Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Celebration Time!  #010 
My final 3 tangles for 2012 .. this puts me at my goal of 12.  Not bad for a hobby I just started less than a week ago!

Two of these are inspired by New Year's celebration themes.  The third is random.

Here's to an amazing 2013!

The ORIGINALS of these pieces of art are available on my Etsy shop (while it lasts)!

New Year's Eve 2012  #012
#011



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Two more for the weekend


While relaxing and watching tv with my hubby, I completed another two tangles this afternoon.     #008 features the looped border I learned earlier due to a challenge.   #009 is another of the heart series ... I'm partial to the hearts, I think.

Maybe I'll get to #0012 in 2012 ... one more day left!

The ORIGINALS of these pieces of art are available on my Etsy shop (while it lasts)!
#008 12/30/2012
#009 12/30/2012

Timed Tangle

#007  12/30/2012
One of the concepts behind Zentangle is that it be something you create in a short amount of time ... I've heard 15 minutes.   This is one of the fastest ones I've done so far, and it took a full hour.   I think as I get more comfortable with the patterns and trust myself more to let go and relax, it will go faster and feel more natural.

Regardless, my goal is one per day.   By next weekend, I should be ready to open up my etsy shop with a decent selection of greeting cards!

Here is today's tangle!

The ORIGINAL of this piece of art is available on my Etsy shop (while it lasts)!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Looped Border Challenge

#006  12/29/2012
I completed this tangle to participate in I am the Diva's weekly challenge for the first time.   I started out with a border string that was looped on each side.  I added the oval background for more dimension.

This one is mounted on a yellow greeting card because the shape felt floral-like to me!

The ORIGINAL of this piece of art is available on my Etsy shop (while it lasts)!


Two Tangled Hearts

#005  12/29/2012
It's amazing how shading really makes the designs pop.   It didn't scan especially well due to the reflection off the pencil lead, but the general idea is still there.    This is my second greeting card.  I guess I'm in a valentine's mood this week with all the hearts.

The ORIGINAL of this piece of art is available on my Etsy shop (while it lasts)!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Give a Heart

#004    12/28/2012
My first artwork greeting card is now complete!

I started with a heart design in the middle.   It takes me quite a while to finish one at this stage since I'm still experimenting with different sized pens and trying out patterns.

I'm really enjoying the process and look forward to making more soon.

The ORIGINAL of this piece of art is available on my Etsy shop (while it lasts)!



Tic-Tac-Tangle

#003  12/27/2012
I finished my third piece last night.  My husband pointed out that putting them in a notebook doesn't make them especially usable.   It clicked for me then that I should do the artwork on cardstock and make greeting cards.   I need to get some paper and more pens (wow, I went through ink quickly already) and then will start doing that.

Meanwhile, I'm starting this blog to keep track of my art and ideas and thoughts through the process!


My Very First Tangle

My First Tangle #001 12/26/2012
I recently heard about Zentangle in a quilting class.  It seemed random to have a drawing technique come up in a sewing class, but really it fits in well with quilting pattern design.

I did more research on Zentangle and found it really inspired me.   It is a form of structured doodling -- just my sort of thing.   Also, people find it to be very relaxing and even sometimes meditative as one focuses on each stroke of the drawing and clearing one's head of all other busy thoughts.   In addition, it is done on a small scale with the intention of being able to finish it in one sitting (definitely a good fit for my attention span).

I studied more about the process and then went and grabbed a notebook and drawing pen.   I immediately loved the process.
#002  12/26/2012

My husband was impressed with what I'd done, and I convinced him he, too, could do it.   I quickly put together a second tangle to show him the process.    His attention span was about 30 seconds, so that didn't work out so well and I ended up rushing through it.  I don't like it as well as my first one, but it's work in progress for sure, and I learned some new patterns and techniques.