Thursday, April 21, 2011

Getting ZENtangled with Dream Schemes Sketch #5

Last week I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, for the NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) show, and had soooo much fun. Lynell Harlow (owner of Dreamweaver's Stencils) and Lee Kellogg and I took turns demo-ing with the stencils and all the fabulous products and techniques to go with. Whenever we had opportunities to walk the show, we were inspired by so many wonderful products, artists,! What many of you may be unaware of, is at these trade shows, we frequently have the opportunity to collaborate with other companies and artists...a kind of "We have this, what can you do with it?", and "I'd love to see what I can do with your product!" This show was even more so. Suzanne McNeill of Design Originals and Lynell put their heads together to see how the Dreamweaver Stencils would work with Suzanne's latest fixation, "Zentangle", an art using fine pens to create patterns within patterns. Along the line of doodling, but with a little more brain activity required. We loved her end result, which you can see on the Dream It Up! blog, and had so much fun playing with this new idea.
The butterfly that I created was done in our booth, which shows how quickly you can catch on to this. I love the graphic look of it! Since I wanted to blog this fun process, I chose to incorporate it into this weeks' sketch challenge designed by my booth partner and co-team member, Lee, as seen above at left. I did flip the sketch on it's side to fit the size of the butterfly panel. My three strips were not torn as I
wanted to keep the clean graphic lines, so I paste-embossed the "Zebra Skin" in Glossy White on black cardstock and divided it in three strips. A few dots of Copic White ink at the corner and a sticker sentiment finished it off.
Then, I decided I wanted to play some more, and yet follow Lee's sketch a little more exactly. This time I "Zentangled" the vase on black cardstock with a white gel pen. I created three torn-edged strips of paste-embossed "Damask" and "Flourishes" in Glossy Black and Glossy White. A torn edge black panel behind the vase to frame it nicely. For more texture, I embossed the base card with the Big Shot machine and the "Stripes" stencil. The final card is still graphic, with a softer, more elegant appearance. Now is your time to play along with us. Follow Lee's sketch and link your creation to the Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up! blog. Need more inspiration? Check out what the rest of our fantabulous Dream Team has been up to this week. Interested in learning the art of Zentangle? Check out the Design Originals books on this fun new technique HERE. Interested in knowing how this art form began? Click HERE. Interested in the Sakura pens used to create this? Click HERE.

Dreamweaver Stencils:
LJ815 Zebra Skin
LG620 Oriental Butterfly
LM194 Small Ginger Jar
LJ890 Flourishes
LX7002 Stripes
LX7001 Damask
LM2010 Embossing Paste Spreader
DGWP Glossy White Embossing Paste
DGKP Glossy Black Embossing Paste
ET Stylus tool (for perfect white dots)

Sakura Micron Pen Black .03
Sakura White Gel Pen
Copic White Ink
black and white cardstock
ribbon, charm
Big Shot
double-sided foam adhesive


Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Oooo and ahhh again and again! Really inspiring what you have done with the Zentangling technique Pam! I love the use of the zebra print too and after seeing the little vase I am looking at our stencils with lots of different ideas coming to mind.

Wendy said...

Yes, yes, yes....I am interested. I have a horrible habit of doodling like mad when I am talking on the phone, which is like six hours a day. I have a fine line drawing pen, I am soooo giving this a try!!! FABULOUS Pam!! You never cease to amaze. Love ya!!!

Louise said...

OMG!!! These are fantastic, I have to learn how to do this! Great job.

sommrstamping said...

Pam I love these cards and the new zentangled technique. I can't wait to try this. You did a fabulous job. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lee Kellogg said...

Pam! You have taken the Zentangle concept and ran with it. I love what you have done! The cards are great. I plan on playing with that more next week while traveling! Thank you for more great ideas.

Liz Martin said...

I love it! My doodling has been validated and has a name. After reading the blogs this morning, I'm going to have tee shirts stamped with "So many techniques, so little time." Thanks to Pam and all the Dream Teamers for great ideas and inspiration this week.

Elaine Benedict said...

Pam, you have really inspired me this time!! I love these cards and can't wait to try zentangle!
Elaine Benedict

Kristi said...

I NEED THAT BOOK!!! Great cards

Lynlee said...

LOVE the zentangle!

Marijane said...

These are just amazing! I actually have the book and tried it a bit, but today's Dreamweaver Zentangle cards have really inspired me to give it another try! I love the idea of using a stencil form as the outline. I never would have thought of that and like it better than just random designs.

Laura Drahozal said...

I really like these. You have made it look so fun and elegant! Nice!

Millsrepco said...

These look like great fun. I'll have to try it.

John said...

I really like these. You have made it look so fun and elegant! Nice!