Tuesday, December 10, 2013
As my holiday gift to you, I’ve written up a little instruction sheet so you can try it yourself. If you do, please let me know how it goes.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I started thinking about names more philosophically when I heard this quote from Dr. Who:
My name, my real name, that is not the point. The name I chose is, “the Doctor.” The name you choose, it’s like a promise you make.It made me wonder about naming tangles, but first I present Birdie in her cosplay.
From upper left: Birdie as Professor River Song. (Don't you love her sketch?) Later that day: Donna Noble. Going from a curly blonde to a straight-haired redhead, to which I said, "Really?? why?" (Am I too old, or just not a big enough fangirl?) Then Femme 10. (I think she looks even better than David Tennant.) And finally at the beginning of the day as the Mach 8 sonic screwdriver, before the painful shoes went on and before 8 hours of not being able to move her head or shoulders.
Below, she is standing with the other winners of the costume competition, looking a bit worse for the wear. She won most creative. As the guy sitting behind me said, "That's fresh!" And then later, "Who dresses up like a screwdriver?"
She is an original thinker.
First let me say that I am interested in starting a discussion, but not in getting anyone upset. (To which Birdie replied, "I don't think you can have a really good discussion without upsetting some people.") These are just my opinions and I realize there are others out there and I'd really like to hear what you think.
Now for tangle patterns. I present:
|Birdie thinks Chillon is just a tangleation of bales. I think Warble is just chillon with auras and shaded differently.|
|Different tangles? I just see a squared and rounded version of the same one.|
|Different or the same?|
We need names to identify tangles just like we need names to identify people. But, is it really necessary to name each and every tangleation with a unique name? I'd just as soon have a single name for a tangle and its tangleations. I would call emingle the "a square version of tortuca." For that matter, I'd call chillon the "half-done bales." I think it is easier to not have to remember so many names. Sonya, on the other hand, thinks it is easier to name them all so it is easier to talk about them.
Also, have you ever heard or used the phrase, "just a tangleation"? As if a tangleation is somehow a second-class citizen. Really, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Why does it seem more prestigious to come up with a new tangle than it does a new tangleation?
So, what do you think? Please share. Enquiring minds want to know...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Birdie is a much bigger fan than I am, so I spent some time tangling during the presentations. I love using Gallifreyan as a string, so I couldn't resist tangling this.
This was so fun that I think I need to do more. Next time, though, I think I’d like to use a compass to get “circles” instead of “orbs.” Want to try tangling in Gallifreyan, here is a generator you can use to get a string using whatever phrase you’d like. For instance, here is “Zendala Dare.” Wouldn’t that be a fun one?
I also had fun playing with the new Renaissance Tiles from Zentangle.
This is the first time I’ve tried the new Zenstone and I like it. I don’t think it completely replaces the GellyRoll, but it makes a nice addition. I also like adding gold and silver like on the Dalek. I don’t like regular graphite shading on the brown ink though.
I do love these tile. Want to try them out? I have them in my new Etsy shop. I also have a sampler kit with the pens you need to try them out. Here are the first 3 tiles I tried.
Well, I’ve been requested to go watch the Sound of Music and this post is getting long as is, so stay tuned for the rest of the fun from Chicago TARDIS tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|Aunt Gerri Modeling Birdie's Duct Tape Hat|
Monday, November 25, 2013
Anyhow, my first thought was to do Well as a border and Pea-nuckle in the center. Since I'm in the middle of an ATC swap, I did it on an black Zentangle ATC card using metallic Gelly Roll Pens. Meh.
Well, I was wrong. It was frustrating and confusing and I felt like I was turning my brain inside out. No Zen, just Tangle. You can tell by the results.
In fact, all 3 of them are double-sided because I thought if I turned it over I could do a better job on the back. Nope. Not even sure I should be posting this slop, but it's been that kind of day. Couldn't come up with anything better. <sigh>
I can't wait to see what my fellow tanglers do on this challenge.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Want to see more? Check out this week's Diva challenge.
I'll try to post one or two more, but right now it is time to get back to getting prepared for tomorrow morning's Tangled Star Ornaments class. (There are still a few seats available. Drop me an email.)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Well, these pens are absolutely luscious. They are a bit thicker than I usually like to write with and the ink color does not match the cap color, but otherwise I have nothing to complain about. The ink flows beautifully and the colors appear to glow. I just love them.
So, since I am not a huge “bug” fan, I decided to stick with lady bugs. After all, you can’t draw a crescent moon without a lady bug! And I found an adorable lady bug pin who wanted to sit in the center of the flower with his little metallic friends.
And here are the stars from this morning’s Zentangle for the holidays class. We had so much fun making them that we decided to do it again next week.
I hope you all have as much fun with your art as I did today.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This week’s Diva challenge is to use Caren Mlot’s beautiful tangle Cruze. She makes this tangle look so easy that I didn’t bother writing down the steps when I went out to tangle. I ended up with some interesting tangleations, but nothing that looked as elegant as the original. I'd show you those, but they are hiding in shame.
So, I got out my iPhone and checked the steps again. The same thing happened. I thought I had it, but I still didn’t get it. This time, the results are closer:
At this point, I resorted to drawing guidelines, something I’ve never had to do before. I teach and believe that there are no mistakes in Zentangle, just opportunities to go off in an unexpected direction and see what happens. Some of the most interesting tangleations are the result of this. So, usually I am just happy to see what happens, but this tangle is so interesting that I wanted to “get it right.” I also thought it would be really interesting to do in a circle. This is probably part of the reason it was confounding me.
I’m still not sure I succeeded 100%, but I really like the overall result.
Despite the frustration, I really appreciated this challenge as I have students who face these same sorts of challenges regularly and I new feel more able to empathize with their need to “get it right.”
I haven’t had this much trouble since I first tried Mooka.
Did anyone else find this one more challenging than usual?
Monday, October 21, 2013
So I started, and I started, and I started. Finally, I got one with the "arms" of the fengle almost even. There wasn't enough room for another arm, so the quandary escaped and began to float away.
My next tile was a little crooked and kind of "blah", so I abandoned that and tried making one bigger to see if I could draw the arms even. This one is better, but not great.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Finally, Margaret Bremner shares her expertise on Zendalas. Her stunning art alone is worth the price of the book!
This is a nicely designed, sturdy book meant with plenty of room to practice right in the book. It is a worthy addition to any tangler's library and a great book to have on vacation. All you need is this book and a pen and you're ready for hours of enjoyment.
One thing about stippling/pointillism is that it can take a lot of time. Since I don't have a lot of that right now, I decided for Laura's challenge, I would use a pen with a much larger nib than I usually use. Bigger points = less time stippling. Despite this shortcut, I like how this one turned out. The background tangle is one that my daughter developed for the new book. She based it on the windows of our church, Seton Parish, so the tangle is called Seton It is similar to several other tangles, but I haven't been able to find out exactly like it.
So, you've had a very small sneak peak of the new book. This book will feature 52 different tangles and show you 6 different ways to do each of them. That's enough for a bit of tangling every day, but also enough time to really get to know each of the 52 tangles. I hope to encourage people to experiment with tangles they know and love and use their own creativity to adapt them to their own style. Right now, we're considering 2 different titles for this book. If you want to see what they are and have a chance of winning a free copy, take this quick (3-question) survey.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
For instance, I went to painting class on Monday and managed to paint: green.
I had 2 very successful Zentangle 101 classes and started a Zendala class. I love getting people excited about Zentangle. I had one lady share that 30+ years ago, as a freshman in college, she had her "teacher" tell her that he would give her a 'B' in the class if she promised to never take another art class! I am so grateful that she took the chance to come to one of my Zentangle classes because she is now getting back her confidence in art. What an honor to be a part of that. It really makes me angry when I hear stories like that. Clearly, the fault was on the teacher not being able to teach, but it totally destroyed her confidence. Can you tell from this mosaic which is done by the "art failure?"
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Now that I've had my tangle break, my brain is clear and I am ready to think again. I can't tell you how much I needed that.
Do you have a cool tangleation of Knightsbridge or Tipple that you think should be featured in the book? If so, please let me know where it is in a comment below.
Thanks for stopping by.
Keep calm and tangle on -- Cris
Friday, September 20, 2013
It has been sitting on my kitchen and every time I walked by, it looked lonely.
It isn't any more! I thought it might be fun to combine One Stroke painting with "Anything is possible one stroke at a time" Zentangle. Birdie doesn't think the Zentangle is an improvement, but I must admit that I really, really do. I didn't care for the way the pens (faber Castel Pitt artist pens) worked on the canvas, but I did want to try again.
So, I grabbed a smaller canvas and started out to copy the tulip so l could tangle around it, but the paint had other ideas.
It's not done yet, but I am seriously thinking of just putting in the stem and leaves and signing it. It was fun to just play with colors. My brain felt like it was in a fog and I could barely form a coherent sentence, but I think that helped quiet my inner critic long enough for my to just enjoy the process.
I am hoping that I will still be able to do that now that the meds are kicking in and I'm feeling more myself.
Wishing you joy in creating this week. Happy paint party Friday.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Went to Urgent Care yesterday because I suspected that my 'flu' was really bronchitis. I was right. And I am happy to report that the 7 prescriptions (!) are beginning to work. I still cannot think clearly, but I am able to at least sit up which is an improvement, since I've been mostly lying on the couch since Saturday.
I'm also happy to report that I can still tangle, even with my brain fog. Here is today's project. Mostly Zig markers over a watercolor wash. With accents of Marvy white Reminisce pen, Prismacolor purple marker, Green perm opaque, and chalk. I was also heavily influenced by a piece of Sonya Yencer's are that is sitting here waiting for our new book.
Monday, September 16, 2013
|I had already started tangling these|
marbled soapstone coasters.
|so I thought I would challenge myself to used colored ink |
in addition to a colored background.
|But when I inverted the colors using Photoshop,|
I liked it even better.
Friday, September 13, 2013
I've been painting like crazy for the last 2 weeks. It is helping me stay sane as I have had a sick child, injured husband, houseguests, and the beginning of a new book.
Two weeks ago, I painted this for my brother-in-law.
It is by far my favorite work so far. The only thing I don't like is that I didn't take the original photo. I hate working from someone else's art. It was really hard to give this one away. It was even worse because I forgot to take a good picture before he took it home. I guess I have a reason for a trip to Michigan.
The last week, I've been trying to capture Mendenhall Glacier on canvas. It's tricker than usual because I'm trying to combine 4 different photos.
I had something that was going along pretty well:
I should have just finished the little island in the foreground and called it done. But I was so fascinated by the mist that I really wanted to see if I could capture it.
Even though I really like my sky, I think I should have left well enough alone because now I have a Caribbean blue sea in mistyAlaska.
So, I have 2 questions for those kind people who've stayed with me so far.
1) Should I try and change the color of the water to match the sky or put back my blue sky and paint out the mist?
2) Should I paint in the tourists over by the waterfall?
Thanks for visiting. Happy PPF.