Monday, February 20, 2017

Zenbossing Part 2

"Creativity is a drug I cannot live without."   Cecil B. Demille

I recently posted a blog (here) about tangling on an embossed tile. I really loved the way it turned out, and based on the reactions I got from my readers, so did you. So I decided to try another one. 

I picked out another of my colored tiles, this one with several different colors in it. Not surprisingly, I forgot to take a picture before doing the embossing, but you can get the idea of what it looked like from this picture after embossing. The design is somewhat similar to the last one I did with all the swirls, but not the same.

As in my last tile, the first thing I did was outline all the embossing with pen. A few little slips of the pen, but not too bad.

Next I added some tangling.

And then shaded with my dependable pastel pencils.

Here's a closeup to better show the puffiness of the embossing.

I really enjoy this process and wish that I had more embossing folders that would work well with tangling. Most of the designs I have don't have enough space for adding tangles. So I may need to use the same ones again, just with different backgrounds and different patterns. Actually, it would be interesting to see how different I can make them, even though they have the same embossed design. I'll be back to show you if I decide to give it a try.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


"Be the most brilliant color in the box."     Unknown

A quick post to share my tile for the Diva's challenge this week - to use the tangle pattern Hamadox by Diana Schreur. Hamadox, which I was using for the first time, is a combination of Hamail and Paradox, and fun to draw. 

I began with another one of my alcohol inked backgrounds (these tiles are almost ready to be added to my Etsy shop!), but this time a Zendala tile.

I drew my Hamadox, choosing to use 3/4 of the complete pattern that normally goes all the way around in a circular shape. And I added a simple background grid.

Then I shaded using graphite and added a few dots with white gel pen.

And when I finished I realized that I used a tile with the same coloring as my last Diva post. Oh well... I guess I like these colors!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."    
 Albert Einstein 
I recently completed a tile where I used my Sizzix die cut machine to emboss a border around the outside edge, and then I tangled inside. Here is that tile.

After completing that one I wanted to find other ways to incorporate using my die cut machine (which otherwise sits around collecting dust) in my tangling. So I took one of my colored tiles (which I see now is similar coloring to the one I had done previously!)...

... used an embossing folder to cover the whole tile with this swirly design...

... and then outlined all of the embossing with black pen.

Then I tangled some areas with Printemps and Crescent Moon. I stuck to just two patterns so it wouldn't be too busy, and for the same reason, only tangled some parts. It was hard to know when to stop, but here is when I did...

Then I went back in and added just a little shading around the Printemps with pastel pencil.

I don't think the above pictures allow you to get a good feel for the embossing, so I tried a closeup where I think you can see the puffiness better.

I really enjoyed the whole process and the way it looks in the end. If you have the means to do the embossing, you might want to try this idea yourself.  


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Diva Duo

"Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life."
Vincent Van Gogh

I haven't participated in the Diva's challenge for a while. But I had to jump in this week after seeing the challenge - to draw a duotangle (uses only two patterns) with Paradox and Diva Dance, two of my favorite tangles. 

Since I'm up to my ears in colored tiles getting ready for the launch of my new tiles on Etsy, I decided to go ahead and use one of those tiles. So here is the tile before I put my pen to it.

 I started with a triangle and filled it with Paradox. Then I decided to have a little Diva Dance line up next to it, and from there it all fell into place... triangle, fill with Paradox, Diva Dance, repeat. 

I added some shading with graphite and I was finished.

I love the colors in this and am so happy with the way it turned out. My end result is not always as nice as my vision of it, but this one didn't disappoint.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tile Preview

"Boldly dare to be a pop of color in a black and white world."    Unknown

I've been spending tons of time making new colored tiles for tangling. I recently introduced some of the new tiles, and while I'm preparing the rest of them to be ready for my Etsy shop, I'm sharing some of the new ones along the way. These are tiles I created with alcohol inks, and then twisted, swirled, waved, and otherwise played with in Photoshop to create some very cool and unique effects.

This one is a blue and green swirl.

I decided to follow the swirl, using just Cubine, and added shading with green pastel pencil. But instead of just blending it with a tortillion, I dipped the tortillion in mineral spirits first, and then blended. I think that this helps set the pastel pencil so that it doesn't rub off at all. 

I love the waves in this next tile.

I ignored the waves when tangling, so that they form the random coloring behind the tangles (using Static, Sand Swirl, Jobowtie and some orbs.)

Purple and pink pastel pencils were used to shade.

Here's one more tile that I've already shared on Facebook, but in case you haven't seen it there...

Just lots of pretty colors, tangled with Organic and Pokeleaf. And a touch of graphite shading.

It's so much fun tangling on the very varied backgrounds of the tiles. Stay tuned for more samples, including Zendalas.
And I'll be sure to let you know when I actually launch them on Etsy.

And to let you in on a secret, for you paper crafters out there, I am also making these into digital papers for scrapbooking and other crafts, as well as lined writing papers. I'm so excited about this!