Wall Journal & Sunday Smackdown #9

My Sunday Smackdown #9 zendala on a standard 3.5″ square tile made from Fabriano Uno paper. I used Purlbox and Hurry and I’m not sure what exactly to call the third pattern.

I actually had finished this tile in time for posting for the Sunday Smackdown #9, but then got distracted by more Gelli printing fun at Cate’s 🙂

I kept it pretty simple and clean, using only three patterns, though I’m not quite sure what to call the petal-shaped one as that is really just a technique employed in lot of the patterns. Can anyone help me out on it?

I couldn’t resist an artsy shot of my zendala.

Inspired by my IG feed I took an artsy shot this time around and I really liked it so I thought I’d share the close-up look at it 🙂 It does really show the detail in how I shaded.

The finished “Be Brave and Keep Going” page in my Wall Notebook featuring a lot of tangles!

Then, speaking of procrastination, this has been done for probably a full month I think, but I never took a proper picture of it. The bricks had me employing a bunch of stacking of tangles, though I’m pretty sure it doesn’t quite meet the criteria for the Stack and Tangled FB group. That’s okay though because the same two people have just launch today a Journaled and Tangled group that this will fit in!

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Ready for Sunday Smackdown #5?

As Cate and few of you know, my day job involves working with the suite of Adobe programs so I’ve itched to make zendala templates almost since I put the pen to Zentangle tile. While my last string challenge, the first Sunday Smackdown, was kind of Zendala-like I didn’t quite feel it was a Zendala. This week’s however is definitely a Zendala or mandala if you just want to color it.

There was no real inspiration behind this one. I just started playing with various shapes on my art board in Illustrator and flipped, rotated, duplicated and tweaked path points until I liked what I had.

Here is the Zendala or Mandala template for the 5th Sunday Smackdown. The PDF includes full sheet, and the official Zentangle tile and Zendala size.
Here is the Zendala or Mandala template for the 5th Sunday Smackdown. The PDF includes full sheet, and the official Zentangle tile and Zendala size.

You can download the template file here. In it you will find sizes to fit both the square and round tiles from Zentangle as well as to fit a full sheet of cardstock or paper.

Below you can see what I did with it on the first try.

Zentangle Tile 2015-092, a Smackdown Sunday #5 Zendala on Strathmore Toned Gray tile using the chiaroscuro techniques used on the traditional Renaissance tiles. Patterns include pearl, purk, striping, tippe, b’tweed, paradox and tipple.

I opted to use a 4″ Strathmore Toned Gray artist tile. The round tile template fits on them, though as you can see I can’t center it on the tile without the outline to guide me 🙂 I have really fallen in love with adding in both highlights and shadows and it even makes my mac ‘n cheese patterns semi-challenging since I have to figure out how to do the highlighting.

I will likely give the template another go at some point this week to try move away from my first instinct to paradox and b’tweed everything. No promises to use a white tile though 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s interpretations of the string. Be sure to post a link in the comments here if you use the template so we can all see!

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?

Weekend Zentangling

Zentangle Tile 2015-070 with Oof in progress.
Zentangle Tile 2015-070, in progress featuring Oof for the Square One: Purely Zentangle Facebook Group.

I had such a great time with the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus pattern last week that I jumped right in this week. Oof is the pattern for the week and I thought I was using it on Friday, but I went off of memory and drew my first arcs the wrong direction. I ended up with a fun tangleation, though I’ve neglected to photograph it.

The really completed Zentangle Tile 2015-070
Zentangle Tile 2015-070 Square One: Purely Zentangle focus on Oof. The tile stared at me until I went back and added more.

So I tried it again on Saturday morning as I sat in the coffee shop at the south transit center waiting for my bus to have lunch with Cate and take Sue Clark’s Zendala class. I finished the tile the following morning, or I thought I did. As I sat and sipped my coffee the tile was mocking me for being too flat and dull so I added in more. But, if Instagram is any indication, less was more in this case. Oh well!

Zentangle 2015-071 zendala
Zentangle 2015-071, the first zendala from Sue Clark’s zendala class featuring striping, printemps, diva dance (waltz) and black pearls.

For our first zendala we used an official tile and these great stencils to set the symmetric string.

Zentangle Tile 2015-072, the second zendala from class.
Zentangle Tile 2015-072, the second zendala from class featuring zander, meer, pepper, knight’s bridge and n’zeppel. Then, because I can’t pay attention in class and ended up breaking up more sections that I was supposed to I popped in some copada.

I had to finish this one the next day as well. This was a pre-strung zendala tile and Sue demonstrated how the string can really just be a suggestion and you can divide more etc. While I knew that, I’m not certain I would have done it to a zendala all on my own. I’d be afraid of messing up the symmetry I think. But it worked out. Although I couldn’t manage to divide every other section so I did them all and added in an extra pattern – copada.

Sunday Smackdown #2 in the sketchbook.
Practicing for my Sunday Smackdown #2 in my sketchbook.

Because I put the finishing touches on so many tiles on Sunday morning and I was pretty worn out from Saturday’s craziness I just started doing the step outs for Weave in preparation for my Sunday Smackdown #2. I found doing the step outs helped me solidify keeping the “top grid” and “bottom grid” straight. I highly recommend it!

Snowy Sunday Shading

Tile 2015-052 in progress.
Tile 2015-052 in the final stages of shading on a snowy Sunday morning in CO.

I started my Zendala Dare #97 tile last night. I finished the shading this morning while I made whole grain pancakes with lemon ricotta and berries for our breakfast and put together a whole grain beer bread dough.

Because we do mass transport and that doesn’t run here in Fort Collins on Sundays we stay home all day. It makes it a great day to do food prep for the week like baking bread. It is especially so this weekend because we got 8-10″ of snow and it is still coming down. Walking or biking anywhere isn’t an option today.

Tile 2015-052 Zendala Dare #97
Tile 2015-052, Zendala Dare #97 with Striping, Black Pearls, Shattuck and Nekton.

 

At first I wasn’t feeling it with the template. But I took a deep breath and jumped in with Striping. I added perfs, then the rope-like border, then the Black Pearls for the small “drops” seemed the right answer. It took a bit for me to figure out what to fill the rest of the background with, but I settled on Shattuck and Nekton. I’m pretty happy with it considering I was hesitating on the template.

Anyone else think they spend more time on shading than drawing? I can’t swear by it because I’m often multi-tasking while shading, but it sure seems as though that step takes me longer.

OZAD Day 24

Zentangle 2015-050
2015-050, “One Zentangle a Day” Day 24, featuring Striping and Zinger (labeled as Pepper Tangleation), I added some Tat, Sedgling, Ynix, Rain, Mooka, Festune, Sampson and Fescue.

More organic a today. I threw nearly every organic pattern learned so far into this one. Is the organic version of the kitchen sink the compost pile?

I still can’t get Tat down. Despite it breaking up the long continuous stroke, layering it behind things made it worse! Though putting an aura around it like Ynix helps give it a bit more structure. I am starting to like Mooka – finally. So I suppose there is hope for Tat eventually.

Does anyone have tips for Tat specifically or working with organic patterns in general?