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’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.
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.
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.
Day 4 introduces us to three new tangles: Shattuck, Nipa and Jonqual, all of which I found easier to form and understand than those learnt on day 3. After practising these, I took a traditional 3.5 inch square tile and created a Zentangle that incorporated them all plus previously studied patterns.
Today’s Zentangles are ‘Poke Root’, ‘Festune’ and ‘Hollinbaugh’. The first two are quite organic looking. Poke Root is starts with a shape in the foreground and all other shapes are placed behind it, thus treating the shape as opaque. The same is also true of Hollinbaugh. Draw two parallel lines. Rotate your square 90 degrees. Draw two more parallel lines that pass behind. Rotate and continue until satisfied and fill in the negative space. Finally, I produced a futher Zentangle incorporating all the patterns learnt so far.
Today’s new tangles are Knightsbridge, Fesch and Nekton. Even with a step by step demo, I found Nekton difficult and couldn’t really understand how to put it together or which direction my lines should go in next. I think my future use of it will be quite negligible. Finally I was tasked with producing a Zentangle that incorporated all 6 tangles learnt so far.