Monday, September 1, 2014

Reading is fundamental

I tell my daughter all the time: Reading is fundamental. I need to listen to myself. Someone had posted their entry for Every Inchie Monday and I went to the sight, thinking they had posted the information already. I happened to read the list on the left hand side of the blog in it's entirety and realized that they had the weekly challenge words posted for the entire year listed (hit myself in the forehead and said duh). That being said I went ahead and did my inchie and had it completed by 12:04 A. M.. Of course that means I actually started this post a little after midnight.


Here is my entry for this week's Every Inchie Monday - Renaissance.

Jester
True king of the Renaissance court


I have talked about my project in several of my prior blogs. Basically what I am doing is trying to get the tangles organized in a way suitable for me. At first I was going to try and alphabetize them, but that has proved to be a bit daunting for me. So I am going through the artists alphabetically and making my own book of tangles. I started by making a list of the people on TanglePatterns.


The list is in alphabetical order by tangle, like on the site, in the first column. The second column contains the artists name. There is a third column that contains the site where the artist is found  (this is only done the first time their name appears on the list). I then used colored pencils to highlight whether they are a CZT (blue) and whether they have a blog, website, flickr page or pinterest page (pink). The official Zentangle(R) patterns are highlighted with a pink highlighter if it is on TanglePatterns, If there are no stepouts for the pattern they are added to the bottom of the list in pink ink.

I then used index cards to list the artist, their site and their tangles.

2 sample index cards
I tried to do it so that the tangles on TanglePatterns were listed first and then other tangles that they created are listed. The tangles on TanglePatterns I highlighted with a purple colored pencil. Since I have already drawn those and put them in my small books, I am not redoing them right now. I use my 5.5 in x 8.5 in cketch book to copy them into. I have also used the book for some other things but am now dedicating it to tangles only. I purchased another book of the same size to do my other playing in.


Workbook

previous practice pages


Sample tangle pages

I have also copied all my blogs I follow, and as I visit the sites, I write the person's name and other sites they may have in additional columns. I know I could have printed this list, however, my printer is currently out of ink and it will be awhile before I can buy some more.



I plan to color code my index file in the future and have bought some colored index cards for that.


This is a labor intensive project and a long blog. I enjoy making lists and writing things down. Also the whole project gives me an opportunity to practice my drawing and see some beautiful artwork.

I am up to the letter H in my file box, so I have completed 7 out of 26 letters. This is actually going faster than I anticipated. I am hoping sometime in the near future to purchase Genevieve Crabe's Weekly Roundup e-book to see which tangles I have missed.

Thank you for enduring this overly long post, I usually try not to be this wordy.

16 comments:

  1. I love your little jester crown! Somehow, I'd not made that link before.

    Sally

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  2. Love your idea for your inchie! I also enjoyed reading about your tangle organization. I have a three ring binder and some tangle organization pages I printed (from RainbowElephant.com). I add new tangles as they come out - weekly it seems. Initially it took me an entire summer to get it going, so I know what you mean about labor intensive - but at least it was fun! Good luck with your organizing.

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    1. Thank you. I am going to have to check out Rainbow Elephant again, I haven't been over there in a long time. Yes they come out frequently.

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  3. The jester is perfect for the Renaissance. I like your drawing. I'm impressed by your organization project. Mine are all jumbled up in a little black book - easy to flip through but getting too full and in no way comprehensive. I'm going to have to come up with something like your way that works for me. Wow.

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    1. Thank you. I had to do something because flipping from site to site is not always easy. Plus I have seen some tangles and can't remember where they were.

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  4. Great idea for your inchie and beautifully depicted.

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  5. Love the idea you got for renaissance, great job! Your work on the tangles looks so extensive, you sure do have alot of patience

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    1. Thank you. I guess I do , I enjoy doing it and it keeps me busy.

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  6. What a cute idea for the inchie. I admire all your hard work for your organization of tangles. I cheat, I suppose, and just use Evernote :)

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    1. Thank you. I am still somewhat of a 20th century type person and like to have paper backup for all my stuff. Plus I am not always someplace where I can use a computer. Also, I don't even know what Evernote is.

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  7. Great idea for your inchie. I'm a list maker as well, so can admire your organisation.

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