Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Many times I sit down to tangle,
and I have no idea where I'm going.
I just draw lines.
And sometimes it ends up looking like this
when I am finished.
Like one crazy mixed up line critter.
So let me show you how I arrived.
I began by laying down a bunch of curving,
rambling swervy lines and
joined the tails back to some touchpoint
in the drawing.
Nothing is left open-ended on the outer edge.
(This idea came about from something
I saw on Pinterest.)
I just picked a couple sections and
began filling the little worm shapes in
with curving lines.
Some curve under, some curve over.
And I just kept going until all the worm shapes
were filled with lines.
Some of those little 'tails' formed shapes which
I could blacken in with a white highlight . . .
. . . and I noticed they were looking a bit like
eyes, so I connected some more lines
and made some more little eye shapes.
Some of those white spaces began to fill up
with more line work.
And then it was complete.
Except two of those spaces called for gem stones.
With drop highlights underneath.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
And to add some detail work!!
I hope I remember to add the year
to each cityscape I make.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
I began with a Canson canvas board
which I placed on my non-stick craft sheet.
I gessoed the entire canvas in gold
from The Crafter's Workshop.
For color I used a little yellow from the
Golden Fluid Acrylic line.
Mostly I used a paintbrush to add layers
of various Golden colors.
I used my fingers to blend in some areas.
Once the background was suitable,
I added some other colors with a brush,
stamps, and I even used some medicine
bottles stamped into an inkpad
to add some texture and design to
Saturday, October 1, 2016
I administer a Facebook zentangle group called
Zentangle All Around.
We work together to learn and grow our tangling skills
through challenges, weekly sets of strings,
the occasional swap.
We share and we positively support and learn
from each other.
Last week I suggested something I am calling
(Which is kind of funny if you are familiar
with my law enforcement background.)
The thought is that we use a dedicated sketchbook
and during the week we practice tangles that are
new to us, we work on tangles we have trouble
with, we work with strings, and create
On the weekend I will post my pages, then
anyone who wants to
can post their pages for that week.
Above is the sketchbook I chose to use.
I literally have more sketchbooks than I could
ever use in one lifetime.
This is mixed media paper which is important to me -
cause I like color and I use a lot of wet media.
Here you see three pages of tangles I practiced
during the first week. Notice that they are not
perfect. Notice the notes I made about what was
not perfect and what I need to consider next time.
I found that I liked some of these tangles,
and some others I didn't like so much
and will probably never use.
But I tried them.
I learned about some new-to-me tangles.
Above is a piece of art I drew using a string.
A string is drawn in pencil and it divides your
paper or tile into sections.
Sections that you tangle.
Typically your pencil drawn string will
disappear into your artwork.
In this particular one I used amun from my
practice pages. I really like this one a lot!
It looks hard, but it is really easy.
When you follow the steps and take your time.
I also used CC from my practice pages.
You will notice that I make note of the tangles
used over there on the left -
next to the spiral.
There are so many tangles - it is unbelievable how many -
and I can not always remember their names.
Then I just wanted to tangle with patterns I enjoy.
My fall-back-on and go-to patterns.
None of these are from my practice pages.
I seem to like round tangles and I
usually fall back on those when I am thinking -
do I actually remember any tangles???
Hahahaha! I am sure none of you have ever had that problem.
I mentioned earlier that I like to work with
wet media. Last week I worked on a board.
A board that I painted and rolled more paint on,
and dripped and splattered and stamped
and stenciled on. As I was using the roller,
I thought - hey! get your sketchbook out
and Get Sketchy!!!
So after I rolled ink onto the board,
I rolled the excess on to a sketchbook page.
As much as this paint stuff costs -
you don't want to waste a drop of it!
So I just kept rolling the excess and cleaning
my roller this way :).
Then my week kind of fell apart as I got a phone
call that my mom was in distress 1500 miles away
and I needed to be there.
Onto an airplane I hopped and
I was glad for this prepped page!
I like the textured look the rolled on paint gave.
I am not sure why it looks like this,
but I like the skips and spaces created with the paint.
Tangling just came naturally.
I usually start with a wad of printemps.
I have no idea why, but I do.
Then I tangle out from there.
(I hadn't started my practice pages for week 2 yet.)
This was a great practice page for me.
Hahahaha! I just realized I didn't name one of the tangles I tried.
I need to go back to my book and fix that.
I also like to name the creator when I know it.
The circles and leaves one in the lower right
is called Pixioze.
It is a Margaret Bremner creation and I love it,
although I have never been able to
draw that one very well.
So it belongs in my practice pages for sure.
I am happier with this attempt
than any I have done up till now.
And I found that I really like mushnik by Erin Olson
a lot! If you were around back when there was a
weekly Zendala Dare - that is Erin Olson.
I drew this in a hotel room in Florida.
I was watching reruns of the TV series
and I needed something I could draw
while listening to my iPad and Hulu.
The next night I was watching The Voice
and tangling something pretty just wasn't going
to be in the cards for me that night.
So I went back to making a practice page.
Check out that O tangle by Adele Bruno.
Easy to draw and it sure makes your page pop!
Then there's that little spinning top one
at the lower right corner.
I have no idea what it's called.
I found it on pinterest.
Fun to draw!
It was time to put O to use.
That one flower looks a little wop-sided.
I was trying to do a perspective thing there and
I got lost along the way.
But hey! this is my practice sketchbook
where I can Get Sketchy and no one judges me.
This was a seriously fun page to do.
That O is awesome!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Let's play . . . What's In Your Back Yard?
Hahaha! Mark has hunting cameras set up in the
back and side yards. He checks them each week to
see what kind of animals we have passing through.
And let me tell you we have had it all.