Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stripes


Stripes. There are many tangles that work well in the stripe category. I enjoyed this challenge the first time around so I was game to go again. I looked through the many tangles I have in my book and there were SO many choices! Then I looked in the back of my book where I have just the tangles that I have named myself. Well, there were more than enough stripe tangles right there! So the tangles shown here are all under the tangle pattern gallery tab on my blog.

Wix
Kiev
Coil
Vigne
Ditto

I wanted to do it on toned paper so I could add both highlights and shading. This is actually my hand colored paper that approximates the color of the renaissance tiles. I normally would use the Renaissance tiles but I knew I might be aggressive with some of my shading so I opted for my hand colored tile which can take a little more abuse. I used the Micron black pen, the brown pen, the white gelly roll, colored pencils in white and brown and my regular pencil.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ice bucket challenge









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My son challenged me to the ice bucket challenge. I thought I might escape this, but NOOOOO! I thought I'd try doing a little something different so I decided to tangle my bucket first. Those of you who have seen it before know that you need to do it within 24 hours. So I needed to do some fast tangling!

Thankfully the Sakura IDentipen has a nice thick nib on one side, so I was able to do my bucket fairly quickly. I think what actually took me the longest was deciding what tangles to use. Sorry - no shading - but I was on the clock!



Saturday, August 23, 2014

hoot class pictures


Hoot 2014 is all done now and I've finally gotten a chance to go through all the pictures and see what all the classes did in detail. I taught 4 classes plus a free demo - plus working a booth with Cris Letourneau at the trade show. I was glad I had my husband there to help!


In the tote bag class we started out with a basic tile to get everyone familiar with the frame, string, fill, etc. I didn't get a picture of the tote bags but their tiles look great!


This was the two hour class where we worked on these strips to go around small tin boxes. They were so cute!


The Zentangle Christmas was the largest class - and we did cards, ornaments, and small boxes - so lots of pictures!








And the last class, on Friday, was the Zen Garden class. We started out by coloring the background of a paper with a watercolor wash. While that was drying we did some of the tangles on a regular size tile so we could go over the basics of zentangle at the same time.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Alphabet Soup - X


Alphabet soup - X  - getting close to the end of the alphabet. All the tangles shown here have names beginning with the letter X. This is a great way to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and explore new tangle patterns. Tangles shown here;

X - Lila Popcheff
Xeni - Jacqueline Janssen
Xenso - Sue Clark




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

water world


The theme of the Diva's challenge this week is 'water' and we are to interpret that in any way we desire. I envisioned all sorts of underwater flora and creatures, as viewed from a porthole. I used one of my hand colored tiles with a blue Micron pen and colored pencils for shading and highlights.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Alphabet soup - W

This is my take on using tangles whose names start with the letter W. I can't believe that we are almost through with the alphabet. It's been fun.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Columbus, Ohio HOOT

The Heart of Ohio tole painters convention in Columbus has begun. Cris LeTourneau and I have banded together in a booth at the trade show.  On Thursday, Friday and Saturday it will be open to the public.  Come on down to the convention center on High Street and say hi!

And if you tell me you saw this blog entry-  I'll have a little surprise for you.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy birthday Adele

This week we are celebrating the first birthday of Adele Bruno's string challenge.  This string is a fun little one that Adele came up with.  She suggested some of the newest tangle patterns that have been published.  It was fun to play with them.
I'm looking forward to many more string challenges in the future.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Alphabet soup - V


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 V.

Volant - Solveig
Verity - Lila Popcheff
Vortex - ?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bijou and friends


Bijou has joined the Zentangle family! Bijou tiles are small tiles that measure 2" x 2". They are made from the same high quality paper that the regular tiles are made from. They are from a little snail named Bijou that Rick and Maria met in Paris. You can read all about him (or her?) on the zentangle page at http://www.zentangle.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=174

 I have been doing Twinchies for a little while now and hand coloring them. So when I got my official Bijou tiles I just had to introduce Bijou to my twinchies. Wouldn't you know, they formed a fast friendship! The twinchies above were hand colored to approximate the color of the Renaissance tiles from zentangle. I used the same pens and shading and highlighting that I use on the regular Renaissance tiles.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

string 51


String 51 from Tanglepatterns.com is pretty straightforward. It's just some straight parallel lines that run at an angle. But the tangles that Adele Bruno suggested were so pretty! I decided to use the strings as suggestions only (as we always should do) and let the patterns show off in all their glory. Oh, I threw in a little lacing too just for grins. I used a blue hand colored tile, a blue micron pen, and colored pencils for shading.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Alphabet Soup - U


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 U.

Undiala - Cris LeTourneau
Undling - Susie Achter
Up-n-down - Kathy Barringer

I tried something different here. I used my 005 pen for the Undling (in the U) and then went back to my o1 for the rest. I liked how I was able to get finer lines with the 005 for that pattern.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

S - J


This doutangle challenge asked us to use only two tangles and those two tangles were to be tangles that started with our initials. There are so may wonderful tangles that start with the letter S that it was hard to choose only one. Finally I decided on the beautiful pattern, Scrolled Feather from Helen Williams. In the background I drew Japan Diamond for J.

I used one of my hand colored tiles (for sale in my 'store'). I used two different white pens as one gave a much thicker line than the other. I liked how the thinner lines pushed the Japan Diamond even more into the background. Colored pencils were used for shading and also highlighting.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Organic fun


This was the classroom I walked into at McHenry County college last night. When I teach there I never know which classroom I'll be in so it's always an adventure, but this was a real surprise. And it was sooo perfect for the class I was teaching on organic tangles. We had a group of  four. Keep scrolling down to see what they did!


All we had to do was look around the room for inspiration.

This collection of dried materials had all sorts of textures to feast our eyes on.

The greenery tower had tangle patterns in the leaf shapes.



And wow - the cards that they were working on are beautiful! Thanks ladies!

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.