Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekly Challenge #138

Hello everyone! Thanks for taking the time to view my blog :)
I have been busy, busy, busy, but I couldn't resist another "i am the diva" challenge!
This week was all about BORDERS....which I love!  I'm a little obsessive about embellishment so I thought this week was a fun, relaxing, de-stressing activity.  I definitely tried to harness inspiration from little patterns around me and these were the objects that caught my eye: pearl necklace, door knobs, windows, and mirror frames!  I am happy with my outcome and will try to make more borders around my tangles in the future!
Also (if you choose to keep reading):
I updated my "Featured Artists" page. Click the link on my blog and you will see some of the wacky and wonderful artists that I take inspiration from.  A few of these include my talented, artsy friends, like Rachel Teahan, Jaeda Reed, Morgan Knowles, and Amanda Petersen
Finally, I thought it would be fun to post a few examples of the work I do OUTSIDE of Zentangle.  If you saw last week's post, you might have seen my woodcut I am working on.  Here are a few more:
 This is my "totem" etching
This is a photo-illustration (one of three to win recognition as a Semifinalist in the 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards)
Finally, this is a drawing that was silk-screened.  This is featured on my business cards and is pre-Zentangle!
Thanks for reading and a have a swell week!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weekly Challenge #137 (+ woodcut beginnings)

Well happy autumn everyone!  It's time to cozy up inside and do a bit of tangling.  This week we had a duotangle challenge from the lovely "i am the diva" blog.
For this challenge, the idea was to create a tile using two of the simpler tangles: "Knightsbridge" and "Tipple."  Despite their simple designs, these patterns can create complex imagery with depth and movement, making this a fun challenge for shading and 3-dimension.  Mine was simple in design, but I love the boldness of "Knightsbridge" and I'm always a fan of circles.  
On a different note, I am a printmaking student and have been trying to incorporate more Zentangle designs into my fine art.  I opted to try this in woodcut fashion, using the traditional Chinese woodblock carving style to achieve this.  My first attempt at incorporating tangles into woodcuts was this summer and the effect was actually more successful than originally anticipated (view here).  My next attempt is more ambitious, on a piece of wood roughly 26 in by 30 in.
Here is the design:
 Here is the progress so far!  You can see all the light sections where I have been carving:
I will be making a separate blog post for this soon, but I thought I would share my next project!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Weekly Challenge #136

This week is all about COLOR
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I admit I am not used to using color for my tiles.  I didn't know where to begin. So I drew a green border with marker and went from there!  I like the Dr. Seuss meets tribal vibe that this is giving off, and I went for richer colors for a bolder statement. Rich colors have a similar effect to shading in my mind, and really make the tangles pop.
For other exciting new, I taught my housemates how to Zentangle finally! I live with 7 (yes, 7!) college women + a pup, and they've all expressed interest in this lovely art form.  We just never got around to doing it all together...except for last night that is!  We all sat around our living room table and I taught them a few fun tangles.  This was mine:
All of them were lovely and different!  Let's hope we have weekly tangling from now on!
Finally,  I just started a paleo challenge for the 2013 Lurong Living Paleo Challenge!  This is going to be 8 weeks of strict paleo eating.  I am part of a CrossFit gym, which I am obsessed with, and am excited for some "clean" eating.  I might post a picture or two of some delicious recipes.  Find out more about the Paleolithic diet here.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Weekly Challenge #135

Hello! I have my last first day of school today (senior undergrad, yikes!) and decided to give myself a little pick-me-up with "Well."  This is another challenge from!
For this challenge I tried a few different approaches. This new tangle, "Well," from the Zentangle blog, has a ton of variations that allow for lots of creativity, but can also cause a wee bit of confusion! For my first attempt, the tangles aren't done perfectly, but hey, who needs perfect?  I also used an apprentice pen instead of the standard micron to see how I liked it...which I did.  The apprentice pen writes very smoothly and I'm a sucker for dark, dramatic lines.  
Also, I received my Tangle Cards from Sandy Steen Bartholomew this week! More tangles to try!  Because I participated in her Tangle Card Challenge a couple of weeks ago, everyone who entered was mailed a pack of these cool Tangle Cards: 
Checkout my entry for her challenge here.  
Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekly Challenge #134

Alright, everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend, but now its' back to business...drawing business!  Here's another tangle for the I am the Diva Weekly Challenge.
Here's my tile BEFORE shading:
 Here's my tile AFTER shading:
Though I actually quite enjoy my tile before shading it, a little emphasis in the corners adds dramatic effect and dimension, especially to this tangle "Beamz."  The futuristic, angular look of the pattern allows for a fun flow that doesn't necessarily need a string because it can effectively work as a border.  I added simple shading to the corners, starting dark in the corner and lightly working out (then smudging with my finger- I forgot my tortillon!).  I then added light shading to the tangle "Munchin" in the center, as well as darkening a few of the lines for a little flair! Enjoy :)
 Also, today I was bored.... I redesigned my iPad mini box!
I had fun playing with a blend of white pen on black and black pen on white. I think it balanced nicely!