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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…

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Day Fifteen, Creation Fifteen

photo Ah! Day Fifteen, you’re finally here!

Okay, so I know I am not posting consecutive days. Heck, I am not even creating these on a daily basis, but I do know that I have accomplished one of my goals. That is say that I have proudly been posting my creations (somewhat) consistently for the past month or so.

I’ll be the first to admit that working around my “work” schedule is a major hurdle. First, my job entails A LOT of computer work. Most of the time when I get home the last thing I want to do is see another computer. However, this is for myself and not for work. THIS is what I try to tell myself as I drag myself over to the computer to begin my next blog entry.

In a perfect world I would not be working on computers all day long. I would be in my studio creating and selling my art. However, there is some truth to the whole “starving artist” mentality that seems to plague any artist who admits to what they do for a living. You really do have to work hard at being a moderately wealthy successful artist in a world full of very talented people. It’s incredibly difficult to stand among the throngs of competing artists and say my work is so much more unique and different then any other when there are many times I feel my work is barely adequate. I am however content to create art for art’s sake which is primarily for my own sanity. Suffice to say, I am okay with maintaining my current status quo of “working” to pay the bills and “playing” at art when I get back home.

So what does my little rant have to do with today’s tile? Absolutely NOTHING! šŸ™‚

So onto what today’s post is really about… Today’s little creation encompassed using more organic tangles. I learned two new organic style tangles called “Locar” and “Verdigogh”.

BY THE WAY, Don’t you love the play on names Zentangle artist’s come up with to name their unique tangles? I sure do!

Anyway, to round out this tile I was encouraged to use the more geometric new tangle called “Yincut” which stands out against the organic forms. On a whim, I decided I would create this tile using white ink on black paper. I played around with shading on this tile by using a cream colored shading pencil and sepia brown toned pastel pencil. The deeper chocolate pastel pencil created more depth and gave the selected areas more vibrancy.

I am very happy with my shading experiments on the black tile and warrants further play time the next time I feel like creating a white on black tile.

If you made it this far, congratulations, you made it through my rant with your mind intact. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and as always, please “like” this post.

Until next time…

Denielle Noe