Month: February 2015

shards

It’s a String Thing #81 uses two patterns by Lynn Mead, Fassett and Phroz, which is a variation of Fassett.

I was happy to see that we had another duotangle on our hands. Using just one or two tangles in a tile lets you play around with the tangles more and explore more variations. That said, I had some difficulty with this week’s tile. I think I have some difficulties with angular patterns, like these and Paradox.

Although Adele gave us the option of using any tangles we liked, I felt it wouldn’t be It’s a String Thing if I didn’t use the suggested string. Here’s my first attempt.

Fassett, Phroz

Fassett, Phroz

Actually, now that I look at it, it doesn’t look that bad. When I was drawing it though, I just couldn’t figure out how to fill in the spaces in the string, so I left it half-complete. The white space looks quite decent now though!

But I wasn’t happy with that tile, so I drew another one, and this is the one that I’ll be submitting to the challenge.

Fassett, Phroz

Fassett, Phroz

I used the suggested string, although it’s a bit hard to see it here. Many of the variations I used here are the same as the variations in the first tile. They’re just put together differently.

experience the mix

This week’s Diva’s Challenge is to use tools or materials that we’ve never used in tangling. I thought long and hard about this. I thought of watercolours, but I wanted to draw something with a pen. Then I thought of watercolour pencils, but I’ve used them before, albeit only for coloring, not drawing. So I decided to use a new surface to tangle on.

When I was younger, my friends and I used to collect postcards to write messages to each other on. These postcards were found on racks in shopping malls and restaurants, and anybody could take one for free. The front of each card was an advertisement, usually for a product or event or movie. They’re still around, but they’re less commonly seen these days. In the four years that I collected them, I amassed three boxes of postcards.

I got one that advertised Gordon’s London Dry Gin, and tangled on it.

Betweed, Cayke, Jonqal, Sand Swirl, Schway

Betweed, Cayke, Jonqal, Sand Swirl, Schway

I used a black Micron 01, a black Micron 05, and a thick black permanent marker for this. I found I needed thicker lines to make the tangles pop against the busy background, even though the background was mostly in shades of white or grey. I wonder how it would look if I chose a postcard with a more colourful background!

warbonnet

It’s a String Thing #80 is to use Inaura and Kozy.

Inaura, Kozy

Inaura, Kozy

Both were new tangles to me, and I enjoyed the opportunity to play around with just two tangles in this tile.

EDIT:
After I sent my tile to Adele, I was inspired by her to spend some time with Kozy. Here’s the results of my experimentation:

Kozy

Kozy

In the original stepouts, Kozy starts out as lines radiating out from a central point. I thought of it more as a wavy line with “waves” coming out from one end of the line. In this tile, there’s Kozy in a spiral, Kozy with waves from both ends of the line, Kozy with sparkle, Kozy within Kozy, Kozy with alternating thick and thin waves, Kozy on a line with two heads, and Kozy with a variety of fills. In some parts it’s hard to tell it’s still Kozy, but it’s always there.

The great thing is that I know when Adele posts the tiles for the challenge on Monday, there’ll be a whole lot of other Kozy ideas that I haven’t thought of yet!

round and round we go

Thank you everyone for your well wishes in the last post, I am feeling well enough to participate in the festivities now. :)

Here’s my tile for Joey’s 48th challenge. The theme is polka dots, and we are to draw a tile with non-overlapping circles and fill them with tangles. I used Mak-rah-mee to outline three circles, then filled them in. I added some colour with watercolour pencils. It was my first time using colour in a tile and I still feel like there’s something missing. Does anyone have suggestions on how I could improve this? (Feel free to leave a comment even if you don’t have suggestions!)

Assunta, Avreal, Crescent Moon, Echoism, Mak-rah-mee, Rain, Tagh, Verdigogh

Assunta, Avreal, Crescent Moon, Echoism, Mak-rah-mee, Rain, Tagh, Verdigogh

恭喜发财!

Thank you, Laura, for having everyone commemorate Chinese New Year this week! I’m Chinese, and while I’m not a very “Chinese” Chinese (I can speak the language only stutteringly, and the last time I wrote any of it was in school), Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration on the Chinese calendar here. So I was glad to see that the Diva’s Challenge #205 is to include Chinese New Year in our tiles.

Many children’s favourite Chinese New Year tradition is the giving of red packets. Juniors give their elders Mandarin oranges, and in exchange, elders give red packets, which are red envelopes with money in them, to their juniors. More accurately, married couples give them to non-married people. (In the old days the two were synonymous concepts, but not any more.) I decided to tangle on some red packets.

Here’s the red packets I used. The picture shows both the front and back of the packet. They were the perfect size – 3.5″ x 3.5″. Red packets are often given out by banks, hence the “Bank of America” on it.

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This was my first attempt. I used a black Micron 01, white and dark brown colour pencils for shading, and a white Uniball Signo Broad for the highlights.

Amaze, Floo, Flukes, Inapod, Kiss, Meer, Well

Amaze, Floo, Flukes, Inapod, Kiss, Meer, Well

However I found that the black didn’t show up well on the red paper, so I tangled another one with the white Uniball Signo, and shaded with a white colour pencil.

Nzeppel, Rixty, Sanibelle, Scoodle, Shattuck

Nzeppel, Rixty, Sanibelle, Scoodle, Shattuck

This was an interesting experiment. The broad 1.0mm nib of the pen meant that I had to draw with broader strokes and less detail, and the vertical grooves meant that I couldn’t shade finely or blend either. However the broader nib meant that I completed it quickly, and since I liked how it looked, I decided to tangle on a third red packet.

Chainging, Munchin, Tripoli

Chainging, Munchin, Tripoli

Today is Chinese New Year Eve, and it’s been a lousy one for me. I’m down with a sore throat and fever, so I slept through most of my reunion dinner (another tradition where extended families have dinner together, usually on the Eve). But tangling this way, without having to pay much attention to detail, was perfect for someone feeling ill.

By the way, the title of this post is a standard Chinese New year greeting wishing the other person prosperity.

puffy pods

Finally, a non-heart challenge! This week’s It’s a String Thing #79 used four tangles that were new to me, including two grid-based tangles.

Buttercup, Inapod, Pozer, Puf

Buttercup, Inapod, Pozer, Puf

When I saw the string, my first thought was that the loop was in a nice spot for a dewdrop. I made a dewdrop with Puf, but it doesn’t look right somehow. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t contrast the sizes enough, or if it’s the shading of the dewdrop.

Inapod may end up being a favourite. It takes up space so quickly, has contrast built into it, and looks so cute!

heart cubed

There’s yet another Valentine’s challenge, this time from Laura Harms’ I am the Diva Challenge #204. There aren’t any fixed guidelines for this one other than that it has to be a Valentangle, so I went with a heart-shaped string, two tangles with an organic Valentine’s mood, and two tangles that are decidedly non-Valentine-like.

Cubine, Flux, Hollibaugh, Trentwith

Cubine, Flux, Hollibaugh, Trentwith

I enjoyed varying the sizes of the black spaces in Cubine. This does a feel too starkly black-and-white to me though.

remove your heart of stone

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Joey’s Challenge #46 was to use tangles with the word “heart” in them. I chose Heartstrings, a tangle that I loved from Adele Bruno’s challenge last week, and Heartrope, which is different from most of the other “heart” tangles in that it doesn’t use full heart shapes at all.

Arukas, Florz, Heartrope, Heartstrings

Arukas, Florz, Heartrope, Heartstrings

here comes the sun

Here’s a card I made for a friend. Before I learnt to tangle, I would never have attempted to draw a card. It’s another one of those wonderful things Zentangle brings.

Front: Agua, Sand Swirl, Shattuck, Waves

Front: Agua, Sand Swirl, Shattuck, Waves

Inside: Luv-a

Inside: Luv-a

After drawing it, I felt it needed some colour. I’ve never used colour in my Zentangles before, but I found a box of watercolour pencils that I haven’t used since I was 10 years old! That was a lot of fun.