Sunday, January 15, 2012

In Honor Of Suzanne McNeill!

Hello readers!
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I'd like to introduce you to Suzanne McNeill! Suzanne just recently won an industy award for her work of being published, creating her company, and her mentoring over other designers/books being published! The complete story is below, along with Suzanne's beautiful photo!

At the end of that paragraph, it mentions Suzanne's love for Zentangle! Zentangle is finding "zen" (or calmness, soothing feelings) through "tangles" (or doodles) in repetitive patterns. Check out some examples from Suzanne's blog below, and be sure to show her some love and be inspired at her blog!

Here, Suzanne took a normal dragonfly stamp and used Zentangle techniques to fill in the wings! What a create way to take a normal stamp with white space, and make it unique! The squares below the dragonfly are "step outs". The red lines in each square are the next step, or newest additions in the pattern to show you exactly how to recreate!
I just love this dress! You could take simple coloring books with their black outlines, and fill in all the pictures with Zentangle designs! What a calm way to spend an afternoon this winter with some hot coffee or tea!

Don't stop at doing the techniques on paper.. anything that can take a pen or marker can be Zentangle-fied!

LinkLike I said- anything! In a blog post about Art of the Carolinas, Suzanne shares this image from Penny Arrowood and her Zentangled high-top sneakers! Talk about personalizing your style!

I saved my favorite image for last, plus it helps explain how sweet Zentangle can be! I love the bird with the sentiment of relaxation and focus!

I hope this post helped explain how creative Zentangle can be, and how amazing and intricate some of Suzanne's works are! Thanks Suzanne for helping mold parts of our industry and making a difference!
If you'd like to win the blog candy featured above today, please comment on our blog and write Suzanne some love!

Thanks for reading!
-Michelle









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59 comments:

  1. gorgeous work. Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway.

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  2. I have seen Zentangle before but this is amazing. It really does add some interest. Will have to have a go. Lovely work Suzanne. Great inspiration.
    Mags
    x

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  3. Have only seen this briefly before, I think Suzannes work is just amazing, would love to have ago at this.xx

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  4. I have just recently discovered Zentangles and I am in love. Thank you for sharing this artist with us. Her work is so inspirational. Katherine

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  5. I think that Zentangle is quite an art form all of it's own. These pictures are beautiful.

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  6. I think that Zentangle is quite an art form all of it's own. These pictures are beautiful.

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  7. Amazing artwork - I love the owls!

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  8. beautiful work! thanks for the chance to win :) Off to suzanne's blog!

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  9. Must give this technique a try. I can doodle and make something at the same time! TFS ;-)

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  10. I've seen Zentangle images on other blogs, but Suzanne's work is incredible. It takes doodling to a whole different level. I'm heading her way to check out more. Thanks!

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  11. Congratulations Suzanne! Your zentangles are amazing!

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  12. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  13. Zentangles are so much fun to do -- although mine never approach the fabulousness of Suzanne's!

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  14. I have her books and have taken a class in zentangle basics! Loved it, and did it for a while on my own, I found that my own life was reflected in what I drew. Need to get back into it. Very neat! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  15. WOW this looks really cool. I´ve never tryed this, but have seen it a few rtimes, but it´s not very normal here in my area yet, I must admit, so maybe Im should give it a go and try and make it known here LOL.
    This lady is absolutely fabulous, I just love these shows, she made.

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  16. I have a couple of her Zentangle books and just love them. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. wow Suzanne is amazing...I am so like in awww right now..these are so cool. Thanks for sharing Suzanne with us today...so glad you did..

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  19. Very neat! I would love to try this out with my daughter.

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  20. WOW WOW WOW this is a fab technique i must give it a try xx

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  21. I have been following
    suzanne's site for a couple years, andhave all her tangle books.
    She does beautiful work. I also watch all her videos.
    Zenpen

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  22. Wow! I love, love, love this technique! I enjoy doing detail, often too much so this would definitely satisfy my detail need! Thank you, Suzanne, for sharing. You are so talented.

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  23. love this !!! can't wait to try it

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  24. I got a book of Suzanne's with my last order from SSS and I can say it's brilliant. I managed to make great zentagles from the first try! Thanks Suzanne!

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  25. Suzanne's books and videos are a constant source of Zentangliscious inspiration. Thanks for the contest opportunity! LOVE Zentangle :-)

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  26. beautiful work... thanks for the inspiration

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  27. Congrats to Suzanne on her award--well deserved.

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  28. thanks a lot to Suzanne for a lot of inspiration - I love all her project!

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  29. beautiful pieces, they are like works of art!

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  30. I'm just now getting into Zentangle--beautiful pieces today!

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  31. Thanks for the information on Zentangles. I had been looking at some of these books last year but never gave them a try. Didn't know there was a Zen connection to them. This has perked my interest again. Thanks!

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  32. Wow - amazing talent! Love the sneakers - really really unique. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Thanks for showcasing such a talented artist - love her work.


    karenajo

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  34. Amazing! Real talent there. Beautiful work!

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  35. I never new the name of that technique! Now I do and I will have to give it a shot. Thanks so much for the knowledge and for giving us a chance to win a Zentangle item.

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  36. Love the cool and unique ways zentangling can jazz Items up, Well done Suzanne. The items are brilliant and I would never thought to fill up a stamp I all ready own. What a perfect way to start zentangling. I have been very intimidated in starting my own but with a stamp I think it takes the pressure off a lot!

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  37. What cool projects, I'll have to add Zentangles to my "to try" list :)

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  41. Very talented lady! Awesome tangles. Her work is incredible!! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!~\

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  43. wish i could doodle as well as she can

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  44. Wow--congratulations! I've never tried a zentangle before, but this sure makes me want to.

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  45. Thanks for introducing this Zentangle! It is new to me but I will check it out!

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  46. I love the look of this technique and can't wait to play with it. Suzanne is amazing!!

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  47. I love Zentangle and Suzanne McNeill is a pro. I'm taking a class with her next month on a gourd. :-)

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  48. Lovely post! I have a few of Suzanne's books and love them! (how could i not love someone with the same name as me...ha) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I love Zentangle and Suzanne's work--she also has wonderful quilt patterns and ideas! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. Oh wow! Great projects! Hugs! Leah Ann

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  51. Love this technique, beautiful!!!

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  52. very creative and a good relaxing technique! thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. I've been following Suzanne for years now. She's amazing. I love her You tube videos too. Congratulations to Suzanne!
    from Trish

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  56. I am addicted to Zentangles. Her energy and imagination is so inspiring. Catherine

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  57. Beautiful article, Michelle! ...and congratulations, Suzanne! A wonderful honor for you, and very well-deserved! Thank you BOTH for the mention on my shoes -- they have been quite the conversation starter ;-)

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