Creative Outlet in Zentangles

My name is Maria Hartemann and I have become a pattern addict. I admit it. I used to be so creative before I learned to read patterns. When I was in elementary school, I used to crochet outfits for my cabbage patch doll. Honestly, I didn’t even know how to read a pattern until about a decade ago when a friend asked me for help. Hats are about the only thing that I still improvise and get creative with.
But last fall I saw a picture that my cousin posted of some beautiful drawings she had done using sharpie markers. They were amazing and inspiring! She used colored sharpies and called the drawings “Zentangles”.
I began experimenting. My daughter loves squirrels (as you can tell from this picture).

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For Christmas, I ended up drawing, matting, and framing a different Zentangle for each of my children and my husband. They loved them! And I loved my new creative outlet.
Here’s a picture of my first Zentangle. The original is now hanging on my daughter’s wall.

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I have since done many more! A fox for my son, the Tottenham Hotspur logo for my husband, a buffalo, gorilla, cat, owl, 35mm camera, butterfly, dragonfly, salamander, elephant, and a cactus🌵 for a friend that was moving back to Arizona. I’m sure there are a couple that I’m forgetting…
I have given most of the originals away, but scanned them all and have added notecards to my etsy shop and have made iron on t-shirts for kids.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/228075335/original-art-buffalo-zentangle-4×6

I absolutely love drawing them! Have any of you tried them? If so, what are your favorite things to Zentangle? I love drawing the animals but have since seen some beautiful free flow designs.

Solution to the “Now What?!” Post

So I will admit that I tried cream and I tried white (as was suggested in one of my crochet groups), but neither looked quite right.
I headed to the store and after about 30 minutes in the yarn aisles, these were the colors that I settled on. When I bought them, I wasn’t sure if I would use one color or both, but in the end this is what I settled on.
It’s growing on me and I think that it will be a hit!

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Now What?!

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This is the 2nd “Wrapped in Warmth” shawl by ELK Studio that I have made…well almost. I ran out of yarn (and it was given to me without the wrap, so I don’t know how easy it would be to run out and find more) with 3 more rows AND the edging left to do. So now what? Any suggestions???
Here is the one that I actually completed so that you can see what all is left.

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This amazing pattern can be found here on Ravelry
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-in-warmth

Redheart Dishcloths Bouquet

I currently have 4 different projects on hooks. It’s a problem really. This is why I normally enjoy quick little things like hats and scarves! But I currently am making a really great set of curtains for the French doors to my office/Zen den, a granny stitch Poncho (that I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish), a beautiful shawl that I hope to have pictures of soon, and a half finished baby blanket that I decided looked too “masculine” for a baby gift that was for somebody that wasn’t finding out.

I know that my mom does this with her knitting projects too, but I’m hoping that is not just us! Are there any other ADD crafters out there? A show of hands would be great because I don’t like feeling alone in this.

The good news is that in the midst of all these, I sometimes find some great diversions on the crochet sites that I follow on Facebook.

Here are some quick and easy dishcloths from the Redheart website that I whipped up in no time at all. They call for using COATS Creme de la Creme yarn, but all I had available was Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn which I thought was pretty close. It must not have been though. I ended up skipping the last 2 rows in the pattern and adding a similar shell edging of my own. I think the result turned out pretty similar to the original pattern…just smaller.

Here are mine.

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You can find the real pattern here

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/dishcloths-bouquet

Hope you enjoy!

Maria

 

Birthday Granny Ponchos

I found this great chart

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on pinterest a couple of weeks ago. You can find it here on WordPress http://lemondedesucrette.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/about-ponchos-and-pattern-d/
I have since made 2 ponchos as birthday presents for my daughter’s friends. It works up very quickly and you can adjust it to any size. I even made a matching doll poncho for one of the little girls (seen in the first picture below).

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I added this crochet pom-pom trim to the second one. I found the pattern for that on Moogly (another great blog site that offers lots of free patterns).

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Here’s a link to the pom-pom border http://onceuponapinkmoon.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/pom-pom-edge.html?m=1

I am sure that I will be making more of these. They worked up quickly and turned out beautifully!

Birthday Granny Ponchos

I found this great chart

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on pinterest a couple of weeks ago. You can find it here on WordPress http://lemondedesucrette.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/about-ponchos-and-pattern-d/
I have since made 2 ponchos as birthday presents for my daughter’s friends. It works up very quickly and you can adjust it to any size. I even made a matching doll poncho for one of the little girls (seen in the first picture below).

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I added this crochet pom-pom trim to the second one. I found the pattern for that on Moogly (another great blog site that offers lots of free patterns).

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Here’s a link to the pom-pom border http://onceuponapinkmoon.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/pom-pom-edge.html?m=1

I am sure that I will be making more of these. They worked up quickly and turned out beautifully!

“Finger Knitting” to a Granny Shawl

School started again this year for us here in North Carolina. We welcomed a new group of nervous and excited 1st graders 2 weeks ago. The school where I work is a nature based school and we integrate so much more into our days! One of the new skills that many children enjoy learning is “finger knitting” (which is actually just crocheting without a hook). It’s such wonderful fine motor work and the kids are so excited when they create necklaces and bracelets. My daughter is a 2nd grader at the school and has been enjoying this activity for a while now.
The other night, she asked to learn how to crochet with a hook! It probably wasn’t a great idea to start right before bedtime, but I managed to patiently teach her to do a few chain stitches with guidance. Before I knew it, she was stitching along on her own. Since Friday night she has chained several long strands and has fastened them to doors and chairs and across rooms. It’s like a limbo arena in our house right now, but for the love of crochet, I am allowing it 🙂

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This strand goes from the stairs to the front door 🙂
As for me, I’m still creating as well. This was a custom order for one of our new students. I just love the colors!

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I used I Love This Yarn in “Secrets” for the main body of this shawl and “Razzleberry Sparkle” for the trim.

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