Sunday, December 17, 2017

ZIA Ideas: Coniferous trees

Coniferous trees. Evergreens. Conifers. Triangles.
"Winter Conifers" (c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles in the trees: Flux (two varieties), Opus, Sanibelle, Tipple
Living where I do - in the middle of the Canadian prairies - I see lots of coniferous trees. They offer greenery in the winter, and often show up in my zentangle-inspired artwork.

Here are some tangles that may give you thoughts of

I can't let this post go by without sharing 
Carole Ohl's spectacular Christmas tree using AQUAFLEUR.
Step-outs at this link.

FEATHERFALL (from CZT Carole Ohl)
Find the step-outs at this link.
"Blue Spruce" (c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Featherfall, Tidings

FLUX - either version (from Zentangle)
Find the step-outs at this link
See examples of Flux in the first tile, Rick's version on the left and Maria's on the right.

NARWAL (from CZT Sam Taylor)
Find the step-outs in a video at this link.
"Night Knoll" (c) 2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Hurakán, Narwal, Prestwood, Printemps

PRESTWOOD (from CZT Margaret Bremner)
Find the step-outs at this link.
There is another example of Prestwood in the tile above, using Prestwood as a single, long line.
Tangles: Afterglo, Diva Dance, Morse, Prestwood

SANIBELLE (from CZT Tricia Faraone)
For an evergreen tree, draw it "upside down". Find the step-outs at this link.
Here is a Christmas card using Sanibelle on a 3Z tile. We added tiny colored gems for balls or lights.

Other tangles with great possibilities are...

VERDIGOGH (from Maria Thomas at Zentangle)
Inspired by evergreen needles. Find the step-outs at this link.
OPUS (from Maria Thomas at Zentangle) - step-outs at this link.

Tangles composed of triangles such as...
 TRIPOLI - step-outs at this link.
TRIFLE - step-outs at this link.
FASSETT  - step-outs at this link.

This is certainly not a definitive list. Put almost any tangle in a tall triangle shape and in the right context it could be an evergreen tree. See the example of Prestwood above. :)
Experiment. Enjoy!


  1. FABULOUS!!!!!! I am already making plans for next year's Christmas cards! Thanks for giving me p-l-e-n-t-y of time to practice!

    1. Haha! I was thinking it might be late for many people, but you're right, it's just sufficiently early! :)

  2. Wonderful trees!! Thank you for including the tangle links too :-) Merry Christmas Margaret!

  3. Great post. I think your Trifle tangle would work well for very graphic abstract looking trees too!

    1. Yes it would! Thanks for that idea. I'll have to give it a try. And I'll add it to the suggestions at the end.

  4. What a wonderful idea. Thank you.

  5. All lovely ideas but I like your winterforest the most, absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Margaret for your inspiring work and I wish you the best for 2018! Greetings from Belgium

  6. Outstandingly beautiful.....Will be great fun to play w/these throughout the year. Blessings from CA.