A Tangled Christmas Carol

What is “A Tangled Christmas Carol”?

I have been listening to a lot of videos on periscope lately, yes, listening, off of my phone while I was shopping, cooking and wrapping presents and it occurred to me that I would like to hear something Christmas oriented while performing these activities. Right around that time I had been going though a box of things that I inherited from my grandmother last year and stumbled across an old copy of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. It was printed in the 1960’s in a text book format and since I had never before read this book, I had decided that THIS was the Christmas to do so!

I have also been doing a lot of zentangling lately and was thinking about creating something that I could use for card fronts next holiday season.

AND so a 12 days of Christmas video series was born in which I read you “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens while drawing, doodling, zentangling an 8 1/2 x 11 page of white card stock. I posted one video each day and even created a playlist for them on my YouTube Channel: Lizzies Workshop

To make this page I used 5 different nibs in the Faber Castell PITT pen series, from XS all the way up the their B. I drew it on a 90lb sheet of white card stock at 8 1/2 x 11. I then followed it all up with Sakura, Metallic Gelly Roll pens.

I really love how this whole project turned out and so once the 12 videos was complete, I decided that I just had to combine them into one very long video that could be used in the same way that I was using the periscope videos. Something that people could just hit play on and listen for hours while they wrap gifts, cook, bake or sit around a cozy fire. Maybe there is someone out there who has never read the book and just simply doesn’t have the time.  Here is the link: A Tangled Christmas Carol – Full version

This is also a tribute to my grandmother. Every year, for the past 10, I have sent her a package in the mail for Christmas and this is only the second year that I can’t do that any more. She was a woman who adored Christmas. She loved the baking, the giving to the community, the lights, the music and the camaraderie that came with it. If those things were not present then she would create them. I didn’t spend many Christmas’ with her but the ones I did, were always merry and bright!

Thank-you, to all of you who have been supportive of my art over the past couple years, I greatly appreciate all the love you have sent my way. I wish all of you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas and a New Year that is jam packed with everything you need!

Christmas Zentangle by Lizzie Sinn

-Lizzie

Through The Lattice

September 17, 2014

I drew this Zentangle inspired doodle a while back but had not yet gotten around to adding the color to it. I had an hour of free hands while watching “Kraaft it Live” in the G+ “Kraafters Kommunity” at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109488046506790209024

So here is the black and white version.

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Here is the completed color version!

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Once again I think I have succeeded in making something pretty. I also think that while I love the “Lattice” look of this piece, I think I could have had more fun with the patterns as I was feeling uninspired when I drew this one. I think it will make me very happy to do this one over and search through the internet for some new patterns.

I think that when I am feel a lack of “mojo” that I should fall back on surfing the internet until a pattern hits me in the brain and wont let go!

Now I am kinda excited, so I will show you what I come up with when I git’r’done!

-Lizzie

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Of The Earth

September 11, 2014

I made a zentangle a couple months ago while I was watching tv one night. It turned out fabulously!  I had just been sitting there with my husband and tangling away without a whole lot of conscious thought going into it. By the time the page was full and my pen stopped moving I was quite surprised with what I had come up with. Both my hubby and I looked at it for a while, turning it this way and that and deciding that we really liked it! We really liked it from every angle!

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So the next day I decided to color it. I took out my copic markers, put a movie on for the kids and went to work on it. When the coloring was done I left it on the counter for a few days and every time anyone walked past it they would stop and stare at it for a moment. The number of times I saw someone stop and smile at it was really phenomenal! It made my day to see those smiles.

 

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So it just goes hand in hand with success that you would try to do it again! So since this “masterpiece” I have been trying and trying to make another one. It just isn’t working out and so I have searched for the reason why. All I can figure is that when I drew this I was totally relaxed and not really paying attention to how I was moving my pen. So the key to my success in zentangle is to find the “zen” and tangle it!

Lizzie

 

October

November 7th, 2014

It came to me last night that I had totally forgotten to post my WOYWW for this past week as well as the October “Zen – A – Day” page that I worked on through out the month of October. I can’t really do anything about missing the Wednesday post but I can definitely share my “calendar” with you.

Please don’t look at it too closely though! Apparently I need more zen some days than others and thus determined that October has about 36 days in it! This in itself speaks to me of how busy my life is and how it often feels like I am trying to cram more hours into a day than there actually are.

This one also got a little bit of extra bling, let’s say it got all “dressed up” with a little bit of glittery blue and red.

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Thank-you for stopping by!

-Lizzie

Distraction

September 30th, 2014

I started out this page of my Zen Doodling notebook with the intent of creating a “true” zentangle! I planned to use only “real” patterns in 3.5″ by 3.5″ tiles. So I started out creating a page of interlinked tiles and then started with formal patterns. I was loving it, loving the look of it, the feel of it. Then I oops-ed on one of the patterns and ended up saying “to heck with it” and simply letting my pen carry me away.

At one point I was watching TV with my young son and he was admiring my work and wanted to try. But he was terrified of messing it up. So I said why don’t we trace your hand, so that I always remember this moment and that you were here with me today. So he let me borrow his hand and off my pen went again.

You may also find a tire tread, one of the walls to the school garden, the pattern from my toilet paper roll, the neighbors roof, my favorite sweater and a family of jelly fish.

As always, it was a surprise to look once my pen stopped! lol

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Thank-you for stopping by!

-Lizzie

KIT With the Kommunity.

September 19th, 2014

Last night I joined in with the impromptu “Kraaft it Together” group from the G+ community called Kraafter Kommunity. Met a bunch of the ladies live, chatted, shared and generally just enjoyed being surrounded by other lovely creative ladies. I will definitely be trying to get together with them again soon!

While talking with them I finished the black and white tangled inspiration that I had started a couple of days ago.

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And also fussy cut some beautiful dolls out of magazines for my next art journal piece. I have been working on it all morning and will try to get the video uploaded tonight as I am sure many people are eagerly awaiting a view of what I would do with the dollies.

The above tangle inspired piece has a lot of very fine detail in it and I think that if I were to use my copics, it would just lose a bunch of the detail. I don’t think I will be happy with the outcome. So I have decide to use my prisma color pencil crayons for it.

Lizzie

Zentangle!

September 11, 2014

I made a zentangle a couple months ago while I was watching tv one night. It turned out fabulously!  I had just been sitting there with my husband and tangling away without a whole lot of conscious thought going into it. By the time the page was full and my pen stopped moving I was quite surprised with what I had come up with. Both my hubby and I looked at it for a while, turning it this way and that and deciding that we really liked it! We really liked it from every angle!

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So the next day I decided to color it. I took out my copic markers, put a movie on for the kids and went to work on it. When the coloring was done I left it on the counter for a few days and every time anyone walked past it they would stop and stare at it for a moment. The number of times I saw someone stop and smile at it was really phenomenal! It made my day to see those smiles.

July 2014 005 (2)

So it just goes hand in hand with success that you would try to do it again! So since this “masterpiece” I have been trying and trying to make another one. It just isn’t working out and so I have searched for the reason why. All I can figure is that when I drew this I was totally relaxed and not really paying attention to how I was moving my pen. So the key to my success in zentangle is to find the “zen” and tangle it!

Lizzie