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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