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:
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Here is a photo of the talented ladies who participated in this series of classes! Tangle on, my friends!
P.S. Next series of classes starts in March! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Yes, I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted here. The past month and a half seemed to be extremely busy and just zoomed by. I did do some tangling – but not nearly as much as I would like to do. First I will share how I met the current Diva Challenge #196:
Tangles used are Gneiss, Quare, Maelstrom, Tami and Gnarly. So this “doll” isn’t so dolled up, but she seems more like an action figure. Is she beckoning? Halting? Hailing? I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
I will get this posted and then put up another post of some other tiles I have done and a few other surprises and announcements.
Take care – have a good, good, weekend and tangle on, my friends
This week the Diva’s Weekly Challenge is hosted by Caroline Broady – the youngest CZT to ever host the challenge. Caroline has offered her tangle – Truffle – as the challenge this week. The stepouts to this tangle are offered within the blog, so follow the link and try it yourself. Truffle is a tangle that can be played with and varied to your heart’s content. In my first tile I made it rather small and then added other tangles that overpowered the little Truffle. As you can see here.
For the second attempt, I made Truffle much bigger and only added Rain as an additional tangle. I think I like the second one better in that you can immediately see the Challenge tangle rather than having to search for it as in my first attempt.
Have a happy tangly week!
Somehow my activities haven’t allowed me to post as often as I should – won’t make any promises, but trying will be done.
My sister, Cari (cctangles.wordpress.com), inspired me to do the Diva’s Challenge from last week which was Challenge #172 which can be found here. Both Mooka and Auraknot are challenging alone and putting them together was rather mind boggling. I thought Cari did a wonderful tile incorporating the two tangles.
My tile is a bit busy because I kept seeing places I could add more Mooka. Then I thought the Auraknot just disappeared so I darkened the outline of the Auraknot tangles. The two images are below – the first before the darkening and the second after. Do you think it made a difference?
Can’t decide – but I am glad that I met the challenge and posted it. I usually do the challenge each week, but I haven’t taken the time to put it up here. I can’t wait to tackle this week’s challenge. Check it out here.
Well, that’s it for this post. Keep tangling – I know I will!
Well, not really. There comes a time when it really is impossible to catch up, so to speak. One can only take up from the present point and carry on from there. The last few months of 2013 apparently were pretty busy for me as I didn’t get here to relate what I was actually doing. It must have been something . . . hmmm . . . it might have even been important, but I can’t put my finger on it so let’s get on with 2014.
I have recently started a series of 6 classes in two different locations. There are only a few students in each but the enthusiasm and excitement can’t be missed. Here are the first tiles from my class in Oshkosh:
Here are the first tiles from my smaller class in Clintonville:
I am in on a CZT swap. I think I may have lost my mind somewhat. This swap involves tangling 52 ATCs for trading with other CZTs. The host of this swap will be combining everyone’s contribution so that those who are participating will receive a deck of ATCs where each has been made by a different certified Zentangle teacher (CZT). So much of the last part of December and most of January had me feverishly creating tangled ATCs. Below are the results:
It was busy, busy, busy . . . but I still got some tangling in. Here is my week in pictures:
Monday – worked (sorry no pics of work)
Tuesday: Paul McCartney in concert was/is the best! Had a fabulous time!!
Thursday – met friends in Cedarburg for lunch and in the evening had a wonderful Zentangle class at Atlas:
On the left are the first tiles for Suzanne, Brad, Asja, Kathy and Susan – we used Bales, Crescent Moon, Printemps and Msst. Their second tiles are on the right and feature Florz, Flux, Hollibaugh and Shattuck with Tipple here and there.
Friday was catch up day at home and I managed to do a bit of tangling myself:
This one was for the Diva’s Challenge although I didn’t submit it – no time, I guess. The challenge was “DuoTangle v. VII: Cirquital/Opus” It looks like Cirquital is trying to contain Opus, doesn’t it? Rather cartoonish looking, me thinks.
On the black Zendala tile I tried my hand at Sandy Bartholomew’s Tangle Card Challenge. The tangle is Annee and I attempted a Hollibaugh rendition of it in the center. I think it needs something. I don’t plan on submitting this one as I want to try it again and see if I can come up with more eye-appealing.
Saturday and Sunday – worked!
However, Sunday is today and it’s National Ice Cream Day!!!! So after dinner we went to our local ice cream shop – Cherry on Top and I had —-
If you missed National Ice Cream Day, I am sure no one would mind if you celebrated it a day or so late. I highly recommend the Salted Caramel Cookie Sundae 🙂
Have a good week and tangle on, my friends!