Friday, October 23, 2020

Combining tangling and Pyrography: Burned cross

 Trying to get a little more regular about posting things, but since I am out of the habit do not always think about it. I am working on inventory for a Winter Market that I will be participating in later this year. Here is an item that I recently finished. It combines two things that I like to do, tangling and wood burning. I do not do typical pyrography as I do not try do pictures. I would like to have more time to work on that but that will have to wait. I am also digressing.  I purchased the blank from a craft store. It is approximately 8" x 5". 

I use a Razer tip SS-D10 burner. I used a F9S pen for the words. It is listed as a pen for writing. This is the small size.  I used  an F14D Blunt Heel Knife to do the pattern. The small shading was done with a a F5S small spear. 

I thought about doing a little shading with the spear or another shader, on the Shattuck pattern but opted not to. 

I have a calligraphy pen that I have not tried yet. Before I try that will probably practice on some scrap wood to get the feel of it. 

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Go Tangle !! 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

First Post in a long while: Cheryl Moote's PAX dove

 I have woefully neglected my blog for quite some time.  I have also not done much tangling lately. this is the first thing I have done in quite some time. I had seen Cheryl Moote's PAX dove before but did not have time to do anything with it. Finally decided I needed to get back to some basic tangling. I ordered her template, which you can also get at There are 3 sizes. This is the smallest of the 3. I think it would make an interesting ornament. While it is 3-D, you can easily flatten it so it can be stored. 

I used Faber Castell Metallic Colored Ecopencils for most of the color. I also used Staedtler colored pencils for some of the colors. Did not do any blending. Would be something that I would probably do to finish it. The Tangles are made with an 01 Micron.  Here are a few pictures of what I came up with.

The above is to give you some idea of the size. 

Here is a front view


Was trying to get both views


Here is the back of the wings

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Go tangle !!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Another stretch of my comfort zone: Ventures into Edward's Crochet Imaginarium

If you are new to my blog, welcome. If you have been here before, you know that I have done knitting and crocheting for years.  Most of things I did were either afghans or things for the kids as they were growing up. That latter was a long time ago as they are all married and I have 7 grandchildren.  I tried some small things like the "No Fuss" Fish, but most of what I have done lately is limited to mittens, cowls, simple hats and such.  I was sent a link from someone, I blame my sister, of a fellow Zentangle® artist who did something for her grand children. It came from Kelly Lord's "Edward's Crochet Imaginarium".

This was a long journey as I started, and restarted, this numerous times.  I had to  rely on one of the Zentangle® method tenets of don't evaluate/judge but focus on the process. Boy was that hard with this one. That does not mean that I am satisfied with everything with this item but it did help me  try to keep some realistic expectations. Use what happened to learn. Perfection is not the goal and sometimes it is the enemy.

I just call this my Big Green Monster.  I thought that working on the larger size would be easier.  After trying it, I am not so sure.  Here is what resulted in my attempt.

The head and body measure about 14".  The eyes are not like the ones in the directions.  I tried but they turned out like they did.  I added the mouth as it I thought it looked weird without one. I have to work on how I put the stuffing in. Think I over stuffed the body and head. 

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Go Tangle!! or create what ever art you enjoy.

Out of my comfort zone, Needing something different: Water color journey

Have really neglected my blog lately,  Will  not go into all the things that have been a distraction. Who would have thought that the first post back would be on something other than Zentangle®.  I have been struggling with not feeling creative with anything decided to pull out some old things that I had started and then stashed them away for a while.  In this case we are talking about years. If you have been at my blog before you know that other than the Zentangle® art, my art training ended in elementary school. I guess my journey into Zentangle inspired Art allowed me to venture out into other things. Some of the tenets of the Zentangle® method is that there are no mistakes, appreciate the process and don't judge. Thinking that anything else I would do was not good enough for a long time kept me from trying. I tried to go back to those tenets when I tried something new, whether is was  pyrography or painting.  I think I unknowingly started with one of the more difficult mediums.  At least that is what I have heard from other people that have more art experience than I do.  They seem to think that it is easier to work with acrylics.  I have not comparison as I have not pulled those out yet. I chose water color because of some paintings of some people that really fascinated me. I guess ignorance has it's place.

I guess I have rambled long enough. I do not remember when I first posted this. I did not want to spend a lot of time to look for the original. I was basically the background with a bare tree.  I pulled it  out and just decided to start adding some things and see what would happen.  Like anything that someone does they are aware of the things that did not go the way they planned. This is the case with me. One of the things that I continue to struggle with is the difference using a brush vs. a pen. Not sure how much time I will have to devote to it, but I do not want to give up on it.

Here is what I have come up with. Not sure if it is finished yet or not.

Overall I am pleased with the outcome.  I do not know what else I would want to add.  I am thinking that it is best to keep it simple.

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Go Tangle!! or make whatever art you enjoy.