Mittwoch, 28. Mai 2014

Journal 52, Making a Mandala

At first I thought I could try and not go the Zentangle route and instead repeat a Tarot excercise where you select a couple of cards for one particular topic and find symbols in them, which you then arrange in a circular fashion, ending up with a Mandala that you can put up on your wall to remind you of the topic. I have done that once before and it worked really nicely.

But then yesterday I was a bit sad that Fengle did not want to be squeezed between those rings for the Diva's Challenge. So I got out the compass again and also my colour pencils and drew a rainbow Fengle, yay! Added some bits and pieces to give the Mandala more of a circular shape. Then I felt that I had to write something around it and this one circle chant suggested itself.

To be honest, I first counted the letters and gaps involved and divided by six so I could be sure it would fit. If I had written the text and ended up with a wonky chant circle around a picture I was really happy with, I would have had to... You know what? I just realised I could have cut out the mandala and glued it onto a fresh piece of paper. No hulking out necessary.

Still, sometimes I like to be safe rather than sorry (and having to fix things). Especially after my first allium photography page frustrated me so much, where the page itself looked nice and then this stupid typo happened. Am I the only one who sometimes pencils in the lettering first?

Edit: I just noticed that red and orange look the same after scanning. Naughty scanner!

String Thing #42

Last week my brain refused to cooperate on the String Thing Challenge, I still have no idea why. But this week the challenge kind of drew itself. The prompt is to use String 38 and only the pattern Knightsbridge which basically is a chess board pattern. You still have lots of time to draw your own tile and submit it.

I had wanted to try one of those "tear apart a grid" type drawings for a while, and today everything seemed to come together nicely. This time I am really chuffed about my tile.

There is not too much left of the string, which I am also pleased about, because usually it is difficult for me to use the string as a suggestion rather than something that has to be followed.

When is it going to be Tuesday, my good news day again? *bouncebouncebounce*

Dienstag, 27. Mai 2014

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #169

This week The Diva's Challenge is of the "String Theory" kind. We are supposed to make a string using circles. For this I got out my compass and drew several non-concentric circles of different sizes. Then an idea struck me of something wriggling over and under the rings I saw. Ar first I considered using Fengle but I would have had to really squeeze it in there. I might try it at a later time, but for now I chose Squid.

All I can say is that this was very fun and very Zen :) I am tempted to sell this as my Journal 52 page for this week, which is supposed to be a mandala. But then I really feel like drawing a mandala with colours and everything, so I guess there will be another post tomorrow.

You can still submit your own tile. In any case, have a look at all the other artworks here.

Montag, 26. Mai 2014

Journal 52, Book Inspiration

Slowly getting there. This is even a recent task from last week. The nice thing about Chelle's prompts is that they are quite flexible. I could not pick just the one really influential book so I chose to say something about reading in general. This is me as a kid. If I was nowhere to be found, you could bet I was hidden somewhere with (or rather behind) a book. Or if I got lost in a store my parents could usually find me in front of the stacks of greeting cards giggling at the jokes. As long as it had words in it, I could not resist.

No special techniques, just watercolour and ink.

If you want to, you can still join. There are new faces turning up every week. And look at me, I have missed quite a couple of prompts and now just try to catch up in my own time. No pressure, just lots of fun! Have a look over here.

Joey's Weekly Challenge #10

Today, to celebrate her 10th Weekly Challenge, Joey challenged us to make a string out of a 10 and to use only tangles containing straight lines and circles. This was fun, not least because I jsut sat down and did it without too much thinking involved. 

I don't think I have used Bubbles before, it looks a bit like eyeballs but also somehow nice. And I was happy to have an occasion to use Etcher. I usually darken the background with solid black, but this time I took the straight lines job seriously and hatched it. I like the pattern even more like this. It is not as complicated as it looks by far, but there is a certain amount of repetition which can turn really meditative. Thank you, Joey!


Sonntag, 25. Mai 2014

Journal 52, Photography

This was a quick one, in the end. The photo was taken in the gardens of a castle in Scotland, the name of which I have forgotten. I love the plush purple blooms of alliums. Every year I say to myself "Plant some in your own garden, so you won't have to be jealous of other peoples' alliums!" Maybe this note to myself can help me remember next bulb planting season. Which I have to figure out when it is.

The first version was printed out in grey-scale and then colour lovingly reapplied using water colour pencils. When I wrote the text, I forgot the u in allium. For a minute I considered to squeeze it in there with an arrow. Then I grumbled for another minute, opened the file again, maximized the saturation and printed the photo in colour.

The lettering was done by hand but it was based on an actual free font you can download. It is called "just kidding" and I liked its quirkyness.

I am so far behind in this project, but next week there is no school, yay, and I hope to get some things done that I have already sketched out just not put on paper properly.

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #168

This week I am so very late for the Diva's challenge. I had to play with Rain for quite some time. I had not really used it before and I don't do tangleations very often. It seems there are "Rain in XY" combinations like the kinda Mooka I did. And then there are "XY in Rain" combinations that play within the triangles. And of course more complicated stuff, which I did not get into.

Eventually, I set down today to just do this and I am happy I did, especially since I did not manage a String Thing #41 due to complete lack of inspiration.

So thank you, Laura, for making me draw lots of Rain :)

Dienstag, 20. Mai 2014

Joey's Weekly Challenge #9

Yesterday Joey's blog informed me that in Canada the 19th of May is Victoria Day.  Therefore she asked her readers to make some art using the tangle pattern Queen's Crown.

Having lived in the UK for four years I cannot deny feeling a bit anglophile myself. For my submission tile I selected some additional patterns that I associate with Victoria, without too much rational explanation behind the choices, though. The Hi-Bred looks nice and tweedy, the Copada has a bit of an Indian feel to me and of course Knightsbridge for all the knights knighted by Her Majesty. I decided to decorate the Pearls in the crown with Cruffle because I felt like it :)

Samstag, 17. Mai 2014

Journal 52, Creative Hands

I love creating things and using my hands. I love knitting socks and shawls, even though I don't wear them, because I don't mind the cold. I love making music with my hands or digging in the garden or baking or cooking. Sometimes I appear to be a very cerebrally oriented person. But then I need the creative side to balance the rational part of me.

For this page in my Art Journal I traced the contours of my left hand onto foam rubber and made it into a stamp. For the writing I rediscovered that I had one of those broad nibs in the some lower corner of my craft box and some purple ink. I am going to use this more often for journaling.

Freitag, 16. Mai 2014

Addictive Spirals

As was to be expected, I spent some time doing more spiral grids and filling them with different patterns. This works for Well, but I don't have any finished tiles to show here. But I have tried Facets in two different versions which I quite like. The first trial results are a bit rough, but I wanted to spread the spiral grid love, so here are two photos:

The grid logic is a bit different, because what are normally squares stacked in two dimensions are now bent quadrangles warped and swirled around a midpoint. The zig zag lines one normally draws for Facets thus are all horizontal with respect to the quadrangles or all vertical.

And now I have to go back to keeping myself from drawing more spiral grid tangles.

Donnerstag, 15. Mai 2014

String Thing #40

I had two sources of inspiration for this week's String Thing challenge: First of all, Adele Bruno mentioned that the string she chose might lend itself to drawing a "tile within a tile". As I had never done that and could clearly see her point, that was what I was going to do. While I juggled the suggested patterns in my head I remembered reading something somewhere about a spirally kind of grid and decided to dig that up again and use it for Beelight. (Edit: I just realised that in the original post the grid was used on beelight as well n on of the example pictures. Even if it looks a bit different. I hope Sandra Chatelain takes this as a compliment.)

I am actually quite pleased at how the tile turned out. The string to be used was No 043 and the patterns were Beadlines, Beelight, Beeline and Betweed. Beeline was the only one I couldn't fit in there. I have to say, that I found the spiral grid quite fiddly in the beginning and had to find my own way to do it so that it was evenly spaced enough for my taste. But I can definitely see myself using it for other grid patterns as well.

Montag, 12. Mai 2014

Joey's Weekly Challenge #8

Joey is already at her 8th weekly challenge, incredible! Today she asked us to draw "Teeny Tiny Tangles" the size of 2'' squared and using patterns that "represent something tiny". There is one plant-representative pattern I really love the look of and it is more than fitting season-wise in our latitude region: Cat-Kin. Just look at how fluffy it turns out with just a few simple strokes and dots and a smidge of shading... The other pattern is called Shiraz and it reminds me of the tiny seashells you can find on the beach.

The upside of drawing a teeny tiny tangle is that you are done in record time. This way I have already finished two challenges in one day. The downside is that I have already finished two of the challenges for this week and will now have to come up with my own ideas for something to tangle ;) Can't wait for Adele Brunos String Thing to happen tomorrow...

Look, so tiny! I love small things and I will definitely do one of these again.

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #167

The Diva today challenged us to tangle a tile using Punzel and Well for her 34th birthday. I love both of these patterns, especially since I was inspired by Helen Williams to do Well a bit more free-style. I still have to practice this a lot to get the flowery look really flowery, but drawing this does give me a Zen. I could do this on an A3 poster for ages and never get bored.

This week I admit I am a bit early, but I can't wait to see all the other submissions! Make sure you have a look, too! Or enter your own tile even!

Donnerstag, 8. Mai 2014

String Thing #39

This time I kept it simple. Adele Bruno challenged us to use String 036 and the patterns Mooka, Meer and Msst (official Zentangle® patterns), as well as Mak-rah-mee by Michele Beauchamp. After I had "macrameed" the string, I decided to not add anything else, although I love Mooka. Sometime less really is more and I like the light-hearted chaos you can create with Mak-rah-mee :)

Mittwoch, 7. Mai 2014

Joey's Weekly Challenge #7

Okay, I admit it: I am one of those people who erase the graphite string lines after drawing and before shading. They never disappear enough into the patterns for my taste. But this week Joey challenged us to emphasize the string line. So I took the current string from and chose to do a grid pattern behind it, so the string looks as if it floated on top.

For the grid I decided on Crusade, because I had rediscovered it the other day and realized it was very different from what I remembered and I had been waiting for an opportunity to use it. A bent grid, drawing behind, how hard could it be?

Well, this was not exactly the most zen-like experience I have ever had in my life. There was a certain amount of swearing involved. But I am quite satisfied with how everything turned out in the end. After I erased the string line in the end, I then redrew it and smudged it. I also weighted it a bit where I wanted shadows to fall onto the background.

I will definitely use Crusade again. Now that I have battled it into submission, I hope that next time it will behave from the start :)

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #166

This was another UMT week. The pattern does not have a name as of yet and was created by the Diva herself. I seems simple but from what I have seen of the others' art, it is quite flexible and can be made to look rigid as well as soft, straight as well as round and it really pops with some shading.

My picture looks to me like two Quib aliens being fascinated by another nameless alien they have found lying around somewhere on their way. Making contact :)

You can still participate, if you like. In any case have a look around at all the other offerings, they are brilliant!

Sonntag, 4. Mai 2014

Joey's Weekly Challenge #6

Although I do have a couple of bookmarks, I usually use whatever scraps of paper I have within my reach to mark the page I am on. On Monday Joey asked us to create a ZIA bookmark. The main difficulty was in deciding on the pattern. Sometimes with Zentangle I feel like a kid in a sweets shop. But eventually, today I managed to sit down and just do it.

I am still very much interested in Camelia after realising how versatile it is. And it made a nice border. I also threw in three Purks, some square Paradoxes (Paradoxi?) and a pattern I don't remember the name of within Blink plus a bit of Flux. This time I even added a bit of colour.

At the moment I am reading "A Street Cat Named Bob" which is a fascinating story about a formerly homeless man who met a cat. Both turn out to be very good for each other. The guy nurses the cat back to health and the newfound feeling of being responsible for another being helps him to get his act together again. I am still somewhere in the middle so I can really use the bookmark. Thanks Joey!

Mittwoch, 30. April 2014

String Thing #38

This week, Adele Bruno challenged us to use a tilted 4 as a string to celebrate's fourth anniversary on the 4th of May. This is String 032. The patterns listed were Aquafleur, an official Zentangle® pattern, Aura Leah by Carla duPreez, Axlexa by Henrike Bratz, and AA's by Judy Murphy

I just love Aquafleur. It is so flowy and covers any shape. AA's was very meditative, maybe because my first name, Angela, starts with an A. It felt like signing the Aquafleur repeatedly. And Aura leah always looks so elegant. The Axlexa was new to me, after all it's a new pattern, and I found it quite cute while tangling. But afterwards I had to shade my tile within an inch of its life to get some contrast back :)

Montag, 28. April 2014

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #165

These UMT challenges are really nice. I enjoy being prompted to use patterns that I have never used before. Today the Diva decided to make us all draw Camelia by Anne Marks. I chose String 004 for another bit of inspiration.

The other patterns are Paushalöv, as used for the recent String Thing, and Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler. I thought this combination went well together with all the spirals and the possibilities of weighting parts of the swirls. I actually spent some time deciding which side should be up, but I was happy with this tile as it was. Apart from getting water droplets on it, that is. Once I have finished my giant bottle of non-waterproof ink, I am so getting the other thing...

And now I am excited to see the other participants' offerings!

Donnerstag, 24. April 2014

String Thing #37

This time Adele asked us to use String 031 and the patterns Paushalöv by Amy Brody, Pavonia by Angie Shade, Paizel by Angie Vangalis and Palrevo by Karry Heun. I was instantly excited, because there is so muc to like about this prompt.

My submission is an excercise in using the string as a starting point but not being restricted by it. That does not come natural to me and I try to remind myself regularly that Zentangle is about expressing myself and not about staying within the lines ;)

You still have time to enter your own tile. Come on, it's fun!

Mittwoch, 23. April 2014

Journal 52, Recycled Art

This is another Earth Day post that is one day late. However, in terms of the Journal52 challenge, this one is unusually punctual for me. This week we had to make a page with something we had lying around our home. I used three bits of leftover wallpaper that I had intented to use in art for ages. This is from our living room, a striped version (the A4 background), one in terracotta (the globe) and one in kind of red (the landmasses on the globe). It is a bit shiny and my scanner picked up on that, but I like the effect.

The pictures are from a gardening magazine / advertisement leaflet thingy waiting to be thrown away, but then there were some interesting Urban Gardening hints and tricks in it. I am bad at throwing out reading material ;) I don't even live in an Urban area...

The writing and drawing was done in watercolour pencils. I am a big big fan of Mother Earth and I am happy that there is one day to remember her worldwide. So thank you Mother, for providing us with food and beauty and water and with minds that strive for creativity!

Joey's Weekly Challenge #5

This week Joey's prompt was "mountains". Whoever knows me, knows that I am not a big fan of mountains (all that strenuous climbing of steep slopes...) but they do make for lovely landscape images.

I am not too excited about the border, but the mountains themselves came out like I wanted them to. I chose the pattern River for the mointain brook, Buttercup for a flowery meadow, Cockles and Mussels for a bit of mountain grown on top of a dried out ocean, Bucky for assorted mineral formations and Nipa because I thought it would look nice with the other patterns.

I don't know if anyone here knows Walter Moers. He is an amazing German author who does his own illustrations. These mountain ZIAs in particular remind me of his drawings. I couldn't even point to a particular picture of his that looks like this, maybe it is just the fact that he does a lot of ink drawings. Yep, that's me done rambling. Yay for Walter Moers.

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #164

I know I am a day late for this. Yesterday I had just finished a more complicated tile and then while shading got the ink all smudged beyond repair. So today I started again, but kept it simple. If you want you can still participate here. In any case you should have a look around at all the other submissions, which I am going to do today :)

Montag, 21. April 2014

String Thing #36

Last Tuesday, Adele Bruno challenged her readers to tangle string 042 by Bunny Wright using patterns beginning with Bu: Bunzo, Bubbles, Bucky and Buttercup.

I have mentioned this elsewhere, but I would like to repeat it here: I have found Zentangle®, when I needed to reduce overthinking and worrying and judging myself and the world. It has helped me to find my zen so much. There is such magic in just sitting there, drawing line after line without too much thought of how the end result might look like. And then with a bit of shading, everything comes together and I realise I have spent half an hour or so creating something beautiful using that part of my brain which I have neglected for so long. All those lovely ladies providing weekly challenges help me by even taking the decisions of which string and which pattern to use. I cannot describe the liberating effect this has on me. So thank you Adele for the String Thing and for the kind words you find for every submission.

And here it is, my String Thing #36:

Freitag, 18. April 2014

Journal52, A Day in the Life of Me

I am still in the process of catching up with the Journal52 prompts. Week 12 was about a day in my life. I found it quite difficult to begin, because I am not really pleased with the currently typical day. I am a teacher and there are lots of things happening every day that chip away at my happiness and personal integrity. I guess I am just not made of the stuff that it takes to do this for life. I love the teaching itself but I will have to change my life so that I teach only small groups of kids that are there vonluntarily. And I need to have more control on what I do without the ministry of education coming up with new fancy ideas all the time.

So I scribbled lots of things I encounter every day on a page in water soluble crayons and then used a brush and water colours to work those words into something that is still there, as a background, but no longer legible. Also, I turned the page on its head to symbolize taking matters into my own hands and turning my life around without running away from it or pretending these years did not happen. They are part of me and still I can make them into something new, something more suited to me and to what I need in my life.

Then I drew a puzzle grid and filled the pieces with all those things that I could see playing a part in an ideal day. This was done in water colour pencils. The end result is relatively simple, minimalistic and wordy instead of image-heavy. But so far, it is one of the most meaningful pages for me in the Journal52 project.

Donnerstag, 17. April 2014

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #163

To be honest, when I saw Rixty for the first time, I was not immediately convinced by how it looked. But it grew on me, not least because it is very flexible and seems to flow onto the paper by itself. You can stack it, or spread it, grow it, swirl it, spoke it or just use it sparingly to enhance a border for example. After playing with it for a while, I really enjoy the way it looks. The official step-out can be found here.

This week the Diva asked her readers to draw a tile containing Rixty. I usually try not to look at any of the other submissions before I do mine, but (also as usual) I just had to peek here and there. And they are all amazing and very varied. So if you have some time to spare, have a look for yourself starting from here.

Joey's Weekly Challenge #4

This week we had to draw something egg-related and decorate it with at least four patterns, including Warped Eggs. Yesterday I read on tanglepatterns about a new pattern called Fandango, which I thought was ideal for a ruffle on an Easter basket.

One of these days I am going to colour my pictures but today is not that day :)

I nearly forgot, we have to list the patterns we used. The basket was made with Warped Eggs, the ruffle with Fandango, obviously, the egg to the right with Telis, the one on the left with Fiore and the egg in the back with Paradox.

Happy Easter, everybody.

Sonntag, 13. April 2014

Journal 52, How Does Your Garden Grow? (Joey's Challenge #2)

I have been taking part in the project "Journal52", but for the last couple of weeks I did not have a lot of time to be creative. So at the moment I am lagging behind, which is annoying in one way and a blessing in another, because Joey inspired me to do my "Garden" page very differently than I had previously planned.

Her Weekly Challenge #2 was to draw a ZIA and to colour it so that it looks kind of like stained glass. Now I have met two challenges in one go, hee hee. Although, in hindsight, it might have been wiser to not go crazy like that with the tiny, tiny circles. Also, my scanner swallowed a good bit of the colour variety in the blue department. Grr

Samstag, 12. April 2014

Joey's Weekly Challenge #3

I am on a roll... There is another challenge this week that has to do with initials. Joey asked her readers to draw the first letters of their names as "negative letters" and combine them with tangle patterns whose names start with the same letter. I was really excited to be able to use Aquafleur, which I love and in the end I totally forgot to include it. Still, I am quite happy with the finished result. I have seen these "negative" drawings before but never tried to do one myself. This may not be the last one I did.

The patterns I used were Archers, Assunta, Aura-Leah, Auraknot, Antidots, Angel Fish and Ansu. With the exception of Ansu I had used all of these before. I realised that there are lots of lovely patterns in the A-list ;)

Joey posts her challenges every Monday, so there is still time for you to participate. I for one am looking forward to next Monday.

Freitag, 11. April 2014

String Thing #35 and the Diva's Weekly challenge #162

I have decided to start this new blog for images to keep my other blog for writing about other subjects. And also, yay, this week I decided to take part in the Diva's challenge for the first time. This week she asked for strings that contain the tangler's initials. I swear there is an A and a C somewhere in there:

I have had a look at most of the other submissions and they are amazing. If you have not done so already, go and see them for yourself from here.

The other picture I want to share today is the String Thing #35. I have also drawn a tile with crescent moon but I prefer this one. I am still working on getting the value balance right and initially all the patterns were basically really light with thin lines in between, so everything was a bit bland. Thus, I kept adding shadows and extra lines within Chillon and thicker lines here and there. I like how festive and fluffy the end result looks and I am very keen to see what the others made of this challenge. If you want to, it's still time to participate.