Friday, November 14, 2014

A flurry of Aquafleur

If you love the classic, original Zentangle, and you're on Facebook, and you don't yet know about the group Square One, you'll probably want to join. Each week there is a focus tangle. You can participate or not. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't have time. Recently, Aquafleur was the focus tangle, and I went a little crazy.

I've done this tangle before and it's definitely one of my many favorites. Back in January, when Aquafleur was first shared, it was the Diva's challenge and I did both a black-and-white and a colored version. You can see them here.

Here's the first one I did for the Square One focus.

 Some bubbles and ribbons and spirals showed up here. This is one of my favorites.
 Here are four more that I did next.

 This one amazes me by how symmetrical it ended up. This is another of my favorites.
Tangles: Aquafleur, Black Pearlz
Recently I blotted some spilled pink wash onto a tan and a white tile. It turned out that there were Aquafleur hibiscus flowers there!
Tangles, besides Aquafleur: Seljuk, Printemps, Tipple
I tried some Aquafleurs on a zendala tile, and used Glaze ink in the background. I find the dark Glaze inks can add tremendous depth.
You can find the directions for drawing Aquafleur in the Zentangle newsletter here.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hotel strings

Once you start tangling you notice that patterns are just darn EVERYWHERE! But so, too, are string ideas. I've been noticing that some hotel chain logos have interesting string possibilities.

There's Holiday Inn and it's 'H'.
It gives quite an angular, regular string rather than anything mysterious, but add tangles and you'll hardly recognize it.
Tangles: Festune, Jetties, Keenees, Roxi, Strircles, Tipple
You can also add that shadow under the crossbar.
Tangles: Bunzo, Knightsbridge, Romanancy, and stripes.
Here's the 'R' in the Radisson Hotels' name:
In the first tile, the R is right-side up. In the second, you'll have to tilt your head to the left to see the R.
Tangles: Bilt, Fohbraid, Marasu, Phuds, Snaylz Traylz
Tangles: Coaster, C-scape, Fife, Flux, Starburst, Tipple
The Delta logo is a stylized 'D'. It reaches far to the left so I leave the long extension off to make it more square.
Tilt your head to the right and you can probably see the 'D' string on this tile.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Knase, Pearlz, Tipple, Yuma
In the last tile, you'll need to tilt your head left to see the D, although it's quite well disguised!
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Copada, Fracas, Starburst, Tipple, Trio
What logos can you find that offer an interesting string?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fabulous Fengle

Tangles: Fengle with baby Fengles, Aura, Beadlines, Crescent Moon
Fengle is one of my favorite tangles. Admittedly, I have many favorite tangles! It's an organic, flowy tangle that I feel comfortable with. It has implied movement. It has infinite possibilities. Scroll down in this newsletter from Zentangle to see how to draw Fengle as well as some variations.

Other tangles: Tipple, and the Rounding enhancement

I often use Fengle as a string and then expand and fill it willy-nilly. It has lots of possibilities, and with a lot of initially empty space, it can incorporate other tangles. Here's a round tile where I did just that, Fengle in ink and willy-nilly filing and expanding.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Knase, Pearlz, Perfs, Tipple,
plus spirals, a Knighstbridge aura, and Rounding

These Fengles are in disguise. Can you recognize them? In the first tile there's a small and a large Fengle.
They're also willy-nilly Fengles. :)
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Fengle, Pearlz, Tipple, Zewm, and stripes
Tangles: Fengle, plus stripes, dots and Aura-like lines

Here's Fengle on a pre-strung zendala tile, giving it a much more regular look.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Fengle, Tipple, Tripoli, Wud, Rounding, and stripes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pink ribbons

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Wud (with ribbons variation)
The Diva's challenge this week is to use pink, in honor of her grandmother and everyone who's dealt with breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month.

I used a two-pencil string to get the main ribbon. (You can search the Labels in the sidebar for more posts about two-pencil strings.) I wanted a very pink ribbony look for the whole thing so I began with a pink wash over the entire paper, then pink, black and white ink, and shading in pink.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE - a new tangle!

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Charlotte, Emingle, Florz,
Knightsbridge, Tipple, Tortuca
Back in April I had a flight layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I noticed this simple pattern on a wall beside a highway near the airport. I have since noticed it here in Saskatoon. Funny how we seem to be more aware or open in an unusual environment. You can see two variations of Charlotte in the top and bottom right corners below.
Tangles: Charlotte, Plum Leaf, Sqaro and elements of Tripoli
Here's how to draw Charlotte:
As with many tangles, especially those with lots of white space, this lends itself to many embellishments and variations. Here are two more variations of Charlotte with a little more detail. In the top left I used elements of Cubine and small black squares. In the bottom right I added stripes.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Charlotte, Seljuk, Tipple
BTW: It's getting harder and harder to keep track of tangles and names. If this pattern has been presented elsewhere, or if the name has been used already, please let me know!

Friday, October 17, 2014


Yuma is an interesting and lovely tangle from Tina-Akua Hunziker, a CZT in Switzerland. It's this week's challenge from the Diva.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Knase, Tipple, Yuma
Perhaps it was the branch-and-leaves type of beginning for this tangle, but I thought it would make an interesting tree. I had drawn most of the black ink portions when I was possessed to make the sky pink. Then the tree needed pink. Then I decided it was a cherry tree in blossom and have called it Sakura.
Tangles: Diva Dance, Printemps, Tri-dots, Yuma

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Circles strings

I've done a few tiles using a continuous line of circles as the string. I think of them as circles but I suppose they're really more like loops. Here's what such a string could look like, and then in color to show the various loops. These all loop in the same direction, but you can also change direction randomly.
Here is the first one I did. I was seeing a number of taichi (yin yang) symbols so I went with that idea. Originally the bottom was white but it seemed better that it be black.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Tipple,
and a few other things. :)
And again. This time I focused on the circle shapes that appeared and you don't much see the loops. Then some wide Auras on the sides, filled with other tangles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Circfleur, Cruffle, Daggerly, Drupe,
Gneiss, Ing with Rounding, Pearlz, Splice, Tripoli,
and a variation of Drobbles
I tried one on a Renaissance tile, using three rows of continuous-line circles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cack, Cirquital, Crescent Moon,
Crossview, Drupe, Fleurette, Pearlz, Tipple
Something like this is a terrific way to try lots of ways to fill a circle!

Here is the example I showed at the beginning, now filled with tangles. It's turned 90 degrees clockwise from what you see above.
Tangles: Bunzo, Caviar (a name I have for this Tipple variation),
Zinger, and ghostly Bunzo