Month: January 2015

lub-dub

With February just around the corner, Adele will be using eight heart-inspired tangles in the next two It’s a String Thing challenges.

Heartrope, Heartstrings, Heartvine, Luv-a

Heartrope, Heartstrings, Heartvine, Luv-a

Of this week’s patterns, I liked Heartstrings the most. With just a touch of shading, the heart puffs!

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u-nited

Suzy Mosh’s challenge this week was to use new to us tangles beginning with U. I chose Umble, Undling and Unyun.

Umble, Undling, Unyun

Umble, Undling, Unyun

This began with a U-shaped string, but you can’t see it anymore! Undling is a really nice pattern. Before you shade it, it doesn’t look like much, but after you shade it, there’s so much texture in it.

Aquafleur-inspired, Hollibaugh, Unyun, Up and Across

Aquafleur-inspired, Hollibaugh, Unyun, Up and Across

I had this partially completed tile sitting around with just an Aquafleur-inspired motif and Hollibaugh. Since I had U patterns in my mind, I added two of them to it.

jumping through the hoops

The Diva’s 202nd challenge was to use Chebucto and Copada, two of Margaret Bremner’s patterns, in a duotangle.

Margaret Bremner is one of my favourite tanglers. She tends to follow Zentangle rules quite closely with nothing fancy, but she has a good eye for patterns that go well together and her tiles are always alive with contrast.

Chebucto, Copada

Chebucto, Copada

Both patterns are ribbon-shaped tangles, so I created ribbons out of them.

I initially wanted to fill the background with a variation of Copada. Then I changed my mind to creating a border around the four sides with Copada. Finally, I decided not to clutter things up and just embrace the white space :)

shifting blocks

This week’s It’s a String Thing #76 involved three new-to-me tangles, Fjord, Oolo and Trumpits.

When I drew this, my shoulders were aching from a workout the previous day. My hand was tremoring a little, and as a result all my initial lines turned out slightly wonky. So I decided to thicken some of the lines with a Pigma Micron 08 to hide the wonkiness.

Fjord, Oolo, Trumpits

Fjord, Oolo, Trumpits

Soon, I was thickening not just the wonky lines, but other lines too. I no longer detested the lines on the tile, and instead I was having fun!

Varying the line weight is something I picked up from hesedetang. She has a unique tangling style that involves playing around with thick and thin lines. I wasn’t trying to imitate her here (partly because I know I can’t), but borrowing the idea of thicker lines did help this particular tile.

moebius syndrome awareness day

This Friday is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day (MSAD). For her 201st challenge, Laura Harms invited us to tangle either using the symbol of the Moebius Syndrome Foundation’s logo, or tangle a moebius strip out of paper, and, if we want, to include the colour purple, the colour for MSAD.

Before knowing about Artoo, I’d never heard of Moebius Syndrome. It’s a syndrome affecting primarily cranial nerves 6 and 7. For those of you who don’t know, cranial nerve 6 controls movement of the eyes to the sides, while cranial nerve 7 controls the muscles for facial movement (e.g. smiling, grimacing, closing the eyes, closing the mouth). Cranial nerve 7 has other more minor functions as well, including toleration of loud or high-pitched noises, taste to the front 2/3 of the tongue, production of tears and saliva, and sensation to a small area around the ear.

Moebius Syndrome is a spectrum with varying degrees of severity. These are other features, taken from the Moebius Syndrome Foundation’s website:

Other cranial nerves may be affected, especially the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th and 12th.  There may be skeletal involvement causing hand/feet anomalies and/or club feet. Respiratory problems, speech and swallowing disorders, visual impairments, sensory integration dysfunction, sleep disorders, and weak upper body strength may also be present.  Approximately 30% of children with Moebius syndrome are on the autism spectrum.

For this challenge, I did two tiles. My first tile was done at 1am last night. When I woke up, I clearly didn’t like it, because I promptly sat down and tangled another tile.

This is the second tile.

Beelight, Snail

Beelight, Snail

Snail gives a nice gilded look, an effect I didn’t expect from a tangle called Snail! The three petal shapes started off as Flux, but I modified them into something entirely different, and added little purple hearts to show love and support for people with Moebius Syndrome.

Does the logo remind anybody else of the recycling symbol?

This is the first tile I did last night.

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Flux, Keenees, Knase, Reticulated

Tangling at 1am is not good. You make odd decisions, like aura-ing in the spaces in the logo because you’re too tired to think of better ways to fill them in, and then shading them dark in a failed attempt to make them less conspicuous.  Which is a pity, because I liked the two strips going over the bars of the logo.

looping a path to calm

Suzy Mosh’s challenge this week invited us to use tangles starting with V that were new to us. I wanted a challenge, so I found four tangles that I did not think would work together, and tried to make them work. I tried twice. I had beautiful variations and tangleations in my head, but I just couldn’t transmit them to paper. And although I know that there are no mistakes in Zentangle, I hated the tiles so much that I threw them away. That’s almost sacilegious in Zentangle, but I was frustrated. I took a break and calmed myself down with a quick shower and a prayer. Then I came back to my table, cut down the tangles to just three, used a super simple string, discarded all variations for just the basic tangles, and came up with this tile.

Vega, Viaduct, Vigne

Vega, Viaduct, Vigne

Looking at this makes me feel calm again. Vigne and Vega are great patterns. Viaduct still looks a little out of place, but that’s no fault of the tangle. Shading gives it depth and in the right tile it would look good.

ripening jetties

After my last tile which was rather dark, I wanted to do a tile that had a lighter feel. I also wanted to play a bit more with Pokeroot as I had a feeling it would look better on a long branch.

Crescent Moon, Diva Dance, Jetties, Pokeroot, Shattuck

Crescent Moon, Diva Dance, Jetties, Pokeroot, Shattuck

I went with plenty of white space and light shading, with Pokeroot falling from the branch as Jetties. Before shading, Pokeroot looked like cherries, but after shading, I think it looks more like oranges! I tried to shade Pokeroot so it would like it was lifted off the paper. The light and airy look of this tile makes me happy.

all in a globe

It’s a String Thing #75 involved TanglePatterns String 75, designed by Maria Thomas, and five of Maria’s tangles, Bales, Echoism, Ennies, Pokeleaf and Pokeroot.

Bales, Echoism, Ennies, Pokeleaf, Pokeroot

Bales, Echoism, Ennies, Pokeleaf, Pokeroot

At first I didn’t intend to use all five of the patterns, but as I tangled, they all emerged. I like Ennies a lot. It’s a combination of Flux and Tipple, two patterns that I enjoy a lot. Bales and Echoism have lots of room for customisation as well. I was a little less inspired by Pokeleaf and Pokeroot, but I’m looking forward to see what other people did with them when Adele posts the tiles on Tuesday.

mirror mirror on the wall

I’ve been learning the official Zentangle tangles one by one, so that I now know quite a few tangles, but haven’t used most of them in a tile. Thus I decided to draw a tile to practise some of them.

Unlike my previous tiles, I didn’t plot which tangles to use or where to put each tangle before starting. I just divided up the tile with a string and filled in each space with a random tangle. The only two tangles I knew I wanted to use were Munchkin, because I love it, and Cadent, because I hadn’t gotten the hang of it yet, but it’s a basic tangle and I wanted to be confident in using it.

Cadent, Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Munchin, Nzeppel, Sedgling

Cadent, Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Munchin, Nzeppel, Sedgling

I’m most surprised by Nzeppel. I’ve always thought of it as a black image on a white background. But here, I felt the white bubbles were popping towards me, and I shaded it as so. I made a little mistake with Munchkin where I put some lines in directions that I didn’t intend for them to go, but the overall effect is still fine. Also with Cadent, in the upper right, I accidentally shaded the wrong triangle in one of the squares. I then decided to shade the rest of the squares around it the same way, and it looks intentional now! Sedgling was the toughest for me.

I wasn’t intending to use this for a challenge, but just before I posted this, I saw Joey’s Weekly Tangle Challenge #43, where she asked us to draw 4 mirror images of the same design. I cheated, I just used Photoshop to flip the image four ways.

Same tile, mirror imaged

Same tile, mirror imaged

The effect is interesting. The middle with Crescent Moon reminds me of peacock feathers.