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Zentangle ATC

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Zentangle ATC
Swap Coordinator:susiqz (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Art  Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:36
Last day to signup/drop:November 26, 2007
Date items must be sent by:December 16, 2007
Number of swap partners:3

These are controlled doodles done with black ink on white cardstock. Not sure what a zentangle is? Check out http://www.zentangle.com. This swap is for 2 zentangle ATCs (2.5" x 3.5") to each partner.

This is international. You will have 3 partners and you will send 2 ATCs (more if your looking for hearts) and backed with cardstock for sturdiness. Any questions please ask!

Anyone with a rating less than 4.5 please message me BEFORE you join. New swappers are welcome, but you MUST have your profile filled out and you must contact me BEFORE you sign up. Swappers with multiple no sends, blank profiles, or less then a 4.5 when the swap starts will be dropped.

Thanks for looking and Happy Swapping!


LMM 10/26/2007 #

Very cool! I have enjoyed some of the doodle and sharpie only ATC swaps recently...this seems like a nice progression from that!

Kessie 10/27/2007 #

I'd never heard of these before, but I just looked at the website and think they look like a lot of fun. I do hope people who sign up for this swap take the time to check out the zentangle online gallery and try to understand exactly what is required...

boatbird 10/27/2007 #

What a great idea! time to break out the watercolour paper methinks!

LMM 10/27/2007 #

I agree Kessie, I didn't know anything about them either, but a true Zentangle isn't just a black on white doodle. You start with a penciled "string" that creates the areas that are filled in with "tangles" (patterns of strokes).

The "pre-strung tiles" on the website give good examples of how to start the process. IMHO, the must read info is the "Theory of Zentangle" page.

LMM 10/27/2007 #

Oh...and I went to Michael's today for something else and looked at the Sakura Pigma pens that are the recommended implement for Zentangles...they are only about $2, so I bought one :)

Kessie 10/28/2007 #

Perhaps the swap description could be changed to include direct links to the relavent zentangle pages, as I think it will encourage people to explore (just put some text in square brackets, followed by the url in round brackets e.g. Zentangle Theory

Kessie 10/28/2007 #

Oops, ignore that link try this one: Zentangle Theory

LMM 10/28/2007 #

Hey Kessie-thanks for the instructions on how to include a link! I'm gonna try it with the link to the {"pre-strung" tiles](http://www.zentangle.com/products-prestrung.php)

LMM 10/28/2007 #

Oops...square not curly!

"pre-strung" tiles

Panda 10/29/2007 #

I've always done these since I could remember... never knew it had a proper name or was an art form! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

alleycat 10/29/2007 #

Me too Panda...this is right up my alley....I've been doing them all my life, got several by the phone right now, LOL! This should be great fun.

Maddy 10/31/2007 #

I wish the instructions were more precise as to the type of paper and pen to be used. I do Zentangles on 140 lb watercolour paper with a very fine micron pen. Mine are very fine therefore, I dont want to receive thick lines on plain paper... because that's not the zentangle way!

beachcomber 11/ 1/2007 #

I thought of joining but my work probably wont be good enough for some !!

Maddy 11/ 2/2007 #

Beachcomber, I hope my comment did not put you off! All I meant is, that this is a Zentangle swap, not just a doodle swap; you will find the link inspirational, it is quite easy and enjoyable if you follow the guidelines and look at the examples. Now why didnt the live link work for me??? :-?

Maddy 11/ 2/2007 #

oh it did :-) but I cant go back and edit my last comment!

pym 11/ 2/2007 #

Hey -- could someone post the important guidelines from the Zentangle site? I tend to get stuck in the details and I'd like some guidance as far as what's expected for the swap. For example, the kit is sold with a pencil and eraser for shading -- are there guidelines for shading??? (I've said it before and I'll say it again -- my mother always told me I made things harder than they had to be.) This looks like a lot of fun!

Maddy 11/ 2/2007 #

"Zentangle" is actually a registered trademark. There might be copyright issues if one just copies/pastes from the website so better to look at the site itself....

Caffinna 11/ 3/2007 #

I am beginning my "practice" zentangles tonight. I will have to go out and buy a black pen, but until then I'll practice in colors for now.

Caffinna 11/ 3/2007 #

Oh I cannot afford to purchase a special zentangle kit to make the atc's, I better drop out of the swap! Blasted, and I was so looking forword to this to! I live in a itsy bitsy town, less than 1000 or so, and nearby there's where to purchase to heavy weight specialty papers or kits. Darn.

Maddy 11/ 4/2007 #

I am in Australia so a "kit" would take too long to get here... I was impatient to get started! I did a zentangle swap with another group, and the advice was to use white card if you cant get watercolour card, and a fine pen, you can get those at most paper shops. Just make sure that it leaves a nice black line in the paper (no "bleeding) and it will be OK. I bought an Artline Superfine 0.2 pen one day when I knew I would be waiting in the car for over an hour (daughter's medical appointment) Now I keep a pad and pen in the car for all those "wait" times! Have you thought about trying an online art supplier?

susiqz 11/ 4/2007 #

I guess I was trying to make a fun swap using the "zentangle" website as a jumping off point. I hate to hear folks not wanting to join because they don't have the exact paper, pens, kits - whatever. I don't have them either... but I will give my partners the best zentangles I can do. If you plan on not giving a 5 if they don't measure up according to the zentangle site, then I would say this swap is not for you. I want this to be fun and enjoyable, not to put pressure on anyone that they may "not measure" up. So, go forth and enjoy! susi

sojourner 11/ 4/2007 #

This is a link to a zentangle group on flickr. Like susi said it's all about having fun.

zentangle group

Maddy 11/ 4/2007 #

Thanks for the flickr link, whisperwings... those are great and very inspirational!

Caffinna 11/ 6/2007 #

I did some practrice zens on paper and will post to cardstock. I will either include these as extras, or just put these into my notebook and tuck them in future swaps as extras. (I cannot get white cardstock until next week.) I bought some fine pens, and will dig in paper drawer just incase there's some burried white cardstock.

alleycat 11/ 9/2007 #

Mine are done, just waiting for the addies...they were so much fun, this is a great idea for atc's!

Caffinna 11/14/2007 #

I purchased a package of white cardstock today. My plain paper zens are nice, but I was worried that when I went to mount them on stock they'd bleed etc. So, since I wanted an excuse (vbg!) to make more I bought cardstock to redo them on.

I still like the idea, and will still likely do this for "extras", of doing some colored zens and tucking them in the package with the swap ATC's. Just how many extras, exactly what colors, etc, will depend on my time/mood and family commitments. I am trying pink, purple, blue, red, teal, as well as the black!

altermyworld 11/23/2007 #

Well said SusieQ. These will be my first "Zen" however i am really exited to try it out and do my best. Thank you for giving me something else to love and appreciate. You deserve loads of hearts. ANg

ATCarol 11/26/2007 #

I need more info on the pencil string in order to get started. Is it just a penciled doodle? ATCarol

Kessie 11/27/2007 #

I've just been doing a pencil doodle, to create several 'sections' which can each be filled with a different pattern.

Alphenquilts 11/27/2007 #

chimerix, AnkeArnold and carmel, your zentangles will be posted tomorrow.

groeten, Francis

mercmom41 11/28/2007 #

i love these! They r totally addictive!

AnkeArnold 11/29/2007 #

chimerix, TomatoStomp & Kessie, your cards will go to the post office today :)

Caffinna 11/29/2007 #

Laurie, nickerjac, and marsin your atc's went out today! I sent out the two Black and White's, one Pink and White, and one Purple and White.

Caffinna 11/29/2007 #

Okay, can we start making the ATC's for the next round of swapping? lmao, but seriously can we?

ATCarol 12/ 1/2007 #

Thanks for this swap. I had looked into zentangles before and actually tried one but then let it go. This swap forced me to get into them, and now, I love them. I probably will always have cards with me so I can zentangle whenever whereever. i am actually looking forward to a big meeting next week, because I now have zentangles to keep me from falling asleep lol

Caffinna 12/ 1/2007 #

Is anyone interested in doing another Zentangle ATC Swap? if so, please pvt msg me. If there's enough interest I'll hostess a round two, with permission, to around January sometime.

Caffinna 12/ 2/2007 #

I went ahead and set up for a second zentangle atc swap. Susiqz I coppied your graphic and description, I hope that's ok if not I'll change it so let me know. Here's the address for the swap. http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/9618 So those of y'all who are still cranking out those zentangle atc's come on over and join on it ZENTANGLE ATC SWAP II!!!!!

Caffinna 12/ 2/2007 #

I had technical problems and had to deleat and reset the swap for Zentangle Swap II. The new page is:


gatorsmom 12/ 3/2007 #

HHC, dorsia, and beefree16, your envelopes are on thier way from Michigan~!

Rillaith 12/16/2007 #

Mine in the mail, although they won't be collected & postmarked until Monday doh

LMM 12/16/2007 #

Hmmmm...a little concerned since none of my swap partners have sent yet :(

pootle 12/19/2007 #

Sent mine on time but have only just had the chance to log on and press the button!

rjnoel 07/23/2010 #

Has this website been active since 2007?

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