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Zen-Untangled Wk 11: Dribbetz, Cadent, Tidal, and Aquafleur,

This week’s tangles in the Zen-Untangled project are Auraknot, Aquafleur, Bunzo, Cadent, Dribbetz, Finery, and Tidal.

Once again I had three of the seven tangles already on ATC cards with their step-outs. The other four I ended up getting the step-outs done but didn’t get the sample drawn on the front of any of them. :(

I decided I wanted to draw on a gray tile this week. I’ve been seeing so many lovely tan and gray tiles and have some here, so I pulled one out. They are definitely not my comfort zone.

Here’s the scan of my tile before shading.

Here’s the picture in natural light.

I’ve always drawn Cadent with circles instead of squares and I have to say that I definitely prefer it with the circles but now I’ve tried it with the squares.

I think Tidal looks very much like Tagh. Tidal is the first step in Tagh. Some think that Dribbetz has to be in a comma shape but from what I’ve seen, it really is just a series of dashes made to fill a section, which CAN be made in shapes.

I watched a few videos for aquafleur because I haven’t used it much. I opted to go with the version that is kind of like Pepper and not the one that spirals in on itself.

Part of the joys of gray paper is using white pencil or ink to make some pretty highlights. I decided to add some white Dribbetz to the remaining section of my tile. And then I added a little highlight and some graphite shading to each tangle or section too.

Here’s the scan and the natural light picture of the shaded tile.

It turned out okay. There’s definitely a learning curve to shading and highlights. :) Have you tried a gray tile?

Thanks for stopping by, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 10

This week’s tangles were Arukas, Spoken, Ennies, Chartz, Fife, Hazen, and Sampson. I’ve tangled four of them before (arukas, ennies, fife, and sampson) and have seen chartz in my zentangle box.

Spoken Tutorial Found

I don’t do very good with the squiggly lines of Sampson but it turns out decently. Spoken was a completely different situation. I just wasn’t quite sure how to tangle that one. So, after checking out the comments, I realized that nobody else really knew either. So I did a search and found that Melinda Barlow has a video for this one. It made so much more sense after watching her do it.

Basics of Spoken

In case you are not familiar with Spoken, it is like the spokes on a bicycle. First draw the circle for the center where all the spokes come from. Then it is one of the “take off and land” sort of tangles. The idea is to first do all the spokes going in one direction around the center be it clockwise or counter-clockwise, and then do the spokes in the other direction, all the way around the center orb.

Before watching the video, I thought maybe the second round of spokes were just the continuation of the first round of spokes from behind the center orb and then there were a couple extra spokes that didn’t match up. So glad the video cleared it up! :)

Homemade 3Z Tiles

This week’s tile was to be done on a 3Z tile but alas, I didn’t have any. So I set out to find a template to cut my own. I know that the 3Z tiles are equilateral triangles and each side is 3.5″ long. This makes the height a tiny bit over 3″. I found a video showing how to cut one for quilting. (Note: equilateral triangles have three 60º angles.) I got a nice rotary cutter set for Christmas, so I pulled it out and cut my tiles. I now have a nice pile of them from only one sheet of watercolor paper. Now, I want some in grey and tan. I do have both papers here. It’s just a matter of taking the time to cut them. ;)

Here’s the string:

I thought that since spoken and arukas both have a center orb, I could put the orb in the center of the tile and tangle each of those in a section. Then I decided that since ennies has some orbs in it, that it could fit in okay, so it would go into the third section.

Here is how it looked before shading.

It was dark out by the time I finished tangling, so the best I could do for a picture was on the table.

I wasn’t quite sure how to shade this one but I gave it a shot. ;)

Here’s the scan.

And here’s the picture.

I feel like this one could benefit from a splash of color but am too chicken to try it. :D

I hope you are enjoying this time of social distancing. Not much is different for me–I’m an introvert and enjoy being at home. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 9: Cogwheel, Cirquital, and Ravel

I’m happy with my new organization where I work on step-outs three to four days and then work on the string over the next two days. I’m not perfect at it yet, but it is helpful. :)

The tangles this week are Ravel, Cogwheel, Cirquital, Rixty, Courant, Rumpus, and Chillon. Thankfully I had three of these already down, so that just left Ravel, Cogwheel, Courant, and Rumpus.

I have to tell you Rumpus kicked my rump. I was struggling to follow the step-out, as it appears that step 4 was rotated a bit. Then someone on the facebook group shared this youtube video where Maria talks through tangling Rumpus. NOW I get it. It is quite lovely and I didn’t do it justice but at least now I know how to tangle it.

Alice shared the step-out by Holly Atwater for Chillon. There is one variation there that looks soooooo nice! It has a completely different look. (It’s the one on the upper right hand corner.)

I have to say that once again, there are a couple tangles that resemble each other so much that I would probably not name them correctly if I saw them in a tile or zia. This week those two tangles are courant and cogwheel. Now, if you search for cogwheel, the one Melinda Barlow does looks nothing like the official step-out. I saw on the group that someone said hers is called Wheel Cog . . . I don’t know who the creator of that one is though.

Well, this week’s string is a blind string. That means to put your pencil on your tile, close your eyes and draw a string. I do start by putting my dots and borders first though. As usual, I forgot to take a picture of my string before I started tangling.

Here is the scan of my tile before shading.

You can see some of my string but I marked it in red here.

As you can see, I opted to ignore part of the string. :) It was just too good of a place to put Cirquital. When I tangled Ravel, I added the striping as soon as I drew those first two lines, so I wouldn’t lose the middle. :D I much prefer the tangle with some kind of filler added to it than without, which is what I did for my step-out and didn’t care for it as much. Here’s the picture I took in natural light before shading.

Yeah, it’s another overcast day. ;)

Then I added some shading. Here is the scan of the shaded tile.

I was at a loss on how to shade cogwheel. I tried adding some graphite and ended up erasing it . . . yeah, I know, no erasing . . .

Here is the same scan only smaller, because it is so much kinder to my lineart. :D

Here is the picture taken out in natural light, where the sun did break through the clouds for a few minutes. ;)

I felt something needed to be done with cogwheel, so I added some red/pink watercolor pencil.

Yeah, the sun went back behind the clouds. :D

I considered blackening some of the white space but just wasn’t sure. And I’m still not sure about the pink. How would you shade cogwheel? Which one do you think is better, with or without the pink?

Well, that’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Catch-Up Week 2

Alice provided us with about five strings including a zenbutton template. I drew them all out but only got two done. But hey, I got two done this week, instead of my usual one tile. :) She said to use any of the tangles we have already covered or any we want to include. I stuck with ones we’ve done so far in the 8 weeks of this project.

I did intend to try my hand at a zenbutton but the week got away from me before I got around to doing it. So, maybe I’ll do that in a future week. :) I currently have three webpages open in my browser with fragments and reticula to use on one.

I’m looking forward to putting my new routine into practice this week. I’ve glance at the tangles for week nine but have since forgotten them. ;) I’ll get organized later today and do a step-out for one new-to-me tangle.

Any way, here is a scan of the first tile I did. I used Nipa, Echoism, Florz, and Cubine.

I forgot to take a picture of the string. So I marked the string in red on this one.

As you can see,  I carried Nipa and Florz over into a second section of the string and opted to leave four sections empty. I didn’t want it to get too busy. Here is the picture in beautiful sunshine. :) (It’s nice to have sunshine again.)

Here is the other tile I did: scan, string, and then natural light. I used Xircus (or the idea of Xircus), Hollibaugh, and Festune.

The borders on this one were really different. I liked it. Then the string was loopy, which I also liked.I know it isn’t exactly Xircus and there is probably a tangle that it is more like but Xircus is what inspired me. I don’t think it is important to have a specific name to each piece of my tile. :)

Here are the finished tiles, first the scans and then the ones taken outside in the sunshine . . . I’m so thankful for shading.

Zen-Untangled Week 8

This weekend I sat down and worked out a schedule to do these step-outs and tiles throughout the week instead of at the last minute the day before this post is up. Since my post comes out on Wednesdays, I’ll use that as my first day. My plan looks something like this:

  • Wednesday: organize (if I didn’t do so on Saturday when the new week’s tangles and string were posted), seeing for which I already have step-outs made up, and do the step-out for 1 tangle.
  • Thursday-Saturday: draw 2 tangle step-outs each of these days for tangles that I don’t have step-outs made.
  • Sunday-Monday: Do the tile and the dare or tangleations, if desired.
  • Tuesday: write up blog post. :)

This week’s tangles were Amaze (aka Stiritup), Bucky, Cyme, Dewd, Evoke, Floo, and Gust. Amaze is one that I learned years ago and really enjoy it. However Bucky and I are not very good friends. ;) Cyme is nice but there’s a point that I don’t know exactly where to put the next round of ‘petals’.

There there is Dewd, Evoke, Floo, and Gust. I do not care for Dewd at all. Evoke and Floo seem to be variations/tangleations of Dewd or vice versa. And since I don’t like Dewd, I don’t care for these either.

I never even knew Gust existed. It’s is kind of nice because it is kind of shaped like a bracket with a loop in the middle. I’m not very good at auraing so that is probably one reason why I don’t care for these tangles.

So, here is the string.

Since I enjoy Amaze, I knew I wanted to include it in this tile. Cyme seemed like a good fill for the bottom section. And of the remaining ones, Gust is my favorite, so it will be used too. I decided that I didn’t need to fill all the sections.

Here’s the scan of the tile after the lineart.

Here is the picture I took outside, although it was overcast, so not much sunlight at all. ;)Then I went to shading it.

That white section kept nagging at me. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to blacken it, shade it, or leave it alone. I finally decided to blacken it. And it didn’t look quite right, so I flared it out to the edge of the tile.

That is the scan and next is the picture I took outside.

Well, I thought it looked a bit odd and maybe even regretted filling it in. So, I blackened the rest of the border. Here’s the scan of the finished tile.

And here it is in natural but overcast light.

So, which way do you like it best? I think I prefer the end result with the black border even though it seems that Gust lost something after blackening the border.

Next week will be another catch-up week where Alice provided several strings to play with. I don’t know if I’ll do more than one or not yet. We’ll just have to see.

Until next time, Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 8

It’s funny; when I looked at the tangles for this week in the Zen-Untangled project I thought I was going to have to do the step-outs for most of them. But then when I went to start tangling them, I realized I had all but one of them. :) And I hadn’t even heard of it before.

Enyshou is that tangle. I struggled with it from the step-out. So, I did a search for it and found a couple of youtube videos featuring it. I really liked the look of it from their videos, especially the one by Melinda. Hers are quite pretty. :)

To say that I’m not friends with Enyshou yet, is an understatement. ;) But Melinda’s video gives me hope that I can actually make something pretty with it one day. Although I have to admit that I think it looks best upside down. ;)

This week’s tile is to be done on a Bijou tile. I’ve never done a Bijou tile before. The only difference in a Bijou tile and a regular tile is the size. The standard tile is a 3.5″ square tile with rounded corners and a Bijou tile is a compact little 2″ square with rounded corners.

When I went to Pamela Newman’s Zentangle gathering at the library in Tulsa, she gave me a Bijou tile. Then I found a 2″ square punch that I requested for a gift and received. :) But I still haven’t used it. :D

I really liked having a much smaller drawing surface for this one. With the string provided, I decided to go with some tangles I’m familiar with. I almost went with Knightsbridge because it is one I use frequently but I decided that the shape of the string lended itself to a basket like shape, so I went with Huggins for part the string. Hibred is another tangle I’ve used some and thought it would look nice on the side. Then I thought Festune looked like it could be an item in a goodie basket. But Festune and I are not very good friends, so it didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped. ;)

Here is my bijou tile  before shading.

Here is the picture I took of it before shading and in natural light. :)

I added some shading and some blackening around those orbs of hibred (is it Hybred or Hibred?).

Here is the scan, followed by the picture in natural (but overcast) light, of the finished tile.

I definitely need to practice with Festune, not to mention Enyshou. But I will another day.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this encourages you to try your hand at some Zentangle. Have you tried Enyshou? Check out that video above. Let me know if you give a try.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week (Catch Up week 4b)

Last week I mentioned that I was probably going to do one of the strings from the catch up week after week 4 so that I could work on tangling every day rather than a lot in one day. ;) Well, I decided that was a really good idea.

Alice did provide seven strings. I think the intention was to ensure that those that were already caught up would have something to do each day. ;) I looked through the seven strings provided and picked one. I wish that I’d have scanned it before I began tangling but atlas, I did not. :) But here is the scan of my tangled tile marked with the string.Here is the scanned tile without the string marked.

I used Pepper, Hurry, Echoism, and Ynix and I still don’t know how to pronounce that last one. ;)

We actually had a bit of sunshine yesterday and I got the tangling done while it was out, so I was able to get a picture in natural light.

The cats were quite interested in what I was doing.

I then took it back inside to do some shading. Here is the scan of the shaded tile.

It always looks so much better smaller, so that you can see fewer of the imperfections.

Here are the pictures I took outside. I had to wait a bit for some clouds to pass and of course, the cats were still interested.

I really liked running Ynix up the right side border. It looks a bit more shaded in person. :) I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. Echoism was a bit small in the bottom section, so the inner aura didn’t turn out very good, but I think it contrasted nicely with the opposite blackening on the other part.

At first I thought the upper loop on the tile was too big to use for the center of Pepper but I think it turned out quite nicely. I’m not sure what I think of the middle loop with Hurry in it. I tried to do some under shadow with it. Overall, I like how this one turned out.

I just realized that the Echoism and Ynix sections kind of resemble a cat. :D With Ynix being the tail. =))

Next week I’ll be back with week 7 of the Zen-Untangled Project. :) I’m familiar with most of the tangles for week 7 but I’m not sure how many of them I already have stepouts made for.

Well, I’m going to run for now. Thanks for stopping by. I hope these inspired you in some way.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 5

So this is week five of the Zen-Untangled project. This week’s tangles were Mooka, Fescu, Doodah, Moonpie, Zinger, Springkle, and Hollis. Of these I have drawn Fescu and Mooka several times. I’ve learned Doodah last year and used it that once. I’ve used Zinger before, or at least what I knew to be Zinger.

Hollis and Moonpie are new to me. I do believe they are fairly new tangles, so I don’t feel too bad. ;) I have seen Hollis but I have never seen anyone label Moonpie before. I had no idea it existed. It is very easy to do and I love the contrasts built into it.

That leaves Springkle. I have to tell you that this tangle looks so much like Zinger that I really don’t quite know the difference between them, except for the “stem” part. It really seems to me that one is a tangleation of the other or simply a variation and that both are tangleations of Fescu. The start of both seem very similar to Fescu. But . . . they have their own names straight from “Zentangle headquarters” so I guess they are their own things. :)

The basic Springkle reminds me of Cupcake from pattern-collections, which is a favorite of mine. :) I love the flow of the top, but  I digress.

Stardust pens Cupcake Flower ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided to look online for some more samples of Springkle and found one done by Linda over on Time for Tangling. I really loved the variation on the blue tile, although hers is a little bit different from the official stepout (but I did watch the video she linked to where she learned how to tangle it).

The string for the week is basically an X. She drew hers without dot and border but I wanted the boundary of the borders, so I included them. :)

Here is the scan of my tile before shading.

I forgot to take a picture of it before shading. Here is the scan after shading, which shows the imperfects more.. I didn’t get very aggressive with the shading this week as I was running low on time with so many stepouts to do. (I had to do 5 of them this week. :p .)

This is truly one of those times when I’m not sure which way I like it best. I like it corner to corner so Fescu and Springkle are standing but then Mooka is upside-down. I guess this is my preferred view. ;)

I did take a few pictures but the flash isn’t very nice to it either. ;) What are your thoughts on Springkle, Zinger, and Fescu?

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Locar, Pepper, and Nipa

This is catch-up week on the Zen-Untangled 2020 project over on Tangle All Around facebook group. She did offer up seven new strings to play with any of the tangles so far. I however, am just finishing up with week four. I’m having to do most of the stepouts this week even though I am familiar with most of the tangles.

Well, Nipa and Pepper are two I love and actually have stepouts already done for them. Verdigogh is one that I have printed out from my beginnings of Zentangle and Molygon is not a favorite of mine but I know its steps. Ellish is one I’m familiar with but don’t prefer either but have made a stepout for it because I did start tangling with it in church one week and realized that I didn’t exactly know the steps from memory. ;) So Bumper and Locar, which are very similar to each other, are the others that I needed to do the stepouts for. I did get those two drawn but not shaded yet.

I only did the stepout for Locar but not the sample on the front of my ATC card. Thus I have not shared it here.

I used the week four string that Alice provided. Here is the scan of my unshaded tile.

Then I added some graphite shading.

Here is the picture of the finished tile. It was after dark, so I had to take it inside. It is kinder than the scan. ;)

It amazes me how the tile can look so different from different angles.

Actually Locar and Bumper are very similar to Verdigogh to me and Verdigogh is one that I always have had trouble with.

Well, I gotta run . . . thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 3

Officially this is week 4 of Zen-Untangled on the facebook group Tangle All Around but I’m just finishing up week 3. ;) Between this and Show Me Your Skills lettering class, I’m behind on one or the other each week. I guess I should show some of that here too. Well, maybe I’ll do that next week. It is the final week of the beginning lettering class. I have decided to continue on though, so between the two, I’ve got a daily activity for the next several months. :)

This week’s tangles are Flux (both Rick and Maria’s versions), Cubine, Frondous, Ynix, Ixorus, Hollibaugh, and Echoism. I already have ATC stepouts for both versions of Flux, Cubine, Ixorus, Echoism, and Hollibagh. Consequently I only had to make stepout ATC for Frondous and Ynix (I sure would like to know how to pronounce those . . . I pronounced Printemps like it looks until I heard Rick pronounce it on a project pack video. :) )

Here are the fronts of my ATC for the two new-to-me tangles.

This one is Frondous.

And this one is Ynix. (Please tell me how to pronounce it!)

This week’s string was a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner through a medium circle in the middle and once again, I forgot to scan it before I started.

I did “cheat” a little bid and used my helix to make the circle in the middle. ;) I decided that Ixorus would work great in the circle. I actually thought that Frondous, Ynix, and Flux would all be a bit larger but when I drew them, they came out on the small side. It worked out though because I was able to get all seven tangles plus the variation of Flux on this one tile. Echoism isn’t very visible though. I really like that tangle because it flows so well.

At any rate, here is the scanned tile before shading.

In hindsight, I probably should have started Ynix a little further inside the border instead of centered on the border. But, I think it balanced out okay. Here it is in natural light.

I started to do some curvy Hollibaugh (actually did two lines) and decided I wanted the rest to be straight lines.

Here is the finished tile scanned.

The natural light had set by the time I finished shading the tile, so I took it inside with the best lighting (and unfortunately a flash) I could get inside.

I’m still learning how to shade Frondous and Ynix. Have you seen these tangles before? How do you shade them?

Well, I’ll run for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº