Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Tangle Starting With P…..

July's Challenge (Number 28) for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group is a tangle challenge based upon choosing tangles whose names begin with the letters of the tangler's initials or name.

front of card

close-up of tile
tangles: Paradox, Ambler, Umble, Locar, Ahh

inside of card

I decided to use official tangles beginning with the letters spelling my name: Paradox, Ambler, Umble, Locar & Ahh. I also thought I'd make my tile from some kraft cardstock & use my Polychromos pencils to colour the various patterns using blocks of colour rather than trying to shade the various tangles as some of the linework is very detailed - it was quite a challenge to delineate the narrow borders of Ambler in pale blue. 

Pencils/Markers etc… 005 & 01 Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.
Cardstock White, brown & pale blue from stash.
Die Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares SmallSpellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Doily Motifs. 
Punch Woodware Inverted Corner.
The gems are Papermania.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

A Tardy Zendala

The Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group challenge for May (Number 26) was to create a tile or ZIA using a Zendala string. My post is rather late but at least it is still within the month of May, albeit only just. I chose to use Erin's very first Zendala Dare template to create a card.

front of card

close-up of Zendala
tangles: Auraknot, Beadlines, Betweed, Nzeppel, Paradox

inside of card

Markers 01 Sakura Pigma Micron Pen.
Cardstock White & black from stash.
Paper Winsor & Newton Cotman 190gsm Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin Watercolour Paper.
Dies Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Doily Accents & Lace Doily Motifs.
Punch Woodware Inverted Corner.
The gems are from stash.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Official & Unoffical Tangles

The April Challenge (Number 25) for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group is based upon tangles & this time the brief is to choose an official & an unofficial tangle to use. More than two tangles can be chosen but the tangles picked should alternate between official & unofficial patterns.

front of card

close-up of tangled 4½" tile
tangles: Hazen, Xav

inside of card

I'd caught sight of Adele Bruno's new tangle Xav & rather liked the idea of using it as a border but then pondered over which of the official tangles to combine it with. One of the patterns that I've been  fascinated by is Hazen, so much so that some time ago I deconstructed it into step-outs, although I'm really not sure of what it officially looks like. Perhaps (if permitted) a kind CZT can confirm that I've got the actual look of the pattern right. If I haven't, the above will just have to be a tangleation! Hazen needs quite a bit of space to do it justice so my actual tile is a 4½ inches square ZIA which I made into a card.

I also experimented a little more with my coloured pencils - the Derwent Coloursoft seem to behave very well when blended using paper stumps with Sandsodor on the W H Smith 220gsm white cardstock. I did take the precaution of heat setting the pen work first though.

Pencils/Markers etc… Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (Black, Blue & Green), Fine Sharpie (Black), Memento Dual Marker (Black), Pentel K118 Hybrid Gel Pen (White); Derwent Coloursoft Pencils with paper stumps & Sansodor.
Cardstock W H Smith 220gsm white; white, black & hammered green from stash.
Die Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Sixteen.
Punch Crafts Too Corner.
The sequins are from stash.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Mandala Tutorial

I have received a request to explain how to draw a Mandala & thought that the easiest way of explaining would be to create some step-outs.  Although the following shows how to draw the Mandala String I used in my previous post, the same principles apply when creating other patterns. It's a matter of playing around with the placement of lines - I don't set out with a specific idea in mind I just start connecting lines & see what emerges.

Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown. Where the lines intersect is the centre of the tile.

Draw vertical & horizontal lines through the centre.

With the point of a compass at the centre & the pencil point at the edge of either the horizontal or vertical line draw a circle.

Repeat step 3 using a smaller radius to draw an inner circle as shown.
More than one inner circle may be drawn & the points at which the circles intersect the vertical & horizontal lines then used to create the  framework for a design.

Alternatively, as I have, mark points (a & b) along the straight lines & use those to create a framework as shown.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below & I shall endeavour to provide an answer.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Printemps & Golden Tulips for Spring

March's Challenge (Number 24) for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group is once again a themed one, this time the brief is to incorporate something associated with Spring.

front of card

close-up of tangled tile
tangles: Blox, Printemps

angled close-up in lamplight to show gold lustre of tulips

inside of card

A couple of things that didn't show up very well in the photos: The little flower sequins are actually iridescent plus the black panel on the inside of the card is edged with gold as is the message panel.

I was intending to make a Spring Mandala but lost my way as I was colouring for the colours aren't terribly Spring-like! Hence I have just two Spring elements in my design: the tangle Printemps & the stamped tulip images around the centre. The stamped lines were all but obliterated by the gold colouring so the lines were redefined with a Pigma Micron Pen. My next post will be a tutorial showing how I constructed the Mandala String for this tile.

Stamp Chocolate Baroque UA4SP0151 Flora & Fauna (tulips).
Inks Memories Black Dye, Delicata Golden Glitz (inking various cardstock edges).
Pencils/Markers etc… 01 & 05 Black Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, Fine Black Sharpie, Gold Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Pen, White Pentel K118 Hybrid Gel Pen; Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils with paper stumps & Sansodor.
Cardstock W H Smith 220gsm white; black & satin gold from stash.
Die Spellbinders Nestabilities Splendid Circles.
Punch E K Success (corner rounder).
The flower sequins are from stash & the pearl is Papermania.

Friday, 21 February 2014

The Diva's White Space & Erin's Gift

I have combined the Diva's Challenge #155 (to leave an area of open white space on a tangled piece of artwork) with Erin's Zendala Dare #90 template from a few weeks ago to form the focal element for a card design. 

front of card
tangles: Fassett, Fescu

close-up to show detail & colouring of Zendala

angled view under lamplight to show lustre of
 moondust black & pearlescent yellow cardstock 

inside of card

Erin also asked that participants 'gift' her (since it was her birthday) with a particular tangle to use, so my gift, albeit somewhat late, is the tangle Fassett.

Pencils/Markers etc… 005 & 01 Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils with a dry paper stump.
Cardstock W H Smith 220gsm white, matt & moondust black, pearlescent yellow.
Dies Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Doily Accents (corners) & Lace Doily Motifs (inside of card).
Punch Woodware Inverted Corner.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Letters Challenge Aquafleur

February's Challenge (Number 23) for the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group is to create a tile or ZIA (|Zentangle Inspired Artwork) using a string based upon any letter or letters of the alphabet.

To make my string I took some chipboard letters, arranged them on my tile, drew round them & then fattened the letters to make them chunky & rounded.

The recently released instructions for Aquafleur were in my mind so I though I'd see how that fitted into my letters & did some rough sketches whilst becoming familiar with the pattern. I was rather pleased with the results so went ahead with that idea then inserted some blue veining using a blue Pigma Micron pen.

tangles: Aquafleur, Sez

I'm still experimenting with shading techniques. I've come to the conclusion that I like using coloured pencils but just in a limited colour palette & blending with a dry paper stump which avoids any risk of a solvent interacting with the pen work already laid down.

You may prefer to skip this paragraph if you're not interested in the subtle differences between wax-based & oil-based colour pencils. I had intended to put down only one layer of colour but found that I wanted to experiment with adding darker tones & was quite thrilled with the resultant depth that I found emerging. I was using the Derwent Coloursoft wax-based pencils on W H Smith 220gsm white cardstock (this has a good tooth for pencils & doesn't bleed when the Pigma Micron Pens are used plus it is easily obtainable throughout England & Wales). I know that wax-based pencils have a tendency to bind when layered heavily but I was surprised to find them doing so after just applying a couple of layers, plus I was taken aback by how quickly they gave off debris & became blunt. I do love the vibrancy of the Coloursoft colours but next time I'll use the Faber-Castell oil-based pencils when I'm layering for I know they have none of the above disadvantages regardless of the substrate they are used on. Neither pencil is superior to the other, it is really a matter of preference & will vary in degree according to what substrate is being used.

I also like tangling to the very edge of my 3½ inch square tile & making a ZIA by mounting it on black cardstock.

It's not often that I manage to join in with The Diva's Challenge but as this week (Challenge #152) her brief is to use the tangle Aquafleur I'm adding my name to the list of participants.