My interest in Zentangle (R) started when I was looking at adult colouring books and decided I'd rather draw the pictures. My husband bought me a book about Zentangle inspired art for Christmas and my latest interest was born.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tangle Wheel

Part of the reason I have been blogging less is that I've joined several tangling facebook groups (and even started one) which do take up a lot of time. I'm starting to feel the need to come back here though because I'm going through a patch of growth and discovery with my tangling and I need to express it somewhere!

One of the things that has been contributing to this is my husband gifting me with the Zentangle Primer Vol. 1. I am slowly working my way through it and trying to do all the exercises at least once. The other is my fellow tanglers. One in particular has been drawing a series of tiles all using printemps. This (and the primer) have taught me that zentangle is not all about how many tangles you know, it's how you use them.

Recently on one of the facebook groups we had a guest post from Lynn Shelton Mead CZT with a challenge to try tangling with Fassett (one of her tangles), Tipple, Paradox, Munchin and Shattuck, and to try out some tangle enhancing dewdrops.

Challenges like this are tending to spark a myriad of ideas about what I want to do with them at the moment (loving this creativity burst). One that has appeared over the last couple of days is a Tangle Wheel. It was completely accidental.

Tangle Wheel

I started doing a tile involving all these tangles except for tipple in a triangular grid string. I gave up on it half way through because shattuck wasn't really working, but oh there were some lovely interactions between the other three. I thought it might be nice to do them on some 3Zs, so I paired them up together and off I went.

A friend had said she was looking forward to seeing the finished tiles as a mosaic so then I decided I'd do a monotangle tile of all three tangles to complete the set of six. When I was done I realised I'd created a tangle wheel. 3 monotangle 3Zs with 3 duotangle 3Zs pairing each tile up with each other, just like a primary and secondary colours colour wheel.

All six tiles have used the same triangle grid string. It was a fun process and a great way of exploring interactions between tangles. I'm not finished with them yet.

I encourage you to give a Tangle Wheel a go. Pick three tangles, find or make 6 x 3Z tiles and off you go. If you do give it a go, please let me know in the comments, if possible with a link. I'd love to see what you do with it.

Travelling Tangles

In other events, I got the chance to do a travelling tile swap with one of my favourite tanglers Michele Wynne over on Coffee and Creativity blogspot. Go and check it out.

Well that's all for now. Happy tangling!

Toby's new bed

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Long Time No Post

Well it's been quite a while since I posted here. I took a break due to feeling overloaded and also due to an injury that was making it hard to tangle, then at the start of this year I rather lost my mojo for a while. However my darling husband bought me the Zentangle Primer Vol 1 and I have been working my way through that. It has sparked my creativity and also my development as a tangler in such a huge way, I highly recommend it.

The other exciting thing that has been happening is that I've discovered some groups of tanglers where I live. I was beginning to think I was the only one! We even have a new CZT! I attended a Christmas in July group and after that have linked in with a group that meets fortnightly. My first meeting they asked me to teach them two tangles lol.       

Capz - a new tangle! 

  I was having a facebook conversation with some other tanglers about dingbatz, and one of them suggested "nikolai" as a good tangle to use. The rest of us rushed off and looked for it, only to discover that nikolai was how the lady's autocorrect on her phone had mangled mooka. We joked that someone needed to come up with a new tangle called nikolai. Anyway the next morning I found a new tangle on my shower cap. Because of that inspiration, and because it was my constantly cap wearing son's birthday, it was named "Capz" instead. I hope you like it.


  Here are some tiles with examples of how to use it.

I like the version in the second tile with perfs between the blades.      

Have fun with it! If you do use this tangle, please post a link to a pic of your tile, I'd love to see it! Until next time, happy tangling!
Oh, and Toby says hi!  

Toby Quilt Lover

Monday, 27 March 2017

How to colour paper using crepe paper

Hi Everyone,
It's a long time since I have posted. I had to take quite a long break from tangling after injuring my back and have only really solidly got back into it over the last couple of months. I'm still not finding time to get back to the challenges, but I'm thinking I will make time as they really do help my tangling develop.

Anyway, I decided to post today because I have been playing with colouring tiles and thought I should write a post about it because I couldn't find anything about it on the internet!

Many of you have probably heard about the tissue paper hefty hack. I love the results of tiles coloured using this method but have been unable to source any of the paper to give it a go myself. The other day I had a flashback to when I was a little girl and my mother made me a crepe paper skirt for a school dress up day. I remember having to run inside when it started to rain so I didn't end up dyed purple, pink and blue. So I thought it might be worth seeing if I could use crepe paper to colour paper.

A hunt through the cupboard produced some crepe paper streamers (even better) and off I went. I've discovered two techniques that work, both of which produce different results.

Dipping the crepe paper technique:

You need a bowl of water, lengths of crepe paper streamers, some paper towel or an old towel and two pieces of the paper you want to colour.

Dip the streamers in the water, blot them lightly on the towel, then lay onto your paper. Repeat quickly with the other colours you want to use, then lay the other piece of paper on top and press them together to sandwich. Separate the two pages, remove the crepe paper and then hang up to dry. You may want to blot some of the excess water off your paper first if it's a bit wet.

You can also fill any gaps by squeezing drips out of wads of wet crepe paper, or using wads of wet crepe paper as a stamp.

If your paper is already cut to tile size, just lay the strips of wet crepe paper on to them. The results look like this:

They dried beautifully and I tangled on them with no problems. I've recently discovered some 100% cotton 250gm drawing paper and I love it. It's beautiful to tangle on and shade.

Ruffel, flux, tipple, ing, tripoli

Yes this is Toby underneath

The spray technique:

This is similar to the tissue paper technique from what I understand. I actually tried that first but it wasn't very successful.

I lay the strips of crepe paper into a tray then sprayed them with water until they were consistently damp. Then I lay some tiles on the top and pressed down on them for a few seconds. I was actually able to repeat this 3 times with the same strips, I just sprayed them a little again between each press.
The results are below. You can see some of the texture of the crepe paper - it gives a quite different effect.

 Anyway, I now can't wait to try tangling on these either, and I may be a bit addicted lol. It is such a quick technique, the hardest bit is waiting for them to dry lol.

If you give it a go, leave a link in the comments so we can check it out.

Happy Tangling!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A little break?

Hi all, hope you've had a good week! We have had a warm blustery spring day today, I was half expecting my washing to have taken off on an interstate trip when I got home. Back to winter again tomorrow, but I did make the most of it and went for a walk by the beach this morning.

Diva Challenge #289

The diva challenged us to use an autumn leaf as a string or as inspiration for this week, or for those of us from the southern hemisphere to use some spring flowers. I had a play with some colour and tangling inspired by a protea in my garden. Lots of mooka and some flux meets leaflet.

Hmmm looking at this now, I could have emphasised that cherry red a bit more. I drew it on green paper but the colour hasn't come up very well in this photo.

Joey's challenge #135

Joey challenged us to use three tangles; drogon, disco and msst, and a string based on 3 circles. Here is my take on that. If I did this one again, I would use single disco for one circle, double for the next and triple for the next. I got a bit tangled up trying to do the layers too.

Travelling Tangles

I'm sharing some completed by an overseas tangle buddy, Janet. I'm completely blown away by how she finished my starts, I love them!

That's all for me this week, except to say that I'll be taking a bit of a break, possibly till after Christmas. We have a bit of an adventure planned for December and I need to put some time and effort into getting my back right. At the moment I get one bit sorted and another bit starts playing up, not good for travelling. When I get into routine again I might drop back in before that, but after a very frustrated sore morning this morning I decided I needed to stop challenges and tangle swapping for a bit.

Hope the rest of the year goes well for you all! Keep on Tangling!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A change of heart

I nearly didn't take part in the diva challenge this week. I really don't like gourdgeous that much (so I thought) and have been a bit restricted by a sore back. But then I got an inspiration to make a bit of a Hallowe'en themed tile out of it with a couple of gourdy pumpkins, and some dream catcher webs, and an Aussie red back spider which all sounded kinda fun so I decided to give it a go.

This is what happened. When I got to this point I loved it so much I couldn't bear to go any further in case I wrecked it. One of my favourite tiles I've drawn to date I think.

The tangles are gourdgeous (ZOT), individual leaflets (Helen Williams) and tipple. I tried out using stipple and cross hatching for shading (no graphite).

So thanks Laura for the challenge, and pushing me out of my comfort zone once again to try something different. My hallowe'en fun tile might have to wait for another occasion (as an Aussie I don't do hallowe'en anyway lol).

If you'd like to see what I did for Joey's challenge this week (which I really enjoyed!) you can check it out here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I try to comment on as many as possible as I can too, but some sites (eg pinterest, some wordpress) won't allow me to.

Happy Tangling!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Oops I ripped my tile

Well not really but Joey's finish my tile challenge for this week was to make it look like a strip had been torn out of the middle of your tile. I was really excited by this challenge and would have got into it straight away if I'd had the energy, but a weekend of gastro had left me feeling like a limp noodle and with some travelling tangle starts to catch up on.

Here is what I came up with. I'm pretty happy with it, except I'm still struggling with my shading. I think when I get a chance I'm going to need to try a variety of pencils and papers and work out how I best like to shade for once and for all.

Travelling Tangles

I've been receiving lots of lovely happy mail over the last few weeks and thought I'd share some of the latest ones with you. These ones are a France-Australia collaboration with Christine who has just decided to give travelling tangles a go. The first one is one I sent to her:

I drew the outline of Huggins and the ripped page and Christine did the fills and and all the rest. I think this looks great! Christine does beautiful line work.

The next one Christine sent to me:

Christine sent me the red and black tripoli. I added another layer of aura and the circle string and went from there. I decided not to shade as I liked the clean black white and red effect here.

If you'd like to join the travelling tangles fun, check out the group on Facebook.

That's all for now. Hope you are all having a good week and are in good health! The only one in the family who enjoys someone being sick is guess who. He spent the last 3 days permanently fixed on my bed or chair lol.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Relly Telly 1

A quick little post (I hope, promises, promises) to share what happened when I tackled Joey's finish my tile this week.

I definitely relaxed into this one. I even made a mistake with which square I wanted to fill with printemps next and that didn't faze me. Love to hear what you think.

If you want to see what I did for the diva challenge this week you can find that here, or alternatively click on home or my blog title to see all the recent posts.

I do try to comment on as many of your posts as I can during the week, but my apologies to those of you who post on Pinterest. I think my app updated and now it won't let me write comments on any of your photos.

Lots of happy mail has been arriving this week, hopefully I'll have some more to show you next time.

Till then, happy tangling!