Monday, April 19, 2021

Zentangle's Project Pack #13

Transitions...   water-soluable graphite...   clear Glaze ink...   resists...   

DAY ONEI liked Maria's results in the demonstrated tile, but mine looked dull and dark. So I did two others, 'inspired by'.



DAY TWO - A 3D look using a particular fragment and clear Glaze ink resist.

DAY THREE - I couldn't help but see a sunflower as this progressed. Then, of course, I had to try one in color. I like the black-and-white one better!


I had two Phi tiles with hibiscus teabag stains. One looked liked another sunflower, the other looked rose-like.


DAY FOUR - Crazy Cadent with clear Glaze resist and graphite wash. I did gathered corners in some of my Cadent.

DAY FIVE - Using the Glaze pen in sections of Aquafleur, and the water-soluable graphite elsewhere. I tried another one - 'inspired by' - on a tan, hibiscus-teabag-stained tile.

DAY SIX - Mooka transitioning to Springkle transitioning to Bunzo, beginning with a graphite wash of lines.

DAY SEVEN - Ing in thick lines of clear Glaze, then washed in graphite. Rick went in an interesting direction, "erasing" micron lines from the Glaze, but I had seen another direction, and wanted to try nestling rows of Ing.

DAY EIGHT - Lots of possibilities shown for using the water-soluable graphite to create strings from which to be inspired! Here are some of my results:

A slightly-curvy square grid became Cubine and Dex and a few Pearlz.

A dripped orb became Arukas and Within with hints of a tangle whose name I can't recall!

A spiral string filled with the spiral tangle Ohana.

A series of wet graphite rows called for Romanancy, and a row of Rayga. 


A partial orb with drips got turned upside down to make different drips.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Leaky pen borders

Stop! Don't throw out that leaky pen!
You can use it to make interesting borders...

Below is the first tile I ever did with a leaky pen border.

And here's one with twisted Striping and Knightsbridge.

It's a simple matter of rolling the leaky end around over the edge of the tile. You need to be a little cautious so you don't get ink all over your fingers! Here is my first video (!!!) to show you how I go about it. (I couldn't see the camera, and the sound was on, so you can hear my husband giving me instructions!)


Below are a couple of photos showing the border in process, and what it looked like when finished. This is on eco-dyed paper.

Here is the result of the tile in the video.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Doodah, Knase,
Knightsbridge, Snail 

"Window on the Woods"
(c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Pearlz, Seljuk, Wud

I really like using Seljuk as a border with the leaky pen.
It nicely accommodates some of the blotches and irregularity. 
"The Door's Always Open"
(c)2017 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Crezn't, Floo, Paradox, Pearlz,
Sanibelle, Seljuk, Tagh

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tinted graphite - February's SketchBox

I've subscribed to SketchBox art supplies for six months and the February box was about graphite and tinted graphite. It's water-soluable, so it can look a bit like watercolor.

The supplies that came in February's box.

I started with some random, pale gray lines, thinking I might do a set of houses as I've done often in the past. However, three mountains appeared instead. This is 4"x6".

How it began

How it ended

I have a set of French curves and used some "as is" to create curvy sections, colored with the tinted graphite, added water, then tangled on top. This is also 4"x6".

Tangles: Black Pearlz, KrliQs, Peppering, Wunderwall

I used tinted graphite, micron pens, and colored pencil to create the piece below on beige tinted paper, again 6"x4.

Tangles: Icantoo, Paizel, Pearlz

I like the tinted graphite better than I expected. I like using water with it, and it offers muted colors, which sometimes is what you want.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

It's Pi Day again!

Pi Day, March 14

Here's some pie! 😄

In my original post, here, I disclose all the ingredients. Yum!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Off-center, but not off-balance

Instruction in art composition always says not to put the center of interest smack dab in the middle. This makes it static, boring, dull. The only case I can think of where this is not true is a mandala.
Today I'll show you some Zentangle tiles that are off-center, a bit wonky, and yet... wonderful!

Tangles: Beadlines, Finery, Paradox, Tipple
In the tile above the main 'square' is off-center but balanced by the 'beads' at the lower left. The empty oval is quite striking and I realized, looking at it just now, that somewhere in that empty oval is a phi intersection of the square. Cool! 

In the tile below, the main drawing is fairly centered, however, the Beadlines and Black Pearlz at the left throw it off. That was part of the string I had drawn, not a brilliant idea I had.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Knase, Munchin, Paradox, Pearlz

Again, the string I had drawn went off the page, below. This frequently happens when I draw a string 'blind', that is, with my eyes closed.

Tangles: Huggins, Pearlz, Tipple

The string below almost went off the page, but not quite.

Tangles: Beadlines, Firecracker, Knightsbridge,
Krli-Qs, and a Black Pearl 

This gray zendala was done for a Full Moon Mosaic, a Zentangle challenge from Hanny Nura on Instagram. We were to use three concentric circles and the tangle Tamisolo. It struck me that "concentric" didn't have to mean "centered" so I offset the concentric circles to a phi intersection on the tile.

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Icantoo, Mika, Tamisolo

Besides being interestingly off-center, the tile below is also very minimal. A zentangle drawing can be quite simple!
Tangles: Beadlines, Pearlz, Seljuk

Sometimes off-center just occurs as one of those happy accidents, but one way to make it happen is to center your drawing around a phi intersection. You can download Zentangle's "Markus Operandus II" for free here; you can use it to find phi proportions on zentangle tiles.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Forgotten Places

Last November I participated in an online workshop given by Deb Prewitt that she calls Forgotten Places. I find random markings to be wonderful inspiration and have been looking to try other methods to create artwork 'starts'.

We began by consciously creating ugly things using watercolor, fluid acrylic, drips, spatters, and more. The uglier the better said Deb! Here's what I ended up with.


The first piece I finished - immediately following the class - is the one below. I was recalling the New York city subways when we were there for our youngest daughter's graduation from NYU.
Oddly, the photo I recalled that inspired this is completely different!


I was rather taken with Cherryl Moote's new tangle Morrisseau, so I did that on the next ugly start. 


The ugly start below called to mind mountains in the upper left, and windblown pink flowers in the foreground, so I developed that idea.

How "Windy Valley" began
"Windy Valley" completed


Crusade is a square grid tangle that I quite like, so I developed it on the next ugly start that already had a few gridlines on it.

The ugly beginning.
(In this photo the paper is really crooked!)

Art finished!

More to come, for sure!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Project Pack 12 follow-up

My Project Pack #12 all-in-one recap tile.

As always with Zentangle's project packs there are one or two of the projects that really strike my fancy and I want to explore more. This time it was Day 3's Well... with a twist... and extra lines.

I did one very regular and formal, on an eco-dyed tile. I think it looks like some kind of medallion.

Then I did a wonky, irregular one on a tile stained with a hibiscus teabag. I think I like it better. 😊

I knew it would be interesting in a group and I'd like to explore this possibility more.

This went a little haywire in the center.

Quite some time ago Chris Titus sent me a few tiles she had eco-dyed. I'd added a bit of gold wash to this one, but it stayed around until now. It was just so lovely and I couldn't decide what to do with it. I had thought I'd round all the corners and do Well in every square, but I didn't want to lose all the lovely texture of the eco-dyeing. I think it has a stained glass window look to it.

1) Chris's tile with a few lines. 2) My finished tile. 3) At a slant trying to show the gold better.

A final tile, with some texture from a glue spiral and gold wash.