I love Zentangles! My go-to doodles. Is that a problem you ask? Well, I used to see quilt patterns everywhere, and now I see Zentangle patterns. Other tourists are taking pictures of “the whole” scene and I’m hunkered down over a bit of tile, grating, ironwork, etc seeing Zentangles. On a recent trip to Old Italy, a section in downtown San Diego, this is what I saw.
Tina of Peacefully Knitting “made” me do Diva’s Weekly Challenge this week. I liked the idea of doing a tangle based on my initials. My initials are SL. I chose Sh-rock and Log jam. AFTER I made my tangle I decided to head over and check out the tangle that was on Diva’s page (I swear). What a shock to find that L was one of her initials and what tangle did she pick for her “L”? Oh yeah, Logjam. After seeing hers, of course I’m not as pleased with mine. I couldn’t find my soft-lead pencil for shading…… Anyway….. Tangling is fun and relaxing.
I’m really enjoying this book by Andrea Jurgrau. The lace shawl pattern in this book are all repurposed vintage doily designs. The author has taken old doily patterns and rewritten them into shawls and other accessories. Click on this link to Ravelry to see all of the patterns in the book. Quite delightful.
Chapter 5: Doily Dissection–A Little Geometry and a Lot of Fun explains how to take a vintage doily knitting pattern and change it into a shawl pattern. Easy to follow, great instructions. Really quite clever. I’ve been doing flitting through the websites looking for free doily patterns, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, it’s just an ice cube of what can be found:
Antique Pattern Library – this site has been mentioned before and is listed in the book
And, not to sounds as if I’m a walking ad today, I signed up for Amazon Kindle Unlimited’s free month. I found this book and many other knitting books which I’ve been busily reading and perusing for the trial period. Tina, there are also Zentangle books. Of course, I’ve been madly reading the cozy mystery series by G. A. McKevett – starting with Just Desserts.
Let me preface this by saying that I’ve never been much of a doodler or drawer, never having an innate talent or classes. However, I’ve been hooked on Zentangles for a couple of years now. For me, it is an off and on again activity. This last spring I joined Ornation Creation FB site. This is such a fun site created by Ben Kwok who is a fabulous, zentangle template-maker. There are a lot of free zentangle templates at this site. People share their drawings and I am totally blown away by how fabulous they are. Little kids have even done these. Quilters and dyers need to look at the fabulous fabric design, there are examples of purses, shoes, furniture, et all decorated with Zentangle. Wonderful, wonderful.
After seeing the Zentangles of Lisa blogger of Peacefully Knitting and reading about Diva’s Weekly Challenge, I decided to share one of my early tangles from Ornation Creation, which I downloaded and slightly changed this one, added color, and really am embarrassed at sharing my so-so tangle:
As a twitcher or birder or bird-watcher, I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw birds. This cartoon sums up most of the “How To” books I found on drawing birds:
While on vacation last August, I actually found a fabulous book which have multiple steps, has you look at each individual part of the bird. I cannot rave enough about this book. Here is the book and my first attempt:
Recently I read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell. He hypotheses that there people do not have “innate talent”, instead talent is achieved after 10,000 hours of practice. Hummmmm.. I know that my 9-year-old grandson who is quite clever at drawing has not practiced for 10,000 hours. But, maybe there is a chance for me after 10,000 hours.