Monday, December 16, 2013

The Bauble Tree

It started as a "great idea" - as they often do... and turned into a major project! Now my eyes are starting to cross from staring at the screen and I realize I haven't eaten anything since... wow... it's been more than 7 hours! I think it is time to call it a day, post the new ebook, and go watch some "Vampire Diaries" to relax.

Over a week ago, I decided I wanted to create a new tangle, as a gift, and post it on here to wish you all a wonderful holiday. Seemed simple enough, right? So I created the new tangle, called Bauble, and then thought it needed a tangled Christmas Card to go with it. If this is sounding like the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" - then you can see where this is going. Although no cookies were involved. Yet. Bonnie did leave some yummy looking cookies that will be my reward for finishing this!!

The image for the "card" grew... so I decided to take step-by-step photos of the decisions and process. I took some more photos as I added the shading... then Lilah (my little Art Director) said to do it over in color (!?) So, of course, I did. More photos. "Hmmm," I thought, "maybe you folks would be interested in seeing the steps involved?" So I laid it out in InDesign and made a pdf. And it turned out to be 35 pages long. Whoa. So I added tips and instructions and thoughts... and it kind of turned into a little book.

I asked my sister and Bonnie to take a look and say if it is OK to post. My sister has probably already gone to bed, and I don't want to wait until tomorrow, but Bonnie gave it the thumbs up.
Here is her "advance review":

I love it. It's a great tangling adventure and worth $8.50 for sure.  It's a great source of information on color, shading, and design and such a relief after looking at all the tiles posted for the class I took. It puts the fun back into tangling.  
- Bonnie, (My Main Minion)

That sounds like a thumbs up to me.

I've posted the new ebook, Inspiration Sketchbook #3 - The Bauble Tree on Etsy and on my Wazala shop. If you'd like to pay full price ($8.50), you can purchase it on Etsy.


But since I love you all and can't send every one of you hand knitted socks, I CAN give you a special code so you can download the ebook from http://bumblebat.wazala.com for just $1.00 (until December 25, 2013) The special Holiday Super-Secret Code is: V7FVMBN547. Be sure to enter it into the right spot in the shopping cart when you check out or it won't work!


Update: This is the shopping cart screen (above). After you put the ebook into your cart, you need to put the discount code (V7FVMBN547) into the box that says "Discount Code" and then press "Apply". Your total will then show "1.00" Unless... you buy lots of other things while you are in my shop. ;-D

After you pay, you will receive an email receipt in your inbox from Wazala with the download link in the receipt.
 

Yes - the images in the ebook are of Christmas trees... or Holiday trees... but there is nothing religious about the book and it is actually about composition and shading and coloring and could be applied to any artwork you do. And any season of the year. Even NON-tangled art. Gasp.


I hope you enjoy it tremendously! And if you make something cool or it helps your art in some way, I'd love to know!

Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year - I hope it is wonder-filled. :-)

26 comments:

  1. Tried the code and it sais it was invalid

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Give it another try - make sure there aren't any extra spaces if you are copying and pasting the code. :-) Let me know if it still won't work for you.

      Delete
  2. Ooh great, I've got him. Just in time: wanted to make Christmas cards on my school today! It certainly is inspiring. Thank you for your Sketchbook!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Just ordered and downloaded your book. Thanks so much for doing this...a true gift from the heart! Not sure when I'll have time to delve into it, but from my quick perusal, it looks wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow, that is an amazing offer. After posting this I will get over and buy! Thank you and a wonderful tangling holidays to you

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for the beautiful Christmas present, sandy! I just downloaded and read the entire book. And it's wonderful - I love the lilah bean/pengline tree, too :) so much fun! Thanks for sharing your expertise and creativity with us

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you for making this a special offer, Sandy; you have a generous and giving soul. Bless your heart (and all your vital organs!). I'm looking forward to printing it out and hope my drool doesn't make the ink run. Merry Happy!

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's like an early Christmas gift! Thanks so much for this artful gift!

    Amy*

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sandra Strait did a nice review of the ebook on her blog:
    http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/2013/12/review-bauble-tree-new-e-book-by-sandra.html

    BTW - Sandra is one of my artist-heros. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank-you for your generosity!
    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is the rock in roll e-book at an ever so gracious cost. Thanks so very much.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have tried from my computer and from my iPad and on both the discount code flashes a message the there is an error and it won't let me enter the code.... I decided to pay the 8.50 and still had trouble processing the purchase and just gave up. I even made sure all pop-ups from your site were allowed.... will try again tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Carmen, I can't figure out what internet gremlins were blocking you, but I sent you a direct link to the file, in an email, a few hours ago. I hope the gremlins didn't swipe that too! Let me know if that works for you. :-)

      Delete
  12. Thank you so much for your generosity! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season. I know mine will be a lot more fun because of your sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you so much for the Christmas Present!! Ordered and Paid but don't know where to go to download it...Help?

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's Kae again....~blush~ I was able to download the book...just got impatient.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you
    Sandy for the early Christmas gift and Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wonderful! I bought it for $8.50 and that is a gift because it's worth so much more. Thanks for using Sheer Heaven again! I got as far as drawing my tree on page 5 and really liked it and put it on my Christmas Card just like that! Great job as usual, Sandy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very cool! I need to do an ebook on Sheer Heaven sometime... :-)

      Delete
  17. You Rock!! Thank you Sandy. All the best to you and yours :-)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Awww.... Sandy. Thank you so much! (A hand-tangled Book is much better than hand-knitted socks.) Merry Christmas! ( Now, :) , over to the link to get my copy of your book. )

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sandy, thank you sovery much for this wonderful gift! I purchased the ebook, was able to get the discount code to work, but I didn't see a link to a tually download the book. Can you please tell what I am missing? Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kathy, the download link is in the emailed receipt. :-)

      Delete
  20. Bette Abdu also did a nice review:
    http://www.tangleclubhouse.com/2013/12/e-book-review-the-bauble-tree/

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails