Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 1

For those of you who are into tangling, the founders of Zentangle have started another video series. This series will consist of twelve days worth of videos. The series started on December 11th but you can watch the videos at any time. I suggest that you subscribe to the Zentangle newsletter so that you will receive email notification when each video becomes available to watch. Or, you can visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch the videos each day.

There is a Project Pack No. 2 for sale in their shop HERE or you can simply use the materials that you have on hand. The project pack contains all of the necessary supplies for the whole series.

DAY 1 Tangles:

1. Not quite Hollibaugh
2. Not quite Printemps
3. Not quite Crescent Moon
4. Bales/Florz mash-up
5. Springkle (I used Zinger on mine)

DAY 1 Materials:

· White Zentangle tile
· Micron PN pen (or a regular Micron pen)
· Pencil
· Tortillon

I will try to keep up with the videos each day and will blog about each one as soon as I can.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bethany Earrings & Lizbeth Band Set - Hematite & Silver

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Nickel Plated" (190)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Nickel Plated" (190)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Hematite"
  • SuperDuo beads "Silver" (25028)

I made these "Bethany Earrings" to go with the bracelet that I blogged about HERE. The set matches a top that I wore to a Christmas party the other night. You can download my free earring pattern HERE. I'm hoping to make the bracelet pattern available sometime next year. The bracelet, formerly known as "Duo Bobble Band" will be called "Lizbeth Band".


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Today's Tangles - Playing with color on black tiles

I had so much fun following the Zentangle Project Pack #1 video series, which featured white ink on black tiles, that I decided that I'd like to try adding some color. I chose four of my favorite tangles and below you can see the wonderful results. I've blogged about each of these tangles before and I've included links to those posts below each tile.

Click HERE to read my post about the Zentangle video series.

By the way, I ordered some white Gelly Roll pens in the fine and bold sizes from the Zentangle site. They should get here today or tomorrow. I also ordered a metallic gold Gelly Roll pen. I think that gold will look very interesting on black too.




"Lily Bridge"


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Renaissance Bracelet - Jet Celsian

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Jet Celsian"
  • 6mm fire polished beads "Jet Celsian"

This time I made the "Renaissance Bracelet" pattern as it is posted HERE but I changed the way my clasp is attached. This bracelet is same as the one that I blogged about HERE except that I used pewter seed beads instead of dark bronze ones. Aura Crystals has both sizes of these fire polished beads HERE and HERE. I bought the seed beads from Charlene's Beads HERE.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Renaissance Bracelet - Red & Gold

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Opaque Red"
  • 6mm fire polished beads "Opaque Red"

I blogged about this pattern before way back in 2014 HERE, HERE and HERE. I followed THESE instructions for the "Renaissance Bracelet" but I turned this one into a "Hugs & Kisses Bracelet" by adding gold seed bead strands in both directions. The pattern doesn't call for 11/0 or 8/0 seed beads but I wanted to attach my clasp in a different way.

I should also mention that the bead colors didn't come out quite right in these photos. The gold seed beads are a lot more yellowish and the red beads aren't nearly as bright. It would have taken way too much time to edit the individual beads in all of these photos and I have more Christmas presents to work on yet.

The red beads look more like this:

The gold seed beads look more like the ones in these earrings:


Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Trio of Triangles

Each pair of "Peyote Triangle Earrings" features red along with black or a metallic color. I made them by following Sara Spoltore's video tutorial which you can watch HERE. I made the black and red ones pretty much the same way that Sara makes them in the video. I changed the design a little for the other two pairs. I used Delicas in a bright red to make the black and red earrings and used a more subtle dyed red in the other two pairs.

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Gold" (4202)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Gold" (DB1832)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Dyed Opaque Red" (DB791)

  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Nickel Plated" (DB21)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Dyed Opaque Red" (DB791)

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Opaque Black" (401)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Black" (DB10)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Red" (DB723)


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Today's Tangles

"Si Weed" is by Sadelle Wiltshire and the pattern is HERE on her blog.

"The Fab" is by Linda Rea and her step-out is HERE on Flickr.

Michele Beauchamp's "Mak-Rah-Mee" tangle pattern is posted HERE on her blog. I found a YouTube tutorial HERE and a couple more HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.

You can find Damy Teng's "Scarrow" pattern HERE on her blog. After a little practice, this one wasn't too difficult to draw. Rather than drawing two "S" shapes as directed, I made a dot in the center of each grid square and drew four arcs going out from the center toward each corner of the square. I had more control drawing them that way than if I had tried to get the "S" shapes exactly right.