Thursday, May 28, 2020

My Book is filling up

In Project Pack 09 we drew some malachite with green pens and Auras. I enjoyed it so much I did a few more, one in my 'Book'. It's not green, so it's really more like agate.

I accepted a challenge to record, each day in April, one thing that brings me joy.

Paradox is one of many favorite tangles, and I've been having fun recently with crazy Paradox. I did a page of this tangle: classic in squares, classic in triangles, striped, shaved and crazy.

I've occasionally used styrofoam food trays to make mono-prints which I then draw on and define. At one point I sold quite a number to small magazines. I wanted to include this technique in my book as one of the methods I've used throughout my art life.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Meer, and then some

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Meer, Tripoli, and a spiral
Meer is a lovely, simple, border tangle from the creators of Zentangle. The original step-out can be found in the Zentangle newsletter here.

Meer works beautifully in a (relatively) straight line, and not only as a border, but if it's curvy you need to compensate for the curve. Two ways to do this are to space the lines slightly wider at one end, or to curve the lines a little. Or both.
Tangles: Gneiss, Meer, Pearlz
You can split the center. You can also fill alternate lines to give wider stripes. I think this tile looks like a pineapple; I might call it 'hospitality'. :D
Tangles: Apacore, Black Pearlz, Meer, Nipa variation
Try something other than a thin ribbon at the sides. Below, I've used Pearlz.
Tangles: Meer, Roxi, Pearlz
Besides filling alternate stripes to create wider stripes, try using another tangle that is a series of stripes. Below I've used Suzanne McNeill's Firecracker. It doesn't look much like Meer anymore, but it's quite interesting! I tried Doodah in one section, and splitting the middle with a ribbon in another.
Tangles: Doodah, Firecracker, Meer
Sending Meer around a corner is another challenge. See my earlier blog post here. A possibility not mentioned in that post is to 'rip' or 'cut' the corner as shown below. Here are various corner treatments for Meer.
Tangles, Crescent Moon, Meer, Within
Have fun experimenting!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

More Project Pack #09!

Zentangle's Project Packs are always so chock-a-block full of great ideas I can't help but keep exploring them once the project is finished.

I like the brown bags the Project Pack supplies come in and hate to simply recycle them, so I cut them into tile sizes and include the grommets and string. Here, I glued the string to the paper, and have a tile with an actual string!
Tangles: Gneiss, Hollibaugh, Knightspeak, Marasu, Springkle, Zonked

I was quite enchanted with the idea of using Auras to create the look of malachite, or more generally agate. Here's a slice of natural agate. Sometimes there is a nest of crystals at the center. How delightful! Don't you love geodes?

I had cut some eco-dyed paper into bookmarks and used this 'auras' method. Do you see the partial leaf in the second one?

I was enjoying myself so much I did a page of agate in my wonderful 'Book'.

And on a black zendala tile using Sakura's Moonlight pens. It was a little tricky to "shade".

And then again on a sheet of eco-dyed paper.
"Seismic Shift"
(c)2020 Margaret Bremner
Such fun! I'll be using this technique more, I'm sure.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Zentangle's Project Pack #09

This project uses six zendala tiles that go together to make a larger project. Each day contributed to the same composition made up of multiple tiles. These were created using apple green and olive green inks.

In preparation we chose six zendala tiles; I used three white and three gray. We divided them according to a special tool - a "markus operandis" designed by Maria Thomas - included in the pack (also available online). W
e then drew a 'peapod' and chose from a selection of 'organic' tangles which we did these on all six tiles. I chose Springkle and Sampson, because I've only rarely used either one. We're working with dark green (olive or hunter) and a light green (apple) 05 size pens.

For the next six days, we added a particular tangle to each tile.


DAY TWO - MARASU, three of them, nestled in the section.

I decided to do Knightspeak, and realized later that it was a bit empty compared to the other tiles, to I added Knightsbridge afterward.

DAY FOUR - AURAS to resemble malachite

One of my favorite tangles, but I do it very differently than demonstrated in the video!

DAY SIX - DIVA DANCE with very random filling.
For some reason I didn't get a photo of these tiles. You'll see them in the final reveal. :)

Here is my piece, finished. You can see many more on the Zentangle Mosaic app.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April's Joy Quest

This wonderful idea came to me through an art business course I'm enrolled in. The facilitator, Alyson Stanfield, suggested we spend the month of April on a... 


For 30 days keep some kind of daily record of one thing that brings you great happiness. This record could be kept in any way you wanted: journal, post-it notes, scraps of paper, drawings, small paintings, collages, photos, videos, whatever.
I allotted a page in my Book - not a journal, not a sketchbook, but full of wonderful things! - divided it into 30 sections, and filled one section each day.
No joy yet!
Someone else put up a long strip of paper in her new studio space and everyday wrote down something that brought her joy.Another uses a planner with a daily 2-page-spread. When she organized her week she drew a space (in a happy color, of course) for her joy quest each day. 
At the end of the month I had a lovely visual reference of things that bring me joy on a regular basis.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Crazy Paradox

You've likely heard of Crazy 'Nzeppel and Crazy Huggins and recently Crazy Cadent. I've been experimenting with Crazy Paradox. It really is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get!

Here is the first tile I did, and the string it began with.

To do this, I let the string be the 'grid' in which I draw the Paradox fragments. Sometimes I only do two or three sides of Paradox until I meet another pencil line which takes it in another direction.

I liked the tiny section of Pearlz in the tan tile and thought that some variations might be more interesting than just lines. I did a few using Pearlz and what I call shaved Paradox. Here's the original string and the finished tile.

Colored ink is different.

It's difficult to instruct, since there are no consistent steps, other than the square or triangular spiraling of Paradox itself. However, I prepared a page showing the progression of one particular tile to give you an idea of how it works. You will need to go to this link to access the downloadable file.

Finally, this is my favorite tile thus far. I began the gray tile in blue ink but I didn't like it so I cut off the corner. It was interesting, but I tried black behind it, preferred it, and cut a black tile so I could glue a piece behind. No mistakes, right? Just opportunities.
Tangles: Paradox, Pearlz, Rain, Seljuk
I hope you'll enjoy playing with Crazy Paradox!

For more about Paradox and its possibilities check this post from 2011.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Three more Book pages

Here are a few more pages from my Book - not a journal, not a sketchbook, but full of wonderful things!

Years ago I did a whole series of work using leaf prints. I wanted to include that idea in my Book. Another thing I've occasionally enjoyed is micrography so I found a quotation I like that mentions leaves.

As a tea lover from 'way back, I decided to do a page of tea labels. I've added a couple of small things since I took this photo.

On this page I used a broken copper bracelet as a template for the spirals. The corners are cut off the page showing the black edge from the following page.