lördag 24 september 2016

Power failure and tangling

This afternoon, very unconvinient, we had a power failure. It was a gloomy day, no sun so I went for the place in our hous were we have most light coming in. That is not in my studio, were I have daylight fluorescent lamps, but in the kitchen. But since the light outdoors were very weak today, it wasn´t the ideal situation for tangling. But there were nothing better I could do for the moment so I went for it. the new focustangle at Square One happens to be Garlic Cloves, and that one I do know by hearth! I choose string 165 (Nancy Eaton) to start with.

For the rest I choose tangles I am familiar with too; Beadline (Margaret Bremner) and Tripoli. Ovy (Adam Roades) is new to me but I found it easy to learn and fun to draw. About the power failure; I don´t track it except when it comes to the shading. But I like the imperfection, it reminds me on the circumstances!

As electricity came back we could have warm food for dinner! It was a reminder of how dependent we are upon electric power. Not much works without it! It is hard to understand the way people had to live long time ago with candlelights and woodstove and... So much work they had to do just for keeping themselves warm! With that in mind I opened my computer and found that Sandy Hunter had come up with a new pattern: Lolly Wimple! I recommend you strongly to go and have a look! Sandy´s instruction on the pattern is worth reading. I wanted to try it at once and I thought it would work in Joey´s challenge this week!

It is in the "finish my tile" series and the start was Buttercup! That is also a pattern from Sandy Hunter!I also added Florz and something I don´t have a name for, but I am sure there is a pattern like those tiny, little shaky lines between the Lolly Wimples!
that´s all for today. Now I am going to use some mor electricity in this house! 

torsdag 22 september 2016

IAST 163

Adele Bruno´s weekly challenge 163 includes Flukes, Cruffle (Sandy Hunter) and Andante (Lily Moon). And a fabulous string, very playful. If I only had got the string I wouldn´t have choosen theese three patterns in combination. Now I had to find a way to make the patterns fit in. Yes I know, the string is only a guidance and nothing else. First I tried it on a black tile. I ended that piece with gellypens of different colors. I had some fun, but the result was quite a mess. I put it aside, ready to work on it another day. And started all over again on a white tile. When I was finished it wasn´t too bad but I couldn´t say I was satisfied. I put it aside and went out working in the garden with my little dog as a helper. She is pretty cool in that role! Digging under bushes and carrying sticks and stuff around! When we were finished, I took another look at the tile and yes, I saw what I had to do! Turn it around. Work a little more on the shading! Here it is:

In this moment, studying the tile I kind of like it! Ofcourse I could have done it otherwise, but now it is here like this and I am happy I did it. I might try this challenge again some other time. Maybe with the same patterns. Or maybe something else is coming up. You never can be sure about that in zentangle!

onsdag 21 september 2016

Daily tile

The Diva´s challenge this week is of course Back To Basics. I get back to this, because this is the most important thing about zentangle. Lets be clear: this is the purpose of zentangle. I try to do this every day. There might be a day when I don´t, but that´s a day when something is missing. Most of the time I show my tile if not in this blog, then in a community on Fb. Another thing about this is: I only use a white or a black tile. Not a colored. Not color pens or pencils. It is a meditation and it is the process, not the result that is important. Here is my tile of today (made this evening):

I used string 164 . I needed to slow down, there has been many busy things going on here. I can see that on my lines, which are drawn quite shaky and irregular at the start, but in the end they stabilized. Ping (Yu Ru Chen)is obvious the start. Then came Puf (Carole Ohl) and this is much more in focus. After that I draw Lily eyes (Skinnystraycat) and Star Map (Suzanne McNeill). I intended to take a pic before shading but forgot all about it. I usually do because at that moment I am just in the zone and the plans and intentions are far away. I love that.  

tisdag 20 september 2016

I am the Diva´s challenge 285

Sometimes it just happens. A challenge is a perfect match with me. Today it was a mazy day in court and I felt tired out coming home and opening the computer to have a look at the challenges coming up. I wasn´t in the mood for tangling but I wanted to know what was going on. As I saw the Divas challenge I was really excited and just went for it.

Please go and check the challenge following the link above! Doing this I first dotted the corners, penciled the lines between them and made an intuitive string. Started tangling and let the patterns just grow out from Hamail (Tina Akua Hunziker). Gra-Vee (Laurel Sponseller)followed and then in order: Rain, Tipple, Fife, Florz and at last a little Ipso (Jennifer Hohensteiner). These are all patterns I know by hearth and I had a great moment of relaxation doing this tile. Thank you Laura Harms, you brought me back to basics when I needed it the most!

måndag 19 september 2016

Narwal and string 163

Narwal (Sam Taylor) is a tangle I have tried before. I have seen a lot of tanglers using Narwal in such a beautiful way. But I was in trouble doing it. Not that I couldn´t produce it. But to get the flow and being in the "zone" was another question. So I put it aside for a long time now. Today I had come to string 163 (Barbara Finwall). I just saw it there!

So I encouraged myself to do it! Without hesitating and no practise this time. I just checked the steps and started. Now I felt relaxed with it and this time it just went on and on. I thought there would only come one but as I draw I couldn´t stop! I love to feel it this way! All of a sudden I didn´t have to think, it just came out of the pen!

Meer is the second pattern and down in the left corner is Bubbles (Suzanne McNeill).

söndag 18 september 2016

Personal Project

I like projects. During the years I have had a lot of them in different fields of creativity. I have done two 365-projects. That means projects lasting a year or more. The thing with projects is that I can go back to the start and follow my own development from the beginning to the end of the project. Now I have a smaller project to work on. The strings in the tanglepattern.com! I have
come to no. 162 (Nancy Smith). This string I have looked at for a couple of days now, not knowing what to do with it. This morning I went into my personal collection of all the patterns that I have done or patterns that I will try. And there it was! Margaret McKerihans wonderful pattern Ta Da, which I haven´t done for some time now! But this is a favourite of mine!

The others are: Crossroads (Sandra Strait) and Beadlines (Margaret Bremner.

The documentation of this string-project is very easy to follow. Every tile I make in this purpose I publish at tanglepattern.com under the string. This is so simple and I like the simplicity when it comes to documentation! I don´t have to gather the tiles in any special way, I just do them and put them in the boxes with my other finished tiles1

lördag 17 september 2016


There are no misstakes in Zentangle! But there are Ooops! When they appear it is very easy to give it all up! To throw away the tile in the trashcan or even worse tear it into pieces. Today with gloomy, grey weather I was so close to do exactly like that. Not only with the first tile but also with the second. Should I go back to bed or what! No, I did take the lesson about Ooops seriously, so I didn´t. The first tile with Oops was for Square One and the focustangle Fife.

I should have taken a pic of the Oops. But I didn´t think of that. Now it ended up like this and I am satisfied with the process. Knightsbridge, Crescent Moon and Starmap was added. I like the Crescent Moon, the way it appeared.

Next tile was for IAST 162. The pattern in the challenge are Ing, Hollibaugh and Bubbles (Suzanne McNeill). I started with the string and then after that what happened? Yes an Ooops immediately took place! But I was encouraged by my last tile with Fife so this time I just went on and throw all planning in the trashcan instead of my tile!

And this is my happy outcome! Tipple also followed as it very often does. I had fun with all the Oops this time and I hope I will keep that in mind when they appear. Because they will, I am sure of that!