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".
Tripoli is one of my favorite tangles. There are many ways to begin this versatile tangle. It consists of three lines joined together to make a triangle. Once the first triangle is made, all you do is aura one of the lines that made up the triangle and complete a second triangle. you continue to aura one line of the triangle for the first leg of the next.. Simple, but the results can be stunning. This is a mono-tangle of Tripoli.
Once the triangles had been completed, I took each one and made aline from the center to each of the corner. basically turning each triangle into three triangles. To shade the tangle, I used a 4B pencil to shade the bottom triangle of each set of three. A 4B is a very dark and soft pencil, One side was shaded with a 5H pencil. A 5 H is one of the hardest pencils and makes a very light shade color.. The final side was stroked with a tortillon that had already been loaded with graphite. The result made the triangles look 3D. Some of them receding into the tile like indentations, and others bulging out of the tile.
Sometimes when you begin a tile, you may start the tile in a way that you are less than pleased with. You may have made a mistake in your eyes in the tangle you were doing at the time. I say mistake in your eyes, because as we all know, there are no mistakes in the Zentangle Method. I don't know about other tanglers, but I have a basket where I throw my less than stellar starts, in the hope that I will be inspired at a later date to finish them. Recently I was reading a blog post on Zentangle.com by Molly Hollibaugh. She was giiving a technique of her which was, " When in doubt - Aura" After reading the blog post, I fished out one of my not so happy with tiles, and finally managed to finish it.
Here I started with the crescent moon. Even though this is a beginning and basic tangle, sometimes I struggle to make the aura lines even. This was the case with this tile. Not happy withe the crescent moon I threw it into the basket. The next iteration added ovy and a barber pole to one side of the crescent moon, and a line of orbs on the other. Once again the tile ended up in the basket. After a read about " when in doubt aura" I pulled this tile again. Adding flux, instead of my usual printemps or orbs inside, I started to aura each flux until it touched the next one. Ina pod is also and aura tangle, as is striping\. Both of those were added into the tile. Some angular showgirl also with auras finished the tile. Now I was happy with the result. Sometimes just have to wait for the right inspiration to finish them.
The are many techniques for rescuing tiles. They include" When in doubt aura", cover the part you dislike with a Bronx Cheer, or black it out completely and re tangle in white. Maria Thomas has on occasion cut out the offending part, and then pasted another tile underneath. Often you cannot tell where one tile ends and the one beneath starts, and the cut out part is so cleverly done.
So if you find a tile that you are struggling to finish or you are not happy with it, throw it into a basket, and wait. Eventually the tile will tell you what to do next.
Petosky stones are both stones and fossils of rugose coral. The stones were formed as a result of glaciation, and are mostly found In Michigan. It is the state stone of Michigan.
You can see the hexagonal coral fossils when the stones are polished.
Jane Reiter, who lives in Michigan was a guest contributor to the weekly challenge at I am the Diva.
She asted us to use the idea of the stones to tangle a tile.
I started with a hexagonal grid, which neatly divided into six triangles. To make the radiating kines I used an 08 pen make the hexagons, then turned each hexagon into the tangle Gneiss.. As I made gneiss in each hexagon, it made more of them in between. The tile looks like a fragment, though it began as a radiating gneiss.
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.