Well I must admit that I am enjoying all this Blogging! I hope that you don't get too bored with all my crafty ramblings!
This Saturday (18th January 2014) is my first demo/workshop of 2014 and it is my lovely local craft shop Pantiles Papertole Crafts & Games Shop in Tunbridge Wells. Now this is no ordinary craft shop, it is run by a lovely husband, wife and son team who are all responsible for different areas of the shop - Val is in charge of Crafts & Games, Steve is in charge of the 1,000's of books and prints and Matt is in charge of a fabulous selection of speciality coffee, teas and old fashioned sweets! If you are ever in Tunbridge Wells and you have time to visit The Pantiles which is part of old town, then make sure you pay them a visit.
So, back to this Saturday, just before Christmas, I asked the crafty ladies who attend the demos/workshops what they would like to do in 2014.One of the suggestions was Zentangle. Zentangle is a fancy name for doodling and is also a "marmite" type of technique, you either love it or hate it! Zentangle has been around for years and years, but I was introduced to it a few years back by the very talented Barbara Gray of Claritystamp (who also happens to be based not far from Tunbridge Wells!) when I watched her on Create & Craft TV doing a demo with her fabulous stamps and this wonderful technique - a few months later and crafters up and down the UK had taken it under their wings and it was back in "fashion".
So what a good way to kick off 2014 than with some fabulous Claritystamp stamps and some Zentangle - now if you Google this you will get pages and pages and pages of ideas and inspiration, below are my interpretations of this technique as I know that when I come to do the workshop in the afternoon the "marmite" effect will kick in, so I wanted to show some alternatives and how different they all look!
So if you are not into random Zentangling/Doodling then why not try drawing lines in different directions.
If you are around on Saturday morning and are nearish to Tunbridge Wells, why not pop along, as I hear we may be getting a special visitor!