Keeping Busy

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I found a packet of store bought blank cards, so I’ve been working on making Zentangles to put on the front of the cards.  I think they will come in handy for birthdays, and other celebrations, as well as Thank You notes, when needed.

Zentangle 297-cardDrawn on pink card stock using a Micron .005 pen.  The tangle is called Bales.

Zentangle 296-card

Pale blue card stock; Micron .01 and .005 pens.  Tangles:   Jax (variation), Aqua, Waves, Vigne (on right),

Zentangle 295-cardAgain, drawn on pale blue card stock using Micron .01 & .005 pens.  The flower is based on a picture I saw in my seed catalogue; variation of Meer; and then filled in with curvy lines. Zentangle 294-card White card stock mounted on red card stock.  Drawn with Micron .01, 005 and filled with .05 black pen.  Tangles:  Flutter Tile (background); Hybrid (variation); Flowervine; Eddy (border.)

Zentangle 293-card I tried something a little different on this card.  On blue card stock, I mounted a white paper doily , added three other layers — another shade of blue card stock; I cut out butterflies and a flower from an old card.  The tangles are drwan on beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  Tangles:  Purk (egg shaped tangle); Facets (on left); Fiore (background); Blink (chain-like tangle); as well as a few swirly and curvy lines which have no tangle names.Zendala Dare #91 - greenA Zendala Dare #91 the 4″ size.  I mounted on card stock cut to fit to make a card. Zendala Dare #91 - blueAnother rendition of Zendala Dare #91.

Zentangle 306 - cardI mounted this photocopy of a Zentangle I found in my card box onto a dark blue card stock.  I glued sprinkled glitter all over the yellow photocopy.  The glitter doesn’t show up on the scan.  It’s an iridescent  clear glitter.  Zentangle 298-card This and the following cards are still part of the ready made embossed cards that I purchased long ago.  I’ve decided not to list the names of all the tangles used. I just hope you enjoy viewing them.Zentangle 299-card Zentangle 305 - card Zentangle 300-card Zentangle 301-card Zentangle 302-card Zentangle 303-card Zentangle 304-card Zentangle 304 - cardI will mention that this one has been sprinkled with the iridescent glitter.  It’s quite pretty.  Unfortunately the glitter doesn’t show up on the scan.

Thanks so much for taking time to view my art.  I always appreciate a comment.

 

Aquafleur

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It’s been a while since I’ve drawn a Zentangle Inspired Art piece for “I Am The Diva.”  I love doing her challenges but of late, I seem to have been very busy with other projects.  However, today I produced a piece using the new tangle Aquafleur, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can see the instructions on how to draw this beautiful tangle by going to:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs119/1101168872594/archive/1116292742131.html

The name they gave this new tangle intrigued me.  Of course, I had to Google the word.  The results were lots of sites related to aquariums and decorating them.  Some of the greens known as “Aquafleur”  look like this:

bp01 bp09This water plants are a far cry from the tangle drawn below.  Despite the fact that the tangle’s name has no bearing on the real life plant, I loved Maria’s creation of this organic and flowing tangle.  My rendition is far from the lovely pieces created by Maria, but I enjoyed drawing my own version of this tangle, shown below:

Diva Challenge #152-AquafleurI used Micron .01 pen to draw this tangle and then added color using Prismacolor pencils.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.  Zinger is the name of the tangle on the outer rim of this ZIA.  This one is drawn on 8″ x 8″ card stock.  Do hope you like it.  I look forward to your comments.

The First Day of Hope

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“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

T. S. Eliot

Wow!  The first day of 2014.  I’m looking forward to the new year and hoping it holds good things for me.  I guess everyone feels that way.  One never knows what the future holds but it’s always good to be optimistic and hope for the best.

I’ve been working on lots and lots of bookmarks for an upcoming Swap with the Yahoo group “Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap.”  They are posted on my Flicker page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80288200@N03/ ) and also on the group page.  I would like to add them to my blog but I just seem to run out of time.  So, stop by and check them out and leave a comment.

I started this Zendala Dare last night and worked on it most of today.  It’s drawn on 8.5 x 8.5 beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  I used metallic gel pens and Prismacolor pencils to color it.

Zendala Dare #85Do hope you like my efforts and will take a moment to leave a comment.

 

Like It Or Not

I’ve missed a couple of the Diva’s Challenges.  Just seems I’ve been busy lately and didn’t have time to get them done.  I did, however, find time to do this week’s Challenge, a monotangle of Dex, a tangle created by Maria Roberts.

I found this tangle a bit daunting. I had a hard time coming up with enough variations to fill the entire page.  I found myself peeking at the other drawings posted on the Diva’s blog (Iamthediva).  I don’t usually do that.  I try to come up with my own interpretation, but this one just threw me and I had to seek inspiration from the already posted drawings.

I drew this monotangle on a 7″ x 7″ beige card stock using Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.

Diva Challenge #131-Monotangle Dex"Overall, I’m okay with how this one turned out.  Don’t think I’ll be doing any other monotangles of this tangle.  I wouldn’t mind using it in a drawing, but trying to come up with lots of variations was not particularly fun for me.

Hoping the rest of your week goes well.  Thanks for your visit.  I always appreciate when you leave a comment.

The Weekly Dare

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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

It was a welcome break from my special project to do the weekly Zendala Dare #69.  Here is the template before any changes have been made.

Zendala Darea #69 template Looking at the rough draft, I had my doubts about how this Zendala would turn out.

Zendala Dare #69

To my surprise, I am quite pleased with the final image.

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This Zendala is drawn on white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens; it’s shaded with graphite pencil.

Thanks so much for viewing.  I appreciate your comments.  Have a great week.

Half and Half

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Half and half, to me, is a mixture of cream and milk, slightly less fattening than pure cream, but rich and creamy enough to turn your coffee a wonderful shade of brown.  My mother-in-law, may she rest in peace, introduced me to this pleasure many years ago.  To this day, I don’t enjoy my coffee unless I have that velvety , luxurious, nectar to pour into my coffee.

Today, however, Erin has suggested a “Half and Half” Zendala.  She drew a number of these Zendalas and posted them on her blog, The Bright Owl.  Stop by and see her beautiful work as well as the entries of the other tanglers who submitted Zentangle Inspired Art to her blog.

Here is my entry into this week’s Zendala Dare:

 

Zendala Dare #67I used two contrasting colors to split this Zendala in half, as well as, a division of the tangles. Purk and a variation, also Verve are the two tangles that make up most of this Zendala.  It is drawn with Micron .01 and .005 pens; colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor pencils. I do hope you like it and will leave me a comment to that effect.  I hope your weekend is enjoyable.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

Challenges Can be Fun

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I like the challenge of trying different things

and wondering whether it’s going to work

or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.

Johnny Depp

 

This week’s Diva Challenge was to put two pencils together with a rubber band and draw a string for the ZIA or Zentangle.  This was “trying something different” for me.  Not so very difficult and fun to do.  Here is my Zentangle Inspired Art entry.

 

 

I drew this on 8.5″ x 11″ white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor Pencils.

The “Two-Pencil Strings” are filled with these tangles:  Coaster, by Carole Ohl (top left- next to the circles); Arckles, by Suzanna Wilka (right side strip); Chard, by Linda Farmer (middle strip); Gloven, by Mariët Lustenhouwer’s (bottom center loop); and the circle shaped string is filled with and un-named tangle.

The tangles in the spaces are:  Loopy, my tangle (top left); Paushalov, by Amy Broady (next to Loopy); PANE (var.), by Sandy Bartholomew, CZT (top center); Echoism* (top next to Pane); ‘NZeppel*, (right center); Paradox*, (below ‘NZeppel); Printemps*, (top right); ); Hako, by Lara Williams, CZT (bottom left); Zenella, by Molossus (bottom center); and Hepmee, by Carole Ohl (bottom right).  There may be a few tangles that are un-named.

Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing my work.  I really appreciate it.  Leaving a comment will be greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

*original Zentangles by Maria Thomas