Month: March 2015

spring has sprung

It’s a String Thing #85 celebrates spring with several light, organic patterns – Mumsy, Printemps and Kelp. It’s funny that I’ve never used Printemps before despite frequently doodling it on the sides of my pages. I have used Scoodle though, which is Printemps without the sparkle.

Kelp, Mumsy, Printemps

Kelp, Mumsy, Printemps

I tried out something new this time. I used Kelp along the string line, then totally ignored the string as I drew Mumsy, and then coloured in Mumsy and added Printemps according to the string borders. The tile looks somewhat Japanese to me!

in a whirl

I had some free time, so I did another spiral for my second submission to the Diva’s Weekly Challenge #210.

Dex, Drupe

Dex, Drupe

This satisfied my curiosity on three issues:
1. How to fit a grid-based tangle into a spiral
2. How Dex would look with the black squares in random places (interesting, but the effect would be better with smaller squares)
3. What effect would be produced with Drupe as a background to the spiral

For some in-spiral-tion (sorry, couldn’t resist!), check out this post by Margaret Bremner.

quadruple ‘a’s

This week’s It’s a String Thing challenge uses a string by Anne Marks and four tangles beginning with A.

Amoeba, Amphora, Antique, Arrowheads

Amoeba, Amphora, Antique, Arrowheads

Work has been piling up, so my tangling time has diminished. I did this tile after a very enjoyable, but also very long, day at work, and I didn’t have the energy to spend as much time tangling and shading as I would have liked. Still, I gave it my best shot, and the satisfaction of creating something made up for the tiredness.

green it up

Here’s another St Patrick’s Day challenge – this time the Diva challenged us to add green to our tiles.

Featherfall, Patena, Y-Not, Zander

Featherfall, Patena, Y-Not, Zander

I used a Uniball Signo UM-151 0.38mm pen in green black to tangle, then added colour with two shades of watercolour pencil. I was nervous about using the watercolour pencils. It always seems that lots of things could go wrong with all that colour and water, and I almost used just a graphite pencil to shade. But finally I decided to take the plunge. On hindsight, this could have benefited from being more green. Oh well, you learn with practice!

The Uniball was an absolute delight to tangle with. It’s smooth, much smoother than the Micron 01, especially since my Micron nibs blunt quickly. The line width is slightly thinner than the Micron 01’s, yet there’s no added scratchiness. It also comes in lots of colours. It’s tempting to use the black version for normal tangling, and to find another pen with a broader nib to colour in dark spaces. The only drawback? It doesn’t have archival ink, unlike the Micron. Is that important? I’m not sure.

shamrocks

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, It’s a String Thing #83 involves a clover-shaped string and some clover-inspired tangles.

Lucky, Sh'rock

Lucky, Sh’rock

When I practised Sh’rock before doing this tile, I couldn’t get it right. But while I was doing the tile, possibilities started opening themselves up to me, and I got into a nice Sh’rock groove. Also, it felt ironic tangling Lucky on Friday the 13th!

bear fruit

Here’s my submission for the Diva’s Challenge #208, a duotangle of Cubine and Pokeroot. Two of the official tangles, and two simple tangles, but it’ll be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.

Cubine, Pokeroot

Cubine, Pokeroot

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)

layers of unbatz

The Diva’s Challenge #207 is a Use My Tangle challenge with Unbatz.

Unbatz

Unbatz

I didn’t intend to make this a monotangle, but I kept thinking of new things to do with Unbatz, and I couldn’t stop drawing it! I tried Unbatz with block letter U’s, wavy lines between the U’s, different distances between each U, U’s of different sizes, and W’s instead of U’s. I intended to play with perspective too, but I had so much fun that I forgot all about it until the end!

Unbatz has a wallpaper look, and it would probably make a nice background tangle. There are an infinite number of ways to vary this so it would adapt well to any need.

mono-duo-vano

Congratulations on reaching your 50th challenge, Joey!

This week, Joey challenged us to create a monotangle using Vano.

I love monotangles. I love how by just drawing the same tangle over and over, and making it a little different each time you draw it, you end up with a tile full of tangles that are different yet harmonise. Sometimes a variation turns into something that looks completely different from the original tangle, but it’s alright because this is Zentangle and there is no right or wrong.

Vano

Vano

After doing a monotangle, I still had plenty of time on my hands, so I added Strircles for a duotangle.

Strircles, Vano

Strircles, Vano