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02
Jul
13

Stars and Stripes and Beaches and Birthdays

Summer in the USA involves 4th of July celebrations, trips to the beach and pool, picnics, family reunions, and fun!

I did  Zentangles® reflecting some of these summer fun activities.

For more information on the Zentangle process, see my page “Zentangle News”

Tangle patterns that are not identified by designer are official Zentangle® patterns.

The first Zentangle I call “Starz and Stripz.”

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

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Zentangle tangles featured are Bunzo, Fracas and Auraknot. I love Fracas for this event as it looks like fireworks! I played around with lines at the bottom left in a way similar to Auraknot , Hurry and IX.

The next is “Beaches”

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The upper left corner was an improvisational design I did . The upper right is a variation of Leaflet by Helen Williams. The Conch shell form on the left was  also improvised as I went along. The Conch shell design on the right features a favorite tangle pattern Fish Net by Mariët Lustenhouwer. Squid is in the center of the two Conch forms. In the very center is a version of Fengle. The left center form is tangled with Purk, and the right form is filled with BalesZinger is between Purk and Bales. Bottom left is Fünf (which means “five” in German) by Denise Rudd, and bottom right is Snaylz Trayl by Andrea “Cookie” Shuman.

This design I did for a friend celebrating his 60th birthday. This is the first time I have tangled a number or letter (still have not done a letter!)

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This I call “60”. On the “6” you will see “LX“, which is “60” in Roman numerals, done in the same manner as the official Zentangle pattern IX.  Featured are Purk, a variation of Eke, Knase and a variation of Knase, Twing and a variation of Rain. The “0” features a variation of Chainging, Cadent, Betweed, XYP, and Coaster by Carole Ohl.  Around the edges are Verdigogh, Squid, Poke Root, Poke Leaf, Mooka,Pendrills, and Dooleedoo by Ksenija Volisavljevic. I had a lot of fun doing this!

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!

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!

30
Mar
13

Zentangles

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

I have recently discovered the art of Zentangle, which I find fascinating!

The Zentangle art form is very much related to the way I draw already, and so it feels natural to me. I love exploring the patterns, and I love the small format. I also love the possibilities that Zentangle Inspired Art (“ZIAs”) present.  Once I get the hang of working with the different patterns, I will start adding Zentangle influences to other works of art and with different media. I am very excited about this!

Zentangle.com is the best place to start. I bought a book called “One Zentangle A Day” by Certified Zentangle Teacher ( CZT) Beckah Krahula . I highly recommend this book as a place to start your Zentangle journey.

I did find an error in her book concerning the paper that is used for the “official” Zentangle tiles.  She writes that the paper is Fabriano Tiepolo, 240 lb weight printmaking paper. After doing a lot of searching through art supply websites, I finally went to the Fabriano paper making website, and discovered that their Tiepolo only comes in 140lb weight. I’m guessing this is a typo on Beckah’s part. The paper can be purchased from Art Supply Warehouse at $5,80 per sheet if you buy 5 sheets. They continue to discount the price as you buy more sheets. I bought 5 sheets and paid about $8.00 S&H. When the paper arrived, I cut one of the sheets into the official 3.5 sq inch size, and got about 50 tiles. Official pre-cut Zentangle tiles come 55 to a pack for $29.00 plus S&H.  Zentangle tiles have their logo on the back, and two lines that are used to sign and date the tile. I don’t mind not having a logo, and I can draw the lines myself, as Beckah indicates in her book.

.??????????? Zentangles 008 Zentangles 012These are examples of what I have worked on at this point. The first two are done with a white Gelly Roll pen by Sakura on Strathmore 400 series Gray Scale paper at 80lb. The first is on black, and the second on a dark gray. The paper has a textured surface. The third is an exercise from my notebook done with a  Sakura MICRON 005 black pen.

23
May
12

The Intuitive Artist

It's All in the Palm of Your Hand The Dream of Aengus

The intuitive artist works without a plan, or with just the bare bones of a plan. I am the “bare bones” type of intuitive artist.

The Intuitive part of all works of art comes from within the artist. I had always struggled with finding a subject worthy of drawing, but I realized that I never had that issue when I doodled, and my doodles were always pretty beautiful. Why not take that mode of creating art and hone it, put a little more thought behind it, and create it in that “doodling zone?”

I then came up with an idea, and I had lots of ideas, and decided how I would represent that idea. I started with an image, for example my meadowlark in “The Heart of a Bird in Winter,” then I thought about how to make connections and break up the space. Once I had this mapped out, I filled in the spaces with lines and motifs that seemed “right” to me…and that is the intuitive part.

I love working this way.  I never lack for a subject because my ideas are my subjects. I love working with patterns and lines and values.  Working this way, within rather than without, feels valid to me, and my work is truly MY work.




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