Still waters run deep

A short post for a little something I did today:

tile
Tangles used: Crescent Moon (like it a lot for the first time ever woohooo!), Diva Dance & Tipple

I really like it a lot, it even looks a liiiiiiiiitle bit like something one of my favourite tanglers, Margaret Bremner, could have done. Just a little bit.

My unconscience played me a neat trick here because only a few hours before I first put pen to paper on this tile I started watching Avatar – The last Airbender (the cartoon series) and the first part is all about waterbending (that is controlling the element of water so it can be manipulated at the Avatar’s / waterbender’s will). So… I guess I might have to do a tile for earth, wind and fire, too, as the series progresses.. We’ll see! It’s a lovely series and it would be cool to have a little element set for myself.

The downside is that the tile literally took half the day to tangle and colour in.. Hope to get faster here soon! :-/ For this tile I sued some watercolour base (Schmincke Horadam) and then my trusty Faber-Castell Polychromos. It somehow felt right to use them here and not my new love, the Caran d’Ache Luminance (there’s always next time!).

Have a nice week!

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Just for fun

Cause that’s what it’s all about. 🙂

just for fun
Tangles used: Button, Pokeleaf, Printemps, Shattuck, Tipple, Tripoli

I took up the Earth Day Challenge that was recently issued by the Diva Laura Harms and cut a tile from a supermarket tomato packaging that was lying around. Really lovely paper I must say! Won’t be the last project on that paper (more tomatoes have been bought already ^^).

This is also the first project I did using the set of 20 Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils a friend gave me for my birthday a few months back. They’re at least as lovely as they are pricey! One of those supercreamy-soft pencils costs at least 3€, so… you can imagine how very nice they must be then. All of them are extremely lightfast (something which can by no means be taken for granted) and the colours are brilliant and absolutely magnificent! I’m definitely in love and already bought a few additions. ❤ And well… I guess I can't rest until one day I caught oh… I mean until I bought them all.. ;-D

My new tangle: Ann

We’re back online!!! To celebrate this I want to publish a post I have already written quite some time ago and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

I’ve waited quite a bit for this moment and now the time’s come to present to you my new tangle: Ann! Since I discovered Zentangle back in August 2011 I always wanted to invent or deconstruct my own tangle that I’m proud of because I think no one has thought of that idea before**. However, I’m not that inventive. I always need a point to start from and seeing that huge mass of already deconstructed patterns is always quite intimidating, too. So.. where to start? Some day in Spring 2017 I remembered IX, a tangle, that is based on a letter – I thought that might be something that I could try. Quite fast I settled on the letter N and the first four steps from the step-out below came to me pretty fast, too. But something was missing. I couldn’t point a finger at it, but it just wasn’t finished yet. However, I was at a loss for the last step.

The final form of Ann was found back in June 2017 (yep, I’m quite slow posting about it XD) when I sat down with my friend and fellow tangler Christina from W wie Windspiel to tangle in an Asian restaurant after a Zentangle meeting. I showed her what I had come up with and after discussing a few ideas she suggested adding a Cubine-like “window” between the N-starting-shapes. It immediately felt perfectly right and the final step from the following step-out was added. I was really happy that finally I had found what I was looking for. Now it was perfect! Still, there was one issue left: the name. But here my friend was a great help again. Due to the tangle being based on the letter N, she suggested the name this tangle has today. It was just perfect! I had never seen a tangle like this before* and I’m still very happy with it.

I already have deconstructed the tangle Sweaf, but like Printemps, we never came to develop some kind of long-term relationship. It’s nice but… actually not my kind of favourite tangle. It’s different with Ann, though. I love it and it has become one of my go-to tangles since it’s deconstruction a few months ago.

I won’t bore you any more with details, here are the step-outs to tangling Ann:

 

Here are a few tips for tangling Ann:
1. To make the tangle more lively, try tangling the N-shapes in different sizes, draw curved lines instead of straight ones and vary the spacing between the Ns.

2. You can draw the two “teeth” (they do look a bit like a vampire’s cuspid, don’t you think?) in step 3 either as one line (going back and forth) or as two lines. I  prefer 2 lines and to turn my tile in a way that the “tip” of the two “teeth” is pointing to me so that I can pull the pen towards me.

3. You CAN start drawing the inner line of the out “tooth” in the center (step 3). However, I think it looks more interesting if you don’t start in the middle but a little off – you can vary the look here very nicely, too.

4. You can either fill in the inner “tooth” or the outer one (like in the deconstruction above) of Ann – or maybe you even come up with another variation?

5. For the Cubine-like “window” first draw the diagonal lines from two or three corners towards the center, then connect them by drawing a line that’s parallel to the shape it’s drawn in. Or maybe drawing the diagonal lines from all for corners is interesting, too? (is this a window/hole then, or a lifted area? You decide by shading it accordingly!) Or changing the corners from where the diagonal lines are drawn towards the center?

And here are a few tiles I tangled with Ann:


Some colour involved 🙂
Tangles used: Ann, Fengle


My first try on Margaret Bremner’s rope string.
Tangles used: Ann, ING, Paradox, Tipple, Tripoli, Zedbra


Ann as a border on a 3Z
Tangles used: Ann, ‘nzeppel


Ann as a border on a Zendala
Tangles used: Ann, Fife


A little black & white Bijou
Tangles used: Ann, Crescent Moon

Now, this is really exciting for me, I cannot wait to see what tanglers from all over the world will do with Ann! If you tried it and published a tile with Ann, I’d really love to see it! Please link to it in the comments or drop me a message on Twitter and I’ll come and pay a visit.

Happy tangling and hope to see you soon!

Yvonne

** As I said, I’m not aware of any pattern that is just like Ann and at this point I’m quite certain that it is unique. However, it’s impossible to know all patterns and tangles in the world. If you’ve already seen this pattern somewhere before, I’d appreciate it if you’d drop me a message with a link to it.

Diva Challenge #361: Amanda Day / Earth Day Year 7

Oh what a week that was.. Lot’s of work and other things on my mind – but the tile for this week’s Diva Challenge still fit in. I’m getting fast and faster and recently I think I took another step forward, I really like almost all of my results! For someone as self-critical as me that’s a HUGE step forward. 🙂 Since I cannot post everything at the moment (see P.S. for the reason), I hope you will believe my word only that this is the 5th week in a row that I can finish the tile in time! This is a new record for me and I hope to keep going and going this year!! Let’s hope that this roll continues and that by the end of the year I can look back on the Diva Challenges of 2018 with an (almost) complete collection! That’s been my goal for several years now but I never came even close to that. Maybe 2018 will be the year!

This week the Diva Laura Harms issued a recurring challenge, it’s Earth Day time again! That means that we’re challenged to recycle something for the challenge. For her tile she used brown paper cut from a pizza cardboard box and the usual pens. I decided to do something similar and as if my mind had unconsciously grabbed the idea, I had on that day – after a long time again – bought a pack of my favourite cookies that I coud use. I wanted to cut as many tiles as possible from that:

gaps in the cardboard box
After the most economic cutting possible…

all the tiles, ATCs and Bijous cut from the box
… I got two tiles, two ATCs and three Bijous – not bad!

The Diva also used a special string that resembled a sun (or, a quarter sun 😉 ). Again, I decided to mimic her:
my string
My string

Finally, here’s the result:

my tile for Diva Challenge #361
Tangles used: Agua, Mooka, Opus, Pokeroot, Tripoli, Verdigogh, Zinger

Zen got me there, I honestly wasn’t striving to get such a botanical result but.. it’s so fitting and I really like it! The paper.. I didn’t like nearly as much but in the end – and in true Earth Day spirit – I’ll try to tangle on all tiles/ATCs/Bijous that I got out of the cardboard box. Results will of course be posted here on the blog when I’m finished.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to take a look at the Diva’s own tile and at what everybody else came up with >>here<<!

P.S.: I still have many more things to post, among them a few Diva Challenges and I hope to finally post them soon. It looks like our internet problems will FINALLY get fixed in less than two weeks and after that I’ll be catching up with a lot of stuff from the last 6 (!!) months including project packs and other stuff, too. Keeping your fingers crossed, too, will help a lot, though! You never know of the Telekom tech will actually show up or not..

Diva Challenge #358: Pickpocket again!

The challenge was just so much fun, so I sat down with another tile featuring Pickpocket (for the first one click >>here<<) and the result after many hours of tangling, colouring and fun is this:


Tangles used: Diva Dance, Pickpocket, Printemps, Verdigogh

I baptised this tangle Pickpocketii PriVerDiDa and it was such fun to tangle, colour (must be the lack of spring) and finally name this tree, too! I hope I’ll get to do more plants of all kinds in the future and have the joy to name them, too.

Be sure to check out the Diva’s tiles and the other wonderful contributions from tanglers all over the world >>here<<.

Have a wonderful sunny Sunday!

Diva Challenge #358: UMT Pickpocket by Tomàs Padrós

Thank you for all the sympathetic and encouraging comments for last week’s post! Each of them really brightened my day. 🙂 This is going to be a short post since the situation hasn’t changed one bit since last week… Let’s hope there’ll be a more positive development soon. However, since Pickpocket by Tomàs Padrós is such a great tangle, I simply couldn’t keep from tangling and posting this week’s response to the Diva’s challenge! Tomàs really has contributed quite a few wonderful patterns already, so I decided to mix Pickpocket with another tangle of Tomàs’s that I really like a lot, Irradial:

Tangles used: Irradial, Pickpocket

I recently saw this “‘nzeppeled/jewel-ised version of Irradial and wanted to use it before I forget about it. Pickpocket did take a little time to practice but it’s really worth it, I love the weaving effect a lot! And yes, I confess: I did use a ruler to place the dots this time. O:-) I like it tidy as it is here – although the Diva’s wavy interpretation is really cool, too. Do check it out if yiou haven’t already seen it and of course all the other great contributions to this week’s challenge! Click here to go to the Diva’s post to see it all.

Have a great week and lots of fun with Pickpocket!

Diva Challenge #357 (and the internet) Paradox

Long time no see! I haven’t been able to post for a few months now due to internet issues. If the story is not of interest for you, feel free to skip the seperated text and scroll down to the pictures for this week’s challenge.

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Since we moved flat at the beginning of December, the telephone companies involved (yes, it’s more than one by now which makes everything even more complicated) haven’t been able to re-connect us to the internet. It’ss a long story by now and one which usually brings my temper up so I won’t say no more about itnow. The whole situation will continue for at least another 4 weeks now so we’ll be left with no internet at home for half a year.Incredible in times like these in a country like Germany – but I’m sure that anybody from Germany can confirm the horror stories from companies like Telekom. They are true indeed. 😦

Since we fully depend on very limitted data budgets from our mobile phones, I haven’t posted at all here since the blogging does take a lot of data from my budget. However, we’re now sitting in a train heading home and I intend to fully use up my 200MB you can get for free here. And since I’ve been busy tangling I can show you at least what I tangled for thhis week’s challenge – which is very little of all the tangling I’ve been doing in the laast few months. As soon as we’re back online, you can expect tons of updates here.

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But without further ado: Here are the two monotangle tiles I did for the Diva Challenge #357:


Unshaded (I finally remembered to take apicture before shading!:-))


After shading

Tangles used on all tiles: Paradox
(All pictures were taken on board of the train so they’re not as good as usual.. sorry!)

Hope to be posting again soon and to have you back here then again, too!
Happy tangling and hapy Easter for you all!

Time’s moving fast…

It’s unbelievable how fast time’s moving these days! I want to thank everybody who left a comment for the last post and I’m sorry I’m so very late to thank you. Lots of small things distracted me from coming back to you earlier (and doing other blog-related stuff I’ alluded to in the past) and it’s not only been the move, which will take place a little later than we had hoped at first. However, it still looks like we’re moving before next year begins and we do keep our fingers crossed that there’ll be no more changes. It already worked for the new kitchen! It was supposed to be delivered in January next year, but last week we got a note that it’ll be in the nick of time before Christmas! But I’m bothering you all with boring stuff, sorry. 😉

Again my monthly post comes at the last of the month. I guess I just need that deadline… But better have a post late than never! Here’s the latest tile, no challenge, just tangling:


Tangles used: Barberpole, CO2, Fassett, Pepper, Printemps, Verdigogh

I really like the Printemps-“snails” with the Verdigogh-“tentacles”! And I cant’t help it but this one hast a winter feeling… even though it’s not even winter yet! Or maybe it is because it’s been getting much cold as of late? I don’t know but I hope you’re warm and comfy and have an enjoyable time tangling whereever you are!

Thanks a lot for stopping by and see you next month, too!

Yvonne

Diva Challenge #334

Very busy and very tired at the moment, that’s why this’ll be a very short post. Inspired by this week’s Diva Challenge I modestly present:


Tangles used: N’Zeppel (“crazy” shading variation), Printemps, Paradox, Tipple

I like this shading variation of N’Zeppel and will definitely use it again! I’d also like to try another piece with several different shading variations mixed together. I’m sure that this would look very cool!
I didn’t shade the whole because of various reasons. The most important one is that I’m extremely tired right now but have to post now if I want to have a post for September. The other reason ist that I thought that in this way crazy N’Zeppel would “pop” more from the tile. It didn’t really happen but it’s still good looking.

The next two months will be a bit harder to post because we are going to move. ❤ I'm still planning to post at least once per month. However, moving is also the "death" of Inktober this year for me. If you're participating I wish you lots of fun and a lot of stamina so you'll be able to complete the challenge. I'll definitely be folloing Inktober activities an Twitter and I'm looking forward to enjoying all this great rt that'll be posted then.

"See" you soon!

Diva Challenge #329: Fragment D-1

Wow, that was close! A last minute post before August is over.. At the beginning of the year I wanted to post at least once a month and this time I barely made it. The culprit is the game of Go, which I’ve been playing for more than 10 years now. Since the European Go Congress 2017 started at the end of July, my love of the game came back and I spent much more time studying and playing in a short time than I had since the start of the year! I did tangle a bit in between but it’s nothing that I can share with you for now. It might take a little bit longer, but you’ll see. 🙂

Anyway – how time flies! A few weeks ago already I started this tile for the Diva Challenge #329 about fragment D1. This is really a fascinating fragment and I can imagine myself sitting down at my desk for another few hours exploring the possibilities of shading and combinations with other tangles. Such fun!


Tangles used: Fragment D1, Fassett, Paradox

I especially like the combination with Paradox and I think I’ll experiment with those two a little bit more. This is also one of the first tiles ever that I did and where I like the sepia Micron in. It always looks streaky (when filling in areas) or much darker than in everybody else’s artwork.

Please also visit the Diva’s blog and check out all the other great artwork that was posted for this challenge!

This is a short post but I hope that next month won’t be as short – and especially not as late. Although that might be hard, there are two Go tournaments and our league team’s yearly meeting coming up. But tournaments usually means travelling, too. And on the train tangling is not a problem. So I guess you’ll be seeing “travelling tangles” of one kind or another next time. 🙂

See you!

P.S.: As time flies by, you might also already want to think about what to do for Inktober this year!

Zentangle Meeting Germany 2017 in Magdeburg

WARNING: LOT’S OF PICTURES AHEAD! Smartphone user might want to consider their remaining data volume. Don’t say that I haven’t warned you! 😉

A little later than I hoped to post here’s the promised report about the special event I mentioned in my last blogpost. As I hinted then, this weekend was destined to be full of Zentangle. Martina, a kind and very generous soul from Magdeburg, had organized a Zentangle meeting in her beautiful hometown, Magdeburg, including accommodation in varying price categories. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since it had be announced first in January and finally on Friday the day had come to go to Magdeburg! Continue reading “Zentangle Meeting Germany 2017 in Magdeburg”

Diva Challenge #262: UMT: Fassett by Lynn Mead and upcoming Zentangle weekend

In the last few months I haven’t really posted anything about my plans for completing 1 year of Diva challenges – so it’s more than about time I post this tile! Which is already 5 months old (you can tell from the straight edges of the tile ;-D) and which I never got around to post here… But I still love it very, very much, especially the contrast between the curvy and rather straight lines.

DC-262
Tangles used: Fassett, Printemps

Challenge #262 was to use Lynn Mead’s beautiful tangle Fassett. I thought it would be nice to keep the number of tangles small this time and to leave some space empty for a change – and the frame really works well in my opinion.

This challenge REALLY got me hooked on Fassett and I’ve been using it a lot ever since I completed this challenge. Just like Paradox, Trelina, Ginili and – the most revent addition to the team – Pepper it has become one of my favourite tangles and is probably my foremost “go-to-tangle” at the moment. All thanks to you, Lynn and Laura! 🙂

If everything goes as planned, there’ll be a HUGE change on the blog in the months to come. I don’t think I can reveal anything yet but it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to do very much for a very long time. Although you won’t be seeing anything new in the next months to come rest assured that there’s an east wind coming… (yes, I do love BBC Sherlock a lot ;-D )

Next weekend will be a very special one: Via Facebook a Zentangle weekend has been organized for a few lucky souls who were at the right place at the right time to register – places filled very quickly and I myself only got in by the skin of my teeth. Since I’m having a very busy time at work, I’m really looking forward to tangling a whole weekend and meeting new, kind people! I’m especially looking forward to meeting Arva from W wie Windspiel who is also an active member of the German ATC website kakao-karten.de. As far as I know, no CZTs are coming, so it’ll just be tangling, talking, eating and of course more tangling. Maybe I can catch up on more Diva challenges that weekend. Or have the time to work on another project… who knows. I don’t really want to make any plans – although I do guess that our host will keep us very busy (I hope not too busy! 😉 ). Since I’ll be arriving the day before, I hope to get in some urban sketching as well. On Friday I bought a very nice book abouth sketching architecture by Liz Steel called “5-Minute Sketching Architecture” and I’m looking forward very much to trying out some of her useful tipps. I’ll try to post a few pictures next weekend as we’re tangling along and of course I’ll be writing a blogpost with lots of pictures and the artwork we created afterwards.

Have a great week!

Yvonne

Diva Challenge #318: Diptych

It’s been so long since my last Diva challenge but I had wanted to join it for quite some time. Since the slump is (more or less) over (for now), I sat down this evening and this is the result:


Tangles used: Barberpole, CO2, Fescu, Hollibaugh, Hypnotic, ‘Nzeppel, Pepper, Trelina, Zedbra

I’m really curious to see what tanglers from all over the world will do with this challenge! If you’re curious, too, then be sure check out what’s been linked to the Divas blogpost!

A short post tonight if you want to read some rambling you can check out my last post about the urge to create.

Have fun tangling and see you soon!

The Urge to Create

Long time no see! Again. I’m sorry but after posting in April I kind of entered a little “slump” and I really lost all desire to draw or create any kind of art, even Zentangle. This sometimes happens and I’m not really sure why this happened – although I think I’m starting to discover a pattern: This tends to happen whenever I participate in any drawing challenge I decide to join on my favourite ATC-site kakao-karten.de. Whenever I’m joining I’m really into the theme of the challenge and I really want to give it my best. However, this seems to leed to me failing at creating any ideas that I like and that I really want to realise for the challenge. Maybe I’m pressuring myself too much? I don’t know.. Even when I tried to be more relaxed no ideas came to me and when the day of the deadline came I had nothing to offer. It’s really frustrating…

Most interestingly this time Zentangle helped me out of this state. At the start of the year I decided to create at least one piece of Zentangle art per month and I didn’t get around to it until last Thursday. Since it was a holiday, I decided to sit down at the table und just “get over with it” now. I drew a string, jotted down 20 tangles that came to my mind and I took the 20-sided dice my husband gave me and just rolled it until the tile was tangled. The combinations were definitely surprising but positively so. Still, on several occasions (especially during shading) I’d really would have liked to just go and leave it like it is… doing something else… But after I had finished the tile, I felt really great and the desire to create something was totally back. That’s why this tile will always be in my heart:


Tangles used: Cyme, Diva Dance, Hollibaugh, Hypnotic, Pepper, Ruutz, Shattuck

I had to work on Friday but on Saturday morning I sat down again at my desk and created yet another tile, again with the list of tangles and the trusty dice – and I really like it, too. Kind of have a feeling that I’ll have to add a little Pepper more frequently on the future because it really spices up my tiles (bad pun inteded 😉 ). Here it is:


Tangles used: Auraknot, Diva Dance, Hollibaugh, ‘Nzeppel, Pepper, Shattuck

I even have a third tile half-finished here which I couldn’t finish yet because suddenly some really good ideas for my ATC drawing challenges popped up. I’ll have to work on them for now since the deadlines are approaching quickly (and I’m very happy that I finally have something to offer after dropping out so often before!), but it feels really good to have something to come back to in breaks or after the ATCs are done. Now I have to hope that the ideas work out fine and that I can draw and craft them as I want to. Wish me luck!*

And, of course: Have a good time tangling!

* If you stumple upon a paper die in the form of a revolver (preferrably a modern-looking one) with a maximum size of 15mm / about half an inch, please DO let me know asap (even if asap ist in 2020 XD). My research so far has been without result, I only found pasta and cookie cutters, but I do have this one idea that I’d love to make real and I need this die or 20-35 die-cut mini-guns. Wouldn’t want to cut stamped guns by hand… although I’d do it if that was the only way” >:-)

Diva Challenge #283: UMT Centre Square

Another post I wrote back in January 2017 which I didn’t get around to post.

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Another year has come but the Diva is still taking her well-deserved break. Time to catch up on some of the challenges of 2016 that I didn’t have time for, the big goal (for this year) is to finish them all so I have a complete mosaic for 1 whole year of Diva challenges. Yeah, another challenge for myself since I already failed like… 1.000. But it doesn’t matter, I’ll get there some day eventually!

The tile for challenge #283 below actually has a long history. Some would say it’s full of misunderstandings, others would say it’s.. giving up too early on a promising opportunity. I was really motivated when the challenge was up and I wanted to incorporate tangleations and all kinds of fancy stuff into this tile. The challenge was to use the tangle Centre Square by Aleesha Sattva and was really eager to try something new since I had just recently gotten myself the wonderful ebook Overlapping Zentangle by Eni Oken and experimented with going over and under. Centre Square looked like a great opportunity to play with this concept. However, after the centre grid was finished, I was absolutely not satisfied with the outcome, it looked not at all like how I imagined it to be. And I put it away. In the months to come I looked at it again and again but it didn’t speak to me until late December 2016 when I finally finished it. I’m quite satisfied with it now (although it is too full AGAIN.. will I ever learn? X’D) but it was a real struggle. Here’s the result of the fight:

Diva Challenge #283
Tangles used: Centre Square, Demi, Marasu (not coiled up – or maybe only very loosely coiled up?), Printemps, Tipple (in a looooong string)

One thing I really like is the combination of Centre Square and Demi in this tile. And how Printemps is such a good contrast to all the straight lines in this tile. Ok, I have to admit it: The tile is not that bad, ok… 🙂 Centre Square is a really nice tangle and I think I’ll use it now and then in the future. Thanks for sharing, Aleesha!

If you want to see all the other tiles everybody did for this challenge, click >>here<< to go to the Diva’s blog entry.