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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blind Tangling

After this week's Diva challenge featuring a blind string, I decided to try a blind tile.  I looked away from my tile, and tangled.  It was freeing in some ways because I didn't have to care how it looked, and I could focus on the process.  Then again, I really missed watching my design evolve and looking for shapes that called out for a particular tangle pattern (triangle and Paradox, etc.).

Overall, I'm somewhat impressed by my blind Paradox attempt.  Everything is fairly disjointed because I had a vague sense of where I had tangled already so they look like seperate designs.

If you haven't tried doing a blind string or blind tangling, I encourage you to try it.  For CZTs, it might be a good reminder for how it feels to be a beginner learning the Zentangle® method.

Let me know how your blind tangling experiment goes.  :-)

Blind tangle experiment.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Diva challenge 84

This is my first time posting for a Diva challenge!  This week's challenge was to create a blind string and just go with it.

Here's my blind string:

Here's the finished product.  I am actually quite excited by this one!

I've been thinking it would be interesting to do a blind tile--not just a blind string.  If it's about the process and not necessarily the product, it should work.  Granted, it would be a pretty messy tile, but it would be interesting to see if it would be freeing to not have to think about which tangle fits into a specific spot.  Maybe I'll try that next.

From a different pen

I've mostly been doing traditional Zentangle art--black on a white tile.  At my CZT training, I started to play with some variations with surprising results.  I started these tiles at the training but didn't finish them until yesterday.

Here's my first white on black tile.  I absolutely love the shading and highlighting effect the Gelly Roll pen has, although I missed the feel of the Micron.  I didn't think the lines were as sharp, but the pen was also a bit more forgiving in that the first stroke was often lighter.

Next I played with my green Micron on a white tile.  This had some fun effects too especially once I shaded.  I think Fengle is going to be one of my new favorite tangles!

Ok, this one isn't a different color, but it was also started during my training and finished when I got home.  I learned Betweed at the training and love how Mooka fit right into the center ribs so it looks like the fronds just curl right from the center.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tiles for lunch?

I was looking for a way to store my completed Zentangle® tiles so they'd stay nice but still be easy to find.  As I dug through my scrapbooking supplies, I found a mini lunchbox that I'd never gotten around to using.  I figured I could try to tangle it, and it worked.  The project didn't take that long.  I used an extra fine Sharpie.  I tied a bunch of black and white ribbons on top for extra fun.

Getting into a good head space

I'm experimenting with creating a Zentangle® tile or ZIA (Zentangle inspired artwork) before I go to work each day or if I arrive to work early.  I'm hoping that this process will help me get into a good place before or after my commute.  I'm usually pretty good about letting a bad drive or a rough night go once I walk through the door, but I thought that using the Zentangle method would make it easier to do.

Here's my first project before work on 8/23/12.  I had a very busy day, but I felt great the whole time and didn't feel stressed despite how much work I had.  I'm chalking it up to the tile, but who knows?  :-)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My New Tangle: WGT

At my CZT training, Rick and Maria asked us to find something in the hotel for inspiration for a new tangle pattern.  We were to deconstruct the item into individual parts.

After looking at a variety of beautiful picture frames, carpets, fabrics, and wood items, I was still at a loss for a pattern that I wanted to turn into a tangle.  When I went back to my hotel room, I saw an item that inspired this tangle, WGT (weight):

The item reminded me of a globe.

Next it evoked the idea of Atlas with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Basically, the item reminded me of weight since it was a ....

bathroom scale!

I'm a CZT!

It was an honor to attend the ninth Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) training in August 2012 with Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  My love of Zentangle® grew even greater after hearing inspirational stories, helpful tips, and expert instruction from Rick and Maria.

It's official!