Monday, July 28, 2014

Twinchie box



I am frequently asked what I actually do with my zentangle tiles when I am finished and to that I reply, it's a two part answer.

First: you don't have to do ANYTHING. Zentangle is more about the process than the finished product. If you enjoy it, if you found it relaxing, then zentangle has already  done its thing.

But if, as frequently happens, you are happy with the results of your journey, you may want to display them. A friend told me about these boxes at Michaels so I trotted right off to buy one. It measures 2 1/2" by 2 1/2' inches so with the black frame, it's perfect for my colored twinchies. It's made of plastic so if your looking for something really classy, this isn't it, but it suits my purposes well.

My hand colored tiles are done with professional grade watercolors so that's how I get the rich background colors. I tangle them with colored pens and shade and highlight with colored pencils. And yes, I do sell my colored tiles. Click over to the 'store' tab for details.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Truffle Ballet



I'm getting to this challenge party a little late. It's to draw the tangle pattern 'Truffle' by Caroline Broady. I saw the challenge right away but I wasn't inspired to do anything right away. Last night I sat down and told myself it was now or never and I just started to draw. As I drew the tangle it struck me that it looked like tiny ballerina tutus so off I went.

I pulled out one of my hand colored pink tiles and a pink pen and made it more 'girly' by adding a pink ribbon. The truffle pattern came next, drawing it going behind the ribbon. I added a few simple shapes to complete my ballerinas and then some shading and highlighting with colored pencils.


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By the way, I do sell my blank, hand colored tiles. If you are interested, click on the tab above marked 'Store' for details.

Friday, July 25, 2014

String 50


String 50 on Tanglepatterns.com is one of my favorite strings. It's got a certain symmetry that I find soothing - just as I find the symmetry in zendalas soothing. I also found this tile was a fun one to shade. Adele Bruno at Tickled to Tangle suggested we complete it with tangles that start with the letter C. She gave us 5 tangle patterns but I was happy only using 3. These are the ones I used;

Ciceron by Mariët Lustenhouwer
Click Clack by CZT Jane Monk
Crescent Moon by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alphabet soup T


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 T.

Twistee - Molossus
Torzon lace - Lori Howe
Tuscan - Elaine Benfatto
Tesli - Helena - Belatrix



These are the pictures from Sunday's class at Banbury. As you can see from the picture below, we had a mix of ages. The 8 year old did just as well as everyone else and you sure can't tell from the tiles which is his! (He was faster than some of the others and is just thinking in the picture below.)


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!