Monday, December 18, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 7


Once again, I had to wing it and use materials that I have on hand. I don't have any pre-strung Zendala tiles so I had to make my own using card stock and mandala patterns that I found online. I picked out a few designs that weren't too intricate and that looked like they might work well with Zentangle patterns. I lightened the black outlines to a pale gray in Paint Shop Pro then I copied them into Publisher and placed them behind circle outlines the size of the real tiles. I printed three "Zendalas" per page and printed them on three different colors of card stock. I think the tan card stock that I have might be similar to the color of the Renaissance ones.

I made the white tile above first just to get the feel of tangling on a template. I wasn't keen on how the tan tile below was looking at first so I really put a lot of effort into embellishing it until I was happy with it. I like it very much now except for the diamond areas on the outer edge. I might re-make that tile and use a different tangle inside the diamonds.

Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch each day's video.


DAY 7 TANGLE:
· Auraknot (similar to)
· Miscellaneous filler tangles

DAY 7 MATERIALS:
· Renaissance Zendala tile 
· Micron PN pen (or regular Micron pen)
· Micron 01 pen (brown ink)
· Pencil
· Tortillon
· White charcoal pencil
· White Gelly Roll pen  

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 6

Maria and Rick introduced a new tangle on Day 6. It's called "Toodles" and it's an organic tangle with an Art Nouveau look.

Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch each day's video.

I drew these two examples of "Toodles" last night:



I added little loops at the tops of mine because it felt natural to do so and it made it easier to draw the center stems in one continuous motion.

DAY 6 TANGLE:
· Toodles (new tangle)

DAY 6 MATERIALS:
· Renaissance Zentangle tile (or any color tile)
· Micron PN pen (or any kind or color Micron pen)  
· Pencil
· Tortillon
· Colored pencils (optional)
· White charcoal pencil (optional)
· White Gelly Roll pen (optional)

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 5


Day 5's project is done with round Zendala tiles so I used my homemade ones again. There are two videos with the first one showing how to get the tiles prepared for the drawing in the second video. 

I was skeptical at first when I watched Molly cutting holes in her white tile but, by the time I was finished with mine, I was amazed at the stunning result. I don't think it would be possible to achieve the appearance of depth in the recessed black areas by simply drawing and coloring them in with black ink directly on the white tile. The added shading gives the cutout insets the illusion of being even deeper than just the thickness of the tile.

Maria accented her tile with a brown Micron pen which has a reddish tint. To compensate for not having a pen that color, I used my sepia Micron pen then filled in those spaces with a colored pencil in a rusty color. I love how it turned out.

Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch each day's video.

DAY 5 TANGLES:
· "Kissing" Mooka
· Knightsbridge
· Pepper (sort of)
· Tipple (orbs)

DAY 5 MATERIALS:
· White Zendala tile
· Black Zendala tile
· Micron PN pen (or a regular black Micron pen)
· Micron 01 pen (brown ink)
· White Gelly Roll pen
· White charcoal pencil (optional)
· Pencil
· Tortillon
· Scissors
· Glue stick  

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 4


I have a few Apprentice tiles but hadn't used any of them until now. In Day 4's video, Rick demonstrates how to draw "Diva Dance" but with an added fun element that they're calling "sproings". If you're familiar with that tangle, you should be able to spot the sproings on my tile.

Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch each day's video.

DAY 4 TANGLE:
· Diva Dance (with Sproings)

DAY 4 MATERIALS:
· White Apprentice tile
· Micron PN pen (black ink)
· Pencil
· Tortillon  

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 3


Day 3 of the Twelve Days of Zentangle introduces a new tangle called "Rumpus". This was my first time drawing on a round tile. I don't have any real Zendala tiles so I cut my own out of card stock using a CD-ROM as a template. I got three round tiles out of an 8.5x11" sheet. I don't have a brown Micron pen so I used a sepia one then added a reddish tint with colored pencils. After that I decided that I wanted to add a little more color. I also colored in the dots with a metallic gold Gelly Roll gel pen.

Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch each day's video. They've been posting them around 2:00 pm Central Time every day so far.

DAY 3 TANGLE:

· Rumpus (a new tangle)

DAY 3 MATERIALS:

· White Zendala tile *
· Micron PN pen (you can use a regular black Micron pen)
· Micron 01 pen (brown ink)
· Pencil
· Tortillon

* I cut circles of card stock using a CD-ROM as a template. A CD measures 120mm in diameter and the Zendala tiles are 117mm across.



 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SuperDuo Rosette & Bethany Set - Gold Shine Ochre


SUPERDUO ROSETTE BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • SuperDuo beads "Gold Shine Ochre"
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Ivory Pearl Coat"




This set will be a Christmas present for someone. Although the pearls look white in these photos, they're a yellowish cream color that's almost the same as the SuperDuos in the earrings. You can buy Sam Wescott's "SuperDuo Rosette" bracelet pattern HERE.


BETHANY EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • SuperDuo beads "Gold Shine Ochre"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Coat Cream"



You can download my free "Bethany Earrings" pattern HERE.







Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 2


Day 2's Zentangle project has two tiles and two videos. After drawing both tiles, they are assembled to create a 3-dimensional paper sculpture. Watch the video to see how it looks when assembled. Below you can see my two tiles:



Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch each day's video.

DAY 2 Tangles:

1. Tipple
2. Poke Root
3. Poke Leaf
4. Flux
5. Tripoli

DAY 2 MATERIALS:

· White Zentangle tile
· Black Zentangle tile
· Micron PN pen (or other Micron pen)
· Gold Gelly Roll pen
· White Gelly Roll pen
· White charcoal pencil (optional)
· Pencil
· Tortillon
· Scissors
· X-acto knife  

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 1


For those of you who are into tangling, the founders of Zentangle have started another video series. This series will consist of twelve days worth of videos. The series started on December 11th but you can watch the videos at any time. I suggest that you subscribe to the Zentangle newsletter so that you will receive email notification when each video becomes available to watch. Or, you can visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch the videos each day.

There is a Project Pack No. 2 for sale in their shop HERE or you can simply use the materials that you have on hand. The project pack contains all of the necessary supplies for the whole series.

DAY 1 Tangles:

1. Not quite Hollibaugh
2. Not quite Printemps
3. Not quite Crescent Moon
4. Bales/Florz mash-up
5. Springkle (I used Zinger on mine)

DAY 1 Materials:

· White Zentangle tile
· Micron PN pen (or a regular Micron pen)
· Pencil
· Tortillon

I will try to keep up with the videos each day and will blog about each one as soon as I can.

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bethany Earrings & Lizbeth Band Set - Hematite & Silver


BETHANY EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Nickel Plated" (190)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Nickel Plated" (190)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Hematite"
  • SuperDuo beads "Silver" (25028)


I made these "Bethany Earrings" to go with the bracelet that I blogged about HERE. The set matches a top that I wore to a Christmas party the other night. You can download my free earring pattern HERE. I'm hoping to make the bracelet pattern available sometime next year. The bracelet, formerly known as "Duo Bobble Band" will be called "Lizbeth Band".




 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Today's Tangles - Playing with color on black tiles

I had so much fun following the Zentangle Project Pack #1 video series, which featured white ink on black tiles, that I decided that I'd like to try adding some color. I chose four of my favorite tangles and below you can see the wonderful results. I've blogged about each of these tangles before and I've included links to those posts below each tile.

Click HERE to read my post about the Zentangle video series.

By the way, I ordered some white Gelly Roll pens in the fine and bold sizes from the Zentangle site. They should get here today or tomorrow. I also ordered a metallic gold Gelly Roll pen. I think that gold will look very interesting on black too.


"Andante"


"Gardenia"


"OV-Shield"


"Lily Bridge"

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Renaissance Bracelet - Jet Celsian


RENAISSANCE BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Jet Celsian"
  • 6mm fire polished beads "Jet Celsian"


This time I made the "Renaissance Bracelet" pattern as it is posted HERE but I changed the way my clasp is attached. This bracelet is same as the one that I blogged about HERE except that I used pewter seed beads instead of dark bronze ones. Aura Crystals has both sizes of these fire polished beads HERE and HERE. I bought the seed beads from Charlene's Beads HERE.



 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Renaissance Bracelet - Red & Gold


RENAISSANCE BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Opaque Red"
  • 6mm fire polished beads "Opaque Red"


I blogged about this pattern before way back in 2014 HERE, HERE and HERE. I followed THESE instructions for the "Renaissance Bracelet" but I turned this one into a "Hugs & Kisses Bracelet" by adding gold seed bead strands in both directions. The pattern doesn't call for 11/0 or 8/0 seed beads but I wanted to attach my clasp in a different way.


I should also mention that the bead colors didn't come out quite right in these photos. The gold seed beads are a lot more yellowish and the red beads aren't nearly as bright. It would have taken way too much time to edit the individual beads in all of these photos and I have more Christmas presents to work on yet.

The red beads look more like this:


The gold seed beads look more like the ones in these earrings: