Zendala Love

Every so often I remember how much I enjoy doing Zendala tiles. A few months ago I started doing tree-like tangling on Zendalas. I framed a few for Christmas gifts but I’ve continued doing them when time allowed and now have, what I am calling, the beginning of a series.

Here are the ones that were gifted:

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Sorry about the misalignment of these images (drives me crazy!) but I’ve attempted to get them to line up for the last 30 minutes – enough all ready! Rant over. So here are a few that I am including in my “series.”

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I’ve really enjoyed finding tangles to fit in the tree-like shaped string I used in the middle of the tile. In the past I usually used the prestrung Zendala tiles and considered the blank ones rather intimidating. It seems to me that it may be safe to say that I’ve grown artistically (after 6 years of tangling) and can now approach a blank Zendala with confidence. hooha!

Keep tangling, my friends!

 

 

 

Diva Challenge #290 plus meanderings

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img_2742-editedI’ve been thinking about morphing quite a bit lately. Well, not me personally, but morphing one tangle into another. Thinking about it and imagining it, but not actually putting pen to tile to do it. (There seems to be too many other things that need doing these days.) However, this week’s Diva Challenge has spurred me into action. This week she has announced “Duotangle: NZeppel vs Flux.” These are two of my favorite tangles and it seemed to me they would morph together beautifully. Here is my first attempt and, I have learned my lesson, publish the first attempt or no further attempts will see the light of day. This was fun to do and I would like to do more like this – morphing these two tangles in another tile, but also trying my hand at other tangles that may naturally flow together well.

Other meanderings (as intended over the last few months). I taught a class at a local high school in September. It has been awhile since I’ve taught in a school and I have found that I really enjoyed it. Here are the tiles the students in the two classes created – I think they enjoyed it.

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Central High Students of Mr. Stellmacher

Recently I taught an advanced class called “14 Shades of Gray” a technique developed by Sonya Yencer, an amazingly talented CZT. The students who were able to attend were very pleased with this technique that creates a softened tangle on one’s tile. Here is the result of that class. I hope to offer it again within the next several months.

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Lastly I would like to add a gallery of fall inspiration for you.

Tangle on, my friends!

Color

For the most part, I don’t usually add color when I am tangling. Creating a black and white composition is very satisfying to me. With that said, I will admit that I sometimes play around with adding color or tangling in color. I have such a beautiful supply of color media that I need to use it more often and so I have been experimenting and thought I would share a few things I’ve done recently.

This mandella I did today – it’s done on cardstock and I just started making this tangle (I’m not sure of the name). When I had done enough I decided it would look good colored in. I am not a person who enjoys the adult coloring book phase that so many people are taking up, but I did enjoy making my own outline drawing to fill in with delightful colors.

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Tangled and added color with Caran d’Ache colored pencils.

This creation is a spread in my art journal – it covers the two pages and I used a variety of things to add texture before adding the two mandellas that are tangled with colored pen and colored in with pencils.

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This next one is what I created while fooling around with my set of Wink of Stella pens. These pens add sparkle which is hard to see in a photo. I started with the outline of the leaf and tangled inside that, added some color with watercolor pencils, then added the Wink of Stella tangling. I don’t think I am finished with this one yet. It’s been fun to go back to when I need to do some tangling. (Sorry about the poor lighting.)

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The last one I am going to share is a water color I did of a sunflower. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t make a note of the YouTube video tutorial I followed to get this but if you’re interested in doing something like this it would be easy enough to search YouTube for just this type of tutorial. I am not very experienced with using water color – I think I laid it on a bit too thick – but it was fun to do and I will continue to create with this medium. This was also done in my art journal.

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My practice in Zentangle has really opened up my creativity – I am more open to giving other medium a try just to see what works for me and what doesn’t. It has certainly been fun and, although, what I’ve done isn’t the best art in the world, it has been immensely satisfying and fulfilling to me and I think that is what should matter the most.

Tangle on, my friends!

The Eye of the Beholder

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Sometimes things just don’t go together, no matter how strongly you try to reason with yourself. Take the unnamed character in Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss) – he just didn’t think they would go well together – until he tried it. When I was a child, I had a very pretty dress for one of my dolls. It was a yellow net fabric with flocked red apples all over it; no other color – just the yellow background with red. It was a very dressy dress. I just couldn’t like it though because I didn’t think yellow and red went together very well. Much later in my life I had an adult friend who claimed brown and blue should not be placed alongside each other. Well, after all, it is just a matter of opinion. Apparently there is nothing wrong with green eggs and ham, yellow and red together and a blue and brown combination. I guess it’s just a matter of the degree of acceptance; what is lovely to one is dissonance to another.  That certainly is a long introduction to the Diva’s Challenge for this week. We have reached Weekly Challenge #276 which is a duo tangle of Drupe and Poke Root. When I read that my heart just sank a bit because, like the yellow and red dress, I just didn’t think those two would get along well all alone on a tile together. In spite of my reservations, I did a tile, in fact, I made myself do several titles – forcing my hand to SLOW down increasingly each time. My attempts look awkward to me and I’m not at all satisfied, but it was a good lesson to experience and I share these tiles with you to illustrate that you may not be totally pleased with the outcome, but keep in mind that, very often, it is in the process that you can benefit. Slowing down as I made each stroke made me more conscious of each line I drew – I took pleasure in putting the ink down. Here are the three tiles I enjoyed creating – perhaps they’ll look better to me in June 😉

1st attempt - pretty random Poke Root with a misshapen Drupe.

2nd tile - Drupe as an extremely large Poke Root - lol

3rd tile - shading is okay - composition is rather contrived though

Although I haven’t tried green eggs and ham, I have come to accept red and yellow as a fine duo and I’ve never thought that blue and brown looked bad together at all, but Drupe and Poke Root really didn’t work for me. I am now going to go see what wonderful tiles were created with this duo by other tanglers – I know I will be surprised and delighted!

Other goings on – I had two classes this past week. On Monday was the first class in a series of four with a Zentangle for Kids class. This is what those awesome kids did in the hour long class:

Crescent Moon and Static for the one hour class for kids.

On Tuesday evening I had a basics class called Zentangle FUNdamentals. Four people took this class as a refresher course and the following two tiles are the result of this delightful class.

Zentangle FUNdamentals class - refresher for these  6 ladies. Tangles used Hibred, Crescent Moon, Snail, and Keeko.

Second tile used Zander, Cadent, Ennies, Printemps, and Nipa.

That’s it for this week – make it a good weekend and tangle on, my friends!

Checking in . . .

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Recently returned from an amazing Hawaiian cruise that I took with my sisters. Since most of the time was spent on board ship I didn’t have an internet connection. Actually it was rather nice not checking email, receiving calls or looking at FB for a good two weeks. So during this time, while I did not participate in the Diva Challenges, I did, indeed, do some tangling with my CZT sister, Cari. The captions relate what I used as far as tools and background.

Next week I will be starting a 4 part series for kids through the Kaukauna Rec Dept. and also conducting a Zentangle FUNdamentals class at Atlas on the 10th. Let me know if you’re interested in either and I will send details for registering.

Here is some of what I accomplished while on vacation:

Practicing Aquafleur - one that can always benefit from practice.

Practicing Aquafleur – one that can always benefit from practice.

Water colored background. Used black and brown 01 Micron pens and a white gel pen.

Water colored background. Used black and brown 01 Micron pens and a white gel pen.

Water color background - used blue and green Micron pens and shaded with colored pencils. This is in a 4.5X6 book I made with water color paper.

Water color background – used blue and green Micron pens and shaded with colored pencils. This is in a 4.5X6 book I made with water color paper.

Water color background. Used blue and black 01 Micron pens and shaded with colored pencil (a page in the aforementioned book).

Water color background. Used blue and black 01 Micron pens and shaded with colored pencil (a page in the aforementioned book).

First attempt at new tangle, Ellish, introduced at the April CZT seminars. Need more practice with this, but it's a fun tangle to do!

First attempt at the new tangle, Ellish, introduced at the April CZT seminars – soon to be released to the public. 😉 Need more practice with this, but it’s a fun tangle to do and will be teaching it in an upcoming class.

That’s it for now – tangle on, my friends!

Diva’s Weekly Challenge #262

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UMT – Fassett by Lynn Mead

Fassett is a tangle I haven’t done for a long time and I had forgotten how much I liked it. So I thank Laura for choosing it for the first challenge of this month. I was able to do two tiles using this tangle because one night I couldn’t sleep so I did the second tile at the inhumane hour of 2 a.m. earlier this week.

The first tile turned out a bit busy but after considering it for awhile I decided it was rather party-like:

1st tile - Fassett, Knightsbridge, Flux, Mooka and Tipple

1st tile – Fassett, Knightsbridge, Flux, Mooka and Tipple

Here is the midnight hour tile – it’s a monotangle of Fassett and I think I like using the clumped triangles better than the lined up triangles. I like the star-like effect one gets when the triangles are random.

Fassett Monotangle

Fassett Monotangle

So that’s it for this week – and you can bet your favorite pen that I am congratulating myself for publishing three weeks in a row! Tangle on, my friends. 🙂

The Diva’s Challenge #261

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Two weeks in a row! WhooHoo – I’m on a roll! I was able to get a good start on this Diva Challenge this week as I started it at Tangle Time Tuesday at the Menasha Public Library. Thanks to Linda, Sharon, Don, Andy, Jane, Jean and Ann for joining me there.

This challenge offered by guest blogger Jane Reiter, CZT is called the Stacked Bijou Challenge. We were to start with a Bijou tile (2″ square) and consecutively increase each larger square by 1″ ending with a 7″ square. This took more time than one would imagine, but when they are put together they create a pretty impressive sight. I think I may want to do another one.

From the outside in I used Rick’s Paradox, Poke Leaf, Akoya, Chainging, Archer and Aquafleur. (Instructions for all these tangles can be found at TanglePatterns.com) I can’t tell you why I decided to add red accents as I usually don’t add color at all. Next time I may use tan tiles for the stack and then use the black, brown and white pens – that would be cool.

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Time to get on with the day – tangle on, my friends!

The Diva Challenge #260

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Due to the snow I have some time to post my answer to the Diva’s Challenge this week. The challenge was to create a monotangle using Shattuck – a tangle I use often.  For the first tile I attempted a Hollibaugh-type use of Shattuck, but it got away from me, as sometimes happens. The second tile has a whimsical feel to it as I used some Mooka strands to encompass the Shattuck tangle.

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On the second tile, I experimented with a new chop – can you see it? I don’t know if I will continue to use it or not.

Tangle on, my friends!

Zentangle classes

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Just finished up a series of classes that took place on the Oshkosh FVTC campus. This 6 class series started with the basics and moved on to build on those basic skills using different colored tiles, pens, and more intricate tangles. Below are some photos of what these talented students created.

1st class - 1/27 - Tangles are Static, Crescent Moon, Knightsbridge, Dyon, and Printemps

1st class – 1/27 – Tangles are Static, Crescent Moon, Knightsbridge, Dyon, and Printemps

2nd class - 2/3/15 Tangles included Squill, Cubine, Snail, and Keeko. They added one more of their choosing.

2nd class – 2/3/15 Tangles included Squill, Cubine, Snail, and Keeko. They added one more of their choosing.

3rd class 2/10/15. For a Valentine related tile we created borders on a 3.5 tile and inserted a Bijou tile with stylized heart tangle. They turned out quite lovely.

3rd class 2/10/15. For a Valentine related tile we created borders on a 3.5 tile and inserted a Bijou tile with stylized heart tangle. They turned out quite lovely.

 

One of the tiles for the white pen on black tile class - our 4th class. Tangles were Shattuck, Bales with variations and Printemps. They really glow!

One of the tiles for the white pen on black tile class – our 4th class. Tangles were Shattuck, Bales with variations and Printemps. They really glow!

First Renaissance tile for this class. Tangles used were Purk, Crescent Moon, Bales, and Indy-Rella. Using the three different pens makes a dramatic difference.

First Renaissance tile for this class. Tangles used were Purk, Crescent Moon, Bales, and Indy-Rella. Using the three different pens makes a dramatic difference!

 

Last class and special project. We created holders for the 3.5 inch tiles on which we created monotangles. Tangles were Betweed, Ixorus, and Marasu. We hinged the tile holders together to form a book of sorts. Aren't they the coolest!

Last class and special project. We created holders for the 3.5 inch tiles on which we created monotangles. Tangles were Betweed, Ixorus, and Marasu. We hinged the tile holders together to form a book of sorts. Aren’t they the coolest!

Here is a photo of the talented ladies who participated in this series of classes! Tangle on, my friends!

 

Five of the seven who had enrolled in the class. It was tons of fun, thank you, ladies!

Five of the seven who had enrolled in the class. It was tons of fun, thank you, ladies!

P.S. Next series of classes starts in March! Don’t miss out on the fun!

Catching up!

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The new year has overwhelmed me and I haven’t been keeping up with the Diva’s Challenges since before the holidays. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been tangling at all, however!

First of all, I have a wonderful 2015 Tangle-A-Day Calendar that I have been striving to keep current:

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I love the feel of the pages in this calendar and the inspiration art work that Carole Ohl has included is, well, inspiring! :)Some of the illustrations include how she composes a tile – a step-out of tile composition, so to speak. Carole’s tangling is intricate and graceful and beautiful. You can order your own from a link on her blog here – Open Seed Arts.

So here is what I’ve done for the first two weeks or page spreads –

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I’m just warming up here, folks. On the 6th, I “messed up” Crosco – so I will have to try that again. I really prefer to follow the step-outs as they are the first time I try a tangle and then mess around with tangleations. This time my Crosco is a definite tangleation (some may say mistake, but, of course, there are no mistakes in Zentangle).

When I need to play catch up, as I did for the 10th – 11th – 12th, you will see the tangles spread out and relaxing over several days. Tangles that need sprawling space in order to show well are great to use when time is not on my side – it’s really not a bad thing to have to catch up sometimes. Over these three days I’ve used Poke Root, Knightsbridge, Ing, Punzel, Inapod, and just some filler marks.

In addition, I’ve done two tiles using the featured tangle for the Facebook group Square One. Each Friday a tangle is chosen to feature on our submitted tiles. Last week was one of my favorites – ‘Nzeppel. I posted the first tile on FB, but the second one I just did for my own entertainment one evening. Truly it looks better at a distance.

image (7)Tangles used were ‘Nzeppel and Rixty.

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Here I’ve used Shard, ‘Nzeppel and Tipple. All step-outs can be found at TanglePatterns.

Beside tangling for my own pleasure, I’ve been planning my new series of classes that will be held through Fox Valley Technical College at Clintonville, Appleton, and Oshkosh campuses this semester. The Oshkosh class begins in less than two weeks! Can’t wait to meet the folks who want to learn or continue with creating beautiful Zentangle tiles. The Appleton, Clintonville and the second session in Oshkosh all start the last week in March. I hope to meet and inspire many new enthusiasts through these classes.

I am also putting together a series of special classes that will be given at Atlas. Some of the ideas I’m considering are focus on botanical tangles, tangling for special days, creating Zendalas, and working on monograms as illustrated by these tiles made for me by my sister, Cari. These were done on the adorable Bijou tiles – 2″ squares. Love it!image (9)

 

If you have any ideas for classes that you would be interested in, please email your suggestions. Until then, consider registering for the Zentangle – Basics and Beyond at your FVTC location of your choice and . . .

Tangle on, my friends.