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… πŸ™‚ 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.

Diva Challenge #276: Space truckin’ – Moving tangles

The Diva took a well-deserved Christmas break, so I felt I had a chance to catch up a little on the 2016 challenges. I’d really love to finish a complete year but I still have a long way to go there: There were 48 challenges in 2016 and I only managed to finish 15 so far (including this one and not counting the tiles for the first year of Diva Challenges), that’s almost one third of the challenges.. I’m happy that I was able to do so many in my first year, but… way to go if I ever want to have a complete mosaic! So let’s take this next step.

That’s what I wrote in JANUARY and never got to actually publish here on the blog. Until today. Better late than never! PLease enjoy!

Challenge #276 was issued by the Diva in July 2016 in the middle of summer and summer vacations. Click >>here<< to check out everybody’s contributions.

When the challenge was up, I was not happy because I like my steady, quiet drawing underground and there’s hardly another thing more annoying for me than an underground that’s moving and shaking in an uncontrollable and not foreseeable way while I’m drawing or tangling. Oh, those wonky lines! I don’t care if it’s ok with Zentangle to draw wonky lines, I’m a perfectionist and I dislike wonkyness in my work. ;-P Oh, and yes, I had no vacations during summer, either, because of the wedding preparations. Since I had no opportunity to tangle travelling, it was hard to do this challenge, too (no, I won’t start tangling on my way to work, this is even MORE bumby that express trains to the other side of the country and too little time at a time, too). However, on January 1st, when we rode the train back to our home from celebrating Christmas and the new year with the family, I remembered the challenge and decided to pick up my Micron and try it anyway. It was bumpy and a bit annoying to tangle in the train, but in the end I have to admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be and I like the result far more than I expected. I'm glad I took up the challenge and pulled through! Here’s my tile:

Diva Challenge #276
Tangles used: Ahh, Fassett, Jawz, Knightsbridge (shattered by a meddlesome Printemps-coil into black and white squares), Paradox, Printemps, Tipple, Trelina

Most conveniently, the tile took the whole train ride to complete, about 4 hours (including some leisure breaks), so I was pleasantly busy the whole time without being pressed for time (kind of magical, huh? πŸ™‚ ). The tangles came easily, too, and if I only had a feeling what I needed, like some “drama” in the end, I quickly found what I needed on the internet (provided for free on all ICE trains in Germany since January 1st, which was extremely convenient). And there was the surprise element in the end, too, so all in all I’d say that everything was just as perfect a Zentangle experience as one could hope for. Thank you very much, Laura, for helping me to leave my comfort zone and for letting me have such an enjoyable time! πŸ™‚

Sign of Life

Dear all,

it’s been some time since my last post. Unfortunately, work has had me in a firm grip since the start of the year and February & March were especially intense, thus the long time without any post. I did tangle a bit here and there but mostly I was simply too tired to work on the Diva Challenges or even publish some posts that I had already written in January (and which are still waiting to be published). However, I think that these extreme times are over and that there’ll be more life in the near future.

Here are a few works I tangled since the last post that I like a lot:

ATC abstract
Tangles used: Ruutz, Black Pearlz, Printemps, Fassett, Hamail, Wheelz

ATC bumblebee
Tangles used: Ginili, Shattuck

These ATCs I tangled for a swap with a friend over at the German ATC website kakao-karten.de. Actually, only the first ATC was for our swap, the second one was a birthday gift and the first work I used my Finetec colours with. You see the shiny golden Ginili there? The gold was done with one of my Finetecs which are about the same as the Kuretake Gansai Tambi many tanglers are already using. I bought a set at the beginning of the year and I LOVE them! Here’s a picture where you can see their shininess a little better:
ATC bumblebee-shininess

Tangling on top is a little hard sometimes since the colour seems to clutter the tip of the Micron a bit, but with a little patience it works just fine. I also think that it’s a perfect match with my latest favourite pattern, Ginili. Isn’t it a wonderful pattern?

big one gardening tangles
Tangles used: Ansu, Fescu, Garlic Cloves, Ginili, Onamato, Pozer, Tipple, Zinger

This next piece I did for my mother’s birthday. My sister and I gave her a trip to Berlin this year since the International Garden Exhibition will be in Berlin this year. The picture is part of our gift certificate (that’s why there’s a lot of empty space at the top). I like the picture overall, although Zinger looks a little blocky here. But I guess it’s ok since I was a little under time pressure and finished it at 3am on the morning I had to send it over to my sister to finish it. πŸ˜€ I really like Garlic Cloves here, it’s a great pattern to use for “gardening textures”. The background was done with watercolours. I then tangled on that background and shaded with Polychromos coloured pencils. Shading was a lot of fun here!

tile 4 fun
Tangles used: Auraknot, Ginili, Hollibaugh, Printemps, Zedbra

My latest piece is a traditional tile and I really love how it turned out! It all started with Auraknot, then Ginili joined in and the challenge was to connect both of them. But Hollibaugh (here with dark and bright “strands”), some smaller Auraknots and Printemps did a good job here, I think. Shading the small Auraknots was a challenge though. But if it’s larger, it doesn’t get any easier, too, and I guess I tend to “overshade” it. I’ll have to do some research how everyone else is shading it! It’s always great to see how others are shading or tangling a particular tangle.

You might have noticed that I didn’t scan the tile as I usually do and post a cropped picture. The reason is that I bought a roll cutter which creates a lovely deckle edge. I SO, SO love it! My scanner, however, is not nearly as thrilled as I am and crops the picture as it thinks is best – without the deckle edges.. That’s why I bought a small easel (like many other tangles already did before me) and will have to post the tiles like this in the future if I want to keep the edges. But maybe you think that’s an improvement? Let me know what you think, I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

That’s it for today, I hope to see you here again soon!

Diva Challenge #301: Kitchen Table Tangles with Paradox & Diva Dance

What a start of the year! Work kept me extremely busy for several weeks and I didn’t get to post anything here in the blog – although I did tangle a little bit since my last post. You’ll see the result soon. πŸ™‚

However, today I’d like to post my tiles (yes, there’s more than one!) for this week’s challenge, which was a special one. Zentangle HQ released the first video of a series called “Kitchen Table Tangles” where they’ll share tipps and tricks while tangling a tile. While the videos will usully only be available through the Zentangle Mosaic app, they shared this first video on their YouTube channel for everyone to see. Click >> here << to watch it (and be sure to come back afterwards πŸ˜‰ ). The video is about twelve minutes long.

This first video was very interesting since it had to do with overlapping, my favourite subject, and he even used two of my favourite tangles! Rick showed there how you can “weave” Diva Dance into Paradox, a very neat trick. The Diva let us play with this idea this week and I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to finally use my Paradox tangleation again. Here’s the first result:

Diva Challenge #301 - 1
Tangles used: Diva Dance, Paradox

I wasn’t overly happy with the first tile because AGAIN I had drawn too small and it looked more chaotic than cool and the weaving doesn’t really show well. So if you haven’t tried it before but are set on trying it now after you watched the video: Draw Paradox bigger. That’s what I did for the second tile and I like the result much better:

Diva Challenge #301 - 2
Tangles used: Diva Dance, Paradox

I guess now you’re asking: “Didn’t she say something about a Paradox tangleation before? What about that?” Well, it’s there, but it doesn’t show that well. Here’s a monotangle of my tangleation of Paradox – it’s pretty much a combination of that tangle and Hollibaugh.

Escaping Paradox
Tangles used: Paradox-variation (I like to call it “Escaping Paradox” ^^)
[Tile ist from March 2016]

I already came up with it almost a year ago, but never came around to post it.. ^^; It’s no ground-breaking new stuff, you actually only apply the concept of drawing over and under from Hollibaugh on Paradox to give it an almst “woven” look. The start of it is a little tricky so f you’d like a step-out, just let me know! Oh, and if someone already came up with this before me, please leave me a note here!

Be sure to check out all the great contributions tanglers from all over the world made for this week’s Diva Challenge!

Have a great Sunday und see you next time!

Diva Challenge #298: UMT Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam

Happy New Year to you!* Let’s hope that we’ve entered a creative, happy and healthy new year. πŸ™‚

Last year certainly was a very busy year – both Zentangle-wise and in other parts of my life. However, at the moment it feels like 2016 was just a warm-up for what hit me this week, work is really crazy at the moment… and I mean REALLY crazy. I mean we all saw it coming but even the most experienced of us underestimated what hit us in the middle of last week. This will probably not change over the next few weeks, too. Fortunately, at least the Diva is back and she and you, dear reader (I’m sure of it), will at least keep me drooling over gorgeous Zentangle artwork which is a little comfort (although not much, since I probably won’t be able to play, too). I started this week’s Diva Challenge before hell broke loose (actually as a warm-up for drawing ATCs) and I wanted to upload the tile before, too, but shading took AGES.

DC-298
Tangles used: Barberpole, IX, Orbs-la-Dee, Printemps, Tipple

The intention was to play with going over and under with Orbs-la-Dee and I like a lot how it turned out. This overlapping really caught me since I got Eni Okens book on that subject, it really helped and is an interesting read.

Around Christmas I tangled a few other tiles for Challenges in 2016. I’ll upload them as soon as I have a little time to breathe. In the meantime please do not forget to check out all the great artwork tanglers from all over the world contributed for this challenge.

Hope to be back soon!

*The initial will eventually come. At the moment I’m really pressed for time, so.. please imagine a deliciously tangled inital H, ok? ;’)

Diva Challenge #287: Use My Tangle – Dreamcatcher

initial for the letter "N"o way it’s already this late?! Today Yesterday was a national holiday in Germany (celebrating the united Germany) so I was able to start right away with the Diva Challenge this week. It’s already past midnight which is a fitting time to post my piece for this week’s Diva Challenge (and which is no problem at all since Monday was a national holiday in Germany and another two days of free time are yet to come). It is the first challenge of the month and therefore it’s time for a UMT (use my tangle)-challenge. The Diva’s random number generator was hard at work (ok, maybe not so much) and chose Daniel Lamothe’s tangle Dreamcatcher for us.

I don’t know if I had chosen this tangle if I had discovered it on the internet but after trying it must say Dreamcatcher is really cool and a lot of fun to do! The optical effect is really very interesting, thanks a lot for sharing, Daniel! At first I had some trouble to draw the arcs symmetrically, so I played a little dot first where I thought the arc would peak before drawing a line and this really helped me a lot to get a more appealing result. And I’m really very happy with this one:

DC-287
Tangles used: Barberpole (with happy mistake in it *g*), Cruffle, Dreamcatcher, Flux, Hypnotic, ‘Nzeppel, Printemps, Trelina, Wheelz

I’m sure there’ll be tons of great contributions this week, so don’t forget to check them all out on the Diva’s blog! Preferrably after leaving me a comment here if you feel like it. πŸ™‚

Have fun with Dreamcatcher and if you’re participating, too, with Inktober! I guess the next post will be on Wednesday. Hope you’ll be back then.

Diva Challenge #286: Straight to it

intital fir the letter "i"t’s another week and another Diva Challenge. My third week in a row, yeah! This week the Diva Laura Harms asked us to only use tangles with straight lines for our contribution. Since the Diva herself had a few black spaces in her tile, I thought it would be ok to imitate that so I had an easier time to get some darker values into the piece. Since I love many tangles with straight lines like Paradox, Fassett, Cubine, ING, Zedbra, Palrevo or Baton, I thought this would be THE chance to combine them all into 1 picture (well, nearly all of them). I don’t know why I hadn’t thought earlier of that, it was a really great challenge and I really would have loved to tangle more for this challenge. However, I had some time issues this week. Well, at least I managed to to tangle something, here it is:

Diva Challenge #285 - Straight to it
Tangles used: Baton, CO2, DL Sunray, Fassett, ING, Paradox

I tried to overlap but I still need some practice – or maybe the shading is the reason why the parts don’t really “pop”? I don’t know, but I still like the result.

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful pieces of art tanglers from all over the world have tangled for this challenge!

The next initial for Inktober is almost finished, too. I’ll upload a few in the next days again!

Diva Challenge #285: Relax, Bro. And Sis.

Sometimes it’s a good thing to have somebody point out the obvious to you: This week the Diva reminded us Zentangle lovers again that Zentangle is actually about the zen while you “work” and not about the result at the end. While I do know this… I’ll be honest with you: I do care more about the outcome than about the process. Willingly. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the Zen while tangling, that I still have it and enjoy a lot and it is a reason while I enjoy tangling so much. However… if I don’t like my work while I work on it, it spoils the Zen for me. It’s already gotten better, but I don’t think this will ever change for me. By now I almost immediately enter Zen when tangling (at least that’s how it feels like) and even if the flow is broken from stopping after one section of the string, I’ll enter again soon enough. That’s why I don’t fuss over it all too much.

This week’s task, creating a REAL Zentangle therefore was a little difficult for me. But I still managed to come up with something and I think it’s quite interesting. I’ll explain after I have shown you my contribution for this week’s challenge:

DC-285
Tangles used: B’tweed, Cadent, Courant, Dyon, Florz, Isochor (which I never will get and simply turned into Indy-rella πŸ˜› ), Mooka, Pepper, Tat, Tipple, Verdigogh

When I thought about how to tackle this challenge I remembered that a real Zentangle is not planned. That’s why I took out my copy of One Zentangle a Day (I WILL continue with it, I haven’t given up hope of ever finishing it.. ^^). I once made an index of all the patterns inside (which if you know me by now OF COURSE isn’t yet finished). I numbered all the patterns in the book (there are 67 patterns) and by using random.org I chose the tangles to fill my string. It USED to be a simple string, but I kept on adding and adding new sections because there were some tangles such as Tat that I never tangled before (no wonder it looks the way it does) and which I tried to hide. Which left so much empty space. Which is something I didn’t really like So.. ok, I do admit it: it’s not completele unplanned. But I did my best! And one unplanned thing actually happened which is quite funny: I seperated the “organic” looking tangles from the more “geometric” looking tangles. This was no conscious decision but one of “I guess it’ll lok good next to XYZ”. In the end, too many tangles found their way onto the tile, again, but whatever. I do find this one quite intresting. And I just love Pepper! ❀

Be sure to check out all the other great contributions for this week’s challenge!

I’ll be off now to prepare for INKTOBER – yes, it’s that time of the year again! I already started thinking about a project a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to get started! I’m SO excited to see what great art will be posted next month! If you don’t know yet about Inktober, check out my introduction post from last year. This year I want to finish Inktober, let’s see if I can finally finish something… ^^; If you’re wondering what I’m going to do: You’ll read more about this on October 1st. I hope you’ll check back!

Are you going to play in this year’s Inktober, too? I’d love to hear about it now so I can add you to my watchlist. I’ll be tweeting Inktober art, too, so if you’re interested in it and are not yet @tangleoflines me on Twitter, think about it. πŸ™‚

Diva Challenge #284: Tripoli

Autumn is coming at us and what brings autumn with it: wasps, colds, the flu and all their little friends! (yes, autumn is okay.. but not exactly my favourite season πŸ˜‰ ) My doctor said that I have a summer flu but I cannot agree, there are signs of autumn everywhere: conkers, the very low temperature in the morning of wonderful warm summer(-ish) days and of course the “autumn pastries” in the shops (that’s what they call gingerbread, spicy Christmas cookies and all the other Christmas pastries nowadays to justify bombarding us with them as soon as it turns September. And when their time has finally REALLY come, it’s sold out. I hate it. But that’s another story).

The upside of being sick (although “upside” might not be right word.. is there an upside to being sick?) is that I can finally write this short post for the Diva Challenge #284. In this challenge the Diva asked us to do a monotangle with Tripoli. What I like about Tripoli is its transformation after shading. Before it already looks nice, but after you shaded it, it gets this whole new look. And it looks like it shimmers.. That is an effect that not many tangles have!
I clearly remember how I struggled with this tangle 2 or 3 years ago and how a tip on a blog somewhere really helped me out (unfortunately I don’t remember where I read it). Until then, I had noticed that a Tripoly circle had 6 elements but I had not looked closely enough how the were spaced and I really strugled with this. Then I read that 3 of the 6 Tripoly triangles form a semicircle and that there is a straight line (kind of) from the edge of the first triangle down the other edge of the last triangle (I do hope this makes sense to you). This really helped me a lot and now I’m pretty confident with this tangle now. Although I rarely use it. I guess there are too many tangles and not enough time avalable to use a large number of tangles a lot.

This is what I came up with for the challenge:

DC-284
Tangles used: Tripoli (and also some other tangles for filling – I do hope that it still counts as a monotangle? It definitely was an interesting challenge! I used Fassetts, Hypnotic and Pepper)

If you like it, I’d love to read about it! And be sure to check out the other great contributions for this week’s challenge!

See you next time!

Square One – Purely Zentangle focus on BEELINE

Thank you everybody so much for all the encouraging comments in the last post! I treasure each one of them. πŸ™‚ Since this week’s Diva Challenge probably won’t be finished in time, I decided to play on Facebook in the group Square One: Purely Zentangle. For all those of you who don’t know it: It’s a great group with a weekly focus on one specific tangle (although you can post any traditional Zentangle (3,5″ tiles, only black & white) you like there at any time). You’ll find lots of great artwork and new ideas there, so even if you’re not a big fan of Facebook (just like me), it really is more than worth checking it out anyway.

This week’s focus was on the official tangle Beeline. I always liked Beeline, but just as with ING I hardly use it. I was really happy to see it featured for the next few days (the new tangle of the week is always posted on Fridays) and I’m really curious to see als the beautiful artwork everyone is going to post! Since I’ve been tangling a lot recently, I’ve been getting a bit faster tangling and I finally finished a tile (more than) in time to post there for the focus tangle! This is what I came up with:

Beeline
Tangles used: Beeline, Hypnotic (kind of), Jonqual, Printemps, Sand Swirl, Tripoli, Wheelz, Zinger

In the last two weeks I have hade the feeling that my style is changing a LOT and that I’m kind of improving, getting the hang of some concepts and ideas, that I admired but that were too mysterious to copy for me before. It feels so great and I’m very happy about this progress! One reason for this improvement (apart from the fact that I’ve been tangling all the time which led to much improvement, too) is Eni Oken’s new ebook on Overlapping. I can really recommend this book to you! I have only been able to “work” through it a bit but once I really finished it I think I might post e review of it here. So if you’re not yet sure if you should get it, be sure to stick around.

On the other hand I’m having my difficulties with shading. It’s not that I have no idea about it, but it’s no real fun to me right now and I have so much tangled artwork finished ready for shading, that it’s an even more unattractive thought to go back shading – although I do know that shading is a way to further improve an already beautiful artwork. But it’s just no fun right now.. I guess it’l have to wait until it IS fun again. Until then I’ll think about posting some pre-shading artwork or not.. we’ll sse.

Hope to see you again soon! If you have any ideas, tipps or suggestions, please leave a comment. πŸ™‚

Diva Challenge #281: It’s gett-ING addictive

Although it’s gotten a bit quiet here again, I’ve been quite productive when it comes to tangl-ING since I last posted here. I have no idea why, it just keeps on pour-ING out of me and is such fun since I’m gett-ING closer to the look I’d love to get to. Which is great! I still have a lot to learn, but right now it’s such fun to just tangle and tangle and tangle. Although I’m a bit worried when it comes to shading: Who is go-ING to shade all those pieces and when?? Shading is fine, but drawing is just so much more fun for me (right now and in general) that I skip that part for most artwork and simply start another piece.. Shame on me! πŸ˜‰

I guess that by now you’re wonder-ING why I’m writ-ING in such a strange way? Well, when I read that the tangle ING is this week’s Diva Challenge Laura Harms had prepared for the tangl-ING world, I just knew I had to play. I really like ING although I hardly use it in my work – I wonder why? Maybe from now on it’ll show up more often because once I started tangl-ING, I just couldn’t stop! ING is such an addictive and really cool tangle that offers so much space for variations. If you haven’t already tried it, please do! This tangle really deserves to be tangled more often.
Here are my contributions for this week’s challenge:

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I actually wanted to make a monotangle with ING and different fill-INGs (here: Tripoli, something I invented as a fill-ING, Paradox, DL Sunray, Munchin and Hypnotic), but it felt a bit empty… Then Zedbra crept in, then Printemps and Tipple – then I could finally stop. I noticed I have a tendency to clutter my work and don’t know when to stop… ^^;

DC-281_ING_2
This is a good example of me clutter-ING… I tried to overlap, but to me it looks only cluttered, too full of to much detail and the effect I wanted to get, which is that ING is sucked towards the center, is not eally visible. In the actual tile it looks even more like that than here. Maybe that’s because it is a scan? I don’t know but I hope that Eni Oken’s new ebook on Overlapp-ING will help me to improve here!
Tangles used: ING, Printemps, Flux, Tipple, Cubine, Paradox, DL Sunray, and some fragments I invented.

DC-281_ING_3
Here I tried the exact different th-ING than with the last tile, ING was supposed grow from one spot in a star-like shape. I think I like this tile best, it’s not cluttered and has some interst-ING contrasts and fill-INGs – especially like that triangle-fill-ING in the lower left! Only now I noticed taht I forgot to shade Printemps. πŸ˜€ I’ll leave it like that, it’s not too bad like that. On this tile I used ING, Knightsbridge, Printemps, River, Zedbra, Paradox, DL Sunray and Tripoli.

If you liked my contributions I’d like to hear about that! And please do check out all the other great contributions tanglers from all the world have linked for the Diva Challenge!

Have a great week!

My new Toy: Zentangle Mosaic App

Dear all,

I’m so sorry that it’s been so quiet lately. A cold and an extremely busy private life laft hardly any time to tangle in the last few weeks, I wasn’t able to complete any Diva Challenges or even complete 1 tile in the last few weeks… This week and the one to come will definitely be very busy, too, but I have high hopes for the time after that.. Please bear with me.

I just wanted to leave a “quick” note (oh my, these quick notes really grow fast!) her so you know this blog isn’t dead and that there’ll be new stuff kinda soon. And to tell you that I have a new toy: The brand new Zentangle Mosaic app, an official app released by Zentangle HQ! It was released in the Google Play Store (and in the Apple iTunes App Store) only 4 days ago and I stumbled upon it today already, what a coincidence! I downloaded it right away and it looks very pretty indeed! You can do lots of things there and I haven’t tried out or figured out all of them yet. But for a first quick evaluation I’d say it is very similar to Instagram or Pinterest: You upload your own art or someone else’s art (you have to have this person’s permission), you can appreciate somebody’s art or the whole artist, leave comments, exchange private messanges. You can organise all the artwork by creating “mosaics” (similar to pinboards on Pinterest) and by using hashtags for tangles and other occasions (e.g. for a CZT’s course).

Here’s what the Zentangle HQ wrote about the app.

Here are a few screenshots I took from my smartphone to give you an idea of how it looks:

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Here’s the menu – you get the idea of how much you can do here. Still have to try a few things out. πŸ™‚

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One example for the waterfall

waterfall-2
Another example for the waterfall

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This is the detailed view of the first tile I uploaded into the app

My first impression of this app is that it has a very nice user interface although all those options are a little overwhelming. You will need some time to really get used to it (I still haven’t worked out how to add my artwork to the waterfall ^^; ). The “waterfall” is especially nice as every X seconds a tile or artwork is replayed by another (you can choose how fast you want to have them changed). Of course, you cann also scroll down.
The tagging is very useful to find exactly what you need – however, this will only work well if everyone plays along so I’d advise you to check out the recommendations by Zentangle HQ.
The artwork in the app is absolutely gorgeous. What I have seen so far is original artwork from Zentangle HQ (haven’t seen any of it yet published before) and CZTs, I haven’t seen any non-CZT artwork yet but since this is a brand new app with 100-500 downloads yet (according to Google Play store). The private messaging function is great and I do hope very much that group messaging or some kind or forums will be added.

I’ll add a more thorough review when I had the time to play some more with this app.

If you are interested in purchasing a subscription and are as ignorant as to how a yearly subscription is paid for as I was, here are a few warning words: If you want to pay with a gift card, do NOT (!!) enter the code before you are asked to during the subscription process for this app. Do better than me. I first cashed the gift card then continued to buy the subscription which led to me having to pay the subscription in another way and having 35€ to spend on the Google Play Store. And I have no idea how to spend so much there… Well, but I’m happy if you don’t fall fo this. And I hope it helps, if you cannot pay with gift cards at all, please let me know!

What do YOU think about this nifty new app? Feel free to leave me a comment here or drop me a message in Mosaic if you’re active there!

Playground: MOLYGON, the New Official Tangle

If you already know the blog of Margaret Bremner, then you also know she has a few posts on tangles called “… and then some” where she looks at one specific tangle and plays around with it: tangleations, combinations with other tangles, different fillings, you name it. I love those posts: you find out so many new and interesting techniques and other things and they have plenty of eye candy. My new category Playground is supposed to be similar: It’s a post in which I show you what my results of playing around with a tangle are. I don’t think I’m nearly as good or creative as Margaret Bremner is, but I had lots of fun playing and I do hope you enjoy this new category! I’ll start off with the latest official tangle, Molygon, which was officially presented here. If you already did some research on Molygon yourself, too, and want to share your results, please feel free to add the direct link to your post/picture in the comments.

TIPPS for Tangling Molygon

1. At the Zentangle meeting in Berlin earlier this month, CZT Sabrina gave us the clue to pay attention to the gaps between the “croissants” or “bananas” oder “half-moons” or whatever you want to call the shape. And the circles and “snakes” does look somewhat nicer with even gaps, don’t you think? Don’t forget to turn your tile when you’re going around in a circle! It makes everything much easier.

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I think uneven gaps may also give interesting results, but for now, even gaps give it a smoother look.

 

2. However, why always so stiff an orderly? What about a space without circles or snakes filled irregularly with bananas gone wild?

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I do like this wild side of Molygon, too.

EDIT: Annette from CREA(R)TIVES let me know that this is actually another tangle released in 2014 by Hsin-ya Hsu. It goes by the name of Rocco and you can find it here.

 

3. In the newsletter, Zentangle HQ gave a hint about the best lenght of the next adjacent “banana”. This was an eye opener for me because that is what I had most trouble figuring out. According to Zentangle HQ (as well es tested and verified by me) the ideal length for a new banana is about half the length of the one before. Ok, that’s kind of hard to explain (and maybe understand), but I hope the picture will illustrate this better:

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After a few rounds you do get the feeling that you cannot go all the way around, but about half is a good way to decide how far to go. Also try to keep the upper curve of your banana about the same shape all the time when you’re going around in a circle. That way, it gets a very harmonic look and the last banana will fit perfectly.

4. If you increase the length, though, you end up with growing shapes while a shorter length will resul in smaller shapes. Also drawing “thin” and “fat” bananas will give it a different look:

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5. Up to you is also if you prefere Molygon to have sharp or soft cone ends (is that the right name..?). I prefer sharp ones for drawing but both look good.

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6. The last hint is about the circles. Did you notice that the circles seem to turn around a specific centre point? If you mark it down with a dot or simply visualise it for yourself, those circles will be really nice. You can either choose a round center point or an oval one. An oval center will result in a somewhat “flat” circle. And together with Molygon‘s curved shapes, some nice filling or shading, Molygon will become very 3D indeed. If it helps you, you can use your pencil to draw a circle or an oval where all the tips meet. I marked the circles in the next picture with a red pen so you can see it better:

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These are the clues that I learned from other sources or found out while practising Molygon. Now let’s have some more fun with it!

 

PLAYING with Molygon

1. Vary the size of the bananas. Ok this will happen almost automatically, but you can use this consciously to achieve some really cool 3D effects:

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When you’re going over and under, I wouldn’t draw in the bananas that are going under – it looks quite confusing. It might work if you fill all the bananas black but..

2. Use large bananas to connect two circles. Doesn’ it look almost like a bicycle? You might also like to let a “snake” branch out.

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3. When you’re going round in circles, try to turn right & left. Even more than with Diva Dance, changing the direction of your circle or turning your snakes this way adds interest to your piece. What’s your go-to direction? I’m a leftie and I automatically tend to go clockwise. πŸ™‚

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4. Use Molygon as a border. Molygon makes a nice, dynamic border, too. Changing the direction of every second banana, maybe adding an aura all around, makes a very fancy border, too.

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5. Modify the shape of the bananas. The basic idea is still the same, of course, but adding a circle or making the shape (partially) more angular, or anything else you might think of, will give Molygon an interesting new look, too.

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6. Then, of course, the most obvious thing: fillings! Molygon is one of those tangles that really lends itself to filling it with patterns and and other tangles:

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Of course, you might also want to fill in the gaps between the bananas – it now looks a liiiittle bit like Narwal, don’t you think..?

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And while you’re at it: you might shade Molygon or shade below it to create a floating, 3D-effect. Shading below the bananas works especially well when you go for the wild Molygon:

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Last but not least I have some tiles I did with Molygon:

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Bijou with a Molygon-monotangle

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Another bijou with a Molygon-monotangle

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ATC with a Molygon-monotangle

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Tangles used: Molygon, Shattuck

Diva Challenge #252: A tangled inception

This week’s Diva Challenge was such fun: “String Theory: Tangle within a tangle… it’s like inception… but with tangles” – which means: Choose a tangle, enlarge it and use it as your string. The Diva here referred to the film Inception, which I know and like, too. As somebody who always has had some issues with strings (no fantasy or luck here..), this is like a dream come true. This is what I came up with this week:

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Tangles used: AHH, Beadlines, CO2, Cruffle, Mooka, Printemps, Tipple (some with auras), Triangles

My string was Cruffle, one of my favourite tangles (even though I don’t use it very much these days) and yes, I used a glass for the big circle. Small circles are fine, but such a big one…? Nah… I thought about a strong difference in value for each half of Cruffle, to give it a “Yin and Yang”-quality. I didn’t really succeed there, but I still look the result. Might have gone over the top a little bit with all the Mooka and Printemps, but… it looked so empty without them. And I like it. Since that workshop with Michele Beauchamp, Mooka andΒ  I really have become friends. πŸ™‚

I’d have loved to tangle more than this one tile, but this week my time is a bit more limited than last week. However, all the other tiles already postet are so inspiring andΒ  make me really want to use these kinds of strings again in the future. It’s a great idea! If you want to see what everyone else came up with, click here to go to the Diva’s post.

Diva Challenge #4: Starry Eyed Surprise

Another belated Diva-Challenge! Originally, I wanted to pick something from a little later on the list. However, this challenge caught my eye and when I read how this challenge came to be, I had to to it asap. For this challenge Laura showed us the tattoes she and her husband got for their 5th wedding anniversary: stars. That’s why she wanted us to incorporate stars into our works. Not only the challenge itself (stars!) is great but also the reason behind it.

And because of that and since the challenge was such fun to do, I tangled two tiles:

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Tangles used: Arukas, Auraknot, Fengle, Quipple

I’m really satisfied with this tile and so happy now that I finished it. I love Arukas, but when the parallel curved lines get wonky or not perfectly parallel, I tend to put it away with my other “I’ll finish that someday for sure. Definitely.”-works (some months ago, I even might have thrown the unfinished piece away). But by now I hve learned that this imperfection is not a bad thing at all and that after shading at the latest everything looks astonishingly… cool. Like this one. And I did my first (black and white) gem! Hope you like it. πŸ™‚ And I hope that someday I’ll discover the secret of where to put Arukas’ “arms” to get an (about) even thickness with each one of them.

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Tangles used: Hypnotic, Knightsbidge, Lotus Pods, Quipple

When I put away the first, unfinished tile, I started this one right away with a few stars strewn upon the tile and a few curvy, diagonal lines. I wanted the stars to “pop out” of a dark sky and I darkened and darkened Hypnotic (originally there was very little Knightsbridge involved, it kept growing bigger) further until I was satisfied. I definitely do like the contrast! I read about the black background in a great blogpost this week (tht’s when I read it, I’m not sure if it was written recently or not) which I unfortunately forgot to bookmark. I looked for it everywhere but I couldn’t find it again.. ;-( So if you wrote about how you had to become comfortable with white space first and then started to use black backgrounds or now where to look for, then PLEASE leave me the link in the comments! It was a really good post..