Friday, October 18, 2019

9th anniversary giveaway!

As promised yesterday, for the 9th anniversary of my blog I'm having
An anniversary give-away!!!

This is drawn on a blank zendala tile 
and includes a tiny sparkly gem at the center.

"24 Carat Mandala"
Created on one of Zentangle's pre-strung zendalas 
at the first zenAgain gathering, in 2016.
It's real 24-carat gold leaf!

"Moon Mandala"
Created on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile.
At the center is a pencil drawing of a full moon.
The Glaze ink masks it somewhat in the photo.

"Tropical Mandala"
Created on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile.
It includes a bit of collage and scalloped edges.
The central 'petals' are clear Stardust (sparkle) ink.

"Paradox Mandala"
Created on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile.
Paradox is one of many favorite tangles.

"Triad Star"
Created on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile.
A slightly angled photo to show the
white-on-white Printemps on the white points.

"Sunflower Mandala"
Created on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile. 
"Rainbow Passage"
Lots of color!
A zenbutton in rainbow colors on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile.
The center is black glazed and there are 27 tiny gems.

"Femininity Star"
Created on a pre-strung, 9-pointed, zendala tile.
A triangle with the point at the bottom
is sometimes a symbol of the feminine.

  • This give-away will run for nine days, from right now until midnight (end of day) October 26. 
  • You can only win one piece of art. Nothing is framed or mounted; that's up to you.
  • If you win, I'll e-mail you for your postal address and pop it in the mail to you.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

9 years !!!!!!!!!

(... and 9 exclamation marks.)  :)
An acrylic painting from nine years ago.A nine-petalled lotus, 16" in diameter.
I published my first ever blog post on 17 October 2010, a few months after I attended the third CZT teacher training in Massachusetts. On this nine year anniversary I wondered which are the nine most-read blog posts. Here they are, Letterman style:

Lilypads, a new tangle: 10305 page views.

Skye, a new tangle: 10520 page views.


Pixioze, a new tangle: 14841 page views.

Cockles'n'Mussels, a new tangle: 15675 page views.

K√ľustler, a new tangle: 33906 page views.

Copada, a new tangle: 40712 page views.

Cadent and then some: 41378 page views.

Gingham tangle instructions: 61,018 page views.

Aaand... the most read post over the past 9 years?
Paradox, and then some with 150,915 page views!!!

Tomorrow I'll be having an anniversary giveaway!!!
Come back then to enter for a chance to win one of nine, nine-pointed, tangled mandalas on a zendala tile.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

InkTober Tangles, week 2

Here are the tangled tiles I did for the second week of InkTober 2019.








Tuesday, October 8, 2019

InkTober Tangles, week 1

It's InkTober time again, and CZT Stephanie Jennifer has again graciously provided a list of tangle prompts to work with. Feel free to join the fun, whether you share your creations or not.
Here's what I've been up to this first week.








Thursday, September 26, 2019

Four more vessel tangles

Vessel tangles: tangles that offer empty spaces that you can fill to your heart's desire.
My original post presenting four favorite vessel tangles is here. I followed with another four tangles that can be delightfully filled with other tangles and that post is here. Today, here are four more, making a dozen.

From me, step-outs are here. Here it is in it's simplest form:
And here it is on two tiles with various fills:

From Molly Hollibaugh. Step-outs are here. Here it is in it's simplest form:
Here's a tile with Ing in stripes, with five different fills.
And here is my journal page from the Zentangle Project Pack #6 - Ing with a spiral fill (Maria's idea), fairly standard Ing, and Ing done along a zigzag line, black on one side, white on the other..

From Zentangle. Adele Bruno offers good step-outs here, although it's called Twile.
A little back story: Many seem to be using the name Twile lately. Zentangle came out with the pattern years ago but didn't publicize it. Recently, CZT Leslie Scott-Gillilan deconstructed it and called it Twile.
Here it is in its simplest form. The central squares can be left empty, or filled black (which looks more "empty"!)
And here's a tile with basic Stoic and three different fills.
Tangles: Beadlines, Stoic
From CZT Christina Vandervlist. Step-outs are here. Here it is in its simplest form:
And here's a tile with a few variations. You can shade one edge as I did on the right, or shade each strand as on the left.
If you want to use different patterns as on the right, remember that braids generally have three strands, so you want to put your pattern in every third section.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Art Terminology

For several years I wrote art-related articles for a local monthly newspaper. A number of readers found this one rather helpful. So even though most of you reading this blog are into art in one way or another, I thought I'd share it here, slightly edited.


Would you visit an art gallery if you knew what the heck they were talking about half the time? Here’s a beginner’s glossary to get you started.

The color spectrum is the whole band of visible color. A rainbow. A hue is the actual color name, like orange or blue. Most of us just say “color”.

If a color has white added to it, it‘s called a tint. ‘Pastel’ colors are all tints.  If a color has been darkened it is called a shade. A color’s value has to do with its lightness or darkness – its tinting or shading. Intensity refers to the color’s brightness.

The picture plane is the two-dimensional flat surface on which the image is placed.

Paintings and drawings are generally done on a flat surface. If artists want to imply depth or distance, they use perspective. Perspective can be created in a variety of ways. 

An early method of trying to imply depth of space was to place distant objects high on the picture plane, and nearby objects at the bottom, even though they were all the same size. Objects can be overlapped; objects behind are missing parts because they're blocked out by those in front. Near objects can be shown larger than distant ones and/or in greater detail. Distant objects can be depicted in muted or grayed colors. In school you may have learned about converging lines and a vanishing point.

Texture can have two similar meanings. It may refer to patterning or other visual aspects which give an implied texture to a flat surface. Or it may refer to actual tactile texture - one you could feel if you touched it.

Impasto is a particularly thick application of paint. It can be done with a brush, but often a palette knife is used. This creates one kind of texture.

A patina (pa-TEEN-a) is the surface appearance and texture of an object. It is usually acquired over time, through contact with elements in the air or soil or human hands. Copper roofs acquire a green patina called verdigris. Wooden handrails become exceptionally smooth, even glossy. It is possible now to speed up or duplicate these finishes to some extent. 

Hatching is shading using a series of fine parallel lines. When a second or third set of lines overlaps the first at a different angle, it is called cross-hatching.

Here’s a good one: chiaroscuro (kee-AR-o-SKOOR-o). It’s Italian. ‘Chiaro’ means clear; ‘oscuro’ means obscure. Mediterranean light is strong, and strong light produces deep shadows. In art, chiaroscuro means pronounced lighted and shaded areas, and using these to show the form of an object.

Collage comes from the French verb coller which means ‘to stick’ or ‘to glue’. Collage simply means gluing things onto the picture plane. An entire picture may be made this way, or only one or two elements may be collaged.

Abstract has become somewhat of a catch-all term for any art that looks sort of weird and “modern” and hard to identify. True abstract art - while it may be difficult to recognize even if you have a good look at it - is nonetheless inspired by, and derived from, recognizable objects. 

If the representation of real objects is completely absent it's called non-objective or non-representational. It is not an abstracted image, but springs entirely from the artist's imagination.

So choose a friend, choose a gallery, and throw a few words around. Have fun!

And because there are no pictures this time, I share this with you. I assumed it was done by an adult with some art training, but no. The artist is five or six years old, accessing her inner compositional genius without even thinking about it!  :)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Project Pack #6: Part 3

Here are more pages from the little journal included with Zentangle's Project Pack 6.
(For Part One, go here; for Part Two go here.)

DAY 8:
Maria shows embedded letters and the word 'love'. I chose to use 'for now', a phrase of some significance to me (see this blog post). I included a 'gem' and used clear Stardust ink on the letters, not part of the video lesson.

The pages used while following the video lessons are only about a third of the total booklet, so there's lots left to experiment on your own. Here are some of my pages.
Tangles: Huggins with Flux, Knightsbridge, Paisley Boa, Tipple
Tangles: Aquafleur with a bit of Tipple
Tangles: Fengle with Meer, Pearlz, Tamisolo, Tipple, Zonked
Tangles: Marasu with a hint of Aquafleur at the perimeter, Tipple, Auras