How to Zentangle Part II: Making a Zentangle Sampler

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(This post is part 2 of a series on How to Zentangle, Click here for Part I: Materials.)

Most zentangles involve the paper split up into sections and filled with different designs. The different designs can be made up of lines, dots, swirls, and more. It’s time to think up some of your own patterns to use in your zentangles.

A zentangle sampler is a drawing with a grid and a different pattern in each square. It’s a great first attempt at zentangling and it will help you think of patterns to use in future designs. When you can’t think of any patterns when working on another project, you can look back at it for inspiration.

The Project:

You will need a piece of paper, a pen, and a ruler.

Draw a grid. Mine has 20 squares, each about 1 1/2″ square.

Fill each one with a different design. be creative!

 

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An in-progress shot. 

How to Make Up a Pattern:

Start with the basics like dots, spirals, grids, squiggles, zig-zags, etc. Lines can be straight or wavy or curly. Pick a few of these and brainstorm ways to combine them into one design. once you start thinking, you won’t be able to stop!

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When you’ve filled up all your quares, you’re done! Follow my blog for more zentangle projects every Friday.

 

 

How To Zentangle Part 1: Materials

I am starting a blog post series on how to zentangle! This first post is about what zentangles are and the materials you need, but in future posts I will show different techniques and include projects for you to try on your own. This series is meant for kids and adults to do on their own, or families to try together. Anyway, I hope you learn a lot and create some great zentangles!

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WHAT ARE ZENTANGLES??

Zentangles were originally drawn to relieve stress. I, for one, just draw for fun, and probably a lot of other people do, too. Zentangles consist of little designs and lines. Some are fancier than others.  Sometimes zentangles are called zendoodles.

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WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED?

All you need are some sheets of paper and a pen. It’s up to you if you want to go fancier or not. You can use a writing pen and a sheet of printing or construction paper if you want to. Those would be good for practice.

Cardstock is a great paper for zentangles because it is thick and it comes in different colors. Some cardstocks have more texture and others are smooth. Smooth papers are better for drawing small designs but some people might like the textured look of rough papers.

There are a lot of different kinds of pens out there. A thin sharpie is always a good choice. I have some india ink pens I got at Michaels and they are great and are super thin so I can draw small patterns. Again, it’s completely up to you.

WHAT ARE ZENTANGLES FOR?

You can zentangle on just about anything…cards, gift bags, t-shirts, binders, etc. You can do it for fun or frame them and hang them on the wall.

Thanks so much for reading this! I will post every Friday and you will get to create a new project!

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Art Contest Winners!!

Thanks to all who participated in our “Make your own adult coloring page” art contest. We had some great entries. Winners will be notified by email to arrange delivery of their prizes. All entrants will be emailed the complete coloring book (it makes a great mother’s day gift!) and a coupon code to the Creations by Maris Etsy shop.

Here are the winners in each age category:

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“Flowery” by 12-year-old Phoebe wins in the 11-15 category. I love this one because it seems perfect for coloring.

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In the 7-10 year old category, the winner is this entry from nine-year-old Portia. I like the detail in this one and the ocean theme.

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And, last but not least, our 6 and under winner is Amelia, age 4, with another ocean themed drawing. Great job, Ameila!

Zentangle Coloring Page Contest: Extended Deadline!

I decided to extend the deadline for my contest to give the artists some more time to complete their work. The new deadline is Wednesday, May 4, 2016. I have gotten such great entries so far from many talented kids!

If you hadn’t heard of my contest, it is a zentangle adult coloring page contest for kids. Children can design a zentangle-style coloring page for a chance to win a free t-shirt! Contest details are below:

Details of the Contest:

Who is eligible: Children ages 15 and under.

All artwork must be the work of the child without help. All submissions must be made in a zentangle style on a white background with black ink. Please include the first name and age of the child as well as an e-mail address.

Entries will be judged based on creativity and artistry.

Up to three winners will be selected in each of three age categories: 0-6 year olds, 7-10, and 11-15. First place winners will be given their choice of one of three ready-made shirts from the Creations by Maris Etsy shop (winners will be emailed three choices in their size). Second and third place winners will receive their choice of a headband or wrist band.

Please e-mail the entries to creationsbymaris@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is May 4, 2016. Winners will be announced on the Creations by Maris blog by May 7th. All entrants will receive a link to the PDF coloring book (just in time for Mother’s Day!) and a coupon code for 50% off at the Creations by Maris Etsy shop.

All submissions become the property of Creations by Maris and may be posted on this blog or other websites. Children’s first names and ages may also be posted, however any other identifying information will be kept confidential.

 

Mother’s Day Craft for Small Children: Stained Glass Window Decoration

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Handmade gifts make great presents for any holiday, and anybody can make a stained glass window decoration for their mom for mother’s day. Have fun!

Materials:

cardstock

waxed or parchment paper

tissue paper

glue stick

Scotch tape

scissors

a pencil

Instructions:

Cut the cardstock into the shape you want your window decoration to be in. Some ideas are hearts, stars,  butterflies, circles, squares, etc.

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Cut out the middle of the shape so there is only about 1″ left around the edge.

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Put your shape on a piece of waxed or parchment paper and trace around the edge with your pencil. Cut the shape out.

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Taping your wax paper shape to your work surface will make the next steps easier.

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Glue pieces of tissue paper onto your wax paper shape with your glue stick.

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Tape the wax paper to the cardstock. You may need to trim the wax paper so there won’t be parts sticking out. Flip it over and you’re done!

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If you are interested in art, I have a kids coloring page contest with prizes! get your entries in before April 30th.

Make Your Own Adult Coloring Page: A Contest for Kids

Adult coloring books have become super popular recently. Our stressed out moms and dads have discovered the pleasure of unwinding by filling in these intricate designs. Many of these pages are nothing more than zentangle designs. I have made a few of my own (see below) and now I’d like to invite you (or any kids you know) to try their hand at it too. All submitted designs will be made into a pdf coloring book you can download and give to the stressed out adults in your life and you might win a prize!

Need help getting started? Check out my post on zentangles here and scroll down for some examples to inspire you.

Details of the Contest:

Who is eligible: Children ages 15 and under.

All artwork must be the work of the child without help. All submissions must be made in a zentangle style on a white background with black ink. Please include the first name and age of the child as well as an e-mail address.

Entries will be judged based on creativity and artistry.

Up to three winners will be selected in each of three age categories: 0-6 year olds, 7-10, and 11-15. First place winners will be given their choice of one of three ready-made shirts from the Creations by Maris Etsy shop (winners will be emailed three choices in their size). Second and third place winners will receive their choice of a headband or wrist band.

Please e-mail the entries to creationsbymaris@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is may 4, 2016. Winners will be announced on the Creations by Maris blog by May 7th. All entrants will receive a link to the pdf coloring book (just in time for Mother’s Day!) and a coupon code for 50% off at the Creations by Maris Etsy shop.

All submissions become the property of Creations by Maris and may be posted on this blog or other websites. Children’s first names and ages may also be posted, however any other identifying information will be kept confidential.

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DIY Duct Tape Sunglasses Makeover

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Got some old boring sunglasses that need a makeover? You can bring some life to your sunglasses in 15 minutes with this upcycling craft. There are lots of cool patterns of duct tape out there, so you are sure to find one you like.

Materials:

duct tape

sunglasses

scissors

Instructions:

img_1454-1Lay a piece of duct tape sticky side up on your working surface.

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Stick the folding part of the sunglasses down on the duct tape.c043e882-b608-4944-832e-e1159bbd1a0a

Trim around the duct tape.

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Repeat on the other side.

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If you want, cut out a heart or other shape and stick it in the corner of the sunglasses.

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Done!

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Books

Over the last couple months, I have been doing a a lot of weaving on my rigid heddle loom. A rigid heddle loom is a small, portable loom that can sit on a table. It has a piece made from wood and plastic called the “heddle” which moves the strings apart. It is lots of fun! Some of my favorite weaving books are below.

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Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom” by Syne Mitchell

This is probably my favorite weaving book. It starts off with the basics of weaving for beginners and then moves on to trouble shooting, projects, and working with more than one heddle. I really enjoyed reading through it.

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Textures and Patterns for the Rigid Heddle Loom” by Betty Linn Davenport

This book is full of all kinds of patterns to weave on a rigid heddle loom. There are so many! This book doesn’t have a beginners weaving section, but it is great for more advanced weavers because it opens up so many new possibilities.

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Learn to Weave with Anne Field” by Anne Field

This is the only book that is not focusing in on the rigid heddle loom; it’s for all kinds of looms! It covers basics and has some projects, too.

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The Weaver’s Ideas Book” by Jane Patrick

This book starts off with explaining about plain weave and how many different kinds of plain weave there are. Then it goes into more complex weaves. There are some patterns along the way. So much fun!

In the Woods

Today I went for a hike in the woods. Spring is coming.

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There were a lot of branches down because of the snow and the wind yesterday. 

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Deer tracks!

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Tie Dyes of 2016

Happy 2016 everybody! Here are a few of my latest patterns. I do custom orders and sell on Etsy, so please visit my Etsy shop!

 

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