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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chapter 11: Little People...Big Wonderland

`Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.'

Hello and welcome back! This week, we are SUPER excited to tell you that we are being sponsored by the fabulous BUGABOO Stamps! The owner, Jodie, was just as sweet as can be and when she offered to sponsor Oh, Alice we were thrilled!


Since we are talking about those two curious little Tweedles, Dee and Dum today, let's get right down to your mission this week, should you choose to accept it! CREATE a card, layout, or project for a CHILD. This can mean using children's images, making a layout of a child, creating a kid's bday card or room decor, you name it! The possibilities are endless!

The PRIZE this week is a GREAT one, too, thanks to Bugaboo! ONE lucky winner will receive 7 digi images of their choice! That's over a $21.00 value at mininum, wow! Thanks so much to Jodie and the Bugaboo Crew!


You have until Friday, May 7th at 8pm CST to link your creation to Mr. Linky on the Oh Alice! blog, and the winner will be announced next Saturday! Please use keyword OAC11 when linking to a public gallery, thanks and have a great week!


Here's my sample, I call it "You're a Good Egg":

{click to enlarge}

The decorations on the egg, the kids' hair, and the girls top are called Zentangles. Does this sound 'scary?' It shouldn't. Remember when you were in school, and you were B. O. R. E. D? You doodled. When you're waiting on hold for customer service? You still doodle. Zentangling is a limitless and addicting form of pen art that you can do anywhere, anytime. All it takes is a pen, some paper, and a little imagination. It's named a combination of Zen (highly relaxed state) and tangle (strings/ribbons entangled), so if you think about it, it's a relaxing method of letting your mind deal with life's tangles.

You can learn this craft from Zentangle - the 'official' home of Zentangles. I can teach this to you in a matter of minutes.

Draw or cut a piece of quality paper (or start with copy paper if you're unsure). Take a deep breath and relax into your art. Use your pen to start a loose line or ribbon across the small area you have established. It may look like this:

Then you just start doodling. If you want ideas, google "zentangle," and you will see quite a list of helpful websites. Don't forget to check out Flickr - there's a whole library of Zentangles. Think about creating a card for a child that would allow you to teach them the fabulous art of Zentangles! Kids are great at this because it's so simple for their minds to grasp.

I love to use my stamp library as a starting point, a string or ribbon, for the beginning of my Zentangle. You can then turn these precious pieces of art into cards or other things to share with your friends and loved ones. You can even use these as a technique on any page of Wreck This Journal!

So - get busy and see if you have some stamps that might work with Zentangling. I want to see them!! Link your project to the Oh Alice! blog and we'll take a look. Who knows? You could win! {please note, zentangles are NOT required for the Oh Alice! challenge - only kid themed cards/images are}

Ta for now, ~ky

9 comments:

  1. Ky - this is just so coool! I love how you added zentangle concepts into your project!

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  2. Wow, Ky, this is awesome! I love your patterns! I always find myself doodling all over the place, especially when paying bills, lol! I wonder what they must think when they see my stubs all doodled up ;)
    Thanks for sharing this! I will definitely be giving this a try!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    hugs, margie

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  3. So cool Ky, I'm definitely checking Zentangle out.

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  4. Very cute Ky and awesome doodling.
    Kristy xx

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  5. Fabulous creation and tutorial!!

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  6. This could not have been better timing! I was looking for a short filler project for my 7th graders before finals and this is going to be perfect! I can't wait to try it out. :D

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  7. I doodle in meetings ALL the time. Sometimes I have more doodles than notes. LOL. What a great idea for something unique and visually pleasing. Great job!

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  8. Great doodling girl. This is really cute.

    Hope everything is going smoothly with the move. Big hugs!!!

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  9. What a wonderful project! Can't believe you drew all that in-you must have a steady hand, girl! I love it. Miss you-hope you're doing well during this transition time :) Is it July yet? ;)

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Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!