Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Zentangle Weekly Challenge #64 String Theory - Fortuneteller

This week's Zentangle challenge was for everyone to use the same string - dividing the tile into 8 pie shapes. I've had a busy week so far - picketing with striking library workers (even though I'm retired, I still want to support them), gardening, and making some more owls. I've started some special editions, which will be shown on this blog later in the week. So, I dabbled on this tile - a few minutes here and there. I'd like to try another using curly tangles, but may not have time this week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Zentangle Weekly Challenge #63 - Fengle

This week's I am the Diva Zentangle is to use the new tangle Fengle. I first saw this tangle about a week ago and fell in love with it. Thank you for adding it to the official zentangles and giving such great instructions and so many examples of how it can be used! In fact, after seeing all the variations that Rick and Maria had done, I wondered if we could come up with any new ideas! My first attempt was originally going to be overlapping Fengles, with variations.... but it just grew into a seascape, then called for color! It's not what I had in mind, but I enjoy playing with watercolor pencils which I've only used a couple of times.
My second try was much more to my liking. Simple, bold, and hopefully a bit different. I do love white spaces....

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Zentangle Paradox Study

This weeks Diva challenge was to work with the tangle paradox and to include spirals.... well, paradox is a beautiful and versatile tangle, but I didn't really have a good handle on variations. So my entry was very basic, and many of the week's entries were quite spectacular. When I went back to the instructions on how to draw paradox, there is a tutorial which is quite amazing. It shows lots of variations, step by step instructions, and great examples, ending up with a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) of all the examples. So I decided to play around with it more, and try as many variables as I could think of without going overboard. This is my ZIA.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Zentangle Weekly Challenge #62 - Paradox and spirals

Wow, this was a tough one, especially after seeing the fabulous example that Marizaan van Beek has done!. This week's challenge is to use the tangle paradox and include spirals. Paradox looks easy when you have a stand alone square or triangle... but it gets really confusing if you are working with different sizes and/or a string to follow. And I have no idea how to make it look so soft and elegant as in the example... I'd like to learn how to make it flow the way Marizaan does, though it's going to take a lot of scrap paper ;) I didn't look at any other entries before submitting this as I knew that if I didn't just let my pen get at the paper, I might not even submit this week. As soon as I have this posted that is what I'm going to do - I bet there are a lot of really neat tiles and ZIA's as this is a pretty open and versatile challenge. Thanks for another challenge that takes me out of my comfort zone!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #61

Zentangle weekly challenge #61 is to use the tangle "Golven" I love it! This is a tangle that is quite versatile and can be very detailed, or left quite simple; can be used as a border, or to fill a space... I was working on a ZIA of overlapping ovals and when this challenge came up, I decided to add this tangle, so I've included the ZIA as well.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Twisted borders

I was working on this ZIA for a couple of weeks. The general outline idea came from a knotted zentangle I saw online (sorry I didn't the name to pass on credit). There are three interwoven pieces; one with three tangles, one with four, and one with six. I was experimenting and practicing with tangles that are good for borders, though there are three tangles that I've seen but don't have names for. I'm quite happy with this!