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Tangled Tuesday No. 77

It’s been a fun week of tangling, including my embarking on the beginning stages of a what promises to be a very exciting project for 2016. You can read more about it a little later in this post, and also offer any suggestions you might have to help make my not-so-little venture a success. Welcome to another Tangled Tuesday!

New Tangles

Since my previous Tangled Tuesday post I have learned the following new-to-me tangles.

From TanglePatterns.com:

From I am the diva (Laura Harms, CZT):

From The Creative World of Eni Oken (Eni Oken):

Work in Progress

If you’ve read about my rather ambitious 50 by 50 Project, you might have noticed that there are several tangling-related items (surprise, surprise!) on my list of goals for the year.

One of the tasks in the “Ongoing (until complete!)” section of the list is Create art for a colouring book, and the first one in the “Fall” section is Publish a colouring book… and since it’s already February, I’m thinking I really need to get going on this project! So last week I ordered and received a blank book of possibility, and I’m anxious to start creating.

Sketchbook

But first, I’d love to hear from you! Whether you’re already an aficionado or interested in giving adult colouring books a try, talk to me about what YOU think goes into making the ideal product: style and complexity of designs, size of book, layout, number of pages, double- or single-sided printing, paper type/quality, binding, cost – I’m all ears! Any feedback you can offer, either in the comments below or via e-mail, is most welcome and appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

Finished Projects

Another of my 50 by 50 Project goals – Host a craft/project night for friends at my house – was achieved this past weekend. In addition to having a lovely time with several of my creative girlfriends, I also finished my latest 6″ x 6″ tile (previously shared as a WIP) during the evening.

ZIA 80

ZIA 80

Challenges

Since my previous Tangled Tuesday post I have completed the following tangle challenges.

Zentangle 128

Zentangle 128 for Diane & Carolien’s Weekly Challenge #46: Tangle with F-U-N,
using Fe-Ba, Undling, and Natti

Zentangle 130

Zentangle 130 for joey’s weekly tangle challenge #101 – Roman Numerals (I)

Now on to a new week of tangling!

P.S.

The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Previous posts in this series are all tagged Tangled Tuesday.

For background on how I discovered and got involved in Zentangle, and links to further information and resources, check out my blog post For the love of tangling.

You can browse my entire tangle gallery at Ten Thousand Tangles.

And, if you’re interested in having a little piece of my art for yourself, please click on the GoFundMe button below for more information and also visit my Ten Thousand Tangles portfolios and shops on ArtofWhere, DeviantArt, Etsy, Redbubble, Society6, Spoonflower, and Zazzle. (Pssst… links to my international Ten Thousand Tangles shops on Zazzle are on my “shop!” page – just click on the appropriate flag and you’ll get to the place you need to be!)

How have you been creative this week?
Please share!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Parul
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    February 23, 2016

    Beautiful as always Laurel. Good work!
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  • Jean Chaney February 23, 2016

    Love the black pearls you used for Boo*Kee and I like how you used Artoo in a chain. Nice tile!

  • Carol Cassara
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    February 23, 2016

    I think, for me, I like more bigger spaces to color vs. tiny ones that require a lot of delicate work. A combo, weighted toward bigger, is my fave.
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  • ~ joey ~ February 23, 2016

    I agree with Carol. I don’t buy “adult” colouring books because the designs are too small, and my eyesight is still pretty good! I find them frustrating rather than relaxing. The other thing I don’t like is that I have to constantly resharpen my coloured pencils to keep a fine tip for the tiny spaces. Wasteful! I prefer the drawings that are large enough that you can tangle in the spaces if you want to.
    Your challenges this week are amazing! Your Roman Numeral One is so regal, beautifully done!!!!
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  • Ilse February 23, 2016

    Beautiful tiles! It shows you’re having fun 🙂
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  • Annemarie February 24, 2016

    You had a lot to show and they are beautiful!

  • Annette P. February 24, 2016

    All are very lovely! Especially I like the last one!
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  • Kim
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    February 24, 2016

    These designs are amazing! I started sorting dog pictures for my dog scrapbook, that counts as a step toward creativity, right?
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  • Simone February 24, 2016

    Beautiful tiles!
    My favourite is the last one for Joeys challenge. The composition is great and the effect is just elegant!

  • Alana
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    February 24, 2016

    I agree with several of your other commenters. I rarely buy adult coloring books. The small, detailed designs are hard on my eyes, which are well used enough by being on the computer for 8-9 hours a day (at least), thanks to my paying job. I would much rather have something naturalistic – I have blogged about, and still miss, the Venus Paradise coloring sets of my youth. I want to be relaxed. I want mental chewing gum. Having said all that, I wonder if the coloring “craze” will have staying power. Your designs would be perfect for a certain coloring population (just not me) and you may want to speed up your creations before the market is oversaturated.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      February 25, 2016

      Thanks for the feedback, Alana – much appreciated! I’m not sure how long the trend will last, but I’m planning to go the print-on-demand route with my colouring book, so at any rate I won’t be stuck with hundreds of printed copies of something I can no longer sell. 🙂
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  • Yorkshire Tortoise February 28, 2016

    I was interested in this adult colouring craze and wanted to see what it was about so bought two “inky quest” books and a couple of others for my partner. It was when I searched for more I came across this marvellous thing called Zentangle® and i haven’t had time to look at my colouring books since. I would agree that ‘adult’ in the world of colouring seems to mean ‘tiny’ patterns and they are just a bore to colour. With regard to colouring I liked the pages which had room to graduate the shading within the leaves or petals or whatever, and yet not just a large bird or a large flower on one page. A bit of other interest such as the search for hidden items, or a storyline running through it makes it more fun.

  • Yorkshire Tortoise February 28, 2016

    Whoops, sorry I meant to start by saying your tiles this week are beautifully drawn. I particularly liked The Roman Numeral one, they are quite tricky patterns I thought.
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  • Linda A
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    February 28, 2016

    I LOVE your tangled pieces. I’ve bought several adult coloring books, though I haven’t had time for them lately. Many of the popular ones are too fussy and detailed – I don’t want to invest that much time per page and I find myself limited to strong light areas to see to work on them. Other books go to the other extreme and are too simple. Doing the same shapes and pattern gets boring. I love your tangled pieces and think many would be awesome in coloring book because of ALL the patterns and shapes you use and they are playful. Maybe it is just me, but they seem to call out a need to interacted with them. If that makes sense. For all the books out there I think there is room for something different…
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  • Carolien March 10, 2016

    Love your tiles! specially the last one. Stunning!

    You might have noticed Diane’s blog has been down for a while. As of today it’s up and running again with a new challenge! Just thought I’d let you know 🙂

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