Tangled Talk #12: Zentangle Draw Four

Materials Used for Zentangle Draw Four

Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper

Sakura Pigma Micron Pens

Metallic Gelly Roll Pens

Tortillons and Blending Stumps


Welcome back to my channel everyone. Here’s what I’ll be tangling today.

Hello people! It’s been a while since I’ve felt up to doing a Tangled Talk episode, and I’m excited to kind of, sort of hang out with you all today. I tried and failed to record a June bullet journal slash Zentangle episode, but Izzy made it really difficult and at some point I was just like, “I need to get this done because I actually need to use it for planning and reminders.” So I just worked on it out in the living room at my own pace and well, now it’s officially summer.

Time flies!

So maybe I’ll get July’s bullet journal setup recorded, but I know better than to make any promises. We’ll just see how it goes.

Anyway, let’s talk about this tangle. I was in the mood to chill out and do a Zentangle, but nothing specific was calling to me. So I thought I’d just lay out all the Bijou tiles from my 9 Easy Zentangle Patterns videos, turn them upside down, then randomly turn over four tiles and create something from those patterns.

By the way, if you want to watch or re-watch any videos from the 9 Easy Zentangle Patterns series, check out the Playlist link in the top right corner. It should be popping up right about now.

The pattern cards I flipped were Love Handles, Irradial, Adry, and Pearl Pod.

Oh yeah, Izzy says hi to all her adoring fans.

As always, you can find pattern credits and a complete list of the supplies I’m using in this video with my affiliate Amazon links in the description. If you shop using those links, I make a very modest commission but you your price doesn’t change. It helps support this channel and my Zentangle habit when you use them. So full disclosure there.

A while back I posted a poll asking you all what kind of videos you wanted to see more of, and after the pattern compilation videos, Tangled Talk and long-form videos came really close to tying for second place. This is my attempt to make something for both of those groups of folks. But I would just like to remind everyone that you are in complete control of what you watch and how you watch it. Use the timing and volume controls YouTube provides in whatever way suits you.

You might notice that the tile I’m drawing on is a slightly brighter white than the Bijou tiles. That’s because it’s not an official Zentangle tile. It’s a piece of bristol vellum that I’ve cut to size. I had purchased a Strathmore pad for an online art class last month and so that what’s I’m working with at the moment. The class was taught by Jesse Lane and covered how to use colored pencils, and it was absolutely fantastic.

A friend of mine — hi Linda if you’re watching this video — let me have her spot in the class because she couldn’t attend, and I am so thankful to her because I really enjoyed it and really learned a lot.

So yeah, this is paper meant for colored pencils and other dry media. It has less texture than the 100% cotton paper that official Zentangle tiles are made from. In terms of tooth, it’s somewhere between the generic cardstock you’d buy at an office supply store and watercolor paper.

To catch you up on what I’ve been up to since my last video, a little while back I spoke to a journalist with No Patient Left Behind about all the medical stuff I’ve been dealing with the last six years or so and about the stress of whatever medical treatments end up being in my future. I don’t know when that article will be published, but I’ll post a link here or on my website or both at some point in the future.

Then a few days after that interview we celebrated my husband Dan’s birthday. My mom came up to spend a few days with us and we worked together on getting some things fixed around the house — including replacing an old range hood. That turned out to be a much more frustrating project than I had anticipated. Isn’t that always the way with home projects though.

We’re on a very loose timeline, mind you, but our ultimate goal is to get this house in shape to sell so we can move into my mom’s basement. I know it sounds funny and I love making the joke, but it really would work out so well on so many levels if we could make it happen. One major reason–aside from just being closer to my family–is that we’d also be closer to the hospital where I had brain surgery and did radiation and chemo back in 2017.

So yeah, we got some stuff organized while Mom was here too. I really need that sort of thing because clutter shuts me down. Creatively, but also just funtionally. And my mom is the most organized person I know. The process so far just involved culling things I no longer need. I sent some of the art supplies I had back with my mom for my neices to use while they visit her for a couple of weeks this summer. As much as I love being surrounded by art supplies, I had some duplicates of things and things I wasn’t using enough to justify keeping them. I wanted someone else to get some enjoyment out of them instead of them just collecting dust here.

And speaking of collecting dust, I also finally gave away my FitDesk last week. It’s an exercise bike and work-from-home desk combo. I am finally accepting that I can’t be active in the same ways that I was before brain cancer, but it’s hard. Luckily though I was able to just list it on Nextdoor and someone picked it up. With more people working from home now, I’m not surprised it got snatched up right away.

One thing that I want to ask you guys about — I am thinking about launching memberships here on YouTube and maybe offering a livestream or two each month for people who join. To help fund the move since my GoFundMe has kind of fizzled out already. Of course, saying you’re interested in memberships or livestreams doesn’t commit you to anything, but I would love to know if that sort of thing interests you.

I was thinking for the livestreams we could do something like I did here for this video, where we randomly draw–or maybe viewers choose, I don’t know–a few patterns and we just kind of hang out and tangle together for a bit.

I wouldn’t want to do anything like a formal class, because for one I’m not a CZT. But also with my health and all I need flexibility. Then there’s the fact that I just don’t have teaching in me. Like I can see someone now being like, “How should I do this” and me being like, “However you want it’s your Zentangle” and then that person being very frustrated with me because I’m not instructing enough.

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So just leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the livestream idea. I can tell you right now my face wouldn’t be on it much and Izzy would probably walk over my art a few times each session. So think about it more in terms of like laid back hang out time together. I am not the influencer type who’s going kill myself trying to appeal to everyone in the world. Just want to be clear about that from the start. Sort of manage everyone’s expectations — including mine.

Then I could publish the livestreams for public consumption at some point later. It would help me get content out regularly without a bunch of extra work editing and recording and transcribing voiceovers and stuff.

And I’m about to wrap this Zentangle up. Unfortunately, for the end of this Zentangle, I thought my camera was recording when it wasn’t. I went back in and added some weight to some of the lines including putting little triangle feet on the ends of the lines in the pattern Irradial–right where they touched the border– and then added some graphite shading to define a little bit of a border there. Other than that, I think everything else is kind of self-explanatory just by watching the video. If not, though, just leave any questions you have in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

That’s it for me for now. Thank you all for watching and for helping me get to 6,000 subscribers this week! I’ll have another video as soon as I can, but in the meantime I encourage you to subscribe and turn on notifications–you know since my posting isn’t always on an a set schedule.

Until the next one — happy tangling!

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