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!