Monday, June 11, 2018

Zenduo #14

"Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax."     Osho

I'm back with another Zenduo, this one #14. I feel like I should be much further along in my series by now, but there are so many other things to do that it's going slowly. That's okay, there's no pressure to zip through them (that wouldn't be zen!)

I decided to draw this one on a pre-strung tile from Zentangle.com. Here's what it looked like before I did anything.



The two tangles next on my list were Bowties from Lori Howe and Brella by Bunny Wright. Here's what I came up with. In the three sections that I used Brella, I tried to turn them in different directions. That didn't go so well, but I do like the contrast in this tile.
 

Although I try to incorporate more white space into my tiles than I used to, that space in the center just didn't feel right to me, so I decided to add color. I randomly chose red/orange and blended pastel pencils in the space. After doing that I felt like it looked like the flame on a candle, so that was the deciding factor in which direction the tile went.


Hope to be back soon with another Zenduo, or perhaps another project I'm working on. Happy tangling!

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Zenduo # 13

"If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking."     Paul Arden

It's been a while since I've worked on my Zenduo project, but I'm finally back with another one. If you didn't catch the beginning of my project, and have no idea what I'm talking about, you can read about it here.

This one is lucky #13. The two patterns used were Bloom from Helen Williams and Borbz from Rita N. These two did not suggest an easy way of combining them, and I wasn't all that happy with this, but it did look better with some shading, white pastel pencil highlights, and a little bit of gold metallic gelly roll pen. I used some new paper I recently bought... a pad of Strathmore Artagain paper in several different colors. I've used, and like, their black drawing paper, but had not seen these colors before. This one is a light brown and shows the white highlights nicely.


I really liked the metallic gold so thought I'd add a little more. I outlined the blooms to make them pop a bit.


The paper worked very well with the pens and pencils I used, and I'm looking forward to trying out some of the other colors in the pad.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Somnee

"A picture is worth ten thousand words."   
Fred R. Barnard

I'm back! I haven't been tangling much in the last few weeks as I've been preoccupied with another passion of mine. Photography. My husband and I decided to open an Etsy shop to sell prints of our photographs. It took quite a bit of work and time setting it all up, but we finally did it. If any of you would like to take a peek, you can see the shop, Seen Thru The Lens, here. And if you're interested in following us on FB, please "like" our page here

So, now that that's done I can get back to tangling, and I sure have missed it! I shouldn't let myself go so long without picking up my pens. I'm diving back into it with an entry for the Diva's challenge, using her own tangle Somnee. The name comes from a night of insomnia, and I can sure relate to that! I haven't had a good night's sleep in a very l-o-n-g time. 

Here's the zendala tile I used to draw on... one of the tiles I make using alcohol inks. 




The swirl gets a little lost in the tangling, but here is what I did. I drew Somnee in blue, and then added some Crescent Moon, Fassett, and a drop of Tipple in black pen. 


Then I added some shading used an indigo pastel pencil, along with some graphite.


Somnee is one of those tangles where it's hard to know when to stop. I could have just gone on and on with it (I love lines), but made myself stop so I could include some other patterns. 

Well now that I've gotten back into the swing of tangling, I hope to start sharing more often again. Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you back here soon.

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Knightsbridge Drama

"Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can."      
Jack Antonoff

I love the drama that Knightsbridge brings to any piece of Zentangle art work. Recently I completed some tiles using Knightsbridge as a monotangle (just one pattern), and I decided to do some more. This time I'm using pre-strung tiles from zentangle.com. 

Here is the first one. I like the string and most of the tile, but I'm not too happy with the way that bottom loop came out, the one where it looks like diamonds.


The next one is fairly simple, nothing fancy, but I do like the way it turned out.


The string on the next one was squares within squares.


I thought since I was working on pre-strung tiles, I might as well go ahead and tangle one of my own pre-strung tiles. The colored ones I make with alcohol inks and sell in my etsy shop. Here's the way the zendala tile looked before tangling.



And here it is after adding Knightsbridge to all the pathways.




Then I decided to try adding little white dots as embellishments. I'm not sure that I like it, but I'm sharing it with you anyway.


Knightsbridge is such a simple but fun tangle. If you haven't used it in a while, try some to add a little drama to your day!



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Paradox

"Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor."    
Soren Kiergegaard
 
The Diva's challenge this week is to do a monotangle (only one pattern) with the tangle pattern Paradox. One of my favorite tangles. First I took a tile that I had colored with Dylusion paints a long time ago. I drew random triangles to form my string and filled them with Paradox. I LOVE lines!



Then I randomly filled in some of the spaces to add contrast. This tile was all about randomness.


Next, I decided to do something more symmetrical.


Again, I filled a few spaces with black, and added some graphite shading.


Paradox... I love the mesmerizing effect it has. At least for me.