Inktober is approaching!

Tomorrow is 1st of October – and therefore the first day of Inktober! If you haven’t heard of it yet, I’ll explain what it is: Essentially it is a drawing challenge created in 2009 by Jake Parker – click here for his introduction to Inktober.

This year is the seventh year of Inktober and again many people from all over the world are going to participate.

 

The rules are very simple:

  1. Every day during the month of October you create an ink drawing. You may do a pencil sketch first and you may also colour your drawing – or keep it black&white by using (cross-)hatching, stippling, etc.
  2. You then post it on your blog, on Instagram, whereever you want it.
  3. You mark it with the hashtag #inktober.
  4. Repeat next day.

That’s it! It was only today that I heard about the challenge for the first time and I really like it! You create a good habit of drawing regularly (which is necessary if I want to keep blogging here 😀 ) and you are bound to learn a lot.

Well… I’ll accept the challenge and post as regularly as I possibly can, let’s see how far I’ll get! I also might be posting WIPs (works in progress). And I might batch post the drawings since I might not have time each day to draw AND write a post. Of course, contributions to the Diva Challenge or my posts about the One Zentangle a Day challenge do count in, too. Another thing I hope for is that the challenge will help me to make space in my paper drawer. Right now it is actually bursting from all the sketch blocks and watercolour paper I own… and I want to buy new paper all the time! So let’s make way for some new paper by using it regularly for a change.

Here are a few links to whet your appetite, too:

Inktober on Facebook

Inktober on Twitter

Inktober on Instagram

Inktober on Tumblr

And a few very nice articles on Inktober 2014 by The Telegraph and Paste Magazine.

Are you an Inktober participant, too? Leave me a comment and I’ll pay you a visit during October. Or two. 🙂

A fresh Start: One Zentangle a Day – Day #1

“One Zentangle a Day” by Beckah Krahula was my first Zentangle book and I already own it for quite a few years. However, I’m embarrassed to admit that I never came to really work through the book because the rhythm of 1 tile per day is just way too fast for me. This makes me a little sad, since it is a great book (I’ll write a review as I go along or after I finish this project). Now that I have this blog I decided to give it another try.

I set three rules for this project:

  1. I definitely will NOT be able to tangle or post a tile every day, but I’ll try to squeeze in two tiles per week. If it is just one, that’s fine, too, as long as I make progress.
  2. I’ll only use the tangles introduced in the book up to that point for a tile. To be able to stick to this rule, I’ll keep a list (not on the blog) I can refer to without having to flick through the book all the time.
  3. No day shall be skipped (even though I already know that the “white on black”-challenge will be very hard vor me..) and no excuses are allowed here.

Without further ado, here is my tile for the first day:

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Tangles used: Static, Tipple and Crescent Moon

There was no string given so I made my own which resembles the letter “p”.

Recently I discovered that tiles and Zentangle-inspired artwork where one tangle transits into another appeal more to me and that the reason why I didn’t like my own work sometimes was that I totally lacked this aspect. There was no flow between the tangles, just stop&go, if you know what I mean. That’s why I want to try to incorporate the technique of tangle transitions into this project and learn more about it. I didn’t have much choice for the tangles of this first tile, but with the next ones coming up I’m sure I’ll have more chances to explore them. Here I like the transition between Crescent Moon and Static. Although now that it’s finished the border I made with Tipple is a little disturbing, I still like the tile!

* This is no cooperation with anybody, I haven’t been paid or asked to do this and the book I use was bought by me.

New blog header!

This morning I redid the design of this blog. Before, it was just a standard Quintus theme, but since autumn just started, I thought it was appropriate for the blog to adapt to the season, too. I changed the theme (Colinear now) because in the old theme the title of the blog was positioned inside the header design and was pretty much not readable anymore. I also changed the colours to a more autumnal look and – maybe the most noticeable change next to the colours: I drew a header design. Since I want to change it with the seasons, I’ll post it here, too, so it shall not be forgotten even when the next season comes.

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The header design was done on The Langton 300g/m2 smooth watercolour paper. I first painted the background with watercolour and and tangled away after it had dried. Last but not least, I added some shading in coloured pencil plus a few accents in golden gel pen. I chose the tangles because they somehow made me think of autumn. They are: Ansu, Bulb Lantern, Cruffle, Minline, Oke, Pixioze and Zinger.

I hope you like it! Let me hear what you think.

 

Workshop with Michele Beauchamp & Beate Winkler

If you’re familiar with Zentangle, you probably have already stumbled upon the wonderful blog of the Tasmanian CZT Michele Beauchamp. I’ve been following her blog for many years now and since the first time I saw her art, I always admired her beautiful, elegant, airy, free-flowing style. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I read about her giving a Zentangle workshop on “Organic” in Beate Winkler’s studio in Hamburg, Germany. Right now, Michele is travelling through Europe with her husband Paul and made a short stop in Hamburg to meet Beate and to give this workshop. Beate is a CZT, too, and you can find her blog and a post about this workshop including many pictures of everybody and the group’s work here. Of course, I decided to sign up immediately because I just knew this might be this famous ONE chance you cannot possibly miss.

Before the workshop I tangled more frequently than before to get into the groove again. However, the beginning of the day the workshop was to be held on was not very Zen-like.. My bus to the train station arrived early and I only had the time to wave it goodbye. After a forced march I only barely caught the last train and the last (other) bus to the main station where I arrived just in time for my train to Hamburg. That was a close one!

Due to construction work and a rail replacement bus service, I and a few other participants were a bit late for the warm-up we were to take, too. But we still had enough time to repeat the basics (nothing new there for me..). In this time, we started to tangle a tile. We didn’t have the time to finish it during the warm-up, but I finished it later on. I’m quite happy with it. Here it is:

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My tile from the warm-up using Hollibaugh (tangleation with Quipple), Keeko, Opus, Paradox and Zinger – I really like how Zinger and Hollibaugh are weathing together.

When we arrived for the workshop, I was very happy to find out that Michele is a very amiable person. It was a real pleasure to meet her! The workshop was scheduled for four hours. However, it felt like barely a few minutes although we tangled two tiles and a bookmark. It definitely didn’t feel like such a long time at all! In all, we were 15 people not only from different cities in Germany but also from different countries. Most of us came from Germany (from Hamburg as far as Würzburg!), but three tanglers came as far as from the Netherlands and one from Belgium – wow! Among them were quite a few CZTs, but other, much less experienced tanglers were present and had their share of the fun, too.

First thing we tangled was a tile with a very simple string. Michele usually doesn’t work with strings, but to make things easier for us, she chose a very simple one for a “warm-up”, which was a monotangle with (one of) my personal “uncomfortable”-tangle(s), Mooka… Mine just never look nice but only wonky and wobbly and.. just not how I’d like them to look like at all! That’s why I was not that thrilled when we started. However, step by step Michele showed us nice ways to weave Mooka into an elegant and natural-looking way and by the end I (and everyone else) was super-happy with the result. But see for yourself:

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My Mooka-Tile using Betweed, Bunzo, Mooka, Printemps, Tipple, Quipple and Zinger

After this tile and a short break we continued with a bookmark. We tangled a very free-flowing version of Yincut and I must say I like it! Yincut hasn’t really crossed my tangling path before and it didn’t look very special or interesting in the beginning. But that’s what I ike about Zentangle, it’s a constant surprise! Playing with tangles really is a lot of fun and I decided to look at a few tangles in-depth more. It is such fun! Here is my bookmark – I really like how the grid-Yincut turned out, but the free-flowing “onions” of it.. well, I guess its ok, it’s Zentangle after all!

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The tangles we used were Yincut, Sprigs (the “onion”, one of Michele Beauchamp’s tangles) and Zinger. I added some Ahh on my bookmark, too.

Last and sadly least we tangled another tile since two participants arrived late due to heavy traffic and didn’t have a chance to tangle one yet (no complains from my side here! I was very happy we tangled another one). This time we tried a spiral and it was great fun. Sadly, time was running up quickly and since Michele is so fast and we had little time left, my tile looks actually very different from hers. I mean, I TOTALLY messed up Finery (another “uncomfortable”-tangle that I personally find really, REALLY hard to draw, even more than Mooka before this workshop) and had to make something up for the whole thing to work on my own. But I still love the result very much! For me, it certainly has this “Michele-flow” and it is a wonderful souvenir from this very special day. Here it is:

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Tangles used: (can’t remember the center..), Tipple for filling the gaps, something that was supposed to be Finery, Tripoly, a TOTALLY messed up Finery that I turned into something you might call a tangleation of Crescent Moon or maybe rather something totally different (the string with the onions), Grass Border and Printemps.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any more pictures of the meeting and not even with Michele (which I now regret very much). But as already mentioned before, you can see more pictures of the workshop on Beate’s blog (see above for the link).

I had lots of fun in this workshop, it was great to meet so many tanglers and, of course, Michele in person! She even gave me one of her ATCs after the workshop! I’m really happy about it and feel so honoured! ❤ It’ll get a nice spot in my ATC collection. You might remember seeing it in her last post before coming to Europe), it is the first ATC of the two ATCs.

Thank you again, Michele, for this wonderful workshop, it was a pleasure to meet you in person! And thank you, too, Beate, for making it all possible and for your hospitality!

EDIT 13.10.2015: Michele is now back home and has written a blog entry about the workshop. You can see me in one of the pictures, too! Guess who I am. 😉

Zentangle: The Jorney so far – Part 2

And here is the second part of my little retrospect on my Zentangle-inspired art (ZIA), this time from December 2012 to March 2013. All cards have already been traded!

I hope you like my work! Starting from the next post there’ll be pictures of more recent works to see. Hope to see you then again!

Zentangle: The Journey so far – Part 1

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog!

Here I’ll showcase my small works of art and my thoughts and ideas about other stuff, too – most of it probably on Zentangle ®. My art is small, because I’m mainly drawing Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), which are 2.5 x 3.5″ or 6,4 x 8,9 cm respectively. But I also enjoy tangling regular a Zentangle or a Bijoux tile. For someone as impatient as me these formats are simply perfect because they are finished in a short time!

In August 2011, while browsing the internet, I stumbled upon Zentangle, a creative art form coined (and copyrighted) by the Americans Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts (you can check out their blog here). In principle, this art form is about drawing repetitive patterns (called “Tangles”) which leads the drawer into a relaxing, meditative state. Since I’ve always liked patterns a lot, I got hooked quite easily. In the beginning, I prefer Zentangle-inspired Art, where Tangles are incorporated into “regular” works of art. To give you an impression of my kinds of works I’ll post a few older works of mine first before I’ll show you some new stuff.

Here you go: