Archive for June, 2013

29
Jun
13

Weekly Challenge #124 : We Are Calgary

This week’s challenge was prompted by the flooding in Calgary, and the heartbreak suffered by a community due to the destructive flood waters.  This challenge is “open”, and I quote : “I only ask that you keep Calgary in your hearts this week, and any part of the Earth where people are dealing with incredible struggles and tragedy.” (IAmtheDivaCZT.blogspot.com)

My home state is Oklahoma, and I have nieces & nephews living in the Moore area. Thank God, they are OK.  My heart breaks for the families who lost everything, especially for those who lost loved ones. So, my drawing is dedicated to Oklahoma.  I used patterns that remind me of wind & rain & hail, homes, crops & brokeness. I also used “Hartvine” to show the love sent to the area, and flowers to show hope. I drew this week’s challenge on a 4-1/2 in square of print maker’s paper.

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(clicking on any photo in this blog will enlarge it.)

The specific tangles used are listed here:

Casella by Connie Holsapell, Hurakan by Carole Ohl, Pop-Cloud by Carla duPreez, Cracked by Lori Howe, Hartvine by Lori Howe.  Official Zentangle patterns: Nipa, Zinger and tangleations of Zinger, and Hollibaugh.

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19
Jun
13

Zentangle Weekly Challenge #123

This week’s challenge is thought-provoking.  It has to do with defining “Zentangle”, and working a Zentangle out of the parameters of what defines  “Zentangle.”

From I am the Diva, CZT (http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.ca/)  :

The challenge for this week is: can you do a Zentangle without  using existing patterns or tangeleations* of them? And what are your experiences while doing so?

*patterns and tangeleations as far as you know”

These are my thoughts:

People design patterns all the time. So, is this challenge to make a Zentangle with one’s own patterns, created just for this challenge?

The Zentangle method was crafted specifically to help anyone have a creative experience that is meditative, aka “the zone.”  As an artist, I am familiar with this state of mind, and I did not need Zentangle to achieve it.

Zentangle patterns need to be non-representative, and achieved “one stroke at a time,”  3-1/2 inch square, and in black & white with shading. Anything else is “Zentangle Inspired Art”, which is what most of us end up doing after we get the hang of it.

You CAN certainly experience the creative/meditative state of mind without the Zentangle method. You can also create a Zentangle with original patterns, although it may take a while to come up with them, or it may be similar to what a lot of us did on our own before we ever heard of “Zentangle.”

So, for this challenge, I resorted to the way I would doodle and draw before I ever heard of Zentangle. I had the same experience, the “Zen”, but I did not have my catalog of patterns that gives me endless possibilities. I felt somewhat limited.Litter.1.laura.sanders.2013

This is the first attempt. I call it “Litter.”  I wanted to try again…

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This one I call “Wurmz.”  Nah…..

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This is the last one I did. “Fish Out of Water.” The “fish” was not supposed to be a fish, but when I finished, I thought, “That looks like a fish!” So, I worked a few details into it.  What I really noticed about working this way, the way I do my fine art, actually, is that I draw on the natural world for my lines and forms.  I realized that when I drew the first one, which is why I added the “litter” to it: pull tabs, bottle caps, cigarettes…

Is it a Zentangle?  No, but it could be called a “ZIA.” Did I experience the “Zen”? Yes, I did get “in the zone!” It was not as much fun, though.  I kept thinking how other patterns that I know and love would fit in this.

Good challenge! Thanks, Diva!

15
Jun
13

My Newest Zentangles and ZIAs

I have been busy!  I purchased and downloaded the  2013 Edition  Tangle Guide from Tanglepatterns.com

and printed out the pages, cut out the patterns, and glued them all into my Tangle Guide sketchbook. Why would I do that, you ask?  Well, I like to look for patterns according to the type of pattern they are, and alphabetically arranged patterns are not very helpful. So, first of all, I separated Official Zentangle Patterns from all the rest, and arranged them according to type— Grids, Checkerboard type, Spheres, circles, stripes, mazes, concentric, diamonds, triangles, plant-like, etc.  I just went through and started putting them into piles with similar characteristics.  Then I glued them onto pages. Then I did the same with the unofficial patterns. Took a couple of days, but now that it is done, I have a great reference for my patterns! I did make sure that I included the designers’ names with each pattern so that I can refer to them.

Anyway, with that in place, I went through picking a few patterns that I had not used, and began creating Zentangles. Here are a few:

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This one I call “Windoz”. I worked with Pane, which I love for its open look, and Pea NuckleDiva Dance, and Striping or Bongo, it’s kinda both… Hazen  is the window-looking one that I rounded the corners to, and added the straps/ties to. Hazen is challenging to me, so I am going to keep using it until I get the hang of it. I decided to fill the “panes” of Hazen with the very organic looking Poke Root. Poke Root is one of the best filler-tangles out there! I LOVE Poke Root!

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This one I call “Carpetz”, using my own grid pattern, Spyz. I have used  Jute a lot, because as yet, I have not been able to do it accurately! I also love using  Pepper and  Jetties  as fillers.

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This one I call “Assuntaz” . I saw the “scrolly” version of Assunta,on the left, on a Pinterest post of tangle designs by “Tangledlady.” She does beautiful work. The other Assunta, on the right, is my own tangelation. I filled the open space in the middle with floral type patterns. I love Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler.

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This Zentangle was done on a 4-1/2 inch square card designed for the Letterpress system (Lifestylecrafts.com). It is a thick paper very similar in texture to the Tiepolo paper used for Official Zentangle tiles. This tile features Courant at the top, then Eke, Ahh, combinations of  Striping & Shattuck, Yincut & Orlique, and the bottom is filled with different patterns and tangleations such as Verdigogh, Chainging, Poke Root and Poke Leaf, Tagh, Ynix, Locar, Squid, Tidings, Flux, Mysteria, Sedgling, Springkle, and Floo. Whew!!!

10
Jun
13

New Pages…

Hey all!

I have added two new pages to my blog that will specifically address my interests in Zentangle. The main page is titled “Zentangle News”, and it has a sub-page devoted to Zentangle Weekly Challenges by IAmTheDivaCZT.blogspot.com.  I also have a separate page devoted to my fine art, which has a gallery of my art work, and it is titled, cleverly, I might add, “Some of My Drawings”.

Keep Creating!




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