Sunday, August 30, 2015

TIPPLE, and then some

Tipple is a simple and popular tangle that I imagine every CZT teaches an introduction class. But simple needn't be boring. There are many variations of this simple tangle, and I'd like to show you some.

While there are no online instructions for drawing Tipple, I’m fairly certain you can figure it out for yourself! This tangle is composed simply of various sizes of circles. The original tangle starts with larger circles, and continues filling with ever smaller circles until there's no more space.
On this tile I used various sizes of pen as well as  many variations of Tipple.
The two opposing corners were blacked in, then tangled in white ink.
You can draw the circles so they touch but don't overlap, or you can draw them so they do overlap. To me this is Tipple pebbles and Tipple bubbles. For an added bubbly look, break the line on the inside of a circle when the one you're drawing appears behind it.
There are a few examples of broken line bubbles in the tile below:

Instead of drawing ever smaller circles, try eliminating the smallest circles, and filling the background with black.
That look can vary further by drawing larger circles at the center of your section, surrounded by smaller and then smaller circles, with black around the periphery. Or, in reverse.

The placement of the circles doesn't need to be random. Try drawing the circles from teeny-tiny to large beginning at the periphery, or at the middle. It's even better once you add shading, and is rather striking when you use this method in adjacent sections (see the tile above). If you begin the tiny circles at the periphery you might start to wonder "What was I thinking?!?" - it can seem a bit tedious for the first couple of rows. Trust me, it gets easier and the effect is worth it.

It's not necessary to fill an entire section. Pretend the balls have weight and are tumbled into the dips and corners of other tangles.
And don't fret. Gravity can be wherever you want it to be. This is art, not scientific illustration.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Hibred, Lotus Pods, Phicops, Tipple
Tipple is terrific as a 'filler' pattern. Use it as an added element in other tangles for striking effects.
Tipple playing with Cadent, Paisley Boa, and Paradox
(For more about variations and fun with Cadent go to this blog post.)
(For more about variations and fun with Paradox go to this blog post.)
Tipple playing with Crescent Moon and W2.
There are lots of ways to shade and highlight a circle so that it appears more spherical.
You can use pencil:
You can use pen:

Moving slightly away from Tipple, I have seen it done where the circles/spheres are viewed more from the side and parts can't be seen.

Of course, you can always fill the circles, but then you're getting into making other tangles. There are quite a few tangles that begin like Tipple, with a lot of circles. Here are some you may like to try:

Finally, here's an all-in-one (well, almost) page for visual reference purposes.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

More houses from CanTangle

More delightful eye-candy as people complete their whimsical landscapes with houses from my class at CanTangle in July. See the first post here.

Sue Sharp wrote, "I'm much happier with it than I worried I would be… This project was fairly stressful, but in a good way, I think. I love some things, not so much some other things. I tried new things, I borrowed ideas seen in others landscapes. I had to add some colour to get the feel I wanted. All throughout I had to remind myself that I had lots more paper, many more pens, and to relax and TRY whatever felt right. I loved the one Margaret brought that had night and day in the same scene, and that's what I tried to capture here."
She went on to do another:

Caren Mlot added just a few hints of color, and white in the clouds. I like the cinderblock look of the middle house, the way she used stippling in the 'bricks'. And look at that chimney smoke! Caren didn't like the Crescent Moon shape on the left, but others did! Originally it was the sun, but morphed into a tree behind a fence. It's all good!

Aleesha Satva did a second one she calls "On a Hill Far Away".

Sue Clark wrote, "I worked on my houses on two different camping trips... On my last day of finishing the houses a storm was coming in over the mountains and the clouds grew dark and pretty soon it was happening on my paper too, but instead of just rain, it turned to snow and a winter scene. The river froze and an ice skating pond appeared. If I named it, it would be Moon Shadow because that Cat Stevens song kept going thru my head after I made the moon."

Susan Cirigliano is on a roll and has done two more! In her first here there are many very pointy ends but also a lot of graceful flow - a lovely combination. Her second piece has some red wine in the wash, giving an interesting purple-red hue. Sue calls that one "Manhattanville".

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Undulating 'S' curve

This week's guest challenger on the DivaCZT blog is Sharla Hicks. Sharla's challenge is to use a C or S curve tangle and to work in a series. This is a wonderful way to push the boundaries and discover other ways of doing the same old thing. I usually find myself doing this with a monotangle or duotangle challenge. I get on a roll and one tile makes me think of something else that could be done.

When I read "S-curve" I knew immediately which pattern I would use, although it's one I've rarely used. It's called Mambo, and was designed by Helen Breil. I discovered it when I was hunting black-and-white patterns in between discovering Zentangle and becoming a CZT.

Here's my original note about Mambo, and how to draw it.

#1 - I used a simple, 3-line, lightning bolt string across the middle. I wanted only two variations per tile so I could see them easily. First I did Mambo as Helen did (left side), then filled alternate stripes black (right side).

#2 - Sharla suggested using Perfs and Auras as part of this investigation so I did Perfs on the left and Auras and Perfs on the right. I added Black Pearlz to a few too-white areas.

#3 - An easy way to vary a tangle is to vary the scale, so I did Mambo smaller, and larger.

#4 - I thought Mambo could be interesting as a border and tried that, small and large. The tangle in the center is my latest, Pixioze.

#5 - Then I thought, "The S's don't have to be empty" so I filled them with stripes (top).
In previous tiles some of the 'S's connected in ways that seemed like ribbons and I decided to explore that idea further (on the bottom).

#6 - Then I thought, "S's don't have to be curvy" so I did them with angles and corners (left). Then I realized that the angular S's could work in a rectangular grid (right). I experimented on the back of the tile first! Okay, not undulating, but still cool.

#7 - Filling in those two loops of the 'S' with stripes reminded me of Aquafleur, so I did one like that. If you look closely you'll see that the lightning bolt division is horizontal.
Other tangles: Aquafleur, Aura, Black Pearlz, Firecracker, Tipple

#8 - Then I thought, "It doesn't have to be a Roman letter S" so I did the only other one I know, an Arabic S. (My husband and several other people were having a meeting upstairs, so I was holed up in my basement studio for three hours. What can I say. I was becoming somewhat Mambo Undulation Variation Punch Drunk by this point!)
Other tangles: Beadlines, Crescent Moon, Pearlz, Tipple
#9 - Then for some reason I thought of Hollibaugh and decided to overlap some S's. It didn't really work out that way but I tried some other interesting ideas: curvy Knightsbridge, Aquafleur again, and a dovetailed corner (like Hibred).
Other tangles: Aquafleur, Knightsbridge, Tipple
At around 11:30 pm I decided I should go to bed.

The next day... yes, seriously. I was still thinking Mambo and S's and undulations.

#10 - Pencil outlines. I decided to use the S's as a string, although in the end many of them got outlined anyway.
Other tangles: Aquafleur, Beadlines, Black Pearlz,
Lamar, Paradox, Pearlz, Phicops
#11 - Then I noticed my computer wallpaper, a fabric swatch (isn't it gorgeous!?!?!) with spirals (like S ends, no?) with rolling zigzags on the outside.
Well, gee, I could try that too! I did. I turned it every which way, and it has to be on the diagonal. I like it, but I can't not see an 'S' !

I think that's all folks. I hope so. I have other things to do. Thanks Sharla! I'm not sure if this is what you had in mind, but I had fun. :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Let's all be 'ZenDivaDala'

This week's summer guest host of the Diva's weekly zentangle challenge is Erin Olson of the Zendala Dare, and she's presented a zendala template for us to tangle.

I decided that it would be fun to use only tangles associated with Laura, the Diva. I thought I'd use Diva Dance of course, but ended up not. In this zendala you'll find Boo-Kee, Kofeforn, Phicops (Laura's husband's tangle), and Zedbra (a joint effort of Laura and me!) as well as Black Pearlz.
I'm not that happy with it, truth be told. I think the tangles I used are all composed too much of lines and not enough solids of black or white. It went through several changes along the way. I drew lines in the white areas of Zedbra to darken it, then grayed them entirely. Some parts of Boo-Kee were white, I made them black, then white again! I intended Phicops to take up more space and had to put something else in the outer areas that I then filled in black because I didn't like what I'd put there!

Oh my. A learning experience!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PIXIOZE - a new tangle!

Tangles: Knase, Paradox, PinBawl, Pixioze
Pixioze is quite simple, and develops in an organic way rather than more rigidly. As you can see, it uses a lot of Auras. Something about the tiny pattern and the sparkly look of all the tiny circles struck me as pixie-like, and there are a lot of larger circles, thus the name... pixie O's.

It was inspired by a delightful design on a hotel carpet.

Here are the step-outs:
I suggest placing the initial tiny circles very randomly, some close together, some far apart. Then three rings around each one. Add more tiny circles and Auras, and the occasional leaf shape with inner Auras. Keep adding circles and leaves until you've used all the space. Don't forget to shade at the end!
Tangles: Flux, Leaflet, Meringue, Pixioze, Yuma
Some of the background circles can spread quite wide. Some of the additional tiny circles can touch another shape, giving you more like half a 'target'. Some of the tiny circles could be dots instead (see the carpet photo), but I prefer them empty. More sparkly.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Jalousie, Paisley Boa, Pixioze , Prestwood variation
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!

After this tangle went public, Debra Castaldi, a CZT in Boston USA, tried some variations which are delightful. Here's her Tangle-a-Day calendar with Pixioze in the center, with broken line highlights on the left, and some blackened sections on the right. Have fun with those too!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Houses from CanTangle

In mid-July I taught a session at CanTangle - a learning event for Certified Zentangle Teachers in Regina SK. We began a small artwork (5"x11") based on the rows of houses I often do. Some people were given cool-toned materials to work with, others had warm tones.

Such great beginnings! I asked people to share their finished work with me so I could share it with my blog readers. Prepare for a lot of wonderfulness!

Cris Letourneau used a blue wash to finish the sky. I like how the house looks as if there's bunting draped around it for some sort of celebration, and the shading under the bottom edge.

Aleesha Sattva mentioned that her moon had turned into a sun. She arrived home to discover that her paper had torn during travel. She worked with the rip and titled her art "TiMe WaRp". Enter through the door. :D

Laura Harms - of DivaCZT Weekly Zentangle Challenge fame - used her 'honor tangle' Diva Dance in the sky. And such lovely shading on the middle house, provided by the original gray wash.

Cris Titus' houses found themselves on an island. What fun! Note how she used gray pen to do Printemps in the sky. And I like her use of Leaflet for a tree -.

Debra Castaldi used Verve in one tree (gotta remember that one), with a lovely country pond behind it. Note how the crescent moon in the sky echoes the 'moons' on the lefthand rooftop.

Lynn Mead commented, "I was surprised when the sun became a tree and a walkway became a stone wall, but what really surprised me was when bubbles popped out the chimney... this was really fun." I like the border of long, thin stripes, and that's Lynn's tangle Fassettoo in the sky.

Susan Cirigliano's creation is just chock-a-block full of interesting patterns. Her Indyrella at the top left is wonderful; I have trouble with that one. What an interesting droplet-shaped window!