Tangled Ink Art

Tangled Ink Art
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DIVA Challenge 269 Ellish

Whenever a new official tangle comes out, the DIVA always challenges us to give it a try.  I have been playing with this new tangle, Ellish, for a little while now, but never posted it anywhere.  I couldn't help do another one last night!  Not too often I have 3 tiles for the challenge



 
 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

DIVA Challenge 268 A bit-o-black

Yes, I am very late with my entry into last week's challenge!  I was out of town on a whirlwind trip with 2 of my sisters from Wisconsin.  We went to NYC for 5 nights (4 days) and saw all the attractions we could see.  We also took in 3 Broadway plays, and did some shopping!  We put a lot of miles on our feet, rode the subway everywhere we could, and we had so much fun doing all of it! 
The DIVA has asked us to add some black in places we normally wouldn't.  I added stripes in Paradox, Beelight, and Avreal, and some rounding around Poke Root, and Flux. 
Better late then never with my tile! 

Paradox, Beelight, Munchin, Flux, Poke Root, Tipple, and Avreal









Some of the highlights of our NYC trip too!

 


 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DIVA Challenge #267 Drupe & Poke Root

In celebration of Laura's birthday, she decided to have us do a Duo-tangle, since they are her favorite challenges.  I love the duo tangle challenges too, since they are usually two tangles we normally wouldn't pair together.  The challenge is to use only Drupe and Poke Root.  Happy Birthday, Laura! Have a good week, everyone! 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIVA challenge 266: Crux

As another 1st Monday of the month rolls around, so does the Diva's UMT (use my tangle) challenge.  This week we are using Crux by Henrike Bratz.  It's a fun tangle, with a lot of detail and variations.  I did mine on a pre-strung tile and put in a little Printemps with my two variations of Crux

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Workshop on ZenGems and Zenspirations Monogram Letters

This past Sunday I had 6 lovely ladies join me for an all day workshop.  In the morning we made the Zen Gems that have been all the rage in the Zentangle community for awhile now.  We made them on Bijou tiles (2x2") and tangled around them.  I gave everyone a cute little 2.5x2.5 photo cube to put their gems in and gave them a few other ideas on adding gems to note cards.  They did amazing work for their first time trying this technique


All the beautiful gems!
 
Bijou Gem tile mounted on a note card
Note card with Bijou Gem tile & a regular size tile with border
What a fun group of ladies that I have had the pleasure to get to know through several classes and workshops!  (I jumped in the picture too)
 
Bijou Gem tile mounted on regular tile with border
Mounted with mounting square to give it a 3D look





After lunch we worked on creating Zenspirations Monogram Letters.  These are letters that were created by Joanne Fink (who gave me permission to teach her technique).  I used Joanne's wonderful book Zenspirations Letters and Patterning as a reference. 
Again, I thought everyone did wonderful work for their first time trying this technique!
 
 


All the beautiful letters!
(sorry for the slightly out of focus shot with too much light)


Before everyone came, I made their first initial for each of them as an example to refer to and gift, along with a mini easel to display it on. 
 
 
Fun to add the bling too!


I also went high-tech!  I have taught classes from the easel for 5 years now and was more then ready for a change.  I used my iPad as a document camera and attached it to a flat screen TV with a HDMI cable. Thanks to Sue Sharp/CZT for helping me figure out how to set this up after I saw the idea on her blog!  It worked like a charm and the students thought it was great!  So happy to have this new (to me) way of teaching! 
 


I loved giving out new tools for everyone to try and take home; tiles, pens, markers, cubes, mini-easels, art, etc. I did a gel pen drawing give away too.  We had good food, laughter, and a very enjoyable time together.  All in all, the all day workshop was a success and everyone had fun!  Thanks again, ladies!  You make my job fun too! 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 



 

DIVA Challenge 265 Stripes

We have an easy challenge this week from the DIVA!  Use stripes as your string and tangle away!  I curved my stripes and filled them with tangles


TANGLES:  Paradox, Coaster, Sand Swirl, MI2, Golven, Warped Eggs

Friday, April 22, 2016

DIVA challenge 264 String into Spring

Our challenge this week from the DIVA is to honor springtime by making our string...a spring! Easy and fun challenge.  Thanks, Laura & B-rad (his idea)! 



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DIVA Challenge 263 Globular Grid

This was a fun challenge from the DIVA!  Take a round zendala tile and create a globular grid to tangle.  It was fun to draw the grid without using measurements of any kind, see the link for the easy steps.  It made a great way to do a zendala! 



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DIVA Challenge 262 Fassett

This week's challenge at the DIVA's blog is by guest challenger, Lynn Mead/CZT. Lynn has a really fun tangle called Fassett that looks complicated, but it's not.  Once you do the basic steps, the appearance changes so dramatically with the last lines you add.  This tangle has been around for awhile, and I love it I decided to make it a monotangle.

Friday, April 1, 2016

DIVA Challenge #261 Stacked Bijou Challenge

This weeks challenge at the DIVAs is by guest blogger, Jane Reiter/CZT.  She challenged us to take a Bijou tile 2X2 and cut out a 3, 4, 5, 6,  and 7 inch piece of paper to stack the Bijou tile on.  At first I thought, oh that's a lot of work, but seriously.....I have so much paper in my stash, and it really only took about 10 minutes to pick some out and cut it to size.  I then glued them together and just started tangling without any plan in mind.  I ended up really loving this challenge!  It was fun to use different colored paper, and pens, and also to connect some of the tangles from layer to layer.  Thanks for the fun challenge, Jane

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Zendala Class on Sat, March 26th

I had another fun zendala class with 3 wonderful ladies that have gone through several classes together now. I love when that happens, and students get to know each other and appreciate each other's work. It is also still heartwarming to me when someone tells me that practicing Zentangle has done so much for them and that it has become a part of their every day life. That's what it's all about!
Here are their beautiful 1st tiles.....

Not everyone finished their 2nd tiles, but they were looking beautiful!
Looking forward to seeing all of you again! Tangle on!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DIVA Challenge #260 Monotangle/Shattuck

This weeks challenge from the DIVA is to do a monotangle (one tangle) of the tangle Shattuck.  I have always loved Shattuck and ended up doing two tiles.  The first one is on a tan tile with brown, black, and white pens.  The second is on a white tile/black pen using the reticula and fragment idea (with Shattuck) from the new Zentangle Primer book by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  I love the new book, and hope to do a blog post about it soon! 


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bejeweled Bijou CZT Swap on Facebook

If you follow the Zentangle world at all, then by now you have seen, or hopefully even tried the Zen Gems.  They are such a big hit on several FB groups now. Emily Classon, CZT from MA hosted a wonderful Bejeweled Bijou CZT Swap on FB.  We just had to create 10 Bijou tiles with gems and tangling and have them mailed to her by the end of January.  I believe there were 27 of us CZT's signed up for the swap.  My gems arrived yesterday and they are all so beautiful.  8 of them were from CZT's in the US, 1 from The Netherlands, and 1 from Singapore!  This CZT and Zentangle community is so cool to have people who all share this common interest from all over the US and the world!  I will frame these gems and hang them in my studio to share with my students.  Thanks you so much to all of the CZT's I received gems from, and of course to Emily for all of her work hosting this swap

Gems I received in the swap

Gems I created for the swap

 Emily, host of the swap

A little Thank You gift I sent to Emily for hosting
As you can see in her picture, she loves tiara's!

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DIVA Challenge #259 Touch of Irish

Since this week is St. Patrick's Day, the DIVA challenge is to add a "touch of Irish" to your tile. I kept it simple and drew a 4-leaf clover to tangle.  I used watercolor first, let it dry, then tangled.  Have a good week, everyone

TANGLES:  4 Corners (variation), Tri-Roda, Arukas, N' Zeppel
and Printemps in background


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DIVA Challenge 258 UMT: Rautyflex

It's a first Monday of the month challenge (UMT) at the DIVA's blog this week.  We are to try using the tangle Rautyflex, by CZT, Kathrin Bendel.  I must say that Kathrin did a fantastic job of deconstructing this tangle from a picture of a pattern she had!  Wow!  I admire that, because I have a hard time with deconstructing.  As Laura stated, it is a high focus tangle for sure!  For that reason, I decided to make it a monotangle (the only tangle on the tile), but I did a lot of the variations all together on the tile.  So many ways you could go with variations to this tangle.  Thanks Kathrin, and Laura!  I always love trying a new tangle pattern! 

Friday, March 4, 2016

DIVA Challenge #257 Ooh Shiny

This week's challenge at the DIVA's is by guest host, Amy Broady, a CZT from Tenneessee, and also a classmate of mine from the CZT4 seminar.  Amy challenged us to make our tangled work shine!
I took a black tile and used a Sakura copper pen to draw the tangle Fengle.  Then I decided to add more shine with some Fine Tec watercolor paint (in a silvery white) to fill in Fengle.  I am finding the tangle Molygon just fills in so nicely around other tangles, so I used the copper pen again to draw Molygon.  Then I added more shine to the Molygon shapes with Sakura Metallic gel pens in silver and pink.  Finishing it off with some silver dots. I went all out shiny for this challenge!
Thanks, Amy! 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) 11" X 14" on black

I have my classroom in my basement and after our water problem a couple of weeks ago, it gave me the opportunity to make some changes.  Clean things up, add things, etc. I like to have a wide variety of zentangle inspired art on the walls for my students to see and hopefully, be inspired by.  After one of the recent DIVA challenges of taking a tile you did years ago and redoing it with your skills of today, I decided I needed to do that with some of my old art work too.  I had a piece in my basement bathroom from 2010 and I could see that it needed updating. 

It's also nice to have examples of art for all the classes I teach.  I have a 8 sized cube of white on black tiles, but decided I needed something bigger.  I also wanted to add some new color and techniques to it.  The piece I was replacing was 11" X 14".  So I purchased a large piece of Canson Mi-teintes paper and cut it down to size.  I started with the tangle, Molygon toward the center of the paper with a Sakura White gelly roll pen.  Then I just started tangling, nothing planned, and using whatever tangles came to mind, of course some of my favorites!  I alternated between the white pen and a Sakura Metallic Gold gelly roll pen.  I have seen some really pretty color done on black recently, so I gave it a shot and added two shades of blue Prismacolor pencils to the Molygon (both the white and gold).  *Tip: When adding color pencils to black paper, put down a layer of white pencil first. Then I thought it needed some touches of blue in other tangles, so I added a little for balance. I shaded with a white charcoal pencil and a zenstone.  I also added just a little shading in some of the gold tangles with a gold metallic Prismacolor pencil.  To complete it, I took a Sakura Stardust (clear) pen and added just a touch of that to some of the tangles for some sparkle (I love that pen!). 

I mounted it in the mat and frame I had, and now I am going to hang it in my studio because I am really happy with how it turned out!  That means I need to do another piece for the bathroom wall which I originally intented on replacing.  Not a problem for me, I love working larger on ZIA's!

*NOTE:  I always tell my students to remember the Zentangle method of art is more about the process then the product, and you can let your zentangle practice take you wherever you want.  If you only like doing tile size art, that's perfectly fine!  If you are inspired to do larger ZIA pieces, that's fine too.  Do what you enjoy and is right for you


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIVA Challenge #256 Duo Tangle: BooKee & Artoo

This week the challenge from the DIVA is to use two of her tangles; BooKee and Artoo.  Both of them named after her boys.  I like both of these tangles and kept my tile simple with just those two tangles.  Wishing all of you a good week! 

Friday, February 19, 2016

DIVA Challenge #255 Ghosts of Tangles Past

What a fun challenge this week at the DIVA's!  Our challenge is to take a tile from your past and recreate it with your tangling skills of today.  I have a box of tiles from when I first started tangling, before I became a CZT.  It was kind of fun to go back and look at them now.  Some I even had a really good laugh at!  This is one I remember being kind of proud of back then and I can see that my style is more bold now and with better shading. It makes me wonder if I revisit this new one in 5+ years, will my style change even more, hmmm?  


Tile on left done 5/10/2010 and tile on right done 2/18/2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

DIVA Challenge #254 Valentangle

The DIVA's challenge this week is to create a tile with a Valentine theme.  This has been a couple of busy weeks for me....two 1 yr old birthday parties (one still to come tomorrow), a wedding and babysitting.  I have been busy making things for all these occasions, which I will post next week!  All so much fun!  Love has definitely been in the air here!
I will be honest, this may be one of the few tiles I did in 15 minutes....grabbed some metallic pens and here you go.  Happy Valentine's Day, everyone

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DIVA Challenge #253 Molygon

Our challenge from the DIVA is to try the new official tangle, Molygon.  I love this new tangle and the way it just moves along the tile in lots of different directions.  I kept it simple and just did a monotangle of Molygon.  I used stippling for shading and a light gray marker in between some of the shapes.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

DIVA Challenge #252 Tangle In a Tangle

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to tangle in a tangle!  Use one tangle as your string, in this tile I used W2 and made it kind of wonky with different size squares.  Then I tangled inside it with Crescent Moon, Printemps, and Zander.  I had to add Tipple around the border to soften it up someI did this on a quick 30 minute break in our clean up...read below (even a basement flood won't keep me from the DIVA challenge)!

 
It's been a crazy week here!  We woke up Monday morning with about an inch of water in our basement...Yikes!  That's where I have my studio and classroom, not to mention all of the other stuff one stores down the basement.  It turned out a water pipe in our front yard broke and when the basement pump pit filled up, it overflowed.  Doug and I have been working our tails off all week to take care of this mess.  Looking at the positive, we were home,  we were only without water for 24 hours, we had a great plumber who knew how to fix this problem, only a huge hole dug in the front yard and not the whole yard, my daughter and son-in-law live in town so I could stay there Monday night, and we were able to save the carpet in the studio and classroom!  All the other carpet remnants in the other part of the basement had to go.  A lot of cutting carpet, hauling it to the dump, moving things around to get to it all, running fans, drying things, and putting it all back again.  Did I say our backs, arms, legs are pretty sore, and that we are exhausted...yup we are!  But, as the saying goes....it could have been worse!  I kept thinking of all the people you see on TV that lose everything they own in a flood, and this doesn't compare.  We are using it as an opportunity to get rid of a lot of stuff! That makes me think of the George Carlin routine on too much stuff, remember that, LOL!
If you made it this far, I hope your week was good and uneventful! 


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DIVA Challenge #251 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

If you been with the DIVA challenges awhile then you know about Laura's little guy, Artoo (online name).  If not, please link over to her blog to learn all about Moebius Syndrome.  To raise awareness, Laura includes this challenge every year, using the Moebius Syndrome Logo and the color purple.  I looked back through my past years tiles and I have always included a little heart in each one with Artoo's name.  So in keeping with tradition here's my tile...........
#MSAD2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

DIVA Challenge #250 Back To The Old School

This week Laura, the DIVA is challenging us to get back to the old school or basics of Zentangle!  I am also one of the old timers CZT's from class 4 in Oct 2010.  Way before there was anything but white 3.5inch tiles, black pen, and pencil shading.  After reading Laura's post, I tend to agree that sometimes it can be overwhelming with all the choices we have now. 

So, in Laura's words...This week's challenge is for us to go back to the roots of this Zentangle thing.

This week challenge is to create a piece on a WHITE 3.5" square tile, with a Black pen and pencil for shading.  To take the time to slow down and enjoy the process.  Enjoy the feel of the pen on the paper.  Create a string, and maybe use 4 or 5 tangles you really enjoy.

don't think about composition.  don't think about how you want it to look in the end.  Just put your pen to paper and begin and enjoy the process.  after all.  It's ABOUT the process.  Not the product.

I decided to take it one step further and not even think about which tangle I would use or put where.  I got out my old Zentangle kit, with the legend, and the 20 sided die (forgot name right now).  I drew my border, string and rolled the die and did whichever number came up.  No planning that way! 
I rolled Tipple, Crescent Moon, Keeko, Florz, and Flux and did them in the order they came up, without knowing what was coming next.  I slowed way down and really just enjoyed the process!
Thanks, Laura! 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Bookmarks

In early December 2015 I had a table show at our library which I wrote about in this post.  For the show I decided to try something different for bookmarks.  I made the traditional long ones, but also thought it might be neat to make some out of Zentangle tiles.  I took some pre-strung tiles and put watercolor on them.  After they were dry I tangled them.  I put my blog info on the back and laminated them.  I sold quite a few, but have quite a few left too.  I always make more then I need.  I plan to put a few around town for fun.  Who knows, maybe someone will be interested in a class

 
Pre-strung tiles painted with watercolor

After they were tangled
Wish I would have taken pic before laminating!

Watercolor and then tangled

Watercolor and then tangled

Traditional black and white