Sunday, October 4, 2015

NEW TANGLE: Knights of the Round Table

 I love introducing new tangle patterns!
Here is one I designed that you will find in our new book
 This is a fun tangle that came to me one night
as I was watching Merlin episodes on Netflix.
Lots of ways to vary this pattern.
 As well as plenty of ways to incorporate it into your art.
Shading really makes this tangle stand out.
You can just go crazy mixing it up with other round tangles like I did here.
Or other tangles. They don't need to be round.
Knights of the Round Table is a fun, versatile, 
easy to incorporate tangle
I hope you love it and use it alot!

To pick up your copy of the Tangle It! Journal,
click here or here

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Taking the Rubber Ducky Challenge

I guess I've talked enough about our book this week, 
did you know we started a group on Facebook called
Tangle It! Journal ?
It is a group for anyone interested in our book.

Yesterday Ina posted a rubber ducky challenge.
Ina gave us a basic duck outline and 
challenged us to tangle it any way we wanted to.
This is what I did with my little rubber ducky.

I started with a pre-made background of Brushos Color Crystals 
on a wet sheet of mixed media paper.
Tangles I used include:
printemps (but of course), 'nzeppel, puf, diva dance rock 'n roll, 
tortuca, shattuck, and my own tangle curlz. 
What a fun challenge!
Pretty soon this little ducky will be swimming its 
way over to Colorado to live.

You can join the fun at Tangle It! Journal.
if you still need a copy of our book, 
you can get it here OR here.

The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, October 1, 2015

One Great Big Dream Come True!

It has been an amazing, quick, exciting seven days!
 On September 24, 2015, Ina hit the send button and our book 
Tangle It! Journal 
was submitted to Create Space for publication.
So exciting!!!
We literally built this entire book through Facebook chat, 
a Facebook group, and email.
We never talked to each other live.
We never did a face to face.
The whole book came together through
internet technology.
And this was the full cover.
In the color it is supposed to be - haha!

While we waited to see what the reaction to our book would be, 
I made an author's page on Amazon.
We are still putting all the behind-the-scenes touches together.
Never in a million years would I have believed that one day 
I would have an online author's page that anyone could find.
 We were told that it would take 3-5 business days for 
Tangle It! Journal to go live on Amazon.
So not true.
The very next day - September 25th - I went to Amazon on a lark and typed in the name of the book.
And there it was!!!
Hahahaha! I went to Facebook and sent Ina and Simona a message that read:
WE ARE ON AMAZON!!!!!!!!!!!
Then I went back and looked again and saw that red box in the middle of the page.
#1 New Release!
Oh my word!
Things came together so fast and there has been no looking back since.
Almost immediately we were on the Best Sellers List.
We made it all the way up to #2 at one point.
 Answering emails and Facebook messages has kept me super busy this week. 
Looking at art, answering questions,
maintaining Facebook groups and pages,
posting when I got the chance.
It's been a busy, exciting week.
I'd love to clean up my desktop,
but who has time for that?
 Simalina - that's our business name - is on the move.
We are busily working on another project.
Or two.
Mum's the word,
BUT you are going to seriously love it!
A wonderful week.
Now time to get back to work making magic happen.
If you don't have your copy of
Tangle It! Journal
here are two links for you. 
(Of course I want you to buy our book.
Shameless hustling going on here.)
Amazon or CreateSpace.
Click on either of those.
You can find our Facebook group here,
and our website here.  

(Remember anytime you are in my blog,
Pink = link.)
#tangleitjournal #tangle!itjournal
The Creator's Leaf

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Whoot! Whoot! And a Big Thanks!!!

Here, let me zoom in on that!
 Oh my goodness 
thank you, Lord!!!
You guys rock!!!
Thank you for buying our book!
We are Amazon's #1 New Release!
I can not even begin to tell you what an incredible feeling that is!
Tears, sniffs, smiles, and thanks!
You are the absolute best! 
Ina, Simona, and I are so thankful for you!
We appreciate that you trust us enough
to purchase our book
virtually sight unseen.
We are working on getting those interior pages visible.

And just a little hint, that most people probably won't pick up on - 
look at the Amazon ad.
At the end of the bold type.
What do you see in parenthesis?
Whoot! Whoot!
Thank you, everyone!

The Creator's Leaf

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tangle It! Journal is Available and I'm an Author/Illustrator!!!

Our book is finally available on Amazon and CreateSpace.
Here is what the introduction says about
Tangle It! Journal:

Welcome to Tangle It! Journal
an entertaining art activity book

Are you ready for some tangling fun?
Are your ideas about tangling all . . .
. . . well, tangled up?
This Journal will help untangle the mystery of tangling with a brief explanation of this specific art style, then we will dive head first into a whole lot of tangletastic fun and zaniness that is tangling.
In this Journal you find:
  • 20 step by step instructions of new, unpublished patterns
  • Tips from fellow tanglers
  • Strings
  • Art challenges
  • Inspiration and ideas
Our very first book!
So what does it take to write and illustrate a tangle journal?
Well, I can't believe I am posting these. 
We all three love cats and decided to make cats be a running theme throughout the journal. Which meant we needed cats. Oh! I so can't draw!
Ina wanted Simona and I to help her draw cats.
The ones you see in the book that look real,
that look like normal cats - those are Ina's and Simona's cats.
When you see the ones that are weird or strange or look crazy like the ones above - those are mine.
We wanted borders for the pages.
So we drew about a gazillion borders.
And page decorations.
We needed little things to spice it up here and there.
So spicing away I went.
This one was fun and it gave me an excuse to make coffee at 10:00 at night.
 Tangle It! Journal is educational.
Three tangle artists - Ina Sonnenmoser, Simona Cordara, and myself 
provide tangling tips throughout the book.
 Tangle It! Journal has twenty new, unpublished before tangles 
with step by step instructions!
Art to inspire you is sprinkled throughout the book!
Tangle It! Journal has 150 pages of challenges ~
suitable for tanglers of all levels.
Its portable size is meant to be carried with you in your on-the-go lifestyle.
Most prompts can be completed in 10-15 minutes.
There are some that are more meditative and will take longer, 
they are more thought provoking.
Throw in a little crazy color for the cover.
And call it done. 
Here is one of the prompts I did when we were testing the book. 
For this specific one we realized the blue line was too tight, 
so we removed the line to give a fuller area for tangling.
Tangle It! Journal carries a good bit of our hearts!
Ina, Simona, and I hope you will love our book
as much as we do!
I bought a bunch of copies to use as Christmas gifts.
(Great stocking stuffer!)
OK, that's all the selling I'm going to do. 
Go to Amazon or CreateSpace to check it out further.
You can also visit our website here.
Love you guys! 
The Creator's Leaf

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday String Idea #10

 Welcome to the Thursday String Idea.
This week's string is a basic spiral
that you can turn any direction you want.
Upside-down, rightside-up.
It's your call.
To print the string at the correct size for 
a 3 1/2" tile, click here
My spiral is flipped from what you see in the string.
And I opted to use my spiral on a larger size
than the 3 1/2" square.
Some of the tangles I used are:
popsicles, ixorus, indyrella, antidots, printemps, flux, sedgling, and sanibelle.
All can be found on .

Spirals are fun, sometimes a challenge,
but always fun!
I would love to see what you do with this week's string.
If you haven't tried one of them yet,
this would be a good time to start.
Click here to be taken to a printable page.

The Creator's Leaf

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's My Birthday

Today was my birthday and I got some awesome
birthday wishes from so many friends around the world!
Everyone knows how I love my minions!
Check out the video!
Friends posted some beautiful pieces of art on Facebook in honor of my birthday.
I have the best friends around!
Just sayin'!
 And there were various extras like this beautiful cake!
 Beautiful bouquets!
 Yummy looking cupcakes,
 and balloons from my cousin!
Hahaha! One friend even picked out a Maine style birthday cake. Hahahah!
Hahahaha! My son-in-law sent me this.
 Did I mention how much I love minions?
It's been a great birthday!
Made even better by some a bunch of awesome,
fantastic friends!
Thanks, everyone!

The Creator's Leaf