Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tanson, a New Tangle

I have a new tangle, a rather baroque, grid-like pattern that I'm calling Tanson (a combination of my last name and my wife's, as well as a reference to "tangle.")  I think it has so many possibilities. Because of the way you create the tangle, there are two different kinds of shapes created--one is essentially rounded, the other "pointy."  You can alter the connecting shapes from "rice" or ovals, fill the interior with various tangles, add more auras, etc.

While I've seen similar patterns in architecture, upholstery, woodwork, ironwork, and the like, the most direct inspiration was a piece of embroidery I saw online:

I played around with it for awhile, first with differentiating the "m-shapes" top and bottom, and then keeping them the same through one whole iteration.  It's hard to explain verbally.

Just some practice tiles . . . .

The tile on the left has the "m-shapes" in different directions for the top and bottom of each part of the grid--they sort of look like little bats!  The tile on the right has the "m-shapes" in the same direction connecting all four "rice" shapes, which then makes two rows of slightly different shapes.

Here are two different versions of the step out, one for submission to Linda Farmer's great Tanglepatterns and the other using a CZT-template from Zentangle HQ.  

And now on tiles . . . . 

Stagger the spacing of "rice" shapes

Connect "rice" shapes with m-shapes.

Connect four rice shapes with "m-shapes" all facing the same way.

Continue in same row.

If you do every other row with rounded m-shapes, then the alternate rows appear "pointy."

Aura the shapes.

You can leave it blank or . . . .

You can add filler, alter connecting points, perhaps even change the "m-shape."
Here is a single Tanson, with Sproing, Crescent Moon, Diva Dance Rock n' Roll, and a tangleation of Diva Dance with Orbs (Diva Dance Ball??)

Here is Tanson in the corner; a single row can also be used as a border.

Happy tangling with Tanson!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Summer Tangles Challenge 2019

It's the second annual Summer Tangles Challenge!!  

Like last year, I've drawn the tangles from the current TanglePattern's 2019 Tangle Guide so that everyone has access to the step outs; the list of tangle creators is included in this wonderful resource (I highly recommend supporting Linda Farmer's efforts by purchasing the guide.)  Some are old, some new; some "official" from Zentangle HQ, most not.  There are grids, organics, fillers, borders, and more.  For the most part, I chose tangles that I have either rarely or never used so that I can add to my comfort repertoire.  I've also chosen a few techniques, or trends, popular among CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teachers) and other tanglers, such as marginalia, inkless tangling, and Zentwining.  I'll post my tiles here, on my FB page, and on Instagram ("yankeetangler"), and encourage others to post their own, using #summertangles2019.  Below I include an explanation of some of the terms, with links and examples.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  It was originated by Maria and Rick Thomas.  For more information or to find a Certified Zentangle Teacher near you, visit Zentangle HQ.

Have fun experimenting and spread the word!

July 4:  Ellish
July 5: Icantoo
July 6: técnica seca*:  María Tovar's inkless tangling
July 7:  Bilt
July 8: Counterpoint
July 9: Surf’s Up
July 10:  Wholly Hollibaugh
July 11:  Marginalia*: decorative borders or embellishments
July 12: Andante
July 13: Enthatching*:  Hatching technique described in Twelve Days of Zentangle video
July 14: Ticking
July 15: D’eneh
July 16:  Ribbon Rose
July 17: Cindyer
July 18:  Cartouche*:  A decorative frame highlighted in Zentangle Project Pack #5
July 19: SlowPoke
July 20:  Antique
July 21: BRRRST
July 22: A-frame
July 23: Copada
July 24:  Beadlines
July 25:  Sproing*:  A tendril-like aura, introduced in Twelve Days of Zentangle video (around 5:40)
July 26: 1 2 3 O’Leary
July 27: Fe-ba
July 28: Dewd
July 29: Frunky
July 30:  Cirquital
July 31:  Ratoon
August 1:  Zentwining*:  See Lynn Mead's tutorial
August 2: Mazorito
August 3:  Tamisolo
August 4: Avreal
August 5: Dooleedo
August 6: ½ Orbs
August 7: Scarabou
August 8:  Cookie Cutter string:  see my upcoming post
August 9:  Double Double
August 10: Knyt
August 11:  Gutz
August 12:  Barquillos
August 13:  Well Well Who
August 14: Eleganza
August 15:   Rose Window*:  See Melinda Barlow's video
August 16: Narwhal
August 17:  Caracole
August 18: Zig Zag Track
August 19: Alaura
August 20: Crezendo
August 21: Loop
August 22:  Dingsplazt*:  See this Kitchen Table Tangle video
August 23:  Hexonu
August 24: Konked
August 25:  Pendrils
August 26:  Blankett
August 27: Swimz
August 28: 8C
August 29:  Roscoe
August 30: Vea
August 31: B-Leaf
September 1: Romanancy*: a technique now named for the late Nancy Sampson
September 2:  Courant

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sending Love


Like last year, I engaged in the #Gratitangles2018 challenge this year, creating a tile a day.  I definitely enjoyed the month-long event, even if I knew most of the tangles already.  It's nice to play and, having a prescribed tangle and a daily goal, kept me practicing.

Some of my favorites from the month:

Day 8: Tripoli

Day 4:  Jetties

Day 9:  Marasu

Day 20:  Btljoos

Day 22:  Zinger

Day 21:  Meer

Day 29:  Pokeleaf and Pokeroot

Thursday, October 25, 2018

#InktoberTangles 2018

I'm participating in another challenge, Stephanie Jennifer's Inktober Tangles 2018, one of the Zentangle versions of the popular Inktober drawing challenge.  I did it last year, too.  This time around, I've been doing my "tiles" in my Tangle-A-Day calendar.  It's a great place to keep everything together, but I have noticed that it doesn't take the ink the same way a Fabriano paper tile does and, in consequence, I find myself a bit sloppy; it's also hard for me to shade so I've been experimenting with shading with markers.  I think the larger .08 microns work better than the .01s, creates a steadier line.  In all, I imagine it's more me than the calendar. 

Less than a week of the challenge to go, and then it'll be time for all of the Thanksgiving-themed gratitude challenges!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Zentomology Today

I spent a rainy, chilly day in the glorious mansion, Ochre Court, in Newport with Zentangle founders Maria and Rick Thomas and daughters Molly and Martha and about 40 of my fellow Zentanglers.  We were there to learn about classifying and deconstructing various tangles--"Zentomology"--along with an exploration of the mansion looking at all the craftsmanship--and patterns--in wood, ironwork, gold, stone, plaster, cement, and paint.  It was a wonderful afternoon with great people and inspirational practice.

Because Zentangle HQ has asked us not to share certain details, I'll focus on the patterns I found.  I believe they will be publishing aspects of Zentomology soon, as well as some of the patterns they deconstructed.

Look at the inside--gorgeous materials, intricate patterns, huge space; it's the second-largest mansion in Newport, just behind the Breakers.  It's now the administrative center of Salve Regina University, which has preserved it beautifully.

The grand staircase at the entrance

The main foyer

So many patterns to work with! This is the fireplace in the room where we worked.
A variation of Florz, with squares at the intersections and auras.

The braided beard of a figure on a mantelpiece--looks like Ragz.

The dragon in this medallion seems to be sitting on Spoolies!

I liked the tri-partite medallion in the balcony. I think those are the windows into the room where we were.

I liked that the entwined strands in the upholstry are different.

Looks like a Bales variant!

This ceiling decoration looks like the current Dingbatz Doors trend, with its subdivisions.

Florz with fire and a wonderful slinky-esque design.

Can you see Cadent?

This grate with its Green Man and multiple patterns covers a heating vent!
And these are just some of the photos I snapped.  Literally every surface was decorated, the exact opposite of our modern love of minimalism.  And that doesn't even include all of the housewares and decorations long gone, much less the clothing!  Quite the horror vacui.    I can't imagine living in such luxury, much less this just being the beach house for summers; I wonder if the occupants, used to such extravagance, even noticed the details.  As we wandered around--looking closely, even touching! so much better than your average docent tour--and I had a chance to sit by myself, I could take it all in.

As much as I can admire the craftsmanship and luxury and be intrigued by the history, another part of me is fair disgusted by the excess and equality gap. (And politically and economically, I think we are returning to this time of robber barons and poverty.)  But I put some of that aside in my study of the patterns, which I have been playing with.  We'll see what it amounts to, besides lovely memories.

Tangles from Ochre Court: Beaucourt, Alexem, Romo, and Magong