Monday, August 10, 2015

PAPERMINT.

This pattern came to be a few weeks ago while I tagged along with various members of my family to Chuck E Cheese. I did, I'm sure, what most normal people do... pretended I was tangling on the beach with a mai tai and not surrounded on all sides by a riot of screaming children. ;o) Zentangle is so great for that... temporary mental relocation for the cost of a pen and a tile!










As per my usual, my directions probably seem more complicated than they need to be. These are just some tips and tricks that help me with my drawing style... you may not need them. And if you're not a perfectionist, you can skip this part altogether:

• This is not a fast pattern to draw... the third step especially is a real time-suck. I found that it helps to use a smaller pen for the third step than you use for the first two... and (like a lot of patterns) it really helps to slow it down while drawing it. 

• It sounds nit-picky but if you do all your circles at once, then all of your lines, then switch pens for the swoop that connects those lines you won't have to keep switching back and forth (and your swoop-to-line connections will be neater). 

• You could just draw a circle and park a flower in it, but the lines that go in first provide consistency in spacing and depth. They also keep the lines from going too far into the circle... otherwise it looks more like a flower. I draw from the inside to the edge because that works really well to control the length of the lines.

• I section off a circle the same way I section off my mandalas so I don't have to use a ruler or measure. Imagine a clock: the first line is drawn at twelve, then six, then three, then nine. I then cut those sections in half until I have the number of sections I want. Center each new line between two existing lines, and then draw the opposing one directly across from it. 

• I draw the dots in step 4 in the same order that I do the lines... I don't just go around the inside of the circle. I don't know why it works, but drawing them across from each other helps me keep the dots centered on each line.



I can't believe I'm even saying this, but I think I should have used red for this one. 







Using different numbers of lines/lobes will give you a different look. So far I've found that 12 is the easiest to section off and looks the best. And 24 makes a nice throw rug.






A little shading adds some oomph... do you see innies or outies? 




>>> An exciting update...!!! <<<

I was looking at the above tile last night (after I'd already published this post, naturally... that's when the good ideas roll in!), when it hit me: this pattern would look SO AWESOME with one of Lynn Mead's dewdrops in the center! I'm rather fond of daisies so I was quite taken with this idea. I contacted Lynn, and she graciously accepted my challenge and sent me this beauty. If you want to learn how to draw your own dewdrops, you know what to do! >>> .oOo.






I absolutely love the contrast between the stark black & white and the soft grays... collaboration between tanglers always brings new and unexpected surprises!

Enjoy!




That's all, folks... happy tangling!




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Monday, July 06, 2015

collecting color.

Hi, tanglers!

Remember those coin collector pages I posted a few years back, that I used to organize tangle patterns? I've been using them to sort watercolor swatches. The name of the color and the manufacturer are written on the backs. There's also room for the pigment code, lightfastness ratings, granulation and staining info on the back (unless your writing looks like mine did in seventh grade).

The benefit to sorting paint swatches this way is that they can be pulled out and grouped so it's easy to figure out what colors should go together for a particular project. I'll be doing this with my Inktense pencils too, and then put them in a tabbed binder by medium. And then colored pencils... and my Sparkling H2Os... ooh, I think I'm gonna need more tabs! Where's my paper punch??




FYI, CropStop has started selling pocket pages similar to these in clear acid-free plastic that won't yellow over time. I have the pages for regular tiles and I'm happy with those, so I'll try out the little ones and see if they're lighter and less smelly (not even kidding). If anyone has experience with the pocket pages for two-inch tiles, I'd like to know whether the tiles are secure or if they slide out. Can't have my swatches jumpin' ship!


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weekly Challenge #206: "Tools/Trade"

The Diva's weekly challenge is to use a tool we don't normally use to draw our tangle... and while my attempt at using colored microns begat a sad day in sandyland, using gold gouache on black cardstock more than made up for it (if you're an appreciater of little things, it's kinda fun to watch the gold particles travel around on the water's surface tension before soaking into the paper).

Hope you enjoy all four of these nearly-identical photos that *almost* capture the shiny, strappy, sun-drenched essence of the original piece. ;o)
















Thanks to Laura for the challenge... I will definitely be trying these particular tools of the trade again. And now I have a whole new respect for people who can successfully photograph shiny/metallic things, 'cause boy is it ever tricky. :o)



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Weekly Challenge #205: "Year of the Goat"

The Diva's weekly challenge this week is to do a tile inspired by the Chinese zodiac.

My own personal challenge is to get this posted before my laptop battery dies, as it's currently down to 2% power... so with no ado at all, here's my year-of-the-rabbit tile:




Sure hope it wasn't supposed to be a goat. 








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