All posts by Andrea Wood Schmitz

27 Useful Bullet Journal Printables You’ll Want to Download Now

It’s no big secret, around here we love Erin and The Petit Planner. Amazon addicted, fit SAHM with a real passion for journaling (much to her surprise and our delight), Erin is one of our one-stop spots for inspiration and a boatload of useful and implementable ideas, templates and resources.

So it’S NO SURPRISE that we want to direct you on over to her neck of the woods to see her fantastic 27 downloadable and printable bullet journal themes. With such a comprehensive list, we knew it would be ridiculous to pull our own together.

Snag these free bullet journal printables from all around the web. From weekly spreads to budget planners and fitness trackers, you will find what you are looking for here. In 2017 I created a big roundup of 30 Free Bullet Journal Printables, and it was a huge hit.

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Monika Sets Up 30 Lists Journal

Who isn’t totally inspired by Monika and what she writes at I Love It All? I mean, her March 30 Lists post is a delight and inspiration for all journal and scrapbooking inkovators.

You NEED to go see her fantastic spreads right now!

I’ve been setting up my 30 Lists Journal for the March challenge, just a little bit here and there as I’m watching my lineup of British crime series’ on Amazon Prime. If you haven’t heart about 30 Lists, you can read more and Register Here, which opens Saturday, February 10th.

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3 Surprising Ways to Add Watercolor to Your Bullet Journal

If you follow Inkovator you know we are very impressed by Erin, the Petit Planner.

Why?

She’s the real deal. Focussed, spot on, with a flair of whimsicle yet fiercely focussed. Quite honest? Journalling at it’s best!
That’s why we are pleased to give her the shout out she deserves – here’s just ONE glimpse of what she’s got to offer.

We’re so confident that you’ll be hooked on Erin once you click through.

You’ve likely seen people using watercolor in their bullet journal. But do you know how they do it without tons of bleeding? This post will show you 3 easy methods to add watercolor to your bullet journal. Watercolor has become extremely popular in the last 6 months-1 year.

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Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Primary, 10-Pack

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Devotionals DIY Booklet Tutorial | This is Love

Hello, hello my friends! I am SO very excited to be sharing a fun little DIY with y’all today!! Clear your weekend schedule, because you are going to want to dive right in to making stacks of these fab mini booklets with every single Illustrated Faith devo kit ever made!!!

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Coloring for the WIN in September – 7 Give-Aways

Great news for colorers and I’m gonna share it all!

While combing the internet for the latest and greatest adult coloring news for you, I came across some fantastic give-aways and contests.

I found 3 before I realized I should be collecting these because I know you love fun and games and a chance to win is cool, eh?

But in case I miss something, leave a comment so I can add, ok?

So here is the unsorted list.

Some are open until the end of the month, but some run out quicker, so go through them and have a look-see.  Wishing you the best!

Win an Adult Coloring Trio of Pens, Pencils and Crayon Sets!

Crayola/DealsAmongUs is giving 1 person an trio of coloring must haves!

(1) lucky winner will be selected at random to win (1) Crayola Classic Color Pack of 96 Crayons and (1) 50ct Washable Super Tips Set and (1) Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils.

This is a $25.00 value!! DealsAmongUs will be randomly choosing 1 person on October 14th (10/14/2016) to receive this must have trio pack!

Open to residents in the US and Canada.

To enter click here!

Winner’s will be notified by DealsAmongUs by email and prize will be fulfilled by Crayola/DealsAmongUs.

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Win A Set Of 48 Gel Pens With a Case and Ink Refills!

Holy smokes!  Daily a new winner – how awesome is this?  I LOVE gel pens!

ColorIt is adding gel pens to their product line! To celebrate they are giving away one set of 48 gel pens that comes with a case and ink refills each day in September.

They are also running a special to purchase the ColorIt Animal Variety Pack for $34.99 — that’s $9 off of the normal price of $43.97! Don’t forget, by placing an order on ColorIt.com you earn an additional 75 entries. For alternate ways to earn entries and the entry page, go hereimage

Garden Of Eden – Coloring Book Giveaway

Would you like the chance to win a copy of the Garden Of Eden? Create With Joy is excited to offer one of our US readers a chance to win this wonderful coloring book!

To enter this giveaway, please follow Create With Joy, leave a comment on this post, and submit your entries through the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is open to Create With Joy readers, 18 years and older, who reside in the United States, and is open now through Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.

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Summer Nights Coloring Book: Originally Published in Sweden as “Sommarnatt” by Hanna Karlzon

Coloring Queen has done it again – a fantastic review as well as a give-away.

She has one copy of this book to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is:

  • be over 18 years of age; and
  • leave a comment below.

There is one entry per person. The giveaway is open to all worldwide. The giveaway will end at 5.00 pm 4 October 2016 (Sydney, Australia timezone) and a random winner will be selected.

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Here's your chance to win a copy of Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book

Who wouldn’t want to win this?

Super easy to sign up and four chances to improve your fortune!

Go here to enter.

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How about a Cha-Ching, A Money Coloring Book?

Entry details can be found here.

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Win a copy of the First Grace VanderWaal Inspired Coloring Book

12 year old wunderkind and America’s Got Talent Season 11 winner, Grace VanderWaal rose to the top to inspire many to have hope:  #miraclescanhappen – and they did.

Inspired by her genuine talent, good humor and heart-warming humility, Inkovator dedicated their next publishing project to the #everyoneneedsgrace coloring book.

And now each month they give-away 5 copies to random winners.

Click here to apply.

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How to Add Watercolor to Your Zentangle Drawings

Here’s a cool pasttime catching the hearts of 8 year olds and 80 year olds. Zentangle drawings. I have to admit, it’s drawn me in, too.  It’s meditation with a pencil and any scrap of paper will do (although I’m taken with the beer coaster ideas, but more on that later).

Search on Google using terms like ‘Zentangle patterns’, ‘official Zentangle designs’, ‘how to Zentangle’ and ‘coloring Zentangle’ and you’ll know what I mean. There are so many blogs, blog posts, articles and video tutorials on how to Zentangle and how to take your skill to the next level. There are several beautiful books on Zentangle as well.

While drawing Zentangle is so much fun itself, adding color to these patterns is a lot more fun. There are plenty of techniques that you can use to incorporate colors and turn your Zentangle into beautiful work of art.

Draw Zentangle First

Do you know how to draw a Zentangle pattern? It’s easier than you can imagine. With some basic understanding and practice, you can get started with your pleasurable journey of Zentangling. And once you start, you’ll have so much fun and relaxation that you may never want to quit.

Follow these steps to create a Zentangle –

> Outline the shape (square, rectangle, circle etc)
> Divide it into multiple smaller sections
> Use a black pen or pencil to draw strings, one section after another
> Fill each section with repetitive patterns
> Add color or shade areas as you want

Drawing Zentangle is as simple as that. One thing that you would love is that there are no mistakes with this art form. You don’t need to plan in advance because there is no right and wrong with Zentangle. Once you become familiar with the basic concept of Zentangle, you can improve your skill with more practice and experimentation as most people do out there.

The next step is to learn how to be more intricate and detailed in your drawings. You’ll love playing with shading styles and color combinations and using a variety of coloring techniques.

Watercolor and Zentangle

By adding watercolor, you can enhance the graphic quality of your Zentangle within minutes. In fact, watercolor and Zentangle go together so fantastically. If you haven’t experimented with watercolor till now, you will truly find this coloring technique worth learning and applying to your Zentangle.

Suzanne McNeill, a famous craft artist, has mastered the art of adding watercolor to Zentangle designs.

Here’s a video tutorial in which Suzanne demonstrates how to incorporate watercolor with Zentangle drawings, step by step. The tutorial is simply packed with tips for anyone who is interested in learning something new.

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How to Use Markers and a Blending Pen to Color Your Zentangle

I’ve published many posts on the blog about what the art of Zentangle is and how to do it – at least the basics. And I’m sure you have read at least a couple of them, if not all of them. So, I can easily assume that many of you might already be drawing Zentangle and improving your skills as well.

You may have read my posts on official Zentangle patterns, how to draw a Christmas tree the Zentangle style, creating water color backgrounds for your Zentangle, speed-doodling, coloring Zentangle etc.

Today, I want to talk about yet another coloring technique – Using markers and a blending pen to add color to your Zentangle.

Coloring Zentangle is Lots of Fun, Really

Usually, a Zentangle pattern is drawn with a black pen on a white sheet of paper. But you can always create colorful patterns. There are multiple ways of adding colors to your Zentangle. Different artists use different tools and techniques to turn a plain Zentangle pattern into an incredibly colorful work of art.

Suzanne McNeill, of Design Originals, is a well-known Zentangle expert. She has a strong passion for working with her hands, and she wants to continue with this passion of hers for the rest of her life.

She likes to experiment a lot as well.

Suzanne uses markers and a blending pen to add colors to Zentangles, among other coloring techniques that she has come up with.

The way she uses markers and a blending pen to color Zentangle is truly something to learn. Her special technique of coloring in unique ways has gained her popularity from all over the world. She organizes regular workshops in different locations to help others learn the beautiful art of Zentangle and how to color. She knows how to create wonderful looks with markers by using a blending pen.

Let’s Get Started!

If you are already drawing Zentangle, this special coloring technique will definitely take your creative spirit to the next level. First, you have to use markers to put the color on any kind of transparent plastic surface. Then, you should use the blending pen, which has no color in it, to pick the colors from the surface and start applying them to your Zentangle patterns or designs that you copy from a Zentangle book (don’t forget to get the book shown in video below, it’s a good one).

In the video tutorial given below, Suzanne shares her unique technique of adding color to Zentangle. Follow her as she colors the rays of a cartoon sun and completes the sun face with attractive highlighting.

You’ll love watching the video – for sure.

This colorless blender works great on many mediums. The dual tips make it really fun and easy to use on larger areas as well as smaller areas.  Great blender, great product.

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It’s Time to Speed-Doodle!

Anybody who has been to school knows what doodling is all about. Do you remember drawing doodles when you lost interest during class as a student? Dude, I remember doing this and passing notes.  And lying under the desk in tears.  Wonder if kids still do this today…

Though doodles are made up of abstract lines, they are an excellent way to pass time when your attention is otherwise occupied.  I actually learned this the first time I went to Germany – the kids in school were actually knitting while the teacher was teaching them.

That got me curious, so I gathered up some info which has helped me help my kids.  They’re pretty smart, ya know?

Effects of Doodling on Memory

There are several studies that show doodling as a memory booster. According to a popular study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling can save one’s energy and brain processing power by keeping one from daydreaming. It’s an activity which helps a person focus on the current situation.

It’s been noted that doodlers are better at recalling information than those who don’t doodle. Famous poets like John Keats and Rabindranath Tagore are also known to doodle in their manuscripts and notes.

So, you shouldn’t look at doodling only as a pastime. Regular doodling can help you discover your passion and take your artistic skills to the next level.

Basics of Doodling

The best thing about doodling is that you can do it anywhere. All you need to do is carry a notebook and a pencil or ink pen with you. You never know when boredom can strike or when you get inspired by something.

Doodling is also interesting in the sense that you don’t necessarily need to get inspired to start doing it. Sometimes, you are inspired after you have doodled for a few minutes. So, there isn’t a right time to create doodles. Just think of any shape or stuff and begin to doodle around it. You should actually let yourself completely free – no one will check it for quality – and draw anything you want.

Flowers are a good start. There are so many different types of flowers that you’ll love doodling flowers. You can draw a vase and then start filling it out with a wide variety of flowers. Or, you can draw an entire garden of flowers.

Doodle with Speed

While you can doodle anything you see or can think of, you will get better at doodling with more and more practice. Many artists are so adept in doodling that they can doodle really fast – without stopping for a minute.

Speed-doodling allows you to fill an entire page quickly. With a couple of tips and instructions, you can not just become a good doodler but also master speed doodling which is truly a lot of fun and a great skill. After you have learnt how to draw with speed, you can create beautiful motifs and use those designs to decorate an array of stuff at your own home or your friend’s. On the web, you’ll find a lot of tips and guidelines on how to doodle or draw or paint with speed. There are video tutorials that you can watch to learn different types of doodling.

Given below is a short video tutorial in which Sophia shows you how to speed-doodle or draw with speed.

Tell me your favorite doodling memory!

[Video] Top Tips For Coloring and Beautifying Your Tangles (or Zendoodles)

The number of Zentangle fans all across the world is increasing in multiples by the day. Are you a fan of Zentangling as well? If you are not, it’s most probably because you are still unfamiliar with the beautiful concept of this unique art form. Zentangles or Zendoodles are design patterns that are attractive to look at, relaxing to draw and a lot of fun playing with.

In fact, the Zentangle-inspired art is benefiting so many people in so many ways that you will hear interesting stories about it.

One story goes like this:

“I draw Zentangle for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s plenty of fun. Second, it relaxes my mind. But what I must tell you is that my high blood pressure has gone down since I started creating Zentangles. Even during stressful times, I find my blood pressure well under control.” – Sandy Murray, Texas.

There are many more stories like this. Maybe, your own story is about to begin soon too. It’s just when you get started with Zentangle.

Materials Used in Zentangle

Zentangle is an art form which doesn’t require you to buy expensive materials, unlike most other forms of art. You can start to create Zentangles or tangles using a black pen and a piece of white paper. Sometimes, you may need to use a pencil for shading and drawing outlines.

Once you get familiar with the fundamental concept of Zentangle, you can start to experiment more and more. You can then start to add colors to your tangles to make them look even more beautiful.

You really can’t imagine where Zentangle can take you. The art form is so much fun and relaxing that it can soon become an addiction.

How to Color and Beautify Your Tangles

There are many ways in which you can color tangles. Adding color to Zentangle is something you’ll immediately fall in love with.

You can color and spruce up tangle patterns with:

> Pens and pencils
> Water colors
> Chalks
> Metallic colors
> Sparkly inks

If you want to get started with the fun of coloring, you should first create some Zentangles or Zendoodles of your own. Or, you can also order a couple of Zentangle books which come along with a wide range of official tangles or templates for you to fill out with beautiful colors. You can also take inspiration from the Zentangle book templates and create your own unique tangles.

Playing with Zentangles doesn’t stop there. You can also start beautifying the tangles with glitter and jewel. You can use colored tangles to jazz up cards, scrapbook pages, note books, handbags, art journals etc.

Here is a video which shows you how to have fun adding colors to different Zentangles or Zendoodles, and use them up to create wonderful pieces of art. You won’t believe how amazing the results can be – unless you see it yourself.

Watch it without wasting another minute!

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