Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fragments as strings

Are you ever stuck for a string? Even if not, try choosing a fragment and pencilling it onto your tile to use as the string.

Below I've used four fragments of Flukes (also fragment A1 in the Zentangle Primer book). You can see the actual tangle in the upper left corner and elsewhere. Doing the fragment so much larger than usual offers many opportunities to add other tangles to the design.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cubine, Flukes, Pearlz,
Slowpoke, Tipple, Zonked 
In color, here are two fragments of Jalousie. The full tangle can be seen behind each "lollipop".
Tangles: Boucle, Cirqital, Fohbraid, Jalousie, Ragz
Fragment C1 from the Zentangle Primer book didn't work out as nicely as I'd hoped. It might be more interesting if I'd interlaced the two ovals.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Betweed, Crescent Moon, Zonked
And here's a fragment of the tangle Well, with a lot of Mooka! Well itself can be seen on the left side.
Tangles: Boucle, Mooka, Tipple, Well
On a tan tile, fragment J1.
Tangles: Paisley Boa, Perfs, Tipple
I think this next one is too busy-looking. Not my favorite. It's fragment H3 which is rather intricate to begin with, but I think I tried to do too much with it.
Tangles: Beadlines, Dex, Gneiss, Knightsbridge, Snail, Tidings
Finally, a fragment of Crusade, a tangle I really struggled with initially. You can see it at the lower right and upper left. This tile, and the first shown (Flukes) are my two favorites.
Tangles: Apacore, Crescent Moon, Crusade, Pearlz, Tipple
I'd love to see what you do using a fragment as your string!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cadent squared

One way to vary a tangle is to change straight lines for curvy ones, or vice versa. In this case it's vice versa - I've changed all the curvy lines in Cadent to straight ones. (I'd like to write it 'Cadent with a small superscript 2 beside the t' but I can't seem to do that in Blogger so I'll settle for Cadent2.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cadent2, Crescent Moon, Stoic, Tipple
Start by drawing the grid of circles, but draw squares instead and fill them black.
As with the classic, curved Cadent, start at the bottom of one shape and move to the top of the next one. This time, however, draw a straight line halfway out, draw up the height of the square, and to the right again to connect with the next square. Do this for all the rows, then turn your paper 90 degrees and draw across in the other direction.

Now, instead of the 83 words above, here are three simple drawings:

As with the original Cadent, this tangleation has many possible variations by making small changes or additions. The squares could be left white. They could be done larger, or smaller. You could Aura inside the X-shapes. If the squares are large enough you could draw an interesting fragment in them.

At the bottom of the next tile is Cadent squared. On the right side is a gussied up original Cadent. At the top is Cadent2 with rounding. (For a lot of ideas for variations of the original Cadent check out the blog post here.)  
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cadent, Cadent2, Crescent Moon
This effect is achieved quite simply by rounding all the corners. See the example in red below. Do this throughout and you'll end up with the pattern in the rest of the example.

Here are some other variations:
It's quite possible someone has stepped-out this tangleation before, and possibly given it its own name. If so, I'd be interested to know.
Tangles: Cadent2, Dewd, Knightsbridge, Shard, Snail

Monday, April 23, 2018

Floating Cubine

I like the impression of depth that can be achieved with some tangles and Cubine is a great example. It's like looking through little windows, or a sectioned box. But instead of doing Cubine in the classic square grid, you can use a single fragment of Cubine and place it in an empty space on your tile. I also recently referred to this as 'sprinkled' Cubines.

Here's an example of a floating Cubine. There are two Cubine fragments side-by-side creating 'holes', but the floating Cubine looks as if there's another hole through the main white section.
Tangles: Beadlines, Cubine, Knase, 'Nzeppel, Zonked.
Here's another example, amongst a lot of 'normal' Cubine fragments. (The floating one is off on the right side.)
In a Kitchen Table Tangles episode on the Zentangle Mosaic app Rick demonstrated a Cadent variation which quite enchanted me. The square shapes in the resulting pattern struck me as possible floating Cubine fragments so I did that in this tile. Here they are more "sprinkled". :)
Tangles: Cadent, Cubine, Pearlz
Finally, here's a tan tile just for something different. There are four floating Cubines here, well, actually three and a half.
Tangles: Apacore, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon,
Cubine, Elirob, Tipple.
More ideas for variations of Cubine are in my "And then some" blog post here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A few more Tangle-a-Day calendar pages

I'm having fun working in the Tangle-a-Day calendar. Sometimes it gets ahead of me and I'll admit that the February 25-27 page remains blank. Now, when I'm in the swing of it, I'll work ahead a bit. It's my book and I'll do what I want. :)

Here are some of the pages I've done thus far that are perhaps a little unusual.
February 1-3 - I love Paradox, and all the wonderful variations!
February 7-9 - Houses with funky chimneys. :)
February 16-18 - "Outside the box"
February 28 - I thought I'd try to copy the tile illustration. At least the flower made it.
March 1-3 - All Romanancy. I love the 3D effects possible with this tangle.
March 4-6 - "Tangles where the gray mid-tone is critical."
March 19-21 - My first time trying Tofube. It was especially fun doing the numbers.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tangle Döppelganger

Tangles: Black Pearlz, OoF, Zenith
Recently on the Zentangle blog Maria floated the idea of a tangle döppelganger, a tangle that represents you in some way. I easily thought of 'go to' tangles and favorite tangles, but those are not tangles that represent me somehow. It took some thought. 

This was my response:

Three tangles that you’ll find in almost anything I do are Printemps, Tipple, and Black Pearlz. But those are go-to tangles, not döppelgangers. Naming my favorite tangle is like trying to nail jelly to the wall. My favorite tangles are constantly changing, and they aren’t döppelgangers either.
What tangle is LIKE ME… hmmm…
My mind is Fengle, way too much going on and constantly taking off in another direction. (I was just now able to see some beauty in that, rather than a frustrating annoyance.)
My heart is like Zentangle itself, interested in other points of view.
My eyesight, without my glasses, is OoF (Out of Focus).
My drawing hand is Paradox; very controlled gets the best results.
My house is Dust Bunny.

More about those tangles...

FENGLE was introduced by Zentangle in March 2012 and I immediately liked it. So many possibilities! You can find the steps here (scroll down).
A whole page of Fengle in my 2018 Tangle-a-Day calendar.

OoF was introduced by Zentangle in May 2011 and it took several tries before I got it. You can find the steps, and the story of its name, here (again, scroll down). There's a more elaborate OoF at the top of this blog post.
Basic OoF on February 21 in my 2018 Tangle-a-Day calendar.

PARADOX - sometimes called Rick's Paradox - was introduced by Zentangle in February 2008. Maria's step-outs are in their newsletter here. Some years ago I posted a "Paradox and then some" tutorial which you can find here.
Paradox with some highlighted stripes.

DUST BUNNY is one of my tangles, and has only two steps which can be found at this link. I sometimes use it for clouds although it's usually found under the sofa!
Dust Bunny, with Flux, Marasu, Tipple.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2 delightful videos

I'm posting two links in case you've missed these two charming videos created by Zachary, a Texas design student. Both are about three minutes long and show the development of a Zentangle tile. I can't embed the videos so just click on the links and enjoy!

Every stroke during the creation of a Zentangle tile - 947 strokes in all!
Watch it here.

Over 2000 images of the development of another Zentangle tile.
Watch it here.

And for something else to look at, here's a tile using's string idea number 3.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Bunzo, Cruffle, Fleurette, Florez,
Lamar, Paisley Boa, Paizel

Monday, February 5, 2018

Eco-dyed ZIAs with more colors

Eco-dyeing results largely in a variety of brown tones. Onion skins offer yellows and oranges. Rusty metal in the dye bath gives charcoals and even blacks. Occasionally I luck into some faint colors; I'm still figuring out the how and why of that.

But color can be added afterwards with paint, ink, or pencils. Here are some pieces where I've done just that.

"My Home"
This is the 'picture' part of a two page piece; the other page is text.

"Glorious Morning"

"Dew on Peonies"

"Single Iris"