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.

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!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Relax bro'

This was the diva's challenge for the week and boy did I struggle with it.

There has been a lot on this week taking up mental space - a bit of taking on more than I should on one hand, then being asked to take on more than I'd planned with something else. So this week's post nearly didn't happen. I didn't even make it to Joey's challenge this week.

Another birthday for Mr 16 was one of the reasons. A nice zentangle spiral there lol.
However it's Sunday, last week is all done and dusted fairly successfully on the whole and I decided to sit down and share some of what's been happening.

I'm self taught at zentangle due to no CZTs in my home town. I would love just one lesson with a qualified CZT to help me get my head around the mindfulness side of this beautiful craft. This diva challenge did teach me a lot though. The main thing being that just diving in with no plan or idea is NOT relaxing for me. In fact quite the opposite. I have great difficulty pulling tangles out of thin air and I discovered I grit my teeth. I got quite stressed by the experience and I think that has come out in the tile.


So then I decided to do a tile I'd been planning for Square One including fife which was the featured tangle. Much better, and much easier to get into the zone with a little bit of structure in place.


So I've learned an important lesson, when I want to draw just for the sake of drawing, things go much better with a bit of a framework around it.

Travelling Tangles - looking back


One of the things I like sending people as travelling tangles are gems - I get great ideas from seeing what other people do with them! The following two I was quite blown away by. I sent both these ladies facetted gems rather than round or curvy ones, and I love what they did with them.

Finished by Sandy in the USA

I love those little extra hints of red. And this one

Finished by Kim in the Netherlands
I love how Kim continued my paradox start (have I mentioned before that I LOVE paradox?)

That's all for now. Toby says hi! He has been stealing offcut strips from when I cut my own tiles out of the bin to play with lol. No pics of him this week, but here's one of the other member of the family, Pikatiel (from Pikachu and cockatiel) otherwise known as Pika. He belongs to Mr 16 and is about 5 years old now!



Keep on tangling and thanks for commenting xox

Thursday, 15 September 2016

1000 views!

Wow, that's a great milestone! Thanks to everyone who has come to visit my blog and look at my work and especially leave comments. It's lovely to get feedback and constructive suggestions too!

It's supposed to be spring here and we had one day of promise last Sunday but since then have had three days of heavy rain, wind and flooding not to mention cold (9 degrees in the middle of the afternoon for September is not spring).


The sun is trying to come out as I type, so I'm hoping for some nicer days though there is apparently more rain on the way next week. Most telling is that neither Toby or the bird have started their spring moult yet! Obviously they know something about the weather we don't lol.

Anyway, on to some tangling!

DC#284 and Made by Joey #130


This week's challenges I've done as a combined piece in my sketch book. The Diva challenged us to a monotangle of tripoli. Not one I've done before, and I should have taken a simpler approach for my first try. It's definitely a tangle I'll be trying again.

Joey continued with her finish my tile challenge using a start with some tipple in the 4 corners. I turned this into one of my favourites, ennies and then added another new to me tangle, Relly Telly Two in the centre, plus the focus tangle from the Square One Facebook group for this week, CreZendo. Please go and check out all the other creative people out there by clicking the links in the heading above!


I quite like CreZendo and will be playing with it some more I think. Here is a tangle I did for the Square One: Purely Zentangle Facebook group. It's a versatile tangle that can be used in a lot of ways and I enjoy doing it.


Travelling Tangles 


I have had a couple of lots of happy mail this week so if inspiration strikes I will show you some results in my next post. Here is one I finished about a week ago. Janet's start was so beautiful it took me a while to get brave enough to touch it, and also to work out what I was going to do with it. I wrecked a couple of pens filling in all that black but it was worth it.


I added blooming butter by Michele Beauchamp. A lot of the Travelling Tanglers use creative and beautiful ways to package their tangles for postage. Janet was no exception, she made this lovely holder and tangled my name on the front.

Stree


For those of you who liked my new tangle from last week I have since refined the way I draw it and done a step out which you can find here. It also now has a name. 

 I used it in this travelling tangle start which I posted across the world last week with some henna drum. I really like it on black!



That's all for this post, thanks for persisting through to the end if you made it this far lol. 
Happy tangling!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Stree - a new tangle?

The following tangle is something I came up with for the Made by Joey finish my tile challenge last week. It seems to be a new tangle so I've done a step out for it. Since doing the Joey challenge I've refined this a bit and made it easier. I'd love to know what you think.

I'm happy for people to copy and save this
for their own use, but if you want to repost
this please link back to this blog.

I've called it "Stree" because it was inspired by a seed pod on a street tree!



Oh, if anyone knows of a similar tangle already in existence, please let me know!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Centre Square and Sprigs

Happy Thursday tangle folk!

Where do you get your tangling inspiration from? I have a desire to do a ZIA piece based on this photo of Toby but whether it's because I don't have enough confidence in my skills yet, the zentangle muse hasn't hit or just not having enough time it has yet to make it's way to pen and paper.


Joey's Challenge #129

Some of my inspiration for Joey's complete my tile challenge this week came from a photo I took on my walk. I'm not sure if this is already a tangle or not, but when I got home and had a look at it, I just had to try deconstructing it into a tangle. If anyone knows if this is already a tangle can you let me know in the comments? The other tangles are sprigs, from Joey's challenge and Rainking, a new one I tried out.

Edited 11/09/16 - Since publishing this post I have refined the step-out for this tangle and given it a name "Stree". If you want to see how I do it you can find the step-out here.

Joey's challenge #129 Sprigs, Rainking and ???


DC# 283 UMT (Use My Tangle)

This week's challenge from the Diva was a UMT of "Centre Square" by Aleesha Sattva CZT. I used it as a border then did a kind of sampler through the centre square of some 3D (mostly) type tangles. I tried to take my time and use careful shading.

Centre Square, Jaws, Roscoe, Meer, A-dalfa, A-fog, Fandance
I've decided to go back to the basics for while. Joining the Travelling Tangles Project got me all excited about colour but after some frustration I've decided I'm not ready for that yet. Not that I won't use any colour at all, but I'm going to concentrate just on microns on white paper, at least for my own work.

Gifts

One lovely thing about taking up a new craft is being able to use it to gift others with something unique. I did this drawing for a lovely lady at my work who has recently achieved 40 years of service, in addition to having an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Guides and children with disabilities. 

An owl for an Owl

I've also done name cards for the girls I work closest with at work. This is a fun thing to do as a gift for someone or for a card. If you want to see what I mean, have a look here.

That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed your visit and happy tangling!


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Graphite and a tortillion oh my...

Hi tangle friends hope your week is going well! I'm tucked up in bed with a bit of sinus trouble so am getting a head start on my blog post for this week. The wattle flowers are out, and even though they are beautiful, my sinuses don't really like them. I counted about 7 or 8 varieties at least of wattle along the river behind the boys' school.  

Wattle ~ inspiration for the Olympics Diva challenge.
  It's been a bit busy yet again. The church fair is over and my cards at least all sold. The fair was quite different this year and as part of it we had some different culturally diverse food options on offer. Some of the African ladies took over the kitchen and made fried chicken, jollof rice, banana fritters and salad. Oh my goodness Colonel Sanders eat your heart out. The best lunch I've had forever! I also had the best piece of chocolate brownie I think I've ever tasted and for afternoon tea had an authentic chai latte with winter warmer syrup containing saffron and chilli. Yum. This is not supposed to be a food blog lol.

Travelling Tangles 

I've been receiving a steady flow of happy mail over the last few weeks and have been enjoying and challenged by adding my touch to tiles that others have started. Most exciting has been seeing the results of what other people have done to my starts and I thought I'd show you a couple of those this week.

 Firstly the lovely Ria at Tangledreams.be has written a blogpost featuring her finishes of a couple of starts I sent her and she's done a beautiful job! Please go and check them out, and leave her a comment if you have time.

 The next ones I have to show you are by another Sue from Australia. With this one, I sent her the heart and Sue did the rest.

Gemstone heart
This one I started with the OoF and the strings out to the side. I wasn't altogether happy with it but Sue finished it off beautifully and added all the colour and shading.

OoF plus others.
These tiles are some starts I sent to Lynn from the UK. She does lovely things with colour so I sent her a nice empty molygon design and she lived up to expectation. I also sent one gem in a setting and she added more, matching them beautifully and finishing the rest of the tile. Can you guess which gem is mine?

Gems galore
 

Made by Joey #128 

Joey's finish my tangle challenge this week really excited me. I was inspired straight away by the tangle I wanted to use and also inspired to try some escaping the tile tangling like Stephanie does at Everything is Art. Go and check out her work, it is just amazing.

 I really got into lots of shading in this tangle. I was using my visual arts diary and I like how the shading turns out better on this smoother paper, though it is harder to control the pen. I also wish I'd known about tortillion back when I was doing high school art, I love working with them. Next time I will try and take a before and after shading shot, it's amazing the difference it makes.

Drogon
There's a link on the left side margin if you want to see what others have done for this challenge.

Diva Challenge #282

The Diva challenge was to "Spill it!" To use something to create colour on a tile I accidentally on purpose dropped my tea bag on a tile then cut it open and spread tea leaves everywhere. I really like the effect.  

Spill it!
  I badly wanted to try and keep as much tea colour showing as I could so I used an open pattern of molygon and kept colouring small amounts in an attempt to get the balance right. Lesson learned is to sometimes go bolder right at the start, especially when working with colour. I think it would have turned out better if I'd coloured with my rust pen between the rust and black outlines of the molygons which was my original idea. It was certainly a fun challenge, thanks Laura!

There is a link to the diva challenges over on the left too.

 Well that's all for this week. Toby is keeping me company on the bed as I write this, but is suffering from a cold nose lol. Thanks for all those who take time to comment, I LOVE getting comments. You can tell I spend too much time on Facebook when I look for the button to "like" them. Have a good week and happy tangling!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Nocturnal Muse

I don't know why it is, but just when I've really taken off with this new hobby of tangling, and blogging about tangling, and doing travelling tangles everything else has gone a bit crazy busy as well. I'm hoping that next week will be a bit quieter after we have the church fair out of the way. I've been tangling some cards and some little boxes for the craft stall. I was hoping to get more cards done but you know....sleep gets in the way lol.



Travelling Tangles

I've been continuing my journey with travelling tangles this week. I finished the lovely start I was sent by Ria at TangleDreams. Here's the link to the before photo if you need a reminder, and this is what it looked like when I finished it.


A Sue and Ria collaberation

 Ria did all the lovely blue bits and the left and bottom borders. Apart from Meer going a bit wonky I was pretty happy with it.

I also finished this one from a lady in Queensland. She did the phroz bits except for the star in the middle, and I did the arukas. I had quite a mental block with this one but adding the extra bit of phroz helped to break this. I haven't really liked arukas before but I found a link to a youtube clip by Molly Hollibaugh and that really helped me with it.

My biggest problem is the muse of zentangle inspiration keeps turning up just as I'm about to go to bed which certainly is not helping with my tiredness this week lol. When she arrived for this one it changed my bed time from 9.50pm till 11.10. And then when I do make myself go to bed I'm finishing the drawing in my imagination instead of going to sleep lol. Does anyone else have this same problem?

Phroz and Arukas

Joey and the Diva

I did a two for one tile for this week, partly because I just don't have much free time, but the end result feels a bit contrived. I did use it as an opportunity to practise some shading though. Oh well, it is what it is. Toby is modelling it for you in case you've missed him, but you might be able to tell he's a bit disgusted with the whole idea.


Sparkle and Ing

Well that's it for this week. Next week I hope to share some finishes of starts I've sent off to other people, but I want to get their permission to copy their photos and post them in here first.

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I always read all of them, even if I don't get the time to respond to them all. Happy tangling!