Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Fairy Lane properties, Nos. 1-5

Oh suburbia, with your rows of square boxes and hard, straight sidewalks, all beige and brown and grey. I look at one of your houses and immediately know which window is the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedrooms.

Wouldn't it be so much more delightful and pleasant to live on Fairy Lane, perhaps at one of these addresses...

No. 1 Fairy Lane
Tangles: 'Nzeppel, Pearlz, Pixioze, Printemps, and Auras 

No. 2 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Arukas, Black Pearlz, Flux, Hurly Burly, Opus and Auras 
No. 3 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Beadlines, Pearlz, Tagh

No. 4 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Printemps, Romanancy, Sanibelle

No. 5 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Black Pearlz, HurlyBurly, Opus, Snaylz
I wonder how long the street is?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

'My home' "old" illustrated manuscript

I continue to be inspired by the marks left on paper by the process of eco-dyeing. This page offered a sharp 'V' in the center, and it kept looking like hills, but I didn't know where to go from there. Then I pictured a house tucked into the side, and off we went.
Many years ago I did a calligraphy commission for a friend with a quotation that began "My home is the home of peace..." I thought it might be just the thing to pair with this image so I hunted it down (thank you internet!). I only used the first few lines due to space considerations, but here is the full quotation I found:
"My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined. This is the home of knowledge: the one who enters it must receive knowledge. This is the home of love: those who come in must learn the lessons of love; thus may they know how to love each other."  (Abdu'l-Baha)
I had a page with a slant at the top and decided to use it, do the writing on a slant, and hide part of the initial decorated capital.
Finally, the pair of pages. Each one is about 8"x5.5".

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ZIA Ideas: Deciduous trees

Today in my on-going, very occasional, series about tangles that can be used for landscape elements is deciduous trees. For these I generally avoid tangles that are regular circle forms (such as Drupe, Fracas, Cirqital) but if that appeals to you, go right ahead.
(The first in this series, cumulus Clouds, can be found here.)

These are some tangles that may give you thoughts of
  DECIDUOUS  TREES  

AQUAFLEUR (from Zentangle)
Find step-outs at this link.
"Black Walnut"
(c)2015 Margaret Bremner


BUNZO (from Zentangle)
Find step-outs at this link.
"Clearing in the Afternoon"
(c)2014 Margaret Bremner

FENGLE (from Zentangle)
Find step-outs at this link.
One of the things I love about Fengle is that you can add other tangles inside the various sections - tangling within tangles!
"Tea on the Terrace"
(c)2016 Margaret Bremner

GINILI (from Randi Wynne-Parry)
Find step-outs at this link.
"Reflections"
(c)2016 Margaret Bremner

MERINGUE (from Kelley Kelly, CZT)
Find step-outs at this link.
"The Shorter Days of Autumn"
(c)2017 Margaret Bremner

PAISLEY BOA (from Amy Broady, CZT)
Find step-outs at this link (scroll down).
This is another tangle where you can tangle within the sections.
"Jujube Tree"
(c) Margaret Bremner

YUMA (from Tina Hunziker, CZT)
Find step-outs at this link.
"Sapling"
(c)2017 Margaret Bremner
With three brass leaves sewn on.
Tangles that include leaf shapes can also be useful (try Zenith or Groovy) as well as tangles that contain actual leaf imagery like Yuma, Leaflet or Hurly Burly. Maybe try Shrock for a spring tree in blossom? And I'm sure you can think of others.
And don't forget, you can combine tangles, mix 'n' match, put one tangle inside another... have fun!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bodhi tree "old" manuscript

One of my recent eco-dyed papers was a single leaf, and - although is isn't - it reminded me of the Bodhi tree leaves of India. In fact, the leaf itself looked much like a tree.
Tangles: Arukas, Coaster, Crescent Moon, Finery, Flux,
Hurly Burly, Marasu, Opus, Pearlz, Perfs, Printemps,
Shattuck, Unyun, Wud
I liked it, and thought it would pair well with a quotation, like an old book, similar to a recent piece "Discerning Eyes".

I wanted a quotation that referred to the bodhi tree, or enlightenment, or even both. I found one from the Buddhist scriptures, but it was awkwardly worded: "After six years' right sitting under the Bodhi tree of the wisdom throne, I could accomplish Perfect Enlightenment." I altered the wording slightly so it would flow better.

The Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path consists of right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. I was rather charmed by the idea that there may also be a right way to sit!

Here is the pair of pages:
More "old" manuscripts to come I'm sure!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Two letters for a wedding

Our youngest daughter got married recently in North Carolina. It was held at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden outside Charlotte and everything was lovely! They will live in New York City for a few years; she has her degree to finish and career to start.
Veronica and Shahruz
The newlyweds with parents and siblings and siblings-in-law.
When her oldest sister got married several years ago I created artwork with the couple's initials. You can see that pair of letters here. I decided I wanted to do something similar, this time 'V' and 'S'.

I began two square pieces. I had matching frames that would fit, so that worked nicely.

As I worked on them it felt increasingly not right. Finally, I decided to abandon those and begin again. I saved parts to make bookmarks!

This time I used the eco-dyed paper which has been inspiring me lately. It was a good decision. The work went quickly - I had two weeks left! - and I was quite pleased with them as they progressed.
Each one has a tiny 24-carat gold heart, a bit of the special gilding I had left from the zenAgain event last November. They are float-mounted on mat board with a window-cut mat around that, and a simple, reddish-brown wood frame.

Here's to a long and happy life together!

Monday, May 15, 2017

A new, 'old' manuscript

I almost never, never use people as subject matter. However, I kept seeing a face in the upper corner of this eco-dyed paper and decided I'd best let it happen. Maybe it's a whisper of inspiration.
Tangles (or at least most of them!):
Auras, Beadlines, Betweed, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon,
Featherfall, Finery, Huggins, Knightsbridge, Pearlz,
Perfs, Prestwood, Printemps, Tipple
The eyes took three attempts before I was happy with them. At one point I very carefully cut the paper with an x-acto knife and peeled off the top layer so I could start fresh in some places.

I liked it, but it didn't quite seem like stand-alone artwork. A lot of my work has an illustrative quality to it, as if there's a story behind it somewhere, but this one particularly felt that way.

There was another whisper of inspiration... it could BE an illustration, one of two pages, the other of which is text. I could use one of the eco-dyed papers that had no appealing leaf prints or patterns. They have an 'old page' look to them. Yes!

The hunt was on for the 'text' part of this project. It had to be short enough, pithy, and somehow spiritual. I found something in a book called "Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha". It mentions eyes, about seeing with your own eyes and not accepting everything you're told as all there is to know. Once I was finished I realized that it begins with the letter 'I'. Coincidence?

Here is the two-page spread of my new, 'old' manuscript. There's metal leaf on both the initial letter 'I' and one onion dome. There's gold ink elsewhere, and a small red gem at the top of one onion dome. Some of the white dots are pearl-effect 3D ink, but not the ones on the onion dome.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Drawing on my eco-dyed papers (*heart!*)

Recently I tried eco-dyeing some of my own papers and I've really been enjoying drawing on them! Here are some recently finished mixed media pieces.

"Fanfare"
(c)2017  •  8"x5.5"
There is some metal leaf on the moon that doesn't show in the photo.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Crescent Moon, Diva Dance, Finery,
Floo, Hurly Burly, Paizel, Pixioze, Printemps, Tipple 

"Moon Magic"
(c)2017  •  approx. 7"x5"
There's metal leaf on the moon that does show in this photo!
The leaf directly under the moon is a 7-circuit labyrinth.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Diva Dance, Drupe,
Knightsbridge, Mooka, Opus, Paizel, Pearlz, Splice, Tipple, Tweety

"Enchanted Egg"
(c)2017  •  approx. 7"x5"
It's a real feather; unfortunately the green iridescence doesn't show in the photo.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Drawings, Emingle, Featherfall, Pearlz, Tipple