Monday, July 18, 2016

It's a Go on Indiegogo

The Kickstarter was a success - fully funded! Indiegogo, a similar crowd-funding site, asked if I'd be willing to try out their new InDemand program. It picks up where the Kickstarter program left off.

So I have 30 more days to raise the rest of the money that I need for school! And YOU have 30 more days to back my project (if you missed it the first time) or get another Reward. ;-)

I added the Glyphs & Glitches Comic blog to the rewards as well as the new Fright Before Christmas comic book. I'm working on the Inspiration Sketchbook - Comic Boot Camp book this summer. That one will go to the upper Reward-Backers this fall.

I also just completed We Will Never Leave You - a comic interview with my inner demons. I hope to have print copies of that available by the end of the summer too. If I can get those worked out - I can test out a cool feature of Indiegogo... Secret Rewards! I'll be able to send you a special code that unlocks a Reward only you can choose.

OK - back to work!

Oh - I hope you will continue to help me spread the word about the blog project!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Solstice Sip and Paint

We've been cleaning out my mom's house for weeks. This past weekend, my sister, Jen, and her husband came up to help clear out the barn. There were tons of paint cans that needed emptying, so Jen and Brian decided to dump them on sheets of cardboard on our old sandbox.

Then Brian brought out a few bottles of Prosecco and the "clean up" became an event!

And my sister became Jackson Pollock!

And my mom showed up as the paparazzi...

And a neighbor wandered over to see what the fuss was about...

It started to look really pretty! My sister, the photographer, was in heaven.

Even her feet looked artsy!

There was a lot of depth and texture to the paintings - some of that paint was really old and thick!

Really thick!

And they tried adding cat litter - but I think that was a mistake.

When my friend Debbee, the art teacher, showed up, she was sad to have missed the paint throwing portion of the party, but had the brilliant idea of pulling prints from the splatters.

It took a few days for most of the paint to dry. We ended up cutting up the giant, very heavy pieces of cardboard, so we could drag them to the dump. I think my lawn is destroyed.

Then this painted gnu wandered into the sandbox and it looks like he left his - very colorful - contributions to what we have been calling - "the world's largest litterbox".

It was a very original way to spend the Summer Solstice, don't you think? I will never look at "Sip and Paint" Parties the same way again!

Concord Monitor Article

On Sunday, May 15, 2016, The Concord Monitor wrote an article about the Center for Cartoon Studies and an interview with me! They featured one of my comics on the main page, and the online version of the article showed more of my art as well as photos.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cartoon School - Come With Me!

I know it's been very quiet over here in The Belfry for the past year. There's been a lot going on though!

I have one more year at The Center for Cartoon Studies and I encourage you to join me for my Senior Year.

"Year Two".

I just launched my second Kickstarter project last night. This is similar to the first one - it funds my blog - Glyphs & Glitches - which documents my adventures at Cartoon School.

If you have always dreamed of leaving your boring office job and returning to school to get your Masters in Cartooning...

OK, so maybe that's not practical for you right now - but you can still fulfill your fantasy by backing my Kickstarter project.

You'll get access to my blog - Glyphs & Glitches - where I write about all my experiences, comic projects, classes, the Visiting Artists and the mess-ups too.

But wait, that's not all... you also get PDFs of comics I create at school!

I just launched the Kickstarter last night and I have 19 days to fund the project.
If you can't back the project yourself, please help me spread the word. The link is:

Thank you!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break!

If you are in school, and you get Spring Break, you are supposed to head to the beach, right?

I went to the Maine coast! I spent a few days hanging out at my sister's house in Bar Harbor. She's renovating a house nearby to rent as apartments in the summer. She's ripping out floors and painting...

I avoided helping, hung out in her lovely family room...

... and local cafes...

... drawing comics for school!
I wandered around town (mostly boarded up) looking at the beautiful houses.

Then I headed down to Ogunquit, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Leprechaun traps?
 I was in desperation mode, having missed my fall ocean-fix this year (I started school!) and just standing there, looking at the waves went a long way to heal my brain.

And sitting by the fire pit drinking Salted-Caramel Bailey's with Vanilla Absolut vodka... (mmmmm!)

 My friend Debbee was able to join me for a day and the OgunquitTangle Zentangle retreat was also going on at the hotel, so I never got the chance to get lonely.

When we checked out, Debbee wrote this great entry in the room's journal:


Then we roamed around town - the chocolate shop...

And the Art Galleries...

Abacus is one of my favorites! I REALLLLLLY want this amazing cabinet. And I want to design and build a house to go with it!

I had such a wonderful vacation.
I hadn't realized how badly I needed it - as if the extreme depression I'd been experiencing wasn't a clue, right? I'd have to say that the instinct to "run away" is not something to be ignored.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Sandy and Christine - A Correspondence

Zentangle has been moving SO fast and the art online is staggering!

Sometimes it is nice to be reminded of the whole point of this art form - as I see it - Creative Confidence. I've always thought it was amazing how Zentangle could get people drawing and experiencing their own creativity.

If you are reading this and you teach Zentangle, I hope this inspires you to keep teaching Intro classes and don't worry so much about the advance level, or crafting type tangle classes. You never know who you will reach and how you might help - even in some small way.

I just had this great conversation with Christine and she gave me permission to post it here. I hope it makes you feel good too! (Thanks Christine!)

Hi, Sandy

Could you tell me if the cards in the Yoga For Your Brain Totally Tangled Edition Cards are the same size as these cards, please? I will have to buy them from Book Depository or Amazon because I live in Australia, but the description doesn't mention the size of the cards.

I was blessed with a signed copy of two of your books, "The Tangles Of Kells" and "The Tangles Of Santa Fe" and they are simply amazing. I have checked out your Totally Tangled and Yoga For Your Brain books at my local library, and I decided I have to buy them, too, so hopefully that won't be too far away.

If you could help me regarding the size of the tangle cards, and maybe even a suggestion of how to store them when I get them, I would be very grateful.

Thank you in advance, and have a wonderful weekend.

Christine Chipman

Hi Christine!

I'm thrilled to have you as a fan. :-)

Yes, all the cards are the same size. The trading card size is the same as "baseball cards" and ATCs - 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Each pack comes in its own storage box, but you can also use any storage system designed for baseball cards or ATCs - like the plastic pocket pages for three ring binders.

The cards are great (I believe!) because you can pick a few patterns to use and take them with you. For example, when I was working on a tangled ocean picture, I sorted thru the cards to find tangles that looked like waves and scales, etc.

I hope you enjoy them too!


Thanks so much, Sandy. They sound amazing, so I'm definitely going to have to get them, as well as your book.

Now I just have to get the nerve to take that first step and do a tangle. I forgot to tell you that I have already bought the Alpha Tangle and the Alphatangle, Expanded Workbook Edition, both of which are amazing. I also have The Joy of Zentangle, and several other books, in which I know your work is featured.

Have a wonderful day, and keep those wonderful books and tangles coming.


You got this! I've attached an image with everything you need to know to get that first Zentangle onto paper! :-)

Thank you so much, Sandy. That makes it look so easy. Will send you a picture of my first effort when I've done it.


Hi, Sandy.

I've finally done my first Zentangle tile, and now I don't know why I was so scared. The lines and circles could be a lot better, so I'll have to practice those, but you won't be able to stop me now. I'm collecting step-outs of tangles, string examples to use, and am going to keep everything I do in folders the way you, and lots of others, do.

Here are two pictures of my first Zentangle tile taken from two different angles. Tangles used were Crescent Moon, Static, Tipple and Florz, using the booklet and DVD from the official Zentangle kit that I was blessed with a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for all your help and encouragement. Have a wonderful day.


Those are lovely! Doesn't it feel good?
I think the first ones are the hardest - anxiety is a bugger.
Now, you can just relax and enjoy the process.

Thanks so much, Sandy. My problem is I was brought up in a home where everything had to be done perfectly, or you kept doing it until it was. Letting go of that control is so hard, even at the age of 67, because it has ruled my life all that time. Now I colour the way I want to colour, and now that I've done my first Zentangle, I feel there isn't anything I can't do. It's such a liberating feeling, and I had no idea how powerful just doing that Zentangle would be. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I'm free to move on and do things the way I want to.

Thank you for all your help and encouragement, and for publishing all your amazing books for us to use for inspiration. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.


Oh I love to hear this sort of story!!!
I'm wondering if you might let me share these notes on my blog with your first tangles too? I don't have to put your full name if you are shy. :-)

That's fine, Sandy. I don't mind you using my name, and I'm so chuffed that you think my first tangles are good enough for you to use on your blog. You have no idea how different it makes you feel when someone actually tells you that you have done something well instead of criticizing all the time, like my parents and siblings, etc did. This is the first time I feel that I have actually created something unique because everything else I've tried for hobbies have relied on other people's completed designs. Zentangle allows me to express myself like never before, and I finally feel like I'm starting to climb out of the big deep pit I've been living in over the last few years in particular since being diagnosed with breast cancer. This year has been a completely different one for me, with so many RAOKs coming my way already I'm overwhelmed, and my faith in humanity has been renewed.

God bless you, and have a wonderful day.



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