Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When I don't know when to quit

I had drawn a lovely Celtic-style interlaced tree on a white Zendala tile. At the very center I put a decorative metal brad on a circle of holographic paper.

My intention was to mount it on canvas and paint the surround, as I often do with zentangle-inspired art tiles. Then I remembered that I had some round canvases and that seemed like a good idea.
Zendala tile mounted on round canvas, then painted and drawn on.
There are red, green, and blue 'gem' brads placed in the series of upper loops.

Somehow it seemed as if there could be more. What about mounting this round canvas on a larger square? I decided to use board rather than canvas as it would be firmer and more stable. I bought a 12" square 'cradle board' (it's deep like a stretched canvas but all wood.)

I needed to paint the board Celtic-style, too. I placed the round canvas in the center and traced around it. No need to paint what wasn't going to show, right?
Tangles in the 'ribbons' - Finery and Paisley Boa
These four large 'gems' are painted.

The round canvas is about 1/2" deep, so it's raised off the square panel. I added a thin strip of holographic ribbon around the bottom of the round canvas. This visually lifts it off the square board and adds some colored sparkle.
You can see the thin holographic strip
at the left edge of the black band in the middle.

Now I'm done. I think.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A medieval half-timbered house

Back in November, when I was fortunate enough to attend the zenAgain event for CZTs, I sat beside Jenny Peruzzi. Jenny runs Acadia Laser Creations and has produced a number of zentangle project kits (Tints on Tan, Zenquility, etc.). She floated the idea of a series of zentangle-inspired houses using a standard zentangle tile and a new 3Z (triangular) tile. I liked it - houses is something I do, right? We decided to call it 'Global Village' as there will be a variety of buildings in the series.
"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew." Marshall McLuhan, who coined the term 'global village'
This first offering uses Renaissance (tan) tiles. I went through a few versions of this half-timbered house before coming up with one we both liked.
The kit includes all the supplies you need to complete it, except for a few things you already have, like a pencil. You'll get two of each of the tan tiles, pens, pencils, five pages of illustrated instructions, and a custom cut house-shaped mat. Wheee!

If you're interested in this project kit it's available on Jenny's Etsy site here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pi Day tiles

March 14 is World Pi Day, pi being 3.14 andonandonandon...
So in honor of this occasion, I present six varieties of pie, on 3Z tiles.
Bon appétit!

Clockwise from the top:

Pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream - Ingredients: rounded Ing, Dansk, Tidings, and Perfs with a copper dusting of cinnamon. Served on a white tile.

Pecan pie - Ingredients: Tripoli and Fugu. Served on a tan tile.

Raspberry pie - Ingredients: Tri-dots, Prestwood, W2 and Tipple. Served on a tan tile.

Blueberry pie - Ingredients: Printemps, Shattuck, Tipple with some spirals and other additives. Served on a white tile.
Such a lovely color; I couldn't bear to put a top crust on. Originally I was going to use Pokeleaf, but it's a tangle a don't do very well, and besides, who wants little stems in their pie?

Lemon Meringue pie - Ingredients: Knightsbridge, Prestwood variation, Meringue (what else?!) and Tipple. Served on a white tile.

Tourtière (Québecois meat pie. Delicious!) - Ingredients: Knightsbridge, Puffle, Y-Not and Tipple.
Served on a tan tile.

So, when is World Pizza Day?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


The DivaCZT's challenge this week is the tangle Orbs-la-dee from Anneke van Dam. It's a tangle I've used before but had sort of forgotten about. I did three tiles in the crunch time before we leave on vacation for two weeks (to warmer climes, hurray!).

I had started a tile with my new tangle Trifle and finished it with Orbs-la-dee. In this case I used that tangle to fill a zigzag.
Tangles: Beadlines, Orbs-la-dee, Rain, Trifle
This 3Z tile was going to be Orbs-la-dee, but it all got pushed together!
Tangles: not Orbs-la-dee and Tipple
Finally, I did a blind, star-shaped string on a Renaissance tile. I filled the star with this week's challenge tangle, part of the background with gold Printemps, and the rest of the background with black-and-white, always very effective on the tan paper.
Tangles; Orbs-la-dee, Printemps, and Munchin-type stripes

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Trifle - a new tangle!

I call this Trifle because it's a 'triangle fill' (tri-fill). At first I just thought of it as a way to fill a space with triangles, but then, what is a tangle if not a way to fill a space with lines and shapes?

Trifle can fit in any shape of space you have. I think the trickiest part is to get the triangles facing more or less the same direction throughout the space.

Looking at the space you want to fill, determine where you can place one very large triangle so each point touches a side. Draw it. Then, in the remaining spaces, again determine where you can place one very large triangle. They will be smaller than that first triangle. Simply continue like this until you have filled the space with ever smaller triangles. Fill the background black.

Easy peasy!

Here's Trifle with some other triangular tangles.
Tangles: Beadlines, Ing, Knase, Trifle, Tripoli
In the tile below, the two largest triangles of Trifle were too weak with only a thin line on the lower right sides, so I turned the lines into Rain, and added even a little more to the top one. I think this holds the pattern in better.
Tangles: Beadlines, Pearlz, Rain, Tipple, Trifle
I wanted to try Trifle on a 3Z tile, and chose one that wasn't already divided into triangles. The large white spaces in the corners looked too empty so I added a Fassett in each.
Tangles: Fassett, Trifle

BTW: It's getting harder and harder to keep track of tangles and names. If this pattern has been presented elsewhere, or if the name has been used already, please let me know!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

How "Treeline" came to be

By now you probably know that I love depicting houses and trees.

Interjection:  About three years ago I had done a series of tiles of the seven chakras. Each of the seven lotus mandalas is on a white Zentangle tile; I used a color wash, pen and ink, colored pencil, and tiny gems. I've searched the blog, and apparently I didn't post a picture of it back then, so before I continue with the trees, here is Chakras.

I had done two or three trees with metal foil in the background. It struck me that the long format would work well for a series of trees, but horizontal this time. It's 6"x36" and I would need nine tiles, so I did more. Here they are, loose on the table.

All have metal foil; one has holographic strips; one has silver sparkles. I decided to continue with the 'squares' theme around the sides. I alternated various acrylic metallics.

Here is Treeline, finished:

Monday, December 26, 2016

Striping, with a twist

The Zentangle tangle Striping isn't simply any old stripes. It's a method of placing striped sections beside each other for interesting effects. Sandy Bartholomew, CZT, offers simple step-outs for Striping on her blog here. One key, of course, is the pencil string; it just doesn't have the same effect if the (guide)lines are in pen. Here is an example of striping, pure and simple, albeit in brown on a Renaissance tile.

In a home decor flyer a while ago, I noticed a vase with some twisted stripes. Here's the photo torn from the flyer, and the first tile I did trying this twisted effect.

You may want to start with the same 'S' shape you would use for Tidings.
Instead, draw two lines, each with one droplet shape at the end, going in opposite directions. I'm using a five-sided string, but this can be done in a variety of shapes.

You want a white stripe immediately next to the 'line and droplet' so you need an ODD number of stripes going through the middle, between the lines. To ensure that, make a series of dots, an EVEN number of dots, between the lines.

Next, draw a series of Auras beside each line and around the droplet, passing through each dot. The width of the stripe around the end of the droplet can be wider than the stripes through the middle. Splay the lines out at the end away from the droplet. Extend the lines to the edge of your string.

Follow the curves of the lines you've drawn and add more lines. You can do this as I show below, by adding a line at each side, filling around the droplet with stripes, and adding stripes into the triangle point. OR, a simpler method is to fill the entire two sides with lines meeting in the corner near the droplet, as you would draw Munchin.

Making sure you leave the stripes beside the droplets white, fill alternate stripes black. Don't forget to shade it (I didn't, below.). And voilà!

In the tile below, I began with a 'leaky pen border' and did the twisted Striping in the center, adjusting it as it met the marks at the border.

It can be lovely in browns or in color, too. And no one said you're limited to one twist!
In the first tile below, I used - I think - five different brown pens plus white, and three or four brown colored pencils.
The second began with an orange paint spill. Then I used yellow, orange, red, brown, and sepia pens and three or four colored pencils.

Here is some twisted Striping along with other bold black-and white tangles:
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Bunzo, Striping with a twist, Moving Day, Pearlz, Zonked
Have fun!