Tangled 3.0 – Shoes!

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Yet again, I find myself apologizing for a delay on updating. So here is a quick post on how my zentangling art adventures have evolved: let’s use some fabric markers and zentangle on some shoes!

TOMS brand shoes are wonderful. I own a pair of plain beige canvas ones that I’ve actually worn holes in because I wear them so frequently. I bought them with the intention of painting on them, and perpetually put it off for a variety of reasons: I didn’t know what to paint, I wanted to break them in and stretch them out first, I didn’t have the right media for the project… Etc. however, when it came down to it, I was basically just scared of ruining a $55 pair of shoes that had been a gift to me from my co-coach on our church 3rd grade Upward cheerleader squad.

So, the solution? Buy some faux TOMS at the dollar store (for $6!) and play with Sharpie markers and Zentangles!

This particular pair is a work in progress. However, I’m liking the results so far, and they got quite a few compliments at church today!

So what are you waiting for? For a $1.99 marker (I bought mine at Staples, and they come in a variety of colors) and under $10 in a pair of basic canvas shoes, you have the recipe for a fun weekend project. Practice your zentangling, or if you’re nervous about drawing freehand, use any number of chalk pattern transfer methods to copy the deign of your choice. Then go out for a night on the town with you new kicks!

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“Lend a Hand” Zentangle series

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My foray into Zentangling has led to a ton of new sketchbook art! I’m very excited to be drawing this much again, and using this method of patterns of simple shapes is really relaxing. It’s very calming. I’ve been working on these sketches while listening to various meditative music, which only enhances the feeling of being “drawn into” (if you’ll pardon the pun) the picture and away from the stresses of everyday life.

Here is a sneak peek at the sketches for my first themed series of artwork. This is the first time I’ve consciously worked to develop a series of artworks that are united by either topic or media or method or subject, and so far I’m loving how they’ve turned out!

My series is called “Lend a Hand,” and to me, they represent simple things we all should do to make the world a better place. It is an overly simplistic goal, I know. Some may call it naive or childish. However, I think it is possible. We all have hands of many colors, and they all have the same ability to hold and comfort, to encourage and protect, to love and support.

So, here we go.

Number 1: High Five! This is the first in the series: the first hand tangle I designed. This one represents enthusiasm, encouragement, and energy.

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Number 2: Life’s Good The “okay” sign seemed appropriate for showing life’s journey into a sunset. This journey isn’t a straight line; it curves around many different landscapes. But the sun is the light at the end of the tunnel. There are good things that come to us if we work and travel toward them. (Also it is fun to note that my best friend asked “Are you supposed to see an inchworm in the index finger? Because that’s all I got. Is this the very hungry caterpillar?” Which made me laugh, and henceforth, I can’t see anything but an inchworm in this drawing. I think I’ll name him Carle.)

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Number 3: Cross My Heart The crossing-fingers-for-luck sign I thought mixed well with the heart symbol for love. Hoping and wishing for love is such a basic human emotion. We promise we’ll do it right if we can only find it, and we long for it to show itself.

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Number 4: Three Words The iconic American Sign Language symbol is well known, and gives up that yes, we have found the love wished for in Number 3. Those “Three Words” have shown up in literature, pop culture, and song over and over. There are so many ways to say “I love you,” but many times, the silent showing or demonstrating how you love someone are so much more important and lasting. Actions speak louder than words.

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Number 5: Untitled. Number 5 is untitled as of yet. I haven’t found the words to fit. (I did resist a strong urge to title Number 5 “Mambo” and draw some hands doing Latin dance moves!) This piece is for peace, for caring of our natural resources, and the mindfulness to do so. This is also the first work that I consciously included many recognizable symbols to support the topic. You will find peace signs, leaves, and recycle symbols along with many organic shapes.

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