Thursday, January 14, 2021

2020's Twelve Days of Zentangle.

Zentangle's Project Pack 12. The annual Twelve Days of Zentangle. This year, Zentangle Renaissance. It's taken me quite a while to find the time to do this project but all in good time. Aaand... here we go!

DAY ONE - Bronx Spear, an interesting tangleation of Bronx Cheer. My little pot of gold gouache was hard as a rock, so while waiting for it to reconstitute I used gold acrylic paint.

DAY TWO - In my book you can't go wrong with Crazy Huggins, and I love the idea of double DooDah in the horizontal ones.

DAY THREE - This took a wrong turn right from the start when I did the four fragments all the same rather than turning them as I went. I kept going, wondering what delight would appear out of the 'oops', and it's one of my favorites! That's the first tile below. The second tile is my second try, and how it was "supposed" to go; I really like this, too, and hope to experiment with it more.

DAY FOUR - The idea was to do three of these, with a gold border along the entire bottom, then bend them at the center, glue the sides together, and have a lovely tiny conifer tree shape. My gold ended up in a corner, and I only did the one.

DAY FIVE - Aura'd Fife, "tethered" Auras, a coffered border, and more. I realized that Fife with the inner Auras is a lot like Double Double without the initial square grid. I like the idea of white chalk rings but mine didn't work well.

DAY SIX - We used four bijou tiles, four overlapping hearts and the tangle Scena.

I like doing (almost) the same thing on four bijou tiles 
and then seeing the various ways they can be placed.

DAY SEVEN - We began with a light gold wash over the entire paper (gorgeous!), then added Paradox, Pearlz, and Flux. I also used Paisley Boa immediately beside Pearlz.

DAY EIGHT - We started with a pre-strung zendala tile, and then completely ignored the string to create the border! I wanted to preserve a little more of the pre-strung design so I left the star points visible. My gouache still wasn't smoooooth so I used a lot of different metallics in the center: gold acrylic paint, copper acrylic paint, gold gel pen, copper gel pen, and clear star gel pen.


DAY NINE - On a phi tile, a Purk/Festune mashup, Pearlz, Stiritup, and more. I really like the phi tiles.

DAY TEN - On a 3Z tile, some paisley-like, moon pie-ish shapes. and a gold border. My gold gouache is somewhat reconstituted so I used it, but it's still very grainy.

DAY ELEVEN - The tangle Drawings on a zendala tile. I couldn't get the shadow as dark as I wanted even with a 6B pencil so I added tiny wavy lines in black.

DAY TWELVE - On a square tile, we began with Mi2. Then we added Auras,"capes" :), and "therefores" (AKA Tridots, or cinta marta?)

Many thanks again to those at Zentangle HQ for another fun project pack!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Shattuck, and then some

Today we'll look at Zentangle's Shattuck. It's generally drawn with curved lines, resembling scales, and I prefer the 'scales' to match at the tops and bottoms so that's generally what you'll see here. 
It can be done with straight lines instead, as shown below. If you choose this look, you may want to draw a zigzag along the wide stripes, and then fill it in. 

Usually the dividing stripes are quite narrow, but try drawing them wider and adding another tangle inside. There are so many 'border' tangles to chose from! I've kept it fairly simple in the tile below.

Two other options for the dividing stripes are to fill them black or to draw them more like ribbons. In the tile below I've also used a variation of Moon Pie to fill some of the scales. (In the link, scroll down, past Hollis).

Moon Pie is one way to vary the scales, but you don't need to be quite that elaborate! The tile above also shows examples of gradating lines, an effect I quite like. Look at other examples in this post to see other variations of the scales. Here are a few more ideas:

  • leave the lowest 'pie wedge' white instead of filling it black
  • alternate black and white stripes, around the pie slice or radiating from its center
  • fill with Peppering (demonstrated at around 4:45 in this project pack video)

Another thing you can do with the scales is to fill only half of them, another attractive effect.

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Lamar, Shattuck

Or... fill half of the scales with one pattern and the other halves with a different pattern.

To end, here's a gray tile, with gray gems, Shattuck, and more.

Tangles: Arukas, Shattuck, Pearlz, Wunderwall

Have fun exploring Shattuck!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Have you noticed hubcaps?

I was out walking the other day and noticed an interesting hubcap. Then I noticed other hubcaps. What wonderful inspiration for mandala designs! Simply plug "hubcap photos" into an image search engine and you'll find lots of inspiration! Here are five, along with the hubcap that inspired them.

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Doodah, Fife, Hibred,
Prestwood, Skyesil, Zewm


Tangles: Dewd, Icantoo, Mazorito, Snail

Tangles: Crescent Moon, Fohbraid, Gewgle,
Tipple, Zewm


Tangles: Apacore, Cubine, and elements of
Moonwaves and Tripoli, and more.


Tangles: Black Pearlz, Prestwood, Slowpoke, and more

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Need string ideas?

Are you ever at a loss for a string to begin your tangled tile? And you've exhausted tanglepatterns strings ideas? Then check out these previous blog posts for some inspiration!

First is a simple idea I call a flying birds string, and an example using variations of Tipple. It has a lot of possibilities.

Flying birds string

Try using a tangle as a string. Choose a tangle, draw it large and in pencil. Here is Crescent Moon as a string, filled with a variety of other tangles.

A tangle as a string

I often like to close my eyes and draw a blind string. It always offers something different to work with! This post shows using blind drawing based on a tangle, like the tile below using the tangle Apacore.

A blind string

This post is about using (blind) contour drawing to create strings. In the tile below I had done a very simple contour drawing of our coffee machine, then tangled it, and turned it sideways.

A rope string is another idea I had some time ago.
A rope string

Choose a fragment, draw it quite large, and use the fragment as a string. Here's an example using Flukes.
Fragment as string

Something I did a lot of at one point (hmm, I'll have to revisit this) is two-pencil strings. Wow, that post's from almost ten years ago! I followed with a few more posts about two-pencil strings. Go to these posts for more fun and wide apart.

Two-pencil string

And last, but not least, something a little different, hotel strings! You'll have to go to the blog post to understand how this final tile relates to that idea!

A hotel string

Thursday, November 19, 2020

A few more pages in my marvelous Book

I've been working in this book for quite some time, adding a page now and then whenever I'm inspired.

I was enchanted by results I'd seen of Eni Oken's Dragons class. I purchased it, tried a few smaller pieces, and some time later did this drawing. Great fun!

Neurographic drawing caught my fancy, being a random-looking type of pen-and-ink drawing. I watched a video lesson by a certified neurographic drawing instructor and followed along. Of course, at some point I had to incorporate Zentangle patterns! I'd done this on a sheet of paper so I trimmed it slightly and glued it onto the front endpaper, bordered with washi tape.

The offset grid squares pattern of Brix Box or Reticulous is quite fascinating. I experimented to see what could be done with triangles and ended up calling this new tangle Cantire. This page in my Book combines both the square tangle and the triangular one.


For previous Book pages, check these posts:

  1. How it began
  2. Next steps
  3. Inserting an eco-dyed paper
  4. Back cover, an alphabet, gems and paisley
  5. Hexagons
  6. Celtic-style tangles, and W2
  7. Frontispiece and photos of my grandmother
  8. Space junk
  9. A sunflower, and the flower of life
  10. Knightsbridge and magic squares
  11. More space junk
  12. For now
  13. Mongolian roofs
  14. Cubine and Fassett
  15. Nautilus
  16. Notanical
  17. An 'oops' page
  18. Inspired by Project Pack 7
  19. Four more pages: twisted striping, and borders
  20. Three more pages: leaves, tea, and spirals
  21. A month of joy

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Sketch Box October

I recently subscribed to Sketch Box, a monthly, themed box of art supplies. The first one I received is October's, and the supplies are themed around oriental ink painting.

The box contained a pad of sumi-e paper, three black drawing pens, a white pastel pen, a small pot of Scarlet calligraphy ink, an oriental brush and a block of ink and a grinding stone. I opted for the Premium boxes so all these supplies are lightfast.

Much as I adore oriental ink painting, it's not something I aspire to do, so I used the supplies in my own manner, 'drawing' rather than 'painting' and incorporating tangle patterns.

Here are three I did using only the materials provided. 

I have three pieces of Khadi paper sent by a tangling friend that I wanted to try. I used the SketchBox supplies plus some of my own. This is a heavy-weight, rough-textured (thus the fuzzy photos, my apologies) paper but curiously easy to draw on with a pen. I quite like it.
(I don't need more paper. I don't need more paper. I don't need more paper...)

Interestingly, the tool I was least interested in when I unpacked the box - the Edding white pastel pen - may be the one I use most in future. I wonder, what will November's SketchBox bring me?

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Phi again. PP11 follow-up

A bijou tile with Apacore centered 
at one of the four phi intersections.

Revisiting the golden mean through Project Pack 11 was such fun I wanted to do more!

The pack contains a "markus operandus" for locating the phi proportions on Zentangle tiles. Markus Operandus II can be downloaded here, for free, at the bottom of the page. I've added marks to mine so I don't have to rotate my paper in order to indicate all the phi lines. I may have it laminated. It looks like this.

It can be used not only with the new Phi tiles, but also with the classic square (also apprentice and bijou) tiles, as well as the triangular 3Z tiles. I wanted to give them a whirl. 

The proportions work on a square just as well as a rectangle. I'd done this years ago when my focus was mandalas. With the mandalas I used all four phi lines to create the working space:

Here's a mixed media painting from that time using these phi ratios.

Pro Fanis  •  ©1998
30" (76 cms) square; acrylic and collage

I've been fascinated with sacred geometry and the golden mean for many years. Delighted to revisit it in this project pack, I created a number of square tiles. 

Using the same four lines as above I did a classic-size tile. You can see Hollyhock in the corners, Icantoo in the rectangles, and the center connects it all.

Tangles: Hollyhock, Icantoo, and hints of
Crescent Moon, Pearlz, and Sanibel

I had a gray tile with a mauve wash. It struck me that somewhere near the 'center' of the flower shape might be a phi intersection. Here is the finished tile, with backwards steps to the mauve wash.

Tangles: Aquafleur, Pearlz, Pokeleaf

This is an eco-dyed tile that I subdivided into various phi-measured sections. I used Moonlight pens and gold ink as well as brown and sepia micron pens.

But triangles? The kit says it works with triangles, too. I don't see why not, but I'd never thought to try it before. On a rectangular shape, there are four phi intersections (shown above). I discovered that with a triangle, there are three.

The black and white 3Z tile below has the tangle Ayame, but instead of beginning it at the center I began at one of the intersections. On the tan tile, I used the six notches at the perimeter as places to begin the droplet shapes.

I'm grateful to Zentangle for reintroducing me to divine proportion. I plan to do a lot more with these measurements.