Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paint Blob or Ink Blown Strings to Get Tangled Up With

Try this: create a string using watercolor or ink. Then tangle away!
One of the swaps in the ZIA Yahoo Group for July begins in this manner, by creating a string using a nice juicy blob of paint or a delicious drop of ink.
Next a straw is used to blow the liquid to spread a string around on your tile.
Once the paint or ink has dried, begin to add tangles.

Remember making these blown art paintings as a kid? Fun, fun fun!

Green Watercolor on Tan tile (3.5"x 3.5")

After moving the paint by blowing through a straw.

I decided I wanted to try another one on the tan tile using pink.

A little gentle tapping gets any puddles of paint to move along on the paper.

Samples that I completed a little bit ago.

This was done in a journal and is larger than 3.5" x 3.5"
Do I see T-Rex in there?

Have fun with this. I hope you decide to join the swap at the Zentangle Inspired Art Group on Yahoo.

Monday, February 17, 2014

In the Style of Cubism - Swap

I joined an ATC swap on the Zentangle Inspired Art Site - which challenged participants to use tangles in the style of cubist art. Since I love cubist art I had to go for this one.

There is a wonderful video on Youtube that demonstrates an easy approach to cubism. I love it! Easy for all of us, right?

Take a Look at "Grade School Cubist Lesson"

I tried various shapes; leaves, a bird, and pears. Then I followed the steps in the video pretty much except for inserted tangles into the art work.

For color I experimented with Prismacolor, Tombow, and Copic markers. I shaded some of the pieces done with Prismacolor and Copics with pencil. Tombow markers were used on the pears and the second bird attempt. An aquabrush was used to blend the  Tombows and achieve some shading. If you haven't tried Tombows I can highly recommend it!

Here are samples of how I played. Off to get my swaps in the mail!

Prismacolor Art Markers, Micron Pigma, Pencil

Micron Pigma, Tombow Markers

Prismacolor Markers, Micron Pigma, Pencil

Prismacolor Markers, Micron Pigma, Pencil

Micron Pigma, Tombow Markers

Micron Pigma, Tombow Markers

The fish is more ITSO Picasso

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ziabolic - A newly deconstructed tangle.

I was recently looking through an issue of "Architectural Design" November/December 2009. I found this at the Book Thing in Baltimore - a great place to check out if you live in the Baltimore, Maryland area.

As I browsed through geometric patterns which lead to a perception of movement I was drawn to this carpet pattern.

The blue shapes reminded me of hourglasses.

My husband said the shapes remind him of a toy that he played with as a child in the Netherlands. The toy was called "Diabolo" or diabolic.
With that in mind, I thought perhaps Ziabolic would be a good name for this tangle!

I have no doubt somewhere a Zentangle enthusiast has perhaps posted a similar tangle...

Here is the step out I came up with:

Feel free to download a pdf version of the step out here:
If you are a member of the Yahoo Zentangle Inspired Art Group - have fun exploring this tangle in this week's TANGLE of THE WEEK, (TOW)! I am looking forward to seeing your interpretations of ZIABOLIC!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ongoing Tangled Altered Book - weeks 3 - 7

This is really my first altered book adventure and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

The day planner I am using is 3.5" x 5.5" which is just the right size for me. I usually work on the background of several page spreads at a time. Then as I have time and the creative urge I add to the pages. This really works for - that at any given time I can reach for the book and either work on background, tangles, or add text.

As per the usual me, however, I have trouble fitting in time to scan and make blog posts, but no worries, this is a leisure, relaxing and healing art form, right?

Feel free to post feedback!

The quote reads, "...and when the day arrives I'll become the sky
and I'll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me
for I am going home." - Trent Reznor

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Way of Life....

This is week 2 of my Jan/Feb 2013 resolution to complete a ZIA 2-page spread - in my dayplanner. One of my favorite tangles is "Unyun" by Carole Ohl.  I love the curves and the play of dark against light.

So I tangled unyun from memory. Well, memory can be a little flawed - so this tangle - is inspired by unyun! I like it anyway! Close enough. You know, there are no mistakes in Zentangle!

I was browsing the web one day and came across a site that listed "Latin Phrases". The phrase "modus vivendi" jumped out at me. Way of Life. Art and tangling has become a way of life for me. How about you?

Modus Vivendi!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Another ICAD

Did any of you ever watch an artist on Public TV by the name of Bill Alexander? He hosted an oil painting show and one of his famous comments was "happy accident" - he emphasized that there were no mistakes just happy accidents!

I've discovered that with the ICAD challenge - there are just happy accidents no mistakes.

Thanks to Tammy at DaisyYellow for hosting this challenge!

Here is one of my happy accidents! This was the ugliest mess - but now I love it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cadent Tangle - Tangleation

Back home after a small vacation excursion! Time to tangle and recuperate!

This is my response to the weekly Zentangle Challenge #75 - Tanglation Nation: Cadent at "I AM the Diva - Blog". I do love Laura's challenges - they always are fun and encourage further exploration of the Zentangle method. Thanks Laura!!!

Since cadent is on my top 10 list of favorite tangles - this task was a huge pleasure. I had fun playing with cadent. My results end up looking a little bit 3D-ish. I also posted the steps I used.

Have a great tangled week!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Divan Challenge #73 "Bridgen"

I am obsessed and preoccupied with this tangle, "Bridgen" by Carole Ohl! Every spare moment, I am tangling Bridgen. When I'm driving, I'm thinking about it, when it's time for bed, I think, "just 5 more minutes", then the clock says 1:00 AM!  Yikes!

Laura at "I am the Diva" thank you tons for these challenges!!!

Carole Ohl, thank you tons for sharing this tangle!!! click here

Lately, I've been working on "embracing the string", i.e. including the string as part of the completed Zentangle/ZIA - rather than have it disappear/melt away into the Zentangle. Well, Bridgen fits right into this practice - it can follow the string, become the string, add more string to the string - ooops, guess I don't need to say more.

I hope that you had as much fun as I did - I mean as much fun as I AM having! I really, really, truly, get lost in tangling with this one.

"Sun n Flip Flops" Watercolor, Micron Pigma, Prismacolor Marker
One more thing - if you haven't tried watercolor on the Zentangle tiles - you absolutely MUST!  This paper is such a joy when using watercolor!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The 2nd ICAD Challenge by

I just had to add one more thing to my list of creative activities!  There is something so irresistible about the ICAD (index card a day) challenge. Huge thanks to Tammy at DaisyYellow for hosting this great adventure!

I have my index cards (4"x 6") and I'm in!!!  I'm going to complete 61 cards in 61 days!  No cheating this year either!!!

If you haven't heard about this - hop over to the ICAD challenge - follow the button in the margin!!!

ICAD - #1 I'm on my Way! Bic Markers, Micron Pen

ICAD #2 Flying Fish - Viva Los Vegas Steampunk Stamp, Micron Pen, Watercolor

ICAD #3 Travel Map - Watercolor, Marker, Micron - This map will be completed while on vacation! Route numbers and other info will be collaged on top!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Explore Crescent Moon - Diva's Challenge #72

Gee - it's like going back in time to the beginning! Crescent moon is one of the first tangles that I become familar with as I began the fantastic Zentangle adventure!

Laura at "I am the Diva" selected a tangle which poses a great challenge for me. I tend to avoid crescent moon when I am not using it instructionally. Thank you for the motivation Laura!

Here is my tangleation - Zentangle Inspired Art version!

Have a great week!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Feeling Groovy!

Hi All!!!
Tangles used: Groovy - Eden and Footlites - Carole Ohl

I love the Diva's Challenges! Thanks Laura Harms! If you love to tangle - do check out Laura's weekly Zentangle Challenges!

I covered my tile from corner to corner even though when I started out I thought I'd leave some white space without tangles!  Oh, well - hey! Does dark space count? If so, then I did leave some space untangled!!!

For my new tangle friends - I used a "tangle enhancer" on this tile. It's called rounding. If you look at groovy on the right side and lower right corner, you'll see I rounded the ends of groovy. Look at the difference - same tangle 2 different looks by using "rounding".

I'm going to continue rounding the rest of this Zentangle, cause I think it looks really GROOVY!

And now, I'm "Feeling Groovy"!

I love this song!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tangled Up in Steampunk Postcards!

I had been avoiding steampunk; just didn't get it or wasn't inspired by it. Then one day, I saw some tangles on Flickr posted by Molossus (Sandra Strait) and I thought wow! those are cool! If you haven't visited her blog, "Life Imitates Doodles" - you really should!   So I jumped in and began to explore! I was obsessed with steamy punk tangling for most of March! LOL!

A couple of these ended up in a trade for some AWESOME steampunk postcards from Sany P and Kristy S. How lucky am I?!?!!!

Here are my attempts - a few of my own tangle designs, some inspired by Sandra Strait and of course other tangles in there too!!!

Huge thanks to my hubby, Frits for taking the fantastic photos!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stained Glass Pennants

I just have to share these AWESOME images of tangled stained glass pennants! These were made for a swap in the ZIA yahoo group. I hosted the swap for March and had to take a picture of all the pennants before swapping them out. They are GORGEOUS!

The pennant swap has been a monthly swap which started in December. The pennants are ATC size 2.5" wide across the top and 3.5" in length. After making and trading these gems, each artist will assemble the pennants into a swag.  How exciting is that!

Some of the themes we've had are: inspirational words - tangled around (joy, peace, love, hope), hearts, green and black, stained glass, and quilts.

If you want to try your hand at making some for yourself - you may download this pennant template. When you print the template, make sure that you set "scaling" to "none". Use paper the weight of card stock so that you will be able to fold them in half to construct your swag.

If you make any - let me know how they come out!


Stained Glass Pennant Swap 3/2012

Below are some samples from the other swaps; the length of the swag keeps growing!!!

Inspirational Words Swap

 Black and Green Swap

 Tangled Hearts Swap

Quilt Swap

Monday, March 12, 2012

Diva's Challenge #62 Spirals and Pair-a-dogs

Whoa!  This was so much fun! What a great combination!  I really need to practice these tangles more often!

Thank you Laura and Marizaan van Beek!

What - it wasn't "pair - a - dogs?"  LOL!!!!

Have a great week!