Day 6 and I only finished Inktober #2…

Inktober #2
Spheres with Disc Inktober Zentangle #2 featuring cadent, gneiss with purk and paradox, kozy, cruffle and black pearls.

It is day six and I only just finished my second tile.I’m full of excuses. It really boils down to not finding a groove yet. I have a hard time taking time to do my own things when DH is around and he has every other Friday off which happened to be this week. We also are lacking in the lighting department because lamps are bulky and expensive to move across the country. With the nor’easter this weekend and 11 straight days of cloudy skies things were just overall very dark in our apartment despite an abundance of windows. I’m also just slow. I laugh whenever I read that Zentangle is a 15 minute process. I don’t even get all the patterns inked in 15 minutes when I know all of them well. Then on Saturday I was felled with some sort of odd malady which I was still cautiously recovering from on Sunday.  I still don’t know what the cause may have been. Too much gluten?

This tile is a prime example of shading saving the day. I freehanded all the circles so things are wonky and I am way out of practice on spherical grids and cadent so when I started there I was already quite unhappy with the results before moving on to the gneiss/paradox/purk tangleation. I kept at it a bit adding black pearls, kozy, and cruffle to the mix (see below). Some rush jobs greeted me when I logged on after my tangling and breakfast hour so any further work was stalled until this morning. I much prefer to shade in natural lighting anyway so it was probably for the best that I didn’t revisit it last evening after work. Plus it gave me that oft advantageous “distance.”

Inktober Zentangle #2
Inktober Zentangle #2 sans shading. You can see a lot of wonkiness and it is pretty uninteresting. I almost passed on doing anything more with it, thinking it unsalvageable.

The shading masks my wonky cadent and it’s definitely not round “sphere.” And overall it just brings more dynamics to the piece through the dimension and layering it creates. I think really the shading is some of what I love most about the tangling process, yet when I first started I neglected that step for a few weeks or more! So sad! As has become usual for me, I used three different leads in my shading – 3H, HB, and 3B to help develop more realistic shadows.

After yesterday’s rush jobs I’m hoping to carve out the time to at least ink a third tile today, but we’ll have to see. Then this evening is the monthly handcrafters group at my library so I *may* tangle there. I’ve brought my basic kit with me every time but always end up knitting because it seems easier to visit with others while knitting than tangling.

Zendala Dare #100 & Other Miscellany

Apparently this past week and certainly the weekend has been all about ZIAs! I think I now am understanding the strict rules and purpose of the Square One: Purely Zentangle Facebook group 🙂

My version of the 100th Zendala Dare template.
Zentangle Tile 2015-086, the 100th Zendala Dare template. This one kind of went rogue as I riffed and there ended up just a bit of b’tweed, paradox and fescue

I had to do this week’s Zendala Dare of course. Who could miss the 100th one?!? I ended up doing a lot of riffing on this one, just letting the pen do what it wanted. As a result there aren’t actually many tangle patterns in it. Though the oblong b’tweed outlined only with graphite kind of makes me think of pine cones. I’ll have to remember that when winter rolls back around!

I can’t wait to go look at what everyone else has done with this great template!

A toned tan zentangle inspired art (ZIA).
Zentangle Tile 2015-085, a toned tan tile featuring free form Weave in two colors, stickers, printemps, black pearls and mysst.

I used Strathmore’s Toned Tan for this one. It isn’t quite as warm of a tan as the Zentangle tiles so I’m not as fond of the sepia on it (the colors of this photo are a little off since it was photographed under a lamp instead of natural light). I do like the finish though. It isn’t quite as absorbent so coloring is easier, but there is plenty of tooth to shade and highlight with graphite and white charcoal. I am still a bit meh about this one. I don’t feel like my Weave was free form enough and as a result it looks sloppily executed instead. Cate things I’m on crack. What say you?

I also ended up putting in Mysst which I just haven’t been happy with using myself yet. I’ve seen examples of other people’s work using it and liked it, but I have yet to like my own stuff using it. I do however love Stickers! What fun!

Coffee filter zendala.
Zentangle 2015-088 zendala in progress on a coffee dyed unbleached coffee filter.

Yesterday was dedicated to finishing my Sunday Smackdown #3. This is a sneak peek of it in progress. I completed all the drawing last evening, but I’m still on the fence whether to add any highlighting and shading. Cate says to post it everywhere and frame it and hang it in our living room once we’re moved. We’ll see. It would suit our furniture in a way… I’ll likely post another shot of what it looks like now on Instagram (fiberfool)  at some point today if you’d like to ring in on whether I should take it further or leave it as is.

Chiaroscuro on gray paper featuring a ribbon with sunup sundown and flying cadents.
Zentangle 2015-087, my first ribbon with flying cadent on Toned Gray Strathmore paper finally done. I think.

I think I’m done with the first toned gray zentangle inspired art piece. There is a good bit of open space in the lower left yet that has me slightly unsettled. I did end up adding Sunup Sundown on the ribbon and did fairly extensive shading. I need practice on ribbon work though. But Sunup Sundown could very easily become a mac & cheese pattern for me. Loved it!

I’ll be back soon sharing my finished Coffee Filter Zendala and the how-to for my response to Sunday Smackdown #3.

More Spirals and Ribbons!

A Mr. E and Tipple spiral string zentangle.
Zentangle Tile 2015-084, another spiral string ala Diva Challenge #210 with Mr. E and Tipple.

I suspect it is similar to the meditative qualities of walking a labyrinth, but I had to give another go at a single tangle along a spiral string this week. I’m struggling a lot this week with the reality of the upcoming move. While I still do not have a date of departure, DH leaves a week from tomorrow. I have my metro card which makes it a bit more real as well. Then there is the overwhelming amount of stuff we need to get rid of and it is rather difficult to do so without a car/truck. I kind of want to find a corner I can sit in and suck my thumb. So, extra meditative strings and mac and cheese patterns are what are likely on the docket for the foreseeable future.

Zentangle Inspired Art in Progress on some Strathmore Toned Gray paper.
Zentangle Inspired Art in Progress on some Strathmore Toned Gray paper featuring some flying cadents with a ribbon weaving through them.

Inspired by a combination of Cate’s flying cadents and ribbons and the spiral string thing I started this the other night on a sheet of Strathmore’s Tone Gray paper that Sue shared with those of us in the Renaissance tile class.

I’m still not sure what I want to do with the ribbon. I’m feeling pretty certain I want to put white charcoal in the light section of the cadents. Part of me is thinking of putting a monochrome Sunup Sundown in the ribbon and then shading the heck out of it to get some good dimension. Before I outlined it in black I contemplated using red and burgundy to color it solid with some sparkle, but I think the black outline has me tossing that option out the window, plus that is a lot of color to lay in with a micron. I suppose I could do a pattern in it with the combo of red and burgundy to do some of the initial shading… Then the keeping it simple part of me is thinking I should just shade it with graphite and white charcoal. What would you do with the ribbon?

I thought I’d finish it last night, but after a bad bus ride to work yesterday morning and lots of work stress I was nodding off early in the evening so I gave up and went to bed early. Surprisingly I slept more or less through the night so hopefully I’ll tangle this evening.

Sunday Smackdown #2 Response

Sunday Smackdown #2, first tile of weave.
Zentangle Tile 2015-074, a study of weave with a bit of tipple to finish in response to Sunday Smackdown number 2.

I feel Helen Williams’ weave really shines on its own. Plus, it requires enough concentration (I messed up in a few spots if you look closely) that it seemed best to jump in and keep it simple. I added a bit of tipple as a finishing touch.

More Weave for Sunday Smackdown #2.
Zentangle Tile 2015-77, more Weave for Sunday Smackdown #2 with some pearls kind of ala inapod.

If you are struggling keeping the top grid and bottom grid straight when doing Weave I’d highly recommend taking it large and work on a 3 X 3 dot grid. I actually got through this one without messing up! Plus it gives you room to add in additional tangles for a tangleation 🙂

Finally used weave as an accent rather than the focus for Sunday Smackdown #2.
Zentangle Tile 2015-078, a KalaDala Stenciled Zendala featuring a central flower I just riffed, nekton, black pearls, isochor, striping, cadent triangles, weave, and twisted rope.

Finally to have really explored Weave I felt I needed to use it in a tile where it wasn’t nearly the only tangle. So I pulled out a tile from last weekend’s Zendala class that I had prepped with a stencil from KalaDala and got to work. I started with the isochor-ish and striping, then riffed the flower in the center and did the black pearls to cover up some dots I placed to help with the flower drawing. Next I put in the nekton as the backdrop for the flower and the twisted rope border, then I did the triangular cadent and weave. I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about it overall. Though I am glad to see I was able to successfully complete a smaller, accent of weave. I really wasn’t convinced it was possible so from that aspect this was a successful tile!

Cate, where are your Weave experiments? Or has Narwal taken over your tangling life?

TBT: My First Zentangle Tile!

Okay, so this isn’t much of a Throwback Thursday, but I thought it might be a little fun to look back at my first tile done on December 12, 2014. I had read The Joy of Zentangle and used those patterns.

My first #zentangle

Note there is no shading! The only pencil on that was the string. Oooops! I do like how I really varied the scale of the patterns. I should revisit that. I tend toward roughly the same scales on a given tile. I especially like that oversized YinCut!