Monday, August 21, 2017

Double Marasu - how-to

Marasu is a tangle that resembles a coil of spool-knitting - do you remember that craft? This tangle is named for Maria Thomas' three sisters: Madeleine, Rachel, and Susan. In Marasu there is one pattern on the coil and it is really brought to life with shading. Here's a wonderful example of Marasu from CZT Sonya Yencer:

And here's one of mine (which could use more shading).
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Marasu
You'll find step-outs for Marasu here.

Today I'll show you a way to involve two patterns, two 'spool-knittings' coiled together. You may notice this double coil in some Celtic art.
Tangles: Knase, double Marasu, Paisley Boa
It's really quite simple. Begin with an 'S' and add to each line, alternating lines, to the edge of your section. Always begin the next line at the line-end nearest the center.

Then fill one coil black, or with thin lines, or both, or a pattern, or... the sky's the limit!

They are quite interesting bumping against each other. These are fairly small spirals.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, double Marasu
In the tile below, the whole design is a double Marasu, fitted into a loopy string I had. There is a second double Marasu at the central end of the lighter coil.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Knase, Paisley Boa,
Paradox, Prestwood (variation), Printemps, Sindoo, Tipple, Zewm
I occasionally participate in the Travelling Tangles Project on Facebook. This is a tile I received from Sue Olsen, a CZT in Ohio. One of the things I added to complete it is the double Marasu with rainbow stripes.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, C-Scape, Diva Dance,
double Marasu, Mooka, Moowa, Perfs, Tipple
Here's one I tried in pink on a tan ATC. My idea was to try to combine the double Marasu with Romanancy. It didn't work because the dark and light stripes don't meet nicely. I tried to remedy that by adding the dark purple lines to even out some of the 'meetings'. It helped a bit.
There are lots of possibilities with double Marasu.
• Try it as a square instead of a circle (begin with a squared-off 'S').
• Giving your initial 'S' a large half and a small half results in different widths of spirals.
• Doing large spirals gives you space to add a line around one, or fill one with another tangle.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, double Marasu, Pearlz, Tipple
I hope you enjoy experimenting with this variation of Marasu!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Aloha tangle and D-1 fragment

Two Diva challenges in this post!

First, Suzanne Fluhr's challenge to use her tangle Aloha, and then Marguerite Samama's challenge to have fun with Zentangle's D-1 fragment.

ALOHA is a leafy tangle that's very graphic and bold. Step-outs can be found here.

On the first tile I added a gold crescent moon with some ochre pencil for a bit of shading, and used an Aloha-like fill in the Paisley Boa sections.
Tangles: Aloha, Paisley Boa, Paradox, Printemps, Tipple
I had a tan tile with a blossom-like string, five petals and a center. That's rather lost at this point! I didn't realize until I was 'finished' that the pink and orange inks would look so similar on the tan paper so I outlined the whole 'flower' and added a 'stem'.
Tangles: Aloha, Pixioze, Printemps
By my third go at it I was deciding that Aloha looks best on its own! Here's the beginning of my third tile, and what I added next, which I didn't really like much.
I eliminated the white around Aloha with a gray brush pen, then used a gray drawing pen for some of the tangles. I'm not unhappy with the result, but I still really like the simplicity of Aloha alone.
Tangles: Aloha, Printemps, plus stripes and spirals
THE D-1 FRAGMENT fits into a  square grid but is really based on triangles. I had a slightly curvy, but still square-ish string so I began with that. I wanted to see what would happen if I continued to subdivide the triangles; that's at the bottom.
Tangles: Crescent Moon singles, Pearlz, Zewm
I got caught up in the triangles and tried this fragment on a couple of pre-strung 3Z tiles. The pictures show the string I began with, and the finished drawing.

As I was working with all those angular triangles I was reminded of the tangles Ing and Fassett, so I did an ATC with D-1 and those tangles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Fassett, Ing

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rainy Day house

It's a gentle rain, coming straight down, and with sparkly water droplets!
This is the second in my Global Village series of house kits, a joint project with CZT Jenny Perruzzi. It's just been launched and it comes with most of the supplies you need, including tiles, special pens and even a custom cut mat with a house-shaped window. You'll need to have basic supplies like a pencil, tortillon, and black pens.

If you're interested in creating one of your own, you can purchase a kit at Jenny's Etsy store here. And if you missed the first one, a medieval half-timbered house, you can find the kit in the same Etsy store. You could end up with a village!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Lisbon fragment

I love the sound of that! It calls to mind a piece of an ancient manuscript or pottery. But no, it's a zentangle fragment, and it's part of Henrike Bratz' guest Diva challenge this week. There is a wonderful explanation with lots of pictures on Henrike's blog here.

For the challenge we are to use both the Lisbon fragment and the tangle Diva Dance. I have only barely worked with the fragments and reticulae concept, so this challenge is a good opportunity to delve a little deeper. Here's my first go. The fragment is in a curved grid so it's a little awkward.
It occurred to me that if I did the fragment quite large, I could fill the triangular spaces with something interesting, like... daisies! That's on the right of course (two fragments). On the left, at the top, I tried reversing the light/gray/dark order and did the top bands dark and the background light. That was all so interesting that I completely forgot to include Diva Dance!
 Third go, I remembered Diva Dance. But I got so caught up in the Tripoli-like triangular fills on the left that I forgot to add the 'behind' parts of the X of the Tripoli fragment. Sheesh.
Finally, again I got so involved in the fragment I forgot about Diva Dance. this photo is at a slight angle so you can see the gold ink on the tan paper. I love that effect!
This fragment has a few possibilities, depending on how you orient the initial crossbars. I'm going to enjoy playing with it. Thanks Henrike for introducing me to it!

Friday, July 28, 2017

"Expecting Triplets"

No! No, not me. Thank goodness! Oh my golly. (breathe... breathe...)

It's the title I gave this recent piece on eco-dyed paper.
"Expecting Triplets" (c)2017 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Buttercup, Crescent Moon, Finery, Floo, Morse, Pearlz, Printemps, Sindoo
The tree is a single leaf, which printed lightly but nicely except for a roundish blob in the middle of it. It took longer than I would like to admit to think of a nest.

The most interesting part for me, though, is the ground. In browns, I drew Sindoo on the left and Buttercup on the right and it was too light and they were different-sized grids and I just didn't like it. To darken it I drew Printemps in black all over both sides. It was an improvement for sure, but still didn't really tie in with the rest of everything. I took an 'oriental brush fountain pen' (I don't know what else to call it) and drew wavy lines across both grounds. Three layers of patterns! Finally it all came together.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Fairy Lane properties, Nos. 6-10

Oh suburbia, neat rows of square boxes and straight sidewalks, all beige and brown and grey.
Let's continue our delightful and pleasant stroll past the more interesting homes on Fairy Lane...

No. 6 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Beadlines, Finery, Flukes, Flux, and Auras

No. 7 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Opus, Paizel, Pearlz,
Printemps, Tipple and Auras

No. 8 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Antidots, Meer, Paizel, Pearlz, Printemps, Tipple and Auras

No. 9 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Aquafleur, Barnacle, Lanie, Paradox, Perfs
No. 10 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Blooming Butter, Crescent Moon, Finery (sort of),
Opus (sort of), Pearlz, Sanibelle, Tipple

You can see numbers 1-5 of the Fairy Lane properties here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Fairy Lane properties, Nos. 1-5

Oh suburbia, with your rows of square boxes and hard, straight sidewalks, all beige and brown and grey. I look at one of your houses and immediately know which window is the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedrooms.

Wouldn't it be so much more delightful and pleasant to live on Fairy Lane, perhaps at one of these addresses...

No. 1 Fairy Lane
Tangles: 'Nzeppel, Pearlz, Pixioze, Printemps, and Auras 

No. 2 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Arukas, Black Pearlz, Flux, Hurly Burly, Opus and Auras 
No. 3 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Beadlines, Pearlz, Tagh

No. 4 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Printemps, Romanancy, Sanibelle

No. 5 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Black Pearlz, HurlyBurly, Opus, Snaylz
I wonder how long the street is?