I have some classes coming up in a new space in Saline. Two Twelve Arts was my class home for the last 6 years, it closed this September. Two Twelve was a wonderful space to teach with a great group of people all supporting the arts community in this area. Margie Bovee was the founder and supporter of this wonderful adventure. Margie was a director of the Cowan Slavin Foundation, a 501 C 3 non-profit corporation, which was managed by her father, Albert Slavin. That Massachusetts based foundation funded the Two Twelve Arts Center for the last ten years.The Two Twelve will be missed, a wonderful home and a great group of people.
Now there is a new space that has been offered to the artists of Saline for teaching, community development and lot's of art. Classes offered in the space are advertised through Saline Community Ed, so it's an exciting beginning of something new in Saline. The group that will be administering the space and classes in the new venue is known as Spring Valley Arts. Look for more updates.
|Beets, and Blue food coloring enhanced with |
some colored pencils - Abeko, Fengle tendrils,
Sanibelle, Some leaves and Tipple, Yum!
|Look who appeared...|
Mister coffee head sporting some Fescu hair
The watercolor paper was an Archette (Arches) pad of rough paper. I didn't find it easy to work with. Once I applied my spills, my micron pens did not play well with this paper or the surfaces created by my spills. I had to use my thickest microns and it was hit or miss especially with the coffee/almond milk spill.
I chose the beets and coffee stains for my final tiles. I love the color the wonderful vibrant color the beet stains left and I chose to add some blue food coloring and enhance the tile with some watercolor pencils.
The coffee stain morphed itself into a funny little Fescu-topped creature, I also used soy sauce to enhance certain areas. It has the feel of the fat blueberry boy in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. This must have appeared as a nod to Gene Wilder who died this week. I was also just delighted with the fanciful creatures Margaret Bremmer discovered in her spills exploration this week. Mine is not as sophisticated or beautiful but he was fun to discover, I bet Bijou is a friend of his!
The blueberry pulp colors were beautiful but the mashed up pulp became part of the paper as it dried, so it was a bit challenging to work on. I think I'll be working with my spills and exploring them in the future.
Check out the other wonderful submissions for this week's Diva Spill Challenge.
|Blueberry Study in process...|
|Original spills (Top Left to Bottom Right)|
Smashed Blueberries, Beet Juice, Coffee with Almond Milk,
Sangria, and some rusty bolts in the center
|ING with Knightsbridge, Zenplosion Folds, Hollibaugh and Fracus|
Check out some of the other submissions for this week's Diva Challenge #281.
Here's a link to my 2014 challenge piece using ING.
|2016 Rio Olympics - Hollibaugh, Mooka, Cubine|
Knightsbridge, Floatfest, Printemps, MI2, Tipple,
Crescent Moon, Zinger, Baubles and beads
I chose to focus on the Rio logo as my string and Knightsbridge, checker board pattern throughout to represent the duality of the Olympics. I tried to express the celebratory feel of the Olympics. I added touches of Gold, Silver, and Bronze metallic, of course!
|Orbs / Circles: Tipple, Mooka, MI2, Sanibelle, Crescent Moon tangleations, Stripes|
Laura ask us to do a string using circles and tangle!! I chose to overlap my circle string and did a larger tile (6x6). Like the Diva, circles are a wonderful relaxing process for me. I don't try to make them perfect I just enjoy each and every orb and revel in the weebles and wobbles my hand creates.
|Fassett, Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Purkisms|
I decided to go the monotangle route incorporating embellishments of Cresent Moon, lot's of Auras, Rounding, and some Purkisms. I like the balance of the the organic spheres within the architectural feel of Fassett. Fun, fun, fun!
I tried a second version today using Fassett with very different results. I left it ebb and flow and do as it wished... Blooming and growing with a few Mooka thrown in.
|Version 2 - Blooming Fassett with Mooka adding the sepia pen|
Thanks Lynn and Laura! Check out the other entries in this week's Diva Challenge.
|Shattuck breaking out of the box / Zendala|
I chose to go simple and let the little Shattucks curve off the Zendala, breaking free, extending the Shattuck with little Mooka tendrils and a few purk-like embellishments. This piece is not perfect, but I do like the general vibe.
Happy Bunny Day to you.
|N'Zeppel, Tipple, Celtic designs, Punzel, Tipple, Leaves, Aura's |
and a touch of green
I used a N'Zeppel, Tipple, Celtic designs, Punzel, Tipple, Leaves, Aura's and a touch of green to nestle this ornate little devil. I think I'm going to try adding some liquid gold leaf at some point, we found out a few weeks ago that metallic doesn't scan well, so, I'll play with that addition later for my own edification.
So Happy St. Pat's Day to you all this week. Check out the Diva's site for other Irish Inspired works.
|A little touch of green for spring|
Rautyflex, Folds, Crescent Moon, and Auras
Not totally successful but always fun to challenge myself. Progress, not perfection?
Check out all the other submissions for this challenge on the Diva's site.
|Rautyflex gone awry, Betweed, Flux, Tipple|
|Tangled tin can lid, Printemps, Crescent Moon,|
Hollibaugh with Mooka / Pod tendrils and
lot's of sparkle and shine (I hope)
I chose to embrace the challenge full tilt, go ALL the way. I tangled a tin can lid using my Staedler permanent pens for the black, and Sakura white and metallic gel pens for the embellishments.
Fun times. For this piece I wanted to make my tangled lid become part of my ZIA. I chose Hollibaugh with Pod extensions, Crescent Moon and lot's of Mooka-like tendrils. Add auras and lots of layers and it is complete.!
I find it difficult to represent the metallic quality with a camera, so I added a closeup detail to show the sparkly quality of this piece. It's done on and 8.5 x 11 sheet.
|Close up of detail|
|Almost a Duotangle... Artoo and Boo*Kee |
with lot's of Auras and embellishments
|My New Version - 2/24/2016|
|Original Version - 8/2/2010|
Can you see the Toad?
Check out all the wonderful solutions for this challenge.
Challenge #255 -
Ghosts of Tangles Past
I didn't get my piece posted for last week's Diva Challenge #255, so here it is.
When I was first exposed to the Zentangle process in 2010, I became obsessed. Everywhere I went I carried my drawing pad and created a new Zentangle piece several times a week. I scanned in one of my first pieces 8/2/2010. I had titled this piece "Thru the Garden" and tried to incorporate all the things I would experience in a garden. I tended to fill every nook and cranny and began each piece with a familiar object or place to inspire me.
I was using a Kohinoor Rapidograph pen for most of my work. I was fascinated with line quality, textures and the detail tangling brought to my creative process. No shading.
For my redo, I retained the original string. I scanned in the original piece in and looked over all the elements and chose the ones I was going to keep. My work is now more open the tangles and textures more defined, shading is a Major part of my work
I had written a poem for this piece but I couldn't find the Toad until I looked at the scanned image on screen:
Through the garden,
I see a Toad,
He's following me,
The Koi in the pond,
|Through the Garden 2016 - outline, |
without much shading or contrast
|Valentangle 1 - with Gourdgeous-like Hearts, Flowers, Molygons, |
Mooka, Tipple, Spirals, Paradox, and lot's of Rounding, Shading
and Auras, added the beet juice, and water color pencils
My sister is a jeweler and she Anneals metal (heats it) to strengthen and harden the final metal pieces. This same process must work with paper. I used a heavy/toothy velum bond. so I was pleased it accepted being painted and heated so well.
I did use red watercolor pencil to enhance the beet juice coloring but I did use the beet juice as my flow medium with a brush for the watercolor pencils. I also added a little wash of coffee to the center portion this morning. This is a result of many layers of media and washes.
I taught a wonderful Zendala class this past week and this piece was a result of the snowflake Mandala template creation process. This was the result of my snowflake tracing example which grew and modified as I worked on it this week. I really didn't like the way it was going but I kept at it all week. I added hearts and let the tangles talk to me and tell me what to do next. The result is something that I am happy with but the process was so much fun.
|Valentangle 2 - String #131|
I used a Mooka / Hollibaugh Heart tangleation and continued my gourdeous-heart enhancements. Some stippling, highlights and shading.
Check out all the other submissions for this weeks Diva Challenge #254.
|Molygon, Tripoli, Mooka, Shattuck with ribbons |
and Baublz in the Renaissance Tile fashion
This tangle is a wonderful addition to Zentangle . It does have so much variety and works well on it's own or nestled in other tangles. It works much like Tripoli with the spacing and ability to grow and morph.
There is a lot going on with my tile for this week's challenge. I really wanted to work on a renaissance color tile version for my attempt this week. I love the qualities sepia pens, white pencil, and white gel pens lend to the Renaissance tile coloration. I think I brought everything AND the kitchen sink to this one. Got a little carried a way with my patterning but I am okay with the final results.
The two striped Mollygon's in the center took on a caterpillar feel to me, so, of course, I added some antenni. Maybe these are Bijou's cousins, no?
I was trying to connect and pull the interior tangles through this piece, connectivity was my goal. I incorporated so much movement that I think it is distracting but it was fun to play with this new addition to the tangle family. I also wanted to work with the reflective quality the Renaissance tile allows with the white highlights
|Molygon, Purk beads, Mooka tendrils, |
Crescent Moon, Tipple, and Stripings
Check out all the wonderful solutions for the Diva's challenge this week.
|Zenplosion Folds String with Hollibaugh, Morse, |
and some fun textures
|Mollygon - The newest tangle from Zentangle|
This new tangle would have been a great string choice for this challenge but I wanted to emulate all the beautiful variations and examples shown by this month's Zentangle Newsletter. It's a keeper Molly!
Anyone can sign up for the newsletter, check it out. Each newsletter is full of all the best and current Zentangle news and so much fun stuff!
Check out all the other great submissions on the Diva's site for this week's challenge.
|My original Zenplosion Folds string|
|Moebius Logo surrounded by Tripoli and Tipple accents|
The Moebius logo seemed to call for the use of a triangular tangle pattern to accent this symbol. Tripoli seems to let the symbol nestle in beautifully.
Past posts of this challenge:
#151 Moebius Awareness Challenge, #103 MACD, #55 MACD.
|Zentangle Original tangles: Printemps, Keeko, Knightsbridge,|
Tipple (caviar), Crescent Moon, Poke Leaf and some fun variations
- Take the time to slow down and enjoy the process
- Enjoy the feel of the pen on the paper
- Create a string,
- Use 4 or 5 tangles you really enjoy
- Don't worry about the composition or the outcome
- Just put your pen to paper and begin and enjoy the process. after all. It's ABOUT the process. Not the product. (Great words Laura!)
|Simple loop string with |
Remember to Relax, Smile, and Breathe! Love it.
Check out all the great tangling presented on the Diva's site.