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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weekly Challenge #312 - Spilled Coffee

This week's challenge was to allow a spilled drink to define the string for a Zentangle. Can't get more Zen than that! My coffee with cream and sugar made a lovely beige color. and it very cooperatively divided the tile into 4 sections.

First I filled the beige section with my latest fav tangle: Frumkey. I was too busy to enter the Frumkey challenge 2 weeks ago, so I am making up for lost time. Frumkey reminds me of Joki and 'Dillo, two other favorites of mine. All three seem to have lots of curvy fun chaos. I am new to using a sienna 01 pen. Seems VERY exciting to me to start to add color after 8 months of tangling in black and white only. But I have always been easily amused!

For my second tangle, I remembered Maria saying she liked to combine curves with grids, or maybe she said curvy tangles with more rectangular tangles. Anyway, I thought a grid would provide contrast, so I put in an area of Yew Dee.

The coffee spill created a very nice sized triangle at what was becoming the "top." That gave me the idea of using Foldz, a tangle that seems to lend itself to triangles. I didn't like how it looked, but then once it was shaded it was much improved. Shading Foldz makes a big difference. Shading everything makes a big difference!

Finally I wanted something to tie it all together. Betweed seemed just the thing. I think Betweed is an amazingly mysterious tangle, up there with Paradox. There is so little to drawing it, but so much when you look at it. Between continues to Bewitch!

Thanks to Laura Harms for putting up the challenge each week.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Weekly Challenge #311 - Circles and Squares

This week's Challenge was to use a circle and a square. A few days ago I took an Introduction to Zentangle class with Cheryl Wilson, CZT. Cheryl is a wonderful teacher! We were working with these tangles, so I decided to use them again in the challenge. Flux, Floo and Florz are flamboyant, flabbergasting little flaunters! And Bales and Keeko are old favorites.

I like how Flux works with a black background, never tried that before. I had forgotten how much I liked Keeko, especially when Cheryl showed us how to "shade across the lines," i.e. shade horizontally on the vertical lines and vertically on the horizontal ones. That just looks so good to me. I am continually amazed at the power of shading to make things so much more interesting and dramatic. Not to mention shading's power to cover a multitude of sins, of which I am plentifully guilty!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Challenge #308 - Mac N Cheese

This week the challenge is to use your favorite go-to, no-stress, just plain love 'em tangle patterns. Thank you Diva for this wonderful idea! My favorite pattern so far is Meringue. I love drawing those sinuous curves. I hoped a Meringue flower would make a great tangle moviestar in the middle. The way Drawings or Squid can do.

Dillo, in the upper right, is so named because it looks like an armadillo! You can't beat that for just plain wonderful silliness. Joki and 'Dillo go together in my head, not sure if it's just because I learned them on the same day, but I think they have curves in common. And a certain exuberant happiness. Lots of curves today! And happiness I hope.

Zander is essential Mac N Cheese, dating back to the day I first opened my new Zentangle Kit and put in the CD and drew my first tangle. You can't beat that, it's like your old teddy bear or your blankie! Finally Shattuck. Whadda background tangle! I like how all the curvy patterns mix it up together in this. Zander is the curtain in the window. Or the beach on which all the other tangles are crashing. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weekly Challenge #307

This week's challenge was Zingo, which seems like an inherently fun tangle pattern! I used FOLDS in the corners, and filled the FOLDS with PRINTEMPS.  Then I had fun putting PANTHE behind everything. The Pantheon seemed a very serious and historical background to use for all this frivolity and fun!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Challenge 306

Weekly Challenge #306


I thought Drupe was a little bug-like and certainly Marasu is snakey. Then the long stringy interpretation of Amphora seemed a little reptilian to me too. Diva Dance Waltz seems completely psychedelic to me somethings. So it was waltzing with bugs and snakes night with this Zentangle!

Friday, March 3, 2017

New Paintings

These are the new paintings I am enjoying doing. I haven't felt this good about any paintings I have done for years! I am using alcohol inks on yupo (synthetic) paper. Very vivid and infinitely re-workable. I have been wanting to do plaid paintings for a long time, so finally they are here.
Your comments welcome!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Weekly Challenge #305

Duotangle: Marasu vs Molygon

I had never used either of these tangle patterns before and honestly I was not looking forward to having to do snake handling with Marasu! But lo and behold, I actually started to like it as I was drawing. I think I de-snakified it to a degree by not using a coil, and that helped. Zentangles are a never ending series of surprises.