Saturday, April 11, 2015

Taking a risk with some thing new: Water color landscape

There are two risks involved here. One is just posting this. This is a work in progress. I have always liked art and paintings that I have seen but have not tried much. Most of the art work I have done has been Zentangle®. I was introduced to that about 3 years ago and it has been a great journey and it will continue. Not sure if my endeavors in this stimulated my creativity in other areas or not. I know I have tangled on a variety of surfaces and have enjoyed trying different things.

About 6 months ago I had an urge to try some thing different. Not having any formal training other than my CZT training, I for some reason chose water color. Not sure if this is easier than acrylic or oils as I have never done either of those. I bought some simple supplies and to be honest they have been gathering dust in my art supplies. I would think about pulling them out but then usually had some other project that I could use to distract me. I finally decided that I needed to just start something. Was not sure what to do, but not considering being someone who could draw, I decided that it would be easier to do a simple landscape. After starting not sure that there is such a thing. When you are tangling you do not have to wait for things to dry. As I said there were a couple challenges. The other challenging part of this is that I have NO formal training in other art forms. I have looked at a couple of videos on you tube and garnered a little information from talking with a few other artists at the Artworks Gallery or just listening to some of their conversations with people at events. Over the years, as I work with a lot of kids in my clinical practice and with my own kids as they were growing up, I have experimented with a few different techniques. So I finally did start. I have tried to use the one tenet that I learned from Zentangle® which is to not judge too much and to not decide what I was going to do with a piece until it is done. This is not done but there has been progress. Will post other pictures later. Not sure if I will wait until it is done or post other stages of progress.

Okay, enough rambling, or delaying. Here is what I have done so far.

Would be interested in any comments, suggestions, tips, what ever that you can offer.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Diva Challenge #211: Unchallenge/Challenge - Flux

Was not sure what to label this post as usually I just use what The Diva puts on her blog. For a brief time it looked like there would not be a challenge this week due to medical complications for her youngest son. She chose to use the recent Zentangle® post on Flux. So that became the Challenge. I remember the two different ways of doing Flux in my CZT seminar. I taught both versions in my basic class as a way to reinforce there are no mistakes and step outs are a guideline to doing a tangle. Most people get a chuckle that the developers of Zentangle have two different ways of doing Flux. Kind of relaxes them that what they do does not have to match what I illustrate. I explain as like different fonts that you might use on a computer. some fonts have commas and quotation marks that look like Maria's Flux. Others look like Rick's version. Both get recognized as the same thing. That is the same for both versions of Flux.

 I enjoy flux and use it quite a bit. I tend to do Rick's version as it just seems to flow better for me. I did try a  little different form of Maria's version and I felt better about it. As with a number of tiles, although it is decreasing, the most difficult part of this tile was the shading. Part of this is that there was not a lot of white space. My first reaction was that the tile was too busy. It is more appealing the more I look at it. Anyway, here is what I came up with, I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Flux, Tipple, Fescu, & Zinger
Shading was done with 2B pencil

Got this done a day earlier than I usually do. Hopefully I can spend some time looking at the other tiles posted this week. Strongly encourage you to look at what is on I am the Diva. Would also encourage you to try it yourself. Join in and post what you come up with. The people that post and look at the pieces of art are pretty supportive of everyone.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle !!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Square One: Focus Tangle - Squid

This week's focus tangle is Squid. I have used this one before but not a lot. I tend to forget about it a little as it is more representational. I do like it though. It is hard for me to think of doing a tile with Squid in it without it being an aquatic theme. I am sure that I will see some that are not, but that is what I think of. Tried a few new things with it. Over all I am pleased with the result. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Squid, Sanibelle, Angel Fish, Fengle, Tipple, Not sure if the vine has a name
Shading done with 2B pencil and Micron

I think you can always go to the Square One FB page and look at the posts. There will probably be some unique ones posted. I t think you do need to be a member to post. Being a member though does not require that you post, but it is nice to see a variety of tiles.

Thanks for visiting.  As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Diva Challenge #210: "Spiralstring - that's the thing"

This week's Diva Challenge was interesting. I like spirals, but do not use them much. It usually is when there is some type of prompt. That was this week's challenge - use spirals as a string. I do not usually look at what others have posted before I do mine. I did know that I wanted to go to Shelly Beauchamp's blog to look at her page on spirals. I enjoy her work but her spirals are awesome. In the process, I ran across Cris Letourneau's piece. She had posted it on one of the FB pages that I follow. Hers was also pretty awesome. As I looked at them, they had different ways of doing the spiral. Now I had a dilemma on my hands. Which style was I going to use. I decided to one of each. I did not copy the patterns they used and I did not use color as Cris did in hers. Besides the tangling, the color in her spiral added so much to the piece.

After deciding that, my next challenge is that I realized that I did my basic spiral structure in the opposite direction of theirs. Mine were in a clockwise direction and theirs were counter clockwise. Not a major issue but did take a little to work out direction of some of the lines.

Then came the really big challenge. Deciding on what tangles to use and completing the tile. Choosing the tangles was not a major issue. But as I began the tile, I experienced a real reinforcement of needing to send my inner critic on a hike. I began tangling and while working on the first spiral, had to deal with an issue that I do not usually encounter. I very rarely have not finished a tile once I started but when working on this, I seriously considered ripping it up and starting over. The thought kept going through my head that this was not going to work. I was finally able to listen a little more to the other side to just keep going. I could decide later what I wanted to do. Honestly, it was not until near the end of the tile while working on Dansk that I began to feel more comfortable with the tile. It was not until after adding Flux, Fescu, and Zinger and then working on the shading that I finally was pleased with this tile. I did not think about taking pictures until later. When I thought of it, not sure that it would have shown so much of the process of change as really took place, plus I did not have a camera with me. Maybe some other time.

Being pleased does not mean that there were not things that I can see that I would do differently if I were to do this over. It is in no way perfect. It does not have to be. I like the result. When I was done, I actually felt pretty good about what I had created. When doing these challenges and working on tiles, that is what it is about for me. I guess it is a lesson that maybe we all need to revisit periodically. Focus on one stroke at a time and the process, not what it looks like.

Well I rambled on long enough. I hope I did not bore you too much. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Dansk, Sanibelle, Tipple, Flux, Fescu, Zinger, Orbs, Cubine, Betweed, and Chard (variation)
Shading was done with standard pencils. 

If you have not all ready visited the Diva's blog would encourage you to do so. You can do so by clicking here. I am  hoping to get a chance to see them over the next few days. Try it your self even if you do not post it to the site. It would be great if you did. Would be just that much more to enjoy.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle !!  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Square One Focus Tangle: Mooka - More traditional

I decided to do another tile with Mooka today rather than try to squeeze it in later in the week. Actually, if I am honest about it, it also allowed me to avoid some tasks that I am not all that motivated to do read organize information for taxes. But I did enjoy doing this and it gave me some much needed shading practice. I think the shading is what makes the traditional Mooka so beautiful. Over all I am pleased with the way that this one turned out. I guess if I really wanted to be critical I could find things that I do not like but I am going to focus on the process. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Mooka, Zinger, Keeko
Shading was done with the standard Zentangle® pencil.

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Square One Focus Tangle: Mooka - Gone Wild

This week's focus tangle on Square One FB is Mooka. This seems to be a tangle that people either really like or they really dislike it. I do not have a great relationship with it, but it is getting stronger. I think it is one that is a little more difficult to play with but that is exactly what I tried to do. I had done it before on a black tile. But that would not be an acceptable post on Square One. I have seen some very nice renditions of this tangle. Some have been in the traditional style. Meredith Yuhas is one of those. She just has a flair for this tangle. Have not seen one done by Shelly Beauchamp yet. She does some great looking things with this tangle also. If I have time, I may try to get a more traditional Mooka done later. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used as embellishment: Crescent Moon, Stripes. Phicops, Hibred, Tipple, Meer, Ahh, Gneiss, & Diva Dance

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Framed ZIA class

The idea for this class was born out of what I received from Cris Letourneau when she sent me things for visiting and commenting on her blog throughout the year. The mats are 5" squares with a 2.5" square cut out. There are two different ways that can do the backing. I cut sheets of Bristol vellum into about 4 7/8" squares. Placed this behind the mat and very lightly traced around the opening. They could then use this as a frame for their ZIA. When they were done drawing their tangles, used dot strip adhesive to glue the piece of Bristol vellum to the mat. The other way to do this would be to use a regular Zentangle® tile. After completing the tangles you would glue the tile to the mat and then glue the Bristol vellum to the mat. Either way you end up with a flat backing. Here are examples of what they came up with. They were able to finish one in the class and sent home the material to complete another.

This was a fun class. It allowed for time to work on tangles before we started on this project plus people could interact with each other.

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