This is definitely the mark of small town living…we get terribly excited over new businesses coming in, especially restaurants. And I discovered on Friday that we have a new coffee shop in town! It’s the only one we have, so you know we’re thrilled!
It’s time for Kat Sloma’s wonderful Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap once again. I’ve been participating in this swap for many years– 5? 6? I’m not sure, but from the start. I have used my photographs of nature in the past, but this year, I’ve used my Zentangle® Art.
The swap consists of sending five postcards to swap (6, if you want to give one to Kat herself) to Kat, where she and several volunteers sort and then send out five cards to each of us, plus Kat’s card for us.
I’ve been creating new tangles and have decided that it’s time to share with the Zentangle world at large two today. Both are simple to learn, and both can be used as borders.
The first is called Beanz because the first strokes look like a coffee bean. Here is an example of Beans as a border tangle. Please note that I’m posting two photos for each because some see these upside down. This way, I hope everyone can see one right side up!
Beanz(click to enlarge):
.Here is another tangle of mine, called Aro, which is pronounced like “arrow.” It can be a border tangle or can be stacked upon itself. I saw a pattern like this on a bracelet
The golden one above the Step-out was drawn by Inge Frasch, CZT. I hope you’ll enjoy drawing these tangles! I’d love to see what you do with them! Send them to me at Untangled.Kat@gmail.com when you have something done!
I’ve had to put two versions of some photos because they show up upside down on different devices! Weird, I know. Sigh.
Speaking of the Blue Mountain Mercantile, I really hope you will go and visit Beth the next time you are in Bluefield. She has only been at this location a few months and I really hope she is a success. She has crafts, soaps, jewelry, and other works by local artists, including MINE! We must support our local artists if we want them to keep making their art. Visit her website, which is an evolving work in progress
In fact, I’m teaching a FUNdamentals Basic Zentangle 101 for beginners at the Mercantile on October 8th. See our Events Page under “Menu” above for details. Invite those who would appreciate the benefits of Zentangle!
Lately, I’ve been very involved in the Travelling Tiles Project on Facebook. One person starts a tile and swaps tiles with another. Then, the two recipients finish the tile however they wish, then post a photo of the results, with a “before” photo as well. If you want to be involved OR just watch the fun and see beautiful works of art, look up the group and join! I have three students who have joined and would love to know if you do!
Here are some tiles I’ve finished:
More soon! Please do comment below. Let me know someone is reading!