Posted by: designoriginals | August 5, 2010

CHA in Chicago

Hello Everyone,
Well, CHA Chicago has come and gone.  As much as I liked the weather in Chicago, it is always good to get home.  Except when I left Chicago it was like 80 degrees, and now in Texas it has been 106 for the past 5 days.  August in Texas is pretty HOT!

So, about CHA Chicago.  Except for a few minor obstacles at the beginning, setting up the booth, ie:  no carpet, no electricity, no table, no chair, the rest of the show went very well.  Plus the booth looked really good, if I say so myself.

Tiffany Henderson

Suzanne McNeill had already given her presentation to the group of Crafters Home stores on Saturday, and then she attended the Crafters Home Vendor Faire on Sunday, before I even arrived.  I still do not know how Suzanne does everything she does, but she so enjoys the craft industry.  I mean, she has been doing this for over 25 years now!

On Tuesday before the show opened, Design Originals was one of 20 exhibitors chosen, out of 100 participants, to present their Innovation to a group of 200 buyers and media representatives.  Suzanne presented Zentangle® and featured the 4 books Design Originals now has published on this explosive technique.  It is not too late to jump on the bandwagon and bring the Zentangle titles into your store or studio.

Belinda Spiwak

During the show, we encouraged people to Zentangle at the Make ‘n Take in our booth.   Boy, I was pleasantly surprised as to how many people, women and men, stopped to Zentangle.  It was great!!  With Suzanne and Andi Rothenberg explaining what Zentangle is all about, our booth was packed.  Of course there were the few who just didn’t think they could Zentangle, but once they started, they were hooked.  Design Originals furnished a 4” x 5” pre-stamped card for people to Zentangle on.  The rubber stamp designs we used came from some of your favorite stamp companies, ie:  Hero Arts, Stampabilities, JudiKins, American Art Stamp, to just name a few.  Of couse we also had everyone using the Sakura Micron Pens, so generously donated by Sakura.

Lindsay Legault

After the Zentangles were finished we placed them on the wall of our booth so everyone could see what “newbie” Zentanglers had done.  Believe me when I say, there were some pretty amazing Zentangles.  In fact, it was hard, but we have chosen the best one from each of the 4 pre-stamped groups and have posted them.  Now, if you see your name, please give us a call at 800-877-7820, ext. 138 or drop me an email at <> because you have just won a copy of the yet to be released next Zentangle title, “Time to Tangle with Color” by Marie Browning, book #5362.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Karrie Cook

My shout out:  Thanks to Diane from Beacon Adhesives for loaning me a table and table cloth.  And then for being so understanding when someone spilled a soda on the table cloth.  Diane you are the best!  Also, a BIG THANKS to Andi for everything she did.

til next time, Dean

Zentangle is a  registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.

Posted by: designoriginals | August 3, 2010

Altered Surfaces

Wouldn’t it be great as an artist or crafter to understand all the new products out on the market? To actually know what to do with all the gels, pastes, grounds and fluids. Better yet to also know how they may be used together to create wonderful effects on your art work!

Chris Cozen is an artist who fully understands these mediums. She has put her vast knowledge of the subject into a book ‘Altered Surfaces’.  For instance, do you know the difference between mineral pigment, modern pigment, heavy body. fluid and airbrush paint?  This is some of the helpful information Chris details in her book.

Maria Nerius of just reviewed this book. Maria is just as excited as we are about the wonderful information and techniques included, “there are plenty of ideas and projects shown to inspire you to get a little wild, experiment, and create some very unique work”. Hop over to the favecrafts site, they are offering an opportunity for you win a free copy of ‘Altered Surfaces’.

Posted by: designoriginals | July 20, 2010

Bead & Button Show

Dean again. I love Milwaukee Wisconsin!  Never thought I would say that, but I really do.  Since attending the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee over the last several years, I look forward to this show every year.  Not sure if it is the cool weather in June that I like, or the bratwurst, or the carrot cake, or the cheese, or maybe it is the wonderful people in Milwaukee that I now call my friends.  You know, that’s it!!  The people in Milwaukee are just so friendly.  Shout out to Sue, Candi, Penny, Gerri, Linda, Marlene, Dawn, and Alice.

The Design Originals booth was as busy as ever.  Once again my lovely wife Debra attended the show with me, and was a big help, especially with all the bead questions.  Our new titles were, Beading Basics and Beyond, Classy Crystals, Bead Happy, Kumi Braiding, and Friendship Bracelets 102.

Each year the Japanese bead company, Toho, Inc. sponsors a reception during the Bead & Button Show. Over the years, Design Originals has done several books with Toho, including our new title, Beading Basics & Beyond. Alice Korach, the founding editor of Bead & Button Magazine, and Toshi Myoda, designer from Toho, collaborated on this title.  Beaders LOVE Alice Korach, and it shows.  Whenever Alice is in our booth signing books, the line for her autograph grows and grows

Currently I am getting ready for the CHA Chicago show.  The process is as follows:   I put the complete booth up in the warehouse, let Suzanne approve it, then I take it down, box everything up, and ship it.  Now mind you, this is all done in our warehouse in Texas, where it is like 110 degrees!   Design Originals will be featuring our new Zentangle® titles.  So, if you have not heard about Zentangle yet, get ready!!

Posted by: designoriginals | July 1, 2010

Zentangle at NAEA

Hello Everyone,

Dean Rohlfing here, and this is my first blog for Design Originals.  How exciting! I recently returned from the NAEA show in Baltimore Maryland, and was so fortunate to meet great teachers from all over the United States. As we all know, Teachers are truly the unsung heroes in this crazy world we live in. Design Originals booth focused on Zentangle, and the teachers packed our booth every day.

My beautiful wife Debra assisted me in the booth, and boy was I glad she was there.  Our goal was to educate as many teachers as we could about the wonderful and exciting process called Zentangle.  Teachers are always looking for new ways to connect to their students, and Zentangle is a great answer for all levels of education.  In addition, Sakura, maker of the Micron pens, donated pens for everyone to use.  During the show, we gave the teachers an assignment to create their very own Zentangle.  So the teachers became the students and quickly realized the meditation they achieved through the pattern-making process helped their body relax, and all stress moved to the back burner.  The teachers were amazed!   The comment I heard the most was “This would be great for my students”.

Debra and I collected all the finished Zentangles created by the teachers at NAEA and have now posted our top 6 on this blog.  The names are listed under each blog, so if that is you, or if you know that person, have them contact Design Originals, or leave a comment on the blog to receive a FREE copy of our newest Zentangle title, Zentangle 3. How cool is that!! Thanks again to all the teachers who stopped by our booth  and “Tangled” with us. I look forward to seeing everyone again. My best, Dean

Posted by: designoriginals | June 22, 2010

Youth Art Month

March was National Youth  Art Month, this yearly event is sponsored by the Council for Art Education, Inc.  As the leading publisher of children’s books Design Originals is pleased to be a contributor.  Along with many other donors and financial contributors we feel introducing children to art at an early age is a valuable learning experience for them.   Arts and crafts are a wonderful way for children to develop self-esteem, it develops dexterity and is an outlet for self expression.  Anyone who has worked in an arts program with children or  sat at the kitchen table with your child or grandchild knows that look of pure delight a child has when they are given art materials and an opportunity to create.

There are many events held during the month of March to honor the artistic accomplishments of young artists.  One of the events is “School Flags Across the U.S……Flying High”.  Designs depicting a theme from each state are entered by the students, one winner from each state is selected and awarded gifts of art materials.  Our pride in being involved is overflowing and we would like to share a few of these flags with you.

Louisiana  Flag – Georgia Flag

New Hampshire Flag –  Texas Flag

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