Sunday, July 20, 2014

Prestwood variation

Some time ago I deconstructed the pattern on the back of one of my mother's antique chairs. You can see the story and the tangle Prestwood here.

Recently, out of necessity, I happened upon a lovely variation of this tangle. I had made the rolling zigzag too wide and the filler loop didn't fill, so I added another. You can see it in both the tiles I did for Zentangle's Zenth (10th!) anniversary here. I really liked the effect and wanted to explore it more. Black Pearlz seemed to work nicely in some of the larger areas.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Knase, Paradox, Prestwood variation
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Prestwood variation
It's quite simple. Here's how to do this variation:
Generally I find I have space to add two inner 'rolls', but if your rolling zigzag is very wide you might need three.

The string on both these tiles is something called a "blind string" or "shut-eye string" - simply do the string with your eyes closed! It often yields some nice wobbly lines and really interesting shapes. Try it sometime!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


July 17 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Zentangle! That's the day when, in 2004, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas taught their first public Zentangle class in Providence RI, USA. So, on this Planet Zentangle Day I have a few little things to share in honor of the occasion.
First, two tiles with ten for a string. In black and white is the digits '10' - the string designed by Adèle Bruno for her It's a String Thing challenge. The string on the tan Renaissance tile is the written word 'ten'.
Tangles: Aura, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Knase,
Knightsbridge, Prestwood, Tripoli
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Paradox, Pearlz, Prestwood
If you haven't yet read my post about the ten tangled houses commission I did a while ago, you can see it here.

I wanted to try a tangle technique I just read about: Maryhill. I got out a pre-strung zendala tile with ten wedges and used the sections to do Maryhill. I wanted to try it using different sizes of pen nib, so I used 01, 03, 05, and 08. Shading certainly helps show off the tangle faces.

Infinite gratitude to Rick and Maria.
In my book, Zentangle scores a "10!"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Crux is a tangle from Henrike Bratz and it's our challenge this week from the Diva. I'm helping with décor and registration and billeting for a youth conference this weekend and wasn't sure I'd even have time to do this challenge. I'm glad I did because I actually like this tangle more than I thought I would!

I did a tan tile using Crux three times. Shading, of course, lifts the rounded crux shapes off the squared crux shapes, but I found that if I filled in the 'kite' shapes, that helped too. I did this string with a very loosely-held pencil, thus all the wobbles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Coaster, Crux, Prestwood, Tipple
That tile gave me an idea for something else to try with Crux, but I wanted to start larger, so I did a black and white tile. Crux is one of those lovely tangles where you see through one layer to another below. My idea was to increase that see-through aspect and you can see the result in the lower right. For some reason this also seems to increase the prominence of the larger circles in the pattern.
Tangles: Beadlines, Crux, Romanancy, stripes
Thanks Laura and Henrike. I think I'll be using Crux again!
Now, off to a Registration meeting!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Color on tan tiles

 (c) 2014 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: a Black Pearl, Flukes, Printemps, Seljuk

(c) 2014 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Diva Dance, Flux,
Palrevo, Printemps, Tagh, Tipple

Friday, July 4, 2014

Superimposed strings

This week we have another guest challenger, Aimée Belair CZT, and her challenge is to superimpose two strings to create a new string to tangle. I was a little concerned that I would have very tiny sections, and I often did, but remember that the string is a Guideline, not a Rule.

I had one tile with a very angular string already drawn, so I simply added a very loopy curvy line overall. I wanted to use my two new tangles, Windfarm and Morse, so I decided to use all my own tangles.
Tangles: Morse, Screen, Seljuk, Windfarm, Zedbra, and
a variation of Tipple that I sometimes call Caviar.

For the second tile I simply did a script style "M" and superimposed a script style "B". (Letters are an easy go-to if you're stuck for a string.) See that very bold stripy column on the left? Next to it is a really interesting column. That's the tangle Well! How cool is that?!?
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Paradox, Tipple, Well

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why we love being CZTs

Zentangle has been a gift. It has added so much dimension to my life. .....tangling for my own personal satisfaction, being able to share this gift with others in my classes, and most of all, being part of a wonderful group of like minded people who are supportive and so willing to share! Zentangle has expanded my mind and my world.
- Kathy Barringer, upstate NY USA.
Above, a classic zentangle tile by Kathy.

"One of my favorite reasons is the inevitable moment when people learning the Zentangle Method "get it" for the first time. I love it when people find their inner artists while feeling calm, relaxed, and creative. It feels wonderful when students beam with delight or give me appreciative hugs when they see how valuable tangling will be in their lives."
- Emily Classon, Lowell MA, USA. A
bove: a tangled seahorse by Emily.

“For me, the most rewarding moments have been those moments when a student has lost their creative outlet - usually through some type of trauma - and they realize Zentangle is more than a simple drawing method. It is a doorway back to the creativity that was lost. It's new and not the same, but familiar and life changing for them. Those are some of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
- Kathy Redmond, Prairieville LA, USA. Above: a classic zentangle tile by Kathy.

"I love being a CZT. People are drawn to the classes for many reasons but when they leave they have in their hand and minds a mini tool kit that holds the potential to change their world…..realize the artist within, calm themselves, create handmade treasures, take mini vacations anywhere, or enjoy an activity with family or friends."- Sandra Chatelain, Calgary AB Canada. Above: a beautiful zendala tile by Sandra.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

On tan zendala tiles

I admit there are qualities I dislike in the tan paper of the zentangle tiles, but I sure do like the results! The paper doesn't much like getting wet, and yet washes are something I do a lot these days.

(c) 2014 Margaret Bremner
 Here I used brown and white inks and some metal leaf.
Shading is in brown pencil.
Tangles: Aura, Opus, Printemps, Tipple, stripes

(c) 2014 Margaret Bremner
A gray wash on the tan paper gives an overcast look to the sky.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Seljuk, Tipple

(as yet untitled)
(c) 2014 Margaret Bremner
I had trouble with the sky area, reworking it a few times,
and still thing the orange is a bit too strong.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Bunzo, Pearlz, Wildwood, and Zander-esque