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.

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

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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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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Diva Challenge #209: "Saint Patty's"

The Diva Challenge this week was a holiday theme in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Theme was to "green up" your tile. It was a toss up for me to use my Intense pencils or the Koi watercolor pens. I chose the later only in that I have not used them a lot and trying to experiment with them. I used them to lay down a wash. Was not really happy with the way that they blended but did not try a lot. I turned out okay. There are a couple of sections that turned out a little darker than I  would have liked but it turned out okay. Then came the challenge to use the wash as the string and decide how I was going to do it. I stuck with some old favorites for the tangles. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Antidots, 'Nzeppel, Shattuck, Zander, Paradox
Did not doe much shading on this one. The little I did was with the micron. The difference in the intensity is that I started using an older Micron which totally ran out of ink, Had to switch to a newer one.

I have not had a chance to look at what others have posted, but hope to be able to over the next couple of days. If you have not done so, would strongly recommend you go to I am the Diva and look at the great pieces of art that people have posted. Try it your self and post your work.

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

Go Tangle !! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Square One Focus Tangle: OOF

This week's focus tangle at Square One is Oof. This is one that I think I did something with when it first came out but not a lot since then. It reminds me a lot of Bales, except it does not have the grid lines. I did not realize that my string for this was similar to Chris Titus's string until I was about half way through. Decided to continue with it anyway. Used different tangles to finish it so like a lot of tiles, even though the string is the same, the end result is different. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Oof ( with lots of variations), and Featherfall

Shading was done with 2B & 4B pencils.

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