Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Farewell fragments - orbs

Do you remember this stencil string from a few posts back?  When I went to my Zentangle Primer Vol 1 for some circular fragment ideas, I decided the list needed to be expanded.  The Primer orbs grid is A-L and 21-25.  I just continued the numbering ( I mean lettering...). This is NOT an official or authorized list,  just my compilation of things bouncing out of my pen after some inspiration from a used book I picked up at Powell's Book Store called Japanese Design Motifs compiled by The Matsuya Piece-Goods Store and Translated by Fumie Adachi. There is also some Pinterest quilt block inspiration.  And some of these you will recognize as tangles just put into orbs.  Some are variations of one or all of the above!  And if you look closely, one is a repeat of the Zentangle grid (R25 just has a few more lines than D23 and my center is offset.)  N24 may look familiar too as it inspired last week's Pentangle Zendalas.  For a closer look at it's string, check out this post.  

My continuation of orb fragments
I took the time to do step outs on a couple of my favorites and hope you enjoy and are inspired by the whole list. 
O-21 and S-21 step-outs and variations for both

I also wanted to say farewell....I've decided that I spend too much time on electronics.  I wish to close this door so I can see where the next door leads.  I do plan to leave my blog up barring unforeseen circumstances.   It's possible I go into withdrawal and come back here.  It's also possible I post a picture or two onto Pinterest or the Mosaic app, but I truly want to spend more time doing and participating vs watching the world go by.  I think it's more important today than ever.  This blog has been a worthwhile experience for me, and hopefully for you too.  Thanks for your support.  And thanks for dropping by!

O-21 fragment in hexagon (see the internal "daisy hexagons too??)

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Last week's hexagon tile led to a fragment study.  It's not quite ready to post.  So, I thought I'd take a slight break from my fragment study and share these.   One of my fragments inspired these pentagon tangles (pentangles).  Both were complete on Zendala tiles.
String that divides tile into 10 segments in the middle and only 5 extending to edge.

Both tiles have the same string, except the outer circle is smaller on one.  
Maryhill and Paradox only partially shaded.
Notice how shading Maryhill adds to the lines of the pattern (only the top two arms are shaded here). 

No shade yet.

And this photo is prior to all shading.  

Aren't they cool?  
Paradox and Maryhill, one of my favorite combos.

Maryhill, Skwim, Mooka and a touch of Flux

I'm hoping they inspire you a bit.....and that you check back again for my fragment study!  


Friday, July 20, 2018

One thing leads to another, and another....

While I was working on last week's Borromean rings, I had this mess on my desk.  As I'm easily distracted, I decided I needed to make a box!  I took a piece of years old paste paper that didn't yet have a purpose, and I cut it to size for an envelope.  I used a recently acquired envelope punch board by We R Memory keepers and made an envelope.  Then I added an extra score line on all four sides to turn it into a box, or maybe a dimensional envelope would be a better description.

The paste paper already had a Static-like pattern and I wanted to accentuate that but not cover it up.  I decided on a die cut image.  This is Elizabeth Craft Moda Scrap 1322 Lacy Poppies. I glued in a piece of acetate behind the die cut opening and then glued the thin petal lines (is that the negative...or the positive?) to the acetate.  When I glued the envelope together, I left enough of the bottom flap unglued so that I can tuck in the top flap for closure.  

There, that looks better!  Can you tell I like boxes?  And that reminds me.....(like I said easily distracted) a few weeks back I made some cool little boxes from an envelope die.  
examples using copy paper

and using thicker paste paper after adding score lines to make a box

I used Spellbinders Grand Shapeabilities Hexagon Petal Envelope LF-007.  It makes an envelope if you use thin enough paper (the blue examples above).  It's more 3 D with heavier cardstock.  But again, I wanted some dimension to store some hexagon drawing tiles.  So after die cutting I added an additional score line on all 6 sides for this result.  This too was cut from my paste paper stash.  

This tile has a pencil string that is traced from a recent clearance bin purchase of a Minc Heidi Swapp stencil.  The stencil isn't in the best condition as its warped, but I was able to hold it flat to trace.  Oh, I think I see another distraction coming on.....Reticula and Fragments here I come again! Until...squirrel....!  ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Borromean Rings

Still "studying" A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider.  And it touched on Borromean rings in chapter 3.  No two rings interlock, but the 3 together lock as one. Now that seemed like a cool string...
PP3 Borromean Rings on a 3Z :-)

This 3Z combines the Zentangle Project Pack 3 and the rings.  Yup, the whole project on one small tile.  The color is from gelatos and colored pencil.  That background leaf in the photo is from a fun day with Washington CZTs learning about Eco dyeing.  Thanks Lynn, that was a fun afternoon!
Zenith Borromean Rings on 3Z

Another set of rings on another 3Z.  Yah, it's a bit busy so you might not recognize it if I hadn't told you there were Borromean rings in there.  

And then trying to break it down and actually assemble a set, I die cut 3 circular frames using nesting dies (but you could also draw them with a compass, or simply trace around a couple glasses).  
E6 Fragment in a Zendala Ring.

This first is simply a fragment, E6.  
Zenith Zendala Ring

Yes, another Zenith :-)
Zenith/Diva Dance Zendala Ring

Surprise, Zenith with Diva Dance.  
Borromean Rings meet Zentangle.

And assembled after cutting slits in 2 of the rings.

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July BuJo and June's tangled habits

I used a Zentangle® fragment again for my July calendar.  The grid and numbers are done in black Pigma micron and each fragment in gray (graphite color) Graphik line maker. The fragment is P5.

Then I got to wondering if I could put that fragment into a hexagon.  Here's how it turned out.  
Start in the center and draw 3 lines radiating out.

Now stretch your fragment into each diamond. 

Next I added weight to the lines.

3 hexagons with P5 fragment.

Reticula and fragments. P5.

Makes me think you could likely stretch any square fragment to fit a diamond and repeating 3 times in the hexagon.  Uh oh, is there another hexagon series in the works?  If you want to see my hexagon play, click on the hexagon label to the right.  

And here is my follow up habit tracker for June; also a fragment, A5.

And I tried something new for June too, encouraging and counting specific habits.  I basically drew a string scene in pencil using stencils, drawing around dies and simply drawing shapes.  Here it is early on in the month.  

And here it is after I filled in the stuff I did.  It was fun and I think I'll try that again!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy 4th!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A sign of the times

Courant tangle background on a remnant of mat board approximately 20 inches square using paint pens and chalk pencil.

There is some ghosting there as the first pen I tried didn't cover like the paint pens.  
The final result includes die cut letters and tracing around them with paint pens.

The quote is from Jane Austin, Sense and Sensibility.

Showing up and caring about children.  How can we not?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Drawing over inked backgrounds

This is from my stash of magic bits, or art just waiting to happen....Sometimes I start something and don't know where to take it at the moment, so it waits patiently until I do.  I sprayed this with iridescent ink through a metal stencil by American Traditional years ago.  Recently I pulled it out and outlined and tangled over it with a Pigma micron.

The iridescence makes it look so different depending on the angle the light hits.

You can even see some gold overspray here that adds so much (at the time I'm sure I thought it was a mistake).

Tipple frame

I likely found this leaf stencil while pulling out a magic bit for a friend.  Turned out I had two; one to send to my friend and one to play with myself.  This leaf started similarly with ink sprayed over a brass stencil by Dreamweaver.  I tangled with a metallic pen and then added shading with colored pencils.

I love how it turned out with the distress inked frame and spritzed with water.  The frame is a die, Outside In Stitched Rectangle by Lawn Fawn.

Perhaps these older pieces inspired me to try something similar with stamping.  Here I stamped with Distress inks using a triangle from the Altenew set named Trigonometry.  

After drying it, I tangled Maryhill with a metallic Gelly roll. 

I'm not sure what I'll do with this piece yet.  Perhaps it will go into my magic bits box to be completed when I do.  Or perhaps it's when the piece knows:-)

Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, June 4, 2018


My June calendar.  I'm using Reticula and Fragments again.  This is Y2.  See how it's the same square, just rotated (and I did vary the size of the triangles and the hatching/shading differs as well).  I used black and gray ink.  I plan to do a touch of journaling in black on top of the gray.
Y2 fragment in grid reticula for BuJo calendar

And I just love this photo of a tree a saw on a walk.  I'm taking the photo pointing up towards the sky viewing this huge tree.  If you look closely, it appears I'm photographing a reflection in the water.  Those leaves radiating outward look like ripples in water to me.  My husband didn't notice until I pointed it out to him.  Do you see the ripples?
photo of tree or water? 
Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Combining tangling and dies

Here's a fun little project I did a couple months back using a Elizabeth Craft / Moda Scrap die (1498-Happy Frame XL) and Zentangle®.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Tipple anyone?
Add a few Zenstones (or are they gummy candies?)
Filling in the nooks and crannies adds so much to Tipple
And that's a lot of Tipple!
Each side of frame glued,
and all glued together.
Here I added an old favorite tile of mine, but its a bit busy. (a Cubine/Pokeroot combo)
And here is another old favorite of mine, Isochor.
I'm happy with this one for now, but I can swap out tiles anytime I like.
The above "tile" is another die, from My Favorite Things. I used one die from the Color Drops STAX (MFT-1117) and cut 6 drops from Bristol vellum before trying out the Cadent tangleation showcased  a couple months back on Kitchen Table Tangles in the Zentangle Mosaic app.

Thanks for dropping by!