It felt great today to just sit and tangle awhile. Quiet and relaxing. I'm rusty but the annual 'Inktober" Challenge adapted for tanglers got me going and I couldn't be happier, even though we're already nine days into the month. I plan to do what I can and thoroughly enjoy doing it. It's good to be back.
The phrase "throwing shade" has an entirely different cultural meaning, but I thought it would be fun to graphically show three versions of the effects of shading a piece of work. A different meaning to the phrase for sure.
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Zendala tile prepped and waiting to be tangled. I almost don't want to do any tangling on this one--I just love the look of adding metallics. I'm leaving it to think about for a good while. Watercolor paint and Fine-Tec Gold Metallic mixed a la MapTangling Method. I did this the day after a class on using the metallics with Map Tangling. Class details below.
After taking the class with Nancy Domnauer, during which we prepped and completed the tangling on three tiles (I only showed two of those), I spent just a few minutes the following day to produce the two UN-tangled tiles above. I'm learning as I go. People get obsessed with MapTangling, and I can absolutely see why. It's a surprise every time; results are always unexpected and ever-changing.
Just like our day-to-day lives.
But with MapTangling, results are likely to be beautiful every time, even if tangling on them can turn out to be tricky and challenging. That's half the fun.
Now, if I could only learn to be as calm in daily life when presented with a challenge as I am while doing this.
Here's a tiny tile I did just before bed last night. It took about ten minutes. This was done on a Bijou tile (2"x2") which I'd prepped a background on earlier in the day. This is simply more linework from one of Jo Quincy's lovely soothing videos, just what I needed before trying to sleep after a wild couple of days in my life. Once again I combined a video from Jo with my own "take" on it, by using MapTangling. Ahhhhhhhhh.
To finish up, here's an iPhone-app "distressed" version. I can never resist those iPhone apps.
I noticed my British friend and teacher extraordinaire, Jo, has a YouTube channel (why didn't I know this before?) and I took a look today. She did a lovely job demo-ing one of my old favorite tangles, Betweed. I've loved this tangle forever and used to use it all the time. Why did I stop? Like a lot of things, it just passed out of my consciousness at some point and I haven't done it in years. What a welcome reminder.
I had time to experiment this afternoon and decided to use her video to do this monotangle version of it. Soooooooo relaxing. But rather than do it plain, as she did, I used a tile I had previously prepped for MapTangling, and used that as a technique. Well then I couldn't leave well-enough alone so I did some shadow work in a couple of the negative space surrounding the motif. This was totally fun. I liked the depth and subtlety.
Ah, but I thought I might run it through an app on my iPhone to see how it would look. Holy crow! It went from subtle to glaring. You had better wear your darkest sunglasses for this version below (altered by the iPhone app).
Once I start playing with the iPhone to alter a photo, it turns into a project all on its own. Using another iPhone app, I came up with all of these:
There is something to be said for each of them. Besides, it's so much fun being able to play with alternatives. It's even more fun greeting an old friend--this tangle--one I haven't seen for awhile.
I imagine we will all feel that way once the pandemic is over and we are able to see each other in person again. We can Zoom, and that's helpful, but to be able to spend time with old friends and hug each other again...priceless.
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
– Woodrow Wilson
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
– Winnie the Pooh
After such a long time with no time for tangling, I went back to basics again with this highly meditative and simple tile. It allowed for the focus to be on the meditative aspects of tangling, not on the tangling itself. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...
Ran it through an iPhone app next and got this silly version:
Ahhh, the start of October and cooler weather. I hope. It's also the start of the annual drawing event, Inktober. There are many versions of this, and a few of them focus on tangling. I used today's prompt (the tangle Printemps) as the string for this tangle, then put more Printemps inside it, along with Flux and Shattuck. I like the result but I also ran in thru my iPhone app and the color version was very fun.
This one is my first try at the tangle called Windmill, by CZT Hiroko Matsuo. That's where the "Testing Testing" title of today's post comes from.
Done on a Renaissance (tan) tile with Micron 01 in black, graphite, and some light chalk pencil. This one has so many possibilities. I did it in one of my Bitty BookZ™ I'd made last month--this book is nearly full now.
I ran the same photograph thru an iPhone app, Painnt, and got this.
Maybe my creative mojo is starting to sneak back? I would love to get some textile projects going, especially a rug.
I've lost all my mojo! All my creative mojo, that is. No textile work of any kind is underway. I've barely been able to tangle at all. I am uninspired. This has been going on all month. Mercury Retrograde? The sticky weather? A less-than-pleasant though not at all serious recent medical adventure? All of those things? I dunno. But I sure hope I can find some mojo soon.
At least I managed to get this done today.
Some knots can only be resolved and undone with relaxation and patience. (Sridhar Ramasami)
The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is. (Arnold Bennett)
More life-busyness means less posting. The good news is that I'm feeling better. I've continued to play with art tissue paper, the type of tissue paper that comes in dramatic colors and bleeds when wet. I've been wetting it, then squeezing it above wet Zentangle® tiles to see what it does, and/or crushing it and smashing it around directly on the tiles. This first tile was the result of the "dropping stain onto the tile from above" method:
I still feel a bit wobbly about the Icanthis tangle, so it will probably show up here more often while I practice it.
More tiles below. I switched tissue paper colors and both dropped color on and also mashed it on. This was violet-colored tissue paper and it was interesting to notice how as the staining dried, some pure blue began to seep out. There was absolutely no way I could avoid seeing these backgrounds as moon-and-sky (the first one) and evening sky. So, I built some Moon Bridges and left the tiles as mostly background, minimal tangling. Great fun with this art tissue, as you never know what you're going to get.
I was so surprised by those two.
Well then, of course I had to experiment some more, so I ran Moon Bridges #2 through a mirror app on my iPhone and was startled to see some figures emerge. See the result below.
The destination cannot be described;
You will know very little until you get there;
You will journey blind.
(T. S. Eliot)
ZenLinea posted a wonderful video on Instagram on how to draw this knot, so two nights ago I decided to try it at about 2 a.m. when sleep was eluding me.
This was my first effort and I'd like to play with it a lot more, if I can ever find the time. I started off thinking it would be black and gray on the white tile, but somehow I began adding other lines and colors to the outside of the knot (the gold gellyroll, the yellow Prismacolor) and then the colors also crept slightly inside the knot as well. I think I finished around 3 or 3.30 a.m. and was able to go right to sleep afterwards.
Of course this afternoon I was looking at it again and wondered what it would look like if I ran it thru an iPhone app, so I gave that a try using the same photo:
Rather reptilian, don't you think? And soooooo different. But interesting for sure.
I hadn't intended to draw today as I had too much else to do, but I just couldn't help myself.
Tiles from today's work on the Zenuari2019 Project.
Zenuari2019 Project, day 6, "Use a Blind String" (a string you draw with your eyes closed). Micron 01, graphite, General's white chalk pencil. There is no purple on this tile--I ran it through a filter on this website and that's what created the tint. The original tile is black and white with gray graphite.
I titled this post "What Falls Out of the Pen" because whether I like the results or not, what ends up on my tiles always surprises me. As all three of these tiles did.
Yesterday's tangle was titled Rain, and as if invoked, it has been pouring all day today, including thunder and lightning. We've had a rainy spring, a heavily rainy summer, and now a very rainy autumn. We have had more than enough rain.
So for today's tangling I decided to use a Bronze Stardust Gellyroll pen in an effort to invoke the sun. It's still pouring, and heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow so I'm not hopeful.
This is still part of the "Gratitangles2018" challenge.
Today I am grateful that my friend who just had surgery is beginning to feel better. And that the heavy cold I have had for weeks now is beginning to lift.
Just for fun I ran the original photo above through my iPhone app and got this, which I like equally well:
JEEZ. Six miserable days in bed, coughing and hacking away. Too sick to tangle. Ok, end of whine...let's just say the last week was memorable and not in a good way, but it's in the rear view mirror now and I'm thrilled about that.
Finally today I was well enough to sneak in a tangle (or rather, 3 of them). Ahhhh! Feels great. Textile work will have to wait a couple of weeks, for unrelated reasons, but I look forward to getting back to that as well.
INKTOBER 2018, days 4 & 5 (two for one today): Ginili and Facets
Here is the original tile below. I like it, though I'm not absolutely crazy about it.
And you know what that means: experimentation with an iPhone app again. Two other renditions are beneath the original.
The question is, is it a form of cheating to alter something digitally? Or is it a valid way to make art?
I confess I wouldn't want to give up either method, the "Plain Jane" version or the digital experiments. In this case, my favorite is the glammed-up version.
I should know better than to start these challenges, as I never finish them! So right here, right now, I'm declaring that I'll do what I can but I'm not going to stress out over it. Here was my plain Mooka tile (underneath which you can see how I tarted it up repeatedly with an iPhone app):
I do love Mooka. Of course, I can never leave well enough alone, so I had to mess around with the original on my iPhone. Results below. I rather like both the plain and the fancy..
What did we do before computers? (We had much saner lives, methinks.)
Some insomnia going on here, so I am tangling to relax. I think it worked. Will post this and then head to bed. Sometimes we wear ourselves out so much we are too tired to sleep, yes? I am in that state.
And then I made a mosaic on my iPhone, just to see how that would work:
Kind of fun! And now: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...I hope.
A few years back, I was fortunate enough to get a copy of C.G. Jung's The Red Book. It is a gigantic, larger-than-coffee-table volume. I just acquired a music stand/lectern-type piece of cherry furniture on which I can finally display it and have begun looking through it. It is inspirational--just for the paintings, and I haven't even started to read yet. One of the paintings inspired me to do this sun-and-moon linework on a Zentangle® tile.
It's my second entry this week for Diva's Challenge #368, in which she asked us to focus on straight lines (see yesterday's post for the first version). It is so relaxing.
This is the original tile, without the rosy-glow added by the filter. I like them both.
The essence of drawing is the line exploring space.
Determined not to be late again for this week's challenge, I decided to do a second tile and post twice in a day. The challenge was to use tangle 'Nzeppel and/or Crazy 'Nzeppel on a tile. I believe these are the "least 'Nzepp-ly" 'Nzeppels I have ever drawn, partly because I thought I'd try both types ('Nzeppel and Crazy 'NZeppel) within an orb. The orb softened the grids so much the tangles are less recognizable than normal.
Here is the same tile set into a mosaic created with an iPhone app using the original photo above. Of course, this is only one possible way to rotate the tile.
I wanted to try out my new Gold (or yellow) General's Chalk Pencil to see what it could do. Very pleased with it.
Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to take the original photo above and run it through some iPhone apps to see what would happen. The two resulting versions are below. I love them but I also just like the original tangle above.
And finally, at a meeting I went to last night there was a wonderful celebration of a special member, a woman who died last week. I had only met her once, but the other group members have all known her for years and just treasured her. Because I didn't know her, I couldn't contribute but the group told wonderful stories about her talents, loving kindness, generosity, and eccentricities. I think everyone had a terrific and healing time.
In her honor, someone had brought the floral arrangements (gathered from everyone's backyard gardens--she adored flowers) which had decorated her funeral service, and flowers were set around the room, including in the chair that she usually occupied.
At the end of the meeting, the flowers were offered to all of us and we were encouraged to take some home in her memory. I chose these beauties below, and felt lucky to have met this woman even once. This is just a tiny sample of all the floral bounty, one last gift from a woman who apparently never stopped giving to others.
In this era of fake news (do NOT get me started on which sources are real and which are fake...all I can say is, we each need to be responsible for fact checking and being honest with ourselves about our biases...I feel a rant coming on so I will stop there), I thought I'd post a partially-fake tangle or two.
Huh? See below. It began as a real tangle but then I manipulated the image on my iPhone with 2 different apps. Hence, a "partially fake" tangle.
Then there is this version, using 3 different iPhone apps.
File this under "What I Do When I Should Actually Be Doing Other Things."
This is what happens when there is no time to tangle, but you gotta tangle anyway no matter what. I'd been wondering what would happen if I put the tangles Punzel and Molygon together. But there was no time to try it today.
I thought I'd just try "refreshing my memory" on Punzel using a pencil and scrap paper for 5 minutes, and then I saw this tiny 3-Z tile and my White Gellyroll pen sitting there and couldn't contain myself. Good thing the tile was itty-bitty.
And if that wasn't enough, I played with the original on my iPhone mirror app, and got this, which is kind of fun. I prefer the original though.
Ok, I'm now way overdue with prepping for a meeting this evening...but feeling somewhat less crowded by all the tasks ahead. Ahhhhhhhhh...
Ayup. Did the mandala (from which this photo was created) three years ago today. This particular photo was created by manipulating the original mandala in one of my iPhone apps. [The app has changed over the last 3 years and now isn't anywhere near as much fun. Phooey.]
I always did love this one.
Three long-distance friends are in town from today thru mid-week next week, so I'm not sure how much tangle time I will have. Thus I'm just posting an oldie for today and we'll see what the next several days bring.
Last night around midnight we had a ferocious thunder-and-lightning storm with heavy rains. So much for peaceful sleep...yawning...
Above is the final tangle on my double-page journal spread exploring the tangelation of Verdigogh. The tangle Sema, new to me, seemed to fit in seamlessly and was the only other tangle I used on these two pages.
Below is a photo of both pages completed:
...and then I wanted to have some fun with the mirror app on my iPhone, which resulted in the crazy photo below.
<--here is the reason i can't type much.
or type well. or use capital letters.
but this is a vast improvement over the first cast i was in, which included a sling. that meant i was totally one-handed. with this cast, i can cheat a little. not much.
in yesterday's post i discussed how i ran amok with the tangle peanuckle, which was this week's diva challenge. see that post for the details and result.
well...! one of the other participants, susie ngamsuwan, also ran amok, only much more effectively. not only did she produce two gorgeous tiles, but she came up with an easier way of drawing the same tangle. so creative. see her work and her step-out here. it's so worth reading--and check out the rest of her blog! fabulous.
after seeing how she did it, i had to try again. result:
on the left side of the tile i tried drawing it according to molly's original instructions (molly came up with the pattern), but did it very large. i liked it ok, but got lost near the end and had to fudge some embellishments.
on the upper right of the tile i tried it again, very small, but used susie ng's instructions. easy! not only did i not get lost but i experimented with the 'join' between the peas. i liked the effect.
i threw in a couple of mooka and then tried it a 3rd time, using susie's instructions, on the bottom of the tile, and this time fooled around with an inner spiral on the peas. once again, i never got lost and it was fun to draw.
thanks, susie! you're so clever. i'll actually be using this tangle now.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society