Category: Pen and Ink Drawings


Samantha Taylor, CZT, has been working with Sakura on a really adorable video that has just been released.  A link to the video can be found at Laura Harms Diva site.  This week’s challenge is to take inspiration from the video and do something from nature.  In Laura’s words:  Use colour to bring a  Zentangle tile to life!  Camouflage a bug somewhere in the tile. (i.e. a drawing of a bug, a bug-shaped tangle pattern, etc.) Create a tile inspired by nature!  Shade your tile using some colour!

My Zia is 8 x 10 inches, drawn with micron 01 pen on a previously inked and sponged background piece of watercolor paper.  Tangles used are Mumsy, Stoic, W2, Pokeroot, Flux, and Sindoo. I have done several ZIAs in the past using butterflies and Mumsy.   I hope you like this one.

Blue-butterflyHave a great week, and don’t forget to go to Laura’s site to see all the art.  Sakura is even having a give away on Laura’s site.

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Wow!  I can certainly say that this was a very interesting challenge.  I learned a new word and a new style.  When I started out, the word I would use to describe the process is “tedious”.  Then I had a talk with myself, and I said:  “Self!  Slow down, breathe deeply, and don’t try to “draw” the dots, just place them on the paper in order.”  The second one I did was much more zen-like.  This still won’t be a style I’ll embrace, but I’m glad I persevered and made two tiles.  It’s a good thing I was able to finally enjoy the process, because I can’t say too much for the product, lol!

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The first one uses a number of tangles plus a butterfly and flower.  The second one is a dotty Samson.  As you can see, I’m also playing around with my chop.  Up til now haven’t come up with one I really like.  Maybe this one is it.  We’ll see.

I’ve missed working on the challenges.  It feels good  to be back.  Hope you all enjoy your week.

Linda

I’ve missed the Diva Challenges for several weeks now but I was determined to make time for this week.  When I saw the challenge my first thought was “oh boy, a hard one”.  Then I grabbed my camera and went around the house looking for border patterns.  In just two rooms I found about a dozen.  Here is the tile I did.

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Here’s a collage of the borders I found, which includes the two that I used for this tile.

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I used the upper left plate and part of the table leg.  Now I’m off to look at the eye candy.  I’ve missed the Diva and her challenges and hopefully I’ll be able to participate for a while.

This week’s challenge is Tipple , and according to Laura you either love it or hate it.  In that case, I’m on the “love it” side of the equation.  It is one of my favorite go-to tangles to fill odd spaces.  This, however, is the first time I’ve ever started with tipple and built around it.  Here’s what I came up with:

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Tanglesl: Tipple, Printemps, Mooka, Pokeroot, Strircles, and Nipa

I was surprised when I finished to find that tipple ended up being a small part of the overall composition.  Oh, well!  tipple is wonderful, but it is a fill after all.  Be sure to go to the Diva’s website and check out all the other submissions.

Happy tangling!

This week’s challenge from the Diva was a monotangle of Dex, a lovely pattern developed by Maria Thomas, co-founder of Zentangle®.  I found this week’s challenge quite daunting.  It wasn’t because the pattern is hard to draw.  It’s actually fairly simple; especially if you start with a grid as the first step.  My problem was in making an interesting tile using ONLY this tangle.  My muse totally left me when I was trying to come up with tangleations.  Plus, I cheated and looked at many of the entries and was totally blown away by the beauty and ingenuity displayed in some of the tiles.  My favorites are the ones that are three-dimensional.  If you go take a look, you’ll recognize them right away.  However, I persevered to come up with something, and here it is:

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On the first challenge of each month, Laura randomly picks a tangle submitted by one of us for our enjoyment.  This month’s tangle is brought to us by Jane MacKugler, CZT, and is called Henna Drum.  This is an easy to draw organic tangle, and here is my first one.

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The only tangles I added to Henna Drum, which I auraed,  are Flux and Zinger plus a few orbs “strategically” placed.  I did use a string, but it disappears into the lines of Henna Drum which I drew over them.  I think I’ll try another one, maybe with more contrast and drama, but for now this is it.

I love to read comments and hope you’ll leave me one.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!