Thursday, 17 October 2013

In the News - Zen Doodles, Published work, competitions and more

Hope you are having a lovely Thursday so far, here in the London, UK we are have a really mild day with some sunshine, which is great news for October!

Doodles, Tangles and more!

Do you doodle? have you heard of Zentangles?  Everyone at some point in their life has or will doodle on a scrap piece of paper an image that doesn't entirely make any sense, a random array of lines, shading, circles, squares, faces, more lines and patterns without much rhyme or reason.  You might just happen to be one of those people who dabble with doodling while they are in a meeting on their agenda, or while talking on the phone or pondering over the activities for the day.  It isn't a planned drawing but marks on the paper.  

A Zentangle is described as ‘a drawing using a series repetitive patterns, lines and shapes, and starts off its life with a series of pencil drawn 'strings', that create separate areas to work in on the paper. Zentangles and doodling seem to be opening the way to the developing of some structure around creating a piece of art and there are a range of books which show some amazing examples of various creations, some are very complex and detailed and others are less so but still effective.  At the end of the day the act of doodling or 'tangling' or what ever you would like to call it can be very relaxing.  If you want to see what some of the other benefits which for me go hand in hand with taking part in a creative activity - check out Zentangle 

I have been dabbling and more and more created faces with lots of doodling entwined and I shared some of these a while back on my mixed media art blog.

I find it an extremely great way to unwind and relax and use to doodle in meetings, when I am on the phone I like to be forming patterns on a piece of paper and you don’t require any technical or complicated materials. 

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to have one of my pieces featured in the book Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles

This is a new book that came out in September that has been brought together by Tonia Jenny and Amy Jones and a collection of work submitted by 42 artists with me being one of them.  I answered the call earlier this year to submit an image along with the process photos.  My image was called Girl Tangle
Girl Tangle - Amanda Trought

Don’t ever limit yourself and be boxed into a narrow way of thinking.  Take time to explore and push the boundaries, it will help you grow

The book has over 100 examples of Zen Doodles with step by step instructions for creating your own, and some of the most complicated looking doodles are then broken down for you.  For those who are seeking inspiration this is probably a good idea for you as you can not only see how to create the images presented you can extend it and create entirely new image.  It is published by North Light books and it is split up into 4 chapters – Abstract Doodles, Shapes and Objects, Animals and Beasts, and Friendship and Love.  There is an amazing array of examples and things for you to try.  You can also sign up for their free newsletter at Create Mixed Media.

Tutorial Tuesday
In Tutorial Tuesday my post on how to make a mini Capturing Moments Journal I am also running a competition to win the following mini journal along with a set of 10 tags. 

Capturing Moments Mini Journal
There are 4 different ways to enter and increase your chances, leave a message on the post, you can follow me on twitter, tweet about it, and or like my page on Facebook. Hop over to the post and leave your comments, it really does want to find a loving home.

And finally...

Katherines Corner
Thursday Favorite ThingsToday is also Thursdays Favorite Things on Katherines Corner Take a stroll over there and visit some of the inspiring blogs listed in the links, you can leave a link to your post and show some support by visiting others who have listed theirs.  

Blessings to you and yours!


  1. Your drawings or doodles are beautiful.

    1. Tea, many thanks, they started out as drawings then added the doodles along the way:)

  2. Replies
    1. Susan thanks, hope you enjoy your weekend.

  3. I love your tangles Amanda, and I agree this is a good way to relax and relieve stress also.

    1. Carol, it definitely is, hope you and the family are well.

  4. Hi, Amanda. I found your link-up over at Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Congratulations on getting one of your drawings into the 'Zen Doodle' book! I've never been much of draw artist, but I could get into doodling now and then, just for fun! I really like the mini-journal, too! I am a big journal-er and love finding unique journals to write in! Thanks for sharing.
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage

    1. Ann, thanks for stopping by, great to have you here. You should try the doodling, I bet you do it without thinking about it at the moment. Looking forward to stopping by your blog as well. Have a great weekend.

  5. I used to doodle in high school when I wasn't interested in the subject the teacher was lecturing on. lol. Thanks for stopping by the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop I co-hosted!

    1. Jenny, thats how I started, would always be drawing away trying to find a way to stay focused, it is lovely to be able to join in with the blog hop!


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