Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tangle-a-Day calendar - tools and more pages

No, don't worry, I'm not going to post every calendar page this year! But I do want to tell you a bit about what tools I'm using, and some plans, and show some recent pages. Like this one:
Hollyhock is from CZT Jason Lau. 
Chebucto and Skye are from yours truly.
What I've been using, mainly, for the tangling is three sizes of Tombow's Mono pens. They are really nice to draw with and I've used them for a few other things. This is an ideal type of project because these pens are not lightfast. I'll also use Sakura's microns and I have a Sharpie pen (fine tip) that I want to try.

I wanted to add color to some random pages to give me a surprise 'something new to deal with'. I did one page using Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush pens. I have really liked the colors and the way they blend so nicely, but was disappointed here. It must be the paper. The Koi brush pens are also not lightfast so I don't use them for anything that might end up hanging on a wall.
Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush pens usually blend beautifully, but not on this paper.
I also tried some Winsor and Newton Water Colour Markers. They tend not to blend as well as I'd like in any case, and this was no different.

I had better luck with both Inktense and Aquatone water-soluble pencils.
A rainbow of Aquatone pencils.
Cool tones in Inktense pencils.
We'll have to wait until those pages appear to see what will happen with them!

Here's another recently completed page:
Tuscadero is from CZT Lara Williams.
Umble is an 'official' tangle from Zentangle.
Y-Not was deconstructed by Molly Hollibaugh.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Eco-dyed ZIAs, starts and finishes

I've been enjoying drawing on some of the papers I recently eco-dyed, with the darker darks achieved by using rusty objects in the dye bath. I'm also trying to leave some of the gorgeous eco-dyed sections unadulterated and tangle in just some places.
(You can read my post about my first attempt at eco-dyeing here.)

These are some of the things I've been working on. The finished piece is on one side and the eco-dyed paper I began with is beside it.

"This, Too, Shall Pass"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
6" x 6"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils, metal leaf

"Splendor in the Grasses"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
8.5" x 9"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils


"Feather Light"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
11" x 4.5"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils, metal leaf


"Below the Surface"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
11" x 4.5"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils, metal leaf
The blue dots in the 'before' photo are liquid frisket, a resist to block out some 'bubbles' while I added blue wash.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tangle-a-Day calendar 2018

The Tangle-a-Day calendar from Carole Ohl has been published for a few years now. This year Carole didn't have the time to do all the artwork for it so she invited me!!! All the illustrations in this year's edition are my work.

The book itself is 5"x8" and there are three days per page. The drawing space is a little smaller than a standard Zentangle tile.

Working in this calendar is new to me, and I'm going to try to keep up. I decided to begin with some of my own tangles. Here are my first three days showing Diamond Panes, Lotus Pods, and Künstler.

And the next three days with Dutch Hourglass, Prestwood, and Trifle.
You can still order one on Etsy if you want to join the fun. Most of the year is left!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

On the ninth day of Zentangle...

For the past few years in December, Zentangle HQ has offered "12 Days of Zentangle" with a new project or challenge each day. This year I was quite taken with this project, involving two tiles.

The challenge on the ninth day was to cut two tiles apart and tape them together again, halfsies. The 12-minute prompt video here, explains the process.

I enjoyed the first one so much that I did another. Here are my first two, with Bijou tiles:

I wanted to try more! Maybe full-size tiles. Maybe different colors.

I had a couple of standard tiles that I wasn't sure what to do with, a black one with a white wash and a white tile with a pink wash. I decided to use them. I had cut them apart before I remembered to take a photo, but now you can see where I cut them. The larger size seemed to want two cuts rather than just one.

When I taped them together they looked like this:

And after all the tangling and shading this is what I had:

I wasn't able to alternate tangles "mirror image" as much as I would have liked but I did try to repeat tangles.

Back to Bijou tiles. I did one more. On one tile I did dark ink on dark paper and lighter ink on the lighter paper. On the second tile I reversed it. I repeated the tangles on each tile.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Fleurette, Flux, Knightsbridge, MySwing, Perfs, Pixioze 
This is a fascinating technique and I anticipate using it again.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

ZIA Ideas: Coniferous trees


Coniferous trees. Evergreens. Conifers. Triangles.
"Winter Conifers" (c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles in the trees: Flux (two varieties), Opus, Sanibelle, Tipple
Living where I do - in the middle of the Canadian prairies - I see lots of coniferous trees. They offer greenery in the winter, and often show up in my zentangle-inspired artwork.

Here are some tangles that may give you thoughts of
 EVERGREENS 

I can't let this post go by without sharing 
Carole Ohl's spectacular Christmas tree using AQUAFLEUR.
Step-outs at this link.



FEATHERFALL (from CZT Carole Ohl)
Find the step-outs at this link.
"Blue Spruce" (c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Featherfall, Tidings

FLUX - either version (from Zentangle)
Find the step-outs at this link
See examples of Flux in the first tile, Rick's version on the left and Maria's on the right.


NARWAL (from CZT Sam Taylor)
Find the step-outs in a video at this link.
"Night Knoll" (c) 2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Hurakán, Narwal, Prestwood, Printemps

PRESTWOOD (from CZT Margaret Bremner)
Find the step-outs at this link.
There is another example of Prestwood in the tile above, using Prestwood as a single, long line.
Tangles: Afterglo, Diva Dance, Morse, Prestwood

SANIBELLE (from CZT Tricia Faraone)
For an evergreen tree, draw it "upside down". Find the step-outs at this link.
Here is a Christmas card using Sanibelle on a 3Z tile. We added tiny colored gems for balls or lights.


Other tangles with great possibilities are...

VERDIGOGH (from Maria Thomas at Zentangle)
Inspired by evergreen needles. Find the step-outs at this link.
OPUS (from Maria Thomas at Zentangle) - step-outs at this link.

Tangles composed of triangles such as...
 TRIPOLI - step-outs at this link.
TRIFLE - step-outs at this link.
FASSETT  - step-outs at this link.


This is certainly not a definitive list. Put almost any tangle in a tall triangle shape and in the right context it could be an evergreen tree. See the example of Prestwood above. :)
Experiment. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

More eco-dyeing

There are two things I love about eco-dyeing papers. First, I get a lot of inspiring papers to draw on. Second, it's such a delightful surprise unwrapping the bundles after the dye process.

This time I did a few different things. I used some toned papers as well as the white ones. I added a couple of rusty items to the dye-bath, having been advised that it would give some very dark darks. I dyed some Opus tiles and other larger papers; I had to roll them in order to fit my roasting pan! Here's part of the results, laid out on the dining table to dry.

Gotta love those onion skins! Such lovely bright colors. They give anything from a pale yellow, through oranges, to dark rusty reds. Here are some examples.
An onion skin splayed flat.
Onion skins with other leaves.
Some leaves are better than others for leaving lovely marks. Maples are good.
 So are oak leaves.
And raspberries.
Some leaves don't leave much of a mark per se, but they're good to block space and leave an empty shape.
Leaves as 'resist'.
I had some purple flowers (what are they!?!) that gave me this!
And something gave me lovely steel grays.

The black edges below are because of the rusty things in the water. There's also onion skins and various leaves.
Rusty metal offers dark darks.
I think this page must have been on the bottom as it got a heavy dose of black! I think it got a little folded too, thus the vertical stripes. I wonder what it will develop into?
Sometimes they come out very simple.
Now I have more fun in store!
You can read my post about my first attempts at eco-dyeing here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Shoes again!

Recently I painted a pair of canvas shoes for Shoe Bank Canada's fund-raiser My Canvas Has Laces. You can read the final part of the series, and see the shoes, here. My shoes raised $1100!

A few years ago I had purchased a pair of second hand, leather shoes that I loved because they were half black and half white. (What's not to love!) Unfortunately, the white halves were scuffed. Of course, I thought "I can fix that!" and started tangling them. Then things happened and the project got back-burnered. The recent canvas shoe project got me enthused again.
Gray scuff marks on the white half of one shoe.
Here are the shoes with all the tangling done (finally). I was going to add shading but then I realized it would darken the white even more and I didn't want to do that. Soooo... they're done!