Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Is It Doodling or Zentangle?

In my last post, I mentioned that I was frustrated with my photos. 

With everything I have tried in the last few months, I just felt that I was not the culprit and that my camera was the problem.

So I took it to a local camera shop. 
No matter what he did, as always, certain corners were always blurry.
That was my complaint for so long!! 

To my dismay, he more or less told me my camera was junk. 

I was so upset, my Nikon is only four or five years old! 
Boo-hoo :-(

Needless to say, I was then on a mission to find a new camera. 

Being on a tight limited budget, cost was an issue, so I picked the Fujifilm Finepix 6800, with the help of my dear friend. 
On the positive side though, I am now able to manually adjust ISO, aperture, etc., which was not an option with my Nikon.

I am now on a photography learning adventure via the Internet and YouTube. 
Hopefully in the future, my budget will allow for enrollment in some photography classes but for now it will be trial and error on my part, and not the cameras fault! I can deal with that!

PS  I want to send out a sincere thank you to Missy at Quick Chick Designs for giving me some advice on photographing my creations!! 


While on my endeavors on YouTube, I came across Zentangle and doodling.

The Zentangle Method is an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. 

Whether it's doodling or Zentangle, they provide a fun and lighthearted way to relax and intentionally facilitate a shift in focus.  

You do not have to have a preconceived idea of your final result, your creation is not restricted by your expectations. Yeah! 

Here are just a few of the benefits and uses that can be enjoyed from practicing Zentangle and doodling....

  • Relaxation
  • Stress reduction
  • Nurture and develop creative abilities
  • Improve our eye/hand coordination
  • Develop/rehabilitate fine motor skills
  • Self esteem
  • Addiction therapy tool
  • Problem solving
  • Early artist development and appreciation

What I found so awesome is that everything you need to create Zentangle/doodling art can fit in your pocket or purse. It can be done almost anywhere, without any special abilities or costly equipment. 

I created mine with American Crafts Precision Pens in different sizes on cheap copy paper.

This one was my first attempt.
I started with the simple frame, next was the corners, then the bottom middle. 
Everything else just happened or shall I say flowed together! 
I call this the Exploding Bush!
doodling exploding bush

On this one, I started at the top with the checker board look and scrolls.

Stopped there and took a break for a day or so.
In the meantime, I looked at what I created thus far.
It reminded me of kitchen/cafe decor. 
So that was my thought process...
a warm cup of java in a cozy cafe!
coffee cup doodling

I consider these more on the side of doodling, not quite the Zentangle Method.
In either case, for me, it was very relaxing. 

Why not give it a try?

You have got nothing to lose but your stress level!

and as always...

Happy Crafting!

aka The Rebel Blogger

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sunshine and Laughter and a Cake

Oops...looks like I have been missing in action again!

And this is why...

I am so disgusted with my photos :(
I can edit all I want, but the blurriness is driving me nuts!!

Waiting for the sun to pop out to get enough light is a big problem. 
When it does decide to show, I am busy with other stuff, not at home or the sun plays peek-a-boo every couple of minutes!

Have been pondering the thought of purchasing a light box kit and tripod in the hopes of rectifying most of the problem.
It's the cheaper way to go, I can't see forking out big bucks on a more expensive camera and lens for my simple enjoyment of Cindy's Paper Creation.

I have mailed out a couple of my cards without taking pics because I did not want to deal with my lack of photo taking issues. 

Now a creative funk is what I have done to myself (again) because of this unnecessary frustration.

I am going to reorganize my crafting supplies in the hopes of acquiring that creative passion as it once was. 
Wish me luck!

I repeatedly say to myself ...this too will pass!


But in the meantime, I really wanted to show a card creation that I sorta scrap lifted the idea!

Earlier this month my sister, who lives miles away from me near Daytona Florida, had a birthday and of course I wanted to make her a special card.

She owns Wildflour Cakes
Her custom cake studio specializes in creating modern and elegant wedding cakes and special occasion cakes. She incorporates her own organic, free-range eggs into her recipes to guarantee a cake that tastes as amazing as it looks!

So when she posted this picture on Facebook of a cake she created,

I thought I would make her a card using the idea from her cake and by coincidence I had just purchased a package of miniature clothespins that was on sale at Michaels.

scrap or card lifting from cakes

Of course the photo does not do the card justice. 

I am hoping this will give you some creative inspiration.
You can create by scrap or card lifting from cakes!!  :-)

Happy Crafting!


aka The Rebel Blogger

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