Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Challenge #207 Unbatz

The Challenge this week is to use the very talented Sandy Hunters tangle "Unbatz," You can find her step outs at her blog HERE.

I love mono-tangles. That is using just one tangle per tile. This is a great tangle for this purpose.  I think there may be endless variations or tangleations for Unbatz and I will be sure to visit this tangle again.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Challenge #206 Tangling with new tools

I must admit, I think I have to much on my plate as I am not getting to all the things I had planned for this long hard winter. I did not take into account that the simple task of walking the dog would become harder and take much longer in the winter muck. Driving to the store or even taking the train for errands takes up so much time in the winter snow and ice. I find I am starting to remove some things off my list but also have added "going to the gym" daily as a must do, so some good things are happening.

Our challenge this week is to use other tools then what we are used to for tangling. I believe it was at the Last Tangle U in Portland Maine that Marie Browning from Tombow had taught us to use black tiles with a stylus and colored pencils. I have not revisited that since so I thought it might be a good time to try it again. Color is always and issue for me, so I am not very pleased with the final result and the scan of this tile does not represent it's true colors, but I do believe the more I do the better I will get. Experiment and "grow my color muscle" so to speak.


The celtic knot was one borrowed from Jean Chamberlin Theurkauf's blog post on Celtic knots http://artofthetangle.com/celtic-knots-tangling-coloring/
And the background is printemps. Design was "drawn" on with a stylus then color with Irojiten pencils was added over it. You can see Marie's work HERE


Friday, February 20, 2015

Challenge #205 Lunar New Year

This years Lunar New Year is a bit confusing. Some say it is the year of the goat, others say the sheep. I don't like conflict so I just went with a sparkly lantern which did not scan very sparkly. You will have to trust me.


Black and red micron, gold and red Gelly Roll star pens.




Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekly Challenge #204 "Valentangle"

Well it is February and we are snowed under. Here in Boston we have had record amounts of snow for the year with more to come. Valentines day should be a bright spot in all this cold and confusion, but I have never bought into this holiday. My husband, thinking he is being cute says, "every day is valentines day!" We also know this is not true. I do like the idea of brightening things up with a touch of red. My red pen hardly gets much use so it was juicy with ink and a pleasure to draw with.

I did find it intriguing that the Diva used a tan Zendala tile and with the use of red made it look very pretty so I got stuck on that idea. My first tile I did on a 3.5" square tan tile and the only thing I really liked about it was how the red hearts with the highlights looked so striking.


Flux, Bumper, Rain, Dragonair, Bleeding hearts, Scribble hearts



Since I have many tan Zendala tiles and almost never use them (because I really don't know how to start), I visited my favorite artists blog  Enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com and got some inspiration from her on a post about spirals. This tile took me what seemed to be forever to finish with all its detail and Zendala space, but it was fun to do and I really like the results, hearts and all.


Mooka (sort of),  Marasu, Diva Dance Scrible hearts, red pearlz

Thank you, Margaret for letting me take your "style" out for a spin. It was a wonderful ride!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Challenge #203: Athitzi by Seven

One thing, of many, that I love about Zentangle, is that our community is so large that I have met many people from around the world just because we share the love of tangling. The tangle chosen for this week comes from Germany created by Seven and it's name is Athitzi. It is a tangle that is very simple and mesmerizing to draw. I was unsure where to go with this, but I had a tracing of a stencil I purchased from Jenny Perruzzi (Acadia Laser Creations) that was just sitting on my desk waiting to be finished. You can buy Stencils (or rather Zencils!) from Jenny here.

I had fun with this tangle and will defiantly keep it in my "go to" tangles.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Challenge #202: "DuoTangle: Chebucto vs Copada"

The challenge for this week is to use two "border" tangles from the very talented Margaret Bremner. You will find Copada and Chebucto at her site the Enthusiastic Artist where you should take some time to browse because she has a wealth of information and beautiful art.

I am not sure I did her tangles justice but this was my result:



After posting this I felt it was a little unbalanced. I added black to the inner Copada brackets and it feels better to me now.



What do you think? Should I blacken in the outer ones too? I may just do that to see what a difference it makes. Back soon.



I think I like the last one best! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable.

The prompt this week for our journal group was to try your hand at something that you struggle with, are afraid to do, is not your "Mac 'n Cheese" go to thing.

One of my goals this year was to become comfortable with hand lettering. I don't want it to be perfect but, I do want it to be nice to look at. So with the recommendation of the talented Sandy Bartholomew I purchased this book for myself, The Hand-Lettering Ledger by Mary Kate Mcdevitt.



So I decided that this was a good time to start with lesson one "Serif." Serif refers to a small line, flourish or embellishment trailing from the main stroke of a letter. Aside from a decorative element, serifs were added to augment the legibility of the letters.

Here is my page for my journal:


I even drew the cup! who knew it was in me. This book contains eleven lessons, lots of space to practice in and many tips that encourage and enhance your style. Lots of fun to be had. Thanks Sandy!