Sunday, October 1, 2017

Where did September go?

My finished September calendar.  I'm really happy how this Assunta tangle worked out.  Now, what to do for October?
first tile ever with grandkids!

We were busy traveling for part of the month. The best part of September was tangling with my grandkids.

Last week's Diva Challenge was crazy 'NZeppel. I used a very old tile that had a string from a stencil.  Sorry I forgot to photograph it before I started.  I chose to ignore parts of the string and I added more lines here and there.  

My end result on this Apprentice tile reminded me much of my earlier polished stone 'NZeppel.  

And my first try at Well well well.  Mine is on a hand cut tile from brown cardstock.  The brown is close to the color of a bag I want to tangle and I thought I'd try out colors to see if the brown and black would show up on such a dark color.  

I'm glad I have Zentangle® to help keep me centered with all the chaos in our country and in the world.  I still wonder if I'm making any difference whatsoever, but at least I can gather my thoughts and breathe amid the chaos if I just take it one step at a time.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Short update

Sorry I haven't kept up with posting lately.  Here are a few things I've been working on....
Assunta in my bujo

Embedded letter on a cardboard box that gathers my art journals

Almost forgot shading and chop!  Now just 3 more sides.....

Embedded "seal" on gift envelope

Embedded letter on a shipping tag now gift bookmark

Stay strong and have a good day.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Diva dancing in Lisbon

Yup, I'm still a little behind as I'm showing you my tile for last week's diva challenge #327.  Guest blogger Henrike Bratz challenged us to draw her Lisbon fragment (if you haven't checked it out, see it's great fun!) combined with Diva Dance.

When I saw the Lisbon fragment I knew I wanted to have a go.  I went to my box of tiles and as I pulled out a tile, I noticed this one I did quite awhile ago.

Luckily I wrote on the back how I achieved this look, as I had forgotten.  I used a Dreamweaver stencil and sponged distress inks through it onto a Zentangle tile.  

Henrike shows how the different orientation of the initial strokes in each fragment changes the look of the the overall tile.  Here is what I chose to do.  

And here is the final result. I think perhaps the Diva might be moonlighting as a plumber in mine!  What do you think?  I used black, purple and gray microns, colored pencils, a touch of white chalk, and graphite.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Purple and blue

Several weeks ago, guest blogger Jessica Davies' Diva Challenge 324 Tangled Heart, was to use hearts for a string.  Not long afterward, I came across a Kirigami book showing how to cut out a heart shaped doily. I totally had forgotten I had it!  I ran across it while continuing on my KonMari project.  If you haven't seen Jessica's gorgeous hearts, please check them out.

Before I got around to cutting out the doily, Jessica was already on to her second guest post, Diva Challenge 325 using Pea-Nuckle. I decided to combine the two challenges.  

After cutting the doily from scrap paper and a nearly 6" diameter circle from Bristol card, I airbrushed over the doily to create this string.  

That's my take on Enyshou along with Pea-Nuckle using blue and purple microns.  In the photo above, you'll notice only the top portion is shaded.  I shaded using Cretacolor watercolor pencils.  

Finally finished!  There's also a touch of Fabrico gray marker in this final photo.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hex 7 fragments

In between tidying, (I'm trying the Konmari method based on Marie Kondo's book, "the life-changing magic of tidying up" I thought I'd show you some more hexagons. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.  If you have any questions, let me know.  Links to dies at previous hexagon posts (click on the hexagon label to the right.)

And in case you are wondering, I highly recommend the tidying book......such a different approach.  I think it will suit me nicely.  I can't wait to get through all my things, tho it is very time consuming to process your past one item at a time.  I think being surrounded by my things that spark joy and to say goodbye to those that don't will be wonderful.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New BuJo pages and the "Bluebird of Happiness"

I'm starting a new bullet journal.  I thought I'd share my calendar pages. I use my BuJo as an art journal, writing journal, to do lists, and just about anything else that I used to write on scraps of paper including trying out new tangles.  As with everything else in my life, Zentangle® has permeated here.  :-)
Ciceron creates my calendar

For more information on bullet journaling, check out this link.  There are tons of examples out there, but my advice is to just start will adjust it to meet your needs, no matter how much you plan.  Their beauty is that you make them into what you like and need, not someone else's version (tho inspiration is always good).

Here I've used MoFins as a divider.

I've noted all the tangle names under each border.  

Check out the lower left.  I had intended to draw Coil but I got the curve "wrong". In true Zentangle fashion, I let it have its own life.  I tried Coil again lower right. :-)

And, check out this blue bird of happiness.  Yes, I know, not a blue bird...Art Impressions has some of the best stamps.  Anyway, I wanted to point out just how much Zentangle has inspired this card.  Absolutely no Zentangle patterns, but.... I have learned so much about shading, contrast and making something appear 3D from my Zentangle practice.  Pretty awesome right?  I stamped onto white cardstock with rich cocoa Momento ink, masked the image and then worked on the background using a combination of Distress and Distress Oxide inks.  Then I colored in Mr. Bluebird a/k/a buzzard with Polychromos colored pencils.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hex 6 fragments

And I thought I was about done....ha!  I'm still playing with hexagon fragments I'm creating with my Papertrey coverplate die.

Triangles keep emerging.  Sometimes deliberately, sometimes not....

Rearranged, Maryhill triangles also emerge.

Cubes of patterns...

...that can be added to or rearranged over and over.

And a glimpse of my outside table (luckily no wind!)

Of course I needed to update my prestrung Zentangle® journal with hexagon fragments.

And this is how my May BuJo calendar turned out.  I have a similar hexagon theme for June. Will I have sufficient fragments?

Back to the cube.  Remember it is a central point with 3 radiating lines out to alternating corners.

I liked Emingle (Ambler?) in the earlier tile....and I had played with it in a cube in this earlier post.
I wanted to explore with it more.

Note, if you start Emingle at an interior corner, you end up with an "impossible" type frame. 

Here I added weight to two sides (I always chose the outside edges of the diamond to make it easier).

And here is a rounded version

Let's not leave out triangulation! (in hind site I like being more selective with this technique vs hitting each corner as I later did.

And this is an Emingle variation of Quadrose.

And look at this unassuming little fragment.  The black makes the cube.  I aura-ed those lines with brown and then filled in leaving a hilight where I added generals white charcoal.

I love it in multiples.  Do you see the black lines form hexagons, as do the brown shapes in addition to the die cut fragments themselves.

And did you notice that the white also forms hexagons?   
So even tho 6  would seem the appropriate number of posts to explore hexagons, I believe I've only just scratched the surface.  I will likely mix in other things as well, but I'm sure there will be more hexagon adventures to follow.

I'll leave you with this card.  It utilizes Spellbinders Kaleidoscope die that I used to cut both watercolor paper and black cardstock.  Arukas is done in black Pigma micron ink and the blue is watercolor with some colored pencil shading and gelly roll hilites. 

I hope you enjoyed your week and I appreciate you sticking with me for this long post!