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Tangle Refresher 122 – Featuring Sakura Micron surgery and making your own tortillions

Tangle Refresher!I sincerely hope you are in the habit of taking a moment to check out the Tangle Refreshers because every other Friday, in addition to the five tangle gems from the past (many use these as their Zentangle® prompt of the day), I usually share tangling tips and/or advice that’s well worth reading.

Quite some time ago I published these tips for a “Frugal Friday” and thought we’d take a look at them again today. Here is a “reprint” of those handy tips from Tangle Refresher 88.

1. SAKURA MICRON SURGERY

The first tip is how to squeeze a little more life out of your Micron Pens.

Nib of a Sakura Micron 01 Pen

Nib of a Sakura Micron 01 Pen

As you may know, when you’re not using them Microns should always be stored flat (i.e., horizontally, not vertically). This prevents the ink from pooling at the bottom of the pen and creating one nasty and messy surprise when you uncap it.

Also the “nib” is actually a delicate, thin plastic tube that requires a very light touch. If you haven’t seen those tips before, please see this article here on the site.

At CZT Kathy Redmond’s training seminar, Zentangle® co-founder Rick Roberts demonstrated how to perform surgery on a Micron to coax a little more mileage out of it.

As a result of what she learned, Kathy posted a step-by-step tutorial on her blog entitled “Long Live My Sakura Pen!” In it she shows exactly how to take apart the pens and reverse the sponge that stores and delivers the ink. Kathy writes,

Even if you follow all this advice [about how to store and use the Microns], there will come a time when your pen really does run out of ink. You will notice scratchy lines and some skipping – sometimes I like the look, but not always. There is a way to get a little more mileage out of your Sakura pen.

Here’s the link to Kathy’s tutorial.

Honestly, I like to be frugal but that’s not an operation I relish undertaking. I’d undoubtedly end up covered in the ink that was left in the pen. Nevertheless I know there are many of you who like to become one with their tools, and now you have the information to have at it!

2. MAKING YOUR OWN TORTILLIONS (BLENDING STUMPS)

Tangler Lora Morris alerted me to this video on making your own blending stumps, and she also very thoughtfully provided a downloadable template for your convenience. Many thanks, Lora.

Here’s the video, and here’s Lora’s template.

Lora writes, “If you want to make a thicker Blending Stump, roll one or more pieces together. Getting the angle right takes practice, but you learn pretty quickly what works and what doesn’t.” You can get different effects with different paper stock too.

Please let me know in the comments if these tips were useful for you! And feel free to share your own too.

Oh, and enjoy these tangling gems …

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you enjoy these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity for you to enjoy. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media.

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: Flux. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Flux
Zentangle pattern: Twizted. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Twizted
Zentangle pattern: Pufff. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Pufff
Zentangle pattern: Charlotte. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Charlotte
Zentangle pattern: Zenfiddle. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved. Zenfiddle
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 94

More good stuff …


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TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2016 Edition

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If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my TanglePatterns.com BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.

Zentangle Primer Volume 1 Remember you can get your official Zentangle supplies here too, including the fabulous new Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®! Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H

The Official Zentangle Kit Another great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.

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