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lv2paint
11-13-2012, 11:35 AM
At the urging (didn't really take a lot ;) ) of a delightful trading buddy, I would like to explore having a Zentangle-athon. Is anyone else interested in participating sooner rather than later? My daughter and two grand-daughters are coming to visit the week after Thanksgiving and I'm going to be sacrificing my painting studio. Plus I have a couple of really long train and airplane trips (because I'm going to be traveling with them as an extra pair of hands) when painting will not be practicable.

If that date doesn't suit, perhaps the first weekend of the new year, since the after-Christmas doldrums seem to set in and we need something to look forward to :jiggy:

I think some challenges would be fun, if we do this...

I would like to propose what I'm calling the "String Theory" (for more info on Zentangle and terminology go to www.zentangle.com or http://tanglepatterns.com/ ) I choose a certain number (depending on how I feel at the time) of blank ATCs, "string" my blank cards with the same sketch, then draw a different tangle in each area on each card. Seems to turn out some remarkable cards.

Another challenge, would be to "tangle" holiday or seasonal designs...

I know I'm babbling now. Been dealing with some insomnia, which is good and bad...good because I'm getting lots of painting accomplished; bad because I'm also getting pretty goofy :goofy:

CynthiaSillitoe
11-13-2012, 02:04 PM
I love this idea!

Miryei
11-13-2012, 03:25 PM
I would absolutely be up for this. The November dates sound great!

Kalycakes
11-13-2012, 03:39 PM
cool!

dsign49
11-13-2012, 09:45 PM
OH....I love the challenges......can't wait. I know I am not as good as some of you.

lv2paint
11-13-2012, 10:22 PM
The ZAT has been put on the athon calendar for Nov. 24-28...:jiggy:

Ibus
11-13-2012, 10:43 PM
ME! Me! Me! I LOVE tangles and tangling. Need a co-host? I'm happy to do that if you want ;)

lv2paint
11-14-2012, 12:18 AM
Please, please, please!!! I have no idea what I'm doing...need all the help I can get! Thank you so much :jiggy:

dsign49
11-14-2012, 10:03 AM
You are doing a great job already. If we make Zentangle ornaments outline before?

Ibus
11-14-2012, 10:55 AM
You are already doing a good job, but as I'm in a different time zone, I can be online when you're not.

Outlines will be fine Dsign, we're allowed to make backgrounds for the other athons :)

lv2paint
11-14-2012, 11:07 AM
Ibus, I love that you said you're in different time zones :cute: We're actually almost on opposite sides of the planet...this is going be good great fun!

Anybody else out there want to play co-host? That would be FABULOUS!

What are some "challenges" you'd like to have happen?

Ok, I'm getting really pumped now :jiggy:

Ibus
11-14-2012, 11:18 AM
Hmmm, let me think,

Other shapes, animals, initials? Although given the time of year, ornaments are a really good idea.

Choose a tangle or two and challenge everyone to incorporate those into their art on that day.

dsign49
11-14-2012, 01:48 PM
I can help co-host also.

marilou
11-14-2012, 02:52 PM
I will try to play!

lv2paint
11-14-2012, 03:13 PM
Jill, OUTSTANDING! thanks for your help...
Cynthia, Miryei, Kalykakes, Marilou, EXCELLENT!
We're going to have so much stinking fun...tell all your friends!!!

dsign49
11-14-2012, 04:29 PM
I sent out some personal messages to some artists. When I got in there to do the message I couldn't think of anyone. I will do it again if I see that I got no takers.

trini70
11-14-2012, 05:08 PM
Great! I've finally got my PAT cards done and could use a change of pace from all the stitching I've been doing. I'd love to try my hand at some more zentangles.

lv2paint
11-14-2012, 06:55 PM
Very cool! welcome aboard...it'll be good to have you among us

bluesybreeze
11-14-2012, 08:14 PM
This sound awesome! I haven't been able to participate in an athon in a while. I would love to do this one.

Miryei
11-14-2012, 09:07 PM
Today, I found an art shop less than 5 minutes away. It sells microns in tons of different widths and colors, so I picked up a few. Looking forward to trying them out!

Kalycakes
11-14-2012, 09:59 PM
I just picked up a set of microns!!! Giggity! I've never done athon before! Can some one give me a low down???

KESagers
11-14-2012, 11:25 PM
The holiday rush is on but I'll try to play a little. Thanks for the invite.

CynthiaSillitoe
11-14-2012, 11:46 PM
I love Microns although my fave size is 08 and they're not as available in as many colors. My dream would be 08 microns in Prismacolor colors.

marilou
11-15-2012, 03:27 AM
Kalycakes, I posted below the file from a previous marathon, which I think is very helpfull. More questions....just shoot!

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24792

lv2paint
11-15-2012, 09:26 AM
The way "athon" was explained to me is that during the time period, if you so choose to participate, you work on cards, or chunkies, or whatever the form of trading is in the theme and medium of the athon. As you create, you are encouraged to upload pics of your creations in the "athon gallery". That way, when you or another player wants to negotiate a trade, they can contact by personal message to set things up. I think it's really cool to see how everyone's creativity goes in so very many directions! There are no requirements to play or trade; no formal swapping. It's all about having fun and letting your mind expand and be inspired. It's good great fun to post comments to the thread throughout also, to keep everyone updated and see how the other participants are fairing.

dsign49
11-15-2012, 09:30 AM
Now you really have it.
You will do a great job and I can't wait.

VivaGlitter
11-15-2012, 09:48 AM
I would like to join. If you can't tell from my avatar and Flickr I kinda like tangles :P

Another suggestion for pens for tangles for those of you out there interested. While microns are the official Zentangle pens that work great on the official Zentangle tiles (high-quality print-making paper and do have tooth - also expensive) I think Faber-Castell PITT artist pens are the best on Bristol, card stock and hot pressed water color paper.

In my opinion I think

Micron 005 = PITT XS
Micron 01 = PITT S
Micron 05 = PITT M

That way if you can't find Microns where you are maybe you can find the Faber-Castell PITT artist pens.

lv2paint
11-15-2012, 09:52 AM
Viva, do they come in colors? Do you know if they are stocked in chain craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby? Do they dry quickly or will they bleed when wet? I use watercolor pencils sometimes and some inks really bleed unless I spray them, which is a long discussion for another time...

Kalycakes
11-15-2012, 10:17 AM
Pitt pens are great too. They don't bleed either.. They are archival and waterproof.. I've used both! As for colours I know they come in sepia and grey, and black... I'm not sure about other colours... those are just the ones I have. My Micheals carries both brands.

VivaGlitter
11-15-2012, 01:37 PM
They are in Michaels and Hobby Lobby and Staples/Office Depot they are in the fine art section where the watercolors and other art pens in the art stores and in the pen section in the office stores. What I do is check to see has the best coupon at the time and buy the pens from that store when I need them.

They do not bleed, in fact I think they bleed less than Micron and they dry just as fast as microns (20 sec). I have used watercolors over the PITT pens with no issues. No spraying needed.

lv2paint
11-15-2012, 01:51 PM
Thanks, guys...I believe I may have to do some shopping here pretty soon ;) and definitely before 11/24 :laugh:

sharlene54
11-16-2012, 09:18 AM
I hope I can join in on the fun. I have just started doing zentangles. I use mostly Miccrons. I have a few different colors. I use black most of the time and add some colors.

Ibus
11-16-2012, 12:43 PM
My colour tends to be in the backgrounds rather than the pens, although I've used red and gold as well :)

dsign49
11-16-2012, 02:47 PM
I finished all bur one swap. And I will finish that next week. I will be ready....

Anneke
11-18-2012, 03:48 PM
After reading everything :eek: I think I understand a-thon now! I would like to join/play!

dsign49
11-18-2012, 04:03 PM
You don't have to join just make art during those days and post to the thread and trade...You will have lots of fun.

Amapola
11-18-2012, 04:34 PM
Sounds fun! I'll see if I have time to play at least a little.

Miryei
11-18-2012, 04:55 PM
Hey, does anyone know if using microns over watercolor is bad for the pens?

Ibus
11-18-2012, 05:11 PM
I'd say yes it is, cos my very thin pens don't work for a while after using them on watercolours. I now have a thicker set .03, that I use only on watercolour backgrounds.

CynthiaSillitoe
11-18-2012, 08:16 PM
After reading everything :eek: I think I understand a-thon now! I would like to join/play!

Come play! Athons are great for getting to know people. :)

lv2paint
11-19-2012, 10:09 AM
We're counting down to lift-off :yes: I'm getting excited :jiggy: How 'bout everybody else?!

Kalycakes
11-19-2012, 10:30 AM
I am! Does anyone video conference when doing an -athon?

lv2paint
11-19-2012, 12:13 PM
good question...I cannot...my studio and computer are not in the same location...but it does sound like good great fun

Kalycakes
11-19-2012, 12:21 PM
It would be neat to have a video chat channel open to anyone who wanted to pop in .

dsign49
11-19-2012, 01:27 PM
I can't either because mine are different locations also.
My Daughter brought me her Christmas cartridge for my Ciricut. I want to cut out some christmas ornaments to Zentangle on.

Miryei
11-19-2012, 01:57 PM
Or even if we used the AFA chat channel-there's never anyone there, we'd have the whole room to ourselves!

dsign49
11-19-2012, 02:07 PM
We could do that.

Kalycakes
11-19-2012, 03:26 PM
afa has a chat channel... lol

Ibus
11-19-2012, 03:57 PM
I forget to chat and as I often spend the day in pjs if my lurgy's acting up, I'm not so keen on video! http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb175/Ibuschat/70345-bigshock.gif

VivaGlitter
11-19-2012, 04:23 PM
I think the AFA chat space will be great. posting pictures often during the progress of a project will be interesting to all. I'm in.

lv2paint
11-19-2012, 06:14 PM
didn't I just tell you it'd be a party!!! Ibus, I think you'd be darling your pj's anyhow :biglaugh:

marilou
11-20-2012, 03:28 AM
Do not forget ladies, you will be asleep when we in Europe are creating!!!

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 10:45 AM
Rats! I did forget about that. No, wait...if it's 3am Pacific, where does that place Europe? Are you still up or are you just falling asleep? You know what, I can't do maths in my head, so I best not even try that road...

marilou
11-20-2012, 10:50 AM
We are about 9 hours ahead of you gals (Pacific time that is), about 8 hours ahead with lets say Houston TX and 6 hours ahead with the east coast.
Singapore is the first to wake up, and then Australia I think. Not really sure about those countries.

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 11:41 AM
I just kinda peeked into the "chat" that's listed on the tool bar, just to see what would happen. There are some options (that I did not explore). I'm thinking that if you've the desire and time -- certainly login and see if there is someone to chat with. It sounds like a really good way to become more acquainted with AFA members and for those insomniacs (hi-my-name-is-eleanor-I-can't-sleep) among us, well, BONUS!, we get to talk around the world:jiggy: It's absolutely not required to play, but could add lots of fun... Remember what I said -- it's a PARTY :spinny:

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 12:02 PM
I need everyone's feedback if you will -- what do you think about starting the ZAT on Friday, 11/23? That's gives us a good five days to create. I'm a little selfish about continuing thru Wednesday tho -- I'm away from my computer early Sunday morning until Tuesday evening. I will be able to contribute to the thread but not be able to post any pictures. So I guess what I'm asking -- would five calendar days be too long?

dsign49
11-20-2012, 12:05 PM
I don't think so. It really gives the people who only have the week-end more time. And you will be away for 3 days.

marilou
11-20-2012, 12:06 PM
Absolutely NOT, 5 days is just good because not everyone is available all 5 days. I am away on Monday, and please start on Friday. Is this Friday 0.01 am or 11.59 pm?

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 12:09 PM
Friday, 11/23, 12 am, wherever in the world you live; zero-hundred hours, if you can calculate military time, which I don't usually, but my husband used to serve and he can help me when I get confused :confused:

Ibus
11-20-2012, 12:12 PM
Rats! I did forget about that. No, wait...if it's 3am Pacific, where does that place Europe? Are you still up or are you just falling asleep? You know what, I can't do maths in my head, so I best not even try that road...

I'm never sure either, especially with Summer time etc. I know I'm now two hours behind my daughter in SA, who I think is on the same time as my daughter in Holland, or maybe that's only during Summer time! .

1 Art Lady
11-20-2012, 12:16 PM
Whoa, Just stumbled on to this, and am so glad that I did. I will try to play as much as time permits! I love that you are starting on Friday, as that gives me some weekend time to hopefully play here and there! Any challenges or themes yet in the brewing, so I can at least start thinking about it?

CynthiaSillitoe
11-20-2012, 02:50 PM
Did we decide tangling ahead was ok if we don't finish up or color until the athon?

Ibus
11-20-2012, 03:11 PM
I think it was the other way round, prepare backgrounds with colour, strings etc and start tangling once the Athon starts.

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 03:11 PM
It's ok with me...

Ibus
11-20-2012, 03:14 PM
Oh, ok, I'll start tangling then! I've been resisting the urge :laugh:

CynthiaSillitoe
11-20-2012, 03:37 PM
Ok, what I'm doing now is outlining shapes to then tangle. :)

Anneke
11-20-2012, 03:58 PM
When do we start? I see 24 and 25-th, and I read friday that is the 23-th?

dsign49
11-20-2012, 04:18 PM
Friday on the 23rd at Midnight. We will have a party.

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 05:06 PM
May I just clarify things as I understand them about "starting early"? This is not a competition or a race. We're all grown-ups and we each know what our lives can and cannot handle. If you look ahead and feel the need to get some things done before the actual posted start time, I would ask that those items not be posted to the gallery or make any remarks until such time as the marathon is officially opened.

Ibus, design49 and I have been in touch with each other as hosts and the "official" thread will be posted sometime on Thursday, with lots of good information. The start time of the Z-thon will be Friday, 11/23, 12 am. I have asked Carole to make that adjustment to the posted calendar, but that hasn't happened yet.

Any other questions we can help you with, please be sure to ask...

Ibus
11-20-2012, 06:20 PM
:laugh: I sat down to do some tangling (I got some new pens today) and ended up making a Gothic Arch for a swop instead!

lv2paint
11-20-2012, 07:11 PM
Well done, Elizabeth, very well done!!!

dsign49
11-21-2012, 05:47 PM
I mailed my last swaps off today....Now when my pumpkin is thawed I can make my pumpkin bar dessert.

CynthiaSillitoe
11-21-2012, 07:52 PM
I still hope to play, though I'm having tech woes....I may not have a scanner. We'll see.

lv2paint
11-21-2012, 08:43 PM
I sure hope you can work it out...

lv2paint
11-22-2012, 08:19 PM
Okay, my friends, the official thread for this athon is posted. The fun starts at midnight tonight:jiggy: Hope to see you there...