Saturday, May 19, 2018

Adding auras



I was at a meeting earlier this week and sometimes I find myself randomly drawing things. I was looking down at my purse and found I needed to deconstruct the pattern it had on it. So I drew it out during the meeting and then when I got home I tried it again and photographed the steps as I did it. As I did it I found adding auras was something that came naturally. More auras and shading made me happy.


The inspiration


The drawing I did during the meeting.


The start. A simple 4 petal shape with 'V' auras.


Pull down double 'C' shapes from all four sides.


Complete the other side of the 'C' shapes, Add half circles.


Connect the outer edge of the half circles in.


Connect the inner edge of the half circles.


Starting the auras. Add detail lines too.


More detail and more auras.


Needed just a little more detail - and another aura.



Shading!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Painted Portland



I'm continuing to share posts from the time I spent in Portland OR at Tangle U. This is from a class named 'Painted Portland' taught by Julie and Art Allison. It was a fun class where we learned how to combine traditional tangling with color and images that referenced landmarks or other aspects of the location.  Some of the places referenced are the Chinese and Japanese gardens, the river, 3 bridges, industry, horse rings, bubblers, and more. At home, I decided to add in a reference to Voodoo donuts.

We used a paint called Lumiere Metallic Paint. It's water based so it's easy to work with. It has a marvelous sheen that doesn't show up easily in photographs. So I tilted the paper until I got the sheen and took closeups - see below!



Thanks Julie and Art!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Peerless watercolors at TU


One of the optional classes I took at Tangle U in Portland was a class taught by Tess Imobersteg. She introduced us to a product from Peerless. These are small cards that have watercolor paint dried onto them. We took our strips of color and attached them to a folder along with a sheet of clear acetate. Then we played around with the colors and a waterbrush to test drive them.


This is the outside of my folder. You can see the info along with the website for Peerless.


Closeup of my folder, the waterbrush and two tiles I did in class. If you look carefully you can see the sheet of acetate that is taped into the center.

You can see by the lighter dots on the paint chips how little paint it took to color my tiles.

So, what did I think of the paint? Well, I found there was a little pilling of the paper as I picked up the color off the paper but I was told that as I got used to it I wouldn't need to use that much pressure to get the color up. I had mixed feelings about the color palette. I would have liked a more saturated color but it wasn't bad. We only played with the summer palette but if you look at their website you will see the complete range of colors.

Where this really shines though, is how wonderful this product is for travel. You can pack  this in a backpack and travel light but still have access to all the colors you need to embellish a journal or a couple of tiles.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

linen panel from Kim


I've recently returned from Tangle U - a conference for CZTs where we have a variety of classes on Zentangle related subjects. I learned so much! I'll be showing you more pictures and telling you about the classes in the next few days, so stay tuned!

This class, taught by Kim VanZyll, had us tangling on a 10" x 10" linen panel. We were able to incorporate many of the same ideas we used on Renaissance tiles so it was still in my comfort zone. I was thrilled with the way it came out.

I photographed it several times. Usually I set my work on the slate, front walk to my house but this time the neutral tones of the slate looked so blah against the linen background that I looked around for something else. so I went to my garden and found some spring flowers. Perfect! Then I came back in and got a clear shot on the kitchen table so you could see all the detail.


Do you like my zenbutton in the center?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

more zenbuttons/spundalas


These zenbuttons/spundalas are so much fun I've kept going. I keep experimenting with color schemes and it's always a surprise when they are finished. The shading and highlights add such a pop to it that I can't wait to finish each one.


Go back to the previous post to see how these are done.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Zenbuttons/Spundalas


Zenbuttons and spundalas, these are the new fun techniques people are trying in the zentangle world. Zenbuttons came from the mind of Marguerite Samama, a CZT from Amsterdam. Her Zenbuttons create the string and add shading. A Spundala is similar but adds color using a kids toy commonly called a paint spinner and markers. 

I've combined the two techniques here. I didn't have a paint spinner but I remembered that we had a kids pottery wheel stored in the basement.  I needed to hit the store for new batteries but found that this worked just fine. - In fact, I think I liked it better because this didn't have the high sides that the paint spinners have so it was easier to control the color from my markers.


This is the toy pottery wheel I had in my basement. I attached my tile to the wheel with a couple of pieces of tape rolled up. That worked fine.



This was the first picture I took of my 'finished' tile. When I looked at it up close on my computer screen I decided it needed more shading. I went back in with colored pencils and added more depth.




Friday, April 6, 2018

Pickpocket tangle


Pickpocket - that's a fun name for a tangle. And this is my first tile using this tangle. I did draw it out on a sketchpad first to get the hang of it It is a little tricky but since I love the tangle W2, this is really just a skewed version of W2.

Zentangle also doesn't usually have things that are representational but since this tangle starts out with a dot grid, The eyes of my 'worm' were already there in my grid!

This tangle comes from the mind of 
Tomàs Padrós

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Curvy Paradox


Paradox is the monotangle here. It's a tangle that I really enjoy doing. I wanted to push myself here so I started with a curvy string. It's trickier to do this tangle when the lines curve but I really enjoy the different effect that I got. Look below for the string I started with.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Siri


The Diva asked us to try out the tangle Siri from Simone Menzel  CZT this week. It's a grid based tangle but I ended up deconstructing it and trying a different way to connect the elements. Fun. You can find the step outs for this tangle by going to http://simtangle.blogspot.ca/2017/02/new-tangle-siri-inspired-by-ria.html

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Inspired by Henna and Coco


There are so many patterns that can be found around the world in different cultures. And many of those patterns have found their way into the world of Zentangle. I love how we can incorporate all these things into our artwork. In these tiles I was influenced first by henna designs. Then I saw the animated movie Coco, and I was blown away by the colors and artwork I saw on the screen. I started doing more research on the Mexican artwork that inspired that movie. These tiles are the result of combining those inspirations.




These tiles began on tiles I had previously colored the background with watercolor paints. The line work is done with the Moonlight gelly roll pens from Sakura with a little metallic gel pen added here and there.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

heart zendala


Zendalas are typically done with a symmetrical type of pattern. I love doing them but sometimes it's fun to do something different. I've done this string before and it's one of my favorites. I use an empty heart in the center (well actually off center) and build tangles flowing out of the heart. - This was my second Valentines Day since my husband has passed. The rawness is fading, but I still miss him. So this empty heart is a bit symbolic of how I feel.

I did this using one of my zendalas that was previously colored with a pink watercolor. The tangles are done with a pink pen and shaded with three shades of colored pencils.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

purple blooms


Playing with a new technique this week. At the last Prairie Tanglers meeting, Tess Carlson Imobersteg taught a class using paper circles punched out of a variety of papers. She then showed us  a folding technique to get the blossom petals.. Add tangles, and fun! I enjoyed this new way to play with tangling.

I used a colored pen for the purple lines and a brush with an iridescent white ink for the white lines. It looks white in this picture but sparkles in person.


These blooms are in progress. I've used a variety of scrapbook papers, colored cardstock, and even junk mail. The purple one is in the middle and I'll be pondering what tangles I want to use on the other blossoms.

Monday, January 29, 2018

rumpus with color



There is a new tangle from Zentangle. It's called Rumpus and it's lots of fun to play with. Rick and Maria have a YouTube video demonstrating it that will get you going.

In my version I used a set of 6 3z tiles. (It's done on a Zendala tile in the video.) I used 3zs so I could do this tangle in a larger scale and play with it by rearranging the 3z tiles. Photos below. I used a sepia colored pen and colored pencils for shading.

I originally did it with just a brown colored pencil for shading. I wanted to play with color though so I added two shades of yellow, two shades of orange and two shades of red colored pencils.



One of the fun things about doing it on 3Z tiles is that you can rearrange them to make different patterns. I had a lot of fun playing with the different results. Check my blog post earlier to see some of the options - click here.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Inspired by Henna



Like everyone, I hit dry spells every now and then. I still tangle and enjoy the process, but don't feel like it's something I want to post. Then ... something comes along, and gets the creative juices flowing.

I saw a post from a bakery that decorates cookies with Henna designs. That got me going right to my colored tiles and my Moonlight Gelly Roll pens. What fun!

The tiles were hand colored in advance with professional grade watercolor paints. I have quite a collection now so it was fun picking through them. I will probably do a few more of these on different colored backgrounds.

The Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens are opaque, luminous, gel ink. They work really well on black paper and other dark colors. I wasn't sure how well they would show up on orange paper but just went for it and was happy with what I got.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Phicops and Huggins


This tile is a doutangle with Phicops and Huggins. I decided to try to connect the two tangles by 'growing' the lines for Huggins out of Phicops. Then I had fun embellishing the two patterns.


Before shading. And you'll note that I felt that the lower left corner seemed too empty so I added a little printemps.


Just the linework here. Here you can see how I grew the lines for Huggins out of the points of Phicops. (Sorry it wouldn't rotate like the other pictures.)