It’s a great new year! I’ve had a lot happening behind the scenes and time off with my family. First and most importantly for me was the gracious gift from the incredible digital artist Christel Foncke, allowing me to use one of her beautiful pieces of art to brand this website and all it’s social media sites. This incredible piece of art is just a hint of what Christel can do with her Apple Pencil! I will have her Artist Focus soon! Thank you, Christel! I can stop worrying about it now and I love it as much today as I did the day I added it! Follow Christel at @Christeldraws on Instagram.
I have been in “school” at the YouTube Creator’s Academy because I’m slowly changing the format for this blog to include video. The more artists I focus on, the more I want to spotlight their work using video. Since my next artist in focus will be the incredibly talented Tomàs Padrós, I wanted to be sure I spent time learning to edit video, add audio and learn about copyright laws. I’ve been absorbing a lot of information and I needed to practice. This move was much more complex and involved much more time studying and practicing than I anticipated! I practiced by FINALLY doing the Inktense Pencil gem tutorial for which I’ve been trying to find the time about 6 months! So, I present my Derwent Inktense Gem Tutorial Part 1, which involves laying down and activating the Inktense bottom layer as well as 6 of my favorite color combinations. It features a traveling tangle tile with Amanda Rose Rambo, the “Gem Queen”, and myself. She has a great YouTube channel at Vitruvianart. Her content on creating gems is outstanding! So check her out! I’ve done two posts on her work if you’re interested (ZenGems: Meet Amanda Rose Rambo!, and Amanda Rose Rambo, Faceted Gem Master Class)
When I finished the first video, I uploaded it to “Gem Ho’s” the FaceBook group for Amanda’s VitruvianArt. They gave me some great feedback which I then used to make a part 1.5 which includes a complete gem using the new highlight technique I developed based on the feedback of the group. I would very much appreciate any feedback, positive or not. If you like the video please remember to like or comment and subscribe to my channel! It is pretty empty now but I have plans for it! I will be remaking the artist focus videos (with their permission) and uploading them both here and YouTube. I’ll be adding my pattern videos and anything else that seems interesting. My goal is to make each one better than the last! I need your help my friends! Give me honest feedback and comments. I can work on my accent if it’s too annoying but not if you don’t tell me it’s making you crazy! Thank you so much for all your support last year and Happy 2018!
The Diva was back in action this week using one my favorite tangles, N’Zeppel. Diva, Laura Harms at Iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com, was back live on Twitch Monday morning and I was lucky enough to finally catch her broadcast. Laura is great and relaxed on the feed, adding coffee and her playlist as she tangles. I enjoyed it and she inspired me to try something I never wanted to do, namely, color black the small areas between the stones (in my case). I like the way the webbed area looks, so I’ve never filled it before. For the colored stones, done with Prismacolor Premier pencils, i liked the black to emphasize the depth between. Check out the link to the Diva’s site and find links to the pattern step-out as well as a great video by Molly Hollibaugh, CZT and daughter of Maria Thomas. Molly’s a great artist and I love the video. (I highly recommend everyone try out one of the many videos out there done by Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas, founders of the Zentangle ® Method, or one with Molly. They have a way of teaching that is second to none, If you want to truly experience a Zentangle experience, check out their videos. A few can be found on YouTube. Look for Kitchen Table Tangles. These are great videos.)
Sorry, I digress! Here’s my diva challenge tile for #334. There’s an extra at the bottom because I’d already done one from Molly’s video the day before the Diva’s challenge and I LOVE N’Zeppel!
This includes the patterns Pixioze, and Eni Oken’s twisted ropes.
Hello and welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for the weekly Diva Challenge. This weeks challenge was to get to know the Tangle “Molygon” better. To make friends with it. Sigh! I love Molygon. It was my very first tangleation about a year ago. I love the tangle but I’m always displeased with my results. Shaking hands are not friendly with Molygon! Maria Thomas said to “keep the lines consistent”. Hmmm…after 6 starts (and fails) and yes I know this is not true to the Zentangle® Method, (but they didnt have to post online for all to see) so after some thinking, finally I reminded myself I was missing the point of the challenge. I took out the sketchpad and played with Molygon until I came up with my own version that would be easier for me to draw. It’s closer to a “flux” in a molygon fashion but I’m sticking with it!
Welcome back to the weekly diva challenge brought to you by the diva herself, Laura Harms! You can find this week’s challenge here in Laura’s blog. This week we are once again following Zentangle HQ at Zentangle.com or check back here for the weekly challenge. Recently, in the Zentangle Mosaic app, we were challenged to use the newly released “noom” pattern, the step outs to which can be found here.
Noom and I have been trying to make friends since it’s release… Unfortunately, I was not inspired and I struggled to make it look nice. Well, we made up today finally and here’s my tile for the Diva’s weekly challenge this week!
This week’s Diva Challenge was to create a Halloween themed tile. On my tile I used #dandi, and #Web and the mummy wraps are a sort of #hollibaughsy #aquafluersy looking thing. I used black card stock, Sakura Moonlight gel pens, as well as a white gelly roll, also from Sakura. Also I used a white Prismacolor Premier pencil.
Last week’s challenge was to mix the 2 tangles #n’zepple and #Flux. I thought my tiles were to frivolous to post but when I posted them to the Zentangle Mosaic app, founder Maria Thomas was one who quickly appreciated them (I won’t lie, I’m still a bit giddy!)
This was a complete mistake! I’d meant to add a water drop but was not paying enough attention and got a see thru #Flux. This funny mistake ended up pretty cool looking and is one reason the Zentangle Method doesn’t acknowledge mistakes. It is still part of the creative process!
This was just for fun! Both versions of Flux with a bit of N’zepple.
See everyone for next week’s challenge! As always the link to the Diva’s site can be found in the menu! Happy tangling!
This week’s challenge was to do the tangle “gourdgeous”. It’s very fall and quite a lovely result. For some reason I’m awkward when drawing this so I wasn’t as pleased with my results as I would like. So, in keeping with my self- challenge to post even if I’m not satisfied, here are my diva challenge tiles for this week.
I’ll see you all next week! As always, thanks to Laura for her Diva Challenges. If you’d like to join the challenges, you can find more information on her website at the link in my menu. ENJOY!
Hello Everyone 🙂 happy Thursday! I needed a project today that would consume me for a few hours as letting go of my anger from yesterday has proven difficult. So today I chose a project I’ve been wanting to try out. I’ve seen a couple of tutorials on illuminated letters and it didn’t look too hard (😁 not so easy). I played with different styles and finally decided to just do my own version. My biggest concern is that no one will recognize which letters they are!
My supplies today:
Black card stock (A4) 8.5 x Prismacolor Premier Soft-core colored pencils :pale sage, Apple green, peacock green, cloud blue, China blue, ultramarine, blue indigo and white.
Sakura stardust dark blue
Pen-touch silver pen
Gamsol blending solution
Tiny paper stump
Hb graphite pencil
The design is 5 inches tall by 8.5″ wide. After penciling in the letters, I used the cloud blue pencil to outline the design and then fill all ribbon parts with cloud blue and the straight legs with pale sage. When working on black, layering over white or a light color helps bring out the color of each subsequent layer.
Next I layered apple green over the pale save and China blue over the cloud blue. Then added my first layer of silver with my Pen-touch.
At this time I take the peacock green and give the green parts a nice outline for some depth. Then I used my ultramarine to deepen the blue of the ribbon. Leaving it off any part that will be highlighted. I used my white pencil to give a good light layer over the parts of blue that are highlighted.
The last steps involved using the indigo blue to shade the blue ribbon, then outlining the part of the blue that is NOT outlined in silver with the Sakura Stardust (glitter pen that uses ground glass in the ink instead of glitter. I did the partial silver outline to bring out the bar of the h. Now I’m hoping you know that’s an H!
The last thing I did is to use the silver Pen-touch to cover the outline again as I frequently make a mess in the lines. (this is an accommodation for my shaky hands and not required.) And I used my hb pencil to shade the silver where 2 silver parts meet to show some contrast.
One fold later and spray with workable fixatif and call it done.
My question to you, dear readers, is if the letters are recognizable or not? (okay, it’s an L and H 😁)
Leave me a comment on this because i want honest opinions!
So I really was unhappy with my diva challenge submission this week so I decided to go through my tiles and try to get it right. The result was interesting to say the least for several reasons. Here’s my before and after tiles:
This is a white tile with a burnt ochre watercolor wash. I started with my Sakura micron brown pen and was disappointed in the contrast but this made a perfect tile for #273.
I have several sets of Sakura pens that I’ve never used so this ended up being a bit of an experiment. I used my set of Sakura glaze pens for the colored in sections of the aquafleur and what is supposed to be Veezy I believe. So what I learned is that the glaze Pens have a large nib I’m assuming to allow the ink to flow smoothly which it certainly does. It goes on extremely smoothly and when it dries it leaves an upraised glossy look to what’s underneath to give it a 3D look. Unfortunately this means that fine lines and drawing with them can become rather a gloppy mess so having tried those, I really liked the dark brown aquafleur but the other was a mess! But in keeping with the Zentangle® Method I kept working and finished the rest of it. I used a burnt ochre, a dark brown and a terracotta prismacolor soft core pencil for shading which, as always, helped a lot. This tangle includes #opus #aquafleur #mookah #veezy and #fescue. (I’m terrible at remembering the tangle names so forgive me if I don’t list everything.)
See everyone next week for diva challenge 274! As always you can find a link to Diva’s blog in my top menu.
Last week I spoke about Peta Hewitt’s coloring competition. This week I want to show you my finished entries although I’m not as pleased as I had hoped with the way they turned out. I know this is not surprising because most artists feel this way about their work before they’re finished. If you are interested in checking out Peta’s competition or her website or blog you can find her here Peta Hewitt’s website (la-artistino.com)
Peta used three different pictures that she drew based upon an Australian theme and there are prizes for each picture.
The first is a pair of sugar gliders in a garden:
The second is a platypus napping in a stream.
The third is the Australian National flower: the waratah flower. It was a real job getting the flower petals on bottom a rich dark red and still leave the main flower with a bit of pinky maroon. (Yes, pinky is a word.)
Winners will be announced on July 4, 2016 (Peta’s birthday!) It would be nice to win but I learned about Australian flora and fauna and no finished product is useless. I only wish all my Sakura stardust pens would show up in a picture. The platypus pic is covered in glitter!