Sunday, August 19, 2018

No journal, no sketchbook

I don't do journaling and I don't keep a sketchbook, but I've had that lovely blank book from ZenAgain in November 2016 sitting on my shelf for over a year and a half! 
I had started something on the first page and hated it. It wasn't an opportunity; it was just awful. I stuck the book back on the shelf.
Sometime later I had an idea. I sliced the page out, leaving a couple of centimeters. Then I cut a piece of pale green 'vellum' paper to fit, gave it a fancy edge, and taped it in with washi tape on both sides. Nice! I still haven't dared do anything on it or the page behind.
Finally, in June, I drew on the cover and added some metal leaf. I like it.
Then I attempted one page inside and didn't ruin everything. It's a significant piece of black and white wrapping paper given to me by a friend. I wanted to do something special with it, but it wasn't art-on-the-wall worthy, so... journal! I added all the small tangling including the white Tridots. I like this, too. I’m on a roll!
I was beginning to feel confident!
On another page I began with some circles and washes using three Koi coloring brush pens. I love how they work and I hate that they're not lightfast. But this a book and they'll rarely see the light of day. Then I used a circle template and did the large, evenly-spaced circles to work with. 
So, it seems I have the beginnings of an art journal. More on this later, no doubt.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Huge art sale!

We'll be changing provinces in September and are hoping to pack and move less Stuff! I'm posting this here for the coming week so people can find the information by clicking from another site.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Zen-ful houses

As you probably know I'm quite partial to houses and other buildings as subject matter. When I saw Eni Oken's "Zenful houses" I was charmed and wanted to know more. I received her video lesson and accompanying notes and just had to try.

Here's one I tried before I had Eni's instructions, just looking at some of her examples. There are things I like, but I felt it wasn't quite 'right'.

Eni uses 4" tiles and I had some Bristol vellum paper that size so I used those. These are my next two efforts, having watched her video class. I'm happier with these.

Parts of this technique are rather graphic-design-y. Not that I mind; I tend to lean in that direction but have never had any training in that area. I learned a few things!

I also did a page in my Tangle-a-Day calendar.

If you're interested in investigating this yourself, Eni's lesson is available here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TaD calendar pages: June & July

The Tangle-a-Day calendar has been a good project to undertake. Although I've missed a couple of days it's fun to have a place just to experiment, or be quick, or not care too much about the results. Here are some pages I'm particularly pleased with.

Mooka is a tangle I struggled with for quite a while until I 'got it' - done in a Dingbatz format here.

Windows on Morse, a tangle I designed that grew out of a variation of Hollibaugh.

A nautilus spiral, a classic symbol of sacred geometry, as a follow-up to Phi Day, June 18.

National holidays in Canada and the USA, July 1 and 4.

Let's just tangle 24/7!

I'd been seeing people doing interesting things with pulled paint strings and decided to try it in my calendar, and also in another book I'm working in. There were a number of circle-y forms which inspired me to do Aquafleur all over.

I've been fascinated by tessellations for a long time and finally tried one of my own. I would have found it quite boring to fill the shape with the same thing over and over and over and over, so I did different fills.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Splat starts

It's quite interesting to take monoprints of paint drips and then see what you can see in them. A year and a half ago the Diva had a challenge she called "Spill It" which I quite enjoyed. You can see my tiles for that here.

Recently I had some paint drips from another project I was doing so I pressed two tiles onto them and let them dry. One looked liked birds, the other like bugs.

I also had some leftover, more-dilute paint that gave a very watercolor-y effect. As you may know, I'm quite partial to trees. :)
Almost no ink work here, just colored pencil.
Tangles: D'Uni, Elirob turned inside-out, Tipple
One tile looked off-center so I tried something I'd done recently (and more successfully the first time!).
Tangles: Knase, Prestwood, Tortuca, Tripoli 
Last was a very dark tile, lots of dark browns and greens, and two circular forms.
Tangles: Marasu (sort of, maybe), Pearlz

Friday, July 13, 2018

Pinch me!

This summer seems to have directed me towards 'fun' art projects rather than 'work' art projects. Granted, the 'work' projects are also fun, but I seem to expect more of myself when I'm thinking "This could end up framed and on someone's wall."

Last fall I had purchased a Pinch Me Ball kit from Jenny Perruzzi's Acadia Laser Creations on Etsy. I decided it was time to try to make this thing. This is the kit with instructions and supplies. The paper colors I got are one of my favorite combinations!

Here are the three strips with tangling and shading completed. I used some Glaze and Stardust and metallic inks and they don't show up very well, especially on the purple paper.
Generally I found it a fairly simple process to construct the ball, except for folding the last arcs on the last ring. That took a bit of fine-fingered finagling.

Here are six views of the finished piece. Pretty cool! I forgot to add a hanging string, but I think I can do that later if I want to. Hmmm... I might make more.

If you'd like to order one of these kits for yourself, go here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spundalaz, the results

These are the zendala tiles that resulted from my attempt to begin some spundalaz. (If you missed that post, check here.) They are not what I had envisioned!

However, waste not want not.

The first one I completed is the top left tile. It ended up a lot more blue and I'm happy with it.

Next was the middle bottom tile. I like what looks like a crescent moon, and I particularly like it on the oatmeal paper I used behind it!

Then came a very green one (top right). I refer to it as the Irish one.

I'm least happy with this one. I'd begun Xyp in one ring, didn't like it, turned it into triangles. That was alright. I also didn't mind the multi-colors that got into it. There was something too low-key about it, so I added metal leaf. That was too high-key. I covered parts of the metal with black Identipen, which helped.

I almost didn't finish the fifth one (lower left). See how it's off-center? It was too weird. I had started with Dex around the perimeter, but it didn't go evenly and there was a .5 cm space left. Sheesh. Breathe. No mistakes, just opportunities. Hmmm. What if there were a crack in it? All I can do is quote Leonard Cohen, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
I lightened the edges of the crack. There's also Glaze ink in the outer ring's black squares.

An angled view.
Another angled view.
A close-up view.
If you're unfamiliar with the song, here is Leonard Cohen performing it.