Friday, October 30, 2015

INKtober Day 30

Today was a sketchbook, organic tangle, kind of day......


Thursday, October 29, 2015

DIVA Challenge #241 Stones & Ceremony/INKtober Day 29

The DIVA Challenge this week is guest hosted by Paula Bramante, CZT 15. 

Paula says: 
My current fascination is with stones and ceremony. Maybe you are familiar with cairns, those crowd-sourced stone piles that serve to mark the path of trails in out-of-the way places. (I say crowd-sourced because cairns are often formed by wayfarers contributing to the pile, one stone at a time).
I invite you to trust in your intuition as you move toward your own vision of stones and ceremony with pen in hand and blank tile before you.

I happen to have hiked a lot in the past 20 years in Rocky Mountain National Park and other places in Colorado, so I am very familiar with rock cairns.  Since I am directionally challenged, there have been a few hikes where I was really glad to see rock cairns marking my way!  It's funny, with all the hikes I have done, I have taken so many beautiful photo's, but not many of cairns.  There is one hike in the Flatirons of Boulder that has a field full of rock cairns.  I could not find my photo's and I am short on time today, so I did find this image of the place I am talking about online.  There are so many cairns there, you can't fit all of them in a photo! Of course, I had to add a rock to one while I was there. Very cool!

I did my challenge on a tan tile and just drew my own rock cairn. Then I had a little fun taking photos of it outside. It just needed to be with nature!  I liked all the photo's so I am sharing them all. 



                                           In the grasses outside

                               With my roses that still look great this late in fall

                                               In my front door fall wreath
This post is also double duty for INKtober Day 29!  #inktober

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

INKtober Day 28

For Day 28 I tried another monotangle.  This one is the tangle pattern, Niuroda.  I did this tangle pattern on Day 4 on INKtober too.  Click on the link to see how different it looks! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

INKtober Day 27

Every once in awhile I think it is fun just to do a monotangle (one tangle pattern) on your tile.  The bijou tiles are great for this, but so are the regular tiles because you can see what a tangle looks like in a bigger size.  Here is Ixorus as a monotangle....

Monday, October 26, 2015

INKtober Day 26

For day 26 I did another pre-strung Zendala tile........


Sunday, October 25, 2015

INKtober Day 25

For this zendala I used a template from CZT Erin Olson of The Bright Owl blog. 


Saturday, October 24, 2015

INKtober Day 24

Day 24 and I did one more bookmark!


Friday, October 23, 2015

INKtober Day 23

INKTober Day 23 brings more bookmarks.......


Thursday, October 22, 2015

INKtober Day 22

For day 22, I did 2 bookmarks. They are laminated with the corners rounded. Then they will either be sold at events I attend, or given away. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DIVA Challenge 240/Birthday Leaves & INKtober Day 21

This week the DIVA challenged us to be inspired by the season. I love fall and all the beautiful colors of the leaves.  I sketched a simple leaf on a tan tile and added watercolor.  Then I tangled in 2 shades of brown Micron pens.  I shaded around the outside and added highlights with a white charcoal pencil.  I really love how the leaves shimmer and shine on a nice bright day in the fall, so I added some clear glitter gel pen on top of the white highlights.  It is very pretty on the tile, but does not photograph very well. This is my INKtober Day 21 also. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

INKtober Day 20

For Day 20 I created a Zendala on a pre-strung tan Renaissance tile.  I love working on the tan tiles and using a black, brown (2 shades), and red Micron pen.  The magic happens when you shade it and use the white charcoal pencil for highlighting. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zentangle Basic's Class

I had the pleasure of sharing the Zentangle method of art with 4 new tanglers.  After 5 years, I still enjoy teaching the Zentangle Basic's class!  It's so fun to see new people get excited about the art they created.  Another bonus for me.... they are all interested in taking more classes, so I will get to know them better, and have the pleasure of sharing more with them.  So much fun!  Thank you, Lisa, Debbie, Marian, and Kaity, it was wonderful meeting all of you!

Here are their beautiful tiles!  Sorry the second picture is out of focus (operator error). 

INKtober Day 19

For day 19 I used another of the pre-strung tiles from Zentangle, Inc. 


TANGLES:  Auraknot, Quib, Hollibaugh, Tipple, Beadline, and Zinger

Sunday, October 18, 2015

INKtober Day 18 & FB Square One

Double duty again for this tile!  Inktober Day 18 and the Facebook group Square One; Purely Zentangle had the tangle Nymph as it's weekly focus.  Nymph wasn't going to be confined in the border.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

INKtober Day 17

Have you ever used's pre-strung tiles?  I love them!  I have done all of them from their 1st pack, and now I just broke open their "2nd addition" pack today.  When you make your sting you are not supposed to plan it, just quickly make a line or lines and start tangling.  For me that is easier said then done sometimes.  I want to make sure I do something different, so a really easy way is to use the pre-strung thinking involved.  It's literally grab one and go for it! 

For this tile I use the Twinkling H2O's watercolor paints.  I thought I was going to do blue and green again, but what I thought looked like blue in the jar, really came out purple on paper.  I went ahead and added my green, and quickly realized it needed another color, so I added copper.  This string took a lot of tangles, and I think it has a Halloween feel to it. 

TANGLES:  Pepper, Knase, Quipple, Paradoz, Crescent Moon
Florz, Yincut, Tortuca, Cubine, Munchin, and Tipple

Friday, October 16, 2015

INKtober Day 16

For Day 16 I did a acrylic paint wash on a pre-strung Zendala tile.  I then tangled it with blue and green pens.  Shaded with color pencils and added some white highlights.  I am not really crazy about it, but I'm not sure I will have time to do another, so I am posting it anyway. 

TANGLES:  Crescent moon, Striping, Fracus, Printemps, Betweed, Shattuck

Thursday, October 15, 2015

DIVA Challenge #239 Munchin Play & INKtober Day 15

Doing the double duty posting again!  Using this post for both the DIVA challenge and INKtober Day 15.  This week is a fun challenge using Molly Hollibaugh's tangle, MUNCHIN!  Looks like I have been approaching this tangle in the wrong way, until I saw Molly's video.  Now it makes it soooooooooo easy!  Make sure you take the time to watch Molly's video!  I wanted to use the black tiles too, but instead of a white pen I tried a couple of different pens.  Here's what I did.....

On this first one I used Sakura's gelly roll MOONLIGHT pens in blue and light green.  I went back and covered a triangle shape in black over the the dramatic look to doing that! 

Then I tried a Sakura gelly roll METALLIC pen in gold.  I found that it was hard to cover the the Metallic pen with black, so I went in with the gold pen and outlined the black area.....kind of like that.

I really liked how the Metallic pens sparkled and illuminated the black tiles, so I did another one with a lot of different colors.  I did not blacken any areas, but I added some little puffs to some of the tips with the Zenstone.
All three side-by-side.....

Thanks for the great video, Molly!  I have a new love of Munchin!  Thanks for the challenge, Laura! Love those boys of yours and their school pics! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

INKtobert Day 14

Another Zentangle tile for Day 14................

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

INKtobert Day 13

I am going to use this tile for double duty, Inktober Day 13 and the FB group Square One: Purely Zentangle since the focus this week is the tangle Pokeroot. 


Monday, October 12, 2015

INKtober Day 12

I really loved seeing all the white on black tiles done by Maria Thomas, Co-Founder of Zentangle!  If you missed them, take a look at this link to their blog.  I haven't done one for awhile, so I used a blank black zendala tile, put on some zenstone shavings, tangled with a Micron 08 black pen, then added the white with a Sakura gel penThe black kind of disappeared so I traced over it with a #1 graphic pen.  Then added some aura's and tipple.  At the end I added one line around the outer aura with a blue Sakura moonlight gel pen.  It's really hard to photograph black tiles, and see all the details, especially late in the day.  It has more depth in person.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

INKtober 2015 Day 11

Day 11 brings a zendala on a tan zendala tile.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

INKtober Day 10

I wanted to try this tangle, so I did it as a monotangle (one tangle on the tile).  It is called On Target, by CZT Barbara Finwall.  I didn't realize until now, when I posted it here, that I didn't shade it!  It had so much optical illusion going on that I forgot that part.  I am not sure if it even needs it, or if it would enhance or take away from it.  I need to ponder that awhile.  Let me know what you think! 

INKtober Day 9

I completed this tile last night, but it was too late to take a good photo. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DIVA challenge #238 Tri-bee & INKtober Day 7

I am combining my two challenges today. The DIVA challenge this week is a UMT (use my tangle) challenge, and the tangle is Tri-bee by Beate Winkler/CZT. I really like this tangle because you can make it grow in any and all kinds of directions. Plus, it is super easy to keep repeating the same curvy triangle. Thanks, Beate, it's a good one! 


TANGLES: Tri-bee, Static, Crescent Moon, Tipple, Pixioze, Zenith

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

INKtober Day 6

Day 6 Playing in my sketchbook.....

Monday, October 5, 2015

INKtober Day 5

I didn't have a lot of time today, so I traced some circles, added lines, and made a quick mandala using Metallic gelly roll pens. The whole thing took 15 tangle pattern (Printemps), lines and dots. #inktober

Sunday, October 4, 2015

INKtober Day 4

INKtober Day 4: tangle pattern-NIURODA by Tina-Akua Hunziker/CZT

Saturday, October 3, 2015

INKtober Day 3

INKtober Day 3:  sketchbook

Friday, October 2, 2015

INKtober Day 2

Sketchbook: Tangle Pattern - Weave by Helen Williams

DIVA Challenge #237 Stencil String

This week the DIVA has a guest blogger, CZT Charlotte Carpentier.  Charlotte has asked us to use a stencil as our sting, use any type of color, then tangle inside or outside the string.  I don't have a lot of stencils, and didn't have time to make one, so I used the one I had.  I then colored it with watercolor and tangled both inside and outside the string.  I have used this stencil a lot and I am always amazed at how different it can look!  Thanks, Charlotte

Thursday, October 1, 2015

INKtober 2015

INKtober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 and you can link to his blog HERE.

I decided I needed to do a challenge, even though I have a busy month ahead, and I am going to try to do a Zentangle related piece of ink art for the next 31 days.  It may be a bookmark, a zentangle tile, a Bijou tile, a zendala, or whatever strikes my mood and the time I have available each day. 

Here are the rules taken from Jake's blog:

31 Days 31 Drawings

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

InkTober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat
Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
That's it! Now go make something beautiful.