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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, Creation Forty

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Okay gang! I finally made it to day forty! This little milestone is marks nearly the end of my 42 day journey from the book One Zentangle a Day. I definitely did not create a tile every single day, but I have for the most part drawn every day since starting this quest. The in between days of my journey have been filled with learning new tangles and created many practice journal pages. I also overcame many life-altering obstacles include home responsibilities, work stress and loss of loved ones.

Through it all, I have continued on this little voyage to make it to the end of the book. I am almost there.

Today’s challenge asked me to create a tile using letters as strings. How fun! As a refresher, a ‘string’ is lightly pencil-drawn intersecting shape, usually abstract, that you use as a guide to fill in with tangles. Letters are most definitely not abstract, so this creates a very different feeling when creating a tile.

I wanted to have an inspired short saying for my tile. After a brief search on the internet, I settled on the phrase “Be Happy”. After all, an overwhelming number of people, including myself, strive to make this their number one goal in life.

I filled in each letter with some favorite tangles like Tipple, Nekton, Zander, Knightsbridge and Printemps. To complete this tile, I wanted to add a simple but fun tangled border. I was recently asked to check out a cool tangle called “Riki Tiki” that was created by follow tangler Renee King . This is fantastic geometric style tangle that was a perfect complement to this tile. This tangle was very easy to learn and was fun to use. I encourage you to try this tangle yourself. The steps to create Riki Tiki can be found on TanglePatterns.com which is a great resource for everyone that tangles their days away!

As you can see, color was a must for this tile. I used colored Sakura ink pens and created color shading with my favorite Derwent Inktense pencils. For a final touch I used my new TomBow markers to add a splash of yellow with a blender marker. Overall, I liked working with letters, but I can tell I could more practice in experimenting with different style fonts and tangles. Perhaps I will try another lettered tile in the future, but for now, I need to make it to the last day of this journey.

Until next post…

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Day Thirty Six, Creation Thirty Six

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Just seven days left in my One Zentangle a Day self-imposed challenge and what a trip it has been so far! I can’t believe I have completed Thirty-six tiles and almost just as many practice journal entries. It has been great to go back and review all the tiles I have made over the past couple of months. It has been an amazing journey.

This section of the book from “One Zentangle a Day” explores all the creative ways you can continue your Zentangle journey and day thirty six marks the first day of this creative exploration. Today’s tile(s) explores the possibilities of creating “Ensembles”. Ensembles is simply a group of tiles placed together like a puzzle to create one larger Zentangle tile. Traditional ensembles uses nine tiles, however my approach to creating my ensemble was to limit it to just four tiles placed side-by-side.

To start, I used temporary glue dots under each tile and placed them side-by-side to keep from moving around too much as I drew ‘string’ across all the tiles. I then proceeded to fill each area of the individual areas of all the tiles and was careful to carry tangle patterns over to the next tile. In selecting my tangles, I was encouraged by the book to use two somewhat new tangles “Zander” and “Stickers”. Stickers was an entirely new tangle for me to learn, but Zander was something that I used in the past when I first began tangling. Since this was my first ensemble group, I wanted to keep the accompanying tangles I used to be very simple. I choose easy tangles like Knightsbridge, Holibough and Isochor to fill in the larger areas and filled in smaller areas with Tipple. To finish, I took the most time to shade each area to give illusion of depth and character.

At the end, I was very excited to put all of my tiles together to complete this Zentangle ensemble art puzzle. I loved the final result and this technique of creating “Ensembles” will definitely add to the many different ways I can create Zentangle artwork.

Until next post…

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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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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

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Day Seven, Creation Seven

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I had a great time with today’s theme: Tangleations! What is a Tangleation you ask? It’s where you take already learned tangles and combine them to make a new tangle variation. It’s like a music mash-up without a melody.

At first, I thought this challenge would be hard- deciding which tangles to combine, how I would combine them, etc. However, once I started creating one, more followed quickly. Before I knew it, I had 6 new Tangleations under my belt!

Here is the list of tangles I used to create each new Tangleation: Fescu, Knightsbridge, Nekton, Crescent Moon, Static, Hollibaugh, Pokeroot, Festune, Scoodle, and Isochor. Can you guess which ones I combined together in the tile above?

As always I hope you “like” this post!

Have an awesome evening!

Denielle Noe

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Day Two, Creation Two

photo 2Wow! Now I’m really cook’in! Day 2, creation 2 is done! I am excited to complete day 2 of my Zentangle a day art challenge. In case you didn’t read my earlier post, I am following “One Zentangle A Day” 6 week course. This new tile features a brand new tangle I just learned called “Nekton”. Complimenting this new tangle is two other great tangle patterns “Knightsbridge” and “Fescu”. Working on this tile really helped me unwind after another mind-numbing work day.

Hope you enjoy my latest creation!

Denielle Noe