Tag Archives: Zentangle

Creative Juice #328

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Creative Juice #328

Interesting stuff to read. Artistic stuff to love.

Tangles for Christmas 2022

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Every December I spend my art-making time doing Zentangle designs. The tangle group I belong to on Facebook, Tangle All Around, has a challenge this month called The Gift of Tangles–31 designs to try out, many of them Christmas-related. I used some of those designs this month, and others I found online.

This one below is called Rambles. It reminds me of floral ribbon, the kind with wires in the edges that you can use to shape it.

Rambles

On this journal page I tried out a bunch of patterns. They are labeled with their names and designers. (The first one is called Line Pine. Sorry about the typo.)

Line pine, pointsettia, Litez, Stella, Baubles

Usually Zentangle designs are not supposed to be used as representational art. But another member of Tangle All Around, Dorte Pedersen, drew a gorgeous grouping of Line Pines, and inspired me to try one myself. It’s my favorite piece this month.

Line pines

I took Line Pine one step further and used it as a string for other tangle designs. They are: Stella, Run CC by Yu Ru Chen (this is a variation), FleruiToo by Genevieve Crabe, All Boxed Up by Alice Herndon, S-Knot by Curtis, Tripple Tipple by Ina Sonnenmoser, Jetties, DEA by Marlene Graffig, Hugs by Sarah Harrison, and Circus by Angie Gittles.

Line Pine, Stella, Run CC (variation), FleuriToo, All Boxed Up, S-Knot, Triple tipple, Jetties, DEA, Hugs, Circus

Spiteria by Wanphai:

Spiteria by WanPhai

Betweed by Maria Thomas looks to me like a star woven out of pine trees or palm trees. Even though I like it better in black and white, to test my theory, I inked some of the trees with green. Is it just me, or do you see trees too?

Betweed

5 C Wiggles by Ina Sonnenmoser, Jingles by Jan Easter, Ice Flakes by Nicole Dreyer, Snowflowers by Linda Rae:

5 C Wiggles, Jingles, Ice Flakes, Snowflowers

Want to see more Christmas Tangles? Here are some from the ARHtistic License archives: from 2021, 2020201920182017.

Inktober2022 Day 30

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I’m using the Twinchietober prompt today. The pattern is Heart Stack by Barbara Duel Johnson.

Heart Stack by Barbara Duel Johnson

I only managed to make six drawings for Inktober this year, mostly because I started late. Nevertheless, I’m glad I jumped in, because I did more drawing than I would have without the challenge.

Inktober2022 Day 28

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I played with one of the patterns from Twinchietober, Champ by Antje Romers:

Champ by Antje Romers

Inktober2022 Day 26

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Tangle Pattern D-D-D by Barbara Duel Johnson. It reminds me of wrought iron scrollwork.

D-D-D by Barbara Duel Johnson

Inktober2022 Day 20

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Yes, I’m late getting started with Inktober this year–this is my first contribution.

Rather than using the official prompt, I chose to use today’s prompt from the zentangle Facebook group I belong to, Tangle All Around. They’re doing a challenge this month called Twinchietober. You’re supposed to make your tangle on a 2-inch twinchie, but I did mine on a regular 3 1/2-inch artist tile. The pattern is a variation of Lepal by Toni Friese.

A variation of Lepal by Toni Friese

Creative Juice #312

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Creative Juice #312

Interesting articles to read this weekend.

ICAD2022 Day 61; World Watercolor Month 2022 Day 31

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One final half-zendala for the last day of ICAD and World Watercolor Month. Patterns used: Brayd, Cat-Kin, MI2, Golven, Laced, Gem.

Half-zendala #3

This year I made a total of 38 cards, far less than the goal of 61; last year I completed 52. I comfort myself with the thought that if I complied with my normal goal of working on an art project on every even-numbered day, I’d actually have fewer products to show.

All my ICAD cards 2022

My cards are evenly divided between the calligraphy practice I did in June and the watercolors I made in July. I love doing challenges like these, because they push me to be more deliberate in my practice. As of this writing, these two cards got the most “likes” on ARHtistic License:

B
B
Sky
Sky

This card got the most likes on Instagram:

Ogee grid with onamato and A.L.F.
Ogee grid with onamato and A.L.F.

That surprised me, because my absolute favorite of the bunch is this one:

Wave
Wave

And I’m also very fond of these two:

Kaleidos
Kaleido
Half-zendala
Half-Zendala #1

I always enjoy these challenges, and I love seeing what other participants post.

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ICAD2022 Day 60; World Watercolor Month Day 30

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This one took me two days again. I painted it yesterday, but by the time the paint dried, I no longer had the brain cells to tangle it. Patterns used: Dutch hourglass, qoo, shattuck, Sweda, Wiking, and gryst.

Half-zendala

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ICAD2022 Day 58; World Watercolor Month Day 28

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The themes for Week 9 of the Index-Card-a-Day Challege are mandalas, circles, and color wheels, so I chose to make a half-zendala. I actually did the painting yesterday, but I didn’t get around to filling it in with designs until today. The Zentangle® patterns I used are flux, quipple, birds on a wire, onamato, potterbee, and printemps:

Half-zendala

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