Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tangle Döppelganger

Tangles: Black Pearlz, OoF, Zenith
Recently on the Zentangle blog Maria floated the idea of a tangle döppelganger, a tangle that represents you in some way. I easily thought of 'go to' tangles and favorite tangles, but those are not tangles that represent me somehow. It took some thought. 

This was my response:

Three tangles that you’ll find in almost anything I do are Printemps, Tipple, and Black Pearlz. But those are go-to tangles, not döppelgangers. Naming my favorite tangle is like trying to nail jelly to the wall. My favorite tangles are constantly changing, and they aren’t döppelgangers either.
What tangle is LIKE ME… hmmm…
My mind is Fengle, way too much going on and constantly taking off in another direction. (I was just now able to see some beauty in that, rather than a frustrating annoyance.)
My heart is like Zentangle itself, interested in other points of view.
My eyesight, without my glasses, is OoF (Out of Focus).
My drawing hand is Paradox; very controlled gets the best results.
My house is Dust Bunny.

More about those tangles...

FENGLE was introduced by Zentangle in March 2012 and I immediately liked it. So many possibilities! You can find the steps here (scroll down).
A whole page of Fengle in my 2018 Tangle-a-Day calendar.

OoF was introduced by Zentangle in May 2011 and it took several tries before I got it. You can find the steps, and the story of its name, here (again, scroll down). There's a more elaborate OoF at the top of this blog post.
Basic OoF on February 21 in my 2018 Tangle-a-Day calendar.

PARADOX - sometimes called Rick's Paradox - was introduced by Zentangle in February 2008. Maria's step-outs are in their newsletter here. Some years ago I posted a "Paradox and then some" tutorial which you can find here.
Paradox with some highlighted stripes.

DUST BUNNY is one of my tangles, and has only two steps which can be found at this link. I sometimes use it for clouds although it's usually found under the sofa!
Dust Bunny, with Flux, Marasu, Tipple.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2 delightful videos

I'm posting two links in case you've missed these two charming videos created by Zachary, a Texas design student. Both are about three minutes long and show the development of a Zentangle tile. I can't embed the videos so just click on the links and enjoy!

Every stroke during the creation of a Zentangle tile - 947 strokes in all!
Watch it here.

Over 2000 images of the development of another Zentangle tile.
Watch it here.

And for something else to look at, here's a tile using's string idea number 3.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Bunzo, Cruffle, Fleurette, Florez,
Lamar, Paisley Boa, Paizel

Monday, February 5, 2018

Eco-dyed ZIAs with more colors

Eco-dyeing results largely in a variety of brown tones. Onion skins offer yellows and oranges. Rusty metal in the dye bath gives charcoals and even blacks. Occasionally I luck into some faint colors; I'm still figuring out the how and why of that.

But color can be added afterwards with paint, ink, or pencils. Here are some pieces where I've done just that.

"My Home"
This is the 'picture' part of a two page piece; the other page is text.

"Glorious Morning"

"Dew on Peonies"

"Single Iris"


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tangle-a-Day calendar - tools and more pages

No, don't worry, I'm not going to post every calendar page this year! But I do want to tell you a bit about what tools I'm using, and some plans, and show some recent pages. Like this one:
Hollyhock is from CZT Jason Lau. 
Chebucto and Skye are from yours truly.
What I've been using, mainly, for the tangling is three sizes of Tombow's Mono pens. They are really nice to draw with and I've used them for a few other things. This is an ideal type of project because these pens are not lightfast. I'll also use Sakura's microns and I have a Sharpie pen (fine tip) that I want to try.

I wanted to add color to some random pages to give me a surprise 'something new to deal with'. I did one page using Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush pens. I have really liked the colors and the way they blend so nicely, but was disappointed here. It must be the paper. The Koi brush pens are also not lightfast so I don't use them for anything that might end up hanging on a wall.
Sakura's Koi Coloring Brush pens usually blend beautifully, but not on this paper.
I also tried some Winsor and Newton Water Colour Markers. They tend not to blend as well as I'd like in any case, and this was no different.

I had better luck with both Inktense and Aquatone water-soluble pencils.
A rainbow of Aquatone pencils.
Cool tones in Inktense pencils.
We'll have to wait until those pages appear to see what will happen with them!

Here's another recently completed page:
Tuscadero is from CZT Lara Williams.
Umble is an 'official' tangle from Zentangle.
Y-Not was deconstructed by Molly Hollibaugh.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Eco-dyed ZIAs, starts and finishes

I've been enjoying drawing on some of the papers I recently eco-dyed, with the darker darks achieved by using rusty objects in the dye bath. I'm also trying to leave some of the gorgeous eco-dyed sections unadulterated and tangle in just some places.
(You can read my post about my first attempt at eco-dyeing here.)

These are some of the things I've been working on. The finished piece is on one side and the eco-dyed paper I began with is beside it.

"This, Too, Shall Pass"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
6" x 6"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils, metal leaf

"Splendor in the Grasses"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
8.5" x 9"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils

"Feather Light"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
11" x 4.5"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils, metal leaf

"Below the Surface"
(c) 2017 Margaret Bremner
11" x 4.5"
Materials: pen-and-ink, colored pencils, metal leaf
The blue dots in the 'before' photo are liquid frisket, a resist to block out some 'bubbles' while I added blue wash.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tangle-a-Day calendar 2018

The Tangle-a-Day calendar from Carole Ohl has been published for a few years now. This year Carole didn't have the time to do all the artwork for it so she invited me!!! All the illustrations in this year's edition are my work.

The book itself is 5"x8" and there are three days per page. The drawing space is a little smaller than a standard Zentangle tile.

Working in this calendar is new to me, and I'm going to try to keep up. I decided to begin with some of my own tangles. Here are my first three days showing Diamond Panes, Lotus Pods, and Künstler.

And the next three days with Dutch Hourglass, Prestwood, and Trifle.
You can still order one on Etsy if you want to join the fun. Most of the year is left!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

On the ninth day of Zentangle...

For the past few years in December, Zentangle HQ has offered "12 Days of Zentangle" with a new project or challenge each day. This year I was quite taken with this project, involving two tiles.

The challenge on the ninth day was to cut two tiles apart and tape them together again, halfsies. The 12-minute prompt video here, explains the process.

I enjoyed the first one so much that I did another. Here are my first two, with Bijou tiles:

I wanted to try more! Maybe full-size tiles. Maybe different colors.

I had a couple of standard tiles that I wasn't sure what to do with, a black one with a white wash and a white tile with a pink wash. I decided to use them. I had cut them apart before I remembered to take a photo, but now you can see where I cut them. The larger size seemed to want two cuts rather than just one.

When I taped them together they looked like this:

And after all the tangling and shading this is what I had:

I wasn't able to alternate tangles "mirror image" as much as I would have liked but I did try to repeat tangles.

Back to Bijou tiles. I did one more. On one tile I did dark ink on dark paper and lighter ink on the lighter paper. On the second tile I reversed it. I repeated the tangles on each tile.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Fleurette, Flux, Knightsbridge, MySwing, Perfs, Pixioze 
This is a fascinating technique and I anticipate using it again.