I’ve given myself a good kicking and now it is time to catch up on my blog and my Zentangle – the sun is shining so once this is written, I’m out into the garden with my sketchbook and Beckah Krahula’s fabulous book to discover what day 19 has in store. As you may have noticed, somewhere along the line, I got the numbering of the days mixed up. My Stroke has left me notoriously bad with dates and numbers.
Day 16 introduced me to the tangle ‘Pepper’ which looks a lot like ‘Festune’ and was very simple to draw. I also learned ‘Ynix’ and ‘Squid’ (which reminded me of a chrysanthemum). I chose to do my Zentangle on blue paper which combined with the black ink and grey pencil shading, gives a cold feeling. I chose mostly organic tangle patterns and think the overall effect looks like plants growing on a sea bed.
Day 17 and I was not impressed! I found all three tangles quite ugly – ‘Viruvius’, ‘Courant’ and ‘Sedgling’ so I doubt if I’ll be using them very often.
Day 18 and back on more comfortable ground with ‘Gneiss’ (goodness knows how that is pronounced – who thinks up these names?), ‘Cadent’, and ‘Huggins’. I had to study the latter two quite closely to understand how the lines moved around the circles and dots.
It has been a while since I last Zentangled or dipped in to Beckah Kahula’s excellent book, but this week I got back to it and picked up from where I left off – so day 13, ironically created on Friday 13th. I learnt three new tangles, ‘Yincut’, ‘Locar’ and ‘Verdigôgh’. The latter two are easier that they look and both remind me of that persistent horse-tail weed that forces its way up through my decking each summer. I then used them and previously learnt tangles to complete the final tile.
I admit I’ve been neglecting my Zentangle studies recently in order to pursue a 5 week online art course and to get my classes up and running. It has also been a busy summer of markets and festivals. But yesterday with the rain hammering on the studio roof. I once again picked up Beckah Kahlua’s book, my micropen and a tile. Day 12 introduces us to three new tangles, Beelight, Chillon and Bales. Although quite different in appearance, they start from the same gently curved grid. Iused all three, plus a tangellation of beelight in my completed Zentangle.
Many thanks to all who are wishing me well with my new business venture. There is a very kind and su[[prtive article in this week’s Stockport Express which you can read here – http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/artist-angela-cater-finds-new-4001941
Apologies that it has been quite a while since my last post. Ongoing health problens resulting frommy stroke have forced me to give up my job, and I am now putting most of my energy into starting up a new business from home – more of thatin another post!
Between times, I am continuing to follow Beckah Kraulah’s excellent book, ‘One Zentangle a Day’. Day 9 does not introduce any new tangles but challenges you to create a Zentangle on a black tile, using a white gel pen and a white coloured pencil for shading purposes. Buying a white gel pen was quite a challenge, there are few to be found here in Stockport. And I was only able to complete these three tiles before it ran out!
Working in white on black changes and pretty much reverses the tonal values of the tangles, with the one exception of Knightsbridge, which by and large remains unchanged.
Day 10 introduces three new tangles, ‘Finery’, ‘Echoism’ and ‘Flukes’. I’m not keen on ‘Finery’ but may use it in small doses when a lighter pattern is needed. ‘Echoism’ I enjoyed. It took me a little time to get used to ‘Flukes’ but once my brain had recognised that it uses rectangles, it got easier and with shading is pretty effective. For the completed tile, the challenge was to produce a ‘landscape’ effect. By using a darker, heavier tangle in the foreground, and gradually using lighter tangles as you move back, a receding effect is created, as you see in thee landscape.
Day 8 of Bekah Krahula’s book introduces us to new tangles, ‘Vega’ and ‘Purk’, whilst also focussing on shading to create a more 3 dimensional look and to make your tangles seemingly pop from the page. I found it very difficult to master ‘Vega’ and despite several attempts I’m still not entirely happy with it – I struggled to get the lines where I wanted and to keep the diamond shapes the same size. I struggled even more when it came to use the design in my completed Zentangle – how to turn a bend and keep the shapes uniform? Despite the difficulties though, I am pleased with how Vega and Purk seem to sit above Tipple and Amaze.
Day 7 of Bekah Krahula’s book offers us a further introduction to tangellations. A tangellation is formed when an existing tangle pattern is somehow changed. This could be by changing its shape, changing how it is shaded or combining two or more tangles together. I practising combining various tangles before completing a tile using tangellations.
I started Zentangling this Chinese dragon at Chinese New Year and it has taken me almost a month to complete, working on it a little each day. The shape was taken from a Dreamscape stencil. The main tangle used is Knightsbridge.
This week my ill health resulting from my Stroke has forced me to give up my job. I will now be concentrating on being a full-time artist and from July will be teaching arts and crafts to children. Working on this picture really helped me to relax this week at a time when I was pretty ill from the preparation for a colonoscopy. It gave me something else to focus upon rather than the griping pains in my stomach and helped me to de-stress.
Zentangle inspired dragon
Day 5 introduces us to the tangles Isochor and Printemps. Before my stroke, I would often doodle coils and swirls, but I had great difficulty with Printemps and found I lacked the control to make a tight rounded coil. I therefore chose to use it very minimally in my completed Zentangle.