My interest in Zentangle (R) started when I was looking at adult colouring books and decided I'd rather draw the pictures. My husband bought me a book about Zentangle inspired art for Christmas and my latest interest was born.

Monday, 27 March 2017

How to colour paper using crepe paper

Hi Everyone,
It's a long time since I have posted. I had to take quite a long break from tangling after injuring my back and have only really solidly got back into it over the last couple of months. I'm still not finding time to get back to the challenges, but I'm thinking I will make time as they really do help my tangling develop.

Anyway, I decided to post today because I have been playing with colouring tiles and thought I should write a post about it because I couldn't find anything about it on the internet!

Many of you have probably heard about the tissue paper hefty hack. I love the results of tiles coloured using this method but have been unable to source any of the paper to give it a go myself. The other day I had a flashback to when I was a little girl and my mother made me a crepe paper skirt for a school dress up day. I remember having to run inside when it started to rain so I didn't end up dyed purple, pink and blue. So I thought it might be worth seeing if I could use crepe paper to colour paper.

A hunt through the cupboard produced some crepe paper streamers (even better) and off I went. I've discovered two techniques that work, both of which produce different results.

Dipping the crepe paper technique:

You need a bowl of water, lengths of crepe paper streamers, some paper towel or an old towel and two pieces of the paper you want to colour.

Dip the streamers in the water, blot them lightly on the towel, then lay onto your paper. Repeat quickly with the other colours you want to use, then lay the other piece of paper on top and press them together to sandwich. Separate the two pages, remove the crepe paper and then hang up to dry. You may want to blot some of the excess water off your paper first if it's a bit wet.

You can also fill any gaps by squeezing drips out of wads of wet crepe paper, or using wads of wet crepe paper as a stamp.

If your paper is already cut to tile size, just lay the strips of wet crepe paper on to them. The results look like this:




They dried beautifully and I tangled on them with no problems. I've recently discovered some 100% cotton 250gm drawing paper and I love it. It's beautiful to tangle on and shade.

Ruffel, flux, tipple, ing, tripoli

Yes this is Toby underneath

The spray technique:

This is similar to the tissue paper technique from what I understand. I actually tried that first but it wasn't very successful.

I lay the strips of crepe paper into a tray then sprayed them with water until they were consistently damp. Then I lay some tiles on the top and pressed down on them for a few seconds. I was actually able to repeat this 3 times with the same strips, I just sprayed them a little again between each press.
The results are below. You can see some of the texture of the crepe paper - it gives a quite different effect.


 Anyway, I now can't wait to try tangling on these either, and I may be a bit addicted lol. It is such a quick technique, the hardest bit is waiting for them to dry lol.

If you give it a go, leave a link in the comments so we can check it out.

Happy Tangling!




Thursday, 20 October 2016

A little break?

Hi all, hope you've had a good week! We have had a warm blustery spring day today, I was half expecting my washing to have taken off on an interstate trip when I got home. Back to winter again tomorrow, but I did make the most of it and went for a walk by the beach this morning.

Diva Challenge #289


The diva challenged us to use an autumn leaf as a string or as inspiration for this week, or for those of us from the southern hemisphere to use some spring flowers. I had a play with some colour and tangling inspired by a protea in my garden. Lots of mooka and some flux meets leaflet.



Hmmm looking at this now, I could have emphasised that cherry red a bit more. I drew it on green paper but the colour hasn't come up very well in this photo.

Joey's challenge #135


Joey challenged us to use three tangles; drogon, disco and msst, and a string based on 3 circles. Here is my take on that. If I did this one again, I would use single disco for one circle, double for the next and triple for the next. I got a bit tangled up trying to do the layers too.


Travelling Tangles


I'm sharing some completed by an overseas tangle buddy, Janet. I'm completely blown away by how she finished my starts, I love them!



That's all for me this week, except to say that I'll be taking a bit of a break, possibly till after Christmas. We have a bit of an adventure planned for December and I need to put some time and effort into getting my back right. At the moment I get one bit sorted and another bit starts playing up, not good for travelling. When I get into routine again I might drop back in before that, but after a very frustrated sore morning this morning I decided I needed to stop challenges and tangle swapping for a bit.

Hope the rest of the year goes well for you all! Keep on Tangling!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A change of heart

I nearly didn't take part in the diva challenge this week. I really don't like gourdgeous that much (so I thought) and have been a bit restricted by a sore back. But then I got an inspiration to make a bit of a Hallowe'en themed tile out of it with a couple of gourdy pumpkins, and some dream catcher webs, and an Aussie red back spider which all sounded kinda fun so I decided to give it a go.

This is what happened. When I got to this point I loved it so much I couldn't bear to go any further in case I wrecked it. One of my favourite tiles I've drawn to date I think.


The tangles are gourdgeous (ZOT), individual leaflets (Helen Williams) and tipple. I tried out using stipple and cross hatching for shading (no graphite).

So thanks Laura for the challenge, and pushing me out of my comfort zone once again to try something different. My hallowe'en fun tile might have to wait for another occasion (as an Aussie I don't do hallowe'en anyway lol).

If you'd like to see what I did for Joey's challenge this week (which I really enjoyed!) you can check it out here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I try to comment on as many as possible as I can too, but some sites (eg pinterest, some wordpress) won't allow me to.

Happy Tangling!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Oops I ripped my tile

Well not really but Joey's finish my tile challenge for this week was to make it look like a strip had been torn out of the middle of your tile. I was really excited by this challenge and would have got into it straight away if I'd had the energy, but a weekend of gastro had left me feeling like a limp noodle and with some travelling tangle starts to catch up on.

Here is what I came up with. I'm pretty happy with it, except I'm still struggling with my shading. I think when I get a chance I'm going to need to try a variety of pencils and papers and work out how I best like to shade for once and for all.


Travelling Tangles


I've been receiving lots of lovely happy mail over the last few weeks and thought I'd share some of the latest ones with you. These ones are a France-Australia collaboration with Christine who has just decided to give travelling tangles a go. The first one is one I sent to her:


I drew the outline of Huggins and the ripped page and Christine did the fills and and all the rest. I think this looks great! Christine does beautiful line work.

The next one Christine sent to me:


Christine sent me the red and black tripoli. I added another layer of aura and the circle string and went from there. I decided not to shade as I liked the clean black white and red effect here.

If you'd like to join the travelling tangles fun, check out the group on Facebook.

That's all for now. Hope you are all having a good week and are in good health! The only one in the family who enjoys someone being sick is guess who. He spent the last 3 days permanently fixed on my bed or chair lol.


Friday, 7 October 2016

Relly Telly 1

A quick little post (I hope, promises, promises) to share what happened when I tackled Joey's finish my tile this week.

I definitely relaxed into this one. I even made a mistake with which square I wanted to fill with printemps next and that didn't faze me. Love to hear what you think.


If you want to see what I did for the diva challenge this week you can find that here, or alternatively click on home or my blog title to see all the recent posts.

I do try to comment on as many of your posts as I can during the week, but my apologies to those of you who post on Pinterest. I think my app updated and now it won't let me write comments on any of your photos.

Lots of happy mail has been arriving this week, hopefully I'll have some more to show you next time.

Till then, happy tangling!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

A step too far - Diva challenge #287 UMT Dreamcatcher

Early post this week as I'm working different days. I'm planning to get the Joey challenge done too but you know...life...so just in case I'm doing an early one lol.

This week's diva challenge was a UMT challenge incorporating Daniel Lamothe's Dreamcatcher. I'd looked at this a few weeks ago, loved it, then promptly forgot about it so I was glad to be reminded about it - thanks Laura! And oh did I enjoy drawing this tangle!

I decided to fill alternate bands with yincut but then I regretted it. The ethereal looking tangle was gone. Have you noticed that when you do that to a nearly finished tangle it takes as long again to "fix"? I'm pretty happy with it again now, though I definitely need to draw another one without fill.


I've bought some lovely pastel papers on the weekend to play with, but I'm not sure the soft pink of this one shows up in the photo.

I'm not sure if that ribbon tangle is a tangle or not. It's something that happened when I tried to draw Margaret Bremner's Skye from memory. I played with it a bit and it's a good deal simpler to draw than skye. Is it a unique tangle do you think or a tangleation? I'll do a step out for it later in the week anyway :) If you think it's a unique one, feel free to suggest a name (or tell me what it's already called!).

It's been an eventful week - we've had a once in 50 year storm described as a "non typical cyclone" followed a couple of days later by more storms. There's been quite a bit of flooding though we're okay where I live. One good thing about the continual bad weather though is Toby has gone from being quite anxious to ignoring it all. Thanks for all the sympathy he got last week, maybe he's feeling the love lol.


It was also our wedding anniversary, so hubby and I had a night away from the family by ourselves. We dropped into the OzAsia festival but didn't stay long as it was extremely soggy underfoot. The lanterns were amazing though.


Last but not least, here's a travelling tangle I completed this week. I was stuck on it for a while because I loved it just the way it was, but I finally got inspired. I love the beautiful colour many of the travelling tanglers apply to their tiles. I don't have the time or space to do this myself at the moment, maybe one day.



That's all for now, catch you later in the week I hope or else this time next week.
Happy tangling.

P.S. Thanks for all the lovely comments, and do visit the diva's page to see other people's lovely work!

P.P.S If you want to see what I did for Joey's challenge, you can find it here, or alternatively click on home or my blog title for recent posts.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

An anxious cat

Hi all, hope you are all having a good week. Things have been less busy for me and I've also deliberately taken the pressure off myself with keeping up with challenges and travelling tangles. Getting myself stressed over it like I did last week is not very zen lol.

I feel like I've rediscovered my mojo somewhat thank goodness. I had a lovely relaxing time doing both the diva and joey challenges this week, in fact my diva tile this week is actually much more suited to last week's challenge in terms of my attitude when drawing it. I've also had a lovely morning tangling today. We are midway through a "super storm" forecast to be one of the worst in 50 years. I'm not sure it's delivered what was promised, at least not locally (thank goodness) but it did successfully black the whole state out for a few hours last night.

As a result we have a highly anxious cat. He hates thunderstorms and is going to be exhausted tomorrow because he just can't settle. He woke my son up at 4am trying to have a cat fight through his locked cat flap door. We assume there was another cat in the back yard lol. I did manage to get him to settle on my dressing gown for a couple of hours this morning, but there must be another system on the way in because he's agitated again now.



Made by Joey #132


Here is my tile / page for this week's finish my tangle challenge. I've taken a before and after shading shot, amazing the difference it makes. I invested in Eni Oken's ebook on layering this week and am trying to use some of her suggestions. Click on the heading to see what others have done.



Diva challenge #286


The Diva challenge was just to use straight lines, so I used Ing, a tangle from a previous challenge that I previously disliked and now love, with the relaxed mindset I wanted to achieve last week and drew this:


Again you can click on the heading to see other lovely work.

Travelling Tangles


If you want to see some more tiles I started that have been completed by another tangler, pop over and visit Anita at One Stroke at a Time. She did a lovely job of finishing the tile starts I sent her. I especially love the autumn one because she has finished it completely differently to how I would do it.

I also posted some lovely examples of finishing zen gem tiles in my blog last week. If you missed it, you can catch up by visiting here. Again, a couple of tiles finished in ways I would not have thought of and I love them. 

That's all for now, thanks for dropping by, and for all the lovely comments. I appreciate every one!