Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New Tangles and New Studio

"The coolest things in life are things that you have not done before. That's the key to life: new things always."      Afrojack

 I haven't been tangling a lot the past couple of weeks. I've been busy setting up my new studio space. With the help of my husband, I converted our sunroom into a dedicated art space. I love it! I'll add some photos at the end of this post.

In my last post, I mentioned how I was going to write about creating tiles where I used a "new to me" pattern in each one. But I got sidetracked with Jaysix. Now I'm back to show you some of those tiles I did with new patterns. In this first tile I used Borbz (the one on the diagonal), and added some Phicops and Bunzo. I enjoyed doing Borbz and am happy with the way this turned out.

Next I pulled out a pre-strung Renaissance Zendala tile. I haven't used one of those in forever. It was my first time with Peaks Border, which I used around the outside, and then added Munchin in the whole center area, and some Henna Drum flowers. Of course I shaded and added white highlights which are so important (at least to me) when working on tan tiles or paper. I love the contrast between the tan, brown, black, and white.

The tile below was completed a couple of weeks after the first tile above, and when I looked back afterwards I realized I had used Bunzo in both tiles. Guess that shows how much I like that pattern! But the tangle that was new to me in this one is Biscus, in the center. And I threw in some Zingers for fun.

Time for another one of my Dylusions painted tiles. Here's the before.

And the after, where I used mmmforestry (for the first time) along the sides, and added some Rixty. I decided to leave this one light and airy to let the beautiful colors shine through.

Well, that's it for my tiles. Now for my studio. I now have space not only to tangle (on my new drafting table that tilts up so I don't strain my neck), but I also have space to do the messy stuff like painting and inking, without worrying about ruining our new kitchen table. And without having to worry about setting up and putting away all those supplies every time I feel like doing something messy.

And did I mention that there are walls of windows on 3 sides of the room for some amazing light for working? And the wonderful view I sit and look at (whenever I look up from my paper)?

The studio has only been complete for a couple of days, but it's such a great space! Have I said how much I love it?


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


"Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation."    Nia Peeples

A couple of weeks ago I moved all the patterns I kept on a Pinterest board for my reference, to a newly created Evernote notebook. There were issues with Pinterest which prompted the move, but now I'm glad I spent all those hours doing it. One major advantage to Evernote is that all the patterns can be sorted in different ways, including alphabetical order. I can look for a particular pattern easily, which I couldn't do on Pinterest (unless I just wasn't aware of how to do it!

Anyway... while I was moving them all, I realized just how many patterns I had collected that I'd never tried. So I decided to do a few tiles, which each include at least one 'new to me' tangle. One of the patterns I tried is Jaysix, a new pattern from Eni Oken. It's a tangleation of my own pattern, Cruze, and I loved what she had done with it. I did a tile, and loved Jaysix so much that I had to make more. So... I got sidetracked and this blog post is no longer about tiles with different patterns new to me, but instead, several tiles with Jaysix! That other post will be coming another day. 

The first one I did is a monotangle - just Jaysix and nothing else. I started blackening in the background to add drama and really liked the way it looked about halfway through. I stopped to take a photo to show you.

Then I continued and filled in the whole background. I love drama in a tile! I found Jaysix to be one of those patterns that I could have just kept going, and going, and going with, kind of like the Energizer bunny.

For my next one I chose another one of my Dylusions painted tiles that I blogged about in my last post. Before tangling...

 And after...

 Patterns used: Jaysix, Onomato, and Tipple

I did a little bit of shading using pastel pencils, and a little bit of highlighting using white, but for the most part let the variations in background color be the shading.

One more - on a Zendala tile.

 Patterns used: Jaysix, Knightsbridge, and 'Nzeppel

This is not my favorite of the three I created, but it's not bad after adding the shading.

Thanks, Eni, for sharing Jaysix. It was so much fun to see how you transformed Cruze! I will be using this one more, for sure.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Love, Love, Love my Dylusions Paints

"If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very colorful world."     Michael Schenker

I'm back with more tiles I created with my Dylusions paints. Let me say again how much I LOVE working with these paints (remember, these are acrylic paints, not Dylusion sprays.) What could be more fun than painting with baby wipes and your fingers? If you missed my blog several months ago explaining why I love these paints so much, I suggest you read it here.

I spent an afternoon, just me and my paints, including 6 new beautiful colors! I tested out 3 types of paper since I couldn't remember what I had used last time. Not liking bristol or hot press watercolor paper, I went with my mixed media paper which worked well. Ended up with lots of tiles that, if I may say so myself, are beautiful. Here's the first one I decided to work on. I love the combination of tealy blue and purple. 

I wanted to try out the pattern Auraknot-Bunzo flower, by Helen Williams. Only mine is really Auraknot-Knightsbridge flower since I changed up the center. This was a fun one to play with, just letting it flow all over.

 Patterns used: Auraknot-Knightsbridge flower and Flux

Next up:

This one began with drawing a random string, something I don't often do these days. Usually I just start with a pattern and grow more patterns out of that one. And I often go all the way to the edges of the tile. But I went back to basics with this one.
Patterns used: XO, Purk, Baton, Florz, Diva Dance, Pokeroot, and Sand Swirl

It's hard for me to refrain from talking about how much I love the paints, but I've already done that, so I'll leave it to you to check out my prior blog post if you want to hear more. Now I have a nice pile of painted tiles waiting for another day. 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, and More Knightsbridge

"There are people looking for exactly what you have to offer, and you are being brought together on the checkerboard of life."    Louise Hay

Last week in the Square One FB group, the focus tangle was Knightsbridge. Chris Titus, founder/administrator of the group, had asked people to suggest tangle patterns for the focus and to send her a tile using that pattern. Knightsbridge was my suggestion - I love the pattern, its boldness and its versatility. I did several tiles during the week and posted them on FB. They will be shown later in this blog post. But... even after doing several tiles I could not get enough of Knightsbridge. So I continued to do a few more.

This first one was done on one of my hand-colored tiles, and used a circle stencil from Jenny Perruzzi at Acadia Laser Creations.

Next, I used another stencil from Jenny and added some auras and a little embellishing. I like this one way more than I expected to when I started it.

Then I used another hand-colored tile, but this time a zendala tile. Maryhill became the center and Wavz was added between the layers of Knightsbridge.

The rest of the tiles here were created to post on Square One. This was my first, and I love the way it turned out.

Patterns used: Knightsbridge and Florz

Patterns used: Knightsbridge and Huggins

Patterns used: Knightsbridge and Printemps

This one is all Knightsbridge and nothing else. 

More circles with Knightsbridge and some lines.

There are so many ways to use Knightsbridge, so many variations just by changing the size of the spaces, the direction of the grid lines, the spacing between the lines. Endless ways to make this simple checkerboard pattern interesting! And it's so easy to do!


Saturday, March 26, 2016


"Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment."    Mary Ann Kohl

The Diva's challenge this week was to use the pattern Shattuck as a monotangle, meaning only using that one pattern on a tile. I love Shattuck! Here's the tile I did, combining my love of lines with my love of contrast.

Of course I had to do another tile. But this one is not a monotangle because I added two other patterns, Mooka and Tipple. I used one of my tiles that I colored with alcohol inks. I'm a little frustrated because I had a hard time getting the color to look right for this picture. I tried scanning the tile and then using my camera, but it just isn't quite right.

The background really has more color than what you see here, and the colors are softer. Oh well! I used pastel pencils to add some shading in greens, blues, and gray.

Now off to work on some tiles with Knightsbridge, the focus tangle on the Square One Facebook group. My tile is featured over there this week and I need to get going on some more, because Knightsbridge is another one of my favorite patterns. I'll be back soon to show you what I come up with.