Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quaran-tangling project

(I'd love to claim credit for that term, but I heard it from someone else!)
My husband remarked, near the beginning of this global adventure, "Well, that won't be hard. We self-quarantine a lot of the time anyway." Not because we're sick but because we work at home.
One project I undertook while being confined to quarters was to make a new breeze-catching disk for our
The original colored glass disk had broken years ago and I'd been using a small burned-wood disk provided by a friend. But it's never been large enough and at this point was looking VERY sad, so I took two zendalas that seemed to go together, some double-thickness mat board, glue, an eye screw, and more, and created a new disk.

Here is the old disk and the new one, and both sides of the new disk. It DOES catch the breezes a lot better!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

"Ye Are The Stars" process

I recently purchased a stencil called Alhambra (from Marieke on Etsy) and used it to create "Ye Are the Stars" on an eco-dyed Opus tile.

Here is the paper as it came out of the dye-bath. I intended to retain more of these colors, but that's not what developed.
I didn't want simply a pattern with designs, so I searched to see if there was a 'star moth' or 'star butterfly' I could incorporate. Lo and behold! There's a Pink Star Moth, native to the southeastern coast of North America! I found pictures and did one in colored pencil.
Fairly far into the drawing I decided there were just too many patterns going on; I liked them, but they weren't contributing to the look I wanted. Here are two details:
I didn't like the Ragz on the left or the five different corner sections on the right.
I had to change them. With high quality art paper (like the Tiepolo of Zentangle and Opus tiles), if I'm very careful I can peel off a top layer of the paper and begin almost fresh. I got out my scalpel, tweezers, and bone folder and got back to drawing.
(See further down for "How to peel paper".)

I re-tangled all those sections, opting for Tidings all over, and am much happier with the corners now. There is gold ink in each of the nine 8-pointed stars.

Here is the finished artwork.

First, I lightly cut around the edge of the section I want to remove - more like scoring than cutting. I absolutely don't cut all the way through! Then, I loosen a corner or two with the knife point...
... and use tweezers to peel off the top layer. It never goes neatly! I always have to pick off more edges and peel more. But eventually I get it all off, leaving a rather fuzzy section of paper.
Then I use the bone folder to really smooth it down. A thumbnail works well, too.

"Ye are the stars" comes from this quotation from the Baha'i sacred writings:
"O friends! Be not careless of the virtues with which ye have been endowed, neither be neglectful of your high destiny. Suffer not your labors to be wasted through the vain imaginations which certain hearts have devised. Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding, the breeze that stirreth at the break of day, the soft-flowing waters upon which must depend the very life of all men, the letters inscribed upon His sacred scroll."

Monday, March 9, 2020

Zentangle's Project Pack #08

There's always something new coming out of ZTHQ! I quite enjoy these project packs and I always learn something (usually several somethings). This particular pack introduces five of Sakura's new Moonlight pens, with lovely opaque ink.

On a black Apprentice tile, Munchin with orbs.

A black Apprentice tile and a white 3Z tile, with a little trick!
Tangles: Hollibaugh, Tripoli, Well, plus dots
On a white 3Z tile, we made little "jellyfish" starting with Tripoli's triangles, then shaded.

On a white, pre-strung zendala tile, we filled the spaces with three tangles.
Tangles: Bunzo, Printemps, and Knightsbridge
On a black, pre-strung zendala tile, we filled the spaces randomly with six particular tangles, then added graphite shading and white chalk highlights.

We divided a white, pre-strung zendala tile in half using Mi2, then filled one half in black and white, the other half in  color.
Tnangles: Knightsbridge, Mi3, Shattuck
On a black Apprentice tile we created some large-petaled flowers and filled the petals many different ways, then added leaves and more.

These are my first two of six Renaissance 3Z tiles which will all have similar tangling.
Tangles: Well, and lots of Auras

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sock hanger > comb > elephant

My 21-month-old granddaughter has a box of treasures, fun little things that interest a child that age: pretty ribbons, a chestnut, a gold mylar star, a ping pong ball, and so on.

One item is this plastic thing that originally held socks in a store. To her, it looks like a comb. I thought it looked like an elephant and traced it onto a zentangle tile to develop later.

I immediately saw almost-Marasu in the trunk and Romanancy through the body; both are stripey and should work well together. I did a gray wash in the background.

Here's the finished elephant. It was fun!
Tangles: Icantoo, Marasu, Paizel, Pearlz, Romanancy,
Tidings, Zonked, and a Black Pearl(z)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

ValenTangle 2020

For the fifth year Dutch CZT Marguerite Samama presents ValenTangle, a two-week "challenge" incorporating hearts from February 1-14.  She writes,
"For me, ValenTangle has truly become a mid-winter blessing. I believe it is important to actively nurture joy, playfulness and connection. To me it is vital to experience and express gratitude. ValenTangle has little to do with romantic love. I see it as an act of self care."
This is the first year I'm participating and I didn't get every day done, but here's what I managed.

February 1 - Use Marguerite's own new tangle V&A. It makes a lovely border.

February 2 - Use the tangle Trinity from Stephanie Kiefhaber (essentially a triquetra) and incorporate hearts. I used a tan tile that had three orbs in Twink paints.
Tangles: DooDah, Pepperish, Skye, Trinity 
February 3 - Use a heart variation of the tangle Minstrel from Hannah Geddes, a variation of Demi from Geneviève Crabe.

February 4 - Work with triangles in a hexagon.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Gneiss, Opus, Tipple
 February 5 - Incorporate hearts into the tangle Starsky from Sue Schneider.
Tangles: Pearlz, Starsky, Zonked
February 6 - A mosaic using a geometric string provided by Marguerite.

February 8 - Choose a tangle that's new to you, and incorporate hearts. I chose Moonwaves by Jenna Black. I'd done it one time previously, but it's still new to me. I'm calling this one "love volcano"!
Tangles: Krli-Qs, Moonwaves, Striping (sort of)
February 12 - Use the tangle Kahla from Anna Gabrovec, and incorporate hearts. I found the spacing of this tangle tricky, but I really like its Celtic look.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Kahla, Skye
February 13 - Revisit the string from day 2, but on a larger tile, and with curved/angled lines from the central orb.

A very HAPPY HEARTS DAY to you all!

Friday, January 31, 2020

More pages in my Book

Here are more recent pages from my not-a-sketchbook/not-a-journal where I seem to have been very into stripes!

I had an interesting page with random, black brush strokes. There was a white space in the middle that seemed ideal for my Striping, with a Twist. I also added very thin lines in a few peripheral sections to define them a little more. (I love this page!)

Recently I've had fun with Sakura's Moonlight pens, fluorescent inks that look great on black paper, or under black light. They're not as effective here, probably because there's some white background, but even so I find them a nice opaque ink to use on a dark surface.
I decided to use only my own tangles on this page, although Tipple and Printemps crept in!
Tangles, top to bottom: Zedbra, Seljuk, Dutch Hourglass, Skye, Copada, Chebucto,
Many Moons, Prestwood (variation), and  Lotus Pods. Plus Black Pearlz.
I have a lovely Oriental-style brush pen that has an ink cartridge. I've always loved how a line can go from hairline thin to luscious thick and back again. I did some lines across a page and developed it. It's a bit reminiscent of Diva Dance.

This next page is opposite the previous one shown, so there's an interesting play of black-and-white with primary colors.
Tangles: Bunzo, Coaster, Crescent Moon, Oaura, Paisley Boa, Prestwood, Thumbprintz, Tipple, Unyun