Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DuoTangle Flux and NZeppel

This was a fun challenge. I like both of these tangles. Flux is always fun, and N'zeppel is my mac n cheese pattern. I use it in most of my pieces.

And, the challenge came along as I was revving up an interest in gemstones.

So, this is my entry.

My new gray tone sketchbook...mmmm!

The shiny turquoise flux was first. It was so enjoyable, as I was doing it at work, so I'd come and go, and whenever I came back to my desk, I got to see the shiny all over again. The other flux I was trying to get a matte silver patina, not sure how successful that was, but then I comforted myself with shading the Nzeppel...of my most favorite things to do in the world. I used Prismacolor pencils, graphite, and white gelly roller
And the round of nzeppel up in the corner made me think of I did this one:

I haven't done a single smidgen of shading on this one yet, but I thought it was a good choice for the two patterns. It is on a regular tile that I made myself from tiepolo paper.

Lots of fun...and still playing with gem effects.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to draw Celtic Knots 1 - The Celtic Triskele

Fun with Torn Paper

Joey's Challenge...we've been having fun for a few weeks doing challenges modeled after the Traveling Tangles Project on Facebook. Joey "starts" a tile for us, and we finish it. This week, the start is a torn paper tangle.

I didn't know how to do this, and there are no official stepouts as such, so I just went ahead and practiced it a few times until it got looking okay. And then I forgot to take a picture of my "torn paper" before tangling it! ha!

but here is the finished piece   
About the time I was thinking I wouldn't participate in the challenge this week, I started fooling around with heartswell/heartstrings by Helen Williams. I love the way she has it drawn on her blog, all sort of swelling and bulging. I did a little sample of it, and thought...wait a minute...what if...

So, going with the idea of hearts welling up out of a constricted flat surface, after I got done doing the heartswell, I thought the "flat" part needed to look like stationery (wall paper? hahahaha) and that's what I did.

Truth be told, my old Rosie cat pretty much did this to a wall near the back door. There was a ding where the knob dented the wall, and she saw it, reached up with a paw/claw to find out what it was, and had a hey day. She really did tear it up, literally. My wall didn't swell up with hearts though.

So, Joey is challenging us with Traveling tangle style, and I am also participating sparsely in the Facebook group.

Here are a few tiles I started and sent to another team member:

To Raye Burnett, who also sent me a couple of starts.

Sandi sent me several in September that I did up, and forgot to post anything about it on FB (in my defense, we were without internet for a while.)

You can see the started tile and two tiles with some color background. I started on the one with the pastels, to send to Raye. The other one has this lovely soft silver and gold sort of glitter background that I can't wait to play with my sparkle gel pens.

Here are some finished tiles:

Sandi's first tile started with sixmail.

starting with the flower upper left
finishing with squid, beelight, sanibelle and some tipple.

How to draw a simple Triskele

I learned how to do a Triskele! easy!
along with Tropicana, Onomato, B'tweed, and Pozer.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Challenges and Handcut Tiles and Ensembles

Wow, has this been a creative couple of weeks. A year or more ago, I bought some Tiepolo paper from DaVinci Artist supply. Tiepolo is the paper that uses for their official tiles, and it is absolutely wonderful to work with. I bought my own large sheets of paper, in order to cut my own tiles. I did many 3.5x3.5 tiles and three opus size pieces at the time. Haven't started anything with the Opus sizes, but I've had lots of fun with the regular tiles.

Due to a snafu in shipping, the first piece was damaged and they sent me a replacement, which I just opened, so I could make some more tiles. And I decided to do an ensemble.

This is the string, before cutting into tiles:
You can see the first cut. The string is there, promise.

I worked on it here and there over a couple of weeks, and these three are the first ones I did. My favorite is the one with hollibaugh and niuroda...
here is the entire thing, completed and in order. You can see where the string was.

Playing with this has been lots of fun. I have it all assembled on my cubicle wall at work...lots to look at. And I have a good supply of tiles again. Maybe I'll start on an Opus soon!

Now, on to some challenges. It is UMT week with the Diva, and this month it is a fascinating tangle called Dreamcatcher...It's very easy to do, and as you work it, voila! a fibonacci spiral develops! Love it.
It's lots of fun, just free hand, but it would be cool done with exact measurements, too.

 Dreamcatcher, tipple, and mooka. 

And, along with the Diva challenge, I am enjoying Joey's "traveling" tiles every week. This time, with Relly telly one in the corner. 

A new tangle for me, and I added another new one, called Interwyned both can be found at, a terrific website packed with lots of tangles.

similar to Relly telly one, Interwyned has an alternating dot grid to start.

A day without a ninja throwing star is like a day without...sunshine?

This was so enjoyable. I had fun with the alternating dot grid, the flowers, the spirals. The shading!

yup, a week of tangling creativity. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Some Traveling Tiles

Getting ready to start a new adventure: The Adventure of the Traveling Tiles. It's going to be fun!
So far, I've swapped three tiles,  and I've gotten two fun mail packages, from Pam Signorelli and Michele Wynne. 

From Pam. Look at the black! and the white one with the square string has little birds touching beaks in the corners. That one reminded me right away of Mayan or Russian folk art, and I tried to follow thru with that theme. Not sure how well I did, though I found some pretty cool Mayan designs

at any rate, this is what I made of them:

She started me with garlic in a corner and I added hollibaugh, pokeleaf, and tipples. Finding the way to shade it was fun. I ended up using white charcoal pencil, but leaving the "shaded" areas on hollibaugh and pokeleaf...I think it worked!

This one was lots of fun. It was like drawing my own coloring page and then coloring it in! I added opus in the alternating corners, and then in the center I tried to follow a Mayan pattern I found. I may deconstruct that a bit, because it could be way cool. Anyway, I was looking at a Mayan design when I started it....

Then some Hi-C corners. To color it, I was going with primaries, but then wanted purple in the border.
You can see two pretty gnarly smudges, where I bled on my art hahaha after biting a hangnail right before picking up my pen to start. Argh!

And, Michele Wynne sent me two starts to work with:

 This one to the left has the most interesting texture, and an absolutely luscious color palette. Yum! Starting with a corner full of tripoli...mmm, mmm, good!

I added D-vine, ribbonz, and flord.
With a little bit of tipple, and some flower petal looking things.
And used my gray tombow for shading here and there. 
Which I haven't done that often.

This one has THE most amazing detail, with a delightful shading around the sand swirl, making it all turquoise-y.
Another terrific color palette.

to keep true to Michele's work, I used green and blue micron pen, and highlighted a lot with white charcoal, and used some sand swirl around my Niuroda and printemps. I would LOVE to know how Michele got her shading so smooth in her sand swirls.  I burnished like mad with the burnishing pencil by Prismacolor. A mooka up there in the left was fun. One of the things I enjoyed the most in this was working around the little spots of pure white. I left them untouched in my sandswirls, but in the mooka I went ahead and tangled through it...maybe a bit like a beam of light? Some onomato. Oh...nearly forgot, I made a row of shnek on top of Michele's row of perfs, and tried to do gemstones in the shneck rounds.

And with that, now on to Joey's challenge for this week.

She started us with a corner of one of my VERY favorite grid tangles...buttercup.

  and this is what I made of it:

Shakin the Blossoms Down

I am making some Autumn themed pieces for my cubicle at work, and this is one of them. Buttercup on a yellow tile? Ooh, la, la! Hmm, I must be in a mooka mood these days. But it was so much fun doing this one, too.

The zen seems to be back, and I'm feeling inspired and energetic. I made a bunch of tiles from a piece of tiepolo paper I bought from DaVinci art supply online, and am enjoying very much stringing them and tangling.

Three I have finished for  3x3 ensemble piece.

And eager to do some more.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Joey and Diva joint challenge entry

Just a quick post today.

For some reason, tripoli doesn't really turn me on. I see other people's works and find them enjoyable to look at, but I can't get into it much. I did a page with a variety of tripoli's on it, and didn't like it. Then I thought of my little stash of bijou tiles, and this is what I made:

Coloring these was fun. See the little inchy in the upper right. Just a smidgen of tripoli.

Because I like the star pattern created when you get a little way into tripoli, I made three, with different interiors.

Then I went with that sort of rounded effect that happens when you go forward with tripoli.
And of all of them, I think this is my favorite.

a tripoli star, with some tripoli in prisma, in the background.So, got that out of the way. Maybe if I played with it some more, I'd really like tripoli. It's okay just not my fave.

Joey continues with the delightful challenge of giving us a tile with a bit of a start on it, like the traveling tangles FB page. This week, tipple in the corners!

And this is what I made. It is still in progress.

 The main string is a letter M, because it might end up being for a co worker named Megan. I need to at least do some shading, and then decided what to do with it. Maybe it'll end up staying in my sketchbook.

And, speaking of traveling tangles, I created three and posted them, and expecting to see three tiles in my mail. I can't wait!

I sent these out...soon to find something in my mailbox!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Diva Spill AND Joey's "traveling" Tile Challenges

This week, what fun! The Diva Laura Harms spilled and got inspired hahahaha

so, the idea is to slosh your coffee or your tea or what have you, onto a tile, and tangle.

So tangle away, I did!

I started by stirring my green tea with lemon and honey with the mug sitting on the tile. Some good little sloshes...that didn't show up AT ALL. Except now there's a shiny sticky spot from the honey, probably. With green tea not really working, I put some frozen berries on the tile, let them thaw, and ended up with a lovely purple splotch.

I wish I had taken before pics, because the splotch was interesting, sort of like a gingko leaf. Oh, well. As it was, narwal came to mind so I tried it. And niuroda and  some printemps and maryhill.

Narwal kind of disappears into the splotch/niuroda area. I need to practice that one some more. 

Now, for Joey's challenge. Finishing a tile someone else starts is pretty cool. I may have to jump in at FB and see what it's all about. :) In the mean time, here is the Joey challenge. 

the tangle is Villers #2 

and this is what I did with it. 

It has been a while since I did anything on toned paper, and I had some gray card stock so I went with it.
When I started this, I wasn't liking it much, but putting the highlights on along with the shading was so much fun, and it ended up looking a lot cooler. Too bad about that graphite in the upper left...the glare! But it doesn't look like that in person.

Both of these were fun challenges. I want to get out my "spill" tiles from when Laura presented this as a challenge a few years ago.

  this was berry juice, too. And I was scared of color, didn't know what to do with it, so I did this funky alien cave thing. ha! It was fun then, and it is fun now.