blog post URL to the linky setup.

There will be prizes!!!
7 - $10 coupons to be given away to random comments on seven different blogs. 1 - $25 coupon given randomly to one person who links a project up! and 1 - $25 coupon to a random comment on the VLVS! blog 
So go enjoy the multitude of projects and comment on as many as you can to increase your chances of winning.  
Beautiful art, tips & techniques, and the chance to win prizes!  Ya know ya wanna hop!
My first project for the hop is an 8x8 drawing of a 3-Ring Circus with 3 Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps.

Clairefontaine Paper 8x8 (cut from Carnet de Voyage Travel album)
Micron Pigma in Black .01, .08 & Sepia .01
Memories Black inkpad
Viva Las Vegastamps!:
--Wheeley Cat-Item -18371 Plate 1401
--Wheeley Rabbit-Item 18377 Plate 1401
--Elephant on Ball-Item 183…

Link to tangle pattern Croon

The steps to CZT Margaret Bremner's tangle pattern Croonhave been posted at Tanglepatterns. com.

Link: Zendala Dare #7

CZT Erin Koetz Olson has posted her Zendala Dare for the week!

Unplaining a Mini-book Cover with Mary Vogel Lozinak Stamps

Don't forget!  Tomorrow the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog hop featuring Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps begins!  If you've done any projects with her stamps, you are invited to post it on your blog, and join in!  
Check out the details here.

I found this cute little mini-book at a thrift store for a dollar.  It's a 3x4 inch hardbound book and, of course, I had to have it.  Had to!

The covers seemed a bit plain to me so I pulled out a few of my Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps and made them unplain  (not a word? It is now, lol).

Stamps used:
Odd -Item 18329 Plate 1384
Weird-Item 18318 Plate 1384
Has anybody seen my head?-Item 18317 Plate 1384
Headless Unicycle Juggler-Item 18303 Plate 1384
Plumed Bird On Box-Item 18307 Plate 1384

Link: Plastic Animal Crafts

Mark Montano shares some craft ideas using those kid's Plastic Animal.

Link: Silhouette Cameo & Tote Giveaway at Craftaholics Anonymous

Craftaholics Anonymous® is giving away a Silhouette Cameo & Tote Giveaway.

Link to new tangle pattern Copada

Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her tangle pattern Copada.

Link: Free - Flavor for Texture Webinar with Mary Beth Shaw

Free - Flavor for Texture Webinar with Mary Beth Shaw.

Link: Freebie Tickets Download

Freebie: Tickets Download Stamping |

Link: The importance of Strings

Linda Farmer at has posted an article about strings.  If you tangle, be sure to read because she's set up some new resources for us. If you don't tangle--be sure to read, because you probably should be, lol!

The importance of Strings

New Tangle pattern K-Nynjy from CZT Karen Sickels

CZT Karen Sickels gave me permission to post her new tangle pattern K-Nynjy.

Karen resides in Boston, and you can find her contact information at the official Zentangle® site.

500/1001 Followers Giveaway! (Now closed)

I promised a giveaway to thank you all for helping me reach 500 followers on this blog, and 1001 followers on Twitter.  Here it is and Thank you all for being my followers!!

I'm trying Rafflecopter to run the giveaway this time around.  Instead of trying to figure out the rules, you just do what Rafflecopter asks.  I'm also including the option to get extra entries!  (Oh, and I had intended to include the pretty bag with butterflies that is in the corner, but then I saw that the corner had been ripped somehow.  Ah well.  I'll just have to upcycle it!)

If you have any trouble entering, email me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Rhodia Journal Swap Page 7-Round 4


Links to tangle patterns Diamond Chain and Boxed In

Linda Rea has posted steps to two new patterns:

Diamond Chain
Boxed In

Link: Fast Sketching and Building a Journal Page

Artists' Journal Workshop: Fast Sketching and Building a Journal Page.

My stamps are now available for pre-order!

Pre-Order Plates O' Rubber from Viva Las Vegastamps!  These pre-orders are fantastic deals at the worst of times, and this is the best of times, because some of the plates have MY stamps on them! (cover your ears--SQUEEEEEE!)

My stamps are on plates 1423, 1424, 1425, 1426 and 1427 (but not all the images on the plate are mine).  Some of them are huge!  And I love the mandalas on plate 1427--not my drawings, but beautiful!

If you click on the title, you'll be taken to the order page.  There you can click on the image to see a larger version of the plate.

Be sure to check out the other plates too, though.  There are some great new images from Mary Vogel Lozinak, and some new steampunk & vintage images as well.

The plates are unmounted rubber (so you have to cut them out yourself), and when they are actually in stock, they'll cost $21.95 (which is still a great deal).  The individual stamps will cost more, especially if you buy them mounted.

Link to tangle pattern Unme

CZT Debra Castaldi's Zentangle® pattern Unme has been posted at

New tangle pattern DuBloop, Grunge paper and the Popcorn Tub

So how did this popcorn tub from Dollar Tree transform from red & white stripes to a cool Steampunk ensemblage?  Read on!
Viva Las Vegastamps! :
Watch Gears Item 15996 Plate 1272Watch Parts Item 16007 Plate 1273Gear With Legs Item 15983 Plate 1272Gear With Legs And Arms Item 15989 Plate 1272Gear Duo  Item 16002 Plate 1272Quartet of Gears Item 16040 Plate 1267Nesting Gears Item 18077 Plate 1373Gear Item 18086 Plate 1373Compass Item 16019 Plate 1273Steampunk Background/Collage Item 16006 Plate 1273Steampunk Beaked Thingie Item 18442 Plate 1390Various Steampunk Critturs from Plate 1389 & 1390 (will be available as individual stamps in the near future)(thank you Shirl for so generously giving me some of these stamps in a giveway!)Plastic Popcorn Tub
12x12 sheet Tim Holtz Grunge Paper 
Ranger Archival Inkpad Black
Tim Holtz Distress Markers:Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters
Miracle Tape 1 inch
Miracle Sheet

ZIA Journal Prompt #21 "Futz Around with Mooka"

Patty Meijers ZIA Journal Prompt #21 is to "Futz Around with Mooka".

Link: Tangle Patterns: STORIES: Respite and relief for caregivers

A new article in the continuing series sharing how Zentangle has changed people's lives, at

Rhodia Journal Swap Page 6-Round 4

See what other's are doing in their journal at the Rhodia Journal Swap on Tumblr.

Buncha Bleedthrumanade bookmarks

I recently entered a Steampunk ATC swap, and for extras I made everyone a bookmark.

I used my Copic markers so there was bleed-thru, but not a whole lot, so on the backs I did a variation of the tangle pattern Sez, one of the original tangle patterns.  I outlined each colored spot and then kept adding 'auras' around it.  I'm a bit disappointed with the scans--they didn't show the bits of color very well.

Rhodia Journal Swap, Page 5, Round 4

Translation: Mind your grammar.  It's Yeehaw when you talk about yourself.  It's Wheehaw when you talk about us.  And it's Heehaw when you talk about others.

Mom, can I have the piece with the flower?

No, Boo.  You can't eat your towel now.  It's for dinner.

Hat is my favorite picnic lunch.

My View for the last week

I didn't wanna come home!

Today's Round-up

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Round-up - any tangle patterns I missed this week can be found in Geneviève's Round-up, except for:

Aroz-Scott A.


Oh my!  Yesterday I noticed that I had 1001 followers on Twitter (up to 1007 today).  Today I discovered that I had exactly 500 followers on this blog.

Okay.  It's going to take me a few days to put something together, but there will be a giveaway.

I only have 218 friends on Facebook and only 53 on Wordpress (which is pretty much just the backup blog for this one because some people have trouble with  blogger).   I can see where I need to work.

For people who follow my blog--if you want to find me on Facebook or Twitter, I'm Sandra Strait on Facebook and Molossus1 on Twitter.  I'll do another giveaway when I reach 300 on Facebook.  Just  because I love seeing those numbers grow!  Who says I'm lousy at math, lol?  and my icon is this drawing.

New tangle pattern Fweel

Jennifer Zuorro Van Pelt shares the steps to her new tangle pattern Fweel!

Today's round-up of Zentangle links and articles of interest

Tangle Patterns
The link to Molly Hollibaugh's Pea-nuckle has been added at

Suzanne McNeil has posted the steps to her tangle patterns Soup Bowls.

Shirl at Simply Stamping with Shirl is having another giveaway!  She's an incredibly generous person, so I know her Surprise Blog Candy is going to be awesome!  Giveaway end May 27.

Free printable butterflies for Facebook Fans from Blockhead Paper Arts.

Posts of interest
Viva Las Vegastamps! will have a giveaway for a Free Pound of unmounted Rubber Stamps when they hit 100 followers on Networked Blogs.  Read about it here.

Viva Las Vegastamps is now on Twitter!

The European Paper Company now has a Penmanship & Calligraphy Series of articles.

Blick Art Materials has a post on Extending the Life of Your Copic Markers.

New tangle patterns,tutorials and prompts

Since I'm on vacation, I'm going to do my posts this week as round-ups.

New tangles
Owl Loving April - 'Owl Post'
CZT® Norma Burnell  'Chainlea'
Linda Rea 'Hole in the wall'
Official Zentangle Newsletter featuring Molly Hollibaugh's'Pea-nuckle'

Patty Meijer's ZIA Journal Prompt #20 "Self-Love" Quilt " 
Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge #70: "Colour me Sepia"

Tutorials/Articles of interest

Love to stamp with Viva Las Vegastamps! images? Join their Facebook group 'For the Love of Stampo'
and share your latest and greatest VLVS! creations :

Masutake Recycles Spaghetti Sauce Jar Moroccan Lanterns

Miraculous Mosquito's The Ultimate Doodling Playlist!

Daisy Yellow's Rhodia Journal Swap #4 pages

JetPens blog-Enter to win a $50 JetPens Gift Certificate! Ends May 17.
Lucky Dip blog-Enter to win a Stationery Bundle.Ends May 17.
Kathy's Double K Krafts-Enter to win a Boxer and Envelobox Crea…

Seven of my drawings will become stamps!!!

Viva Las Vegastamps! has accepted seven of my drawings to be turned into stamps.  *hops with excitement*

I posted one earlier this week--these are the other six.  They're a bit of a mixed bag because I wasn't sure what would work.  The creation process will start this week, so the plates will probably be available in a few weeks.  It could be awhile before the individual stamps will be available.

I don't think I'm seeing all the posts I should be seeing

Lately, I feel as though I'm missing out on posts from blogs that I used to see in Google Reader.  A while back, they made some changes and it may be that some of the blogs I was following aren't showing up any more.

I'm not ignoring anyone, and I really try to find all the new patterns that crop up.  So, if I've missed patterns you've posted lately, where I used to catch them all the time, please email me at LifeImitatesDoodles [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know.

And if I never found your patterns in the first place, please holler at me at well.  The more the merrier, that's my philosophy.

Having said that--I'm going visiting next week and may have internet problems, so if I don't respond immediately, or if I disappear for a few days that's why.

Link: Steamed up over the Steampunk Frenzy

Wondering what the deal is with Steampunk?  Cindy Angiel ponders the question and shows us her interpretation in her Steampunk Frenzy post.

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup

Geneviève Crabe's Weekly Roundup of Zentangle patterns and articles of interest.

Link to tangle pattern Buttercup

Want to hop around in circles?

Linda Farmer has posted a link to the steps to Buttercup, one of Sandy Steen Bartholomew's patterns.  When I did my review of Sandy's Tangled Fashionista, Sandy gave me permission to draw up the steps and it is my review that Linda has linked up to.  So if you follow the link, you'll go to, and if you follow her link you'll come back to my blog--just a different post.!

Feels kind of strange, lol.  But is well worth hopping to, and spending some time at.  Lots of tangle patterns, lots of tutorials--it's really a cool site.  So why not hop in circles?  A little dizzyness never hurts!

Link: Chance to win original artwork

Stephanie Smith, aka Biffybeans, is having a giveaway.  Head over to her blog for a chance to win one of her original artworks.

Link: Freebie Digi Image mini-bundle!

Mommy-and-me-creations and MelonHeadz Illustrating are offering a mini- bundle of free digi images.

Link to tangle pattern Shing

CZT Margaret Bremner has posted steps to her new tangle pattern Shing.

Link to new tangle pattern LinQ

CZT Lara Williams has posted steps to her tangle pattern LinQ.

Aiming for texture with Stillman & Birn

Recently I won a Stillman and Birn Delta Series Notebook.  I plan to review it, but some travel and a few other commitments to take care of before I do.

Meanwhile I thought I'd share my first foray with the journal.

I'd seen this video -Stamping Techniques - Faux Metal (Two Peas In A Bucket)--and was struck with the idea that an embossed Faux Metal piece would add incredible texture to an art journal page.

I used black cardstock, and Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Powder and used one of the Mary Vogel Lozinak stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! - Flower Background 3 1/4 x 6 1/2 Item 18369 Plate 1401.

You have to move fast in the last step of the embossing process, and I dropped my stamp.  It's a large one, so I ended up only getting part of the stamp embossed.  That was okay though.  I was aiming for texture, and I got it.  I flexed it a bit to get cracks, and I ripped the edges to show more of the black cardstock, then I used 1 inch wide Miracle Tape to tape it into my …

Rhodia Journal Swap, Page 4, Round 4.

Rhodia Journal Swap, Page 4, Round 4.

I had all sorts of cute little sayings in mind when I thought up this character, and now I can't remember any of them.  I decided I need to move on, mindful of the time.  I may come back and add in more.  Maybe when my coffeepot gets fixed.  I really need my coffee!
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
You can see what the other 12 swappers are doing in their journals at the Rhodia Journal Swap blog on Tumblr.

Link to tangle pattern Sculptlar

Jeannine Schoonaert has posted steps to her tangle pattern Sculptlar.  It is similar to the pattern I posted earlier, Smokestack,  and probably easier to do.  The loops in these patterns aren't the same, but notice how we both use a 'pole' to wrap our pattern around, and how the lines begin and end at the pole--the lines 'line' up.  

Link: Blended Paper Backgrounds

Scraps, at Gauche Alchemy, has posted a tutorial showing a cool transfer technique using Gesso and Mod Podge.

Link to tangle pattern Flubber Ducky

Linda Selymes has posted steps to her tangle pattern Flubber Ducky.

New tangle pattern Smokestack & The Cookie Bookie Notebook

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while are familiar with the Daycraft Cookie Bookie Notebook.  I reviewed it just about a year ago.  It's one of my favorite notebooks, and I've wanted to buy more from their line of products, but they have been difficult to find, even online.
Yesterday, I received an email from Daycraft letting me know two things--they have launched a new website that offers their products with free worldwide shipping and the Cookie Bookie notebook will soon be available in more colors! 
I'm ecstatic!
All the items are priced in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD), but if you google Currency Conversion you should be able to get a close approximation of the price in your own currency.
One of the reasons I love my Cookie Bookie is the rich orange color of the pages--it is light enough that you get a clear line with black ink pens, yet it's dark enough that white gel pens almost glow.  I can't wait to see what other colors become available!

To honor t…