Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Drawing Freehand Circles - Video

Willow Bree posted on Facebook Group 'Zentangle Artists Trading Card Swap' asking 'Does anyone else sketch in pencil before drawing in ink?'  There was lots of comments, with some people saying yes, they did, no, they didn't and sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't.

I commented I usually don't unless I wanted to have a perfect circle or evenly spaced letters.  Then Pam Purk mentioned she would like me to share 'my secret' on how I drew 'perfect circles'.  Well, the answer is, I don't draw them perfectly (maybe something got lost in translation hehe).

Anyhow, it got me thinking - how do I share this 'secret'?  I thought about describing it but there was no way it was going to make sense, so I thought about a video.  I already had a 'You Tube' channel so surely it can't be too difficult? right?

So, I got excited, tried a couple of times, the first time placing the camera on the table in front of me, which didn't work - you couldn't see what I was doing.  The second time I noticed a wash basket was in view lol, so I scrapped that.  Thirdly, It was fine, only that I don't have a tripod available so I had to hold the camera with my left hand whilst trying to draw steady circles.

After 2 hours (yep, it took that long to upload a video less than 2 minutes in length) I wanted to view the end result and it was fine but then I saw you could edit the video, so I clicked on autoenhance, which was good as it made it more brighter, except for about 10 seconds of darkness around the 30 second mark.

Overall, I am very happy and pleased to share it on my blog.

If you do get a chance, I would love for you to view it and have your feedback.

I know it's only a short video and the topic probably boring for most, but hey, you got to start somewhere!

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Weekly Challenge #221: "Beads of Courage"

Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine that supports kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.

Some of the things you can collect beads for are:
  Needle pokes, overnight stays in hospital, isolation, mobility 

challenges like bed rest or casting, hair changes, tube insertions or 

removals, therapies, doctors appointments, surgeries, xrays, 

ultrasounds, infusions, radiation, oxygen/respiratory support, 


So this week's challenge is to use 'beads' in our tangles.

I wasn't sure if I would participate in this challenge, however, on Facebook I saw a post about using the pattern 'Narwal' in different ways and that is when I thought, hey I could make the beads in the shape of 'Narwal' and so here is my entry.

I hope you all have a lovely week - stay safe and smile :)

Thursday, 4 June 2015

New Pattern 'Molly'

I was flicking through a fashion magazine whilst waiting for my daughter to get her hair done at the hairdresser's last night and came across a dress with lots of lacework that struck my eye.

It's similar to this and I have not seen any step-outs for a pattern like this.  Please let me know if you have seen it.

Don't ask me why but 'Molly' was calling - so I named it so :)

I haven't played with it all that much and hope to explore it some more when I have some time.

I do hope you like it and try it out yourself - I would love to see your interpretations.

Thank you for stopping by - Have a lovely day :)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Weekly Challenge #220: "UMT: All Boxed UP by Alice Hendon, CZT"

I'm happy to see this week's 'Use my Tangle' challenge with I am the Diva is none other than Ms Alice Hendon, congrats Alice.  Her pattern is called 'All Boxed Up' -I remember Alice in our early Flickr days when we discovered the Zentangle ® method of drawing.

I almost wasn't going to participate as it looked too complicated but seeing Dorothy Allison's tile gave me the motivation, thanks Dorothy :) .....and I quite like how it turned out considering it only took me about 20mins to draw and shade!

On the side, here is what I worked on today.

Thanks for looking and for your visit - keep smiling :)

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Chechain revisited

Hello Everyone

Thanks for visiting despite having been absent from blogging for a few months!

Well, a lot has happened.  I left my job of 20 years, went on a 3 month holiday to the U.S, got married to my American sweetheart and now I'm back in Oz again, looking to get back into the workplace and contemplating where to from here.

I've been tangling sporadically, mainly posting through my Instagram account.

I posted a drawing yesterday and then someone asked me about one of the patterns, they hadn't seen before.  The pattern was a variation on one of my own, called 'Chechain', so today I thought I'd do the step out for it.

I do hope you like it and even better, have a chance to try it out.

I look forward to seeing your creations.

Have the bestest day!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Weekly Challenge #203: "UMT - Athitzi by Seven"

We had a blackout this afternoon so I did some tangling.  Not so sure if it looks like 'Athitzi' as I only tangled half of the petals.  I used a brown Micron and added some shading.

If you haven't already seen what others have done with this challenge, then if you have some time you may click here

I hope you've had a lovely week :)

Friday, 30 January 2015

New Pattern - Madeline (another take on Maddie)

This is the 3rd time I've come back to my pattern 'Maddie' and I'm not even sure why I did.  All I know is I was drawing ovals and the next thing you know I was drawing circles.  It's a nice pattern as a background fill and even as an ad hoc pattern (which would be like 'Maddie 2)

Fill as desired and there is no need for the circles to be perfect.

Please feel free to try it out - Happy Tangling :)

the original Maddie

Maddie 2

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Weekly Challenge #202: "DuoTangle: Chebucto vs Copada" and more

I'm playing catch up this week as I didn't post last week's challenge #201, but first here is my entry for Challenge #201

 Weekly Challenge #201: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2015"

 played some more

This week's challenge #202 is a Duo Tangle using Margaret Bremner's tangles Chebucto and Copada - I used a Renaissance tile

 I have been busy of late making 'Love' cards for Valentines' Day

and a few ad hoc cards

This one for Australia Day which is celebrated on 26th January

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - Oi, Oi, Oi!! (my daughter and I)

The next two for the two colours/two patterns challenge for the Aussie Zentanglers Facebook Group

My try at Sandra Strait's 'Bleedthrumonade' technique

Some entries for the Square One:  Purely Zentangle Facebook Group





.... and some just for fun - the one below is shaky as I drew it whilst travelling in the car on the way to the Cricket on Australia Day

tried out  Arcodos by CZT Lianne Woods

nothing in particular 

oh and I nearly forgot, I tangled my canvas shoes

That's it for me - I hope you find some inspiration - thank you for your visit.

Enjoy the rest of your week and hope our friends in the North are safe and well.

P.S  I post a lot on Instagram now :)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Weekly Challenge #200: "Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration!" for Laura AND for me!

Challenge #200 for the Diva - now that is real dedication.  I may not participate every week, but I sure have done my share :) 

Let's see, my first challenge that I posted an entry was back in 2012 - It was Challenge #70 Colour me Sepia  

I was hesitant at first and 'watched' for about 3 weeks, then I decided that the following week was going to be my first dip in.  Well, low and behold, the challenge was to use the colour Sepia!, now what do I do, I had no Sepia pens - but.... I found some paints that I had bought for my granddaughter for when she would visit me - they were in little bottles with a spongy top - much like a bingo marker, so I used the brown one.

I started tangling the day after Christmas in 2011.  I already had a Flickr account and I did a search on 'Zentangles' and found heaps of beautiful artworks -  through Flickr I came across some entries for the Weekly Challenge with the Diva (Laura Harms).  

Hasn't she done an amazing job - keeping up with her blog and setting up all these wonderful challenges for us! Thanks Laura - your a gem!  Happy 200th Challenge - and here's to 2,000 more!! hip! hip! hooray!

This is 'Smiley' my first entry that I had posted with the Diva Challenges.

I don't think I posted the following works - here I used some brown ink - some leftover I found from my Calligraphy days - I just used a paddle pop stick and a brush to spread the ink.

And to highlight Challenge #200 I did this bright piece.  Tangles used are my 'Poppie-Love' and 'Loop-de-loop'

.......... and you know an interesting thing happened... I posted this on Instagram and I realised that I reached 200 followers!  what a coincidence!  So this ZIA is for Laura and for me :)

Have a lovely week everyone!  and a big thank you for your visit and for your beautiful comments - much appreciated.

Friday, 9 January 2015

New Patterns Castle-rock and Trapt - 1,2 and 3

I was working on the '100 Mandala' challenge and the next thing you know 'Trapt 1' was born.  Whilst working on the Mandala I thought of other ways in which this pattern could be drawn.  I played some more and came out with 3 different versions.  Castle-rock also came about in this process, however I felt it was different enough that it warranted its own special name.  I figured if you drew the pattern one way, it reminded me of a space rocket, and accidently I turned it upside down and saw castles, hence the name.

Something you probably don't know about me is I'm and analyser, in fact I over analyse almost every situation.  I think I've figured out why I chose those names, but if I tell you it would give away too much personal information :)

I hope you like these patterns and find some time to try them for yourself - I would love to see your interpretation on them.

The Mandala that had my mind working

Same Mandala - coloured in with Sienna and Green/Gold by Faber-Castell (the pic didn't take too well, sorry)


Basically it's just the letter 'H' joined by a line

TRAPT 2 - this is your basic 'H; pattern working from top to bottom.  The variation is a slanted 'H'

TRAPT 3 - is drawn in a grid

Castle-rock - when drawn from top to bottom it reminds me of a rocket but when drawn from bottom to top it reminded me of a castle.  Note: the lines in the middle of the 'H' have a slight curve, one curve going up and the other curve is going down. 

In my sample piece you can see the castle and rockets.

and just for fun here are two more Mandalas, (not perfectly round as its hand drawn) also drawn for the '100 Mandala' challenge.

I hope you find some inspiration from this post - keep smiling :)