Friday, October 21, 2016

Picturesque Notes

While stepping through the Zentangle® Primer, I found myself going back and forth between it and the first book, The Book of Zentangle, and taking notes.  After taking notes the standard way in my bullet journal and realizing I'd like to keep my drawings with them too, I decided to devote an art journal to the task. This one is one of my favorites, a by Global Art Materials.  After all, I hope to have more visual notes or drawings than words, so I thought the nice drawing paper would be ideal.  Of course, you could opt for one of the nice journals from Zentangle too, they just aren't in my budget at the moment.

While we were on vacation last week, camping, I started working on a title page.  We had a nice, sunny fall day at Farewell Bend State Park in Oregon.  An ideal time to sit outside and draw.  I started with the faux calligraphy then added Poke Leaf.  I knew it would add dimension to the page.  While I was considering which tangle to use for the background, my eye kept going to Maria's Umble heart tile on their cover.  It is a gorgeous tile.  Then somehow, I just knew my take on her inspiring tile needed to be on my page.  

As soon as I got to this point, I knew I wanted to add at least a touch of color.  I had brought my travel watercolor book, but I had forgotten a brush!  Like most things do with Zentangle, it worked out well regardless.

A view from the campground of the Snake river.  Farewell Bend was the last stop on the Oregon Trail before the trail turned north through more rugged country.

We wound our way up and around to Lake Roosevelt in Washington.  Somewhere along the way, I picked up some inexpensive brushes.  We had one gorgeous afternoon at a National Parks Campground before a full day of rain hit.  Here is the sunset view from our campsite!  Even during the gloomy rain the next day, we had a nice view.  

While we were holed up in the camper, I finished the page.  Watercolor, shading, and I added white gel pen around the letters where they were over the background.  (I saw this little trick done by Sandy Allnock on one of her YouTube videos.  Not sure which video it was, but I'll link you to one of her nice videos here. She's quite talented and offers lots of tips as you watch her work.)

So, that's all the further I got with my "notebook". While I feel like I should be further along, I know Bijou understands!

Notice I added a page for an upcoming Shading class.  Check it out if you're interested!

I appreciate your comments! Have a great week!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Back to Primer

Time to get back to my Zentangle Primer Vol. 1.  I'm still in the first lesson!  Here is my Exercise 2 (#zp1x2) tile using two of the basic tangles combined to create a tangleation.  Mine is a combination of Printemps and Hollibaugh on a Bijou tile.

And, I can't lie, I skipped ahead to Reticula and Fragments long enough for this R-E1 Reticula variation (based on my journal entry that follows) with fragments E4, E25 and leaflet variation.

I had been messing around with a wrought iron catalogue that my husband brought home for me and I thought I could turn it into the Reticula.  I actually did this tile last month while on vacation, and gave it away to a nice couple we met while camping.  
My journal playing with wrought iron shapes -- this is how the string for the tile above came to be

And another tile that somehow I failed to post.  A bijou of Trigue and El Prado, trying out some shades of gray along with typical black on the white tile.

I hope to have a shading class page up soon.  It will basically be a repeat of my earlier shading class. If you're interested, keep an eye out for a new page with information, including photos of the previous class.  

Friday, October 7, 2016


October is a busy card month for me as lots of friends and relatives of mine have birthdays, anniversaries or both!  Lucky for me, last Saturday was World Card Making Day!  I had had a stressful day prior, so a day of art therapy making cards was just what I needed.  So I "got my pagan on" (inside joke to some of my friends/students!) and lost time creating.  I had fun playing around with stamps and backgrounds.  Guess how many finished cards I ended up with that day?  ...ZERO!  But I had lots of bits of cards, just waiting to happen!
This week I finished up a few of the bits.
Stamped images by Paper Parachute, colored with Copic markers.
Stamped and heat embossed image by Inkadinkado, background is Brushos (concentrated watercolor crystals) on scrap watercolor paper.
Repeated stamping, image by Inkadinkado. (The envelope shows the single stamp)
A second Brushos background card using the same stamps as earlier but since this card was less vibrant with little contrast, I added Polychromos colored pencils to add some details and shading.
And just a peek at the interior of the card.  A small punch created this 3D cutout that is about the size of a nickel.  Punch by EK Success.
This spinner card was my first attempt.  I loved the northern lights look of the Brushos background.  Stamped and heat embossed images are by Paper Parachute.  I learned that the circle needs or be further away from the edge of the card or the spinning mechanism (made using two pennies!) sometimes gets off track there.  I definitely will be trying this one again....maybe incorporating some tangling?  Check out this YouTube for instructions on making a spinner card.  

So, 5 cards down and
??(Way too many to count) left to go!  I feel the need for some de-stressing with tangling now!
Have a great week!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Back to basics

When I first received my Zentangle® Primer Vol 1,  I wanted to go through it page by page and really absorb the knowledge. Of course tho, I had to check out all the eye candy before I could get down to studying.  So, a once through looking at the photos, oohing and aahing over the wonderful artwork and wanting to skip right to reticula and fragments!  But, I started from the beginning and things were going fine.  I was referring back to the original Zentangle book, comparing and making notes and moving along nicely until I got to the "your first tile" lesson in the Primer.  Somehow, I just wasn't all that enthused about doing a basic tile.  I got sidetracked, trying new tangles, new techniques (like shades of gray and graydations), preparing for a new class, and just enjoying what I was learning outside the primer.

Then vacation came along.  I knew I wanted to get back to the Primer.  So there we were, camped in a beautiful canyon, next to a gorgeous river.  And the timing was perfect for my "first tile" lesson.  Setting in a camp chair, soaking in some sun, I decided to use the tile provided in the book, that extra special one complete with watermark would also help to make this "back to basics tile" special.  I took my time with each instruction and each line.  Going back to known tangles (Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Printemps and Florz) was so comfortable, yet I was approaching each as if it were new to me.  And, although I was inclined to do something a little different with the shading, I just followed the instructions.  It was actually comforting to play by the rules.  

Then the exercise was to do the tile again, same tangles but different shading.  Hmmm.  Now a lesson asking for creativity!  So I thought about what I had worked on a day or two earlier, which was making some notes and examples about graydations.  That would totally change the shading, in fact I would be hard pressed to keep it similar!  So I pulled out my new black Pentalic journal that my friend and roommate from CZT14, Dari,(she goes by Dari on the Mosaic App too) recommended.  I had already done the little Bijou tile on the page combining the graydations techniques,  my recent parabolic lines class, Maryhill, Static and maybe a 3V influence as well.  I thought a basics tile using these techniques would be a nice addition to the page.  

So here you have it, same string, basic tangles of straight and curvy, basic techniques of auras and drawing behind.  And then adding complexity just through layering and some reversal of black and white and of course adding all those grays.  

And here's a view of my favorite page in the primer.  Yes, being a CZT has quite a few perks!