This week’s challenge from CZT, Laura Harms, was to use our fingers as a guide for the string. You can join in at the Diva’s website, iamthedivaczt.com.
I actually thought this was going to be an easy challenge but for some strange reason, I couldn’t find just the “right” tangles. I drew the string 3 times and I’ll show you 2 of them. I felt pretty “meh” about them, but finished anyway. Here they are.
Lastly, I have a new step-out video for my first pattern, Apcorg. It includes a digitally drawn step-out and a hand drawn example of Apcorg in a 4 square setup, perfect for a focal point. I hope you enjoy!
This week’s Diva Challenge was to do “white on black”. It’s been some time since I have worked on black much. It took me back to my first pattern, Apcorg. I drew it on black a lot! So I decided to do Apcorg this week. I finished quickly and felt I hadn’t done much so I tried it out on a Zendala black tile. I’d never used a genuine black Zentangle ® tile before nor a zendala tile so I tried it out.
I have to say I’m not a fan of how my white pens performed. The genuine black zendala is very good paper (Fabriano) and appropriate for wet media. Unfortunately, this means it likes to soak up ink. I used both my Gelly Roll and my Uniball Signo. They rolled on okay but by the time I would finish the next stroke, the last would be soaked in and no longer looked crisp and white, making me try to redraw lines. It gave the piece a rather blurry appearance. I don’t know if they offer the apprentice black tiles in Zendalas but it’s a much better draw on those tiles with black. This is my opinion, So see for yourself. I think square is a nicer look than in the round.
And lastly, because I’m a girl and love sparkling things, I added some clear glitter pen for pizzazz to my first tile.
Well, picture me doing the happy dance! Pattern-collections.com published my Apcorg pattern yesterday afternoon! I’m still in a bit of shock but thrilled and excited as this means it was available to the 3,000+ group members as the pattern focus yesterday. I hope a few more people will give it a try and I’ll have new art to add to the Apcorg gallery. This is what I hoped for the last year while I sat on the patterns (Apcorg and Apcross). I’ve always wanted to experience what other, more creative minds than mine, could do with these!
Since this this will be my offical Apcorg post, let me quickly describe how this pattern came to me. Several months after starting my Zentangle journey, I was lost in a new website for me, the Antique Pattern Catalog.org, and came across a lovely image from the lid of wooden box from the 1800’s. When I started sketching I was simply trying to render the image by hand as it was quite pretty.
This is my first sketch and fairly close to what I saw on the box top. As I was adding a few tangles around it, I wondered if I could modify it somehow to work in a tile format and like that, I began the process of deconstruction d. The pattern was deconstructed over several weeks. I was quite disappointed when I put it in grid form because the sheer number of orbs were overwhelming and too messy to work. It was during this grid exploration that the meta-pattern Apcross revealed itself.
Apcorg is similar to the pattern, Skye, in that it can take some practice to get it even and the inner wing form can be be tough until you get the hang of it. There was a comment that it looked complicated so I will be adding a “tips to draw” page to this post as well as a simple step out to show how to set up the border version. Apcorg is endlessly variable to match whatever other tangles you might use and a variation page will also be added to this post. My heartfelt thanks to CZT Dolly Bolen, for the wonderful mandala in the feature image! This mandala was an instant favorite of mine and Dolly was kind enough to allow it’s use for Apcorg!
Please tag me or the pattern name so I can search for art using this pattern! With your permission, I’ll add your work to the Apcorg gallery on this site.
I had to stop yesterday and breathe, and focus on accomplishments. I am normally frenetic about constantly creating at a high level (that’s a high level for myself not everyone else!) and pretty OCD about getting things done well and on time. Unfortunately, this means I get lost in the journey and forget about the big picture. Me and half the population, right!? Today was a big picture day for me. After slogging along for about 9 months this blog hit 3,000 views and today i had 100 views in about 8 hours. Seems silly but its nice to see your hard work realized even to a small scale.
I wouldn’t be here though, without the encouragement and support of the wonderful people in the Zentangle® Mosaic app, as well as the amazing group of artists and friends at Tangle It! Pattern Club on Facebook. Hmm, this sounds like a bad award dinner speech! Since I’m thanking the academy, let me give a nod first to Barb Masinton for the use of her beautiful art for this post! It’s nice not to need to prepare art for each post and quite honestly her art has been part of the reason my site traffic has been up. It’s simply spectacular! I also wanted to thank Dr. Ellie Miller (who’s off for CZT training next week, Gratz Ellie!🤗) of Tanglesxm.com and Write of Passage. She stuck with me thru a long time during which I couldn’t write or create. We found each other on WordPress then discovered we were both on Mosaic. Since that time, she’s been a true friend in her support and encouragement. Thank you Ellie! I cant forget Terri Delaune, CZT for your help with my pattern submissions. It helps having feedback! Dolly Bolen, CZT, Jody Genovese, CZT, and Sarah Fowler, each of whom have been encouragers, and all of whom created fabulous art using my Patterns so I would be able to showcase them in a variety of ways, thank you all! In honor of their impact on my life, here is some wonderful art by these wonderful ladies! Zentangle is amazing! Everyday, I get visitors from all over the world. April has been my most successful month yet. Thank you all!
(struggling with this WordPress iOS app. So the photos aren’t set in perfectly and I had 2 duplicates I couldn’t remove without starting over. My quick post changed into a nightmare but I’m still grateful!)
Hello and welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com where we don’t sleep, we just continually draw, tangle, and write without cease! I’m very excited to release the step out of my deconstructed pattern, Apcross! Apcross is the grid version of Apcorg. You can certainly do Apcorg in a grid as is, but I found the sheer number of orbs (or pearls) gets to be a mess once it’s done. So when developing Apcorg I discovered a grid version that looks so pretty, I became certain it would be more popular than Apcorg. 😃😉 Of course, I am not at all certain it will catch on either!
This is a temporary step out until I get a yes or no from TanglePatterns.com and pattern-collections.com, where I have recently submitted (and resubmitted) them. Thanks go to Terri Delaune, CZT, for her insights into how to prepare a pattern for submission, as well as her specific thoughts on Apcorg, Apcross and the border version I named Apcream. According to Terri, Apcross is a meta-pattern. My Zentangle®️ Primer explains a meta-pattern- “You don’t intentionally draw meta-patterns. They just appear as you draw different tangles or parts of tangles next to each other.” This is exactly what happened with Apcross! It needs it’s own step out so it got it’s own name.
And so, without further ado, here is Apcross!
Please feel free to contact me if you se it! I’d love to publish your art in the Apcorg gallery!