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Zentangles

Papa took me to Blick’s today, it was awesome!  It would have been better had I remembered to print off my list, thus saving me the embarrassment of wandering around uselessly trying to remember what was on the list I made only yesterday. I get to cross a bunch of things off, though!

  1. Mod Podge Matte, 1 pint
  2. Mod Podge Gloss, 1 pint
  3. Pigma Micron Pen 6pc set, black
  4. Pigma Micron Pen 4pc set, sepia
  5. Sanford Impact Gel Pen, white
  6. Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint, white 7oz
  7. Masonite panels, gessoed and not
  8. Self-healing cutting mat
  9. Golden Archival Spray Varnish, matte
  10. Sanford Impact Gel Pen, gold
  11. Sanford Impact Gel Pen, silver

Not everything is exact, except of course the Mod Podge and Pigma pens.

Funny things about the pens.  I really REALLY wanted the set of 6 black pens in various sizes.  In all the excitement, what did I grab without really paying attention?  A set of 6 different colours all in one size (the brush set).  CRAP!  The set did come with one black brush pen, and now I have a bunch of different colours which I didn’t think was going to happen, so I guess that’s cool too.

Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have any of the gel pens I was looking for, but I’m desperate for a white pen so I settled for a different one.  I didn’t much like the test doodle I did with it, but like I said – desperate!  However, I won’t be buying it again that’s for sure.

I’m also kind of aggro at myself for something else.  I looked at a cutting mat, almost put it in my basket.  Then I just didn’t, and totally forgot to grab it later!  So no cutting mat, BOOOOO!

I started one of the projects I said I’d start!  Again – here comes some aggro – it’s not going very well.  The brush pens are not drying on the acrylic background.  I did a little test smear…it shouldn’t have smeared.

Whatever, I got a doodle book for my Zentangles, I’ll just go tangle my aggro away.

Finished my first Zentangle page!  6 Tangles, 6 totally different styles.  Enjoy!

PS: I’m currently adding the backlog of uploaded photos from Flickr to their corresponding blog posts here.  So if you’re nosing the archives and don’t see the photos I’m talking about in the posts, it’ll be there soon.

Did my first “Zentangle” today in my Ink pad.  Not only was it relaxing, but I totally love how it turned out.  No planning = no mistakes.  I’ve got six panels pencilled onto the page.  That’s one pattern down, five more to explore.  If I fill this page up quickly enough, I may just have to splurge and buy myself a little notebook and some good Microns for these things.  So entertaining!

I’m thinking of buying myself a little Hand+Book Journal Co 5.5″ x 5.5″ in green (so relaxing!), or a Flexi-Sketch 6″x6″.   The former is hardcover, comes in prettier colours and includes the band to keep it shut (which I love), but it’s over twice the price ($13 vs $6!) and has only 128 pages vs the Flexi which is softcover, only vibrant orange (which I’m really not opposed to), includes no band, has 300 pages, and is again much cheaper.  Unfortunately, I can’t compare the actual paper weight, which would be the deciding factor for me, because weight is not given for each and I can’t seem to find it anywhere.  Boo!

I’d really love to mess around with a bigger square pad, 8×8 or even 10×10, but I like the idea of these little 3×3 inch squares.  Smaller spaces are a challenge for me, and  so is working on a project for an extended amount of time.  Bigger pages take much longer to complete, and I fancy the idea of these being quick little doodles when I need a break or I’m bored.  So for now, I’ll just do some pages in the Ink pad and enjoy myself.

And now, I’m going back to it!