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.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Spundalaz, an attempt

I don't have a paint-spinner gadget, but I do have a small, plastic lazy susan in the kitchen cupboard. I decided to see if it would work to spin paint as the first step in creating spundalaz (brainchild of CZT Chris Titus).

Here's my set-up: a zendala tile with a bit of white sticky-tack in the middle of a lazy susan from the kitchen, inside a cheap square platter from the Dollar Store. I thought I'd better put the spinner in a box of some sort. I didn't want paint flying everywhere.
I need not have been concerned. There was no way I could spin that sucker fast enough to get the paint to spin and spread. Plus, it kept wandering around the square platter. So I spritzed the tile with water and held a wood skewer lightly against the paper to make the paint spread in circles.

No mistakes right? Just opportunities. It's a good life motto.

These are the five zendala tiles I got as a result. Four are white and one is tan (lower right; it looks much darker than it really is).

So, let's see what becomes of these. Come back tomorrow for the results!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cadent squared follow-up

I've been seeing some wonderful work inspired by my recent post Cadent squared, a simple tangleation of Cadent that creates lots of wonderful variations.

Here's a page from Anita Westin's Tangle-a-Day calendar showing the original curvy Cadent and a number of Cadent squared variations.
If the pattern is drawn large enough, the sections can be Aura'd inside, and another tangle drawn there. Here is an example from Jani Romero, a student of CZT Jan Brandt.
Marguerite Samama, a CZT in the Netherlands, sent me a picture of something she did using triangles for Cadent instead of squares. She's used circles for the initial points of reference and then done the connecting lines with a jog in them, as I showed in my earlier post. Quite a different look!

Here are some different variations from Tomàs Padrós, a tangler in Spain. Going from more detail in the center to less at the perimeter makes a very interesting tile.

I had a few more tries in my Tangle-a-Day calendar.


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.