As you know by now, I enjoy receiving tiles from all around the world. Just this week I have received tiles from Singapore, Australia, central Canada, the United Kingdom, to name just a few. Others come from just about every State.
This last week, however, I traveled to Western MA, to the Kripalu Yoga Center, to take part in a three day class, taught by Molly Hollibaugh and Martha Huggins, who are the daughters of Zentangle Founder Maria Thomas. One afternoon we were treated to a visit from Maria herself, together with co founder Rick Roberts. Wonderful tangling was done.
These litte bijou monotangles paved the way for a larger tile combining them.
A second set of bijou mono tangles also spawned a larger tile combining them
Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, wanted to show us how nature tangles. They showed us a sand dollar and a barnicle shell. The lesson involved embedded letters. The borders were inspired by that barnicle shell and the ocean in which it was found.
Finally, we spent some time with 3Z tiles, which are triangular. Spirals were the theme of the day.
Recently I have started to add color to my Travelling Tangles. Sometimes it was because the tile I received alredy had color, and other times it was because the tile needed some color to enhance it.
I use koi markes in various colors, Derwent graphitints and water colored pencils which can be smoother with a water brush. Other times I use colored pencils and then use a tortillon dipped in oderless paint thinner to spead and soften the colors. Here are some of the tiles I have recently colored.
This tile from a friend in Texas used koi markes and white charcoal pencil.
This tile from the United Kingdom used prismacolored pencil and oderless pain thinner to make the orbs and the subtle yellow of the shasta.
This tilehad vibrant color when I recieved it. I used koi markers, but only outlined the items I wished to color just making is a more subtle color, than the original color.
Each month the Travelling Tangle Project has a theme. January's Theme was the basic tangle Cubine. Swaps came in to me from Texas, Virginia, Nevadsa and Australia. It can take a while to complete tiles, partly because sometimes they take a while to speak to you, and also because. the zen of zentangle means that you take slow and deliberate strokes. So here at the end of March they are complete.
Two from Australia
Recently I received a number of green tinted tiles, from friends in Texas. They reminded me so much of spring. I had to make them into gardens.
This one used joki, flux and flee.
This one felt like a soft green valentine, full of hearts, with luv-a, and heart shaped mooka.
Recently I have been working on zendalas. I love the way a circular tile allows you to tangle in the round.
This tile is known as a Dubz as it has a smaller tile pasted onto the larger one. This allows two different techniques. The inner circle is tan, so Renaissance colors can work best. The outer tile is black so white or in this case gold show up very well.
This tan zendala came out of the Holiday tiles from the Zentange, 12 days of Christmas. Renaisance colors were used , and shaded with white charcoal.
The November theme for The Travelling Tangles Project was Circles. One of the prettiest tiles I received was from The Netherlands. The paper was unusual and was fibrous with an off white gray tone. Annemarie ‘s start was so delicate, it took me a while to decide how to finish it. I was pleased with the final tile.
The final tile wasn't quite a circle but an oval. This tile was also a challenge, because Stephanie's start was difficult to work from. The oval turned out to be quite organic. Adding crescent moon and my all time favorite flux turned it into a cameo.
Every Month on the Travelling Tangles Project, there is a theme. This month the theme was the tangle Shattuck. I have a number of tiles to complete and I will add them as I finish them. The first two, were collaborations with two ladies from Texas, Leslee and Linda.
This one was a collaboration with Leslee
This one a collaboration with Linda.
Last Sunday I traveled to Connecticut, to take a class in tangled fans. The instructor Diane Yaciuk had many fans to share. The fans are made from paper that has 100 steps to make. We were able to learn some new tangles that could be incorporated into the fans.
The lines are drawn on to the fan using a compass. When you think about it, the fan is a half mandala.
I started a fan at the class. It is finally finished. The gold is fintec gold paint.
In the last few weeks many people have been impacted by Hurricanes. So many of the Zentangle family have been impacted either by flooding by Harvey, or experienced catastrophic losses because of Irma. Still more will be impacted as Maria churns once again across the Caribbean. While I and others waited to hear that members of the Zentangle community were safe, many of us began to make " heartzen" tiles, while thinking of friends impacted. One of my friends loves to use gelly roll pens top make beautiful colorful art. Thinking of her I pulled out my own gelly rolls. I had intended to make flowers, but the image of the churning rotation overcame the tile.
We now know that all of our Zentangle family is safe.
It is possible to place a letter iin a tile such that it is difficult to see, because of all the tangles around it. This tile holds an embedded "S". I used the two ends of the "S" as an infinity point. Lines radiated out from that point.
The piece was shaded with graphitints and water color pencils. The deep shading between the rolls radiating out from the infinity point was made with a soft 9B pencil, which was softened with a tortillion. The result is as swirly as the "S".
I have been tangling since 2015. I found out about Zentangle from a colleague who had taken a class. Unfortunately, the person with whom they took the class, lived a considerable distance from me. Searching the Zentangle Website I found a Certified Zentangle Teacher much closer to me. After classes with her, for the best part of a year. She showed me that this was an art form I could feel comfortable with and find the creativity that I didn't think was there. The rest they say is history. In April 2017, I traveled to Providence RI to attend the training to become a certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). I am privileged to be CZT 26.