Thursday, June 20, 2019

About as Crazy as It Gets

This is especially for all you Crazy Huggins fans out there!

I had a piece of eco-dyed paper with 'spots' from eucalyptus leaves:
Here it has a few of the 'spots' outlined in brown ink.
I couldn't see any trees or houses or flowers in the marks. Lots of moons, maybe. I didn't have a clue what to do with it for a loooong time. Suddenly it struck me that Huggins has a lot of circles! No, wait. CRAZY Huggins!!!

I outlined most of the circles, deciding to sacrifice a few. These circles would need to be darker than the connecting curved bands. I thought about what tangles could be dark and would fit in a small circle, and which tangles would work in a long space.
I decided to include a gem for some 'pop'. I eliminated the pink at the top left. I made two screws á la Maria. In the end, there IS one moon! After a lot of shading, here is the finished work.
All the tangles:
Appease, Beadlines, Bilt, Bosch, Crescent Moon, Cubine, Drobbles, Emingle,
Fohbraid, Gewgle, Gneiss, Icantoo, Jonqal, Knightsbridge, Koril, Kuke,
Paradox, Pearlz, Snag, Tamisolo, Tipple, Zewm, Ziabolic, Zonked
Plus: Auras, triquetras, a Chinese coin, and striping with a twist
Here's a detail of one section.
And that, I think, is "About as Crazy as It Gets". :)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Slowly, slowly

This is one of those things that was supposed to be something else. But the something else didn't work and it became Something Else.
It was supposed to be patterns left by film wrap and paint but the paper didn't like that idea and it was just nondescript blotchiness with a lovely copper wash in a few places.

This page in my Book developed sloooowwly. I left it for a while as I was quite disappointed in the wash result. Then I noticed a few things at the edges and drew them.
From time to time I added a little more.
I'd noticed the small darker circle and triangle left of center and eventually decided to do something with them. I added a square for three shapes, and decided to use the three primary colors. Originally I was going to use some sparkly paper but yellow looked too gold so I found some leftover bits from other projects.
Tangles thus far: Bosch, Crescent Moon, Doodah, Paradox, Pearlz, Seljuk.
And in the colored squares: Finery and Prestwood
A little more...
Tangles added: Parabola, Tipple (sort of), Y-not (Etcher variation)
...and the finished page.
Tangles added: Icanthis
Or maybe not. I might add more.

Friday, June 7, 2019

'NZEPPEL, and then some

Tangles: Meringue, 'Nzeppel, Tipple and stripes
Possibly the main issue with 'Nzeppel is: Where do you put that darned apostrophe?!?!

The shapes created by this pattern look a bit poofy, especially when you add shading. Sort of like... a zeppelin airship! Take the "in" off the end of zeppelin and put it at the beginning and you get Inzeppel. In English when we eliminate a letter it gets replaced with an apostrophe (don't, isn't, they're, you're) so when we take away the 'I' and add an apostrophe it becomes... 'Nzeppel.
Image from the Puget Sound Airship Society website.
This is the LZ-126, the largest zeppelin yet. It was christened in November 1924 and was included in the list of active ships of the US Navy. It remained in active service until 1940 and was the most reliable American airship ever. It made 331 flights and accumulated 5,368 hours of flight time.

Zentangle's drawing instructions for the original 'Nzeppel can be found in this newsletter.
Drawing instructions for the 'random lines' variation can be found in this newsletter.

'Nzeppel in its original form leaves all the little stars showing at the intersections. A key factor when drawing the rounded shapes is to draw the entire shape. It's tempting to simply round the corners and be done, but speed is not a goal of zentangle. Take your time and draw all around. This means you'll be drawing over lines two times. You can see the effect in the tile below; note how the lines of the stars in the intersections are thinner than the lines connecting them. I'm including a detail shot too.
Tangles: Florz, 'Zeppel, Seljuk

A simple variation is to fill the intersections black, as on the right on the tile below.
Tangles: Beadlines, 'Nzeppel, and Pearlz,
plus Auras, Perfs, and Rounding
Try drawing 'Nzeppel larger and add some fills.
In the tile below you can see:
  1. repeating Auras
  2. one Aura and Crescent Moon
  3. similar to the tangle Gewgle
  4. a wide Aura, then filled black
  5. floating Black Pearlz

For an interesting different effect, draw the grid lines in pencil instead of pen. Then draw the shapes, leaving a space between all the lines. When you trace around the shapes, tracing over most of the pencil lines, rather than inside them all, helps hide the pencil marks.

Cockles'n'Mussels is a tangle I developed based on random 'Nzeppel. The shapes are filled with lines that cause them to resemble shells: cockles, mussels, and clams.

Do a large version of 'Nzeppel and, using the original square grid pattern, fill the sections á la Knightsbridge.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, "Nzeppel, Tipple
Forget any sort of grid and just use the string you have, draw 'Nzeppel's X-lines through it, and go with the flow. Here's a string I drew and the tile that resulted. I added a few lines as needed.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Beadlines, Fleurette variation, 'Nzeppel
Go and have a different kind of flying experience with 'Nzeppel!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mandala page in my Book

Having focused on mandalas for over a decade, I had to include a mandala in my (non-journal, non-sketch) Book.

When I began I hadn't intended it to look quite so Tibetan Buddhist. But the page is rectangular not square and four circles showed up in the corners. Then the four colors crept in, and lotus petals and four gates, and it just kept on.
I included some metallic and sparkle inks that don't show in the photo. I think my favorite part is the background, the Crescent Moon in triangles with multi-toned blue. I'm not sure how I feel about all the white spaces I left, but it's finished.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vessel tangles

There are tangles that I think of as vessel tangles: tangles that are quite simple and essentially empty, allowing you to fill the spaces in any interesting manner you want. The tangle can be a vessel for a lot more.

It helps to do the basic tangle larger than usual. Here are four of my favorite vessel tangles - alphabetically, showing no favoritism!

From Rick Roberts. Find step-outs here. Here's Assunta in its simplest form:
And here it is with two different fills:
Tangles: Assunta, Cubine, DooDah, Seljuk 

From Cyndi Knapp. Find step-outs here. Here's Bekk in its simplest form:
 And here it is with various fills:
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Bekk
From Jennifer Hohensteiner. Find step-outs here. Here's Exis in its simplest form:
And here it is with various fills:
Tangles: Exis, Knase, Zonked
From Staub Korn. Find step-outs here (wait for it). Here's Pico in its simplest form:
And here it is with two different fills:
Tangles: Bosch, Crescent Moon, Knightspeak, Paradox, Pico
Do you have vessel tangles you like to fill with other things? What are they?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Cartouche (pronounced car-toosh) is an old term for decorating around something that's the main focus. Often that's a photo, but it could be a piece of memorabilia, or whatever you want to draw attention to. Zentangle recently  offered Project Pack #05, all about cartouches (still pronounced car-toosh). You provide your own 'focus items' but the other supplies are provided in the kit.

I had done a page in my Book using old photos and decided to do another using this 'cartouche' technique. I chose three from my old-photos-to-use-in-artwork file. They all feature me in 1961!

Here I am at a tea party, a birthday party fashion show, and selling Kool-Aid at a sidewalk stand with two friends.
I included everyone's names and the dates (thanks to my mum for penciling that on the backs!). I also did an "embedded" 7 because that's how old I was that year. I admit, I overdid it a bit with the cartouche-ing!

Here's a close-up of my birthday party fashion show. I'm at the back right, in white.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Notanical page in my Book

In my non-journal, non-sketchbook I wanted to include a notan-inspired page but didn't want tape on the backside. I penciled some dividing lines and used black acrylic paint, watered down, to paint alternating sections.

Notanical is a word I came up with to describe a notan-type beginning tangled with botanical images. See my original post about notanicals here. In my Book, here's the page I began with.

And here it is, appropriately gussied up: