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Black Hills Majesty, Part 1

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It’s been over 2 months since my trip to South Dakota in May and it still feels like yesterday when we were exploring those majestic Black Hills.

My husband and I traversed three states and close to 1,000 miles to experience the beauty of South Dakota’s most alluring area. Clean air, fresh pines surrounded our little cabin in Keystone, SD. We explored the hills to our hearts content and relaxed our evenings away enjoying stunning sunsets and beheld the eerie mists that rolled through the pines at night.

Our tour of the area included kayaking on Sylvan Lake, taking the wildlife loop through Custer State Park and driving through the wondrous Badlands. It was a trip I will never forget.

Our trip incorporated plenty of down-time where I could take a moment or two to draw or knit. I ended up knitting two sets of socks and three tangled tiles. Here are some photographic highlights taken during the course of the trip:

Stayed tuned tomorrow as I unveil day two’s tile with more commentary and photos of our adventure through South Dakota!

Tangles Used: Flux, Betweed, Tat, Fescu

 

 

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Day Thirty Five, Creation Thirty Five

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What an awesome Zendala challenge this was! The last two Zendala creations focused on two very different template styles. The first one had an organic style and the second one was very geometric in nature. Today’s creation  incorporated both organic curves and geometric shapes for one awesome combination.

To start this tile, I knew I wanted to use color, so I brought out my relatively new Gelly Roll Sakura pens and started tangling away. I began with a favorite tangle call Isochor and added Tipple to the smaller open areas. I then used my absolute favorite tangle Betweed for the center area. For shading I used my Derwent Inktense pencils and added water to each area to awaken the ink.

The colors I choose was in hopes that spring is around the corner and that this perpetual winter will soon end. I encourage you to create your own creation in honor of spring. Together we will put an end to winter! YAH!

Until next post…

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Day Thirty Two, Creation Thirty Two

imageOh what fun today’s creation was! Today’s challenge was to take a familiar shape and break some boundaries! I decided for this tile that I would use a cute little bird shape. Once that was decided, I filled in my bird with all sorts of tangles: “Tagh”, “Tat”, “Finery”, “Betweed”, “Nekton”, “Sedgling”, “Fesu”, “ “NZeppel”, “Shattuck”, and “Eke”.  To have my bird break some boundaries, I added a simple crisscrossing border around the edges. For some finishing touches, I added spring-like tangles like Sedgling, Fescu, and Tat. Shading was a must for this creation since it added so much depth and character to my little bird.

 

I really loved how this tile came out and so did my husband when I showed it to him. He even asked if I could give it to him, but I not sure that I want to yet. I think I am going to hang onto it for a while first J

 

Now here’s a little challenge, since I used so many tangles in this tile, try to find where I used all of them! Have fun…

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Day Thirty, Creation Thirty

The day has finally arrived. Today I will be posting my very first tangle I ever created! Without further ado…I would like to introduce my new tangle called “Lazy Eights”!

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This fun new tangle was inspired by my One Zentangle a Day, Day Thirty challenge. For this day, I was asked to use my practice journal and start doodling different patterns and designs to come up with a new tangle. After a couple of weeks and several attempts, I finally came up with one that I am proud to call my own. By the way, I did research prior to posting this that my tangle does not duplicate any existing tangles already created that I am aware of. With that said, with all the numerous sites and creative tanglers out on the web, there is always a chance that someone else came up with a similar tangle. Please feel free to gently burst my bubble if you are aware of a similar tangle.

How did I go about creating this tangle you ask?

Lazy Eights is a very simple tangle that uses a simple figure eight drawn line repeated in two directions; one vertical and one horizontal. Doing this creates a little flower-like bloom. Lines are drawn from the center outward as an added flair to each of the open petals. As a final touch I added a dot in the center of each bloom to complete the look of a flower. Once you complete one bloom, you just simply keep repeating the Lazy Eights pattern to fill in the empty spaces. As you can see you can create very small blooms to very big blooms which gives a nice variation to this tangle. As the name implies I was inspired to create this tangle using the most basic number I learned as a child – the number eight! Hope you enjoy using this new tangle as much as I do.

Here is my day thirty creation that features my new tangle Lazy Eights! Accompanying my new tangle are some old favorites; Betweed and Tipple.

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The tile background was created using a watercolor wash using yellow and greens. After the tile completely dried, I added my string and started filling in the spaces with my chosen tangles.

For the shadows I used a deep-green Derwent Inktense pencil followed by a light water brush to awaken the ink. I really ended up liking my new tangle a lot and look forward to using it again in future tiles. If you like this pattern as much as I do and would like to download the pattern card, please follow this link Lazy Eights Tangle Pattern which will take you to a new section of my site were I will begin posting any new patterns I create.

Thanks for waiting patiently while I worked on creating this tangle. Hope it was worth the wait!

Until next post…

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Day Twenty One, Creation Twenty One

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Yeah! This was a fun couple of tangles to practice with and combine them into one tile. The tangle you see the most is a tangle I absolutely love called “Betweed”. I fell in love with this particular tangle when I first was introduced to the art form of Zentangle. Founder and creator, Maria Thomas, has a wonderful video on how to draw this tangle:

See how beautifully each line drawn comes together to form a wonderful woven pattern? This tangle truly lets you get into the Zentangle zone and it works up so fast!

The second featured tangle I learned from this day was called Rick’s “Paradox”. This fantastic tangle was created by fellow Zentangle founder and artist Rick Roberts. This particular tangle uses squares (or triangles variation) that slightly shifts inward as you move the tile around. This pattern creates a wonderful spiraling effect that creates depth. Instructions on how to draw Paradox can be found on the official Zentangle blog archives here.

Together I think these two tangles work harmoniously together to create something magical. To add to the mystic of these tangles I added three favorites to compliment Betweed and Paradox which include Tipple, Squid and Fescu. I hope you enjoy these tangles as much as I do.

Until next time…