Friday, January 20, 2017

Fluxing around with Skwim ...and a video!

Wanting to focus, I tried something new with something old.  Skwim, to me, is very familiar.  Videos, not so much.  The end result is a drawing surface to "frame" my tiles as I'm drawing, providing a pleasant background and a slightly cushioned surface. I had hoped that you'd enjoy my first video, but after much effort and time, I accidentally deleted it prior to uploading it!  Sorry, you not only miss how this project evolved, but you also miss Yoda (my cat) helping me tangle.  Perhaps you're the lucky one, I'm not sure.  So, please enjoy my second video!  I've also added below some information about the "missing" video.

If you find the video helpful, relaxing, or inspirational, please let me know.  I would very much appreciate your constructive criticism and feedback.  I'm not sure if I'll continue with the video format, your comments (or lack thereof) will help me to decide.  

Wishing you peace and calm....
Betsy CZT14

Supplies used:
A remnant of mat board in a gray green color 
Crafter's Workshop 12x12" stencil-Daisy Cluster
Copic markers and airbrush
Sakura Pigma micron 03 black
Fabrico Marker in cool gray
Faber-Castell Polychromos 
General's charcoal white

Tangles: Skwim, Flux, Tipple and a touch of a Fescu/Zinger combo.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


ZIA, stands for Zentangle® Inspired Art.  I'm thinking this might be a new category, Zentangle Inspired Practical Art.  But then after rearranging the letters, I'm thinking Practical Idea Zentangle Art or PIZA has a tastier ring to it!  What do you think?

My calendar was inspired by a pin using W2.  (I believe you need to have Pinterest to see the link). My calendar is in my bullet journal.  I use it as a journal, calendar, notebook and also practice new tangles or sketch out card ideas. The great thing about a bullet journal is that you use it how it best suits your needs and you can continually change it to do so.  If you're interested in bullet journaling, check this out.  I used Cadent for my calendar, but you could give a try to any grid based tangle.  For more Cadent inspiration, check out Margaret Bremner's Cadent, and then some post which inspired my previous post.  
I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Maryhill, freeform, triangulated

Still playing with Maryhill.
Initial string (in ink) on an ATC.
Adding in Maryhill.  This time what's new is breaking that bottom section into lines going to two different areas. 
After filling in black areas including highlights created by contour lines.  Then I added some further enhancement with Triangulation.  I rather liked this, but was stuck where to go next.  My husband suggested just keep adding lines filling up the whole area.  
So, that's what I did, using a Graphik Line Maker (graphite color).
And below, some additional triangulation with the gray pen, shading with pencil and Fabrico gray marker.
Wishing you a good week...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More Freeform Maryhill

Apparently this is my mac-n-cheese least for the moment.  So, still one step at a time drawing, but I took a few less photos for you this time.  I think you get the drift by now though, right?   Enjoy!

My line with character!
I added one Maryhill section before I realized I'd like to sprinkle on some Printemps.
Back to filling in with Maryhill.
Pokeleaf wanted to join in and more Printemps too.
Those "holes" in Pokeleaf were inclined to jump off their leaves in a few spots.  Bijou thought this was looking like his type of garden.
I added the gray background with Copic markers.  Then as I started with graphite shading, I realized the two grays didn't work so well together.   So, for the most part, the shading is done with Copics (N1 & N3)