Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gewgle Challenge

Bringing you the final challenge from Beez in the Belfry for Tangle Cards!
This challenge involved the tangle, "Gewgle," which look like strange, googly eyes.  This was a fun, Halloween-esque pattern, and was easy to incorporate as free-flowing additions to a basic string.  For this pattern, especially, shading becomes critical to get the 3-dimensional effect on the eyeball shapes. Though the finishing effect looks more complex with shading, in actuality, I simply put shading in 3 critical areas: corners (note the borders and shapes on right), in the spheres (this is a "c" shape made in each gewgle-y eye), and bordering the shapes (note the shaded haze around all shapes).  I will do a shading demo blog coming soon!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekly Challenge #133

We have another one!  I love these challenges from
This week's challenge involved the tangle, "Tipple."  I LOVE this pattern, mostly because I love circles and I love shading circles.  This was a fun organic tile that reminds me of lava or amoebas.  This is an easy tile to make very free-flowing, while adding a lot of emphasis and contrast in the later stages.
On another note, I want to give a shout out to my very talented housemate, Amanda Peterson!  Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be involved in a fashion shoot to model the beautiful print and clothing she made a few months ago. Her fashion projects will become big one day, and you can check out her process and work at alpdesignstudio.wordpress.com.
Furthermore, the fashion shoot was photographed by the lovely, Jaeda Reed, who's work can be seen at jaedareedphotography.com. She does it all- wedding, engagement, fashion, maternity, family- and she does it WELL!
Here's a preview of our shoot yesterday:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hemp Challenge

I decided to give another "Tangle Card Challenge" a shot from Sandy Bartholomew's blog, "BEEZ in the Belfry":

Here's my tile.
I definitely achieved a dramatic effect on this one!  I struggled to keep the lines neat and even, though, so I spiced them up with shading and black filling.  Very fun tangle! I hope to get a deck of those cards soon ;)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekly Challenge #132

This challenge was LEFT-HANDED! Here's a monotangle challenge from
This was my tile...
...and this was my mom's tile!
I am in Las Vegas for a visit and am so lucky to get to enjoy and share Zentangle with my mom, CZT Shelly McEvilly.  It was utter, concentrated silence as we both focused on using our non-dominant hand for this tricky challenge.  The tangle "bales" has strong line elements to it so we tried to be as careful as possible, but there were definitely some trials.
Some conclusions about left-handed tangling:
1. Mistakes can be pleasant variations to your tangling when you stop worrying about everything ending up perfect.
2. Confidence in your strokes is still important when using a method or tangle you are not strong in.
3.  This might be one of the most zen-like tangle I have done in a while because I had such utter concentration and awareness of my hand, body, and materials.
3.  Fake it 'til you make it.
OH AND...
I've discovered the JOY of plane tangling...no better way to pass time :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Traditional Chinese Woodblock Printing

Hello! I posted earlier showing the design and beginning progress on my woodblock that I have been working on. My instructor, Liu Jing, is a visiting Chinese artist teaching lessons on how to do woodblock printing the traditional chinese way! If you want to see a beautiful, floral, organic example of Chinese woodblock printing, see my good friend, Rachel Teahan's blog, "the dancing pastry."
Here's today's outcome:
Initial woodblock-fully carved Zentangle syle! 
Sadly, I didn't get a pic of it, but as you can see on the left side of the image, you first use watercolor ink before laying down the black ink on top.  There are endless options for colors and each print can have different colors. SO fun.
Progress is SLOW.  You have to ink little individual sections slowly and precisely or else the ink might smudge or dry too fast.
This was my final piece!
This process was challenging, flexible, and put me out of my comfort zone in a wonderful way. I love printmaking but often stick to mediums I excel in, like etching or lithograph. I enjoyed taking the leap with the woodcut however, and learned I can even get Zentangle detail by carving!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Weekly Challenge #131

Always looking forward to weekly challenges from
This week was a monotangle challenge to try "DEX." 
This was the first time I have attempted this very structured tangle, and initially struggled to decide on a format.  My monotangles are usually very organic and free-flowing, whereas Dex is based on an even, parallel design.  I decided to stick to my typical aesthetic, and throw in a few organic shapes for fun.
There ya have it!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Teaching FUN

Today I had my second lesson in 2 days and love how I continue to be inspired by the range you can achieve with these tiles!
Yesterday
Today
Over the last 2 days I have had some one-on-one lessons that were enjoyable, easy-going, productive, and fun!  Both of the lovely ladies I worked with exuded the passion and energy for Zentangle that has kept me coming back to this art form.  We really emphasized the diversity among shading techniques and the power that a little bit of value can have for making a seemingly 2-D piece really pop!
I love my job as a CZT :) 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Let's Talk Paleo

Poster designed to give guidelines for the diet PALEO
Specifically made as a reference to the rules for the 2013 LuRong Living Paleo Challenge
For anyone unfamiliar with the Paleolithic Diet, or "Paleo", or the "Caveman diet", it is a way of eating that is best known for cutting out all processed foods, grains, sugar, and dairy.  The idea is to return man's eating habits back to that of cavemen, with natural, harvested/hunted food sources.  I did the LuRong Living Paleo Challenge last year and had terrific results.  I currently eat Paleo, and feel great every time I do. I participate in this eating lifestyle in conjunction with CrossFit (which I LOVE), for my little gym, Crossfit 138, in Tacoma.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fun with Post-its!

Tangle Card Challenge #4
http://beezinthebelfry.blogspot.com/
This is my creation inspired by Sandy Steen Bartholomew's website, "Beez in the Belfry".  She is posting weekly challenges to earn new Tangle Cards. 
As soon as the challenge was put up, I tried this tangle and got confused somewhere in the mix, so I discarded my drawing and didn't look at it again until, naturally, the day the challenge ended.  I am fairly sure I missed the deadline but it was still a fun little tangle!  I actually did this tangle at work (I know *tsk tsk*) using printer paper and colored post-it notes.  I thought it added a little something extra :)  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weekly Challenge #130

Here's another weekly challenge from iamthediva.blogspot.com/!
This tangle was using the tangle "henna drum," created by blogger Jane at dicksallyjane.blogspot.ca/. I love organic tangles so this was an extra fun challenge. I decided to shy away from the typical template, and do more of a floral, monotangle design (though obviously not quite a monotangle with mooka thrown in). I will have to use this one in the future!

Monday, August 5, 2013

That Won't Cut It!

Here's some beginning progress on my first ever Zentangle® inspired woodcut! The original design for this project was a basic sketch with a little added flair:
In order to translate this design to a woodcut, however, some things need to be simplified or blocked out, because my limited woodcut experience can't get THAT detailed. This is some of the progress I have carved so far:
This has been a more daunting task than expected, but I am going to keep plugging away until I get a successful design! Disregard the mysterious chunks that are missing. I have another template to carve out that is in the shape of the three canaries. After I carve and print the outline showed here with black ink, another template will be applied over the print to add yellow color, filling the birds in and giving a line to the un-chunked out areas. Hooray for woodcuts!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Weekly Challenge #129

Weekly challenge #129!
As a beginning blogger, it's fun to have inspiration.  That's exactly what the challenges from blogger "i am the diva" give me!  Here is my first weekly challenge attempt (she posts new challenges every Monday).  For anyone familiar with Zentangle®, this drawing style is meditative and has so much potential for creativity.  For anyone unfamiliar with this mindfulness, drawing technique, look for more information to come...or look up www.zentangle.com!