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.

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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

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!