Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stringing me Along

"Some of the most creative ideas emerge from a swirl of chaos"    Unknown

So many ideas of what I want to tangle. New things I want to try. Challenges I want to face. Unfortunately...there aren't enough hours in the day to do it all. At least not if I want to get any sleep. And if I don't get any sleep I won't be any good at what I do. So the only solution is to pick and choose.

CZT Adele Bruno puts out a weekly challenge called "It's a String Thing." Because of that picking and choosing that I was just talking about, I have actually only participated in the challenge one time. If you missed it you can see the tile I entered here. Although I did not participate in the challenge from a couple of weeks ago, I did peruse all the tiles sent to Adele, as I usually do each week. There was something about the swirly string, #54, that really called out to me. 

Actually, it wasn't the string that called out to me, but what I saw that everyone had done with the string. So I decided to give it a whirl. Here's what I ended up with.

Some Knightsbridge, Cubine, Moving Day (by CZT Margaret Bremner), and the latest official tangle called Ing (my first time using it). Taking a grid and making it curvy can add such movement to a piece. I hope you like this one as much as I do!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."   Henry Van Dyke

I finally got around to completing my second...and third.... templates shared by Ben Kwok on the Facebook page Ornation Creation. If you missed my first one, the owl, you can see it here. I'm just picking the templates I am most drawn to (no pun intended), in no specific order. 

The second template I tangled was this hummingbird.

And the third one was this peacock. I left it unshaded because I wanted to add color.

Here it is again after adding color with Tombow markers.  Instead of coloring the "coil" frame, I just shaded it with pencil. I love how 3 dimensional it looks.

I can't make up my mind if I like the color or if I should have just shaded with pencil instead. But there's no going back, so colored it is, like it or not.

Three templates completed. Only 59 more to go. But I'll never do them all, and that's okay.

Friday, August 15, 2014

You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Low Road

"Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat."   Scottish proverb

The Diva's challenge this week is to use the tangle MacDee (step-outs found here), by Anneke Van Dam. Anneke says that the pattern reminds her of a classic Scottish checkered fabric, so she gave it a Scottish sounding name. I completed this challenge in honor of my daughter, who has been living in Scotland for the last 6 months. As a matter of fact, I will be going there next week to visit her, where I'm sure I will see LOTS of checkered Scottish fabrics!

Since the colors of the Scottish flag are blue and white (I admit that I had to look that up), I chose one of my blue hand-colored tiles to work on. I tangled using a blue Micron pen and a white Uni-ball Signo UM 153 gel pen. A blue Prismacolor pencil was used to add just a touch of shading, along with some very subtle white charcoal pencil highlighting. 

When I first saw the pattern I immediately thought background. I decided to keep it simple and used Arc Flower as the center of focus in order to have a contrast between the very geometric MacDee and the curviness of the flower. This is definitely not one of my favorite tiles, but something a little different.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Good Things Come in Small Packages

"Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional."        
 Liz Vassey

The newest member of the Zentangle family recently came out of his shell to be introduced to the world. If you have not yet met Bijou, you can read about this adorable little snail here and watch some videos. Along with Bijou, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas have introduced a new mini Bijou sized tile. Made of the same paper as the 3 1/2 inch Zentangle tiles, these cute little tiles are just that....little! They are 2 inches square. That's only a little over 1/4 the size of the regular tiles. Small...and quick to tangle. Have only a few minutes? Pull out a Bijou tile and you'll complete it in no time at all.
The Diva's challenge this week is to "Be like Bijou" and tangle something little. Since I don't have any Bijou tiles yet, I cut my own out of watercolor paper. On my first tile I decided to try out the new tangle pattern, Maryhill, by CZT Betsy Wilson. I love the look of this pattern once it's shaded.

Next I used Tripoli with several different finishing touches.

Since both of those were monotangles (using only one pattern), I decided to do the next one with more than one pattern. I tried out Holdy (by Ksenija Vojisavljevic) for the first time, along with Flux.

And for my last one, I used my tangle Collana in the center (from my e-book Step Out in Style ), Florz, and Ramy (Sandy Steen Bartholomew).

I took a picture of one of my Bijou tiles next to a regular sized tile, just to show you how little these tiles really are. The bigger tile is one I completed while waiting at the airport on a recent trip.

And speaking of the airport, here's the tile I completed in the airport at the other end of my trip.

I will confess that I had more fun tangling on these Bijou sized tiles than I thought I would. They're tiny, they're cute, and they're kind of irresistible.