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Black Hills Majesty, Part 2

 

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As promised, I am continuing from my last blog post which regale’s the time we spent in South Dakota this past May.

Harney's Peak
Harney’s Peak

Our trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota was extremely memorable. On my husband’s birthday, we climbed to the top of the highest peaks in the hills known has Harney Peak.

Harney’s Peak entails 7 miles round-trip of gorgeous trails with stunning vistas and furry creatures of all sorts. The peak stands at 7,242 in elevation with a structure built at the top of the summit where you can witness the glory of the hills for miles on end.

During the first half of our trip the weather was quite cool and rainy. There was even point in time during our hike we experienced raw nature as it hailed on us! There is nothing like bolting down a trail through rain and hail – let me tell you!

Another part of our trip included winding roads through the hills and forests where you can see many unique rock formations and man-made ones like Mount Rushmore. One of our most treasured National monuments is certainly something to behold as the sun rises over the hills in the morning; simply breath-taking!

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore

Unfortunately,our trip wasn’t all fun and games though.

As the days began to heat up, a most un-welcomed surprise waited for us back at the cabin – bees! We swatted and ran around our cabin like crazy people. The bees apparently just loved us city-folk, they just wouldn’t leave us alone. Our cabin neighbors must have laughed at our silliness as we ran in and out of our cabin waving our hands above our heads. What a sight we must have made!

We eventually managed to get things under control where we could somewhat relax through the evening. To calm down from the bee invasion, I managed to create another Zentangle tile. Upon reflection, I think the bees had an influence on what tangles I chose for my drawing that day. There definitely seems to be a buzz-like theme to my tile – what do you think?

Well, this concludes part 2 of my South Dakota Trip. Stay tuned once again tomorrow as I unveil the last leg of our trip.

Until next post…

Tangles Used: Crescent Moon Variation, Yincut, Knightsbridge, Beeline, Florz, and Rain.

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Day Forty One, Creation Forty One

imageOne more day to go and I will be finished at last with my One Zentangle a Day challenge!

Today’s task asked to incorporate traditional folk symbols and use them as tangles.  I gave this challenge a lot of thought and research (hence the delay in posting this challenge) and decided that I would honor my Native American Heritage by selecting traditional Native American symbols into my tile.

With all the recent loss that I experienced this past year, I choose symbols that represented the Native American view of our life cycle. Life, Death, Wind, Passage of Time and the Great Spirit. To complement this tile I found a Native American quote that spoke to my heart and expresses how I am coping with my recent losses:

“The wind that gave me my first breath gave me my last sigh…”

They symbols I chose to represent this quote perfectly. I picked some basic tangles like Tipple and Florz to fill in the tile without taking anything away from the Native American symbols.

The tile itself was treated to a sepia watercolor wash to give it an old rustic feeling. I mixed both black and sepia toned ink for the symbols and tangles to bring both contrast and beauty to the tile.

Overall this was an emotional tile for me to create and hope you like the final result.

Until next post…

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Day Thirty One, Creation Thirty One

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Faux Illuminated Letters was the theme for today`s challenge.  The “faux” part of these illluminated tiles is that I didn`t use real gold just a gold pen…

Anyway, I really loved using letters as outlines that I decided to make two tangles! The first tile created was on black paper using opaque Gellyroll  pens from Sakura. Using white and gold pens together in this tile is what makes this creation POP!

The tangles I used for this tile is my new favorite original tangle “Lazy Eights”, and other two favorites “Scoodle” and “Florz”. For some finishing touches, I used my lovely white soapstone purchased from Zentangle.com for shading and added lowlights of brown pastel here and there.

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On my second tile, I switched gears entirely and used a traditional white tile with black pen. Similar to the first tile, I absolutely love the combination of the black and gold pens! Don’t be too surprised if you see this combination of pens in the future.

This white tile features “Nipa”, “Chillon” and “Meer” tangle patterns. To finish this tile, I used graphite to shade in select areas to give this tile some dimension.

Even though I didn’t learn any new tangles or particular techniques, I did learn to enjoy the process of selecting each letter and deciding which tangle to use in each area. As always, I find using the Zentangle method very relaxng and rewarding. If you have a chance to draw this week, I encourage you to take out your pens and have a little fun and relaxation – you deserve it!

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Day Nineteen, Creation Nineteen

Squares, diamonds and triangles- oh my! Geometric grid patterns was the theme for today’s tangled tile. As a child I always loved working with basic shapes. Later in life in college, I had a knack for breaking down complex imagery to basic shapes and patterns to create an abstract version of a drawing. I remember I had to do this as a part of an assignment and loved the result of decomposing a picture to the most simplest of structures. It definitely helped me “see” as an artist sees the world around them. As an artist, more often than not, the world is not as complex as we might see it at first but just need to change how we view it.

For this tile, I decided I would compliment these patterns by using layered square shapes as my string and filled each square with the recommended tangles for this day.  I really liked using the tangle called “Rain” which is the pattern that sits outside of the square strings that has triangles along a single line. The other new two tangles I learned relied on using a grid-style method and well-place shading to give each area dimension. The pattern that has a recessed diamond pattern is called “Cubine” and the blocky diamond tangle that seems to come forward off the tile is called “Beeline”.  To finish the tile, I also decided to bring back two other favorite tangles- Knightsbridge and Florz.

Overall, I loved working on this tile and was a nice reprieve from Day Eighteen which I struggled through.

Enjoy!

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My niece’s first Zentangle tile! I’m so proud!

Well, you might be wondering were I have been all weekend. To put it simply- having fun! Saturday was a rainy wet day in the Chicagoland area, but my husband and I made the best of the day by working out the details for our upcoming Star Wars themed party and hitting a couple of coffee shops along the way.

Sunday we picked up our nieces for a fun filled day of swimming, movies, s’mores and more! We all had a blast just doing simple things and having good quality time together. Our nieces spent the night only to wake up the next morning to blueberry pancakes courtesy of my husband (go ahead and say it- we are so spoiled!). Before we left our abode to Grandma’s Labor Day get together, I had a impromptu Zentangle lesson with our second oldest niece Sam.

Sam had been watching her aunt do Zentangle for a long while and really wanted to learn. So off to the art room we went to pull out my original Zentangle kit. I thought it would be fun to watch the first lesson on the DVD that came with my kit. Who better to teach my niece the fine art of Zentangle but none other than one of the founders of Zentangle, Maria Thomas!

We took our time and went through each step of creating a tile, pausing the DVD along the way so we can keep up. I am so proud of what my niece accomplished in a short period of time. She drew her string and went through each step, filling in each area with each newly learned tangle. The tangles we learned together was “Crescent Moon”, “Tipple”, “Static”, and “Florz”. To finish her tile, she carefully shaded each section using a blending stump with some tips from her aunt. Together we worked out how her artist initials would look in order to “sign” her work. Of coarse, we took the time to reflect upon what she did and was really happy with the results.

I love that my niece not only took interest in Zentangle, but wanted to learn more about this art form. It proves that this art form is accessible to anyone at any age. I hope you take a moment to comment on my nieces first Zentangle tile to let her know how wonderful her first tile came out.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post!

Denielle Noe, the aunt to Samantha Neely, today’s guest artist!

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Day Thirteen, Creation Thirteen

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Sorry for my little hiatus everyone. What can I say? A music event of epic proportions took over my life the entire weekend. What is this awesome music festival you ask? Lollapalooza! Lollapalooza is a fantastic musical event where over 70 bands perform for three days in Chicago. Great bands, rock ‘in music and all-around fun equals little time for posting.

However, I did manage to still journal and continue my daily Zentangle tile quest during the time spent listening to Lolla’s inspiring music.

Day 13 entailed a unique challenge of using “deconstructing” and “morphing” techniques within the same tile. Deconstructing simple means that after starting a pattern, you begin to fragment the form; making it appear to fall apart. The deconstruction of a pattern allows for an additional technique of morphing to be used. Morphing is just starting with one pattern and having it subtly change or shift into another similar or complimentary pattern.

Using both of these techniques together helps draw in the viewer and move the eye around the tile. I will say that I am not sure if I was entirely successful in combining both techniques, but I did find that these added a new way for me to combine patterns and think about how patterns can work together.

This piece utilized one new tangle called Onamato which was fun to learn and create. Accompanying Onamato was Hollibaugh, Shattuck, Tipple, Flux and Fescu.

I invite feedback or comments, so please let me know what you are thinking out there.

As always, I hope you “like” this post…

Denielle Noe

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Day Twelve, Creation Twelve

PhotoBalance and harmony was today’s theme. What a perfect thought. We all could use some of that in our lives- right? Balancing our finances, our households and relationships. Bringing harmony to our emotions, marriage and work-life. These things are not only important to our very existence, but it is also important in creating art.

Day twelve asked me to look at all the patterns I learned and try to see similarities between the different tangles and combine them to make a balanced Zentangle tile. I approached this tile a little differently by starting with circles as my strings in a symmetrical arrangement. I decided I would fully play with tangles that were very similar and have the gradually blend into each other. In one circle I used Flukes and Florz and in another I used Knightsbridge and a new tangle called Beeline. In the largest circle shape I combined newly learned tangles Chillon and Bales.

I am not sure if I achieved a perfectly balanced tile, but I did feel at peace while created it. What more could I ask for?

Denielle Noe