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Friday, July 23, 2010

Blog Topic

She: "Do you have a blog for today?"

Me: "Not yet."

She: Grabs markers. Heads for back hall. Closes door.

She: (five minutes later) Come see!

Our back hall is covered with 1950s era linoleum.



It still is. But now it's sporting a new Zentangle layer!



Our plan is to tangle some more and varnish everything. We'll keep you updated.

(Start a blog. Redecorate your home!)

Materials used:
  • Linoleum floor
  • Chalk Ink™ markers (white and black)
  • Varnish (later)


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17 comments:

Donna Hornsby said...

That is just too funny! Thank you for the smile and a good laugh... off to see what I can tangle with today! ~Donna, CZT in North Texas

Rose said...

Wow! This is so inspiring! Maria, if you ever want to come to Florida, I have some bare walls that need covering! How creative!

Carole Ohl said...

Go for it Rose!

I'm thinking those markers are looking pretty fun. I do have a big wall in my "playroom" that is looking a little sad...We could pretend we are four years old and just start tangling all over the walls. What fun!

Zentangle said...

Tanglers, Don't get overwhelmed with the idea of tangling an entire wall or floor....start with just a hint of tangles here or there or a border on the edge, or maybe a tangled "rug" in a corner....I mostly use it to cover up a really bad old floor with burn marks, gouges and stains.....really! it is the back hall after all...and the last finshing touch to the "Backstares" Gallery. our best to all who visit us here at our blog maria & rick

DBS Studio said...
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DBS Studio said...

i'm curious, have you tried varnishing over these markers before?? Since they are not considered a "permanent marker', will they not 'blur' when you add the varnish? I'm assuming you have considered this and I'm being paranoid!?

Zentangle said...

DBS, Like I said, this is a real,old crummy linoleum floor that came with the house....we bought it 30 something years ago and the floor was old then! It's stained, has burn holes and more....that said, I used these pens before on a similar project then varnished it and it seemed fine. (the other was a motorcycle helmet) It brightens right up from the varnish and looks pretty good. It will last long enough for me, for this project. I will probably put 3 coats of varnish. Would I do it on someone else's floor.....not sure I would do someone else's floor. But bottom line, these markers were really close at hand, and my style is to just jump right into a project.....and....we needed a blog this morning. So, there you have it. (but I do love my new floor) m

Shelly Beauch said...

So much flair and creativity....what a fabulous way to start the day!

Marilyn said...

Oh funny scary and brilliant all at the same time.

Bluejanem said...

This brings me to new project I have ... and I need some help. I am getting a new glass splash back for my kitchen and my husband asked me if I would like to Zentangle the glass (the back of it) before they spray on the white coat. So what I would end up with is a beautiful zentangled splashback - where the tangle is behind the glass. Now this is where I need the help - what type of marker would you suggest for drawing onto glass - something that works on non-porous surface? Can you help? Thanks in anticipiation - also love your floor. Jane

Anonymous said...

I am a newbie zentangler. I want to make some teardrops that look like they are floating in the air. Does anyone have some samples of these. I can't seem to get the hang of the strings or the tangles that would make the tear drops light. Mine look so dark, even though I shade them.

Joan said...

Woo hoo.. makes me think I'd better get on with my bathroom wall!!

Linda Moran said...

What a really great idea!!

calligraphydesign.blogspot.com said...

Dear Bluejanem, I use Decocolor paint markers on glass ornaments, and they may work for your backsplash. They're oil based, so I clean the surface with alcohol, dry it well, then write. You could do a sample and test the paint on it to see what happens. And now you have me thinking about zentangle ornaments!

Paul said...

Beautiful! I was thinking just the other day how the half bath off my bedroom is about at the bottom of the to do list for our house. I think the floor just moved closer to the top for a temporary lift!
Diane

DeborahRead.com said...

I paint on glass using reusche black trace and I fire - which makes it permanent and great for glass backsplashes.
I have a tutorial on my site for reverse painting but basically I mix reusche DE-401 with Clove Oil to an ink thickness and use a pen nib and get great thin lines - it has to be fired which again makes it permanent

Kathy Carbone said...

Just wondrin' how your linoleum floors look like now. Using chalk markers will be fun if you know how to use them properly. When you've got a creative mind, all things are possible!