Monday, September 22, 2014

Fig leaf finery

A recent order of  Zentangle supplies arrived and had me a little mystified. Canada Customs classified the package as "clothing - men's, cotton".

Now, the zendala tiles probably contain cotton and might be about the size of a fig leaf, but I don't anticipate convincing my husband to go out in public in one. Nonetheless, I designed some "fig leaf finery" using the tangle Finery of course, which I find imitates leaf veins quite nicely.
Tangles: Finery, and Printemps with Black Pearlz

Sunday, September 14, 2014


As you may have guessed, I've been enjoying playing with the new tangle Ing. With very straight lines it's quite angular and somewhat bold, but the lines don't need to be ramrod straight; they can curve a little. Here's a tile by Laura Sanders, a CZT in South Carolina USA, where she curves the lines slightly. Even those very slight curves make it more flowing.
What would happen if one used really curvy lines rather than straight ones? I thought it might look like waves. I tried it in five diagonal bands, leaving a space between the rows. Some leaf shapes appeared, and I filled in the two corners. The 'Pearlz on black' sections are often between two rows of curvy Ing. So, not waves so much, more like ribbons, but it certainly has quite a different look from the original Ing!
Tangles: curvy Ing, Black Pearlz, Pearlz
Essentially, all it involves is beginning with a rolling zigzag rather than a pointy one, and curving the two lines you add in each 'V' of the zigzag. You can sort of follow the curve of the original line. Like this:

I thought that - just like angular Ing - it would probably work nicely as a border and had a Renaissance tile with a pencil border at hand. (I admit to using a circle template for the two largest circles in the middle! Don't tell anyone.) I really like this tile!
Tangles: curvy Ing, Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Pearlz,
Providence, Tipple, and elements of Crescent Moon
Finally, here's a tile with angular Ing at the top, angular Ing with Rounding at the sides, and curvy Ing at the bottom.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Ing, Paradox, Rounding, Tipple, Zewm
If you missed them, you can read my first post about Ing here, and about using Ing to make stars here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ing stars

Zentangle has released a new tangle, Ing. It's the Diva's challenge this week, and I've been having fun exploring it. It has lots of possibilities!

I wanted to try Ing in a circle, and also wanted to use a lot of sparkly pens (Sakura's Stardust pens) so I got out a white, a black, and a tan zendala tile and a fistful of sparkly pens. Unfortunately, the sparkles barely show up in these scans, a real shame.

Once I started drawing Ing around the circles I realized that it was going to make some interesting stars. Somehow mine all have eight points; that's what seemed to fit zigzagging around a circle. Here are my three stars.

On a white tile, with blue and green Stardust pens, metallic pens, color micron pens and color pencils.
Tangles: Ing plus Black Pearlz and Tripoli
On a Renaissance tile with a copper (orange) Stardust pen, micron pens, white Gelly Roll, and color pencil. This one is my favorite, which is curious because brown and orange is probably my least favorite color combination.
Tangles: Ing, plus Black Pearlz, Tipple and elements of Munchin
On a black tile with Stardust ink, white ink, black ink, gray ink and color pencil. The vaguely-yellowish gray is, in fact, a silver Stardust pen.
Tangles: Ing, plus Tipple, polka dots and stripes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Molly Hollibaugh's new tangle Ing is the Diva's challenge this week. You can read the story of how it came about and see the drawing instructions in the Zentangle newsletter here.

Ing is very versatile, and as such, a lot of fun to play with. It is composed of multiple triangles which can be left empty and shaded (giving an origami look), or filled with any number of things. Look at other tangles using triangles for fill ideas.

I did a few stripes of Ing to try out various fills. Top to bottom, I used Munchin, Tripoli, Fassett, some 'V's, and Rounding.
Ing can go around a curve too. Some sections have been left blank while others are filled. At the top are three layers of Ing.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Daggerly, Ing, Munchin,
Pearlz, Tripoli, and the Rounding enhancement.
And one more. Ing, origami style.
Tangles: Ing, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Ixorus, Krli-Qs, Pearlz

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Three tan streets

I recently discovered a lovely café au lait colored Stonehenge paper in an 11"x14" pad. It's darker than the tan tiles from Zentangle, and I looked forward to doing some larger work on brown. I also had a small piece of printing styrofoam that I've had for years thinking "I must use this sometime!" but never have, until now.

I divided one sheet of paper into equal thirds. I drew some quick house-y shapes on the styrofoam. I used thinned, brown acrylic paint as my printing medium and printed the same styrofoam plate each time on the three papers. Here's the styrofoam after being used.
I was interested to see how different the three drawings would be, once completed, all beginning with the same basic print. Sort of like a zentangle class where everyone starts with the same string and the same tangles but after that individuality reigns! Here are the three monoprints I started with:

Nope. They don't look like much do they? But, take some time to tangle, and...

Here's the first one, completed.
(c)2014 Margaret Bremner
Here's the second one, completed.
(c)2014 Margaret Bremner
Here's the third one, completed. I was a little surprised by the stripes that began appearing, but decided to let them happen.
(c)2014 Margaret Bremner
I quite like this paper but I did find it rather dark. A white pen looked too stark and it required quite some effort to lighten areas sufficiently. But I have the rest of the pad, and other ideas!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to basics

Classic. Simple. Elegant. Black ink on a white paper tile with pencil shading. Always a winner.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Dansk, Printemps, Paradox variation
Tangles: Diva Dance with Pearlz, Keenees, Tipple,
Wud with ribbon variation
Tangles: Tipple, Twing, Verdigogh

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stripe strings

The Diva's challenge this week is simply to use stripes as our string. What a good chance to try out some of those tangles that make good borders. Also, I've been being reminded these days of the calming aspect of simply drawing structured patterns in black ink on white paper, and adding shading.

I've been wanting to revisit my two-pencil string idea and this challenge was an excellent opportunity. A two-pencil string gives you rather ribbony sections to tangle and interesting curves and corners to deal with. There are several posts on this blog dealing with two-pencil strings. Check under the Labels box on the left to find more examples. Here are two tiles beginning with a two-pencil string.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Emingle, Lamar, Paisley Boa,
Paushlov, Pearlz, Tortuca, Zewm
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Coaster, Kandysnake, Unyun, Wired, Xyp
I was on a roll. I did a more classic tile with dots and a border, and in actual simple stripes.
Tangles: Prestwood variation, Vega, Wud (ribbon variation),
and rounding