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Black Hills Majesty, Part 3

South_Dakota_Tangle_3Talk about a super-long time to wait for a conclusion of a story! As I talked about in the proceeding post, I was MIA for over six months. I hid myself away from the world and took a very long hiatus from all things digital.

Now that I am back, I thought I shouldn’t leave this story unfinished and finally unveil the last chapter of our South Dakota trip we took this past May. So here it is the final chapter of our trip! At least this story will inspire images of what spring can look like once it gets here…

In Part 2 of our South Dakota trip I spoke about bees, trees and other things. Now we come to the final day of our trip.

We spent our last morning packing up and preparing breakfast when we discovered the bees were not done with us yet! (cue ominous music)

While eating our little farewell breakfast in our cabin, lo-and-behold, a little bugger came buzzing on by. By now, I was completely paranoid about getting stung, so I promptly told my husband, “Good Luck” and dashed into the bathroom to take a shower.

While happily showering away my husband announces through the door that he can’t find the bee. As I peaked my head out the shower, I discover much to my horror, that the bee followed me right inside the bathroom! WTF!@!@!!!

PS. My fear of bees are not completely unfounded since I happen to be allergic to them…

So, as I cowered in the shower with the curtain shut tight,  my husband took care of the the little peeping tom.

So without further ado, I dressed quickly, while my husband rapidly finished packing the car, we took one last look at our little cabin from outside and spirited away before another bee could rear it’s ugly head.

I will say that once we started driving away, I started feeling blue that it was our last day in such a beautiful area.

As the sun began to fully rise, we took one last look and photo moment at Mt. Rushmore. It was simply breath-taking as the sun glinted off the trees just striking our national monument.

We continued on our way through South Dakota on the road home. On our way, we visited Fort Hayes which is the reconstructed movie site from the film “Dances with Wolves”. There we were treated to a old-fashioned pancake breakfast served in tin plates with an old-time piano man playing western style tunes in the background. It was quaint and peaceful. We took plenty of photos before leaving the movie site.

We couldn’t leave South Dakota without one more trip through the Bad Lands. Even in the harsh afternoon light it is one of the most awesome sites to behold. I definitely shed a tear or two before leaving this area.

From that point forward, we jetted down the highway to make up the miles before we stayed overnight at hotel before making the last leg of our trip. It was here that I created the last tangle for the trip. I think by then I was at peace so my tile reflects the mood I was in.

We left the hotel int he morning with only one destination in mind – home. The miles and states seem to blur together before we finally pulled up to our little abode. “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

BTW – unpacking sucks.

Before I part ways from this story I thought I share some last photos from our trip:

In conclusion, this was by far one of the most magical trips we have taken together. We created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks for sharing in our adventure.

Until next post.

Tangles Used: Flux, Tat, Lazy Eights, Fescu, Mooka, and Tipple.

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Still Here

imageI find it ironic that every couple of months I fall off the face of the planet only come back to apologize and vow never do it again. LOL

Life is never that simple.

I realize this is one of my longest breaks ever since starting this blog and I feel bad that I have not been true to myself. Being true to myself means I realize how much I actually get out of blogging. It’s not about sharing my artwork or my little journeys. It’s about taking the time to write. It’s therapeutic in a way that I can’t get from anything else in my life. Including creating art.

My absence is mostly due to the break-in that happened to us in early November. While I am very grateful we didn’t lose everything, we did lose one thing that was very important to us – our computer. It may not seem like much, but I stored everything on there- photos, memories, writings, my art. The thief took all of it. We had no back up, the only the things we still have is what we shared online.

I hate the fact that we were violated this way and had our lives turned upside down for a period of time. But that is how it goes sometimes. We have to cry, get mad, get over it and move on. I will admit, I pouted over our loss for quite some time. I didn’t want to have anything to do with any computer; including blogging. But I realize now, how much I miss it. I started finally blogging yesterday on my knitting-spinning blog. And you know what? It felt really good to start sharing again. So good in fact that I wanted to start blogging on my art blog too.

So here I am finally, ready to post and share again. Life moves on and I am still here.

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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 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 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”!

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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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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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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 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 Nine, Creation Nine

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I was so excited when I turned to day nine in my “One Zentangle A Day” book. Day nine brought something I haven’t done before; working with a white pen on a black tile!

This day’s challenge required me to do a little shopping. First , the black tile. Acquiring black tiles that were readily available was out of the question, so I headed down to our local Paper Source (a store totally dedicated to all things paper and then some) to purchase precut black card stock. While I was there, I was able to play around with an assortment of open stock white pens. I settled on Sanford’s Uni-Ball Gel Pen in a white silver color. This pen totally popped off the page!

Armed with my new supplies, I got down to the task of creating my new tile. With a little inspiration supplied directly from the book, I decided to re-create “Day One, Creation One” tile. Choosing to re-create the tile allowed me the chance to directly compare the original to the new white-on-black tile.
The recreated tiled used the same tangles from day one: Tipple, Static, and Crescent Moon.

This tile ended up being a lot of fun to make since I had to think about creating this one a little differently. For shading I used a white pastel pencil with a hint of dark blue for contrast. I posted both tiles so you can see the difference between the two. Let me know what you think? And as always, I hope you “like” this post.

Denielle Noe

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Day One, Creation One

photo 4Here it is folks! Day one, creation one for my self imposed daily Zentangle challenge! In case you didn’t read my earlier post, I am following “One Zentangle A Day” 6 week course. This first project was nice and easy which was made using some basic tangles. The tangle patterns that are featured is: “Static”, “Crescent Moon”, and “Tipple”. Hope you like!

Denielle Noe