Found time to do a challenge this week which was nice. This week’s Diva Challenge is to do a duo tangle with Fengle and Quandry only. I have used one of these before but not the other. Can you tell which one I’ve never tried before? It’s pretty obvious in the first of these tiles. Oops. But carried on anyway because there is never a mistake with Zentangle.
In other news we are all on baby watch for my good friend over at Elmo. I’m sending her lots of labour vibes in the hope her baby arrives tomorrow which would be just the best present ever. 😉
And I’ve started working in my small Moleskine notebook and am really loving it. This is just a plain 9x14cm notebook and it’s working out just fine. Here are some completed works from this last fortnight.
Finally! I got time to do the Diva’s challenge this week before the deadline. Probably because it’s school holidays and I’ve been taking things a bit slower this week.
I even managed two tiles.
The first one seemed really obvious and I haven’t looked at what other’s have done yet but I’ll bet someone else has done this too:
And the second one I did a string and went more traditional. It’s been awhile since I did a standard string on a tile and just do what ever turns out.
The rest of the week I was working on a bigger tangle in my Moleskine. Really liked how this one turned out. My inspirations were many but started with the Verdigogh on the left. In fact the bottom left Verdigogh stayed on the page by itself for a few days. It looked really nice. But then I just started looking out for plant-like tangles to add. I was particularly inspired by Virginia Burrows Creative Times blog on Tumbler and her flowers here. I don’t know what this tangle is called but I really like it a lot. (ETA 26/10/13 – I think it might be Henna Drum)
I’m nearly to the end of this Moleskine and I ordered a new pocket-sized Moleskine for my next book. It arrived from the great people at Notemaker.com.au this morning. If you’re in Australia and haven’t found them yet – well – maybe that’s a good thing. It will save your hip pocket.
Until next time.
I’m off to look at all the other challenge entries for this week.
It’s been awhile since I had any time to do any Zentangling. I finally finished a piece last night while I was studiously avoiding the very depressing Australian election coverage.
Anyway – here’s what I ended up with.
I was really inspired by a couple of tangles I saw on Pinterest during the week and also a graphic that whizzed past on SBS during the week.
The first tangle was called Big Zentangle over on a blog called Being So Well. The artist was designing something big to go on her living room wall. She incorporates many elements that I really love.
The second tangle was probably more of a doodle by a Japanese artist called Miura Takao (aka Noah) who has a site, called Noah’s Art, full of interesting stuff. It was part of this doodle that got me inspired. Can you see which bit?
I have to admit when I first saw this new tangle I was really not keen. It just seems so stark and geometric and I do like a curve (as you can see from most of my tangles). Nevertheless I also now have new official Zentangle Tiles thanks to Shelly Beauch CZT (who thank the goddess, stocks these things for those of us downunder) and so I thought I would just get on with this week’s challenge and see what came out.
I used a slightly wonky version of Maria’s dovetail arrows rather than the standard version and as I was going, three pine trees emerged, followed by three houses in front, followed by three schwaying women in front of that. In the end – I am quite happy with my challenge effort this week.
This is my second go at a Diva Challenge, but the first time that I will be on time for the deadline. I am hoping I can manage to get the linkey thing to work ok.
This week’s challenge is a square inside a square. As per usual I used my Moleskine notebook. Although this morning I did finally manage to find a CZT (Michelle Beauchamp) based in Tasmania, Australia, who actually sells Zentangle tiles downunder. I can’t wait for them to arrive in the post!
Tangle patterns: Peaks Border, River, Hollibaugh, Shattuck, Tipple, Pokeleaf.
This was the first time I tried River as a pattern, and I was only marginally happy with the way it came out. I think if I did another version of this I would also try to have more elements coming across the borders to add more interest.
I also scanned this before before shading…
…and after shading to show what a difference a bit of shading can make to a zentangle.
This is my first go at a Diva Challenge, but I was too slow to realise that there was a deadline – so it won’t appear on the linkey thing this time.
This challenge was to use one of the tangles created by the Diva challengers – this time it was one created by LeeAnn. I used my Moleskine notebook and a 01 and 08 Micron to draw, followed by a 2b pencil to shade.
Tangle patterns: Girdy, Beelight (I think?), Scallops, Floatfest, Rouche, Weben, Tuxedo, Lantern, Footlites, Jalousie, Sand Swirls, Lotus, Inapod, Printemps, Tipple, and a string of what I refer to as a snakey thing which could be a variant of Marasu or Barberpole. Can anyone help me out?
A few weeks ago, I was browsing around Pinterest looking for doodles and stumbled upon some really nice ones by Margaret Bremner. (Margaret Bremner, coincidently is the name of my year 7 maths teacher – but that was in New Zealand not Saskatoon). Anyway, Margaret Bremner has a blog called the Enthusiastic Artist, and I had a quick squiz around her website and noticed that she was doing something called Zentangles.
A few click later and I had zoomed through Rick and Maria’s Zentangle site before heading off to my kindle and buying a fantastic book called One Zentangle a Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. And then I was off. This is my first Zentangle in my old trusty Moleskine notebook that is already half full of doodles that I’ve been doing over the past six years at least.
Tangle patterns: Starting top right corner and going to the centre anti-clockwise: Keeko, Flukes, Florz, Shattuck, -, Crescent Moon, Pokeleaf, Purk, Nipa, Holibaugh x 2, Tipple x2, Fungees.