I am participating in Valentangle this year. Of course, I didn’t do yesterday’s prompt because it was a busy-ish day for me and you were supposed to tangle on something other than a tile. Since it took a bit more effort to figure out, I decided to wait for a day that I had a little more time to devote to it.
The 1st prompt was to use fragment given (play with the fragment). Since I’ve been enjoying Ratoon, I put it in the center of Ratoon. Here it is unshaded.
And here it is shaded.Day 2: Use a heart shape in the center of Ratoon. Yay! I got to play with ratoon some more.
I didn’t really know how to shaded/highlight it and once I started decided I liked it the way it was and didn’t want to mess it up any more.
Day 3: Fill only a small area of the tile. I decided to go with the fragment, doubled, in the corner. But then it looked to bleh. So I added a little bit of pink watercolor pencil on the hearts and it was better but still bleh. So I added a bit more on the outer edge and spread it toward the center. Now I like it.
I like to smudge the border shading to make it kind of look like a window or ledge or something.
Day 4: Make a 3Z mosaic or puzzle using at least 2 3z tiles. Thankfully I remembered Pam Neumann, a local CZT, had given me a couple tan 3Z tiles several months ago and I hadn’t used them yet. Yay! Thanks Pam.
I’d seen what a few people had done with the prompt and didn’t want to be a copycat, so I put mine together in a different way. I used Luv-A by Sharon Caforio and Heartline by Helen Williams. I like how this one turned out. I’m still not very proficient at adding the white highlights but I’m getting a bit better.
I worked really hard at learning Heartline last year and was surprised how easily I remembered it. Luv-a and I were not very friendly last year but it too returned much nicer this time around.
That brings me to this week’s Diva Challenge. Since this is the first week of the month, she chose Anthem by Jody Genovese. I think it looks like crystals. So, I looked at Vitruvian Art’s video tutorial on how to color clear crystals and tried to do as she suggested. I watched one she did with gel pens but opted to go with the other version.
That asterisk is supposed to be a sparkle kind of thing but I don’t think it works. I kind of wish I hadn’t added it. I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils that I got dirt cheap last summer. I really like them though.
Well that’s it for me this week. I’ll continue posting my Valentangle pieces on IG, if you’re interested. But I’ll probably recap the new ones here next week too.
Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment; it’s so nice to know you liked my work.
For the last several months I have enjoyed the lovely work of Anica Gabrovec a.k.a. Zen Linea, as she used Ratoon. I was soooo glad when the tangle tutorial was put on youtube. I watched both that were available and began playing with it. It is fun for me to play with. I mentioned this last week and even shared a simple white on black tile I did.
I’d also done a quick Ratoon on a tan artist tile (4″ square) and as I also stated last week, had drawn some stripes behind it and then put it to the side, not knowing how to proceed. Well with this week’s Diva Challenge to use Ratoon, I pulled it back out. I’ve liked how Anica has used tan tiles and perused her Instagram to get some ideas on how to proceed on this tile.
Here it is before any backfill or shading.
I took my white gelly roll pen and decided to just put some angled lines down on the background stripes. At first I didn’t think the my gelly roll pen was working because I couldn’t see the ink but then lifted the tile and saw that the white was there. I adjusted my angle and filled the background with lines. Then back to Anica’s instagram to see what else I should do. After studying her lovely work, I decided to use the white General pencil and a standard #2 pencil for some various shading.
I opted to try to fill the center and make it an orb. I don’t think I quite got the shading right but it is a good start.
Here’s the tile when I finished.
Do I need to but a dot or two of white along the bottom? I just don’t have much experience with this kind of thing yet and am not sure what to do. I did get out my 6B pencil on the bottom of the center to get it really dark but all the rest of the black shading was done with the standard #2 pencil. I’d love your caring critique/suggestions on how to improve. Now as I’m looking at it here, I’m thinking that I should have added a bit of rubbing around the border too.
Next I pulled out another discarded tile I’d done in the last week of Ratoon. I had just grabbed a tile that was laying around (even had a bit of an impression on it from a cup or something) and just wanted to draw Ratoon. I grabbed a pinkish glitter pen (which is sadly lacking in the glitter department) and tangled and laid it aside.
I decided I wanted to try my hand at a gem in the middle. I’ve been intimidated by them for a very long time. I even bought an ebook from Eni Oken on it. (Unfortunately I never did anything with it after my initial read through . . . I prefer books in my hand rather than ebooks but I digress.) I’d seen some videos on youtube by Vitruvian Art on how to draw gems and stones. (BTW, if you haven’t drawn either, concentrate on one or the other, don’t confuse yourself with both like I did.) Anyway, I’d seen these videos back in November when around the time my dad had open heart surgery. It had seemed so easy and I was taking the plunge and all I got done was this . . .
Yep, that’s it. It was at that point that my dad was rousing from anesthesia and I was able to go in and see him. I never did get back to this.
Well, two months is a long time, so I went into my youtube history and found the videos I’d watched that had made it look so simple here, here, and here. The first is a short five minute tutorial and the last is some hints with Prismacolors, since that is what I have.
I forgot to take a picture of the tile before I added the gem but here it is all finished. I think it looks a bit better a bit smaller.
I’m not sure what else to do to it. I did a very light shading with a very light pink on the outside, which you might be able to see on the left side but am considering just blackening that all in. I found a prismacolor pencil that worked for shading the “glitter” pen I used. This is actually my very first gem, and as such, am pretty proud of it but would love any caring critique you might have. I did go over the gem with my blender pencil but it is so scratchy and doesn’t really seem to do a lot.
I’d also played around with my metallic gelly roll pens on a black tile using Ratoon. (I told you I love this tangle!)
I was just using the pens quickly, so my lines are not all wonderful but I do love how pretty it is.
Oh, I did take some photos of these tiles to share.
As always, I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really like the feedback on how I’m doing.
Tiffany and I are trying something new this year that we are both pretty excited about. We are have five activity focuses each week. Of course we are doing our necessary duties each day but then focus on art, reading, baking, writing, and errands.
It was fun to have a day to play my new art supplies I got for Christmas. I started by trying out my glass dip pen that I got from Wish. It was about $5 total including shipping. I’d seen some gold glitter ink samples there for only $2, I think it was $3 total. I thought I’d ordered orange but when I used it today, it was brown and I could sense no glitter after writing with it.
Then I decided to play with my spray stains. I started by wetting the watercolor paper but felt it was too wet because it curled up a bit. So I laid up down to flatten out a bit and worked on my tile for the Diva Challenge. By the time I finished it, the paper had dried a bit too much, so I used a sprayer and spritzed it with water and then spritzed it with some of my stains.
See that black bit? The colors had pooled together and muddied up so I dabbed out some of it with a tissue and I like how it turned out. One of my stains is tarnished brass, which is glittery. I sprayed it in three of the corners. I’m excited to see what I can do with this next week.
I’d seen Ratoon drawn quite a bit and have loved it but couldn’t find the step-out. So I asked a few places and before I knew it someone had posted a video tutorial on how to draw it. It seems to be the tangle I want to draw all the time now. I’m really loving it.
I drew my first one on a tan tile and then put the stripes for the Diva Challenge behind it but changed my mind and opted to start a new white tile. Started with the dots and border and then added large stripes diagonally across the tile.
I started the tile by adding another line across the center stripe and added a zigzag line. I remembered seeing a tangle that started this way but I could not remember the name or how to proceed. I finally found it by a google search and the image tab. It turned out to be Rain, an official Zentangle pattern. I then added Zander, 123 O’Leary, and Betweed.
I’m surprised, once again, that Betweed has shown up again AND how easily I’m able to use it when I struggled so much in the past.
Here is the tile before shading.
I do still have a bit of a hard time with the little triangular bits of betweed and I just can’t seem to do the sparkle on zander either. I tried but it looked odd, so I solidified the line.
Here it is after shading.
Here is a picture of it, although it isn’t in natural light.
Funny, I thought I’d shaded it a bit more but oh well.
I also played with some lettering but I’m still in the beginning stages of learning this art form, so I’m not sharing any of that today. So, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a great week.
Once again, thank you for stopping by and for leaving comments; they are so encouraging.
If you follow me on Instagram (buttons are at the bottom of every post) you may have seen this first tile I’m sharing today. I did it in conjunction with Zenuari2019 but I have to admit that I am not managing to draw daily. I’m okay with that though because I am drawing more than before.
The Zenuari prompts for ninth, tenth, and eleventh were new to me tangles, tangles beginning with first initial, and unusual string. I combined them all in this one tile. I used two new tangles that begin with the letter M – Mosi by Katy Kehoe and Membranart by Tomàs Padrós. I used a pink water color pencil for my unusual string but then it disappeared when I water brushed it so I added more and a darker pink.
At first I added a metalic pink colored pencil and after adding it on the one side, I realized that it wasn’t a water color pencil. Oops! Then I found a darker pink water color pencil and added more. It all worked out in the end.
Here’s the tile with just the string.
Here it is finished.
I really loved how Mosi turned out! I think it looks like roots.
Here is the scratch-off tile I did at the hospital last week, that I told you about. Since you use a wooden stylus to scrape off the black and expose the gold underneath, I decided to go with tangles that had some straight lines. I started with Florz, although my diamonds look more like circles here. Meer is a favorite of mine and worked out okay. The surprise to me was that double Betweed at the top. The triangular space just screamed for Betweed. I sectioned into two triangles because of how I wanted it to flow and was amazed that it just came together! Betweed and I have never been on friendly terms. For whatever reason, it evaded me before now. I still don’t have the weighted ends down great but I’m pleasantly surprised with this tile. There’s not really any shading that can be on this kind of tile, which is kind of nice. Although I guess I could use a white gelly roll.
So up next is a combination tile for Zenuari2019 for 12, 13, and 14. The twelfth was grid tangles only. The thirteenth was Bring Your Own Beverage. Well, I had already drank my tea for the day and took the last little bit in my cup, added a bit more water to get it out of my cup and poured it onto a tile but it looked like nothing but water.
For Christmas I these distress stains.
So I sprayed a few spritzes of the Mustard Seed. Where it was wet already, it was nice and yellow and smooth. Where it landed on dry tile, it was spotted. Since I was using this stain, it qualified for the Diva Challenge this week to use some new medium. It had a bit more brown tint in some of it, which surprised me.
Finally 14Zenuary2019 was to tangle your idols, which basically means to look at the tiles of those you admire and figure out what appeals to you. Well, I have loved Lily Moon’s tiles from the very first one I saw. I think it is her boldness with black. I find I really like tiles with a nice black and white contrast. Another artist I love is Anica Gabrovec, Zen Linea. She also has such a great use of contrast and is really inspiring me in color.
The directions of the prompt said to dedicate the drawing to that person. Oh my! I would love to if it had been the pink one up above but this one is not my favorite. I’m even struggling to like it. But here it is.
I just added the ?bales? in the background and then added a contrasting color. Now I’m not sure that I should have done that. Ugh! I seriously don’t know what to do to it. I’m probably just going to hide it in my album with the rest of the tiles.
I decided to pop it into GIMP and see what it’d look like with a few changes. Here I removed the background tangle and brown coloring. Of course it removed some of the shading too though.
Here I tried to fill the brown areas with black but because it isn’t very solid, it filled in scratchy. I don’t think I’d like it black. What do you think?
And then I had one more thought, maybe I should blacken it all in. So I opened it back up in GIMP and painted that background black. It’s not perfect, but it definitely gives me an idea of what it would look like.
Well, I’d appreciate any tips you have. This is a new realm for me. I did enjoy twisting my grid to flow around the yellow stain.
I’ll run for now. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to know which way you like it best? Have a great week.
My mother had knee replacement surgery this week and thus I have been at the hospital for a couple of days. On day one I drew two tiles. The first was a gold scratch off tile. The second one I did was for the Diva Challenge this week.
Although I don’t have an art spinner, I used my helix to draw a couple of circles. I did find that the helix doesn’t work as well on cut tiles as it does on a sheet of paper larger than the helix itself, as I had to be careful not move the tile instead of just the pencil.
I was just playing around with the helix when I decided to go ahead and just draw some lines. I started with a few light sectional lines and then went for a few curves/arches. From there I auraed the insides of the curves/arches and then I just drew some straight lines after which I drew some diagonal lines.
I wasn’t sure what to do with the inside of the circles and finally settled on hollybaugh blackening behind it. Here is my tile before shading.
Here it is a bit smaller, to see less of its imperfections.
And now shaded.
It turned out differently than I thought it would when shaded but that’s okay.
I also found Zenuari2019 daily prompts and did get Sunday’s done. It was to use a blind string. I forgot to take a scan right after drawing the string so I inked it in on this first one of the line drawing before shading.
The loop just screamed Abeko to me. Abeko is one of those tangles that is relatively new to me and I just love it. It is so simple and flows so well.
I was going for something simple so I added in knightsbridge for some nice black contrast. I knew I wanted to add the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle, Zwieblbee by Beate Winkler. The only thing left to figure out was what to put up in that upper left corner. It just screamed Betweed to me but that scared me because Betweed and I have not been friends. I don’t know why. It just flowed this time around. It flowed so well that I used it again the next day on the gold scratch off tile I did, which I will share next week since I won’t be able to have enough time to add a photo now, since it is dark out and it doesn’t scan well.
Here it is shaded.
Did you notice the bit of drop shadow I included? I probably should’ve added a bit of drop shadow on Abeko too . . . drat, just now figured that out . . . oh well.
Well, that’s it for me today. If you know of any other month long daily tangle prompts, I’d love to know where to find them. The one’s I’m aware of are Valentangle and Inktober and now Zenuari.
Thanks for stopping by and much thanks to you if you leave a comment, it means a lot.
Until next time, God bless,
P.S. Thankfully, Mom is doing fantastic!!!! God has been so good!
Each year when Laura takes her holiday break, I continue to do tiles. This year it goes with her challenge so I thought I’d go ahead and keep including my new links on the Mr. Linky.
I really liked the white Cosmic Flower on the black tile last week and then it occurred to me that I had a silver metallic pen that might show up as a shadow on the black tile. Here’s what I came up with.
I promise you, some of that is silver metallic ink.
Here’s a picture I took of it outside in natural light but it was an overcast day.
Yeah, it’s hard to see. I did half of that cane shape and even some of the orbs with the silver and the other half with the white gel pen.
Then yesterday I realized I also have a gold and reddish color metallic pens. So I decided to give the gold a try on a new tangle. I’d seen Sampson on the 12 Days of Zentangle this past week and thought it’d make a nice snowflake type shape. I did it from memory and having just looked it up to ensure I was spelling it correctly, I realized that I did even more of a variation than I intended and will probably give it another try with the “v” shapes added later (maybe even next week)
See I thought the goldish/coppery color would look like a shadow but it didn’t work out too good in practice. I’m also very new to adding highlights and tried to add a bit of a white sparkle-ish highlight but it didn’t go well either. I really think this would look a lot better with those “v” shapes on the lines . . . sure wish I hadn’t forgotten them.
Here is the same tile outside in natural but overcast light.
Then I decided to add the pinkish metallic ink.
I added some shapes on the ends of the lines (because I completely forgot about those “v” shapes) and it seemed to need something uhhhh, like the rest of the tangle maybe.
Here it is in natural light.
After all of that I decided to go ahead and give the standard black on white tile a try. Here’s what I ended up with, before shading.
And here it is after some shading. Once again I tried to add some white sparkle to it but I just don’t have the knack of that yet. But I shall keep trying, that’s how I get better.
Smaller is kinder to my line work.
And here it is in natural light.
I’ll probably try this again with the v shapes for next week. But if you have any other hints/tips for me, I’d love to read them.
Thanks for stopping by and for leaving comments, hints, or tips.
Recently I saw a neat tangle on Pattern-collections.com called ChristmasLights. I really liked it and decided to give it a go. When I looked for the step-out on their site, I found that they had a whole page of Christmas tangles. It is a really nice collection of patterns. They probably don’t all meet “Zentangle” standards of a tangle but I like them.
I also chose Anglop. It was a simple and fun little tangle.
So here is the tile before shading.
And here it is shaded.
I added a bit too many loops and twists in the strand for the ChristmasLights tangle but I think it turned out decently. Here it is a bit smaller.
I also did a black tile. I really liked Cosmic Flower and thought it’d be pretty on a black tile but I don’t think I’ve done it justice.
Of course, seeing it here, makes me wish I’d have used the white pencil on that border to give it a bit of a shadowy whispiness but I was afraid of messing it up more.
Here it is a bit smaller as well.
You can find all three of these tangles and several others that are really nice on Pattern-collections.com Christmas patterns page.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas! I’m so excited. I’ve gotten all of my gifts wrapped and under the tree. I’m just waiting on a few stragglers for stockings to arrive yet and then bake a few things as gifts.
Well, I’ve got a very busy weekend coming up . . . rehearsal for church party, church party, trip to my son’s to see Christmas lights, and church Sunday followed by visiting with family. I’ve got lots of errands to run today, so I’ll run for now.
Well, last week I didn’t get a tile done. I was at the hospital a lot with my parents because my 77 year old father had open heart surgery. Thankfully, he has surprised the staff there with how quickly he has recovered; God sure did answer prayers!
At any rate, I did not do the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Qua-Sahnt by Heidi Kay and I really liked the looks of it. So I decided to add it to my tile this week.
Laura’s diva challenge this week is to use Antonine’s 123 O’Leary, which I think is a really clever name. I just wish I had practiced it a bit before starting my tile. I thought I’d use it as a border and started with it all the way around but after starting it, quickly realized I needed to start over, so I flipped my tile over and tried again with just top and bottom borders. I really didn’t do it justice and guess I did more of a variation on it. But as is usual, the shading helps cover a multitude of “opportunities”.
I really liked both tangles and when I went to write up this post realized that Barberpole is the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle this week and I could have included it but alas, I did not think of it until I’d already finished. And once again, I did my tile after dark, so there is no picture taken in natural light this week either.
Here it is before shading. I really love when a tangle includes blackened areas.
However, any time there are blackened areas that are part of the tangle, I get caught up into shading right away. You can see where I had started shading the bottom of Qua-Sahnt in that “unshaded” scan above.
Here it is shaded.
As is usually the case, it seems to look better a bit smaller.
I’m pleased with it and hope to remember to try my hand at these again in the future. I like the looks of them.
I’m so grateful that my father’s open heart surgery went well and that he is now home. One doctor said that the procedures that my father had done together, he has only seen them done about 3 or 4 times in 10 years and they were amazed at how quickly he was recovering.
I’ve been continuing to work on the crochet project I shared last week but have not gone back to the gem. I sure hope I find some time to work on it because I really do want to try my hand at it and have seen some great videos making it look so easy.
Well, I’ll run for now. Hope you have a great week!
Today’s diva challenge is to use Fengle and Poke Root, neither of which I use very often. I even had to look at the stepout for fengle.
I don’t like to copy what Laura does and try to do something different. Well, this time it didn’t work out so well.
I did a whole lot of baking today, prepping for Thanksgiving. I used to only have desserts and a breakfast cake to bake. Well, now with us on THM, I still make desserts but I also need to put together anything else we want. This year I’m making dressing and rolls. Then I started the Pumpkin Roll and my daughter started the Pecan Pie. But I’m getting sidetracked. All that to say, it’s been a busy day.
So here is my tile before any shading.
This one was a lot better in theory than carried out.
Here it is shaded.
It usually looks so much better smaller.
I got a little carried away with the big one and went less and less on each one. They either remind me of hot air balloons or some etched lollipops. I originally meant to smudge that border line a bit but completely forgot about it while I was shading. Maybe you could just imagine it smudged, huh? I’m too tired to work on it any more and then take another scan. AND I’m even too tired to get the camera out and take any pictures. Of course it wouldn’t be in natural light anyway, since the sun went down long ago.
Well, I hope you in the USA have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow, full of family, friends, and making wonderful memories.
This week’s Diva Challenge is a string challenge. I like string challenges. And since I’d procrastinated getting my tile done this week (in order to post it on Wednesday morning) I could not accept the added challenge of doing a mosaic. I have to admit though, that it looks fun and I may add to it later.
I only tangled once in the last week. I’ve been busy getting Christmas presents bought and have even started wrapping them already. Since November started on a Thursday, Thanksgiving in the USA is coming a little early, which is nice for after Thanksgiving but not so nice for me getting it all done before then. My siblings, mother and I like to get our Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving so that we can enjoy the holidays without as much stress. This year I am following my mother’s example and trying to get them all wrapped by then too. Of course with the early Thanksgiving, I’ll just be happy if I have it all done by the first of December.
I’ve also started crocheting a Minion blanket for my grandson. Sad thing is that I had 3 rows done and didn’t like how it was going. So I pulled it all out and started over again on Monday. The problem was that I could not seem to count to 90 correctly and had to pull it all out several more times. Ugh!!! I finally decided to use a larger hook for the first row and then switch back to the suggested hook after that. It seems to be working better now and I have the right number of stitches, so things should go more smoothly.
Well, it’s been awhile since I did a straight diva challenge, so I forgot to take a scan before I shaded it. Not good.
I decided to tangle the semi-circles instead of the bar in between. I went for something easy and used Crescent Moon and then Athitzi by Seven. I just needed something easy because I have so much stuff to get done.
So without further adieu, here is my tile.
With the time change, I didn’t have any natural light left to take pictures by the time I’d finished, so here are some other views.
I like it. It is nice and simple and kind of looks like a bridge over some very dangerous areas. Or it also reminds me of looking through a microscope at two different organisms.
Well that is enough from me today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week.