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!


direction: forward

This is my first Zentangle tile! I’ve missed the deadline for posting a tile for It’s a String Thing #73, but here’s my tile for the challenge.

20150105 It's a String Thing 73

Paradox, Schway

Adele challenged us to tangle using Schway and Paradox. Both were new tangles to me. Paradox took me a while to master, but I fell in love with it, especially after I discovered Margaret Bremner’s excellent tutorial.