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Monday, July 14, 2014

Disappearing Tangles

It's fun to think of new places to tangle.

My daughter and I do a lot of art projects, and I love to incorporate my tangles into our crafts.  Whether we're playing with chalk on the driveway or coloring pictures, I often find little Printemps and other patterns popping up in my art.

One of my daughter's favorite activities is to paint with water on a chalkboard.  We were at a play place with a massive chalkboard wall.  While she painted shapes, I saw a perfect canvas for some Ennies.  It was fun to create the pattern on a bigger scale with water.  I loved watching the bold, black lines appear while others dried and faded.  It was like I was working on a large Buddha Board.  One space would start to dry so I went over it again with the brush.  It was wonderfully relaxing to tangle over and over in the same spot.  I didn't think about patterns or filling areas.  I didn't worry about the end product or if I'd give the piece as a gift.

I put water on a chalkboard.  I repeated my strokes.  I used the Zentangle® Method.  I was relaxed and present in the moment alongside my daughter making art that disappeared while it created a lovely memory for us.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mammo Crux

This week's Diva challenge invited us to play with Crux by Henrike Bratz.  At first, my hand immediately tried to create Bales.  I had to consciously and deliberately think about each line or each stroke as I worked on the diagonals.  This pattern was an interesting reminder about taking a pattern one line at a time.  I found this pattern quite interesting to put together and to watch it work in the end.  Fun!  I will have to play with this one some more soon.

My piece was created in my 2014 Tangle-A-Day Calendar by Carole Ohl, CZT.  I love working in the book, but I can rarely get it to scan well enough.  I think too much light gets in when I scan it.  When I try to edit, the shading gets too washed out.  Oh well, it's a sunnier version than in person.  That can't be a bad thing, right?

I created this piece in the imaging waiting room before having my first routine mammogram.  Joy.  I felt inspired by breasts (gee, I wonder why).  I pencilled a breast-inspired string similar to this:

The string is basically three concentric circles.  Keep in mind they don't have to be perfectly straight or central!  No two breasts are alike or perfectly round, right?  The string I created in the calendar reminded me of a fried egg, to be perfectly honest.  

I love how strings, like our tangles, don't have to be perfect.  They don't even have to be used at all.  Strings can help guide us along our tangling way or merely give us a starting off point.  We can follow the lines, carefully staying with, or we can venture out on a tangling adventure.  

If I were drawing my string after the exam, I think the circles would all be flattened.  Ouch!