Sunday, 25 June 2017

Back from MIA with Scallamp

Back from MIA with Scallamp

I’ve been a little MIA lately – I started on a larger piece, and as Eni Oken has said many times, it’s good to work on smaller pieces because of that quick-to-have sense of accomplishment.  She was so right.  I’ve been waiting on the markers I need to finish the big piece, and haven’t been tangling much since.  I finally realized a few days ago that it was time to put the large piece aside, and get some tiles done – play around with some patterns, get back to the things I love.


So I went through the site and flipped through the top bar til I found a tangle that inspired me.  I found Sara Uram’s pattern Scallamp and thought, YES! This is for me! 


So here it is, my first tile in a long while. I did many that first night as a warm up, played with some distressed backgrounds too – I’ll include the second tile as well.


Stay tuned for the larger piece… it’ll get finished… someday…

Monday, 6 March 2017

Rope string with Yew Dee

Rope string with Yew Dee

The Zen n Zia facebook group posted this very cool Rope String at the same time as Eni Oken’s Shading Zentangle group posted the Yew Dee tangle challenge. So I put the two together and voila!
I love this rope string! I know it’s supposed to be rope, but it reminds me of a gnarled tree, and I may just be using this string for trees in the very near future.

You can find the rope string step out here
The Yew Dee step out is here
Here is my line art

And here is my finished piece

Monday, 27 February 2017

All Things Hamadox

All things Hamadox


The Diva put up the Hamadox challenge by Diana Shruer.  Original post with step out sheet here. 


So basically, Hamadox is a mashup of Hamadail and paradox.  Now that’s a pretty cool tangle. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the outcome when I did a typical paradox center, so I rounded it off a bit and I was much happier with the results.  You can see what I’m talking about in my video here:

Originally, I didn't notice that the sheet on Diana Shruer's page showed the rounded edges - in fact I just noticed now as I was searching for the link to share here.  That would have saved me a lot of time trying to figure it out - woopsies!


At the bottom of this page you'll find the 3 pieces I've done with Hamadox.  Click on the link associated with any of the photos to see the full posts and line art etc. for each piece.

1st attempt - full post here

2nd attempt - full post here

3rd attempt - full post here

Do you have a blog with a Hamadox Zentangle post on it? Add the link to your Hamadox Zentangle post below so others can view your work!  (please do not link to your main page, just the post with a Hamadox  zentangle on it)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

3rd attempt at Hamadox

3rd Attempt at Hamadox

Hamadox Zentangle with Distress inks
Hamadox Zentangle with Distress inks

I just love this Hamadox thing! This time I used my trusty Distress inks to play with the colouring.   I wasn’t initially going to do any background colour, but I dropped my wet paintbrush on the paper as I was reaching for my water, and well, que sera, sera.


I’ve included loads of progressive pics here, so have a gander and follow me along on this little journey.  If you have any questions at all about the processes I used, don’t be shy, I’m happy to answer!
Oh! But before we get to the progressive pics - here's a video on my little twist to Hamadox.

Just the line art, though I did almost forget to take the pic and started some of the colour.

 Here I've done the ribbons with my usual makeshift paint palette made of up the tinfoil from my smoke pack.

 I've started to fill in the colour here, then dropped my brush and worked a bit on the background

 Everything looks better with a little pink!

Almost done! Just need to shade and highlight!

And finally the finished piece...

These are the main inks I used here:

And this is the pink I used as well:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads, Mini, Victorian Velvet

Monday, 20 February 2017

2nd Attempt at Hamadox

2nd Attempt at Hamadox


So this is part 2 of my Hamadox adventure.  You can see part 1 here.  This time around I got a little more playful with my Tombows and with the Hamadox pattern.  I remembered to take a few pics this time as I went along. Hope you enjoy!

Finished piece:

Hamadox Zentangle
Hamadox Zentangle

This is the work leading up to the finished piece:

Please feel free to ask me any questions about my work - I'm happy to share any experience or technique or whatever you might want to know :)

Friday, 17 February 2017

1st Attempt at Hamadox

1st Attempt at Hamadox

Hamadox (Diana Schreur): what a funky idea! It's a mixture between paradox and hamail.  I didn't like the way it looked when I first tried it out (you can see a bunch of my attempts in the background paper of my lineart picture). So I tried a little something different.  Give me a few days and you'll be able to see the video of how I tweaked it to my liking.

In the meantime, I had fun with this piece.  I used my Towbow marker to give that orange pop of colour and I love it.

That's my puppy's fur in the right corner of the pic - she was hogging the natural light from the window :) 

Hamadox Zentangle
Hamadox Zentangle

And here is the line art, a few moments after I started shading  - woopsies!

You can see there in the background that I played around with getting the hang of this before I started on the tile.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Valentine's Day Tangle

My Tangled Valentine


It took me a few days to get this one done. Quite a few layers of stuff going on here.  The fun part is that I used very few tools to put this piece together.


Of course I used my microns, but more excitedly, I used one Tombow red watercolour marker and the clear brush that comes in the set to add all of the red and pink in this piece.  I used my trusty HB Staetdler pencil to shade beyond the reds/pinks, and that’s really all I used.  Usually, my little “art table” (which is really more of a tv dinner tray on wobbly legs) is filled to the edges with all sorts of pens, markers, pencils, pencil crayons, etc. etc. ad nauseum.  Not this time though – Paper, microns, pencil, 1 marker, 1 marker blender and one blending stick.  I’m pretty proud of that, and very impressed with the lack of clean up required after.


Here is the finished piece:



Here is the line art



The tools I used