Friday, September 30, 2011
One of the new books that I recently purchased is the book 'Zenspirations' by Joanne Fink. It's not strictly a zentangle book but uses the patterns and tangles as a jumping off point to create many more wonderful things. I decided to do the letter R on a tile for my new granddaughter. I even found a frame that will fit it nicely. I may add color later but I want to get my daughter's input before I do that.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The challenge from the Diva this week is to combine two official zentangle patterns - Jonqal and Opus. http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/2011/09/weekly-challenge-41.html I like doing challenges where I am encouraged to come up with new variations. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do but one morning as I came down the stairs I found some inspiration. Can you tell I have a teenage boy!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I started with colored card stock. I used a stencil of fall leaves to create my strings. There are several leaf shapes on the stencil so I just picked a few and layered them. To get additional strings I drew a few vein lines in the leaves. After I did my tangles with a colored Prismacolor Premier pen, I shaded with 3-4 different shades of Prismacolor colored pencils. I really liked the way this one came out.
As always, your comments are greatly appreciated!
Monday, September 26, 2011
That is the essence of Zentangle, just go with it. Relax, watch the ink as it flows onto the paper. Breathe! Let the magic of Zentangle do its thing.
Friday, September 23, 2011
I used a high gloss piece of paper I had laying around and my Sakura Micron 08 pen. I actually did both sides. Using the high gloss paper means it has a nice thickness for use as a pinwheel but it also meant that the ink didn't dry as quickly. I found myself getting my hand into it far more often than I would have liked.
Thanks to the Diva .http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/2011/09/weekly-challenge-40.html
And I can't not post a new picture of the baby.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I named it 'Pots' because as I was doing it I remembered the small potholders I used to make as a child on the plastic looms. Sometimes I would miss a step and the weaving would come out in a way that was different than what I planned. My mom would still say it was beautiful though and I made a number as gifts for my grandparents too.
'Pots' was initially inspired by the carpet in a hotel I stayed at this past summer. I looked down and though it was interesting so I had to take a picture. When I got home I printed out my picture and placed tracing paper on top. I traced the pattern in a variety of ways until I got the pattern you see above.
Monday, September 19, 2011
One of the purple patterns uses the official Zentangle patterns Echoism. That pattern is one of my favorites. It goes together quickly and I love its look. You can see me demonstrating this pattern in the new video by Suzanne McNeill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCyus3viTZA
The link to the video is on Suzanne McNeill's blog. http://blog.suzannemcneill.com/2011/09/15/7-zens.aspx?ref=rss Thank you very much Suzanne for putting it up! It was done at the CHA show in Chicago this past summer. I was very nervous making the video. We planned it on the fly and after it was done I started thinking of all the things I should have done or said. We had to start and stop it a few times when they started making announcements on the loudspeakers. And then we had to recharge the camera's battery. I hope you enjoy it anyway.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Remember when I posted these two tiles with the tangle pattern 'Tootsie'? This was shortly after my daughter found out that she was expecting a girl. Of course, the ultrasound technician only gave her 70% odds that it was a girl, so we had to wait till the birth to be sure. So now it's pink here we come!
I'll be spending the next few days with my daughter and the baby so I don't expect to be posting too often. I hope to be back next week at full speed.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
I actually got two done this week. Woo-hoo! I thoroughly enjoy working with paradox so when the diva posted her challenge (actually from Maria), I was excited to get going. Weekly Challenge #38 "Better than a Pair of Ducks" Of course it took me until Friday to get them all done, photographed and posted - but what else is new in my house. I'm the queen of procrastination.
I love working with circles so for the first I drew my three circles in pencil and then went to town. It was fun to add the paradox shapes that go behind the others. That's one of the basic concepts in Zentangle. That is, "drawing behind".
For the second tile I used the black Zentangle tile. The basic shapes were done with a Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen in Black. The paradox is done with the Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight gel ink in Fl. Green. Wow, those Moonlight colors really pop when you draw with them. I just got a set and I assure you I'll be playing with them a lot more.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
There are two more classes coming up at this location. Oct 1st and Oct 10th. Contact them to sign up.
DuPage Art League - Wheaton, IL 630 653-7090
October 1, 1-3:30 Beyond the BasicsOctober 10, 1-3:30 Teens and tweens
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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I haven't put any new tangle patterns out for a while so while I'm working on some new ones I thought I'd pull out one from Ukrainian egg designs. Thus the name, 'Kyiv'. I thought about using Kiev but I didn't want everybody thinking about making chicken Kiev so I went with the more authentic spelling.
Kyiv is a simple but effective pattern. The only trick is to get you initial 'X's spaced right.
Draw two parallel lines. (Extra lines are optional.)
Draw a series of large Xs touching the lines. Leave a small amount of space between each X.
Next are two smaller Xs in the center. When drawing these smaller Xs, one side should form a lazy 'S' shape, with a curl at each end.
Connect the ends of the small Xs with two or three 'humps'.
Add a dot between each shape.
For my example I used a white pen on colored cardstock. I know it's only September but if you start now by practicing your patterns on circular pieces of paper, you will be in good shape when the holidays get here.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
On a personal note, I've had a very busy past few weeks. I've done some traveling, some teaching, and now I am anxiously waiting for the arrival of a new grand baby. It could be any day now. So if I suddenly disappear for a couple of days, I will have a very good reason.
Happy Labor Day to everyone in the US!