Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hex 2 fragments

More hexagon fragments.....just a little Henna Drum for some drama.

And remember those first fragments from last post?  Here's what I turned them into, along with the Henna Drum.  You'll also notice the center blue fragment is new too.  That hexagon appears to be a cube!  More to come!

In addition to the Papertrey Ink hexagon die I've been mentioning, I also used a Happy Birthday die that was a gift I received from Crafter's Companion.  This card fits a standard business envelope.

To see all my hexagon posts, I've created the hexagons label.  I've also created a Reticula and Fragments label.

TTFN (as Pooh would say :-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hex 1 fragments - or puzzling with hexagons!

Reticula and Fragments.  A different way of talking about grids and grid patterns but inclusive of different shapes.  After all,  in the Zentangle® world our grids can be much more than squares and rectangles.  If you are considering buying the Zentangle Primer vol 1, there is a whole chapter, or lesson on Reticula and Fragments.  They've been around for awhile.  I think it started, for me at least, with this Zentangle newsletter post.  (So if you don't have the Primer, this is another very good reference document.) Eventually, I was filling in Tripoli, and ING and more recently, this hexagon card (Consider this post Hex 1A fragments) and Molygon even was lost in it's fill pattern. 
Hexagon fragment example

 But it really wasn't until I die cut a bunch of the same shape, (for me, the hexagons from a Papertrey ink cover plate die) and started filling them in and repeating the pattern, rearranging them to form different patterns, that it really began to sink in for me.  I'll warn you tho, it's extremely addicting!  And the fragments are pretty quick because of their size, so you just think, oh what if I did this? And then an hour later you have umpteen more examples!  As I was progressing, I kept thinking that I needed to get a blog post up on what I was doing, but by the time I came up for air, I had so many examples that it was too much for one post!  Hence my title.... Hex 1. I plan on quickly providing you with more examples.  (Hex 2, 3, 4 etc)
Who knew? triangles from that first fragment!
Notice the border between the triangles
or you can put them together to form a large and small triangle instead of the border

I hope you play along too.  If you're a die cutter, check your stash of dies to see if you have any repetitive geometric shapes that you could use.  But you don't need a die! How about cutting the same shape by hand. Maybe you have a stencil that has basic geometric shapes?  Squares and rectangles are pretty easy to cut by hand.  Or, what about drawing a "grid", cutting out each shape to fill and later put back together and rearrange? Or, use your bijou tiles as large get the idea, just play around with repeating patterns, tile rotation and mirroring and just play!  Make it into a puzzle!  
9 more fragments 
This shows the size and that I had several of these!
And an example of fitting them together!
In case you lost the hexagons in the previous example, they're easier to see in this reticulum

Check back as I intend to put up several posts a week until I've shown you my examples.  And since I can't seem to quit, it should last at least until something else catches my eye!  

Another fun example from the "Grid (Un) Locked" is The Diva Challenge #122

See you soon!


Saturday, May 13, 2017


Look closely, it IS Molygon!  Even Bijou got into the act...  Molygon is the focus of this week's Diva Challenge and the topic of a recent Kitchen Table Tangles from Rick and Maria.  The fragment you see here in the Molygon reticulum can be attributed to Antonine.  Check out her's here. (And while you're visiting her blog, remind her that we miss her!) Color on mine from Tombow Dual Brush pens.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


I love it when my Zentangle® and card making worlds collide.  Hexagons had been catching my eye and I purchased some hexagon dies.  As soon as I tried the first cover plate from Papertrey Ink (it is cut to exactly cover an A2 card, so 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") I knew I had to try it out as Reticula and Fragments!

Although the die exactly fits an A2 card, I trimmed this one down so I could have a red frame around the edge.  

Here I'm just testing out some fragments in my bullet journal.  

And below I decided my prestrung Zentangle art journal needed a page of hexagons too!  This journal is nice in that there are both prestrung pages and blanks, and of course the paper is oh, so nice.  I'm really glad that Deana kept showing me her journal, convincing me I needed one too!

And back to my BuJo (short for bullet journal, but sounds nicer don't you think?) for May's calendar.

So I said I purchased dies plural, right? Barely got around to my next set of nestabilities by Spellbinders.  They cut all these nesting sizes of hexagons.  You can cut 2 together to get a frame too, AND they emboss nicely ( see that embossed edge?). These will cut nice tiles!

Here I used one for a cut out of a card for someone special ....and didn't even include any tangling!  

The stamp is by Penny Black from the transparent set "Bubbly". And the larger of the two ladybugs, is the cutest little die from Elizabeth Craft.  It's one of my favorites.  You can also see it here in one of my earliest posts..  

Enjoy the day! Thanks for your kind comments, they make my day!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017

With and without color.
Tangles:  Zinger, Springkle, Enyshou, Flux, Tipple, Skwim and Fescu.  I used an olive Copic Multiliner and brown Pigma Micron along with Copic markers and a white Prismacolor pencil. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Square peg round hole

I've been reading a book lately,  A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider.  Reading, might not be the word....contemplating and absorbing perhaps.  It was recommended on a blog, I believe by Margaret Bremner.  I'm not that far into it, but it's SO interesting.  In the 2nd chapter, about the number 2, I learned about vesica piscis, the almond shaped area of the Dyad (two overlapping circles).  Here is what I drew in my journal after reading it.
My dot grid notebook helped me to see the square as well, or rather helped me to see Bales and therefore the square, which quickly evolved into the cube.  Then I tried it as reticulum.  

A week or so has gone by and The Diva Challenge is circle square string theory.  I thought I could make it work.  That's the problem, I forced it.  And since I was seeing romanancy in that reticulum, I gave that a try as well. 

So I like the tile, learned a lot, but it's too busy, too forced.  After looking at my journal I realized that first basic cube and vesica piscis was my favorite.  Sort of one elaborate reticulum square (or cube!) so Bijou and I played with it a bit.  He's been wanting to play with my Copic markers.  Here's the more basic retry.  

And then I drew the circle and square as a pencil string (duh!  should have listened to the instructions to the challenge ;-) and was able to make the vesica piscis as Enyshou with an orange micron. Next I added Emingle with a gray Graphik line maker.  It was a little dark, so I did two sides of the cube with it and the rest with a Stabilo grey fine tipped marker that was a touch lighter.  I added the Copic in yellows/oranges and hi-lighted with the colorless blender before adding some graphite shading and white charcoal pencil, then redefined some of the orange micron lines.  

 I'm in love with this tile!  It seems like a beginning.  But I guess that's pretty appropriate for vesica piscis, emerging from the one to the many.  I hope this inspires you too! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring-y card #2

This card was made using Art Impressions (AI) watercolor stamps with Tombow Dual Brush markers on Fabriano Studio cold press watercolor paper.  I used the AI covered bridge, flower, foliage and tree sets.  I've got to admit that I did make a few attempts.  AI is great to provide color, paper and even video suggestions/information for their stamps. But my waterbrush markers are Tombow and they didn't match well with my initial paper choices.  Of my paper stash, they worked fabulously with the Fabriano paper.  If you're having difficulty with any technique or medium choice, I suggest you try using different paper.  It's amazing the different outcomes with just that slight change.  And of course that additional practice can only help you in the long run!

I also used the largest of Lawn Fawns small dotted rectangle stackable to cut out the piece before mounting to a periwinkle A2 card base. 

This is the final day for Art Impressions Spring-y challenge.  Check it out!  And in case you're wondering, YES so far I've managed to do a little color each day so far this month, my personal challenge for the 30 day coloring challenge!

Do have a good week!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Yoo-hoo, more Enyshou?

More of this week's comfort tangle, Enyshou.  Here as a background for my 30 days of coloring project.  The stamp is from Delicate Florals By Penny Black and stamped with Memento ink.  I used Polychromos to color the image and then used Memento gray and blues sponged on for the background.  I used a Uniball Signo angelic white pen to tangle Enyshou over the ink background.  The white pen picked up some of the dye from the ink here and there and has a really nice blended effect (a happy accident).  I also used the stamp to accent the card interior and its envelope.  The background is subtle and hard to show in a photograph, but you can see it a little easier from the side.  This is also inspired by the Diva's weekly challenge.  If you missed this week, check it out here.

One night after going to bed, I realized I hadn't tangled any that day and since world events had me a little stressed, I picked up a tile and started drawing in bed. Yes, propped up against a pillow, sitting with the tile in my lap using the Zentangle kit box as my table.  I did the black ink that night (Pigma micron) and the gray ink (Graphik) I did the next day with the graphite background.  I wanted to try the white gel pen on top of the graphite, but it just wasn't showing up so I sat it aside for the day.  The next day I picked up a metallic silver Gelly Roll and was quite happy with that.  The graphite shading came next. Sometimes a tile comes together all at once, sometimes it needs to be coaxed.  Again, the silver is hard to see in a photograph, but from an angle, you catch a glimpse.  

Perhaps I'm relaxed enough to handle next week?  We'll see.  I hope you have a good week!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Enyshou, today's MacNCheese

The Diva Challenge this week is to use your MacNCheese tangle, or comfort tangle.  Mine can vary from time to time, however I always get lost in Enyshou, even on a small Bijou tile (approximately 2 inches square).  Today, in keeping with the 30 days of coloring challenge, I did mine in Rose Pigma micron and shaded with a CretaColor watercolor pencil.  If you're viewing this from the card-making/coloring world, be sure to check out the Zentangle® world over at the Diva challenge, and if your a tangle fan, be sure to check out the coloring examples.  I think you'll find they blend, hilight, compliment and contrast each other well just like any fascinating art piece!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Crescent Moon 3Z

Inspired by Rick and Maria's kitchen table tangles videos (available on the Zentangle® Mosaic app) and my new set of Sakura PNs I decided to tangle on a pre strung 3Z I had thanks to a friend of mine (thanks Deana!)

I got the set of 8 PNs that I found on Amazon.  I believe they have the same ink as the microns.  According to the package, they have a "Durable, flexible nib for fine to medium line widths.  Archival ink is water proof, chemical and fade resistant, bleed free, quick drying and ph neutral."  The package says .45 mm. I found the list of colors when I went to the web, red, blue/black (I love this one), blue, rose, burgundy (I thought it was brown, but nope, burgundy! Very nice!), purple and sepia (which is actually a very dark brown).  The web-site also clarifies that you can obtain  fine or medium line width depending on your personal writing pressure (0.4mm - 0.5mm). This equates roughly to the 05 Pigma micron which is listed as being 0.45mm.

As you can tell from my 3Z of Crescent moon, you can get a very fine line with a light touch.  Each side of the triangle is approximately 3.5 inches long.

I used the rose, and both blue and blue/black.  In comparison, I also used a graphite (that's the color) Graphik 0.1 line maker by Derwent.  It is a lightfast pigment ink and I love that the color mimics pencil but you don't worry about smudging.  To compare line widths, check out the gray in the center of each corner (I used the PN in blue/black and Graphik in graphite in all three corners.  Instead of graphite pencil shading, I opted for Polychromos colored pencils.  

And in case you missed my post about those magnolias, they were created with watercolor pencils and a stamp set from Altenew.  You can find my post here.

Magnolias for her

I've been trying a little more no-line coloring with this beautiful stamp set, Magnolias for Her from Altenew.  I stamped onto a watercolor block by Winsor & Newton Cotman, cold pressed using tattered rose distress ink by Ranger.  Initially I planned to trim down the piece to fit an A2 card base.

I'm still participating in the 30 day coloring challenge.  Even though it's not a requirement to color each day, I've managed to do just that, so far this month.  I lost track however of how many days I worked on this project.  Perhaps 4 days?  I believe this early picture was my progress the first day, pretty tentative with my color.  I actually used water with my CretaColor Aqua monolith pencils (I've been using them dry lately, they are so creamy and blend nicely). 

At this stage, I was really happy with the result, it put a smile on my face!

I drew in branches with a sepia Sakura Pigma micron and added some background color.

And the full final version.  I'm so happy with it that I can't bear to trim it down....I spaced the blooms too far apart for an A2 card.  It may be a keeper.  Or I may make a larger card than usual...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Paddy's Day

Just a little fun for the day.  A shamrock Waybop or shamWAYrockBOP! Skwim also showed up along with Fescu and Flux.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coloring the cutest little owls!

Two more days of the 30 days of coloring challenge to make this card.  The "Five Whoots" stamp is by Art Impressions.  I tackled it with Copic markers with a touch of Gelly roll white pen on the eyes.  On the following day I stamped the background using a Lawn Fawn stamp set Gingham Backdrops with persimmon Versa Magic chalk ink.  I had no reason for chalk ink, just trying to match a color from my ink supplies.  I had tried to use my same Copic markers and spritz colorless blender before stamping, but I just couldn't make it work.  And I die cut the slider window which is also from Art Impressions.  I cut the Owls into a cute little bookmark.  Because Copic bleeds through to the back of your paper I doubled up the cardstock on the bookmark.  Even double thickness, it slid just fine. Behind the bookmark I stamped the candles and sentiment both by Penny Black.  When I try a similar card in the future, I'll try to remember to stamp something behind where the slider window will be in advance!
**Update** I just found out about Art Impressions Spring-y challenge, and I think this card is perfect for it!  Be sure to check it out here!