Monday, June 18, 2018

Phi Day! .618

You may know that international Pi Day is March 14 each year, 3.14. (You can see my special triangular art for Pi Day 2017 here.)

I've long been interested in divine proportion (also called sacred geometry, the golden mean, etc.) and I think there should be an international Phi Day too, .618, June 18th. If it takes off, you can tell all your friends it started here!
Current page from my 2018 Tangle-a-Day calendar.
I chose Phicops for the 18th in my Tangle-a-Day calendar because the name starts with Phi and the inspiration for it is related to shells and golden proportion. Step-outs for the tangle Phicops are here. On this calendar page I actually worked backwards, beginning with the 18th, then the nautilus spiral on the 17th, and ending with part of the spiral and Paradox on the 16th.
Tangles: Phicops
.618 (or 1.618) is the number associated with sacred geometry, even though divine proportion is about relationship and proportion, not measurement. The number is the short version of the infinitely long and non-repeating decimal places.

The Golden Mean is essentially the division of a line into two unequal parts.  The ratio of the whole line to the large part is the same as the ratio of the large part to the small part. The result is an irrational number: 1:0.6180339… 
.618 is very close to two thirds.  Many art instructions recommend placing major objects approximately one-third of the way from either side, and one-third of the way up or down.  This is called the Rule of Thirds and makes the composition more pleasing to the eye.

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Saskatchewan landscape: canola field in bloom and The Tree, a prairie landmark.
The Rule of Thirds with the focal point at one intersection.
There is so much more to this once you delve into it: sunflower seeds, Greek philosophers, da Vinci, the Masonic Guild, eggs, arms and legs, Fibonacci, nautilus spirals, pine cones, piano keys, spiral galaxies, and on and on and on. (For more information and a great video on the Fibonacci number sequence see this post.)

In the meantime, have a PHIne day!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Zenbuttons (and Spundalaz)

Cute as a button, and a delightful way to go around in circles and create a type of mandala!

I first saw this type of idea from Chris Titus, a CZT in the United States and major organizer of the Square One groups on Facebook. Her idea involved using a paint-spinner gadget to create concentric color streaks that could be developed into tangled mandalas. She calls them spundalaz. More on that in a future post.

Marguerite Samama, a CZT in the Netherlands, has a zenbuttons tutorial on tanglepatterns.com, here. As I don't have a paint-spinner gadget, Marguerite's tutorial inspired me to try the zenbuttons.

Zendala tiles seemed like the right thing to use. Here's my first try:
Tangles: All Boxed Up, Lanie variations, Puff, Tipple, Tripoli, Well 
I'm not very happy with it as the white highlights don't show up well. I think my black ink was still a bit damp and the white pencil smeared it slightly, leaving gray instead of white.

The second try turned out better. There's a little more dimension to the rings but still not enough for my liking.
Tangles: Boucle, Jalousie, Lanie variations
I came across a pre-strung zendala tile I'd begun a long time ago. It hadn't held my interest, but I didn't throw it out. I wondered if I could adapt it into a zenbutton so I divided it into concentric circles and completed the tangling. Here it is the way I'd left it, and with my ink drawing done.
Tangle: Ginili adaptation
I altered the color of the perimeter ring as it was too bright. There's much more satisfactory dimension in this one. I'm improving!

I had a wonderful eco-dyed tile, a gift from Chris Titus some time ago. The rusty circle was so lovely as-is I didn't know what I could add to improve it. Aha! Zenbutton! Here's the tile, with the concentric rings I drew to begin.
And here's the result:
I'm pretty happy with it, although sufficient dimensionality is still an issue I think.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

PURDY - a new tangle!

Tangles: Cubine, Leaflet, Purdy, Tipple
I was in Vancouver BC recently for the arrival of my (dear, sweet, charming, miraculous, adorable and delightful) granddaughter, our first. Here she is, the new love of my life.  :D  :D  :D
Trying to encourage her to join us out here, we walked, and on one walk we visited Purdys Chocolatier. (You'll have to ask them why there's no apostrophe.) Among all the fabulous chocolate products I noticed this pattern:
It makes me think of scattered leaves and struck me as a very simple tangle.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Printemps, Purdy
with a leaky pen border and 'shades of gray'
It consists of five lines in a mandorla shape. I start with the outermost line, but you could try beginning at the center with the smallest one. I occasionally add a tiny circle if the overall pattern seems a little empty right there.
Tangles: Beadlines, Droplets, Huracán, Knightspeak, Unyun, Zonked
I hope you have fun with it!

If this pattern has been presented before, or if the name has already been used, please let me know.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tangle-a-Day calendar: the merry month of May

I'm keeping up with my Tangle-a-Day calendar and seem to be becoming a little more adventurous! We had a snow storm in mid-April and I was getting quite fed up.

And on into the merry month of May!
I seem to have done quite a number of interesting pages this month.

Three ways to use six tangles: classic zentangle 'tile', colored landscape, and in stripes.

Morse, morphing into wholly Hollibaugh, morphing into Windfarm, in primary colors.

Skye, travelling across three days of random color washes.

Bursts of color.

Secondary colors. I had thought I might do gems, but they wanted to be holes.

I had already colored the days black, gray, and left one white, not knowing what I would do with it. CZT Sonya Yencer's new tangle Soul Star was a perfect fit.

Another fun page.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fragments as strings

Are you ever stuck for a string? Even if not, try choosing a fragment and pencilling it onto your tile to use as the string.

Below I've used four fragments of Flukes (also fragment A1 in the Zentangle Primer book). You can see the actual tangle in the upper left corner and elsewhere. Doing the fragment so much larger than usual offers many opportunities to add other tangles to the design.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cubine, Flukes, Pearlz,
Slowpoke, Tipple, Zonked 
In color, here are two fragments of Jalousie. The full tangle can be seen behind each "lollipop".
Tangles: Boucle, Cirqital, Fohbraid, Jalousie, Ragz
Fragment C1 from the Zentangle Primer book didn't work out as nicely as I'd hoped. It might be more interesting if I'd interlaced the two ovals.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Betweed, Crescent Moon, Zonked
And here's a fragment of the tangle Well, with a lot of Mooka! Well itself can be seen on the left side.
Tangles: Boucle, Mooka, Tipple, Well
On a tan tile, fragment J1.
Tangles: Paisley Boa, Perfs, Tipple
I think this next one is too busy-looking. Not my favorite. It's fragment H3 which is rather intricate to begin with, but I think I tried to do too much with it.
Tangles: Beadlines, Dex, Gneiss, Knightsbridge, Snail, Tidings
Finally, a fragment of Crusade, a tangle I really struggled with initially. You can see it at the lower right and upper left. This tile, and the first shown (Flukes) are my two favorites.
Tangles: Apacore, Crescent Moon, Crusade, Pearlz, Tipple
I'd love to see what you do using a fragment as your string!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cadent squared

One way to vary a tangle is to change straight lines for curvy ones, or vice versa. In this case it's vice versa - I've changed all the curvy lines in Cadent to straight ones. (I'd like to write it 'Cadent with a small superscript 2 beside the t' but I can't seem to do that in Blogger so I'll settle for Cadent2.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cadent2, Crescent Moon, Stoic, Tipple
Start by drawing the grid of circles, but draw squares instead and fill them black.
As with the classic, curved Cadent, start at the bottom of one shape and move to the top of the next one. This time, however, draw a straight line halfway out, draw up the height of the square, and to the right again to connect with the next square. Do this for all the rows, then turn your paper 90 degrees and draw across in the other direction.

Now, instead of the 83 words above, here are three simple drawings:

As with the original Cadent, this tangleation has many possible variations by making small changes or additions. The squares could be left white. They could be done larger, or smaller. You could Aura inside the X-shapes. If the squares are large enough you could draw an interesting fragment in them.

At the bottom of the next tile is Cadent squared. On the right side is a gussied up original Cadent. At the top is Cadent2 with rounding. (For a lot of ideas for variations of the original Cadent check out the blog post here.)  
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cadent, Cadent2, Crescent Moon
This effect is achieved quite simply by rounding all the corners. See the example in red below. Do this throughout and you'll end up with the pattern in the rest of the example.

Here are some other variations:
It's quite possible someone has stepped-out this tangleation before, and possibly given it its own name. If so, I'd be interested to know.
Tangles: Cadent2, Dewd, Knightsbridge, Shard, Snail

Monday, April 23, 2018

Floating Cubine

I like the impression of depth that can be achieved with some tangles and Cubine is a great example. It's like looking through little windows, or a sectioned box. But instead of doing Cubine in the classic square grid, you can use a single fragment of Cubine and place it in an empty space on your tile. I also recently referred to this as 'sprinkled' Cubines.

Here's an example of a floating Cubine. There are two Cubine fragments side-by-side creating 'holes', but the floating Cubine looks as if there's another hole through the main white section.
Tangles: Beadlines, Cubine, Knase, 'Nzeppel, Zonked.
Here's another example, amongst a lot of 'normal' Cubine fragments. (The floating one is off on the right side.)
In a Kitchen Table Tangles episode on the Zentangle Mosaic app Rick demonstrated a Cadent variation which quite enchanted me. The square shapes in the resulting pattern struck me as possible floating Cubine fragments so I did that in this tile. Here they are more "sprinkled". :)
Tangles: Cadent, Cubine, Pearlz
Finally, here's a tan tile just for something different. There are four floating Cubines here, well, actually three and a half.
Tangles: Apacore, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon,
Cubine, Elirob, Tipple.
More ideas for variations of Cubine are in my "And then some" blog post here.