Friday, April 24, 2015

Opus 'quilt'

This is my most recent Opus tile, 10.5 inches square and the same lovely Tiepolo paper as the original zentangle tiles. This had some gray wash from a previous project and I wasn't sure what to do with it, but the wash went nicely in two directions so I began by tracing squares all over. The square template is a left over board from game pieces.

For some reason I seemed to be doing a different tangle is each little section and it became a bit of a tangle sampler. However, there is some repetition! I added a few dashed lines to simulate stitchery.
Tangles: oh, so many!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Artists' Workshop exhibiton

This past weekend the art group I work with once a week through the winter had its annual show and sale. Of course, I showed all zentangle-inspired art: some small, some large; some color, some black-and-white; some trees, some houses, some onion domes, some mandalas, some fish...  :)

Here are my two boards the afternoon before the opening reception.

It's always interesting to hang a lot of recent work all together. I hadn't realized how much I had been using browns and blue/teal/turquoise. I've also done a lot of trees this year. I sold quite a few, one of which I'm mailing to Florida and another will be picked up by the purchaser when she passes through Saskatoon at the end of May. What fun!

After all that standing and socializing, when I came home on Sunday I needed to chill out, so of course I tangled! Here's the tile I did, using Sue Clark's tri-shape string, drawn blind. I like how Sand Swirl is standing in for the border of Crescent Moon!
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Knightsbridge, Paizel, Pinbawl,
Sand Swirl, Tipple, Tripoli, Zewm

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Traced object string challenge

A while ago my husband bought some tiny tomatoes in a container with an interesting star-shaped lid. Unfortunately it doesn't quite fit on a zendala tile. Phooey. But it was terrific for this challenge! The lid and the first tile I prepared are below.
I traced the edge of this shape a few times across the tile. Then I did some of my many favorite tangles.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Black Pearlz, Fassett, Ing, Pearlz, Prestwood
I'd recently tried some black-and-white on a tan tile and liked the result, so I decided to try this challenge like that. Again, I traced the edge a few times across the tile.
Tangles: Knightsbridge, Paradox, Prestwood variation,
Printemps, Sindoo, Strircles
For those interested, this is the black-and-white on tan tile that I had done previously - nothing to do with the current challenge!
Tangles: Buttercup, Kiss, Knightsbridge, Meer, Pinbawl,
Printemps, Tipple, Tri-dots, Tripoli
I couldn't resist trying the same thing on a zendala tile, still using the tomato lid for a string.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Zentangle has just posted step-outs to the tangle Flux, complete with two iterations, Maria's and Rick's. Flux is the Diva's challenge this week.

I've liked Flux since I learned it at the CZT seminar I attended in May 2010. At that time Flux was Maria's version. It was joked that Rick had difficulty doing the little indent before continuing with the shape. Maria jokingly called his attempts "Tongues" in reference to a Rolling Stones album. Another student at that seminar remarked, "It looks like purslane." and I've thought of Rick's tongues version as Purslane since that time.

Here's Maria's Flux with some of the additions I like to include, especially if the round ends are large: a spiral end, little droplet 'stems', and a zigzaggy thing. There's also Rick's version (Purslane).
Tangles: various Fluxes, Black Pearlz, Tipple
 And another, with both iterations, and Phuds, a tangle that uses similar shapes.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Flux (both M & R), Phuds

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Three of my roots

Recently I rediscovered three of my very early Zentangle tiles. One of them was done at the CZT training seminar I attended in May 2010. Proof positive that practise brings improvement!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spiral strings

A spiral string. Now that IS a challenge! There is basically only one section so how do you know when to change tangles? How to make it interesting? How do you keep the spiral showing?

I started my first tile with zigzag tangles in mind. I like to do a few of them, changing from one to another, and that works well in a spiral.
Tangles: Diva Dance, Golven, Knase, Paisley Boa,
Pearlz, Prestwood, Zedbra
At a recent class one of the students discovered Assunta. I hadn't done that tangle in a while so I thought I'd try it in a spiral. Once I realized that I should leave the spiralling droplet shapes white, it seemed to come together.
Tangles: Assunta, Black Pearlz

Monday, March 23, 2015

We Love 2 Tangle!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending, and the honor of teaching at, We Love 2 Tangle in Calgary AB (Canada).

Organized by Sandra Chatelain CZT, the day-long workshop attracted 50 avid tanglers from Calgary, Canmore, Grand Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Revelstoke, and Saskatoon. There were seven CZTs present and four of us taught something. Here's yours truly with Laura Harms and Cindy Hagen.

Laura shared her Zentangle story, parts of which I knew and parts of which I didn't. She also taught us the tangle Phicops, developed by her husband Brad.  I've done Phicops before but really 'got it' this time watching it take shape before my eyes. I'm really pleased with the tile I did.
That cool little curly thing in the corner was developed from a pattern I noticed on the wall sconces in the room. :)

Nina Klaiman showed some variations of Crescent Moon, and Cindy Hagen did the same with Betweed. Here are my tiles, Crescent Moon incomplete.

I taught two sessions. The first was variations of Paradox and Hollibaugh, including the now named tangles Morse and Windfarm. I offered my two demo tiles for the door prize table but forgot to take photos first!
That's me at the document camera preparing to teach,
and Sandra Chatelain at the mike.
The second session was half an hour about using board game piece leftovers to make strings, so it was pretty much "here's how to do it, here are 60+ boards, go to town and have fun!" See more about this idea here. I started two tiles by demo'ing pencilling some shapes, and finished them with tangles later. Here they are complete.
Tangles: Bunzo, Camelia, Finery, Jalousie,
Knightsbridge, Tipple (Caviar)
Tangles: Aquafleur, Beadlines, Black Pearlz,
Demi variation, Fleurette, Knightsbridge, Sanibelle
The event was a rip-roaring success in my opinion, and I think Sandra is looking to do it again next year!