Friday, November 17, 2017

Quirky Tangles




"Huabao" is by YuRu Chen and you'll find the step-out HERE at Pattern-Collections.com


"Puchong" is by Michelle Lim CZT. The pattern is HERE at TanglePatterns.com. There is a video tutorial for this pattern HERE.


This pattern called "Ropuz" is a little strange but it is kind of fun to draw. It's by Natalie Plechkova and the pattern can be found HERE at PatternCollections.com. There are several video links there too.


"Funlz Reborn" was adapted by Ina Sonnenmoser from the "Funlz" pattern. Click HERE for Ina's step-out and HERE for the original "Funlz" pattern by Margaret Bremner. Margaret's version is drawn on a grid and Ina's is drawn free-form.

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today's Tangles



"Lido" is by Dawn Collins and the step-out is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. Dawn also has a video tutorial on that page.


"On Target" by Barbara Finwall is another Op-Art style tangle similar to the "Eye Test" tangle that I blogged about HERE. The pattern is HERE on Flickr.


"Frame Over" is by Linda Rea and her step-out is HERE on Flickr.


"Heavenly" is very complicated to draw but I wanted to try it just to see if I could do it. I started with a pencil grid which helped me with the placement of the initial dots and seeds. There is no indication in the step-out as to how to finish off the outer edge. Mine looked a bit of a mess so I added the thick black outline to cover it up. That shouldn't be an issue if you use this tangle to fill a space between other tangles. The pattern is on The Tangle Corner blog HERE.

 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Today's Tangles


"Naida" is by Stephanie Jennifer. Her step-out is HERE on her blog and you can watch her YouTube tutorial HERE. Laura Harms also has a video for this tangle HERE.


If you go to the Tangled Up in Art blog, this pattern called "SSStripe" is the second one down on THIS page. It's such a simple cute little tangle but I think it will make a nice divider. In my examples, I drew little ovals instead of eye shapes.


"Bugler" is by Linda Rea (texasdoxiemama) and her pattern is posted HERE on Flickr. I had fun coloring this one.


I'm particularly fond of drawing this type of grid tangle and I love how the shading makes the design look so dimensional. "Flip-Flap" is Staub Korn's tangleation of another tangle by Lizzie Mayne called "Lap". The step-out and three video links can be found HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

New Zentangle Video Series

I've had to put away my beading stuff until after Thanksgiving so yesterday I spent some time watching the new video series by the creators of Zentangle. Click HERE to go to their YouTube channel. The idea is that you should buy a Project Pack which contains all of the materials that you'll need to do each of the tutorials in the series. There are nine videos that go with Zentangle® Project Pack #01. I don't have the project pack but I was able to do four of the tutorials using materials that I have on hand. Series #1 features mainly black Zentangle tiles and Sakura White Gelly Roll® pens in three tip sizes. I used some black card stock squares and the one Gelly Roll pen that I have which has the medium size 08 tip. Sakura recently came out with extra fine 05 tip and bold size 10 tip pens.

If you're interested in purchasing the project pack, it's for sale on the Zentangle site HERE. Oddly, it doesn't say what comes in the kit but what they showed in the videos were the three white gel pens, a white charcoal pencil, a tortillion, a Renaissance Square 3.5" Tile, a Black Apprentice Tile, a Black 3z Tile (triangle), Black Square 3.5" Tiles, a Black Pre-strung Zendala Tile and a Black Bijou Tile. I don't actually know how many of each kind of tile you get but it must be enough to at least complete each of the tutorials. The Zentangle site only sells the Sakura White Gelly Roll® Medium 08 Pen separately and not the other two sizes (see my update below). I didn't have any luck using Sakura's store finder on their website to find a store that sells the new sizes. Amazon carries both of the new sizes but they're out of the size 10 tip pens and only have a small number of the size 05 pens left in stock. I don't really need six of each size anyway and the medium point pen is readily available and is fine for most things.


UPDATE: Since I posted this yesterday, the Zentangle site has added the two new Gelly Roll pen sizes to their shop. You can buy the size 05 pens HERE, the size 08 pens HERE and the size 10 pens HERE. They are $1.49 each.

Below I will tell you about the four video tutorials that I tried and show you the examples that I drew. Clicking the title of a project will take you to that video.



Project Pack #01 -- WarmUp

I really wanted to try this one because it features a tangle design that hasn't been published. It's also the introduction to this first series. It came out very cool looking and it was fun and easy to draw. I did add some shading like Molly did on hers but I decided to erase it because I like it better without it. The outside stripes were my idea just to fill the empty space on my tile. Molly drew hers on a tiny Bijou tile so she didn't have much space left around her drawing. If you're just getting started with Zentangle, this tutorial is great because it teaches some of the most basic techniques.


PP01 - Dewd

I was also excited to try their brand new tangle called "Dewd". It's just the sort of tangle that I love. I drew the example above as directed in the video by Maria accompanied by Rick and Molly's right hand (you'll have to watch the video to know what I'm talking about). I'm happy with how it turned out with the white ink on the black tile. However, I ran into some issues when trying to draw "Dewd" on a light tile with a regular black Micron pen. When I used a bold tip pen it came out too fat and chunky looking. I recommend drawing it with an 01 or no fatter than an 03.


The example above was my first successful "Dewd" drawing using black ink. The trick seems to be to keep all of the lines as close together as possible so that the result doesn't look clunky. I also found that my little dewds tend to come out more wild and curly when drawing them with black ink versus white on black. Rather than making a halo around the outside, I did a much narrower shadow close to the edge. The added color really brings it to life.


I was having a lot of fun drawing "Dewd" and adding color and came up with the example above and the one below. On the one below, I drew Fescu-style tips on my dewds instead of round shapes. I used my white Gelly Roll pen to add the highlights in both examples.





Zentangle® Project Pack #01 - Crescent Moon

The next tutorial that I tried was "Crescent Moon" taught by Rick. I have drawn "Crescent Moon" before but not with white on black. This is one where I wish I'd had all three sizes of Gelly Roll pens. I wasn't able to achieve the same effect as Rick did with his but it was still fun to draw along with him.


Zentangle® Project Pack #01 -- Crazy Huggins

I have drawn "Huggins" before and "Shattuck" but I'm pretty sure that I hadn't tried "Crazy Huggins". I loved Molly's idea of filling the Huggins shapes with other tangles and I had never tried "Nzeppel" or "Crazy Nzeppel" before. "Crazy Nzeppel" is another tangle that I think looks better with white ink on black paper than with black ink on white paper. I did add some dark shading to mine but not as dramatically as Molly does. I kept my shading very close to the edges and only blended it out a little. I added the white charcoal highlights like Molly did but I'm not sure if I'm keen on that look. White Charcoal pencil can be erased so I may end up removing it.

So, if you think you'd like to give Zentangle a try, I think this video series is a great way to get started even if you just follow the tutorials using supplies that you already have on hand.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today's Tangles


"Knyt" is by Lyndel Churchill and the pattern is posted at TanglePatterns.com HERE. I was just getting into drawing Zentangles when I first saw this pattern. I thought it was really cute and clever but I had no luck at all drawing it so I set the pattern aside. My drawing skills have improved over the past couple of months so the other day I gave it another go. As with a lot of tangle patterns, I get better results when I draw them on a pencil grid and it really helped me with this pattern.

Helen Williams blogged about this pattern and you can read her article HERE. She does some interesting things with it and she also came up with a alternate method for drawing it. There are some video tutorial links HERE at Pattern-Collections.com and one more HERE. I see that one of the videos shows to draw the pattern using a grid like I did.


"Betweed Flower" is by Annette of the Tarkheena Crafts blog. You'll find her pattern HERE. It's a very pretty organic tangle that would be nice for filling a corner of a tile or in any number of other ways. I kind of like it with stripes like my example in the top left corner too.


"Huggins" is one of the official Zentangle patterns and there are lots of step-outs and video tutorials online for it because it's so popular. That's probably because it's fun to draw. The official step-out is posted HERE at TanglePatterns.com. There is also a step-out posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com that combines "Huggins" with another official tangle called "W2". You'll also find links to several videos on that page.

I wanted to color my example but I decided not to go with solid colors. I think the striped effect is a little more interesting.


You really need to look at "Eye Test" from a distance to appreciate the optical effects. It was fun to draw but I doubt if I'll use this design again for anything and it's a bit of an ink hog. The pattern is by Lizzie Mayne and you'll find her step-out HERE on Flickr. She shows an example of how to use this design along with other tangles on a Zentangle tile and it doesn't look quite as zany done as a small pattern like that.

 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tampa Earrings & Bracelet Set


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Bronze Pale Gold"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pastel Cream"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Mirror Gold"

I blogged about the bracelet back in March, HERE. I originally made the bracelet in my size but I've decided to give it to someone for Christmas so I added one more motif to make it long enough. While I had all of the beads out yesterday, I went ahead and made these matching earrings.



This is an adaptation of the bracelet pattern that you can buy on Etsy HERE.



 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today's Tangles


Today I'm posting two versions that I drew of two different tangles. The first one is called "Jute" which I think is by Sandy Steen Bartholomew. It appears to be from her book called "Alphatangle, Expanded Workbook Edition: For Zentangle®, Coloring, and More". The step-out that I saw online is from an example page HERE on Amazon and it's very vague on how to draw it. However, I figured out that it's not hard to draw on a pencil grid, which I later erased. Each of the sections or "stitches" uses two squares in the grid. Draw a whole diagonal row (or column) going in one direction, shifting over one square as you add each one. Then, draw the next row going the other direction in the same manner. Just alternate directions each time you add another row. I tried once to give each stitch a slight curve but found it too hard to draw that way on the grid. So, I drew the center line on each stitch with a curve and also curved my colored pencil strokes which kind of makes them appear to be curved. I drew the example above first but decided that I like it better with smaller stitches so I drew the example below. Next time I will try making it even smaller and perhaps use it to fill an area of a tile that contains other tangles.

There is a YouTube tutorial HERE but I don't think I'd be able to draw this design using that method and not end up with a mess. Without a grid to work on, my drawing tends to go all wonky.



"Half Orbs" is by Mina Hsiao CZT and her step-out can be found HERE at TanglePatterns.com. I had my doubts at first that I'd be able to draw this neatly enough to make me happy but it came out very pretty even if my lines and shapes aren't consistent in shape or size. I drew my grid with pencil so that I could erase it later.