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Flashback Friday Kick-off Week!: July 28-30th

Welcome back to my Flashback Friday Kick-off Week!

Now we are starting to get into the heart of my journal with the very start of my year – my birthday!ArtJournal 3 The first entry highlights in an abstract way the elated feelings I have around my birthday. The drawing technique is a Zentangle inspired pattern “Tumbleweed” brought to you by my favorite artist Helen Williams from ‘a little lime‘ blog site. The drawing was colored using my favorite medium from Derwent – Inktense blocks and pencils!

ArtJournal 4My second journal entry for July 30th is also inspired by Helen’s amazing artwork is my version of her patterned flower found in her ebook “Flips, Folds, Ribbon and String“. Her book is amazing with very clear instructions on how to re-create the drawings within her book which also includes links to step-by-step videos.

While both entries are from inspirations rather than original artwork. They both allowed be to break the “blank page syndrome” that plagues the start of my journals. In general the journal is more about exploration of different techniques and found inspiration then trying to capture something original on my pages. This way I stop procrastinating and just practice having fun creating art. That is what art is all about – having fun!

Thanks for stopping by! Until tomorrow…

 

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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 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 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 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 Eight, Creation Thirty Eight

imageCool! Now I get to add bag designer to my art resume! As you can tell, today’s creation involved tangling on fabric. Similar to yesterday’s post, this creation required a little forethought before diving in.

First off, I needed some fabric to tangle on, so I headed over to my local craft store to scope out what my choices were. I landed on a cute basic white canvas bag which I thought would be perfect to tangle on. Second, I needed something that would easily draw onto the fabric and also be washable. After looking around the fabric section, I picked out a black permanent marker that was design to go right onto the fabric. How awesome is that? Now I was ready to roll!

Now here is where the risky part came in. Now that I had my choice of fabric and the means to draw on it, the hardest part is deciding to begin. What if I screw it up? What if my cool new marker leaks all over the place and ruins the project?

The what–if’s definitely can freeze you in your tracks, but I know I wanted to complete this challenge so I foraged ahead despite my worries. So, I literally had a blank canvas before me and decided what the hell did I have to lose. I went for it!

Without any pencil string or anything to guide me, I drew some familiar tangles free-hand right onto the fabric. I let my hand and my heart be my guide as I drew each pattern. Without any real forethought, I began using very organic style tangles and ended up with a very floral like pattern on my bag. I started with “Tat” with other Tat tangleations and added “Flux” “Scoodle” “Sedgling” to the mix.

Overall, I loved how my little bag came out. I am super glad I got over my worries and just went with it. Now it’s time to move onto the next challenge.

I wonder what it will be?…

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Day Thirty Four, Creation Thirty Four

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Well this is getting exciting! I am now on my second Zendala and by far the easiest one I have created to date. This creation features only one tangle called “Flukes”. You heard me right, this tile was created only using one tangle! Is that awesome or what?

If you wander backwards to my last post, you will see these two tiles use a very similar Zendala template. The previous Zendala has a more organic curvey feel to the template, whereas this Zendala template has a very geometric jagged look to it.

Knowing this, I wanted to use a geometric style tangle. After searching through my tangle pattern arsenal, I landed on using Flukes for the outside of the template. I then mimicked the Flukes tangle in the inner section.  I loved the look of just using Flukes so much, I decided to quite right then and there. I think leaving the white negative areas really makes this tile stand out.

This is the second Zendala I have made to date and I am starting to see a trend here. We will have to see what tomorrow brings.

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 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 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”!

Lazy-Eights

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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Lazy Eights Tangle Pattern

Lazy-Eights

Lazy Eights is a very easy 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.

Click on the picture to download this pattern.

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Blank Tangle Pattern Card 4×6 Template

Hey fellow tanglers! For those of you who like the blank pattern card template I use to organize my tangles. This is the place where you can download your very own copy. These cards are designed to printed using a photo printer that accepts 4×6 sized photo paper that has the ability to “print to the edge”. The paper I use is regular inexpensive white card stock cut down to a 4×6 size. Please feel free to ask questions using the comment box below or go to my contact page and fill out the form.

Blank Tangle Pattern Card 4x6 Template

Happy Downloading!