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....!  ;-)

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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.

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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!

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