Shame on me – five months since my last post. I’ve not been idle though. I’ve been learning a lot of new tangle patterns, largely by following boards on Pinterest and I’ve worked on a number of Ben Kwok’s templates. I wish there was a tool that enabled you to submit the shape that you wish to fill and then it would suggest a suitable tangle. I always struggle with long thin areas and also narrow rectangular shapes. Here are a few of my recent works.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been tangling on a larger scale than the traditional 3.5 inch square tile, and I’ve been working on A4 sheets of card. I’ve learnt a number of new patterns, including Ragz, Kemble, Pubfleur and Trellis and have experimented with tangellations (variations). The finished pieces will be cut into 10 strips and fitted with a tassle to form bookmarks which I hope to sell at next month’s Reddish art festival.
Having done a couple of mandalas using Ben Kwok’s templates, I wanted to learn how to do one from scratch.
I started with a square and divided it in half horizontally, vertically and diagonally before dividing each of those segments into half again.
With a compass, I drew a series of circles from the mid-point, making the largest circle as big as the square. From the centre point, I then began to construct my mandala, mirroring each element that I added. This is the result. You could divide your square into more or less segments for different effects (although less than 8 would probably be pretty dull).
Over the holiday, I returned to Ben Kwok‘s templates and tangled this violin.
As an Aries, I was quite excited when Ben Kwok posted a ram as the weekly template in Ornation Creation. With a zodiac themed greeting card in mind, I initially tried colouring it in shades of reds and orange but for some reason, it just did not look right. I started again. It was a dull day and the light was poor. I was half way through patterning on the head when I noticed I was using a sepia coloured fineliner instead of the black that I had intended. I decide to go with the flow and use a brown colour scheme.
I wanted the ram to look woolly and organic and chose tangle patterns that reminded me of wool and curls. ‘Knyt’, ‘Sand Swirls’ an ‘Hypnotic’ were all new to me but I found some very useful video tutorials on Youtube.
I chose this elephant template this week to tangle as a birthday gift for my mother as they have long been one of her favourite animals. I had seen a number of very impressive attempts at it on Ornation Creation, but did my best not to be influenced by them. It’s fair to say that it proved quite a challenge and I made a few false starts, especially with the ears. The tangle that I used is called ‘Cayla’ and is new to me. The plait around the border also proved quite difficult. In the end though, I am pleased with the image I created and think it well represents these majestic and strong animals.
I’m totally hooked! Every Monday I can’t wait for Ben Kwok to post a new template in his Facebook group, ‘Ornation Creation‘. I also love viewing everyone else’s work and it is incredible how different the same template becomes in other people’s hands. Here are a few of the templates that I have completed recently. All of these images are available as greeting cards from my new store, Tabby Tangles.
It is said that there are no mistakes in Zentangle – a comforting assertion but one that I found to not exactly be true when last week I attempted the weekly template from Ben Kwok’s OrnationCreation. The maneki neko (lucky cat) refused to be lucky for me and I kept making mistakes – glaringly obvious ones (block patterns out of sequence being the most frequent). I eventually completed on my fifth attempt, but am still not sure whether I like it or not. I think my judgement may be somewhat soured by the battle I had just to complete it. Hoping for greater success this week.
Meanwhile, with Ben’s kind permission, I have sent up a new card store at Greeting Card Universe, where you can find all of these designs. I will be splitting any proceeds between a number of different Stroke charities in recognition of how Zentangle has helped me on my long road to relative recovery.
Last week, when googling “Zentangle templates”, I was fortunate to come across the wonderful illustrator, Ben Kwok, and from there found his Facebook page Ornation Creation
Each Monday, Ben posts a new template for members to tangle ornately. Last week, it was a butterfly. This piece took me two days to complete and I chose a colour palette of healing watery blues and greens. I was overwhelmed by the response – over 150 likes on Facebook! I’ve never had so many before, not even learning to walk again after my stroke.
Having greatly enjoyed this project, I’ve started working my way through the back catalogue of Ben’s templates, starting with this perky little flycatcher in ink and graphite. I drew this on Monday whilst at Paint Box art club in Reddish. It is attended mostly by pensioners who like what I’m doing but can’t quite understand why. Zentangle means nothing to them and I struggle to find ways to explain it to them.
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
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.