Saturday, July 19, 2014

BYOB




This tile started with a stain of wine. My husband and I enjoy wine but sometimes we don't finish it quickly enough so when I tasted this wine I decided it would be the perfect medium for this challenge. I dribbled some on the tile but it seemed kind of boring to me. So I let it dry and then dribbled some more wine. Now I had something to work with - but what? Then I saw Joey's challenge to incorporate a tree into our design. Inspiration came quickly after that! 

I started with a colored Micron that echoed the color of the wine for the tree shape. I meant to use it all the way thru but I ended up picking up a black micron instead. Oh well, I still like the way it looks. A colored pencil was used for the shading.

I take my pictures on the slate walk in front of my house when it's nice and sunny. Can you see the ant that snuck into the picture at the top!


This is the before shot with the two layers of wine stains.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alphabet soup S


Alphabet soup is a challenge I issued to myself a while back with the idea of using a wider variety of tangle patterns. I decided to try to use as many non-official tangle patterns that I could find. I use tangle patterns I have found on the web in addition to the ones posted on Tanglepatterns.com. Now that Cheryl has begun her version of the challenge on her site  http://cherylsartfulcreations.blogspot.com/, I decided it was time for me to get going again too.  Here are the tangles I used starting with the letter S.

Snag - Jem Miller
Shard - Carole Ohl
Steem - Sandy Bartholomew
Sindoo - Shawn Robinson
Socc - Erin Koetz Olson


The pictures below are from last night at McHenry County college. Be sure to click on them to see all the tangleations they came up with!




Monday, July 14, 2014

String #46


Adele Bruno over at http://tickledtotangle.blogspot.com/, challenged us to use String #46 in her challenge this week. She also gave us 4 P tangles to work with. As I worked I ended up using the string more as a suggestion and I varied it as I went. And then I ended up deciding I was done after only two tangles. So this tile was really a pretty quick one to do.

Good thing it was quick as I had a very busy weekend. I was up in Madison, WI for the Zentangle Expo. What fun! I've have pictures to share with you later. Right now I'm catching my breath!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crux zendala


Crux is the tangle pattern that was chosen for the challenge this week. The step-outs come from Henrike Bratz. This pattern has elements of a number of different tangle patterns but puts them together in such a beautiful way. I used on of my hand-colored tiles and a colored micron pen. I then highlighted and shaded with colored pencils. (The hand-colored tiles are now for sale - see the tab marked 'store' above.)

This weekend is the zentangle Expo in Madison ,Wisconsin. I will be teaching and also selling at the expo. If you have read this far, I have a gift for you! Come find me on Saturday and tell me you read my blog - I'll have a surprise gift for you! (This is in person only.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Alphabet Soup - R


Alphabet soup is a challenge I issued to myself a while back with the idea of using a wider variety of tangle patterns. I decided to try to use as many non-official tangle patterns that I could find. I use tangle patterns I have found on the web in addition to the ones posted on Tanglepatterns.com. Now that Cheryl has begun her version of the challenge on her site  http://cherylsartfulcreations.blogspot.com/, I decided it was time for me to get going again too.  Here are the tangles I used starting with the letter R.

Rokpol - Neil Burley
Riggin' - Lizzie Mayne
Ripples - Helen Williams
Reeds - Belatrix (Helena)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Adele's July challenge


Adele Bruno CZT over at  Tickled to Tangle came up with a fun new string especially for the Fourth of July and challenged us to do it with tangles that start with J -U- L -Y. It's a fun string and I was excited to try it but I was so busy over the weekend that I couldn't do it until Sunday morning. I hope it got in to her in time!

The tangles that I used are;

Joy - Joyce Block CZT
Unyun - Carole Ohl CZT
Lightning Bolt - Suzanne McNeil CZT 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!


Here's a quick tile inspired by the flag. Only three tangles but then I had to add color of course. I layered several shades of colored pencil until I was happy. 

We had our usual community parade this morning followed by a hot dog lunch. Hopefully I'll see some fireworks tonight! I realized I seldom show any family pictures on this blog so I thought I'd share one from the lunch today of my hubby.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Overlapping strings



The challenge from the Diva this week is to create a tile using overlapping (superimposing) strings. I decided to keep my strings simple and used a circle, triangle, and square. Each shape actually went over the edge of the tile so only part of the shape is seen. I used only official zentangle tangle patterns. This kind of a challenge helps me stay true to traditional Zentangle so I really got into the zen of doing this. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Alphabet soup - Q



Alphabet soup is a challenge I issued to myself a while back with the idea of using a wider variety of tangle patterns. I decided to try to use as many non-official tangle patterns that I could find. I use tangle patterns I have found on the web in addition to the ones posted on Tanglepatterns.com. Now that Cheryl has begun her version of the challenge on her site  http://cherylsartfulcreations.blogspot.com/, I decided it was time for me to get going again too.  There aren't as many tangle patterns that start with the letter Q. So this week the tile is a little simpler. Here are the tangles I used starting with the letter Q.


Queen's Crown - Suzanne McNeil

Quatiny - Moloussus (Sandra Strait)



Today I am a very happy camper. This past week Adele Bruno CZT asked her blog followers to create tiles using tangles from my blog. It is so exciting - and an honor - to see what everyone did with the patterns. Be sure to click over to Adele's blog to see the results. http://tickledtotangle.blogspot.com/2014/06/its-string-thing-46-tiles.html



CONVENTION UPDATE


The zentangle expo in Madison WI is coming up soon. It's going to be so much fun! If you haven't signed up yet start making your plans now. The link to the expo site is http://www.penmarkpatterns.com/zentangle-expo-2/zentangle-expo/

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alphabet Soup - P


Alphabet soup is a challenge I issued to myself a while back with the idea of using a wider variety of tangle patterns. I decided to try to use as many non-official tangle patterns that I could find. I use tangle patterns I have found on the web in addition to the ones posted on Tanglepatterns.com. Now that Cheryl has begun her version of the challenge on her site  http://cherylsartfulcreations.blogspot.com/, I decided it was time for me to get going again too.  Here are the tangles I used starting with the letter P.

Prestwood by Margaret Bremner
Pear Drops by Neal Burley
Postl - Susan S.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Revisit, remixing Bales


Whee - A tangleation challenge - and a challenge to do it with one of my comfort tangles. Tangleations are both fun and tricky. You want to do something different but you don't want to lose the essence of the tangle either. Bales is one of the first tangles I learned. It's one of those tangles that sneaks its way into a lot of my tiles. But to do it here - well - let's start by changing the standard grid pattern into a zendala. And then, in each row I tried to go a different way with the tangle. Can you still find the original bales?


Pattern Play

To help me with this challenge I referred to a BRAND NEW Zentangle Book. It's called 'Pattern Play' by Cris Letourneau CZT and Sonya Yencer CZT. It's a thick book with lots of stuff between the covers. The focus of this book is Tangleations. There are a number of new tangle patterns with their step-outs. More importantly however, are the variations of each tangle. Cris and Sonya will inspire you to find new ways - your own ways -  to make your zentangle artwork come to life. There is space in this book for you to draw in it - the best way I think, for you to remember all the new ideas you are bound to come up with! I heartily recommend this book to any Zentangle addict. It will be available on Amazon starting June 27 - Many CZTs will also carry this book for sale in their classes. 

Cris Letourneau is also the author of 'Made in the Shade'. This book came out last year. It's the most helpful book out there for shading in Zentangle and I also feel strongly that you should have this book in your library if you don't already!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

String 108


This tile is done with String 108 from tangle patterns.com. When I saw the challenge from Adele Bruno at Tickled to Tangle I wasn't sure I liked the string very much. But the tangles she suggested suited this string perfectly for me. I found I could get into the zen of tangling right away on this tile. Thanks Adele!

Tangles used are;

Diva Dance and Dex - official Zentangle® patterns
Demi by Genevieve Crabe
Diamonds & Squares by Deanne Stewart-Mills
Dooledo by Ksenija Vojisavlijevic

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fun Week!


This has been a busy and fun week for me. At the start of the week I had my son and his family visiting from Austin, TX. It's a long way from me so I was so excited to see the grandkids again. They grow up so fast!

Then, over the course of this week I got two exciting pieces of mail. On the left is a tile from Margaret Bremner CZT.  - website -  I've long admired her work. We traded cards by mail and I am so excited to now have an original of hers! I also traded cards with Sandy Hunter CZT. - website -  Her tile shows a new tangle of hers called 'Lola'. I can't wait to start using this tangle!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Duotangle - Auraknot Mooka



This weeks challenge is to combine the tangles Auraknot and Mooka. After trying various ideas of ways to make one morph into the other, I finally settled on using the technique of 'drawing behind' and found that they combined to make a pleasing zendala.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Alphabet soup - O


Alphabet soup is a challenge I issued to myself a while back with the idea of using a wider variety of tangle patterns. I decided to try to use as many non-official tangle patterns that I could find. I use tangle patterns I have found on the web in addition to the ones posted on Tanglepatterns.com. Now that Cheryl has begun her version of the challenge here, I decided it was time for me to get going again too. I had several O tangles that I wanted to use so I got a little more complicated with the string this week. Here are the tangles I used starting with the letter O.

Oslo - Elaine Benfatto
Olb - Helen Williams
O'Bob - Moon Attic
Oval Chain - Suzanne McNeill
Ollove - Linda Rea
Ogen - Christina Vanderlist