Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Project Pack 11 - Phi ratios

When I returned home after three weeks away, Project Pack 11 was waiting for me! I quickly opened it to see what treasures lay inside. Of course! Why didn't I think of that? Phi-dimension tiles! I love sacred geometry. I even have some golden mean rulers.

Having been away, I found myself rather inundated with Things To Do and wasn't able to enjoy this immediately. But eventually I had a great time!

Day One: Dividing the tile according to phi ratios and drawing Pokeroot (I used Pokeleaf).

Tangle: Pokeleaf

Day Two: Drawing the tangle Gourdgeous along one of the phi lines. In Canada we call this a "goord" while in the US it's a "gord". I've realized that the name of this tangle is "gorgeous", not "goordjus"! 😜

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Gourdgeous, Krli-Qs

Day Three: Drawing on the back of the tile, following pre-strung the nautilus spiral using Crescent Moon. I got inspired and drew a Gourdgeous nautilus spiral on the "back" of this tile, actually the intended "front".

Day Four: Drawing a Hollis-inspired, droplet-ended Mooka, then adding color with colored chalk pencils. I added a border of Doodah. On one of the phi intersections I added the tangle Within in gold.

Tangles: Doodah, Within, Auras, and
a droplet mash-up of Mooka and Hollis

Day Five: Ing, along one of the phi lines, filling the triangles in various ways, then adding color. It's interesting how it  ended up in the center of the tile anyway. I like Ing a lot, so I did two. 😊 In the first, two phi intersections are indicated by the Black Pearlz; in the second, by the Pearlz rings.

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Ing, Pearlz, Auras, elements of Tripoli,
and Archimedian spirals

Day Six: Drawing a square around one of the phi intersections and creating a square grid around it.  Then, filling alternately with Cubine and a variation of Well, sort of.

Day Seven
: A diagonal line passing through two of the phi intersections, then subdividing the tile into smaller and smaller phi squares. In the leftover spaces in the center I kept seeing rectangles, so I drew the lines and added random Jalousie.

Day Eight: Molygon, and more, centered on one of the phi intersections. I couldn't not see a flower here so I added Icantoo.

Stay tuned for more Phi explorations!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Strircles, and then some

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;

Today let's take a trip down another tangle rabbit hole. This time it's Zentangle's tangle Strircles, a combination of stripes and circles.

I tend to think of the circles as relatively evenly spaced, but why not cluster them in one area and draw them sparsely in another? The tile below was stained with a hibiscus teabag first. I wanted white stripes at the outer edges to enhance the fade-out look, and I added Beadlines to the outer lines for a little interest.

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;

Or, how about double circles? A Cheerios version. 😁

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;

Of course, scale always makes a difference. Try drawing Strircles much larger, then add interest to the dark half-circles or stripes, or both.

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;

But what about Oopses?!? I find it remarkably easy to accidentally fill the 'wrong' space. Opportunity knocks! I often opt for a gray tone of thin pen lines. As with any Oops, do it again a few times and it looks intentional. πŸ˜‰

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;
Tangles: Ayame, Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Strircles

I had done a blind contour drawing of my glasses sitting on my desk, and that's what I used for this next tile. Lots of oops possibilities here because the lines and circles did not meet in a regular fashion.

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;

We had bought some brie cheese and I noticed that the bottom of the container was made of very thin wood. Respecting some stripes in the wood, I drew several lines with a clear Glaze pen, stained parts of it with diluted ink, then tangled on it. I used Sakura's Moonlight pens as they are nicely opaque, although I had to do two or three layers because the wood is quite porous.

(c)2020 Margaret Bremner;

Have fun exploring Strircles!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Cantire - a new tangle!

Recently on Facebook's Square One Zentangle group, the tangle Reticulous (from Heidi Kay, CZT) was the focus. It appeared earlier as BrixBox (from Anneke van Dam, CZT). They have slightly different step-outs and you many find one easier to work with than the other. It's a wonderful vessel tangle using an offset square grid. 

I wondered if it could be done using triangles. So I tried, and it can, but the process is a little different.

Here's a tile with BrixBox/Reticulous, and Cantire together. (Pronounce it can-tire not can-teer. I'll explain later.)

These are the step-outs for Cantire.

Some things to note:

  • These are equilateral (equiangular) triangles - to the best of your ability! πŸ˜‰
  • As with BrixBox/Reticulous, the small shape is one quarter the size of the large shape.
  • Unlike BrixBox/Reticulous, two shapes are needed on each side of the large shape.
  • Something will go haywire. Trust me. It doesn't mean you're a bad person. It's just an opportunity.
  • You can use any of the marvelous fills for Tripoli to embellish your triangles.

I have an oxalis plant near my desk and drawing the leaves made an interesting triangle string. Then I fitted Cantire around it.

Why Cantire?  I'd received a couple of very good suggestions for a name, but somehow they didn't quite click. I'd already used Trifle for another triangle-based tangle. Then suddenly I thought of Canadian Tire, an iconic hardware and auto supplies store in Canada. Its logo is a red triangle. Cantire it is!

One more tile for good measure, on gray paper stained with a hibiscus teabag. I used Moonlight pens and color pencils.

For another tangle with an iconic Canadian theme, check out Double Double.

BTW: It's getting harder and harder to keep track of tangles and names. If this pattern has been presented elsewhere, or if the name has been used already, please let me know!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

IZE - a new tangle! (sort of)

Some time ago I was in need of a tangle that called to mind a peacock's tail. You can see that project here. There were a couple of tangles I knew about*, but neither was quite what I wanted, so I designed this one. The version in the tile below is very slightly different from what I finally decided upon and, of course, there are always variations.
Tangles: Ize, Lotus Pods, Seljuk, Spinners, Zewm

Ize (pronounced like 'eyes') is certainly a 'high-concentration tangle' and has more than six steps - sort of an ideal maximum for a tangle. In fact, there are really two sets of steps. 

First is the offset gridcomposed of large and small squares, which is an interesting beginning pattern in itself that could be filled in many other ways. It's what I call a vessel tangle. It was first shown in BrixBox from Anneke van Dam, and recently in Reticulous from Heidi Kay. I'll let you check those posts for the slightly different grid step-outs.
Here are two tiles I did recently using this offset grid for a Square One focus on Facebook.
Tangles: BrixBox or Reticulous, Black Pearlz, Dex, Doodah, Tipple, Zonked
The second step is filling the small and large squares. 
The smaller squares are simple. These steps are even a little different from what I used in the colored artwork, but I prefer it.
The larger squares are also fairly simple, but there are a few more steps.
You might find it easier, or prefer the look, to draw a central spine before drawing the second circle, oval, and 'bean'. You can also draw the large circle so the edges touch the square. And you can nestle the bottom of the 'bean' against the previous shape.

Here's Ize larger, and on a bit of a curve.
Tangles: Ize, Munchin, Paradox, Pearlz, Tipple
I've been staining tiles with hibiscus teabags, and this is one of those. The first image is basic Ize with no shading; the second image is with embellishments and shading. I used a Gelly Roll pen for the purple fills; I find it a nicer purple than the micron, which is almost black.

* The other tangles that call to mind peacock tails? One is Pavonia (from Angie Shade). Another is Peafea (from AmΓ©lie Liao).

BTW: It's getting harder and harder to keep track of tangles and names. If this pattern has been presented elsewhere, or if the name has been used already, please let me know!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Quotations and art - Ways of seeing

Today, here are a few more favorite quotations, paired with art.

"There is, at the surface, infinite variety of things; 
at the center there is simplicity and unity of cause."
Ralph Waldo Emerson said this, and these are my three favorite, very simple tiles. Less can be more. I particularly appreciated this quotation when I was focusing on mandala imagery, considering the center and the perimeter.

"The ability to create beauty is God's greatest gift to man. 
And the appreciation of beauty - whether man-made 
or natural - is not only a joy but an active call 
to something much greater than oneself."
The quotation is from Painton Cowen in the book Rose Windows which I greatly enjoyed years ago, again, when I was researching and creating mandalas. This ATC I made has found a new home. The hummingbird is a transfer print; the rest is pen and ink on eco-dyed paper.

"See the extraordinary in the ordinary."
I'm sure I heard this somewhere, but I'll take credit for it. πŸ˜‰ I'd brought this pine cone home because something about it appealed to me. Later I was looking at it and it struck me that there was a pattern of triangles at the ends so I did this drawing focusing on those triangles. 

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that 
in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
Thank you, Maya Angelou. It's time to stop seeing black and white, men and women, old and young, as opposites and in conflict, and instead know that they are complementary. Let's grow up.
These two pieces were created by cutting tiles in half - in an irregular line - and sticking the opposite halves together. There is another black-and-white and another black-and-tan tile somewhere.

"If thou wishest a discerning eye and seekest for a hearing ear,
 set thou aside that which thou hast heard 
from fathers and ancestors, for such things are imitation."
We mustn't believe everything we hear. We have a rational brain; let's think for ourselves.
These "pages" are drawn on eco-dyed paper. Looking for hints of subject matter in the dye markings, I just couldn't stop seeing eyes at the top right of the one page, so even though I almost never depict people I went with the flow and discovered this man. The quotation seemed to go well with it.
From The Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha

Want more? See A few favorite quotations... (and art) here.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Zentangle's Project Pack 10

Another project pack! Zentangle's Project Pack #10 takes us through some of the history of Zentangle, exploring various of the developments over the years. 

It comes with a lovely little, tan, fabric-covered booklet to work in. The booklet is a series of two-page spreads with ten sections to fill on each page. This gives 20 possible tangles to choose from when you roll your icosahedron die (provided in the pack).

Two things you should know:
  • I haven't finished the booklet yet.
  • I didn't always do what I was told. πŸ˜‰

We began with the tangles featured in the original tangle legend, called L5, that comes in the Zentangle kit.

One of the two-page spreads features fragments: square, triangular, and round. Here's my booklet.
Another of the spreads is border tangles. My first page is linear tangles; the second is based on fragments.
Crazy tangles! Wild variations on classic tangles.
Tangles, beginning at #1: Crescent Moon, Cadent, Cadent again, Printemps, 
twisted Striping, "Nzeppel, Hollibaugh using Rain/Auras/Caviar-style Tipple,
Florz, Huggins, and Knightsbridge

One page is what the video called 'texture' tangles, tangles that create an all-over textural look rather than something eye-catching. I left mine without shading as they seem less attention-grabbing that way.
Tangles, beginning at #11: Munchin, Scena, Sand Swirl, Amaze, Afterglo,
Scoodle, Warped Eggs, Tortuca, Ravel, Tidings.
The other five are: Irradial, Keeko, Cheesecloth, Meer, and an Archimedian spiral.  

There are enough Celtic-looking tangles to fill one page. This is opposite my page of crazy tangles, so that shake of the die should be interesting!
I wanted to do a spread of some of my own tangles, too. Sometimes I forget about them. 😬
Tangles, beginning at #1: Boss, Beadlines, Cadox, Dutch Hourglass, Morse, Magma, Moving Day,
Pixioze, Windfarm, Cadent squared, Purdy (with Bijou), Shing, Trifle, St. John's Cross,
Ninja Stars, KΓΌnstler, Lotus Pods, Gingham, Pamela, Croon, and Diamond Panes.

I'm looking forward to finishing the remaining pages.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Crescent Moon, and then some - lines and centers

Tangles: Crescent Moon, Windfarm and Rounding
My first 'Crescent Moon, and then some' post a week ago, was all about the 'bugs'. 
Today we'll play with the lines and the centers.

Instead of a simple series of lines around the 'moons' try something different. 

Alternate black and white stripes, or leave a highlight, both shown below. I'm showing two types of highlights, Maria's "sparkle" of a broken line, and rough-edged black.

You can gradate the separation of the lines, starting close together and gradually adding more space between them. This is a gray tile that I had stained with a hibiscus teabag. It also shows Crescent Moon moving outward instead of inward.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Pearlz, Within, and Auras

Three more possibilities are shown on the gray tile below.
--  Leave more space between the lines and fill some of the spaces with perfs, or a series of lines, or whatever strikes your fancy. (top)
--  Connect the lines alternating as you would drawing Hibred. (right side)
--  When the lines begin to meet at the base, continue to draw down to the base instead of Aura-ing. (bottom)

Classic Crescent Moon has a black center, but there's so much more you can do!
  • Continue a tangle that's outside Crescent Moon (see the tile at the top of this post).
  • Fill with a single (Archimedian) spiral.
  • Fill with another tangle. For starters try Tipple, Knightsbridge, Printemps, or Tidings. 
  • Continue the Aura lines all the way to the center.
  • Simply leave it white. Maybe add shading inside the last Aura. 
  • Carefully leave some white dots (or add them with white pen afterwards) to create the look of a night sky.
  • Fill it black, let it dry, and tangle in white ink.
  • If the 'moons' end up with a large space, let the center flow out.
  •  vcnbbvv bffv (that's my 6-month old granddaughter helping me type) 😊
  • What more can you think of?
Tangles: Beadlines, Crescent Moon, Knightsbridge,
Unfortunately the graphite is really interfering
with the black ink in this photo.

AND... I've just updated the "moons" post with another possibility - Mars' moons! Go to the top of this post for the link.