28 May 2010

Becoming tangled

I finished my zentangle postcards and then forgot to post them!  I must have packed my brain away the last time we put things into store. 

I scanned most of the cards before I sent them off, only one was missing.  I'll upload them as they arrive at their respective destinations, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. 

I ordered a book, Totally Tangled, from Amazon and it arrived on Wednesday.  I think I've read that book 10 times already.  I usually don't like ordering craft books sight unseen, but the author has a blog, Beez in the Belfry, so I was fairly certain that I would like her book.   I was right.  I see something new in it every time I look.   I highly recommend it.  

I'm still tangling away.  It's easy and fun to do.  I've got my little travel box now, so I can even do them when I'm waiting around for one reason or another.

It took me a little while to figure out how best to start.  I found that I couldn't work using the 'strings' method as recommended on the Zentangle website.  I also tried a 'griding' method, not a literal grid, but a sort of mapping out of areas.  That didn't work either.   I finally found that if I start with a single shape,  of any kind, even a figure 8, and just keep going, the designs just flow.

8 May 2010

The Chandeliers

The chandelier silhouettes are ready, just in time for Mother's Day.

I created the shapes in PSCS4.  I'm not sure if they will work in other versions, but I think they should.  Let me know if you have any problems.

Here's a preview, you'll note that there's only one chandelier (click on it for a bigger view).  Wanna know why?  Because it's a mystery bag of chandeliers!  I can tell you that seven out of the eight are traditional, pseudo Victorian to Art Deco.  One of them is slightly more modern, say, the 60s or even the 70s, maybe even later.  Anyway,  I liked it, so I included it. 

The download link can be found right here.  Have fun.

7 May 2010

Chandeliers and Spam

First, I'm working on some chandelier silhouettes in Illustrator, which I'm importing into Photoshop to turn them into custom shapes (I know, I know, talk about going backwards, hee hee).  There is a reason behind the madness.  When I've got a few done (four so far), I'm uploading the shapes to share!   Yay!  And just for the fun of it, trying saying chandelier silhouette shapes ten times fast.

Second, I've had to turn comment moderation on, which I loathe, but I got hit by a spam bot or something in my comments and just wasted 10 minutes of my life getting rid of the garbage!  Be warned fellow bloggers. I don't know why they bother, does anyone keep that stuff around?  Maybe they get paid by the number of comments or something.