Posts Tagged ‘doodling

01
Oct
13

On the Border

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Here I am in front of my two ZIAS (over my head in black frames) at The Small Works Show in Greenville, SC. I won the Merit Award for my work, $75.00!  I am going to work harder and a bit larger for next year, as placing artwork got $200, $400 & $600 prizes!  The pieces that won were “Fish Out of Water” that I actually did as a Diva Challenge 123, and the other I called “The Beach”. (You will need to scroll down after clicking to see them).

It has been quite a while since I participated in the Diva’s  weekly challenge (IamtheDivaCZT.blogspot.com)… seems it has been since my wonderful cat, Sam, died.  I also got involved in textile pattern and surface design online classes ( SkillShare.com), and had to learn how to work with Illustrator and other digital art software. I was finally able to create patterns that I could upload to SpoonFlower.com, a great place to upload and buy/sell your own fabric designs. I do love patterns!

Also, I am going to the June 22 CZT training session in Providence, RI next year! I am soooo excited! Yay oh Yay! If any of you are going to be there too, let me know! To learn more about this, please visit Zentangle.com.

Here is my Zentangle based on a border that I found in my surroundings. I have these really cool beaded coasters, and I used the border of those coasters in my tile. The coasters have little jingle bells attached to the outer edge, and I noticed they kinda look like “Poke Root.” I love Jane MacKugler’s “Henna Drum” tangle, and have incorporated that into my tile. I also used “Sparkool” by Lara Williams to fit inside the curved border.  As usual, I added my own embellishments on the edges, and I added auras here and there.

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02
Jul
13

Diva’s Weekly Challenge #125, “Birdie Feet”

This month’s “use my tangle”, aka “UMT”, is Birdie Feet by Owl Loving  April.  The pattern step out is here

I enjoyed doing this! I drew a string that made a wandering path through my tile, and filled it with Birdie Feet. I put dots all around the feet to remind me of bird seed.  I surrounded the path with variations of Hollibaugh, Mooka, Locar, Tipple, Zander, and a variation of Scrolled Feather by Helen Williams. The upper right area is a variation of Hurry–filling the area with alternating lines .

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Clicking on the image will enlarge it.

Zentangle® patterns used: Locar, Mooka, Zander, Tipple, Variations of Hollibaugh & Hurry

Variation of Scrolled Feather by Helen Williams

Birdie Feet by Owl Loving April

To read about weekly challenges, go to I Am the Diva CZT ( iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com )

To learn more about the Zentangle® process, go to my page, Zentangle News.

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!

03
Apr
13

Zentangles on Different Papers

Today I worked on two ATC’s from Canson MiTientes Pastel 98lb papers. One is on an ochre colored paper, and the other on a light brown. I used a Pigma Micron 005 black pen and a #2 pencil for shading, but on the colored papers I needed to add highlights, and that was done with a Conte white pencil. I really enjoyed working on the smaller ATC size.I also created my first Zentangle on the 140lb printmaking paper “Tiepolo” by Fabriano paper makers. I cut the paper into 3 1/2 in squares, the standard Zentangle size. It is a lovely paper to work with.  It has a smooth, but slightly textured surface. Again,I used my Pigma Micron 005 black pen, which I prefer to the 01 for its finer line. I used the #2 pencil and a blending stump to create shading. This work contains the tangles “Squid”, “Ynix” and “Pepper”. I embellished it with “Fescue” and “Locar”, and a tangle of my own that I call “Chicken Tracks”.ImageImageImage

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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