Sunday, December 17, 2017

ZIA Ideas: Coniferous trees

Coniferous trees. Evergreens. Conifers. Triangles.
"Winter Conifers" (c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles in the trees: Flux (two varieties), Opus, Sanibelle, Tipple
Living where I do - in the middle of the Canadian prairies - I see lots of coniferous trees. They offer greenery in the winter, and often show up in my zentangle-inspired artwork.

Here are some tangles that may give you thoughts of

I can't let this post go by without sharing 
Carole Ohl's spectacular Christmas tree using AQUAFLEUR.
Step-outs at this link.

FEATHERFALL (from CZT Carole Ohl)
Find the step-outs at this link.
"Blue Spruce" (c)2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Featherfall, Tidings

FLUX - either version (from Zentangle)
Find the step-outs at this link
See examples of Flux in the first tile, Rick's version on the left and Maria's on the right.

NARWAL (from CZT Sam Taylor)
Find the step-outs in a video at this link.
"Night Knoll" (c) 2015 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Hurakán, Narwal, Prestwood, Printemps

PRESTWOOD (from CZT Margaret Bremner)
Find the step-outs at this link.
There is another example of Prestwood in the tile above, using Prestwood as a single, long line.
Tangles: Afterglo, Diva Dance, Morse, Prestwood

SANIBELLE (from CZT Tricia Faraone)
For an evergreen tree, draw it "upside down". Find the step-outs at this link.
Here is a Christmas card using Sanibelle on a 3Z tile. We added tiny colored gems for balls or lights.

Other tangles with great possibilities are...

VERDIGOGH (from Maria Thomas at Zentangle)
Inspired by evergreen needles. Find the step-outs at this link.
OPUS (from Maria Thomas at Zentangle) - step-outs at this link.

Tangles composed of triangles such as...
 TRIPOLI - step-outs at this link.
FASSETT  - step-outs at this link.

This is certainly not a definitive list. Put almost any tangle in a tall triangle shape and in the right context it could be an evergreen tree. See the example of Prestwood above. :)
Experiment. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

More eco-dyeing

There are two things I love about eco-dyeing papers. First, I get a lot of inspiring papers to draw on. Second, it's such a delightful surprise unwrapping the bundles after the dye process.

This time I did a few different things. I used some toned papers as well as the white ones. I added a couple of rusty items to the dye-bath, having been advised that it would give some very dark darks. I dyed some Opus tiles and other larger papers; I had to roll them in order to fit my roasting pan! Here's part of the results, laid out on the dining table to dry.

Gotta love those onion skins! Such lovely bright colors. They give anything from a pale yellow, through oranges, to dark rusty reds. Here are some examples.
An onion skin splayed flat.
Onion skins with other leaves.
Some leaves are better than others for leaving lovely marks. Maples are good.
 So are oak leaves.
And raspberries.
Some leaves don't leave much of a mark per se, but they're good to block space and leave an empty shape.
Leaves as 'resist'.
I had some purple flowers (what are they!?!) that gave me this!
And something gave me lovely steel grays.

The black edges below are because of the rusty things in the water. There's also onion skins and various leaves.
Rusty metal offers dark darks.
I think this page must have been on the bottom as it got a heavy dose of black! I think it got a little folded too, thus the vertical stripes. I wonder what it will develop into?
Sometimes they come out very simple.
Now I have more fun in store!
You can read my post about my first attempts at eco-dyeing here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Shoes again!

Recently I painted a pair of canvas shoes for Shoe Bank Canada's fund-raiser My Canvas Has Laces. You can read the final part of the series, and see the shoes, here. My shoes raised $1100!

A few years ago I had purchased a pair of second hand, leather shoes that I loved because they were half black and half white. (What's not to love!) Unfortunately, the white halves were scuffed. Of course, I thought "I can fix that!" and started tangling them. Then things happened and the project got back-burnered. The recent canvas shoe project got me enthused again.
Gray scuff marks on the white half of one shoe.
Here are the shoes with all the tangling done (finally). I was going to add shading but then I realized it would darken the white even more and I didn't want to do that. Soooo... they're done!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

VEEZE - a new tangle

Tangles: Drupe, Veeze, and Drupe-y stripes
Veeze is a very simple pattern, related to Static, Jonqal, and all the tangles that begin with a series of zigzags. It's a nice background tangle to go with something more intricate or bold. It was inspired by this upholstery.

You can probably figure it out yourself, but here are the steps for Veeze:

It's easy to add variations.
Tangles: My-Swing, Pearlz, Prestwood variation, Tipple, Veeze
I have some water-soluable color pencils and there are two blacks which are very different - ink black and ivory black - but I can never remember which is warm and which is cool. So I lightly wrote the two words, with the appropriate pencil, on a tile and washed them out. Then I tangled so the words were still legible. Now I have a sample; ink black is warm and ivory black is cool. And I did Veeze in the background.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Gneiss,
Pearlz, Printemps, Tripoli, Veeze, and Auras

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

W2 and then some

W2 (for Warp and Weft) is a fairly simple pattern, and depends a little on the initial spacing. Step-outs are on here.

In early November I had the great pleasure of attending OgunquiTangle, a small, semi-annual Zentangle retreat organized by Jenny Perruzzi. There I shared much of what will comprise this post. Here's the group of us in a pumpkin patch. :)
We used an Opus tile and did a sampler of variations of W2, starting with a large W2 overall and filling each section with smaller samples. Each section is about the size of a classic Zentangle tile, so easy to do freehand.

Below is my Opus tile. In the upper left you can see a basic W2 with thin borders added. These borders keep the smaller black squares separated from the larger black squares. The empty section is for people to try their own idea.
The easiest and most basic variation, of course, is to vary the size of the initial squares and, consequently, the bands (the warp and weft). We used both of these possibilities on our Opus tile.


Add thin black ribbons (upper right section).
1)  Start with small black squares and wide bands.
2)  Imagine where one band runs under another (upper left, green dots).
3)  Draw a black line, about 1/3 of the width of the ribbon (lower left, green lines).
4)  Do this on all the bands (red).
5)  Then draw a thin ribbon from one 'slit' to another, going over the initial band (red horizontal and black vertical).

Add rounded forms.
W2 is an angular tangle, so rounded forms add interest. I've used Black Pearlz and Beadlines (middle right section). In the image below you can also see Knightsbridge in one of the small perimeter sections.
1)  Start with small black squares and wide bands.
2)  Draw a circle in the squares, and a Black Pearl in the circle.
3)  Draw Beadlines along the middle of the bands.

Add center band.
A simple, thin pattern leaves the bands clearly visible.

Add diagonals.
W2 is very right-angled, so diagonals add interest. Here it is with the tangle Zonked (center section). You could do Zonked regularly like I did, or randomly. Begin with large squares and thin bands.

Fill the large squares with a square-grid-based tangle.
We used Stoic (lower left), but other possibilities are Cubine, Dex, Buttercup, Demi, etc..

Use a fragment you like.
Those tangles are composed of repeatable fragments, so in another section everyone chose a fragment they liked and filled the large squares with that (top middle). I used what I now call the Lisbon fragment, first dividing each large square into quarters.

A cut-through look (lower center).
Above you'll see Meer going one direction and simple polka dots going the other. Below is an example with Meer going both directions.
1)  Start with small black squares and wide bands.
2)  Draw a diagonal square in the center of each band, and Aura it.
3)  Fill the bands with Meer, showing the pattern 'underneath' through the square cut-through.

Use a border tangle with non-straight sides (lower right).
My example above shows Prestwood, but you could also use Noom, Ing, MySwing, Paisley Boa, Cruze, and many others.
1)  Start with small squares and wide bands.
2)  Draw the W2 pattern all in pencil.
3)  Lightly fill the squares in pencil, just to help stay organized.
4)  In heavier pencil, note where the bands go over and under. Even erase the lines you don't want.
5)  Draw your chosen tangle in the bands.
6)  Fill the no-longer-squares with black.
An Aura may help separate the pattern bands. Here is an example using Noom, with an Aura.
What to do with those little bits leftover at the edges? You could fill some with Knightsbridge (square on, or diagonal), or continued parts of the tangle from the connecting band, or use whatever you feel would be appropriate.

A HELPFUL TOOL: Jenny Peruzzi has designed a stencil with the 16 initial, larger squares placed appropriately. If you'd like to purchase one check out her Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

InkTober 2017 - part two

I'm a little late posting this. I was away from home for three weeks (more on that in a future post) and had prepared this so I could post while away. But... I forgot to put one image in!
I wasn't able to participate every day this year, but these are the ink drawings I did, and the InkTober prompts, for the second half of October.

Day 19 - 'Cloud'
Or in this case, three clouds. The 'stars' are gold ink.
Tangles: Printemps, plus stripes and dots.
Day 22 - 'Trail'
What better trail, or path, than the occasional labyrinth?
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon,
'Nzeppel, Printemps, Tipple
Day 23 - 'Juicy'
No, it's not gruesome. It's a pomegranate.
Tangles: Beadlines, Gingham, Tipple
Day 25 - 'Ship'
In this case a ghost ship, swamped by waves.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Diva Dance, Ennies,
Lamar, Moowa, Opus, Phuds, Shattuck
Day 31 - 'Mask'
For Hallowe'en. Of course. I get it.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Diva Dance, Gneiss,
Knightsbridge, Marasu, Paisley Boa, Pearlz

Sunday, October 15, 2017

InkTober 2017 - part one

I am not able to participate every day this year, but these are the ink drawings I've done, and the InkTober prompts, for the first half of October.

Day 2 - 'Divided'
Gray wash on white paper with smears of sparkle acrylic paint, colored ink and colored pencil.
Tangles: Pearlz, Zander plus Hibred technique
Day 4 - 'Underwater'
Gray and copper washes on tan paper with colored inks and colored pencil.
This worked out nicely with the InkToberTangles prompt Diva Dance!
Tangles: Diva Dance, Skaylz, Pop-Cloud
Day 8 - 'Crooked'
I used a calligraphy pen for the initial zigzag lines across the gray wash 'X'.
Tangles? Pretty much just a lot of Auras
Day 12 - 'Shattered'
Gray and brown washes on white paper with black, brown and white inks and colored pencil.
Tangles: Cracked Windows (variation) and a few Pearlz
Day 15 - 'Mysterious'
Mysterious passages, mysterious space, mysterious connections. It's also usually mysterious what the end result will be!
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Emingle, Knightsbridge,
Knightspeak, Romanancy, Tipple, Zonked
See Inktober 2017 Part Two here.