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Day Thirty Nine, Creation Thirty Nine

imageOkay so today has been totally awesome! I discovered that my very first tangle I created, Lazy Eights, was published today on TanglePatterns.com! How great is that!? I have received great feedback so far and became totally pumped up!

Then I became totally guilty. Yikes! I haven’t published anything in a couple of weeks and now I have new followers. Oh the shame!

Blame procrastination. Blame lack of responsibility. Blame life. However, in my defense, I was putting off working on this day’s challenge for a couple of reasons. Day Thirty Nine’s challenge was drawing texture on a unique medium – mica sheets. Mica is an iridescent mineral that can be found in paper-like sheets. However, Mica doesn’t grow on trees around these parts and I was not going to pay for shipping on something I would probably only use once.

That’s where the procrastination part of this challenge set in. No mica, no inspiration. I needed to actually use my brain outside of the office and come up with something creative to work around this challenge. Today was the motivator I needed to get out of my procrastination slump! So fresh off my publishing high, I headed for my little art room upstairs and set to work.

I re-looked at day thirty nine’s challenge and focused on the word “texture”. “Hell, I can create texture with some paints and tools I have lying around up here!”, I thought to myself. So out came my paints, gels and mat-boards. I cut small tile out of mat-board and then set adding acrylic gel medium liberally over the top of it. Since I am still pining for spring, I choose to add bright green and orange paints as my colors of choice. Since I was going for texture, I used “a lot” of paint. Once I was satisfied with the blending of the colors, and while wet, I took out my new embossing tool and scratched tangles right through the paint! I was careful to keep wiping the excess paint off my embossing tool as I went along. I choose very simple tangles like Flux, Mooka, and Shattuck.

The idea to scratch through the paint was inspired by the ceramic art technique of ‘Sgraffito’ I learned in college. The technique uses two contrasting tinted clay slip added in layers on an unfinished ceramic surface. When you scratch through the top layer of the tinted slip the second contrasting color comes through creating a textured design. In the case of my tile, I let the white be the contrasting color that popped through the paint. Here you can see from an angle the texture this technique creates.

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I had great fun in creating this little tile and was glad to find a creative way to work through this day’s challenge. I think I am ready to finish the remaining days I have left in this challenge. Just four more days left!

To all you fellow tanglers out there, thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for inspiring me to create today’s tile. Feel free to try this technique on your next tangle adventure and let me know how it comes out!

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 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 Eleven, Creation Eleven

PhotoI finally feel great this evening! After some well deserved rest a from a head-cold I have been battling, I am starting to feel human again and ready to take on my art!

Day eleven brought on a new challenge for me.  The book stated I could use any tangle I learned so far to create a new tile. Oh boy! What do you mean I have to think for myself? Create something with barely any guidance?

Suffice to say I was up to the challenge. After all, I dare call myself an artist for crying out loud!

Okay, so I wasn’t completely left without any guidance. The book did say I need to use two new techniques in this creation. One technique called an “aura” basically means to carefully outline a tangle that gave each outlined section more depth.

The other technique required is called “rounding” where you fill in areas with your pen adding deeper shading and texture to the pattern. On my own, I used a third technique of used graduating pen sizes to give a sideways landscape feel to the tile. Overall, I was very pleased with the results.

What tangles did I use, you ask? Well, I ended up using four different tangles in this tile: Shattuck, Flux, Mooka and Tipple. How exciting is that!

Well, it’s time to turn the page and see what day twelve has in store for me. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this tile and post.

Denielle Noe

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Day Four, Creation Four

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Here I am nearly a month and half later with my next creation from my own goal to create One Zentangle a Day inspired by the book with the same title. Okay, so I will be the first to admit that creating something daily may not always be possible and in my case- probable. So here is my little disclaimer: I will keep posting my tiles as often as I can; sometimes daily, every other day, etc. I do promise I will stay consistent enough not to leave you hanging. That’s fair right?

So without further a-do, I introduce my Day Four, Creation Four tile! This tile feature two newly learned tangle “Nipa” and “Jonqual” and a personal favorite of mine “Shattuck”. Hope you “like” this long overdue creation.

Thanks for being patient with me 🙂

Denielle