Zendala Dare #90

The weeks whiz by so quickly.  Here’s the new Zendala Dare from Erin at The Bright Owl.  It’s her birthday and she’s requested that we tell her our favorite tangle and then use it in the template.  It’s a hard choice.  There are so many tangles and most all of them are so much fun and sometimes a challenge to draw.  I finally chose Paradox, an official Zentangle pattern.  Whenever I see a triangle shape, this tangle immediately springs to mind.  I like to draw it using a .005 pen to achieve the fine lines that make the pattern so interesting. 

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In fact, this entire Zendala was drawn with Prismacolor .005 fine line colored pens.  (I got them for Christmas).  The other tangles used are Sand Swirl, Merryweather (on outer rim) and N’Zeppel (in the middle).  The shading was done with a #2 pencil.  I hope you enjoy viewing this Zendala.  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

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Spellbound

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“I remember being spellbound when I saw my first seahorse as a child. It seemed as exotic and remote as the seahorses of myth and legend and equally enthralling. Ever since, these extraordinary fish, and their relatives, have fascinated me. Seahorses have captured the imagination of humans for thousands of years and have a powerful presence in myth and legend.”

Seahorses in Myth, Legend & Art – Written by Dr. Nigella Hillgarth,

Birch Aquarium at Scripps executive director.

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Seahorse mosaic in the famous Roman baths.

Zentangle 291 - Seahorses

Thanks to Ben Kwok at Ornation Creation on Facebook, who provided the template for the two seahorses, I had the pleasure to create my own fantasy of these creatures.

I used MIcron .01 and .005 pens to fill the template and add the additional tangles.  It is colored with fine line pens, Prismacolor pencils and shaded with graphite.

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them

Thanks for viewing.  A comment is always appreciated.

 

More Twinchies

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Finished more Twinchies.  This Swap will have 50 participants so I have a long way to go to complete enough 2″x2″ Twinchies to send to everyone.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 2(Left to right) – “Oof” and “Quib,” official Zentangle patterns; “4 Corners” by Barbara Finwell; “Bask-It” by Anna Houston,CZT; “Poser” by Beth Snoderly; “Dex” official Zentangle pattern; “Cruze” by Caren Mlot; and “Mr. E” by Shawn Hayden, CZT.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 3(Left to right, top row) – “Fassett” by Lynn Mead; “Eke” official Zentangle pattern with step outs by Sandi Bartholemew; “Drip-Drop” by Debbie Perdue, CZT; “N’Zeppel” and “Cadent” official Zentangle patterns; “AA’s” by Judy Murphy; “Cayke” by Rose Brown; and “Linked” by Bicki Murray, CZT.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 1(Left to Right) – “Cyra” by Beth Snorderly; “Archer” by Chris Gerstner; “Kuke“, by Katy Abbott, CZT8; “Fiore” by Jane Rodgers; “Betweed” official Zentangle pattern; and “Navaho” by Caren Mlot.

And here is the last group of the Twinchies.  Hurray!!  I finished them all!

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 4(Left to Right) “Pina” by Carol Ohl, CZT; “Efilys” by Sandra Strait; “Bumpkene” by Beth Snordly; “Sindoo” by Sahron Robinson; “Japan Diamond” by Laura Linlet; and last but not least, “Ixorus” an official Zentangle pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed looking at these Twinchies as much I enjoyed making them.  Would love it if you left a comment.

Just take a look…

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The best part of participating in the Zendala Dare is to look at the entries from the other artists.  Each person comes up with a unique design using the same template.  It’s amazing!  You if haven’t already, take time to check out Erin’s blog, The Bright Owl, the see what the other artists have submitted.
Here is the Zendala Dare #87:
Zendala Dare 87(1)tempHere is what I created from the original template:
Zendala Dare #87 1After tracing the original template onto white card stock, I used a Micron .01 pen to tangle the design, making some alterations to the original template.  I colored it with Rose Art colored pencils and fine-line Sharpie pens with graphite pencil shading.  Really looks quite different than the original template.  Don’t you agree?
Here is the next template I completed (Zendala Dare #88):
Zendala Dare #88(4)tempAnd now, the finished template with changes:
Zendala Dare #88I made quite a few changes to the original template.  The first thing that caught my eye were the triangle shapes which lead me to using “Paradox” and it grew from there.  I have not used any other tangles so this might be considered a monotangle, except for some lines that fill in some spaces.  I used a Prismacolor brown .005 pen (which look red on the scan), and shaded with graphite pencil.  It’s drawn on beige card stock.  Hoping you like this rendition of the dare and will take time to leave a comment on my recent works.
Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are really appreciated.  It’s nice to know someone is looking at my blog.

Catching Up.

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I am way behind on doing the templates from The Bright Owl.  Last week I had a great deal of trouble downloading the templates.  This week, thankfully, I managed to download the three templates I missed.  I’m posting the most recent template and hopefully will catch up and draw the templates I missed.

Here’s this week’s Zendala Dare template:

Zendala Dare #89 THere is my rendition of this Dare:

Zendala Dare #89I left a lot of open space in this Dare.  I thought about filling every space, but as I worked on this one, the open space just seem to be the right thing.  I hope you agree.

I look forward to reading your comments.  Please feel free to leave one.  Thanks for stopping by.

Twinchies

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The newest Swap due to be completed in April is called “Twinchies,” which are 2″x2″ card stock framed with a black border using only one tangle.  Here is my first batch of completed Twinchies. Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014I used TanglePatterns.com as a resource for each of the tangles I drew.  I’d like to give credit to the creators of these tangles, so here goes the list of tangle names and the artist who submitted the pattern to the site:

(From Left to Right – Top Row)  “Paradox“, original Zentangle® pattern designed by Maria Thomas; “Palrevo“, by Karry Heun; “eez” by Judy Burkett, CZT; “Echoism, by Sue Jacobs, CZT.

(Second Row) “Geos” by Ronnie Szczerba (that’s me); “Celtic” by Deanne Stewart-Mills; “Centerfuge” by Sandra Strait; “Loopy” by Ronnie Szczerba;

(Third Row) “Bokbz” by Rita Nikolajeva, CZT; “Drack” by Helen Williams; “Ojo” by Laura Williams, CZT; “Makrahmee” by Michele Beauchamp, CZT.

(Fourth Row)  “Facets” by Nancy Pinke, CZT; “Maelstrom” by Linda Dawson; “Bwiya” by Suzane McNeill; “Loveline” Judy Murphy;

(Fifth Row)  “Quiltz” by Kim Barlow; “Sand Swirl” Karry Heun; “Sanibelle” Tricia Faraone, CZT; “Aqua” Christina Vandervlist, CZT.

The list of participants is yet to be released, so I’m not sure how many of these little beauties I have to make.  I plan to send one to each participant.  So, I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of the little cuties.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments.

Swaps

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“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
Brian Tracy

I’ve been vigorously working on another Swap.  I’m creating Bookmarks to mail out to fifty other tanglers who live all over the world.  It’s a real joy, getting to share my work with others and then to receive their art.   Each one of us has our own unique style and the swaps I’ve received all show the beauty and variation of each artist’s style and talents.

I have already posted some of the Bookmarks for this Swap under the heading “Re-invent the Wheel,” so I hope you will take a moment and check them out.

Shown below is the finished 9″ x 11″ watercolor paper which I splattered with paint.  I also added a thin layer of glitter paint to give it some sparkle.  I then used a Micron .01 pen to draw the various tangle.  I used fine-line pens to color the tangles and shaded with a grey fine-line pen.  I’ve seen other tanglers use this method to create their ATC’s and other shared artwork.  It’s always a thrill to see how the individual cuts turn out and what tangles appear on each bookmark.

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I cut bookmark size pieces which are mounted on a complimentary colored card stock.

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As I’ve said, I’ve been drawing like crazy  to get these fifty bookmarks finished.  I want to share with you some others pieces I’ve finished.  Each of these are unique and drawn on individual heavy card stock cut to size.

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I’m not sure which I like better — the individual bookmarks or the ones from the cutup original.  Love to know what you think.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my artwork.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.